Sometimes it is worth taking a peak into your shopping trolley and having a look around to discover what alternatives the supermarkets have to offer over your regular shop. With more small, independent producers staking their claim to space in the aisle wars, you can now find real treasures hidden among the home brands. With companies like Waitrose, introducing their Small Producer Charter, more independent products should start to appear on the shelves.
It is hard to believe that it is now five months since we started clearing a pumpkin patch for our food editor, Sarah, to grow her Halloween fruits. And even more unbelievable that the pumpkin patch ended up as a small allotment, with a multitude of beds growing food for our tables. Well now has come the time to harvest many of the vegetables and fruits we have grown - and you can read the next instalment of our home-grown story today.
This morning a sample pack of Natracare Intimate Wipes dropped on to my desk for review. And as much as we like the product, when we started looking into its disposal we began a journey that has led to an interesting (to say the least) and mildly worrying 'end'. So should we be following the 'no flush' advice or is there an alternative to landfill?
In October 2012 we tried and tested the then new Air3 Pet after VAX launched their Air3 range of light, full-sized, multi-cyclonic upright vacuum cleaners. The Air3 Pet come with a six year guarantee so gives piece of mind when making a large purchase- and after 22 months, as expected, ours is still in daily use but not without a few problems along the way.
Britain's love affair with the trusty sandwich could be numbered because new on the belt at YO! Sushi this summer is the Oishii Bun, which launch on to menus nationwide at the iconic sushi restaurant. The word 'Oishii' is Japanese for 'delicious' and these light and fluffy white Asian buns are gently steamed and filled with one of four fantastic flavours - including Hoisin Duck, Miso Chicken, Teriyaki Mushroom and Yuzu Mackerel.
Occasionally something comes along that simply stuns us. Something so ingenious, or outstandingly simple, ethical, usable or just plain brilliant. For us, the Wonderbag is all of this, and more. The Wonderbag was created in South Africa for Africans. It has created 2000 jobs and 600,000 are in homes being used. It saves time money and fuel and because it works it is used. Because it is used, it works both for the environment and for our health.