CHRISTMAS POST timescales for delivery and Scotland..

December 10th, 2010

Sorry Scotland and news re posting for all customers. We are doing our best to send gifts out as quickly as possible for our customers. Courier services are not delivering to Scotland because of weather and there are delays due to postal backlogs across the UK. Please allow longer than the 3 days quoted for deliveries. We cannot guarantee that gifts ordered after the 20th December will arrive before Christmas but we will do our very best.

Spring is here with Duchy Eco gardening tools

March 24th, 2010

Spring is here and it time to get planning and planting!

Here at good green gifts we stock Duchy Original Gardening tools from eco pruning shears, trowels and forks to heavy duty (but not too heavy) digging spades and forks.

Duchy Original gardening tools are part of the Prince of Wales’ collection of products that are committed to sustainability.

The wooden handles of these garden tools have been specially designed for comfort and ease and are made from sustainably sourced straight-grained ash sourced from the Duchy of Cornwall estate. This guarantees high quality wood from a renewable source.

 They are then hand barrel waxed – a natural protection method. The tool heads are manufactured in steel by craftsmen and hand polished. All the profits go back into the Prince of Wales’ charities.

So if you are looking for some special and beautiful gardening equipment (and just a little bit posh!) to start your digging, pruning and weeding, then these eco garden tools come highly recommended.

Make your own eco friendly clearning products: White wine vinegar

February 26th, 2010

Vinegar is a dilute solution of acetic acid, which cuts through grease, deodorises and acts as a mild disinfectant and is non toxic.

Although, we mainly chomp it with our chips, it is actually a very good eco friendly cleaning product which is literally, cheaper than chips!

The best type to use is white wine vinegar as it doesn’t leave an odour like malt vinegar. For a general cleaner 50% vinegar 50% water is a good start – although if stains are a bit tougher leave the solution on a bit longer or add a bit of extra vinegar.

White wine vinegar is an especially good eco substitute for window cleaner and can also be used to clean windscreens and windscreen wipers.

It is also a great descaler. If you want to clean shower heads you can pop them in a bucket of undiluted vinegar. If you want to clean your kettle, fill it up with vinegar and leave it overnight (but don’t boil it and make sure to rinse it out thoroughly!). For taps, soak paper towels in the vinegar, wrap around the taps and cover in plastic bags for a few hours and they’ll look brand new.

Vinegar is a great way to do less damage to the environment and means that you can spend a few less pennies on chemicals.