ENJOY YOUR COFFEE THE ECO FRIENDLY WAY…

Many of us are trying our best to Eco swap many things in the house and home as well as food and drink. Now is the perfect time to start your Eco swap with your daily drink of coffee.

Ditch the plastic pods for compostable pods with the Dualit, Grind and Blue Goose.

They have three types of compostable pods, including the organic Ethiopian and Colombian blend which are made from corn starch. This may be able to go into your food waste caddy but check with your local authority first. They take 90 days and break down through industrial composting, but cannot be placed in garden waste. The Indian Monsoon box of 10, is £2.90 from Dualit. They also have a selection of teas in compostable capsules.

The Dualit EcoPresx Aluminium Capsule Recycler is a clever device which extracts coffee from used aluminium pods which can then be spread on the flowerbeds. Then you simply put the empty capsules into the recycling bin. It is compatible with all aluminium coffee pods and cost £13.00 from Dualit.

Grind coffee pods are compostable and 100% plastic-free. When composted, they’ll break down in weeks – but even in landfill they’ll break down hundreds of times faster than their plastic cousins. Great coffee, doing good by the planet. All of their coffee is certified organic by the Soil Association. They source our beans directly from smallholders around the world – empowering them to grow their farms, invest in their communities and continue to farm some of the best coffees in the world.

Grinds compostable Nespresso pods letterbox refill pack is from £13.50 and a great way to get your top up in lockdown. You can subscribe for refills in letterbox-friendly packaging, with free UK delivery. Change, skip or cancel your subscription at any time, hassle-free, with a gift subscription from £27.00

Blue Goose have, ethical coffees in plastic-free packaging. their award-sinning speciality coffees help you create wonderful barista-quality coffees without the guilt, whether you enjoy their Nespresso compatible eco pods or their new bean and ground coffees in compostable pouches.

Unlike aluminium and plastic capsules that can take 200-500 years to degrade in landfill, Blue Goose’s plastic-free, compostable Nespresso pods and lid can be put into your food waste bin and they will be processed into compost of liquid fertilizer without around 12 weeks depending on the facilities used by your local council.

Try there Eco Coffee Pod Collection gift pack, full to the brim with our 40 speciality Arabica coffee pods, for £18.

FROM HYGGE TO ‘NIKSEN’, ANOTHER NORDIC WORD WITH A GREAT MEANING…

I have written in the past about the Swedish word ‘lagom’ which means moderation and was ‘Lagom’ going to be the new ‘Hygge’?

I wrote that according to the magazine Country & Town House, “since Vogue touted lagom as ‘the new hygge’ last year, (the Danish concept of ‘cosiness’), the word has been popping up everywhere, from lifestyle blogs to new season interiors collections. But has ‘lagom’ really overtaken hygge as the biggest lifestyle trend for this time of year? “.

So, the meaning of ‘lagom‘ is ‘Not too much, not too little. Lagom’ but the Swedish translation of lagom is “enough, sufficient, adequate, just right.” In other words, being content with what you have which might be quite apt during these trying times.

Another word ‘Niksen’ means doing nothing but not in the absolute sense of ‘nothing’, it means enjoying the moment whether your playing Lego, painting, colouring in a book, listening to music or podcast or just simply sitting quietly reading.

To completely understand this concept then you should buy the book ‘ ‘Niksen : Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing’, by Olga Mecking,

A concise and witty book, Olga Mecking will provide tips on how to niksen in the most important areas of your life: work, home and leisure. Talking to experts from around the world, she reveals how doing nothing can make you happier, more productive and creative. In addition, we are given a fun glimpse of Dutch culture to show us why the Dutch are one of the happiest people in the world and why they are so good at doing nothing every once in a while.

We all have a concept of what doing nothing means to us, but do our ideas actually correspond with the truth behind niksen? A common hurdle towards embracing idleness, for example, is that we feel the need to be productive, contributing members of society. In fact, even the Dutch tend to say, niksen is niks or, in English, doing nothing is good for nothing. That constant need to work can lead to more stress, decreased mental wellbeing and paradoxically, being less productive.

Stress and burnout are on the rise. The antidote: Niksen.

Of course, to enjoy ‘Niksen‘, it helps if you have the right atmosphere with all our homes nowadays open plan but you still create your own corner of hygge so that you can embrace ‘Niksen’. I have recently purchased this light bulb that changes colour via remote control to create my own peaceful area. It is an LED Bulb Mood Light with a 21 key remote control, which has a duel memory function and 12 colour choices for your home. I got mine from Amazon for £8.49

It is perfect for me in my kitchen, diner as I have a couple of armchairs in there but needed to do something about the light to make it feel cosy and enticing. It means I can sit in my chair with my hand knitted wrap around my shoulders and ready quietly while my other half can enjoy his sports on the tv in another room and enjoy a bit of Niksen time.

BOOK REVIEW – KINFOLK HOME by NATHAN WILLIAMS…

Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams. Although not a new book (2015) I couldn’t stop looking through this book with Kinfolk’s focus on slowing down and creating a more intentional, beautiful home where they say the attention is shifting.

Through luscious photographs and insightful interviews, the author takes us into 40 homes around the world, from the Americas to Europe, Asia to Africa, ending in Australia. The homes range from an old cabin in the woods to clean-lined modern apartments, from singles living in small spaces to sprawling, multi-generational houses in the country. Each will feel unmistakably Kinfolk.

Nathan Williams is the author of The Eye, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, The Kinfolk Home, and The Kinfolk Table and the editor in chief of Kinfolk, a lifestyle magazine published quarterly by Ouur studio. Founded in 2011, Kinfolk maintains a vibrant contributor base from Copenhagen to Cape Town and hosts hundreds of global events each year that bring the community together.

A book you can delve into at any time and well worth keeping out on your table. Available from Amazon and other good bookshops.