The October Hot List 2019
Autumn is the most beautiful time of year.
The air is crisp, the leaves turn beautifully golden and the excitement of Halloween, bonfire night and the lead up to Christmas are all in sight!
To celebrate the natural beauty of this time of year we wanted to mark the beautiful turn in the seasons with a special theme - Sustainability.
So for this month, we'll be outlining what Rockett St George is doing to reduce our impact on the environment, along with our top eco-conscious bars and restaurants, eco exhibitions, our favourite eco bloggers and YouTubers to follow and so much more!
This October, we've also got TWO competitions for you to enter. Our host competition this month is with the amazing eco-brand, Lavandi who are offering one lucky winner the chance to WIN a 12 month subscription box filled with their amazing shampoos, soaps and beauty creams. We'll also be hosting another Facebook and Instagram Competition giving you a chance to WIN a £50 e-voucher to spend at Rockett St George. Keep on reading to discover more.
Have a fabulous month.
Jane, Lucy and The RSG Team x
P.S. If you have any feedback, comments or tips on how we can be more sustainable, then let us know on social media or email. We'd love to hear your feedback.
Lavandi's company ethos is that 'Luxury should not cost the Earth', and we couldn't agree more!
We all know that we need to cut down on plastic and our overall impact on the environment and Lavandi is helping to make this process that bit easier! Family of co-founder Jane Rockett, Gavin Erlam (Cousin Gav) and Matthew Wareing noticed that plastics from soaps and shampoos seemed to be an are where most people bought single-use plastic. This combined with the fact that a lot of high-street cosmetics contain a whole host of harsh chemicals, Cousin Gav and Matthew decided to do something about it with an online soap and shampoos brand.
So, Lavandi was born... but with a difference! Starting with an eco-first policy the company are carbon-neutral, offsetting all of their carbon production by planting trees. All of their soaps and shampoos are Zero Plastic, Zero Palm Oil, Vegan and they only use Organic Oils and Butters. You will also never find synthetic fragrances or any chemical enhancers or preservatives in any of their products.
Not just stopping there, Lavandi's packaging is sourced from paper mills that are certified to ISO 14001 which is the EU Environmental Standard. All the Inks and coatings are plant-based making their boxes compostable. All the tins we use are Aluminium with Aluminium foil seals so there is zero waste. Even the labels they use are compostable! They even donate 1% of turnover to the 'World Land Trust' for their buy an acre program and so far they have managed to protect 6 acres of wild habitat. Cousin Gav is also personally raising money to help 'The Sea Life Trust' and their Beluga Whale Sanctuary in Iceland and Matt is raising money for BOS Foundation (Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation).
So, it's clear that Lavandi really is going to make a difference for the good in the world and we couldn't be more delighted to support them for this month's hot list. Enter our competition below for your chance to WIN a 1 x 12-month Subscription for 'The Essential Box' (2 x soap, 1 x shampoo, 1 x body cream, delivered once every 2 months).
*This competition has now closed
At Rockett St George we know that we have to do our part to reduce our impact on the environment and so we've been working hard to make that happen.
So for our October Hot List, we're pleased to release our Eco Policy that outlines our work and the work we have to do to be a more sustainable brand. Hear more from Rockett St George, co-founders below:
“Sustainability is at the heart of modern-day contemporary design and as the demand for beautiful interiors continues to grow so does our responsibility as a British brand to go beyond legal and regulatory requirements to provide more eco-conscious products for our forward-thinking customers.”
“Our aim is to help people create living spaces that are not only unique to them but also enhance the lives of others while caring for our planet. Furthering our knowledge of sustainability has become a top priority to help us achieve our goals going forward.”
For an Eco-Friendly Future, our mission at Rockett St George is to source sustainable and eco-friendly products, additional packaging and materials wherever possible to minimise our impact on the environment. You can find out more about what we've got planned here.
There are lots of amazing restaurants and bars popping up all over the place with a focus on sustainability and lessening their impact on the environment.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Operating on a no-waste policy this London Bridge neighbourhood bar is right up our street. With laid back interiors, Nine Lives has 'painstakingly given a shit about every item that sits on our menu' ensuring that their cocktails won't cost the earth.
Selling half price food with a conscience, New Karma Life is an app that lets you order food that would otherwise be wasted. Karma buys surplus food from your favourite restaurants and sells it onto you half price ... it's the new way to takeout food that makes a difference for the planet in the process.
Psst... Too Good To Go is another app like Karma that helps you save food going to waste.
London's first vegan pub, the spread eagle serves up delicious Mexican food that is sustainably sourced where possible.
Sourcing organic, ethical and sustainable foods, Petersham Nurseries serves everything from afternoon tea to pre-theatre menus.
A manchester not-for-profit kitchen that serves up perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste, this is the social enterprise to get in touch with if you ever need catering for conferences and events, meetings, special occasions and more!
- Top Tip -
To eat more sustainably at home, opt for more plant foods, buy certified standard meats and fish, go fairtrade and organic where you can and only cook up what you'll eat.
Did you know that according to The Guardian a long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person does in a whole year?! We didn't either!
We love travelling at Rockett St George and there's no better way to get inspired, so this got us thinking ... how can we travel whilst also reducing our effect on the environment?! The answer?! ... A staycation!
We are so lucky to live in a beautiful country and there are so many places in the UK to visit that are incredibly beautiful and inspiring. From the Cotswolds to St Ives and Edinburgh to Brighton there are so many incredible places to visit in the UK. Hotels such as the Good Hotel London, whose mission is to help you give something back to the community whilst travelling are great choices for your next holiday that will really help make a difference.
What's more... we're just a train or ferry ride away from France and you can take a train from France to many countries in Europe if you really want to travel further afield. You could even do what Greta Thunberg does and take a boat to countries around the world rather than relying on air travel. Yes, it does take longer than flights but it will make a huge difference if you can choose this option.
- Top Tip -
Travelling abroad next year?! Did you know that you can also offset your carbon footprint from any flights that you take? Find out more using the carbon calculator on the Climate Care Website.
1. Sign up for ODDBox LDN
Did you know that perfectly good wonky veg and funky looking fruit are often wasted just because of how they look?!
ODDBOX LDN is trying to change this. A food box delivery service, ODDBOX is London’s first and only sustainable fruit & veg subscription box that fights food waste.
If you're not in London, another good option is Milk & More, a company that delivers fresh fruit and veg from local sustainable sources and milk in glass bottles cutting down on your single-use plastics too!
2. Switch to Renewable Energy
3. Plant Trees in Cities
Trees for Cities is a UK charity that works at both a national and international level to empower communities to plant more trees. By planting trees, particularly in urban areas, the project helps build resilience against the global threat of climate change. Find out how you can get involved with this amazing project here.
We all have left-over paint from our last redecoration or DIY project... but what do you do with that leftover paint?! Recycle it of course! Check out the Recycle Now website and enter in your postcode to find the nearest location to you to recycle your paint. Alternatively, head to the Forest Recycling Website to recycle your paint.
5. Switch off Your Electrics!
This is a super easy, but incredibly impactful change you can make. Switch-off all of your electrics at the plug when not in use to conserve energy and reduce your carbon impact. It will also save you a lot of money on your household bills too! A win-win, don't you think?!
Throughout October 2019 there are lots of events and exhibitions on that deal with the dangers that threaten our natural environment. So to find out more about the issue and what you can do to be more eco-conscious, why not visit these following exhibitions?!
We're major foodies Rockett St George and so anything to do with food and we are there!
On at the V&A this experiential and multi-sensory look at the global food chain sheds light on the worlds distribution of food, whilst also giving tips on how we can eat more sustainably. Find out more and book your tickets at the V&A.
Where? Gallery 39 and the North Court at the V&A.
When? On now until Sunday, 20 October 2019
An immersive and captivating installation, "discover what an artist’s perspective can bring to issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture". And once every other week you’ll be able to communicate with people from Eliasson’s 100-strong team in his Berlin studio via a live link.' You can find out more about this exhibition on our September Hot List 2019. What's more, Uniclo are offering a £10 ticket that includes an evening of fun at the Tate. Find out more here.
Where? TATE MODERN, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
When? Open until January 5th 2020
Can't make it to these exhibitions?!
There are also a number of documentaries that you can find on Netflix and other online streaming services that are great for raising awareness. Here are a few of our favourites:
Give us your top 3 eco-friendly interior tips and tricks and be in for the chance to WIN a £50 e-voucher to spend at Rockett St George!
All you need to do is take a picture of your styled up interiors and share it with us in a post on Instagram or Facebook along with the @rockettstgeorge.co.uk tag and #rockettstgeorge , #MyEcoTips for your chance to win.
The winner will be announced in our November Hot List. Good Luck!
For our September Hot List, our Facebook & Instagram Competition Theme was 'My Bathroom Style'. With so many fabulous entries our work was cut out for us, but we are thrilled to announce that @dixiesyard is our lucky winner! She has won a £50 E-Voucher to spend at Rockett St George! Yay!
A huge thanks to these fabulous runner-ups too - we loved your #mybathroomstyle posts!
For daily inspiration to help you live more sustainably, we've rounded up a few of our favourite influencers who blog, film and Instagram about their eco-tips.
Discover our favourites below:
Curiously Conscious - A lifestyle blog covering food, clothes, travel, home, beauty and more, all from a sustainable and eco-conscious angle. You can follow Curiously Conscious on Instagram here.
Chlo & Clothes - An eco-fashion blogger with a sustainability ethos.
Blue Ollis - A Youtuber and blogger, Blue's content is all focused on zero-waste, ethical living and being kinder to the earth. Check out Blue Ollis' Channel on YouTube.