EVENT | INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH

EVENT | INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH

July 09, 2020

Did you know that there is a whole month dedicated to independent businesses just like ours? July marks independent retailer month, a campaign that runs annually throughout July to highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole. We think buying from small, local and independent businesses is truly just magical! Here at Artisans & Adventurers we pour love and care into each and every product you find on our shop shelves and we like to think that's obvious to you, our customers, when you pay us a visit or make a purchase. It's true what they say, "when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance!" So to mark Independent Retailer Month, we wanted to tell you a little bit more about this amazing campaign and how you can get involved. 

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ETHICAL CHOCOLATE FOR WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY

ETHICAL CHOCOLATE FOR WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY

July 07, 2020

July really is a month packed full of wonderful events we can't help but get behind! Not only is it the month of Plastic Free July & Independent Retailer Month (both of which you can read more about in our previous journal posts!) but it is also World Chocolate Day! How fabulous is that? Like most people, we love chocolate, but it is important to us to know that our favourite sweet treat is ethically sourced and produced. Unfortunately, many of our favourite chocolate bars that grace supermarket shelves are not ethically produced, and the people who grow the cocoa are treated very poorly. In fact, child labour and slave labour is all too common in the production of chocolate and the growing practise can also be incredibly harmful for the environment. If you want to learn more, we recommend watching the short 2010 documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate which provides a heart-wrenching insight into the business of chocolate. However, that doesn't mean all chocolate is bad, in fact there are some wonderful companies producing delicious, ethical chocolate that you can enjoy guilt free. 

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EVENT | PLASTIC FREE JULY 2020

EVENT | PLASTIC FREE JULY 2020

June 30, 2020

The month of July is upon us, meaning summer is officially in full swing! We love spending our July days lazing on the beach, indulging in an ice cream and taking the time to relax. But there's one thing about July we love even more than all these things put together; Plastic Free JulyPlastic Free July is "a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities." So read on if you want to learn even more about this fantastic initiative and how you can get involved. (Hint: it's easier than you think!)

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EVENT | SUMMER SOLSTICE 2020

EVENT | SUMMER SOLSTICE 2020

June 17, 2020

It may already feel like summer is in full swing, however the astronomical season doesn’t officially begin until Saturday 20 June this year. Saturday marks the summer solstice, otherwise known as midsummer or the longest day of the year, meaning longer days and brighter evenings are quickly approaching - great news for BBQ lovers and beach goers! But how do people around the world celebrate the summer solstice? Why is Stonehenge so significant? And how can you celebrate the solstice this year during covid-19? Read on if you want to learn all this and more! 

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Pride Month Interview: Meet Same Sex Parents Lucy & Stacey

Pride Month Interview: Meet Same Sex Parents Lucy & Stacey

June 16, 2020

Carrying on the pride celebrations this month, we wanted to sit down with and celebrate some members of the LGBTQ+ community who often get overlooked; parents! We all know parenting is often a tough but incredibly rewarding job so we decided to find out what parenthood is like for first time mothers Lucy and Stacey.

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Tips for Rewilding Big and Small Gardens

Tips for Rewilding Big and Small Gardens

June 03, 2020

Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation that’s all about letting nature take care of itself, enabling natural processes to repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. Through rewilding, wildlife’s natural rhythms are free to create wilder, more biodiverse habitats. 

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World Environment Day and Facts About the UK's Native Species

World Environment Day and Facts About the UK's Native Species

June 03, 2020

World Environment Day is one of the most famous, wide-spread days for environmental action. Celebrated since 1974, World Environment Day takes place every year on 5 June and encourages governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on current, pressing environmental issues. The theme for 2020 is biodiversity – a concern that is incredibly urgent. 

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PRIDE MONTH ICONS 2020

PRIDE MONTH ICONS 2020

June 02, 2020

As June rolls around, here at Artisans & Adventurers we are getting ready for one of our favourite events of the year - Pride! Pride in our hometown of sunny Margate is always particularly special for us. With the current situation, Pride is undoubtedly going to look a little different this year, but we think it is really important to still celebrate and support our local LGBTQ+ communities and organisations. 

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The History of the Biscuit

The History of the Biscuit

May 29, 2020

Who doesn’t love a biscuit? It’s fair to say that at Artisans & Adventurers HQ many a biscuit has been nibbled upon whilst we’re busy packing orders or sitting down for our afternoon cuppa. So we were very excited to learn about a holiday we hadn’t heard of before - drum roll please - National Biscuit Day! Friday the 29th May marks what we think is one of the greatest days of the year, so pop the kettle on, grab your dunking biscuit of choice and let us run you through the history of some of the UK's favourite biscuits, as well as learning how to bake delicious vegan Custard Cream's.

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Sourcing Ugandan Baskets

Sourcing Ugandan Baskets

May 24, 2020

That aside, Uganda is a peaceful country and one that I had been told was very, very beautiful.  It was. A lot of tourism there is centred on Primate reserves.  It is one of the best places to see Gorillas and Chimpanzees and tourism contributes greatly to the protection of these magnificent creatures.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see any but what I did see was way more up my street (or dust road in this case).

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History, Uses & Benefits of Edible Flowers.

History, Uses & Benefits of Edible Flowers.

May 15, 2020

This coming Monday 18th May marks what would have been the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020. We all know that we love having flowers in our homes and gardens, but did you know that there's many types of flowers you can eat? We took a deep-dive into the world of edible flowers, and we wanted to share with you all the interesting and exciting things we learned.

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EVENT | ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY 2020

EVENT | ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY 2020

May 13, 2020

At Artisans & Adventurers, we find inspiration in nature and the natural environments of places around the world that we visit. The sad truth is that many of the beautiful, global environments and species that inspire our creativity are at great risk of extinction. With Endangered Species Day on Friday 15th May, we wanted to shine a light on a few of the world's most incredible animals and plants, asking how they have become endangered and explaining ways in which we can help stop their rapid decline.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, it was created to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate and learn how to protect declining species.

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