Learn Sustainability with Colin

This summer will (hopefully) be the start of returning to some form of normality. We’ve all been cooped up inside, missing out on adventure, missing friends and family and overall lacking things to do. There’s only so many meal kits and lockdown activities you can do (anyone else’s house covered in clay and paint residue?)  But things are looking up. We’re all looking forward to potentially getting away while it’s warm to get some much-needed R&R. There’s a possibility that ‘Vaccine Passports’ will be a real-life thing soon, allowing for international travel, something that a lot of the population is...

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This summer will (hopefully) be the start of returning to some form of normality. We’ve all been cooped up inside, missing out on adventure, missing friends and family and overall lacking things to do. There’s only so many meal kits and lockdown activities you can do (anyone else’s house covered in clay and paint residue?) 

But things are looking up. We’re all looking forward to potentially getting away while it’s warm to get some much-needed R&R. There’s a possibility that ‘Vaccine Passports’ will be a real-life thing soon, allowing for international travel, something that a lot of the population is super keen on.

We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to go abroad to enjoy a holiday. That’s right, we said it.

Think about it – waking up at 4am for your flight, airport queues, only being able to bring a tiny amount of moisturiser? Plus, not sure about you, but we always feel like we’re hiding something when we go through security even though we’re not. The unexplained guilt is very surreal.

Now, if you choose to go abroad this year, we won’t judge at all. Chances are some of our staff members will be heading somewhere on their holibobs. We’re just here to tell you that there are alternatives and why staying put can be a great thing, not just for you, but for the planet too.

We’re championing the UK Staycation this year, and here’s why.

Keep your carbon footprint low

During lockdown, the UK’s carbon footprint went down by an incredible 17%. The main reason for this is that we’re travelling less (not by choice, mind). Less travel means less carbon production. Simple.   

This is good news for the planet in the fight against Climate Change, but we can’t just rely on pandemics to reduce carbon footprints. By reducing our international travel, we’re reducing the impact on the planet. We’re not saying you shouldn’t go and explore the world (China is particularly lovely, AND there are pandas), but taking the year off and seeing what the UK has to offer can be just as good.

CarbonFootprint.com have handily calculated the carbon cost of travelling abroad and offer alternatives to flying. Either take the train instead or if you have to fly, offset your carbon by travelling light, using ‘non-stop’ routes and electronic tickets, to reduce paper waste.

 If you’re making a conscious effort to reduce your carbon footprint, this might be a good alternative for you.

The UK is BEAUTIFUL

Devon! Norfolk! Edinburgh! Manchester! Cornwall! London!

All of these incredible places on your doorstep, and you want to get on a plane?! Okay, British weather is the peak of unpredictable and we can’t argue that a cold drink on a hot beach in a foreign country is bliss.

HOWEVER. The UK is full to the brim with magical places. You might find yourself discovering a hidden British beach, or (responsibly) sipping whisky in the Highlands, or exploring ancient forests and lakes. 

You could have a barbecue with friends or a plastic-free picnic – don’t forget to bring our brand new bamboo Sip and Shake Straws along to make it super sustainable, too!

Saveonenergy.com have listed the most Instagrammable, eco-friendly places to visit in the UK. So, check ‘em out and book yourself a sustainable Staycation.

Visit some friends of ours…

The UK is also home to a couple of our favourite black and white bears, who you can now go and see in real life, not just on Panda cam…

Yang Guang and Tian Tian reside at the world-famous Edinburgh Zoo, which is now open to visitors from across the United Kingdom under government guidelines. They’re making it as safe as possible to provide you with an incredible day out, seeing some amazing animals.

The zoo is easy to get to from Edinburgh City Centre as well as from most places in the UK by train. While you’re there, you can check out what else the Scottish capital has to offer. 

These are just a few reasons why we think you should take part in a Staycation for your holidays this year. There are some more, but we don’t want to nag.

Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go, we hope you have the planet in mind when you do it. It needs us now more than ever, and small changes can make a huge difference.

But at the same time, we all need a bit of a break, right? 

Love,

Team Cheeky Panda x

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Not a day goes by that this blog writer doesn’t use the word ‘bamboo’. Even at weekends, even on days off, EVEN during sleep, the B-word resides at the forefront of our brain.That’s because when you become a certified Cheeky Panda, bamboo becomes a significant part of your vocabulary. We love the stuff, partly because it gives us something to talk about, but mainly because it's given us the opportunity to make eco-friendly essentials for you lot to enjoy. But how is bamboo sustainable? Why is bamboo eco-friendly? Why is this miracle material so gloriously good for the planet? Easy...

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Not a day goes by that this blog writer doesn’t use the word ‘bamboo’. Even at weekends, even on days off, EVEN during sleep, the B-word resides at the forefront of our brain.

That’s because when you become a certified Cheeky Panda, bamboo becomes a significant part of your vocabulary. We love the stuff, partly because it gives us something to talk about, but mainly because it's given us the opportunity to make eco-friendly essentials for you lot to enjoy.

But how is bamboo sustainable? Why is bamboo eco-friendly? Why is this miracle material so gloriously good for the planet? Easy question. Here’s EXACTLY why, straight from the panda’s mouth.

It grows suuuuuuper fast

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant. In. The. World.

In the perfect conditions, it can grow three feet in 24 hours, so you can actually watch it grow, if you’ve not got much else on, that is. This is technically the case for any plant/tree/bush, but if you go into your back garden and stare at your rhododendrons, waiting for them to grow, you’re going to there for a while.

This rapid growth means it’s really renewable - it can keep up with our demand for paper products, whereas trees just can’t.

When we harvest, we don’t cut the roots. Since bamboo is technically a grass (not the kind that tells on people) it’ll grow back again as quick as a flash, ready to be chopped and pulped again for loo roll and wipes.

But when trees are cut down, they’re gone forever. No growing back, nothing. Nada.

See? Renewable. Keeps coming back, like the Need For Speed sequels. Try and stop it, you can't.

30, 30, 35…

…are the magic numbers.

Bamboo grows 30 times faster, produces 30% more oxygen and absorbs 35% more carbon than your traditional tree.

We’re a little annoyed that those numbers aren’t all 30, but we’ll let it slide because 5% more carbon absorbed per bamboo shoot is much better. It’s a fair trade.

So, the more bamboo we plant, the more oxygen we get. Meaning we can all breathe easy.

Plus, more bamboo might mean less carbon on Earth. Carbon is the stuff that’s making the world hotter, we don’t want too much of it, so more bamboo could help us balance things out a little bit by absorbing more of it.

Trees try their best, and we love them for it, but they can’t stand up to mighty bamboo. That doesn’t mean we should get rid of them, though. Quite the opposite, we need trees. What else are we going to read under and swing from?

Plus, bamboo doesn’t mind being made into loo roll. Trees do though, they’re sick of it.

It grows like MAD

We source our bamboo in SE Asia, where it grows like you would not believe. It’s basically like those weeds in your garden or your nose hair when you get older (what’s THAT all about anyway? We'll cover that in a different blog post).

Our lovely co-founders went on a trip to China and found that the bamboo growing wildly on the mountains was going to waste. So, they did what most people do – turn it into toilet roll and other eco-essentials. Why wouldn’t you?

It’s also worth noting that we don’t take bamboo from the hungry mouths of pandas. They only like a certain kind, they’re super picky. The cute little rascals.

 


Reducing deforestation

This one’s an easy one.

By using bamboo, we’re not using trees to make loo roll. PanDUH.

27,000 trees a DAY are cut down to make paper products, and that’s way too many. Think of all the animal homes destroyed and all the forests reduced to nothing. Sad, right?

Use bamboo, save trees, feel good. Easy.

Bamboo Tree


We’ve used the word ‘bamboo’ 20 times in this blog, that’s enough for the average person per month (not a real statistic).

However, that’s a normal amount per day for THIS blog writer.

Hopefully these words inspire you to use this miracle grass in your daily life more often. Remember, a small switch can make a world of difference.

Love,
Team Cheeky Panda x

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Eco-friendly, sustainable, biodegradable, compostable: eco-conscious marketing is on the rise, which means we can now find a lot of different green terms on all sorts of products and services. Words matter – marketing teams (oh, hello!) know that all too well, so reinforcing green statements on branded products is a good way to show our efforts to eco-conscious shoppers. However, there are many, many different terms on the market, so it’s no wonder it’s getting a bit confusing...
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Eco-friendly, sustainable, biodegradable, compostable: eco-conscious marketing is on the rise, which means we can now find a lot of different green terms on all sorts of products and services. Words matter – marketing teams (oh, hello!) know that all too well, so reinforcing green statements on branded products is a good way to show our efforts to eco-conscious shoppers. However, there are many, many different terms on the market, so it’s no wonder it’s getting a bit confusing...
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It’s Valentine’s Day! The most romantic day of the year. Well, it might be romantic, but it’s certainly not sustainable, with its long history of gift-giving and card-writing having evolved in a huge industry.  

Thankfully, you don’t have to kill a tree for a bunch of cards or cut down some lovely roses that will wither away in a couple of days – we’ve got a couple ideas on how to make your Valentine’s Day sustainable AND romantic! 

Find out how to make your Valentine's Day more sustainable in our blog. 

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It’s Valentine’s Day! The most romantic day of the year. Well, it might be romantic, but it’s certainly not sustainable, with its long history of gift-giving and card-writing having evolved in a huge industry.  

Thankfully, you don’t have to kill a tree for a bunch of cards or cut down some lovely roses that will wither away in a couple of days – we’ve got a couple ideas on how to make your Valentine’s Day sustainable AND romantic! 

Find out how to make your Valentine's Day more sustainable in our blog. 

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Going plastic-free at home is one thing. It’s easier to find alternatives, and then stick to them. But what if you’re on the go, in need of a bit of flexibility? How avoid single-use plastic – often so practical – when you’re out and about? 
 
Don’t worry! We’ve got some tips and tricks for you! 
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Going plastic-free at home is one thing. It’s easier to find alternatives, and then stick to them. But what if you’re on the go, in need of a bit of flexibility? How avoid single-use plastic – often so practical – when you’re out and about? 
 
Don’t worry! We’ve got some tips and tricks for you! 
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