Wee Do- Good Energy

This coming Tuesday (15th), we have Hugo House from Good Energy coming in to the Carnaby Street store, to do a Wee Do talk.

People who are concerned about climate change and want to help stop global warming are switching their electricity supply to Good Energy 100% renewable electricity. By switching to Good Energy individuals are reducing their environmental impact and supporting a growing community of over 1000 generators who are making clean, green energy from sustainable sources. From solar and wind power to hydro and biogas, Good Energy is the renewable energy specialists.

Clean energy, renewable energy, green energy, ethical energy… Good Energy

If you would like a free ticket to this event please email us (carnabyst@howies.co.uk) or call us (0207 287 2345).

As always we will have free Organic beers and Juices available. Doors open at 7:15pm and remember spaces are limited so get in touch quickly.  See you there!

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Globers

  • Posted by howies
  • 9 December 2009

A while back in the summer I entered a competition with Globe Bikes, to write a blog for them, for their Globe Experience.  It was to see in the launch for their new 2010 range of bikes.  Suffice to say I won a place in the team of 18 bloggers world wide.

The blogs started on 1st November, when I received the Globe Roll.  The idea is for 3 months each of us are writting about our experiences on our bikes...not specifically product reviews, just our experiences.

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Mine has gotten off to a slow start as I went off to India for 2 weeks.  But I'm back now, and getting back on it!  I'm not commuting to work as yet- just finding my feet in my spare time, cycling around north east London with my friends.  I haven't had a bike for years...since I was 8 years old I think.  I'm really enjoying getting back into cycling!

You can follow my blog from this link.

Do Documentary 2009

  • Posted by howies
  • 7 December 2009
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The 2009 Do documentary is here. Well worth a watch.

My favourite lecture had to be Micheal Pawlyn's. He spoke on Biomimicry in relation to an amazing project he is involved in: The Sahara Rainforest Project”.

Don't throw that jacket away!

It's that time of year again, in sets the cold and rain.  Looking out your old waterproof jacket?  Maybe it's working great, waterproof and breatable.  Or maybe it's lost its lustre?

When your jacket is dirty this causes the fabric to 'wet out' and loose its breatability.  If you wash your jacket in a standard washing detergent it will not help matters either, as it leaves residue behind.  You could use a non-detergent based tech wash.  This will not compromise the breathability or waterproofing of your jacket.  However over time your jacket will loose its durable water repellency, which is where re-proofing comes into play.

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We think you should get the best out of your clothes so... we are now selling Grangers 30° 2 in 1 Cleaner and Waterproofer, at the Carnaby Street store and Bristol store.  This product has energy saving in mind, as you only need to use one wash cycle.    It is bluesign certified; and is the only aftercare company to have this accreditation.  Bluesign is the world's only independant benchmark that guarantees products are free  from harmful substances, and as such are safe for humans and the environment.  We also have Grangers XT proofer spray available.  Many conventional re-proofers rely on heat being applied to activate it.  This means using your tumble drier or and iron.  We don't want you to use this energy unnecessarily.  The XT proofer restores the perforormance of your jacket, with simply airdrying it after you have sprayed it.

I know this reads a bit like an infomercial...but hopefully we have imparted some knowledge on aftercare for you.

Wee Do- Respect the Mountain

With a chill in the air sweeping over London, we thought it an appropriate time to focus on an issue that winter sports enthusiasts should have a great interest in.

Our next Wee Do at the Carnaby Street store is next Tuesday, 17th November; and we have Betony Garner coming in to talk about the Ski Club of Great Britain campaign Respect the Mountain.

She is passionate about green issues and has been trying to raise awareness about how to minimise the impact of snowsports on the environment for the last four years.

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Respect the Mountain was a campaign launched by the Ski Club of Great Britain in 2004 with the aim of safeguarding the mountains for future generations to enjoy. Its basis is raising awareness and educating skiers, snowboarders, resorts and the whole snowsports industry on how they can do their bit to minimise their impact on the environment. The talk will investigate how the mountains have changed, how humans have impacted them and what we can do as skiers and snowboarders to help.

For more information about the campaign go to: www.respectthemountain.com

 If you would like a free ticket to this event, please email (carnabyst@howies.co.uk) or call us (0207 287 2345) to reserve a space. 

As always we have free organic beers and juice available.  Doors open at 7.15pm.  Spaces are limited so get in touch quickly.

 Hopefully see you there :)

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and here is a clip from our BioRegional Wee Do!

Harmonica Festival

  • Posted by howies
  • 22 October 2009
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The other day I was chatting to some customers about how they had recently moved to Bristol from London and how they are being kept busy by all the cool events happening in their new home.

As proof, this weekend there is loads happening in Brizzle; OxJam, Climate Countdown, and yesterday I discovered there is even a Harmonica Festival at the Folk House on Park Street. It's surely the most portable instrument, and great for creating an atmosphere as everyone huddles around a campfire on these autumn days. So pop along and learn the skills to impress, or just sit back and enjoy the evening performances.

Bristol, your climate needs you.

  • Posted by howies
  • 20 October 2009

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On Saturday 24th October Bristol is doing it's bit to get the momentum moving faster on climate change issues.

The Climate Countdown event at the Millennium Square includes bands, stalls, games, activities and inspiring speakers. From 14:30 till 21:00 there will be lots going on to rouse Bristolians into action and get our voices heard by the people representing us at the climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December.

To start the day off at noon you are invited to 'shout till you are blue in the face '- literally, to demand action on climate change. Dress in all your blue finery, even get your face painted blue by Oxfam and join others to create a human wave at the Ferry Boat, opposite the Watershed. Full details here http://www.bristol.anglican.org/wordpress/?p=956

If all that has fired your belly for further action, join the bike ride from Bristol to London for The Wave on December 5th. For information in taking part in the bike ride to London, go here http://www.bristol.anglican.org/churches/bristolbluewave/

are you the big mac?

  • Posted by howies
  • 8 October 2009

Some friends of mine are in a band called King Porter Stomp.  They are an 8 piece band "with massive horns, heavy bass and deeply socially aware lyrics."

The past two years they have been performing on the UK festival tour, and received great reviews!

They are going to be making their first music video this weekend, and are calling for people to join in.  From their latest album Poison the Beat, they will be filming their track "Big Mac" at the McDonalds on London Road in Brighton.

Their invitation:
OK ALL YOU NON LOVERS OF FAST FOOD PLEASE COME JOIN US IN MAKING OUR BIG MAC VIDEO. WE WILL BE MARCHING FROM THE LEVEL AT 3.30PM TO RONALD McDONALDS HOUSE ON LONDON RD.  Bring ya dancing shoes, video cams and phones, any anti fast food clothes or fancy dress.  Bring one bring all.  SEE YA SUNDAY.
I have heard rumours of Tim dressing up as an angry farmer and there is going to be a pantomime cow in the mix!?
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