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A Fashion Journey with People Tree’s Safia Minney

Behind the scenes of our first cover shoot

Say hello to spring

Day and night pastels Make-up Grab your feather duster

Upcycle your home

with Oliver Heath

Competition extravaganza worth £1,200

Contents 10.

4. Contributors 5. Team letter


7. Behind the scenes 10. Day and night pastels 12. A stitch in time 16. It’s a wrap 18. Get wasted

32. 12. 35.


22. Spring make-up trends 24. Beauty hotlist 26. Keep your skin green with a clay face mask 28. On the beauty bandwagon...



30. Upcycle your home 32. Tangerine dreams 33. Bashful blue bathing 35. Child’s play 36. A recipe for squooshie bootees 38. The forgotten feast 42. Easy, breezy, cheesy pasta 45. Grab your feather duster



46. City breaks 49. Daisy Green events 50. Competition extravaganza

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Meet our contributors Emma Heathcote-James is founder of the eco-savvy Little Soap Company and Little Soap School and has been lovingly creating pick and mix soaps since 2008.

Penny Ritson is the founder and author of Penny’s Recipes - easy, low cost and seasonal recipes.

Safia Minney is the founder and CEO of Fair Trade and environmental fashion and lifestyle label People Tree. She was appointed an MBE in June 2009.

Catherine (Cat) Batey, Intimate Kitty founder and CEO is on a mission to design and sell the best fitting bras for women with larger breasts.

Oliver Heath is an author, eco celebrity and his interior design and sustainability knowledge have made him a trusted expert for media including the BBC.

Jane Dominica Pearson is a relentless knitter, cake baker and founder of Bootlicious.

Laura Gemmell is an expert make-up artist and regular contributor for DaisyGreenMagazine.

Jennifer Atkinson is the Communications Officer for She is a regular contributor for Daisy Green and organises NE ConnectFriday events.

Tom Hunt is an eco chef passionate about local, seasonal and organic food and is also a food waste activist.

Would you like to see your name here? We are now taking submissions for Summer 2012 contact Suzanne@ daisygreenmagazine. for more details.

Team Letter Hello and welcome to the spring edition of Daisy Green Magazine!


ith a new season finally here what better way to celebrate than with colourful fashion, delicious recipes and much, much more?

We had an amazing time on the first ever Daisy Green Magazine photo shoot, and just couldn’t have wished for a better day. From start to finish the experience was tremendously exciting. As a special thanks to all of our gorgeous competition entrants we’ve printed their photographs on the back cover of this issue. Flick over and take a look at all the beautiful readers who took part in what’s turned out to be one of the highlights of Daisy’s story so far. While we’re crossing our fingers and hoping for good weather this spring, there’s no need to hit the shops to inject that missing ray of sunshine. Why not step into spring with lovely, natural and on-trend make up? The wonderful Laura Gemmel is here to show us how you can recreate this catwalk look at home using your own beauty tools and a few simple tricks of the trade. Perfect. Here at Daisy Green we believe in following fashion while considering the planet, and so we were honoured to speak to People Tree founder Safia Minney, who gave us an interesting insight into why she decided to set up the brand back in 1991. We hope you’ll enjoy the interview as much as we did. Spring is the perfect time to go on holiday. If you’re keen to take a break and stay on home turf, don’t forget to read our UK city breaks guide for some fabulous ideas not a million miles from home. We hope you enjoy our spring issue, we’ll see you again in print in the summer! Love, The Daisy Green Girls P.S. In the meantime check out for your daily fix of ethical, organic and Fair Trade fashion, beauty, lifestyle and travel tips. SPRING 2012 5

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Behind the Scenes of find the Face of Daisy Green Magazine cover shoot

Strike a pose! After the fantastic response to our Facebook campaign to find the Face of Daisy Green, the team were very excited for the first ever Daisy Green Magazine cover shoot. Just like little children on Christmas Eve, we couldn’t wait for the big day! Alongside our campaign, Angel Sinclair from Models of Diversity did a shout out to attract more entrants. Our three finalists, Holly, Kate and Cherry were thrilled to have been voted for by our Facebook followers and eager to be snapped by professional photographer Fiona Nicholl, from Purple Pomegranate Studios. Holly, who is studying fashion at Northumbria University, was surprised to find herself in the competition. “My friend craftily submitted my photograph and told me afterwards!” she said.

“I was really shocked to find out I was in the top ten and I didn’t believe my friend when she called to tell me.” “It’s been a really fun day,” Holly added, “and eye-opening for me as I’m very interested in fashion.” Kate, who entered through Models of Diversity, was keen to point out that it’s crucial for society to welcome models of all sizes and help women accept their body shapes. “Larger sized models shouldn’t be seen as a gimmick,” she said. “I grew up worrying about my weight, but fortunately times are changing.” “Facebook was a great way to spread the word about this competition and I’m proud to have been part of it.” Cherry, also a student at Northumbria University, was very happy to be in the final three. SPRING 2012 7

“Initially I was nervous, but it’s been a great experience for me.” Freelance make-up artist Laura Gemmel was on set to give the girls soft and natural make-up, while hair stylist Laura Dickinson, from The Head Gardener, gave the girls relaxed and loose hair. Think Alexa Chung meets Nicole Kidman. The girls couldn’t wait to see what they were going to be wearing for the shoot so, after ‘oohing’ and ‘ahhing’ over the delightful clothes and accessories, our fashion stylist Elizabeth got to work and styled all three finalists. Cue bold colours, feminine prints and super chic jewellery.

Larger sized models shouldn’t be seen as a gimmick


Overall it was a fantastic day and, in between takes, everyone took full advantage of the background music and boogied, proving that there’s always time for a spot of impromptu dancing. Our Deputy Editor Michelle was crafty with her own camera, and captured the day for us from behind the scenes. Eat your heart out David Bailey! Here’s how we got on… lights, camera, action!

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I was really shocked to find out I was in the top ten



Initially I was nervous, but it’s been a great experience for me


Special thanks to: Ole Henriksen, Purity, ANS Designs, Tatty Devine, Antiform, Johari, Traidcraft, Nomads Clothing, Nancy Dee, Makki, Silverchilli, La Chic Unique, Bourgeois Boheme, Ethics Girls, Young British Designers, Goodone, Beaumont Organics and Gracia Woman. Please turn to the back page to see all of the entrants for the Face of Daisy Green Magazine. SPRING 2012 9

A glance at spring...

Day & Night Pastels Say hello to Mr Sun with fun, feminine pastel shades. It’s not just a daytime trend, we’ve mixed it up a little and thrown in some glamourous eveningwear too! Dress, Outsider, £170

Shorts, Lalesso at Fashion-Conscience, £58

Cardigan, Muriee, 189€ (RRP 270€)

Dress, Nancy Dee, £99

Shoes, Olsen Haus at Neon Collective, £118

Jumper, Nancy Dee, £40

Skirt, Annie Greenabelle, £30

Dress, Monsoon, £100

Fedora, Pachacuti, £29.50, (RRP £59)

Necklace, Tatty Devine, £21 SPRING 2012 11

A stitch

in time ...

People Tree founder Safia Minney is one of the most inspiring women you’ll ever come across. Founder Nicola Alexander met Safia in her London base... People Tree started in 1991 in Japan and launched in the UK in 2001. It came from a volunteer group called Global Village that I founded from my bedroom. At the time it was possible to get Fair Trade tea and coffee but not fashion. People Tree grew from this and has now become the highest profile Fair Trade company in Japan. The company started as one green consumer and a couple of friends, and is now tens of thousands of likeminded people.



We create livelihoods and sustain incomes for over 4,000 farmers and artisans around the world, and our pioneering work promotes ecologically sound methods of production and minimises environmental impact. It’s important to use organic and Fair Trade cotton and make clothes using safe dyes and steer clear of synthetic and non-biodegradable materials. Fair Trade means working with the most marginalized farmers and artisans in the World. We give technical training, design and management support, pay fair prices and give long term orders. People Tree also runs a Market Exposure Programme so producer partners can visit Tokyo and London to learn about the market and their customers.

To make Fair Trade possible, we have to pay 50% advance payments. People Tree has pioneered the first Fair Trade and organic supply chain in the developing world. This is why the British government has asked us to create tools and training manuals, so more fashion brands can follow our example. Looking good at the expense of people and our planet isn’t cool. Given an alternative- well designed, affordable, accessible Fair Trade fashion - people want to buy it! Anyway, it’s healthier for you to wear 100% natural, breathable and organic materials rather than synthetics! My kids reach for their organic t-shirts first every time! Ethical fashion is important in today’s society. Our choices matter. Most of us don’t like the idea of our money being spent on weapons or sent to countries with repressive regimes, yet we have an economic system that is largely that and completely environmentally unsustainable! I don’t want to use any of my money and time to support that system. When I think of buying new things I think it should be Fair Trade and organic, otherwise it should be vintage, recycled or upcycled, or whatever the fashionable word for it is. Less resources used with more value added is what we need. There are lots of interesting fashion brands doing incredible things and the internet makes it all so accessible. Consumers just need to support the eco-alternatives more, so that these pioneering businesses are better resourced and can continue to grow and compete. Shoppers might want to buy ethical fashion but find it tricky if they don’t know where to shop or if they have a restricted budget. People Tree is an alternative to high street fashion brands and often priced the same as mid-market shops. People Tree products are 100% Fair Trade and made with respect to people and the planet. People Tree has complete integrity throughout the whole supply chain from the organic cotton and natural fabrics used to our use of sea freight. Hand skills are used in design and production as much as possible. The knitwear is hand knitted, embroidery is stitched by hand and much of our fabric is woven on a hand loom. Our jewellery is produced in India and Kenya and each piece is hand made by Fair Trade groups; one of these is Bombolulu in Kenya. Bombolulu employs disabled artisans and provides skill development for individuals that would otherwise find it hard to find work. Because our products are completely handmade, they are unique. We have 150 stockists in UK and Europe and 300 in Japan and Hong Kong, so it is possible to shop in store too. People Tree has its own website, and we sell at, John Lewis, Topshop,Yoox and our own stores in Japan. I hope we’ll have one in London soon too! People Tree represents a new relationship between fashion and the consumer, a more humane and sustainable vision. >

> Lots of people share that! Our typical custumer is between 2540, but we have babies and great grandparents too! We are not rich; we are teachers, social workers, media people, business men, musicians, all sorts of people. We’re stylish, intelligent and a bit quirky. Vintage inspired our S/S12 collection, we love vintage and 50s fit and flare! We love crafts too! People Tree’s S/S12 main line collection offers a true Fair Trade solution to many of the season’s trends. There are collaborations with Zakee Shariff and Orla Kiely, I love them! And there will be a younger range Aimée’, launching 15 April. Vintage style dresses are grown-up with narrow-cut waists and flared-skirts, keyhole neck lines, twists, drapes and ruffles. We had a lot of fun designing this collection using conversational prints, polka dots,florals and nautical stripes. Our design team is great; they are passionate about their work and the product! Working with so many talented people who really care about Fair Trade and sustainable fashion and love textiles is important! Most of the people we work with are passionate about design and about getting the Fair Trade message out too. We all have a huge role to play in educating people who don’t yet know about the social and environmental costs of fashion. Time is running out… Being a good fashion designer is as much about being a good technician as being creative. Working for a fashion brand that understands textile and wants to work in partnership with its suppliers is a good place to start. That’s the best way to learn about sustainable fashion. Or learn the ropes with a fast fashion retailer for 3-5 years and then take your skills into the area of eco-fashion. Like any creative career you have to work twice as hard and give your all to be successful. It‘s more about work, than glamour.

The best thing about working in the fashion industry is that fashion keeps you on your toes all of the time! But I like fashion and music and culture and arts, all merge with politics and in Fair Trade fashion you get to do something positive about it! The common misconception about the fashion industry is that it’s glamorous, it’s not. Behind beautiful people and beautiful clothes, hide some very nasty, dark secrets.

People Tree in three words? Be the change.

Who would you love to see in your designs? The people in front of and behind me on the Northern Line! Or Vivienne Westwood. She is my style and advocacy icon! SPRING 2012 15


It’s a wrap


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Say hello to a new season with a bright scarf.

Scarves are a great way to breathe new life into your wardrobe. Work them day or night to add some pizazz to an outfit! Furthermore, you can tie them on your bag for instant chic. 1. Candice Wren, £60.52 (RRP £159) 2. Cityscape scarf, Rokit, £20 3. Reluxe at FashionConscience, £18 4. Tamasyn Gambell, £75 5. Toast, £79 6. Manumit, £12 7. Nomads, £9.90 8. NV London Calcutta, £25



hings have moved on so much since we last spoke in the winter edition of Daisy Green Magazine. After listening to your comments, I have decided to introduce a range of knickers to go with the new bra. Let’s face it girls, even if we find the bra we can’t always get the matching undies in our size! So, we are now developing a full set of lingerie, rather than just the bra.

The design phase has now been completed and a patent submitted, which if you didn’t know, gives my idea protection. Over the last few months I have been working closely with the pattern cutter to get the finished

design just right. The tooling to make the underwire insert will soon be completed and then trials using recycled plastic for the insert itself will take place. The more I think about it the more I realise that the Intimate Kitty bra will make life so much easier for women with, shall we say, a more ample bosom. I have come so far now and things are finally starting to come together. Exciting times!

We hope to have the first 15 sizes available for you to test in the next few months and of course this will be done with the team at Daisy Green, so you will be the first to know how it goes.


Perfectly paired lingerie

By Elizabeth Johnson

Get wasted Stuck on what to do with those clothes that you’ll just never wear again? Read on to find out more... How many clothes have you bought in the last 12 months? If you’re anything like I was a few years ago I’ll bet it was quite a lot. Apparently the average woman spends over £1,000 each year on clothing. When you think about it, that’s an awful lot of clothes, especially when you take into account the rise of fast fashion. In some shops £1,000 could buy you hundreds of garments. Buying things we don’t need seems to have become almost a way of life in the UK. Shopping is now more of a recreational activity and the accumulation of ‘things,’ especially clothes, seems to make us feel as if we have more worth. 18


But what is the impact of our addiction to spending? Even if you take into account the positive effect that the fashion industry can have for the people who manufacture the clothes, there is still a negative impact. It is estimated that roughly 1.2 million tonnes1 of clothing ends up in landfill each year. The impact on our tiny island is huge. With limited space to dispose of our rubbish we are choking on discarded clothes. The level of clothing going into landfill doesn’t appear to have decreased over the last few years either. Even in the current economic climate, we are still buying and throwing away. So what do we do with all of these clothes? Do we wear all of them? Or do we let them sit in our wardrobes until we have a clear out and then toss them into the bin? Even if you are someone who buys carefully, inevitably there will be an element of waste as we outgrow our clothes.

The question is what do we do with the ones we no longer want or use? Here are a few ways you can be kind to the environment when editing your wardrobe… 1. Upcycle During the war and other times of austerity women managed to reinvent their wardrobes with very little. ‘Make do and mend’ was the mantra. This is probably the cheapest route to a new wardrobe and you can do it yourself: Changing buttons, the hem, or sleeve height can all be done without requiring too much skill. I would also recommend making friends with your local dressmaker or tailor who can help you transform your old garments into something new and unique. 2. Reinvest Selling your unwanted clothes is a great way to pass them on and get a little back for yourself. There are so many ways you can do this and admittedly they take a little effort but the rewards can be great. Ebay and sites like Fashion Bloodhound enable you to sell your unwanted clothing and get some of that hard earned cash back. 3. Swap Clothes swapping, or ‘swishing’ as it is also known, is a great way to have fun and find new clothes. Going to an organised swap can give you access to hundreds of second hand items for a small entrance fee. Of course you can also do it with your friends and family for free!

The impact on our tiny island is huge. With limited space to dispose of our rubbish we are choking on discarded clothes.

4. Recycle Instead of putting your clothes in the bin it is so easy to recycle them. From filling the bags dropped through your letterbox to taking clothes to the local charity shop. Giving your clothes to charity provides them with a vital source of income. Click Collection will collect your clothes and sell them online, ensuring that money raised is donated directly to your chosen charity. Until the nation’s shopping habits change we all have to take steps to reduce the impact our unwanted clothes have on the environment. Hopefully we can learn to make our trash into treasure and maybe help someone else along the way. 1., February 2009 SPRING 2012 19

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Spring Makeup Trends

By Make-up Artist Laura Gemell




ood news ladies… there’s nothing complicated about this season’s makeup looks! Hurrah! This spring’s colour pallet is varied: Whether it’s a splash of bright colour on the lips (from reds through to pinks or even corals) or a deep sultry eye! The catwalks of spring/ summer offered a variety of looks… from bold theatrical to more ethereal, simple beauty styles. Wearable hair and makeup, as well as beautiful fresh-faced complexions with a beachy feel. With this season’s fashion taking a sportier turn, the makeup needs to suit. Keep the skin nude, define the cheekbones and use lots of mascara on the lashes. TOP TIP for luscious lashes: Try blasting your metal lash curlers with a hairdryer for a second before curling. Apply a lash primer to build volume, then add lengthening mascara to finish. No matter what the look, spring/summer skin is fresh, dewy and well sculpted. You can create highlights on the skin using highlighting products (or even something simple like clear lipbalm) on the higher parts of the face (the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose) but be careful not to go mad, you don’t want to look too metallic or oily! Sculpting the skin may sound tricky but it’s simple once you have the knack! Stand facing the mirror and dip the chin slightly. A natural shadow will form on the face (under the cheekbones) and this is where you can apply your contour (a slightly darker face powder or bronzer). Just use a blusher brush and softly apply into this shaded area. This, coupled with the highlight, creates a sculpted look with the cheekbones we all long for!

If you want to have a bright lip, blot down after application to create a matt effect. Or keep the edge undefined for a more ‘bee-stung’ look. Team your bright lips with a strong defined brow and the beautifully sculpted skin we mentioned earlier for a quick yet stunning makeup look. Think bronzed skin and pops of colour… simple yet effective! If eyes are your ‘thing’ there’s a look for you too: Muted brown tones with nothing too defined gives a grungy ‘last night’s’ makeup look. Go for a metallic chocolaty tone on the lid and blend out to the socket. Apply a darker liner, whether this is black or deep brown, to the root of the lash and blend to soften the hard edges. So whether you choose to go for the ‘straight from the beach’ or ‘straight from the club’ look, this season’s trends have something to suit everyone.

Beauty Hotlist

At Daisy Green we just love testing the latest beauty products. Here are some of our current favourites...

White grapefruit and May Chang bath oil,, £20

Sucre frappe mask & exfoliator, Pulpe de Vie,, 85€

Pure castille soap, Dr Bronner’s at, £8.49

Renewal Complex, Intelligent Nutrients at, introductory price £42.24 (RRP: £46.50)

Powder foundation, Terre d’Oc at, £24.95

Hydro-revive cleanser, Kitoko at, £11.95


Purifying eye make-up remover, Ole Henriksen at, £21


Bubblegum lip scrub,, £4.95


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Keep your skin green with a clay face mask Clays are easy to get hold of and, as in the case of most things, the higher the quality of clay the better. A personal favourite of mine is French Green Clay a wonderful beauty product that boasts not just skin rejuvenating properties, but also promotes physical health and wellbeing - what is there not to love?! French Green Clay (sometimes called Sea clay or Illite clay) is one of most effective, and most commonly used mineral skin clays. It contains a cornucopia of valuable elements, which include montmorillonite, and several (up to nine) important mineral oxides: magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosporous, silicon, copper and selenium. Green clay owes its colouration to two very important factors, which ultimately decide a good quality clay from a poor quality clay. They are iron oxides, and decomposed plant matter... yep, decomposed plant matter.


The natural green tones found in this luxurious clay are from the very cycles of life this earth uses to regenerate itself. When purchasing French Green Clay it is of utmost importance that it is truly green, or off green in colour. French Green clay shouldn’t be white or grey. Homemade clay treatments are simple and again, relatively cheap. You can for quickness sake just mix with water or follow the recipe below for a truly yummy treat. When making your own clay mask, it is important to know that different types of skin require a specific type of clay. Green Clay is great for all skin types but especially oily and acne-prone skin. You can use the following clay mask recipes and apply it at home. Just make sure you perform a patch test on a small area of your skin (e.g. a portion of your forearm) before putting the mixture on the face. Always apply the mask over a clean, damp face for better clay action.



& oily skin


What you will need: 1 ounce green clay 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel 1 teaspoon orange flower water (or plain distilled water) 1 or 2 drops of essential oil of your choice (lavender, tea tree, and orange are recommended) Directions: 1. Mix the clay, aloe vera gel, orange flower water, and drops of essential oils in that order to form a thick, fragrant paste. 2. Make sure to mix the ingredients well before applying to the face. Avoid the eye area. 3. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and then cold water to tighten pores. 4. Apply other beauty products as directed.

What you will need: 1 ounce red clay 2 teaspoons finely ground oatmeal (porridge from your kitchen cupboards) 3 tablespoons rosewater 1 teaspoon avocado oil 1 or 2 drops of essential oil of your choice


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By Emma Heathcote-James

1. Mix the red clay and oatmeal before adding the rosewater and avocado oil. 2. Mix until a thick consistency is achieved; add one or two drops of essential oil of your choice. 3. Apply over face, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water to close the pores.

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On the beauty bandwagon... Do you really know what’s in your make up bag? Jennifer Atkinson investigates. When it comes to beauty products I have been on the ethical bandwagon for many years. Above all because I just cannot overcome the abhorrence of inflicting needless cruelty on living creatures.



This practise is particularly true in the manufacture of some cosmetics and beauty products, which I believe are developed purely for selfish, aesthetic and luxurious purposes rather than for life-saving, medical treatments.

During my formative teenage years I was distraught to discover that animals endured atrocious torture for the sake of beauty. PETA articulates that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and I firmly concur. I simply can’t com prehend that any sane person would wish to inflict pointless suffering on another living thing. Following my ‘awakening’ I was overjoyed when Anita Roddick launched her ground breaking Body Shop empire, and I swiftly became a devout fan and loyal customer. Happily, the testing of cosmetics and toiletry products on animals is now banned in the UK and across the European Union. This, coupled with public pressure, has led to many manufacturers and retailers enthusiastically pushing their cruelty-free credentials. But loopholes in the law, which won’t be resolved until at least 2013, mean that ingredients tested on animals can still sneak their way into beauty products. As consumers we must be mindful of this and endeavour to ensure that our cosmetic purchases are guaranteed not to include ingredients that have been tested on animals. Conveniently, PETA has compiled a comprehensive list of their approved companies to help us out: But it doesn’t end there. There has never been so much choice when it comes to purchasing cosmetics that are deemed ethical, healthy, and wondrously natural, and in fact this has led to a host of problems.

A practise known as ‘greenwashing’ finds companies taking advantage of consumers seeking green and ethical products by using marketing tactics and spin to cleverly convince us that they care. The reality is that their true goal is undoubtedly to increase their profit margins. In the UK this remains a legal grey area and companies can describe a product as natural, or even organic, when it contains only insignificant amounts of the relevant ingredients. These companies can make claims that are outright lies or that are so vague they become meaningless; irrelevant suggestions, such as claiming a product is ‘CFC free’ when CFCs are banned, or claims that are not backed up by any evidence or certification. A really useful starting point on sussing out the sins of the greenwashing used in the cosmetic industry is which publishes daily online news for cosmetics manufacturing companies. As for myself, I would be tempted to go one step further… why not experiment and make our own products using locally sourced and organic ingredients?

Happily, the testing of cosmetics and toiletry products on animals is now banned in the UK and across the European Union. SPRING 2012 29

Upcycle your home

Read how Oliver Heath changed his family home for the better

After Before

I didn’t quite know what to think when I was recently labeled an “Eco maniac” in an article about my wife Katie’s up-cycled jewellery business. Is that a compliment or have I been branded ever so slightly nuts? They were referring to my passion for creating the home of my dreams, or as close to that as possible, from our recently refurbished, super conventional 1960’s three bedroomed home. So, was the Eco maniac label really so overboard? Daisy Green made me a green god because of my dedication to beautiful design in an ecological, sustainable way, so they clearly don’t think so! Outside, our house has been clad in sweet chestnut, rendered with an insulating screed, and the old leaky UPVC windows have been replaced with efficient, slim-framed Velfac windows which let in a whole lot more light. Inside, I’ve used nearly every trick in the book (and a few of my own!) to cut our home’s carbon emissions from a shocking 10.9 tonnes down to 2.5. “Hooray!” I hear you cheer... or perhaps not… I mean who can really picture this scale of reduction and, if not, how can we really care? So let’s put it another way. This 75% reduction in CO2 also means an equivalent reduction in our household bills. Ok, so that feels a bit better doesn’t it? And for me there is a quiet satisfaction from knowing that in these lean times we’re simply being as efficient and as un-wasteful as possible. However, my aim was always to exceed these obvious, austere green messages. My real aim was to create a warm, nurturing, healthy home for my wife Katie and our two little girls Lyla and Ottilie. What could possibly drive inspiration more than these few human essentials? And of course, as we all do, I have this innate deepseated ambition to protect and shelter my little tribe as best as I possibly can. Filling our home’s exterior shell with insulation, fitting new boilers, and draught free windows and doors help to make the whole space warm and usable; no cold patches, shivering or huddling in blankets in our house, thank you very much. While our wood burning stove creates visual warmth (and

quite a bit of heat) the whole house heat recovery system silently ventilates, cleans and re-circulates warm air to the home. It extracts and recycles warmth from the air rather than blowing it out of the house like a conventional fan. Using toxin free and natural materials, such as paint and surfaces, and good ventilation means we can sleep safely at night without ingesting the cocktail of chemicals that fill many a home these days. Using vintage furniture, up-cycled pieces and reclaimed materials gives our home a warm personal character, with a uniqueness that says: “This is ours, and this is what we love.” It is this combination of cutting edge technology, natural materials and vintage pieces that makes our home not only a highly efficient and practical space to live in, but also one that has character and identity. It’s a performance based style I like to call ‘Eco Chic’ – one that goes beyond conventional trends, one that’s here to stay and here to do things better. Now that doesn’t sound quite so maniacal, does it? SPRING 2012 31

Orange Trimphone, I Love Retro,, £36.95

Tangerine Dreams

Orange Blossom candle,, £38.78 Moorly wool blanket, £196 and clement wool cushion £92,

Daisy’s bedroom selection is inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year ‘tangerine tango.’ Why not wake up in a colourful room that provides you with a brilliant energy boost? Mid Century Vintage 3 drawer chest - multi coloured,, £495

PANTON tangerine chair,, £200

Retro 1960s style nesso orange table lamp,, £95 Oil rug,, £450,

Bashful Blue Bathing Blue hues evoke calmness and when it comes to bathrooms a state of tranquillity is the perfect thing to put a relaxing end to your busy day. Here are some of Daisy’s favourites... Lou Lou ghost chair, £60,

Cath Kidston spot blue tile,, £39.95

Careo recycled glass soap dispenser,, £7

Dr Bronner’s baby mild soap bar 140g,,£3.90

Antique green felt slippers,, £9

Orla Kiely organic sculpted stem ash blue bath linen,, from £5

Lacy bluebird bowl in Wedgwood ceramic pottery, Prince Design UK on, £16 SPRING 2012 33

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“A recipe for” Squooshie bootees

This is the most versatile of designs and, as I like to say, a very easy recipe to follow! By simply altering the size of the needles and thickness of the yarn, this pattern can make bootees for preemie babies all the way through to toddlers. It’s also a great pattern for newbie knitters to try. By Jane Pearson 36


Abbreviations: sts (stitches) RS (right side) K (knit) K2tog (knit 2 stitches together) To make a pair of bootees for a baby aged 3-6 months: Using a double knitting yarn of your choice, cast on 28 stitches on size 4.5mm needles knit two rows in garter stitch (knit all stitches). Now start to increase your stitches gradually as follows: First row (RS): Increase one stitch in the first stitch and then knit to the end of the row, giving you 29 stitches in total. Repeat five times until you have 34 sts, then knit four rows.

Now it’s time to decrease gradually so, for the next row, K1 and then k2tog at the beginning of next row. Knit to the end, which will leave you with 33 stitches. Repeat five times until you’re back down to 28 stitches on your needle. To shape the cuff cast off four stitches at the beginning of the next two rows, leaving you with 20 stitches in total, and place a marker at each end of the row. Knit eight rows and then cast off loosely. You’ll now have something that vaguely resembles a knitted submarine and this is where the magic starts. So, to make up your bootees, fold your knitted submarine in half to make a bootee shape. Sew foot seams until you reach your markers then take away the markers! Turn the bootee the right way out and turn down the cuff. You are now the proud owner of a rather fabulous pair of “Squooshies” just waiting to warm your baby’s toes. You can embellish your bootees in so many ways, but here are a few ideas you might like to try: Sew a button on the front or decorate with a knitted flower or blanket stitch around the cuff. You could even add pompoms or bells for a jester look. Let your imagination run wild! Remember, to make larger sizes use the same number of stitches, just use thicker yarns and larger needles. Happy knitting! SPRING 2012 37

The Forgotten Feast

By Tom Hunt An estimated 20 million tonnes of food is wasted each year in the UK alone. This is ludicrous and unacceptable. The vast majority of this food is perfectly edible, within date and wasted through negligent practice. With food poverty on the increase it is clear to Forgotten Feast that steps need to be taken to save this food from its ill fate and use it to feed those that need it most. Forgotten Feast consists of author and campaigner Tristram Stuart, along with Emily Elgar and Eloise Dey who were already responsible for ‘A Taste of Freedom,’ (an enterprise that raises awareness about food waste through educational outreach) and ‘Feeding the Five Thousand’ (an event in Trafalgar Square where 5,000 people were fed with food that would have otherwise been wasted). I joined the team last summer for ‘Feast



An estimated 20 million tonnes of food is wasted each year in the UK


on the bridge’ when we were invited by Clare Patey to run an open-air restaurant on Southwark Bridge for the Thames Festival. The event was a huge success. Our 200 tickets sold out in half an hour. I have been cooking passionately for 13 years, always striving to recycle and reduce waste whilst cooking from an ethical platform. My beliefs and morals in sustainable cooking were solidified during my three years working as sous chef for Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. At River Cottage provenance and seasonality are of the utmost importance. Combined with Tristram’s vast knowledge on the subject, Emily and Eloise’s educational experience and my cooking skills, we at the Forgotten Feast have found ourselves at the forefront of food waste campaigning, and working with notable food waste charities such as FareShare, Streetsmart and WRAP.


Ribollita is a traditional Tuscan dish made from leftover soup, vegetables and stale bread. This recipe is incredibly versatile. You can adapt the ingredients to the season and to whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. Recipe (serves 10)

We were recently invited to cook at the House of Lords for an event focused on convincing corporate businesses such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s to start addressing their wastage responsibly. Forgotten Feast is tackling the issue head on. We operate on two levels:


As event caterers and a pop up restaurant - we salvage perfect ingredients that would otherwise go to waste, and transform them into delicious and elaborate feasts. Setting a simple example as people eat delicious food with the knowledge that it would otherwise have been thrown away.


Educational outreach - working with schools and the public we offer free cookery lessons and talks. Emily and Eloise are currently working with Innocent Smoothies in schools making smoothies with salvaged fruit and vegetables. I am also setting up a free class teaching people cookery skills and thrift. Ribollita recipe

1x Pig spleen simmered with stock vegetables for 1½ hours 250g Dried canellini beans or chick peas (soaked overnight and cooked for 1 hour) ½x Head of celery, diced 1x Bunch of parsley, chopped 500g Carrots, diced 500g Red onions, diced 500g Tinned plum tomatoes, chopped or tomato sauce 5x Cloves of garlic, chopped 1x Ciabatta loaf or white sourdough, with the crusts removed and saved for croutons or crumbs 1250g Kale or cabbage, chard or broccoli Olive oil Salt and pepper Method 1. Put the pig spleen into a small pot that has a lid and cover with stock veg and water. Simmer for 1½ hours until soft. 2. Remove from the pan, leave to cool then slice. 3. Saute the spleen, celery, parsley, carrots and onions in a pan for 15 minutes on a low heat. 4. Season with salt and add the garlic. 5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes. 6. Remove the kale stalks and finely slice, adding them to the vegetables. 7. Layer the remaining leaves together and roll to make a cigar, then shred with a large cook’s knife and add them to the pot. 8. Add the beans and water, keeping the consistency thick. 9. Simmer for 15 minutes. 10. Tear the bread and add to the soup, season with fresh olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. SPRING 2012 39

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5. Put the cheese and cream in a small saucepan over a very gentle heat. 6. Melt the cheese slowly then remove the pan from the heat. 7. When the pasta is soft, drain. 8. Add the broccoli and pour the cheese sauce over the top. 9. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan or Italian hard cheese. Enjoy! For more low cost and easy recipes go to

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CITY BREAKS When you think of eco-travel, visiting a city perhaps doesn’t naturally spring to mind. Instead you might think of camping, glamping or staying in a rural idyll miles away from anywhere rather than a trip to Leeds, York or Durham. For over three years the team here at Daisy Green has been likened to ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘The Good Life’ so we thought it was time to rethink the UK city break.



The City Durham is a stomping ground of the Daisy girls and we know it well. Offering the best of both worlds, the majestic skyline brings together medieval heritage and urban innovation. Stroll along the banks of the River Wear and visit the iconic Cathedral and castle. Durham is easily accessible by train and lies on the East Coast rail network.

York may be a small city but you will find everything a city should be concentrated within its boundaries. It combines a sense of timelessness with the contemporary, presenting both locals and visitors alike with something to relish and to want to revisit. Make sure you take the time to wander the streets and take in the Shambles, one of Britain’s prettiest thoroughfares.

Visiting cities can be one of the most environmentally friendly travel options; you can ditch the car altogether, arrive by public transport, and then zip around on foot reducing your eco footprint and increasing your fitness footsteps! We have searched high and low to find you somewhere to eat, shop and stay in each of these three great cities…

Eat Oldfields The food at Oldfields is staunchly British. Prepared from locally farmed, seasonal produce and cooked simply and well. Housed in the former headquarters of The Durham Gas Company, built in 1881, it provides the perfect ambience for a classy dining experience. Oldfields Noted Eating House, 18 Claypath, DH1 1RH Café No.8 Bistro A small restaurant that blends period features with modern décor. Providing a menu that changes seasonally, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. 8 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ


Also on the East Coast mainline, York is easily accessible by train. Leeds is the only English city outside London with its own repertory theatre, opera house and ballet company. There are more listed buildings in Leeds than in any English city outside London, with highlights including the Victoria Quarter and Corn Exchange. Leeds is also a Fair-Trade city. Again, easily accessible by train, no need to brave the busy city roads!

Browns Leeds The bar and restaurant are set in the imposing 1930s banking hall of the former Leeds Permanent Building Society which was converted in 2001. Ever since, they have been delivering delicious food (sourced locally) and great drinks in the spacious restaurant and atmospheric bar area. The Light, The Headrow, LS1 8EQ

Shop Oxfam Boutique - Beating poverty with style Oxfam’s boutiques have created a new benchmark for sustainable fashion. They provide shoppers with unique style, beautiful one-off clothes, and the assurance that every item will raise money to fight poverty around the world. 18 Elvet Bridge, Town Centre, DH1 3AD

One Responsibly Gorgeous This boutique is cleverly hidden from the madding crowd on Grape Lane. York’s only ethical fashion boutique offers organic, recycled, vintage and eco fashion with Fair-Trade manufacture. 1 Grape Lane, Y01 7HU

UpStaged An independent vintage shop in the Grand Arcade in Leeds, specialising in glamorous 1940s and 1950s ladies wear. No.5 Grand Arcade, LS1 6PG Bird’s Yard A unique shopping experience for the independent and creative shopper boasting three floors of unique boutiques and retail spaces from handcrafted to bespoke and vintage items. 83 Kirkgate LS2 7DJ

Stay The Radisson Blu Durham Part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, the Radisson Blu sits on the banks of the River Wear. With 207 rooms there is plenty of space to rest your weary head. The hotel has an eco agenda: with a CHP system, electric car charging post, Fair-Trade coffee and tea in guest rooms, information on car-free activities for guests, and even looks out for our feathered friends with a number of bird boxes to be found hidden in the grounds. The hotel holds the Green Tourism Business Scheme’s Silver Award. Frankland Lane, DH1 5TA Hotel du Vin Located close to the city’s historic centre in the tranquil area known as ‘The Mount,’ Hotel du Vin York is a beautiful Grade II-listed building that dates back to the early 19th century. Formerly a private home and an orphanage, the hotel houses 44 stylish bedrooms and suites, a trademark bistro, bar and private dining rooms, along with a terrace, courtyard and inner forum for al fresco dining. The Bistro is the heart of the hotel, supporting local producers within their ‘Homegrown & Local’ philosophy. 89 The Mount, YO24 1AX, Greenhouse apart-hotel A truly sustainable home from home set within the UK’s most pioneering low carbon development. The apartments are spacious and fully furnished with contemporary interior design using 100% British wool carpets, sustainable bamboo worktops, and energy efficient appliances. Greenhouse is based on the edge of Leeds city centre and has been credited for contributing to the regeneration of the area. It’s just a ten minute walk into the city centre and nearby train station. Greenhouse, Beeston Road, Hunslet, LS11 8ND

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If you fancy doing something different this spring, why not head to one of these amazing events? With everything from vintage fairs to eco technology shows, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Make a day of it and invite your family and friends with you. You can learn more about being eco friendly, and also indulge in a little green shopping and pick up some bargains… what’s not to love? Vitality Show, 22-25 March, Earls Court Vitality Show, in association with Activia, is the UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing event for women and is guaranteed to make you feel revitalised, beautiful, fit and healthy. Adult: £15 Children (aged 5-14): £6 Concession (student/senior): £8 Daisy’s Handpicked Spring Market, 24 March, The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead 10am–4pm A spring shopping extravaganza Free entry Harrogate Flower Show 26–29 April 9.30am–6.30pm each day Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8PW. £16 on gate and £13.50 adv. Sunday 29th - £14 on gate and £11.50 adv. More price info on website The Festival of Vintage 28 April 10am-29 April 6pm, York Racecourse Fashion, music and cars from the early to mid-twentieth century. £6.50 per day and £11 full weekend. Under 16: Free

Newcastle Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair 13 May 10am–5pm Relaunched by ‘VINTAGE’ friends Jayne Turner and Mandy Pattullo. Following the huge success of the first fair in November 2011, the Newcastle Vintage Fair has become a twice annual event. £2.50 Adult/ £2 Concession and Students

The Newcastle Green Festival 2-3 June 12pm–7pm Leazes Park, Richardson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne , NE1 4LR The festival offers a huge range of entertainment, activities, workshops and information to spread a message of environmental protection and social justice... and all run on green power sources. Free entry The Big London Green Fair 9-10 June Regents Park The London Green Fair is the leading free environmental festival in London. Free entry The Eco Technology Show 15 June (10am–8pm) 16 June (10am–6pm) Amex Community Stadium, Brighton Village Way, Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9BL An exhibition and conference showcasing sustainable business and social enterprise. Free entry. The Willowman Festival 21–24 June Lenthor Park, North Yorkshire £60 Adult Weekend SPRING 2012 49

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