Summer is here and its time for us to say hello to all the seasonal fruits and vegetables we’ve been missing. Summer fruit usually describes a mixture of summer berries, typically, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. However, summer berries can also include loganberries, bilberries and boysenberries. Apart from berries there are also different fresh vegetables in the summer. Storing fruits and vegetables properly is an important task. Here are a few tips.
It’s mid April and this is the perfect time to start thinking about how to re-decorate your home to suit the upcoming summer season. Baskets are a great way to accessories your home and this summer we have the perfect ones for you. MAHIKA will be at the Urban Village Fete that takes place on Sunday 15 May 2016, 12 noon – 7pm, on the Greenwich Peninsula – one of the capital’s most exciting new districts, set to become ‘London’s ultimate village.’ Urban Village Fete will draw on local suppliers, designers and performers as well as offering a forum for top local talent, all set against a range of established design stalls, music, DJ’s, dance, art & design workshops and food trucks with an international flavour. We are quite excited to be back here for the second time to showcase our handmade, sustainable and ethical baskets. Amongst our range we will be featuring baskets from Senegal Africa. Do drop by and pick some up for your home.
My daughter brought home a lovely Easter card yesterday and there I was thinking –“Wow, its Easter already!” Spring is here and the most favourite holiday of this season is none other than Easter. The Easter bunny, egg hunts, painting the eggs, candy, felted chicks and so much more. This holiday is fun for both kids and adults, and given we specialise in handmade baskets I thought I’d contribute by writing a piece about Easter Baskets.
For four days last week, we displayed and exhibited our handmade, sustainable and ethical baskets at the Asia House in London. This is our second year at the Fair and it was exciting to be back. The first day was a preview and it was great to see lots of people come in to support small businesses that have a strong relationship with Asia. We had a lot of visitors at our stall and we were also quite thrilled to have the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka drop by. We enjoyed talking to him about our recycled newspaper baskets. We work with The ZOA Refugee care – an international relief organisation dedicated to supporting refugees and internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka. Women survivors of the 2004 Tsunami have been re-integrated into the community by engaging their talents and skills to use recycled paper to create beautiful home ware products.
Mother’s Day is on March 6th this year. No matter what you decide to get your mum this year, you may want to try to include colour, sustainability and practicality when you choose her gift. This year on Mother’s day and in the run up to Mother’s day we will be exhibiting at the Asia House Fair, so do come by from the 3rd to the 6th and check out what the Fair has to offer. At MAHIKA, here are some of our personal green favourites for a mum of any age. They are green, sustainable and made from palmyra leaves and recycled newspaper.
With Spring nearly round the corner we are just amazed by the great quality and variety of fruits available now in London. Farmers markets and organic stores are popping up in every corner and it’s simply delightful to see what they have to offer. Fruit baskets are increasingly becoming popular as a healthy gift option and are perfect for so many occasions like Birthdays, anniversaries, showers and holidays. There are so many options today to buy ready made fruits baskets, but we still think that if you customise one, it will be sustainable, thoughtful and personal.
Throwing a party and staying environmentally conscious can be a daunting task. Enter any party store and you will see rows upon rows of paper and plastic products designed for one time, disposable use. But celebrating an event like a child’s birthday party or a baby shower without goodie bags or party favours can seem somewhat unusual. So what’s an eco-friendly party host to do? We have been approached so many times by brides and mums-to- be to help them with their wedding and bridal showers.
“The M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation has partnered with UK brand MAHIKA over the past 4 years. It has been a pleasure to find a partner brand that shares the Foundation’s principles regarding sustainable livelihoods and producing and marketing earth friendly products. MAHIKA has taken a very keen interest in promoting not only the Foundation’s products but the work we do, the people we support and the background and success stories of our craftswomen. MAHIKA’s founder Poornima Nair has taken the trouble to personally visit our village centres and interact with our craftswomen in person. Our interaction with MAHIKA has always been characterized by respect for the Foundation’s values and a genuine interest in the women and the work that goes in to making the baskets. MAHIKA has successfully made our products visible to a new and appreciative audience, and we are proud to be represented by Mahika in the UK” – The M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation
It’s February today and finally we can see spring in sight. Winter always seems like a long drawn out process with short days and long periods of darkness. The sun feels like it’s gone away on a permanent long vacation. It’s really tough. So whilst we are waiting for sunshine and the spring showers, why not take this time to start preparing for an early spring garden and also find ways to make our new garden more sustainable?
In London, most of us live in flats and given that space is a true luxury, balconies and patios are our realistic outdoors for any form of gardening. Small or large, we think sustainable gardening is the way to go. This uses resources in a smart and ecologically-minded way. The happy result of gardening this way means we’ll have less waste, use less chemicals, and overall, gardening will cost less. Switching over to sustainable gardening practices goes a long way to building a garden that you can enjoy, admire and even eat. At the same time, you reduce your environmental footprint, by increasing carbon storage, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and contributing to plant and animal biodiversity.
So, if you’re a gardener at heart and only have a small backyard or even just a balcony, here are a few tips to get you growing, sustainably.
- Grow beans, peas or cucumbers on a trellis or tripod in large decorative pots.
- Plant dwarf fruit trees.
- Espalier your trees along a fence or a wall.
- Grow herbs and cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets.
- Pay attention to detail; it’s easy to make a small garden look cluttered.
- Compost your waste