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The "Latte Levy" - have you considered a reusable cup?

Posted by Samantha Drury Shore on

The "Latte Levy" - have you considered a reusable cup?

 In the news this week, it has been proposed by MPs that a 25p "latte levy" should be applied on single-use coffee cups in a bid to combat waste. They're further proposing a complete ban on the cups by 2023 unless recycling improves.  Having read about this on the BBC and The Guardian, I found some of the figures involved staggering: 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away in the UK each year. Less than 1 in 400 are recycled and it is reported that half a million per day (per DAY!) are littered. I'm amazed our city centres aren't all...

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Gift Wrapping Guide | Part 1 | The Basics

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Gift Wrapping Guide | Part 1 | The Basics

Hello there. Welcome to White Black Grey's Gift Wrapping Guide. This is Part 1 - The Basics. To follow we'll have guides on wrapping tricky shapes (like puppies and things), and beautiful finishing touches to really make your presents stand out from the crowd. This guide will show you how to perfectly wrap a boxed parcel, with no visible tape for a pristine, professional finish.  First, gather your materials: Gift (we'll be using our adorable geometric rabbit candle, Hoppa), Gift Wrap (ours is from M&S, not very 'indie' I know, but it is pretty), Scissors, Tape. Just out of shot -...

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Our Christmas Gift Guide

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Our Christmas Gift Guide

Hello and welcome to White Black Grey's Christmas Gift Guide. We've organised this by personality 'type' or interest, rather than gender / age / relation. Here's hoping that works for you and you can find something you love, for those that you love! For the interior design fan: For the animal lover:   For the tool / gadget aficionado: For the budding novelist:  For the Hygge fan: For the gardener:  For the crafter: For the drinks connoisseur: For the artist: For the chef: For the floral enthusiast:   For the Great British Bake Off fan: For the art lover:  Visiting...

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So Much Cardboard - some thoughts on sustainability when running an online store

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So Much Cardboard - some thoughts on sustainability when running an online store

When you start your own business, you have a number of goals. These vary wildly for each person of course, but some might include wanting to be your own boss, working in a field you are passionate about, improving your work/life balance (good luck with that last one)... Our main goal was to create a destination lifestyle store, somewhere that were we to stumble across it ourselves, we'd be screaming "take my money" whilst dashing about adding items to our cart like we're on Supermarket Sweep. I feel like we've achieved this goal pretty well.  Pretty high on the list...

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Secret Santa

Posted by Samantha Drury Shore on

Secret Santa

Hi. I'm here to talk about one of the most difficult, contentious and divisive issues in the modern workplace today. That's right guys, it's Secret Santa. The conversation seems to start earlier each year, the pulling names out of a "hat"  (the tupperware pot that usually holds the tea-bags) always goes wrong and has to be done twice, some Jobsworth insists year-after-year that the budget remains at £5, despite it being almost impossible to buy anything for that sum of money these days. The whole thing is awful.  Most distressing of all to a person of taste (yes, I am...

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