Rapanui Clothing Launches 2009 Graphic Art Competition

That caught your eye, didn't it!
That caught your eye, didn't it!

The boys at Rapanui are back again with an expansion on their successful competition of 2008 to source up-and-coming designers. For their 2010 Collection, due for release this summer, the lads have made entries available to all.

Mart and Rob were inspired to open the doors to the Rapanui design studio after appointing Eve Ottaway; a recent fashion technology graduate, her insane enthusiasm for the brand made hiring her and putting her in charge of sourcing for 2010 a no-brainer.

Eve has developed a national program to encourage students to get involved and has been up to her neck in PDFs, TIFs, and the rest since. Rob and Mart have decided to keep her busy by opening the competition up to graphics graduates, artists, and doodlers globally.

Rob explained, “We felt at first that the student population was a great way to source new artwork, the universities and art colleges of the UK are brimming with talent. The students get the opportunity to work with a global brand and we get access to the hottest talent.”

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Tesco Rebuke the Recycling Robbers

It certainly does
It certainly does

Supermarket giant Tesco will no longer be giving Green Clubcard points for customers who have returned empty items to deposit in their recycling machines.

The machines are designed to take a variety of recyclable materials including plastic, tin and glass and are located in around 40 branches of the store throughout England and there’s one in Scotland too.

Consumers were encouraged to clean and return their items and place them in the machines after inserting their Clubcards. The machines usually awarded one point for every four recycled items deposited, however some unscrupulous customers were found to be cutting their plastic bottles in half in order to get ‘double points’ by putting two items into the machine instead of one whole one. As a result, from this point on ‘Green Clubcard’ points will only be issued for aluminium cans, which cannot be tampered with.

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Scotland Announce £5M Tender for Plastics Recycling Facilities

They've got a lotta bottle
They've got a lotta bottle

The Scottish Government is inviting businesses and organisations to bid for a total of £5 million in funds from its Mixed Plastics Capital Grant Programme.

The funding is available to cover up to 30 per cent of the total investment required to develop new plastics recycling facilities in Scotland.

The £5 million programme is being officially launched in partnership with WRAP Scotland (Waste & Resources Action Programme), which will be dealing with applications and administering the scheme.

Scottish households generate over 200,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year – enough to fill a football stadium.

But, according to WRAP Scotland Director, Iain Gulland, “It’s not just households, but Scottish businesses, too, which are creating a large amount of plastics waste, and it is costing Scotland a lot of time, energy and resources to manage. However, this £5m package turns this situation into a real opportunity.”

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Comic Relief Plunges Children of Alcoholics into a Welcome Spotlight

bw11Friday the 13th March will certainly be lucky for some, especially a tiny Bristol based charity called Nacoa.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics have been around for 19 years and calls to their helpline have grown steadily over the years; in 2007 18k, in 2008 36k.

Comic Relief are about to give them a welcome boost of publicity when they air the short film shot in their volunteer helpline room this coming Friday night.

Viewers will hear from Emma Spiegler, a Nacoa Trustee, founder of COAP and once the child of an alcoholic mother (now thankfully now in recovery and doing well). But Emma’s story wasn’t always so happy. She faced many of the typical problems experienced by thousands of children of alcohol dependent parents and often felt very isolated, at times shrouded with guilt that she had somehow been responsible for her mothers drinking, until she found Nacoa.

Hilary Henriques, the charity co-founder is also featured in the film and interviewed in this weeks Radio Times on page 22. She talks reveals the shocking truth about many of the callers to Nacoa, some as young as 7 years old.

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Are You Ready For a Little Purple Gossip?

Gossip that's 'good' for you and the environment
Gossip that's 'good' for you and the environment

Every month millions of mobile phone handsets in perfectly good, working condition are discarded and sent to Britain’s growing landfills as mobile phone fashions come and go.

Eco-conscious shoppers everywhere might be interested in Purple Gossip, a new website offering a wide range of recycled phones and accessories.  Not only can you get your hands on recent mobile phone models, but you can also feel virtuous about helping to save the planet.

By reducing the number of new phones made and distributed they are actively contributing to a decrease in the volume of raw materials taken from the earth to make new ones, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gases too.

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Don’t Have a Rubbish Mother’s Day!

And when you've finished with it, sling it in the compost bin!
And when you've finished with it, sling it in the compost bin!

It’ll be here before you know it missus!

I thought I’d get in quick with a rubbish-free card solution and with a yummy idea to get the day started on the right foot too.

I’ve also allowed you a stack of lead time to send this article to any fellas you know who might be glad of the inspiration – ehem….

Here’s how to make your mum feel special with a fruity home-made card and a very special breakfast in bed!

To celebrate the special event which takes place on Sunday the 22nd March, Tropical Wholefoods, pioneer of sun-dried tropical fruits, has come up with a delicious breakfast menu for mum, which can be announced with a home-made card made using dried fruit.

These unique designs include sun-dried pineapple, chewy banana chips and apricot kernels to form a smiley face. Another card uses the same dried fruits to make a colourful bunch of flowers.

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