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Making our own plantable recycled paper sheets!


Ripped up newspaper ready to pulp!

Pulped paper ("Glop") ready to use

Well, it’s been a while since we posted, many apologies, but things have been storming along here at Green Ore HQ. Our latest venture has been making our own paper sheets from scrap paper! As you can see on the left is our waste paper repository (letters, newspaper, bills!!) which then gets boiled up and whisked to produce the pulped paper (which we know as “glop”) as shown on the right.

As you will no doubt be aware, our handmade organic bars of soap are and have always been lovingly wrapped in recycled paper, which contains seeds which can germinate when the paper is planted and cared for….we thought that it would be a nice idea if we could manufacture our own sheets of similar paper, and at the same time make good use of the paper that our household produces!

Hence at the stage after the pulp is made, we add a generous sprinkling of seeds (lavender and mixed wild meadow flowers) add, a bit of dye, then mix it it up in a great big tray, before using our homemade frame to produce each sheet of paper (see picture). Several stages later, after draining, drying, and flattening, we end up with sheets of seed-shot recycled handmade paper which look great.

Coming to you (wrapped around a bar of soap) soon!

Lifting the pulp onto the frame, then draining...

Here's how it looks after pressing out of the frame!

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New soap!!

Well, here it is ….. our new soap for dogs! (and humans too)
Ossie’s Utter Dogwash soap is an organic handmade soap with the gentle fragrances of Lemongrass and Mint to refresh your dirty dog!
Ossie's Utter Dogwash Soap

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Solsbury Hill the new Organic Fragrance Range by Suzanna Miles

Well, it’s nearly ready so please enjoy these sneak preview pictures for our new product launch on Saturday 27th June at Green Park Station Market Bath.

All products are paraben & sls free and hand-blended from organically certified ingredients,(unless otherwise indicated*) Where possible we use earth kind recycled or recyclable packaging – and/or plantable packaging, which even grows! Fragrance blend from absolute essential oils, which are not available organically*.
Manufactured with renewable energy.
Designed with the planet in mind.

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Check out my Slide Show!

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Well, it’s nearly ready so please enjoy these sneak preview pictures for our new product launch on Saturday 27th June at Green Park Station Market Bath.

All products are paraben & sls free and hand-blended from organically certified ingredients,(unless otherwise indicated*) Where possible we use earth kind recycled or recyclable packaging – and/or plantable packaging, which even grows! Fragrance blend from absolute essential oils (<1%) which are not available organically*.
Manufactured with renewable energy. Designed with the planet in mind.

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Check out my Slide Show!

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JP Morgan Green Day Weds 3 June

We were kindly invited to host a stall of our wears in the dining room at JP Morgan head office in Bournemouth yesterday. We had a great day and met some wonderful people and would like to extend our thanks to Robert the Dining Room Manager who gave us such a warm welcome. A great hug of appreciation also goes to Mary and Kathleen who were instrumental in our invitation there. Thank you very much to everyone for all your support.

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Earth Day Tree

Earth Day Crab Apple Tree

Earth Day Crab Apple Tree

Here’s our Earth Day Tree, he’s an Ornimental Crab Apple so hopefully we will get some nice apple jelly in a couple of years!

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10 ways to help the planet on Earth Day (or every day)

  1. Leave the car at home and use the bus, bike, train, or walk
  2. Turn off all non-essential electrical appliances (this means the TV, video, computer and mobile phone) -you can do it for just one day.
  3. Buy a packet of seeds and plant some herbs to grow on the kitchen window sill or re-seed the lawn.
  4. Buy some lemon juice and use it to clean your floor and bathroom (it’s great on limescale, and for polishing mirrors).
  5. Cook a whole meal  from scratch – buy local fresh ingredients and see how creative you can be without opening a can or pack.
  6. Have a shower instead of a bath, or share your bath with a good friend!
  7. Treat yourself to a good book and take the day off for some ‘me’ time, read, take a leisurely walk and spoil yourself.
  8. Pledge to replace your light bulbs with low energy ones.
  9. Fill a plastic bag with water, tie the top off & place in your loo cistern to save an extra litre or so when you flush.
  10. Buy a native fruit tree to plant in your garden.

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In the garden

Plants on the conservatory

Plants in the conservatory

Been snapping the edible plants in our conservatory and they are coming along nicely, should have a crop in a few weeks now.

Courgettes

Courgettes

Courgettes

Courgettes

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