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greetings eco-kitchen lovers!

Wow! I cannot believe I’m on entry three hundred and fifty – time certainly does fly when you are having fun!

I am incredibly proud of deTerra’s green credentials and we work hard to ensure that the products we use are as environmentally friendly as possible. Ever the bearer of brilliant news, I recently stumbled upon a company called The Cheeky Panda and I must say that – whilst they may find their way into my bathroom rather than the kitchen – I am already a huge fan. Harnessing the renewable nature of bamboo, they have created a splendiferous collection of luxury tissue products that are giving back to the environment!

Unsurprisingly, the team at The Cheeky Panda make some alterations to natural bamboo before it reaches you in tissue form!

Whilst we all know that this giant natural grass is good for making bamboo worktops, these guys use bamboo to produce toilet roll and facial tissues which promise to be kind to your skin as well as the Earth. The Cheeky Panda announced last month that they are now completely carbon balanced and are also working to support the World Land Trust in looking after a very important part of Vietnamese rainforest that supports a number of endangered and vulnerable mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. The Cheeky Panda range is available from a variety of health stores and online retailers, and is an excellent way to bring sustainability to other parts of your home outside of the kitchen!

Thanks to our fantabulous bamboo worktops, we already know just how sustainable bamboo is, and there are already loads of other brilliant bamboo products you can buy if protecting the environment is your bag! Would you be willing to swap your regular tissue for this exciting eco alternative? Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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hello there my culinary crew!

The other day I was reading the news when an article about trees caught my eye, naturally. Forest bathing is big in Japan and – thanks to its health benefits – it is also gaining popularity throughout the West.

Now, let me explain. Forest bathing is not having a bath in the forest (as amazing as that sounds!). Known as ‘shinrin-yoku’ in Japanese, it translates as simply being around trees, and has been proven to have a number of measurable benefits, including lowering your blood pressure and boosting your immune system. Where do I sign up?!

This looks like the perfect place to get some forest bathing done - just leave the rubber duck at home!

What better way to chill out than having a relaxing stroll in the woods? I love a good hike as much as the next nature-appreciator but forest bathing really is my idea of heaven. Japan has 44 specific shinrin-yoku forests, but if you want to give it a go yourself without needing to catch a long-haul flight, there are plenty of scenic woodlands in the UK that are perfect for immersing yourself fully in nature. Just be sure to leave your phone at home so you can fully benefit from taking some time out with no distractions.

Do you have a favourite forest, wooded area, or – especially for all you urban city-dwellers – perhaps a park? Let me know – I’d love to get some inspiration for shinrin-yoku locations on Facebook or Twitter!

Ta ta for now,

the deTerra diarist

 

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Greetings, kitchen lovers!

I have seen some very interesting news today, my solid wood enthusiasts! I was thrilled to learn about a project using tree faces that has been taking place in the Forest of Dean. The Forest of Dean is a magnificent ancient woodland located in Gloucestershire, not far from our original flagship showroom. Since it is full of beautiful trees, I am of course a huge fan and have visited on more than one occasion – and Cabineto enjoys it too, since they have a little train to ride on and acres of fields to frolic in. On a recent trip, I noticed some strange faces watching me from the woods…

These handsome fellows have been planted throughout the Forest of Dean to catch litter-bugs!

These tree faces aren’t just for decoration – oh no – they live to serve. See, workers in the Forest of Dean noticed lots of litter – including crisp packets from over 30 years ago – and felt action needed to be taken! Crime fell in Rotterdam after 10,000 pairs of eyes were painted throughout the city (that’s 20,000 eyes in total!), and taking inspiration from that, the Forest of Dean council decided that this would be the best way to deter visitors from leaving litter behind.

What do you think of these friendly tree faces? I love them and hope they roll this out to woodlands far and wide shortly!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day tree lovers!

This wishing tree was spotted at St. Nectan’s Glen in North Cornwall!

Good news – I have just discovered that money really does grow on trees – or rather, in trees. That’s right fans of oak kitchens, evidence of money in trees has been found in forests and parks across the country. Though be warned – if you do come across a felled tree that has coins protruding from it, you might not want to take them out!

The unusual sight of trees sporting rings of coins has been said to date back to the 1700s, where money would be hammered into the trunks and stumps of fallen trees to rid a person of illnesses. The ailment is then said to be absorbed by the tree, which is why you wouldn’t want to pull one out – because legend says you’ll contract their sickness! These days the tradition has evolved and is more commonly associated with making a wish – much like a wishing well.

Not all trees can become one of our beautiful oak kitchens or solid wood worktops, and I can’t think of a lovelier way for a fallen fellow to be given a new lease of life. What could be better than holding the hopes and dreams of hundreds or thousands of people?

These trees have been found from Scotland to Cornwall, so if you have a wish that’s yet to be granted, what are you waiting for?! If your biceps aren’t already bulging, you might want to get the weights out first, as it is said that wishes are only granted if you manage to drive your coin through the bark of the tree and into the wood.

With so many trees up and down the country, there are a lot of different traditions associated with them. In Scotland, there is even a ‘kissing tree’; legend says that if you can drive a nail into the tree with one blow, you would earn a kiss from your sweetheart!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that all your wishes are granted on this spectacular day of love!

Ta ta for now,

the deTerra diarist

 

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Greetings, wooden kitchen fans!

sleeping trees against a starry backdrop.

Today I have an interesting new tree factorino to share with you all, my fellow timber appreciators! I love learning about trees and what I am about to share with you really is big news. Recent studies have shown that every night, trees relax their branches and hunker down to take a little snooze – Incredible!

Unbe-leaf-ably, this was the first known study of its kind. Some super brainbox researchers in Austria, Finland and Hungary used high-tech laser scanners to see if the trees studied really were having a little siesta, or if they were just resting their bark. It was found that the position of the leaves and branches drooped through the night by up to 10cm! Slowly but surely the trees reached their slouchiest position a couple hours before sunrise, and by mid-morning, the trees were back to the original state again. I don’t know about you but it usually takes me that, plus a couple of coffees to get going in the morning!

Apparently this isn’t news; Charles Darwin himself studied the effects of the night on potted plants, but now we have evidence that trees need to get shut-eye – or should that be shut-leaf? Either way, living organisms – including mammals – have circadian rhythms, which is not a new-fangled dance move but the patterns of day and night within a 24 hour period. Fascinating stuff that really makes me appreciate a wooden kitchen in a totally different light!

When I’m not caressing the solid oak kitchen units in one of the deTerra Kitchens showrooms I just love learning new things about trees, so if you find any interesting facts please do share them on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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