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Storing To Save The Planet

January 14, 2011 in Home & Garden

I read a staggering fact recently, apparently the UK throws away 8.3 million tonnes of food and drink every year! If we ignore for a second how ridiculously wasteful this is (and the fact that there are millions starving in the world who could benefit hugely from the food we willingly throw out) and consider this from an environmental standpoint, if we offset all of this waste we would save 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide! Considering that the average car emits 24 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually that’s the same as about 834000 cars every year! It seems to me that while, yes of course, we should be emphasising the environmental impact of cars, fuels and other pollutants, there is nowhere near enough emphasis put on the smaller things we can all do to help reduce carbon emissions.

Aside from the environmental aspects there are the monetary considerations too, apparently avoidable drink wastes cost us £1.6 billion annually. For a country that is in recession what are we doing wasting so much money?!

Anyway, that’s my initial rant over (I’m an engineer, I love numbers). If we scale this back to consider each individual family and the food (and drink) wastage incurred, we are all wasting a ridiculous amount of money……as well as having an impact on the environment.

Personally I do try and use leftovers as much as possible, but I know that I’m wasteful and I’m always on the look out for ways to reuse food through recipes, containers, freezable meals etc. If I’m honest it’s always been purely a moneysaving exercise for me, but having read those facts I will definitely be thinking of the environmental impact from now on.

There are numerous products on the market to encourage you to store your food and reduce waste. However I was sent a sample of a product called AnyLock the other day to review….which is really what set my mind in motion. The AnyLock system consists of reusable bags and sealing rods that provide an airtight, watertight and odour-tight seal to allow the bag’s contents to stay fresh for longer……..hence, less waste.

As I was going through my “environmental assessment” it did occur to me that plastic bags wouldn’t be the most environmental food storage solution, however the AnyLock system is completely reuseable. In fact the bags are dishwasher safe, making them really easy to use and ideal for busy chefs.
The bags and rods can be used together, or you can use the rods separately to seal open packets such as coffee, crisps, cereals, rice, pasta etc. I gave it a go with some Porridge Oats and it was great, you fold the package over and slide the rod along…sealed!
Both the bags and rods are temperature tolerant from 120 degrees celsius down to -20 degrees, meaning you can also use them in the freezer. I’ve decanted the garden peas into them……..seriously what is it with peas that means they have to spill all over the freezer?! Well, not anymore!
Their temperature tolerance also means that if you are needing to reheat foodstuff you can put them straight into boiling water, or the microwave without the need to remove anything from the bag.
I’m always sceptical when products claim to be watertight, maybe I just can’t seal things properly but they never seem to live up to their claims. So I decided to fill one of the bags with water, seal it and turn it upside down…………yes this could have gone horribly wrong………
…but it didn’t! It worked really well and I was really impressed!
All in all, I really like these bags, they are fab! I think we will probably test them out on my husband’s packed lunches to keep the sandwiches fresh, they’d be ideal for picnics too.  In actual fact my favourite thing about the AnyLock system is that they take up next to no room when not in use. Unlike plastic box containers, which seem to take up a whole cupboard to themselves (well they do in our house anyway), these bags just sit in a drawer in our kitchen with the kitchen foil, greaseproof paper and the like…perfect!
I was sent a dual pack to review consisting of 1 large bag and 1 medium bag, however there are four sizes to suit all storage requirements, and different pack sizes are available.  The AnyLock system retails from £4.49 for a pack of four rods and eight bags.  Initially I thought this was quite expensive but all of the products come with a 12 month guarantee, and when compared to the cost of storage boxes of a similar specification I think this is actually quite good value for money.
So, back to my original point. Surely using the AnyLock system (or similar) must save you money in the long term, as when stored correctly your food will stay fresher for longer! Not only that but storing food such as leftovers for future use in reusable storage must, surely, help towards reducing the amount of waste we generate in the UK per annum? That is of course if you actually USE the leftovers!
For more information on the AnyLock system visit http://www.anylock.co.uk/.
The facts and figures for my initial rant were taken from the following websites:

http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm

An AnyLock sample was received for consideration. All views expressed in this post are my own. I did not receive any other reward, financial or otherwise for this post.

Snuggie Giveaway Winners

January 9, 2011 in Giveaway Winner

Thank you all for your entries – what a fantastic response to the giveaway! It seems you are all just as big fans of the Snuggie as I am!

A huge thanks to JML for hosting this brilliant giveaway on my blog…….there is another fabulous giveaway coming very soon from JML so look out for that!
Right, now to choose the two winners………..
……..and the winners as chosen by random.org are
MrsT
@katiemack12
CONGRATULATIONS!!
Please drop me an email with your details to rhodareviews [at] gmail [dot] com.
If you didn’t win, remember that you can buy your Snuggie at http://www.jmldirect.com/.
Thanks for entering!!

Everything Balm……Does What It Says On The Tin

January 7, 2011 in Health & Beauty

My husband will tell you that I always have wee jars of ‘this’ and tubes of ‘that’ lying about the house or, more usually, in the depths of my handbag. Lip balms, hand creams, dry skin cream, you name it and you will find it in our house.

So I was partcularly intrigued when I came across the Everything Balm…..could this really be the end of carrying multiple creams round in my bag?

The Everything Balm is made by Trilogy, a New Zealand natural skincare company with the mission statement of “Maximum effect on your skin, minimum effect on our environment™”. Trilogy are a certified carbon neutral company, something which I really admire and respect.
The Everything Balm comes in fully recycable packaging. Inside the cardboard box, the pot of balm is snuggled in gorgeous wee cloth bag – perfect for storing it in, and even better for putting in your handbag.

So, “what does this Everything Balm do?” I hear you ask………well the answer is quite simply EVERYTHING! Here are a few examples:

  • lip conditioning (I can vouch for this, I get really dry lips but this has been amazing!)
  • soothing dry/chapped skin (again, wow!)
  • healthy nails (great for the cuticles)
  • massage oil for easing bumps and bruises
  • post-shave moisturising
  • apres-sun moisturising
  • looking after baby

It’s suitable for all the family, all over the body.  I have never had the pleasure of using a product that has so many uses. The balm comes with a wee spoon so you can scoop out a small amount, you then just warm the balm in your hands and it softens into an oil for easy application. It melts on contact with the skin and absorbs really quickly without a greasy or oily finish.

The balm itself is packed with natural ingredients, including Rosehip Oil, Beeswax, Olive Oil and Marula Seed Oil. The result is a gorgeous scent, every time I apply it I feel like I’m in a spa.

The particular pot I was given to review is a 95ml pot, however there is a smaller 45ml one available if you’d prefer it.  This product would be fantastic if you travel a lot, reducing the number of cosmetics you need to carry. Or if you are like me and have a handbag full of creams and balms you could replace them all with this one pot.

I recommend you take a look on the Trilogy website for more information on all of their products http://www.trilogyproducts.com/. You can order through their site or else check for your nearest stockist.

A sample of Everything Balm was received for consideration. All views expressed in this post are my own. I did not receive any other reward, financial or otherwise for this post.

Snuggie by JML – Review and *Giveaway*

December 28, 2010 in Closed Giveaways, Health & Beauty

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and that Santa was good to you all. Have you spent all your Christmas money in the sales yet? No? Well hold off for a bit until you have read this review, it might just interest you!

Last year, when I was particularly ill, my Mum bought me a Snuggie to help keep me warm, and I instantly fell in love with it! So, what’s a Snuggie I hear you ask? Well it’s a blanket with sleeves! It means you can lie all tucked up on the sofa with your favourite book or a cuppa and keep your arms warm too, unlike a conventional blanket where your arms inevitably end up much colder than the rest of you.

The Snuggie comes from JML and is available in both adult and child sizes. They are made from soft polyester making them very cosy,  and with no buttons, zips or fasteners there’s no uncomfortable surprises as you snuggle in to relax.
As you might have gathered from my previous posts, I’m a bit of a bargain hunter and I like to save the old pennies! Well, this product can help you do just that too….no need to turn up the heating if you are alone in the house, just pop your Snuggie on!
With a variety of colours available from blue to red, leopard print to zebra pattern, and retailing at just £14.99 for an adult Snuggie, and £9.99 for the kids, there’s something for everyone.
The lovely people at JML have offered me two Snuggies to give away to two lucky blog readers! To be in with a chance of winning you MUST do all of the following three things:
  1. Leave me a comment on this post, telling me why you’d like to win a Snuggie.
  2. Be a follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect.
  3. Leave some way of contacting you if you are the winner e.g. twitter ID, email etc.

There are TWO ways to gain additional entries for this competition, but you must leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry.

  1. For one additional entry please tweet “I’ve entered @justforcomps’ blog giveaway to win a Snuggie from @JML_Direct, you can too at http://bit.ly/eReoUs
  2. Become a fan of JML on Facebook – JML Direct Facebook page

I’m afraid the competition is open to the UK only and will close on Sunday 9th January 2011 at 7pm. There are two Snuggies to giveaway to two separate winners (as chosen by random.org).

For more fantastic products from JML check out their website – http://www.jmldirect.com/.
All views expressed in this post are my own. I did not receive any reward, financial or otherwise for this post. Thank you to JML for supplying the prizes for this giveaway.

Merry Christmas

December 23, 2010 in Merry Christmas



I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you all very much for supporting my blog over the past few weeks since it launched! It has really meant a lot to me and I have loved every minute of blogging so far.

I hope you all have a lovely, peaceful Christmas.  If you are travelling I really hope you manage to get to your destination, and stay safe in the process.

Wishing you all the very best for 2011, I hope to have some great reviews and some lovely giveaways for you to enjoy in the New Year.

Love

Rhoda x