Archive for January, 2011

We are now taking orders for the new BIG HUG range.

…the ideal outdoor beanbag! One great big hug wherever you want to take it! With straps you have the perfect seat to snuggle into and without you can lay back and watch the world go by… ahh lazy days. With it’s heavy duty fabric it is extra durable, water and dirt resistant and comes in 13 amazing colours.

Big Hug is manufactured using both virgin and recycled materials and we are constantly striving to increase the recycled content.

The Strapping Big Hug

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Sign up now for Hugh’s fish fight and help to stop unnecessary waste of good fish.


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It’s that time of year when lots of us come down with a bad cold. Here are a few things that you can do to help ease the symptoms that are commonly associated with the common cold. We have taken these tips from a reliable source but you should always seek trained medical advise before taking any supplements or medication.

Tip 1: Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking water, juice or herbal teas will help keep you hydrated and your throat moist but avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee and cola which will dehydrate you and make your symptoms worse.

Tip 2: Inhale steam to ease congestion. Full a bowl of hot water and sit with your head over the steam, you can also add a couple of drops of menthol oil into the water too.

Tip 3: Blow your nose. Blowing your nose regularly will  get rid of mucus that carries the cold germ, but always blow gently thus avoiding earache.

Tip 4: Use a saline nasal spray or make your own salt water rinse to irrigate your nose: Mix 1/3 teaspoon salt and 1/3 teaspoon baking soda in about 200ml of warm water. Fill a bulb syringe with this mixture (or use a Neti pot, which you can buy at a health food store). Lean your head over a basin and, using the bulb syringe, gently squirt the salt water into your nose. Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Repeat two to three times and then treat the other nostril.

Tip 5: Make sure you get plenty of rest and stay warm. If you have to venture out into the cold wrap up well to avoid getting chilled.

Tip 6: Take a herbal supplement. Natures aid’s EchinEeze is a traditional supplement that is used to ease symptoms of the common cold. You can buy here  at: www.thegreenstop.co.uk priced at £7.65

Tip 7: Gargle with warm salty water. Gargling can help moisten a scratchy throat and bring temporary relief.

Tip 8: Sleep with an extra pillow. Raising  your head slightly may help with congestion.

Tip 9: Dab a small amount of mentholated salve under your nose to open your airways and help make breathing easier.

Tip 10: Avoid alcohol and get a good nights sleep.

A common cold usually only lasts for a week or so. If your symptoms are refusing to go away it’s always best to see your GP to eliminate any under lining cause.

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A big happy New Year from the greenstop.

We have a great buy 2 get  2 free offer on our Soleo Organic Sunscreen priced at only £14.99.

The world’s most advanced natural sun cream triple award winning Soleo Organics.

Broad spectrum UV-A and UV-B. Protects from UV-B rays which causes sun burn as well as UV-A rays which causes premature ageing of the skin.

Low irritation formula, won’t sting the eyes – great for sports people

Innovatively formulated using only organic or naturally sourced ingredients.

No chemical UV-absorbers

No synthetic preservatives

No titanium dioxide

No nano particles

No benzoates

No petrochemicals

No artificial fragrances

Soleo Organics Benefits

  • A healthy alternative to common synthetic sunscreens
  • Formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, skin allergies, acne and other skin conditions
  • Safe for the whole family including young children
  • Suitable for pregnant women
  • Cares for the skin with botanical extracts and vitamin E
  • Broadspectrum Protection against UV-A and UV-B rays.
  • Non whitening, patented micronized technology.

Complete ingredient list

Grapeseed oil, Green tea extract, Macadamia oil, Roman Chamomile extract, Sunflower oil, Capric/caprylic triglycerides (plant oil derived), Avocado oil, Beeswax, Theobroma (Capuassu) butter, Candellila wax, Lecithin, Vegetable oils, Cucumber extract, Tocopheryl acetate (Natural Vitamin E). Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide 22.3%

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