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Message in a Bottle, and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Yes, that’s right folks, it’s My Make Do and Mend Year’s first ever ever ever GIVEAWAY!!!

Can you bear the excitement..?

But this is not any old giveaway.

THIS, is a giveaway with a conscience!

You may remember my recent jaunt up to the Big Smoke to take part in Ecover’s Secret Blogger’s Mission, where they revealed their quite fantabulous Message in Our Bottle initiative.

As you will recall (being avid readers ;)) Ecover are working hard to ‘close the loop’ on plastics recycling and will be starting to incorporate recycled plastic (including plastic harvested from the sea, under the Waste Free Oceans project) into their bottles (which are already made from Plantastic plastic-made from sugar cane, which is 100% renewable).

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In the post a week or so ago, I received my very own bottle of Ecover.

How do I know it’s mine? It’s got my name on it of course…

Ecover message1At the Secret Blogger’s Mission, Claire Lewis, of the Less is More Challenge (and LOADS of other awesome, eco-stuff!) came up with the idea of sending messages in Ecover bottles. I thought this was a fab idea, and she and I then liased via e-mail before contacting Ecover. Together (Claire and I and Ecover!) we came up with the idea that Ecover could produce personalised bottles which can be used (obviously) and then ‘filled’ with a message (a Message in a Bottle-get it?!

So my idea for mine would be to post it to my MP asking why the government aren’t planning to introduce a 5p charge on plastic bags in England, to bring us in line with the rest of the UK; or what the government are doing about ensuring the EU bans the use of nicotinoids, which are killing off the bees; or why the government are supporting ‘fracking’ and not renewables…I could go on.

In fact, I may bypass my MP and send it straight to Dave…

OR I might send it a CEO of other plastic bottle guzzlers, and ask them what initiatives they are pushing forwards to ensure that the use of precious oil resources are not squandered on plastic bottles, and to ensure that our oceans and landfill sites will not continue to overflow with plastic that will pretty much NEVER break down…

You get the idea.

Which brings me round to the Giveaway…

Ecover have kindly offered to supply 5 personalised bottles as top banana prizes for my giveaway!

And all you, lovely readers, have to do, is leave a comment telling me who you would send your bottle to, and what the message would say (keep it clean please…).

Lauren from Ecover, and I, will act as judge and jury, and pick what we think are the best 5, as the winners!

And then it would be super cool if you actually did send a message in your bottle too 🙂
Even if you don’t win, it would still be VERY super cool if you could send your message in an unpersonalised Ecover bottle.

I love the mental image I have of a certain Mr Cameron’s office being deluged with Ecover bottles, and passionate, eloquent messages (I am not asking for much..) asking why this government is failing to stand up and be counted time and time again on critical issues affecting the very future of our planet.

Phew, crikey, that all got a bit militant and political and government bashing there didn’t it-sorry!

You are obviously also free to use your bottle to congratulate the government/your MP/CEOs of big business on the good works they are doing…

PS. Have a peek here at Ecover’s latest project involving Glastonbury and the bees…!

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  • Reply mehubbyandthekids April 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    We already have the carrier bag charge here in Wales and it has done wonders in changing the way we think about one use carrier bags. But why does it have to hurt our wallet before we think about it?

    My message would be three fold.
    1st renewable energy. What will we do when fossil fuels run out? We need to start reducing our dependency on these now. Not after they run out and we are stuck. The government needs to take these issues more seriously.

    2nd. Get the message in schools. If our kids are aware of the issues then they will make better choices re waste, plastic, chemicals, recycling, upcycling, everything. They are the future and although our generation needs to start now, we are kind of fumbling in the dark as the majority of us are not educated to know how we can make a difference. We have to look to other people or plod along in our own little world hoping we are doing enough. I believe that if we knew what we were meant to do and how to do it then it would be easier for us to do it.

    3rd (last but by no means least) big companies need to take responsibility for their manufacturing processes. They need to be supported and encouraged to recycle, manage waste effectively and generally make better choices without profit being the main goal.

    Phew I would need a big bottle! 🙂

    • Reply Jen April 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Wow, those are FANTASTIC!! And very eloquently put 🙂

  • Reply Jen April 13, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Fanatastic messages! I will tweet it over the weekend to see if anyone else wants to contribute, and then Lauren and I will make our decision at the start of the week. Thanks so much everyone-this is fab 🙂

  • Reply Chris April 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    If I were lucky enough to win I would send my bottle to David C asking him to ban Neonicotinoids now and not wait for test result, by the time the tests are finished as this may be to late and to look into all GM and pesticides because if we kill off all insects etc we will have no birds, butterflies or ladybirds. It is the law of unintended consequences as in “Rachel Carsons” ” Silent Spring”

  • Reply Tattooed mummy April 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

    What a cool idea! I would send one message to my local tesco about the refill idea, as that is a good plan, but I would also send one to a friend, just to tell them all about ecover! Then they could refill it!

  • Reply Sarah Oates April 12, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Amazing idea! I hope people really do send their bottles whether they win or not, I think I would send mine to Lord de Mauley who is in charge of environmental services for the government and write the message “Why has the England not enforced the 5p charge on Carrier Bags? Also please can you get all schools to show the film Trashed and teach kids how to manage waste properly. And please can we put regulations on plastics made to large companies, and has the UK even begun to look at the successful ‘Waste to Energy’ programmes in countries like Sweden, that have no waste! And why as such a superpower county why are we not leading the way in environmental issues!” Hmmmm I started ranting and felt I couldn’t stop! Good Luck with the campaign 🙂

    • Reply Hazel April 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

      What if we all sent the same message to the same person? Do you think it would have more impact?
      Jen mentioned swamping David C with bottles- I’ve no objection to sending it to Lord de Mauley, with or without the above rant in it! Perhaps we could start with the 5p carrier bag charge. Bit of a Twitter campaign perhaps? And FB, which I’m rubbish at, but everybody else seems to use?

      • Reply Sarah Oates April 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

        More than happy to send mine to the big cheese in attempt to swamp him I think thats a great idea, was just putting more ideas into the mix really. I think the 5p bag charge campaign is definitely to most important at the moment given Ireland have just gone forward with this, ideal time for a campaign! I wonder if there is already any facebook pages attempting this. Will have a look.

      • Reply Hazel April 12, 2013 at 11:36 am

        I think who probably isn’t as important, TBH. The odd bottle received by post by several people (can you imagine the conversations over coffee in parliament? “Oh you got one too?”) probably won’t have the impact of one person being deluged.
        Jen, what do you think? Don’t want to cross the line from ‘enthusiastic’ to ‘taking over’…

        • Reply Jen April 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

          Some great ideas here buys, keep them coming!
          For now, the idea is that whoever wins the bottles can send them to whoever they like, saying whatever they like..BUT Claire Lewis and I have a plan for a big campaign! I agree that a deluge would have more impact-watch this space 🙂

      • Reply Hazel April 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

        Sorry, jumping the gun then! Will wait to see what you have planned 🙂

  • Reply kimroper2010 April 12, 2013 at 9:15 am

    @MrsKimBunny: @makeandmendyear @ecover my message is ‘share’ – love, happiness, compassion, and most importantly your stuff! Resources and things @ecomodo

  • Reply Hazel April 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Probably the plastic bag tax message to Mr Cameron, I think. I have so many things I’d like to tell so many people(! One day, when my Glorious Rule comes, as the fabulous @RevRichardColes says…) but whereas I’m not going to get people to stop using supermarkets, I can at least help reduce the amount of waste they create whilst using them. Maybe. Hopefully.
    Or I might tell Michael Gove to let schools teach climate change to under 14 year olds. But probably the plastic bag tax…

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) April 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    <3 this idea ! I've used Ecover since finding my grandson inherited my son-in-law's eczema & now I use it because its environmentally safe. I would love to send a message to every single person in this country who still use plastic carriers & doesn't think of the harm they are doing. If only I had enough bottles ! To quote an old Indian proverb we don't inherit the world from our ancestors, we only borrow it from our children"… says it all.

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Love it Vivienne! Why not write to your MP instead, asking why the English government has no plans to introduce a charge for plastic bags to bring us in line with Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland?

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  • Reply jennifer branson April 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    It’s got my name on too! Therefore should be rightfully mine…

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      What would your message be Jen?

  • Reply Hayley April 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I know I’m being dim but I don’t use ecover, I guess it’s a cleaning solution? Why& who would you send it to? Or is it just a promotional thing? Maybe I need to try a win one to see what it’s all about? My sister has a cleaning ocd so I’m sure she’d love it!

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Ecover is a brand of cleaning product. The bottle is a bottle of washing up liquid. I obviously haven’t explained it that well in the post! If you read my original Ecover post ( I explain about Ecover’s new initiative to close the loop on plastics recycling, and that is essentially their Message in a Bottle. The idea is that you can send a message in your Ecover bottle to whoever you want, but it will have more impact if you write to your MP about an issue that bothers you, rather than writing to your Nana, but you can write to whoever you want to! The idea is to put a (policitcal/environmental) message in the bottle. Does that make any more sense..?

  • Reply manchesterflickchick April 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I wish my local Tesco had a refil place for Ecover product’s that would be great! Ooh that would be my message: Asking the head of Tesco to set up refil stations in the larger branches.

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Great idea!

  • Reply Claire Lewis April 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Well Done Jen, can’t wait to join you with a personalized bottle…never thought I would have my name on a bottle!! At least my husband will definitely leave me to do the cleaning as yes his excuse will be “well the cleaning product has your name on it”!!! LOL Can’t wait to get this challenge up and running 🙂

  • Reply Hilary April 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Can only see one problem with that great idea, if you send it you haven’t got it to refill it as I noticed there is a refill place in a local shop!

    • Reply Jen April 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      You can get another one for the refill-this one would be your special Message in a Bottle bottle!

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