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Shopping Bags

Posted by Sharon Eason on 22 January 2014 | 2 Comments

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Don't Lift - Push or Pull Your Shopping

I've just come back from a holiday in Spain where everyone seemed to be popping in and out of small shops in every village and town we visited.  People seemed to enjoy shopping and were doing a main shop by going from one outlet to the next.  Then it struck me.  They were not trying to cope with plastic bags from each and every shop, cutting into their fingers and stopping the blood supply.  Young and old alike were using what can only be described as shopping bags on wheels - or shopping trolleys.

There seemed to be something of a fashion statement in the choice of shopping trolley - which by the way I saw used on the high street and in supermarkets alike - with bright colours and a variety of styles on offer.  Most seemed to have a special compartment labelled 'frozen food' and some had an ingenious system of three wheels on one axel which enabled the trolleys to climb steps.  In general they were a large leather-look, weatherproof bag on a supporting trolley which could then be pulled or pushed.  The 'bag' was bigger than the 'big green bag' provided at many of our supermarkets, but think about that size of bag on its side. Think golf trolley but with a more practical, rectanguar shape of bag. Once at home, the bag can be removed for unpacking and the trolley folded away until next needed.

I have seen a few similar items used in the UK, but they seem to be designed to assist older people to walk, with the load carrying as a secondary consideration, not pretty and definitely not easy to store.  The British version seems to be a deep, fixed, rectangular metal cage with a bag inside it. Somehow they remind me of a mini version of the stillages used in lorries.

Just think how much more enjoyable a trip to our own high street would be if we knew that we would not have to carry the weight of our shopping.  We could do our main shop on the high street with ease, simply pushing (or pulling) our own shopping trolley from the car park, along the path and into the shops.  Consider the 'rules' for manual handling, particularly lifting and carrying weights and the shopping trolley has to be a winner. 

Surely there must be an enterprising importer out there who would be willing to look at the wide range of 'shopping trolleys' in use in Spain and select a few to trial in Britain - or what about a factory willing to design something specifically for the younger British shopper.  I've a few bright ideas if you've got the ability to prototype and manufacture.

 

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Don't Waste Food

Posted by Sharon Eason on 22 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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Tesco have done it again - but at least this time they are being honest.  How do you feel about the waste of food that they admitted?  If they admit to such vast tonnages of waste, just how much goes to waste if we add in similar figures for the other big supermarkets?  Then, of course, there is the food we waste ourselves.  What can we do about the problem?

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Food shows

Posted by Sharon Eason on 23 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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The beauty of this time of year is the abundance of Food and Drink Festivals that spring up around harvest time.  All have a tempting array of stalls with food from near and far.  My personal favourites are the stalls that specialise in locally grown food.  In my own area of Leicestershire, that has to be the many, many different types of farmhouse cheeses including red Leicesters and Stiltons with many different flavours incorporated into the soft creamy cheese.

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Markets and Supermarkets

Posted by Sharon Eason on 9 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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I have just returned from a holiday in Portugal where the local markets are flourishing and fresh local produce is on sale every day in even the smallest towns.  We could learn much from their example.

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Independent Shopping

Posted by Rowan Williams on 7 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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Independent Shopping - A Personal Experience by Rowan Williams This New Year I decided to commit to a resolution that I hadn’t tried before. I’ve somewhat half-heartedly limped along with healthy eating, going to yoga at least two times per week, spending less money on cappucinnos – the list goes on. However this one was completely different. Driven by an ethical, political and emotional reasoning, I promised that I was going to by-pass the big supermarkets and try to shop from my local independent businesses.

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Do you remember Dom Sci?

Posted by Sharon Eason on 27 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Dom Sci or Home Ec – six letters to strike fear into the hearts of those of us who were teenagers in the 1950’s and 1960’s when the subjects were compulsory for the first three years of secondary school.

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Simply Delicious

Posted by Sharon Eason on 25 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Keep it Simple, Local and Delicious It has been a strange week, with food continuing to hit the headlines - mostly for all the wrong reasons.  The horsemeat saga rumbles on, but perhaps just as worrying was a news item on food in hospitals in Wales.  This followed on from the contamination of processed food provided to schools and hospitals across the country, and pointed out that although sheep graze on the hillsides around the hospital, only lamb from New Zealand is served there.  Where is the logic in creating a journey measured in thousands of miles, when you could measure literally in metres!  Think of the saving in transportation costs,...

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Know What You're Eating

Posted by Sharon Eason on 4 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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It really has not been a good weekend for the big food producers.  Come to think of it, they have not had very good press for a couple of weeks now.  So what are you doing about it?  I sincerely hope that you are supporting your local butchers and enjoying not only the better quality of local food, but also the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you are eating.  Let's look at some of the issues in more detail.

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How Clean is Clean?

Posted by Sharon Eason on 10 January 2013 | 0 Comments

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Did you see the Food Inspectors on BBC1 on 9 January?  Quite apart from yelling at the screen that the carrots direct from the producer's field had to be healthier than the lettuce boiled in what amounted to a swimming pool, the program sent me into a fit of spring cleaning my own kitchen, and that got me thinking about the caravan.

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Food Allergy/Intolerance

Posted by Sharon Eason on 13 November 2012 | 0 Comments

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Just what is healthy eating? I lost yesterday to a flare-up of ezcema, so this morning I started doing some surfing, not so much as new research, more as a means of reminding myself what I should and should not eat, and taking a look to see if there is any new thinking out there. I stumbled across this website from the Wexner Medical Centre which has linked an increase in skin rashes to an attempt to "eat healthily".  It struck a chord with me as I have been trying over the past few years to introduce a wider range of vegetables to my own diet, and guess what -...

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