We’re all about Low Carbon here, and you don’t have to shell out the pounds on a solar install to get carbon cutting. I wrote recently about Luci’s Carbon Cutting project, so sticking with the small steps ethos, I’ve compiled a countdown to a Low Carbon Christmas. Each day until the 25th, a recommendation will be posted to the ZLC Energy facebook page, but you can get a sneaky peek at the whole list below!
Shopping locally has loads of benefits – supporting the local economy, reducing transport miles, and best of all, you get to discover something delicious or amazing!
Our countdown to Christmas day 7:
Today we recommend Cornish Food Box – if you hurry you can still book a fantastic Cornish Food box for the Christmas dinner, everything you need, delivered to your door, what could be more relaxing than that? They also have a lovely rustic cafe, tucked away from the crowds behind Lemon Street Market, so pop past and take a break from the crowds this Christmas http://bit.ly/1ObqpjZ
Our countdown to Christmas day 6:
These days, most of us have everything we need and more, so why not give something different? Cornish foodies Pot Luck Cornwall organise regular meet ups testing out the delicious offerings of some of the many and varied offerings of our great Cornish venues. You can see the upcoming events on http://bit.ly/1ObrsjW where you can also book an event with the lovely Taor.
Our countdown to Christmas day 5:
Cornwall is home to lots of businesses producing amazing beauty products, many from home grown local ingredients. With so many to choose from, there’ll definitely be something for everyone. Our top picks are
Our countdown to Christmas day 4:
Next on our list is the delicious Chocolarder, based in Ponsonooth, they are committed to a super low carbon approach and have their carefully sourced beans sailed across the seas to falmouth. Try their Cornish Gorse chocolate – cold-pressed honey from bees that feed on the wild flowers and heather of Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula to produce this smooth milk chocolate honeycomb bar.
Our countdown to Christmas day 3:
It wouldn’t be Christmas without some tasty cheese, and Cornish Yarg is up there with the best. Made locally and finished with their signature nettle wrapping, it’s a Cornish icon. Fortunately, they supply cheeses of many sizes so there’ll be one that’s just right for you! http://bit.ly/1ObESwo
Our countdown to Christmas day 2:
Christmas doesn’t always have to be about buying stuff, and there are lots of awesome places to visit across Cornwall. Hundreds of people pack up their cars every year and sit in hours of traffic to come and enjoy the beautiful places right on our doorstep. There are several individual attractions such as Trebah Gardens and Eden, in addition to many National Trust properties, and of course, their fantastic network of coastal footpaths. They have all also taken a really positive approach to sustainability, so they get a bit thumbs up from us. We recently installed a lovely solar PV system on the roof of their visitor center, so the cafe is running on sun! A ticket to one of these attractions will give several days of enjoyment in addition to supporting these great organisations.
Our countdown to Christmas day 1:
With this being Christmas eve and all, if you’re feeling festive yet, then it’s time to get started! Cornwall is fast becoming known for it’s home grown ciders, beers, spirits and even champagne. There are far too many to list here, but our number one recommendation has to be St Austell Brewery. We’ve worked closely with the brewery for several years now, so we know first hand how dedicated they are to a sustainable approach to business. We like to take a sensible approach so we’d also recommend Cornish Orchards apple juice, all the taste without a headache!
St Austell Brewery