Indian Street Food Night 30 April 2016 7pm

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Toxaprevent

Toxaprevent will be launching their unique range of medical devices in-store on Thursday the 17th of March.

Prevent · Treat · Alleviate

The science behind the active ingredient in Toxaprevent is MANC ( Modified & Activated Natural Clinoptilolite).

MANC absorbs toxin, histamine, ammonium and heavy metals (such as lead and mercury) and removes these before they are absorbed by the body, through natural bowel movements.

 

Wine & Chocolate Tasting Friday 12 February 2016

Love Wine & Chocolate Poster 12 Feb 2016

Valentine’s Meal 13th February 2016

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Christmas Lunches. 16th & 17th of December 2015

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Want to feel Pukka?

It’s that time of year again, sniffles and coughs abound, so we thought we’d highlight one of our favorite seasonal products. Pukka’s Elderberry Syrup is a naturally sweet tasting combination of herbs renowned for their use in treating the respiratory system. Seasonal chills and fevers benefit from the immune supporting herbs in this delicious elixir. The anti-spasmodic qualities and expectorant action ease spasms whilst gently clearing mucus and catarrh from the respiratory tract and sinuses. Sore and irritated mucous membranes are soothed and lubricated easing both dry and productive coughs.

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The Elder tree is considered to be a medicine chest by itself with all arial parts having therapeutic activity. Elderberries have a long traditional use as a base for combining healing herbs in a cough syrup. These colourful berries are rich in antioxidant vitamin C, flavonoids, anthocyanins and lignans and have anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activity. Elderberry actually works as an immuno-modulator, upgrading a poor immune response and also inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokines and the influenza virus from causing respiratory distress. On entering the body, the flu virus forms tiny spikes, called hemaglutinins, which are laced with an enzyme called neuraminidase. The enzyme helps the virus to penetrate the cell membranes. Once in, the virus then starts to live in the cell, reproducing more viruses. Elderberry juice actually disarms the neuraminidase within 24 to 48 hours and prevents the virus from spreading, and so it is important to take the syrup at the first signs of any infection. Elderberries also strengthen cell membranes, further preventing penetration by the viral enzymes that can break down the cell walls, allowing them to invade and replicate themselves. Elderberries are slightly sour and cooling, helping the body to release heat, reduce fever and enhance the body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying activities. Remember, as immuno-modulators, they stimulate the immune system and have strong antiviral properties; in fact, Elderberry syrup has demonstrable antiviral activity effective against ten strains of influenza virus.

Pukka Elderberry Syrup contains: Elderberry Juice, Manuka Honey (Active 14+), Thyme Leaf, Aniseed, Licorice Root, Horseradish Root, Pippali Fruit, Black Pepper Seed and Ginger Root.

Did you know you can visit the Shop for free nutritional and health advice from our two fully qualified nutritionists Ursula and Janet? The advice is given on a first come first serve basis most days of the week, call the Shop on 0161 273 4878 to check availability.

 

Thanks to Pukka Herbs, Bristol for supplying the article.

 

Christmas Meal 12.12.2015. Join us for a Festive candlelit Meal & choose from our luxurious Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Menu.

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Dates For Your Diary

Check your diaries folks, these events sell out very quickly! We have two fabulous wine events coming up soon and you really don’t want to miss out.

 

The first wine event is The Big Italian Wine Event, a tutored wine tasting with Andrea D’Ercole from Italy Abroad on Friday the 6th of November. Tickets cost £9 per person or £22 for a party of 3.

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It doesn’t get bigger than this, our first fully vegan, wine tasting event.  Join us for an evening of delightful wines and food with a tutored wine tasting from the very experienced Linda from Vintage Roots Organic Wines. Tickets cost £10 per person or £25 for a party of 3.Big Vegan Wine Event Web teaser 2015 Saturday

 

Bookings can be made in person, by visiting the shop during opening hours, alternatively, give us a call on 0161 273 4878 to book over the phone, please be aware that all tickets must be paid for at the time of booking.

Freshers Fortnight Raw Chocolate Haiku Competition

We’re running a special competition over Freshers Fortnight, we’ve partnered with The Raw Chocolate Company  and are giving everyone the chance to win one of 3 delicious raw chocolate prizes. Simply write a Haiku about raw chocolate, remember it must have 17 syllables on a 5,7,5 line basis. So, get creative, but do keep it clean as this is open to everyone regardless of age.  You need to get your entry to us by the 27th of September, you can post it to us on Twitter or Facebook using the #rawchochaiku, or alternatively fill in one of our in-store entry forms and post it in our competition post box.  We’ll be notifying the talented winners by the 1st of October 2015. Good Luck!

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Eighth Day go to Chorlton Vegan Fair, Saturday 16th May (Photos by Chirag Gosain)

Wow, what a fantastic day we had.

The Vegan Organic Network, often known as VON, organised a blooming fantastic Vegan Fair at the Irish Club in Chorlton. We took a small selection of products that we felt represented the business as a whole. Chia seeds, Cacao powder and Kale Chips, from the Shop and Cakes, Coffee and Chocolate from the Café. Apparently the queue had started to grow from about 10.30am, with the doors opening at 11am , not that we managed to see as we were frantically setting up our stall.

 

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This really set the tone for the entire day, I’m not sure where they all came from but there were thousands of people. Dan, the organizer, said that customer base had TRIPLED in size from the previous year! What a fantastic result.

We sold out of all our Cakes, Wraps and Brownies by 2pm, which was a huge surprise… lesson learnt for next year! We also sold an entire box of Ten Acre Cheese and Onion Crisps, I think it’s safe to say they are most definitely a vegan favourite, along with the Vego Bars which basically flew away.

 

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As well as local  independent businesses such as Unicorn, Tea Time Collective (who had some delicious pies/burgers, safely sampled by ourselves) and V Revolution, there were an abundance of stalls.  Some had travelled all the way from London.

The day was a fantastic success with something for everyone to enjoy. The schedule was jam packed with live performances (bands, spoken word artists, poets and dancers) which kept everyone entertained throughout the day. If you fancied something a little more exciting you could hop on the cycle powered smoothie maker and pedal away for a small donation or have a ride in a rickshaw.

Sophia and I really enjoyed the day, despite both somehow getting Sun burnt (we swear we were in the shade).  All that is left to say is a HUUUUUUGE Thank-You to everyone who came, spoke to us, took flyers or purchased something. We really appreciated all your support.

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With special thanks to Chirag Gosain for kindly letting us use his fabulous photographs for this post!

 

Manchester’s 10 coolest SMEs

We’ve recently been lucky enough to be featured here on the blog of Approved Index as one of Manchester’s Coolest SMEs, which showcases Manchester as a business hub. We think Manchester is a fantastic, vibrant and resilient city and  we’re very proud to be featured within this line-up

Here’s what Trilby Rajna the writer of the piece had to say about Manchester:

“Manchester might sometimes be overlooked by entrepreneurs in favour of London, but it turns out it’s a serious contender for the title of best city to launch your business. With three excellent universities, world class football clubs, the headquarters of the BBC and a refurbished and extended tram system which rivals TFL, Manchester makes for a truly nurturing city to grow your business.

Amongst the many things that Manchester lays claim to, aside from some of the world’s most iconic bands, being the birthplace of the computer and bringing the joy of “chips and gravy” to the world, is its claim to some incredible and unique businesses that have chosen to call it home. After much deliberation we came up with our top 10 pick of cool companies in Manchester; from tech start-ups to creative agencies to delicious cupcake bakers, we caught up with these cool small businesses to discuss what they do and why Manchester is THE place to be.”

You can read all about us and the other 9 businesses in the full feature here: http://blog.approvedindex.co.uk/2015/02/10-coolest-smes-showcasing-manchester-business-hub/

 

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Trilby Rajna and Approved Index for featuring us.

 

Job alert – Full-time Cafe Member – Chef

A full-time position for a professional chef is available. The successful applicant must have some previous experience of cooking fresh vegetarian/vegan dishes, and demonstrate a passion for working within a co-operative.

 

This is a great opportunity to become actively involved  in the running of a cooperatively managed and ethically driven business with fantastic benefits and conditions.

 

The position offers an hourly rate of £7.85 for 36 hours per week increasing to £9.80 per hour dependent on successful completion of a six month probationary period. Complementary staff discounts and generous paid breaks are included. For application forms and job descriptions please call in to the café or go to www.eighth-day.co.uk/jobs. If you have not been notified within one week of the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful.

 

Application closing date — 23rd January 2015

Interviews & trials commence — 26th January 2015

 

Job alert- Full-time Front of House Member

A full-time co-op membership position is available in the café. The successful applicant will possess a passion for food, excellent customer service and have previous catering/café management experience.

 

The job entails overseeing the day to day running of Front of House and Service, organising special events and actively participating in the management of our co-operatively run and ethically driven business. Knowledge of coffee and wholefoods will put candidates at an advantage.

 

The position offers an hourly rate of £7.85 for 36 hours per week increasing to £9.80 per hour dependent on successful completion of a six month probationary period. Complementary staff discounts and paid breaks are included.

 

For application forms and job descriptions please call in to the café or go to www.eighth-day.co.uk. If you have not been notified within one week of the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful.

Application Closing date—23.01.2015

Interviews & Trials commence—26.01.2015

 

Cafe Christmas Lunches, 17th & 18th of December 2014

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The Eighth Day Christmas Calendar Giveaway.

The 24 Days of Christmas!

It’s nearly the end of the year again and to thank you, our customers, for supporting us through the year we’ve decided to reward you for using our independent business. From December the 1st until the 24th we’re giving you the chance to win a prize every day. We’ll be uploading a new calendar window picture (just like the one below) from our Christmas Calendar to Facebook and Twitter every day at 9am.

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To take a look at all the Calendar pictures and to take a look at the prizes, take a look at the the short video teaser.

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win the days prize is Re-tweet and Favourite the picture and post on Twitter or Like and Share the status on Facebook. We’ll pick the winner entirely at random after 3pm every day and then reveal the prize and the winner before 5pm that day. We’ve got some great little prizes as well as some great star prizes, culminating in a fantastic Christmas Eve hamper so get Liking, Sharing and Tweeting for your chance to win. Whilst the “giveaway” is open to everyone, you must be able to pick your prize up from the Shop and prizes are not exchangeable for cash or alternative gifts, so please bear this in mind if you enter, as we would hate to disappoint anyone.

So, good luck to everyone who enters and thanks for all your support.

From everyone at The Eighth Day Co-operative.

Stephanie Shaw BA(Hons) Illustration (Manchester School of Art)

November 2014

Using mixed media, painting drawing and sculpture, I am trying to create a space whereby the process is apparent and the artist is present. My work has been an ongoing enquiry into building relationships between pre-existing imagery and my own mark making, by playing with form, colour, texture and scale. Recently this has developed into opening up a dialogue between 2- and 3- dimensions.

I am interested in how the artist can influence the viewer’s perception and participation. Through the destabilising effect of collage upon visual and contextual knowledge, the viewer’s control is disturbed and the visual validity questioned.

These collages are not only solitary works, but, seen contemporaneously in hand made zines and artists books, reference their source, thus creating a metaphor for the idea of DIY self-publishing as a tool for complete control over output.

 

 

I am a practicing artist and also work as a freelance illustrator.

Get in touch:

www.stephanie-shaw.com

spethanie@gmail.com

@spethanieS

facebook.com/stephanie.shaw.art

 

ALL PRINTS FOR SALE (most prints displayed are A2)

A1 unframed £35

A2 framed      £45

A2 unframed £30

A3 framed      £30

A3 unframed £20

A4 framed      £25

A4 unframed £15

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The Big Italian Wine Event

Come and join us on the 5th of December 2014 at Eighth Day for an evening of  tutored wine tastings with Andre D’ Ercole the founder of Italyabroad Wines.

We’ll be starting the evening off with a thrilling fizz, followed by two truly elegant white wines, a couple of sumptuous reds, then something truly indulgent and sticky to finish; all accompanied by locally made cheese and bread, with Italian Panetone to finish.  Salute!
 
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This is a ticketed event so please call us on 0161 273 4878 to check availability and to purchase tickets. Tickets cost £7 each or take advantage of our group ticket discount by purchasing 3 and only pay £17.50 saving £3.50.

The Festive Wine & Chocolate

CHOCOLATE & WINE LOVERS …..prepare to indulge!

Vintage Roots Organic Wines and Tree Frog Cheshire Chocolates come together for one heavenly evening. 7 exquisite wines paired with 7 varieties of handmade chocolate, a marriage made in heaven!Wine & Chocolate Wine Event 2014 Web teaser

This is a ticketed event so please call us on 0161 273 4878 to check availability and to purchase tickets. Tickets cost £7 each or take advantage of our group ticket discount by purchasing 3 and only pay £17.50 saving £3.50.

Christmas Meal

Yes, it’s that time again! We’re now taking bookings for our Christmas Meal on Saturday 13th December. If you’d like to celebrate with us at Eighth Day, our chefs have devised a delicious menu with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We’d love you to join us. For more details, please download a menu by following this link.

Job Vacancy

Café Worker Required

A position is available for a hardworking and experienced individual who wants to be part of our café team. The role will involve a mixture of front of house service and kitchen duties such as pot washing and cleaning.

The job comprises of 28 hour week at an hourly wage of £7.65 (living wage). The successful applicant must be able to work flexibly between Mondays and Saturdays, have previous front of house experience, and an interest and enthusiasm for healthy living and the principles of cooperation.

The closing date for this position is Saturday 25th October 2014.

Enquire in-store for an application form, or download from here.

If you have not been notified within one week of the
closing date, your application has been unsuccessful.

Night of the City. An exhibition by Ana K Miller. October 2014

Max Ernst and the Manchester Supermoon

Under the influence of Max Ernst’s moons and more lately, Manchester’s supermoon, I’ve been working on a series of abstract cityscapes that I’m about to exhibit in October in the Eighth Day Cafe in Manchester.

When Max Ernst started using grottage and frottage to paint eerie abstract paintings with huge moons he created one of my favourite series of paintings. I love the atmosphere, the colours, the flattened out textural shapes woven together to evoke nightmarish industrial landcapes and dying forests. These paintings have put a spell on me.

[Which brings me to this, which I want to be the soundtrack to this blog, if the link doesn’t work, find some other way of listening to “I Put a Spell on You”, Screaming Jay Hawkins, this post only works to a certain soundtrack:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwXai-sgM-s ]

Walking around Manchester City Art Gallery one day a few years back I was amazed and excited to find that they have one of my favourite paintings of Ernst’s in the strange medley of  artworks that made up their permanent display. It’s called The Petrified City and it looks something like this:

If you were in Manchester a few weeks ago you may have noticed something special about moon. It demanded your attention, it looked bigger, brighter and more magical than usual. I heard later on that it was a supermoon. I was especially enamoured with this moon because I’d been spending a lot of time making abstract paintings of cities with big moons. The moons were aligning, a good sign.

A few months earlier I had been grappling around desperately wondering how to start these paintings, procrastinating and reading lots of ”how to” books for inspiration that weren’t  very inspiring.

The spark came when I found Mike Bernard’s book about painting with collage that advocated an experimental rather than a realist approach (which always gets a tick from me) and contained some beautiful paintings – the style, the rationale and the use of colour struck a chord and I started experimenting with Bernard’s suggestions, trying very unsuccessfully to follow his instructions.

The book is brilliant and gives lots of good advice about making paintings with collage…
… and some of Mike Bernard’s paintings are gorgeous:

So I got to work trying collage out, at first it didn’t work, but it lead to some ideas, I started making cartoon skyscrapers on newsprint with felt-tip pens – this lead to a cartoonish abstract painting of Manchester: the most realist of the series.

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And then I got a breakthrough. On top of an old painting I kept adding things and it kept not working but each error lead to a new direction and suddenly a painting started to emerge that I was  excited about:

I like the atmosphere you can build to create the mood and impression of a city, without necessarily representing a particular place. These paintings are about my feelings towards Manchester and other big cities in general but they are also about the media I use – the layers of paint and paper that I build begin haphazardly – the process behind the paintings is experimental – what does the paper and paint do by itself? How can materials applied, printed or poured create beautiful random patterns and textures that could not have been achieved deliberately?

So this is some of the history behind the paintings I’m going to be exhibiting next month. Here are the details (and more formal write-up) of the exhibition itself, in the form of an image of a postcard
[If you get down to the exhibition you can have a postcard]

I called the exhibition  NIGHT OF THE CITY and I’ve chosen this painting as the centre piece because I think it embodies what I wanted to do:

Spotlight on Supplier: Antipodes Skincare

We’ve been working with some of our suppliers for years and built up great relationships with them over this time. These are the people that are constantly striving to provide the best products available and we wanted to highlight what they do, their ethics and what makes them special.

Our third focus is on the award winning New Zealand skincare company Antipodes and skincare pioneer Elizabeth Barbalich who founded the company.

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Antipodes, the global scientific organic beauty brand is driven out of the coolest little capital in the world – Wellington, which has provided much inspiration for the brands unique wallpaper packaging. “From modest beginnings in 2006, today Antipodes is winning rave reviews in international magazines, beauty and health industry awards and accolades from many discerning beauty buyers.

Antipodes creator and director Elizabeth Barbalich is deeply committed to running an environmentally responsible business, and educating people about the extraordinary benefits of certified organic and premium natural skincare.

Antipodes Creator Elizabeth Barbalich

It’s a passion sparked at the time of her epiphany to lead a more nature-centred lifestyle. After an education and career in science, she began studying naturopathy and adopting a diet high in organic raw foods and juices. She also began exploring the incredible benefits of New Zealand’s unique bioactive botanical extracts – the healing secrets of Maoridom.

It wasn’t long before she began combining these interests to start creating her own natural skincare along with New Zealand’s leading cosmetic chemists. And after some dedicated research and development Antipodes launched on the market with seven products. The range has nearly tripled since, in just seven short years, Antipodes has developed a range of 26 skincare products with even more products for women and men in development. Meeting the market by bringing consumers around the world a skincare and makeup range differentiated by the fact that each formula (not the parts) is scientifically validated and the premium ingredients are sourced from New Zealand’s nature.  Thanks to investing in the expertise of ‘The French Nose’ very early on to determine the fragrances across the range – each product has an interesting and exotic scent.

Antipodes culture is built around a love of nature, style and science and is for eco-conscious women and men who expect their natural and organic skincare to be results-oriented and uncompromising high performance. The intelligent formulations are richly hydrating, while allowing skin to breathe naturally, feel better, and look at its best. Antipodes seeks to deliver on emotive experiences: add a love-factor into everyday beauty rituals with avant-garde fragrances, and poetry inspired descriptions.

 

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The inspiration of creation:

“My original desire continues to inspire me: to bring to the market premium certified organic & natural products from fully sustainable sources, which can be used every day by everyday women” says Elizabeth.

Beautiful design is important to Elizabeth. “After all,” she says, “this is a beauty brand”. Look closely and you’ll notice the elegant green Antipodes® packaging is inspired by New Zealand’s wallpaper: nature.

Elizabeth is dedicated to creating a strong team around her, and helping with the career development of her employees. “I believe in surrounding myself with people passionate about their specialty,” she says.

We regularly run sampling days with an Antipodes instore adviser and look out for our Antipodes Taster Express Facials by our experienced therapist Julie, these will be back in September and you get 30 minutes of Antipodes pampering for only £7.50.

 

You can find out more about Antipodes by visiting their website here: http://www.antipodesnature.com/

Images and text used with kind permission of Antipodes Skincare.

Job Alert: Full-time Chef

Full-time Café Probationary Member – CHEF

A full-time position for a professional chef is available. The successful applicant must have previous experience of cooking fresh vegetarian/vegan dishes, and demonstrate a passion for working within a co-operative.

This is a great opportunity to become actively involved in the running of a cooperatively managed and ethically driven business with fantastic benefits and conditions.

The position offers an hourly rate of £7.65 for 36 hours per week – with complementary staff discounts and generous paid breaks – increasing to £9.55 per hour dependent on successful completion of the probationary period.

For an application form click here to download or call in to the café to pick up a pack.


Application closing date — 26th July 2014
Interviews & trials commence — Week commencing 28th July 2014
Position start date — Week Commencing 1st September 2014

You can email your completed application to:

Personnel@eighth-day.co.uk

Or deliver by hand/post to:

Personnel, Eighth Day Co-op, 111 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7DU

Spotlight on Supplier: Green People

We’ve been working with some of our suppliers for years and built up great relationships with them over this time. These are the people that are constantly striving to provide the best products available and we wanted to highlight what they do, their ethics and what makes them special.

Our second focus is on the award winning skincare company Green People and green pioneer Charlotte Vøhtz who founded the company.

Green People Charlotte and Sandra Charlotte Vøhtz started the pioneering organic personal care company in 1997 having moved from her native Denmark to the UK.  Charlotte approached the Soil Association to encourage them to form standards for organic health and beauty products and in 1999 was invited on the committee where she played an important role in setting the standards for natural & organic cosmetics – The Soil Association launched their standards in 2002 followed by Organic Food Federation in 2003

 

Green People’s multi award-winning range is one of the front-runners in the organic beauty industry, with dedicated ranges for women, men, teens, children, babies and organic mineral make-up. The business has seen extraordinary growth since its modest beginnings when it was run from Charlotte’s kitchen in Sussex. Today the company offers more than 140 products, with over 100 Certified Organic by the Soil Association, Organic Food Federation or EcoCert. Passionate about offering organic products for all, Charlotte launched the new Age Defy+ range in 2013, a powerful youth boosting skincare range suitable for women 35+ which looks set to shake up the organic anti-ageing arena.
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Motivation:
Charlotte’s motivation for creating an organic beauty company came from wanting to help treat the eczema and allergies that her daughter Sandra suffered as a small child. After much personal research, it became clear that focusing on a more natural and holistic way of treating children’s allergies and skin problems was the best approach…and Green People was born!

Green People:
The company’s aim is to offer certified organic beauty products and naturally avoid any harsh synthetic chemicals. Green People also operate a strict cruelty-free policy and use no animal derived ingredients.

Green people Naturally Gorgeous book.

Naturally Gorgeous:
Charlotte’s desire to inform and inspire has also led her to become a published author. She released ‘Naturally Gorgeous’, in 2008 a veritable feast of beauty hints and tips to help maximise the body’s health & wellbeing, containing sections on detoxing, digestion and skin health.

 

 

 

Charlotte’s Mission:
Green People may be thriving, but money has never been Charlotte’s main incentive. “I see this as a ‘mission’. I am meant to be doing this. We continually receive feedback from customers about our products. It is so satisfying to be sent testimonials telling us how we have helped transform a customer’s skin problem – and the buzz we get from knowing we can make a difference makes it all worthwhile!”

With kind thanks to Green People for information and images.

You can find out more about Green People here: http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/our-journey/

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Spotlight on Supplier.

We’ve been working with some of our suppliers for years and built up great relationships with them over this time. These are the people that are constantly striving to provide the best products available and we wanted to highlight what they do, their ethics and what makes them special.

 

First up is the UK based company Viridian Nutrition.

There are so many vitamins, minerals and other food supplements to choose from – on the shelves of supermarkets, pharmacies and lots too at On the 8th Day – it can be very confusing. There is now a wealth of high quality research showing the benefits of nutritional supplements, and here at On the 8th Day, we have the qualified knowledge and experience to recommend the right programmes for our customers – to get the results you are looking for – thanks in part to suppliers including Viridian Nutrition.

Viridian Cheryl Thallon

Here, Viridian founder and MD, Cheryl Thallon explains the company’s philosophy: “Training is at the heart of what we do at Viridian Nutrition. With a range of more than 180 health products, it is essential that we take time to train our health store stockists in the science behind each one and how to develop the right programme of supplements to meet the health needs of their customers. Often the right advice will be a change of diet, to include more whole foods, vegetables and fruit. For others a simple multivitamin will be a sufficient addition, while some will require a complex programme of supplements to resolve health issues and bring their system into harmony for optimum health.

Viridian Benjamin Brown“Our technical director, Benjamin Brown ND, who also heads up the Viridian Nutrition scientific research and new product development  programme, tours each quarter with professional seminars for health food stores. This helps to keep our stockists up to date with new
research and developments in natural health to guarantee the effective
use of our products in-store.

 

 

Viridian Nutrition is the leading brand of ethical vitamins, with commitments to Purity, Charity and the Environment. A family-owned, award-winning British company, Viridian was named ‘Best Buy’ by Ethical Consumer magazine and each year by the Good Shopping Guide.

“Manufacturing our products with the purest ingredients, avoiding the use of all additives such as artificial fillers, binders, colourings, flavourings and coatings ensures our products are 100% active to maximise the benefits without burdening the body with unnecessary chemicals. The Viridian range is 100% non-GMO, non-irradiated and against animal testing. Within the range we have vegan, vegetarian and kosher options.

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At Viridian we want to leave a minimum footprint on the planet, and so we use glass packaging instead of plastic, have a recycling refund and have a strong

commitment to organic growing. In fact, 40% of our range is Soil Association certified organic – better for the planet and better for you. We manufacture in the United Kingdom, reducing air miles.

The Viridian Nutrition Charity Donation Programme has to date (May 2014) donated more than £185,000 to a selection of children’s, environmental and other selected charities. The charities are chosen each year by our health store customers via a voting form. Each charity is checked to ensure it does not have any involvement in animal research and is a registered charity.

Viridian Nutrition is a big-hearted company with genuine passion for caring for our customers – we hope to welcome you to On the 8th Day and to assist you to exceptional health.

 

Information and images kindly provided by Cheryl Thallon, Viridian founder and MD.

You can see Viridian’s products and find out more about the brand and their ethics here: http://www.viridian-nutrition.com/home.aspx

 

Cheap Bananas Threaten Farmers!

What’s the cost of cheap bananas?

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In the UK we eat more than 5 billion bananas every year and spend over £550 million on them, surprisingly despite the efforts of the Fairtrade Foundation only 1 in 3 bananas sold in UK shops is fairtrade. Bananas are the fourth most important food crop in global agriculture after rice, wheat and maize and business is booming – they generated a staggering US $8 billion in global export earnings in 2011.
But the truth is that not everyone is enjoying the benefits. The millions of banana farmers and workers who grow the UK’s and the world’s favourite fruit have actually seen their earnings cut in real terms. Shockingly, many still can’t afford to put enough food on the table for their families or provide the basics such as education or healthcare.
What’s the cause? Bananas being bought and sold cheaply within the UK. We buy most of our bananas from the major supermarket chains here in the UK, supermarkets are always vying to get our custom and we’re used to seeing price wars and loss leaders in the form of bread, milk, canned beans and other basic items, but did you realise that supermarkets also use the price of bananas as a way of attracting custom. In the last 10 years supermarkets have almost halved the price of loose bananas, yet the cost of producing them has doubled. This saving to the customer has to be funded somehow and it’s not our supermarkets funding these savings, it’s the banana producers and this is trapping many farmers and workers in poverty.

 
Meet Foncho

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Albeiro Alfonso “Foncho” Cantillo is a 43 year old banana farmer from Columbia. His livelihood depends on his bananas and he puts in long hours to make his business work. He grows his bananas on land he inherited from his father and he cares deeply about his farm as he knows without it he would struggle to find another job and therefore provide for his family. Foncho understands the difference a fair price can make because the majority of the bananas he grows he sells as Fairtrade. This provides him with a vtal safety net and some protection from the brutal banana business. But he knows it’s not the same for millions of other farmers and workers. Foncho is angry that the majority of bananas consumed in the UK are sold so cheaply that many farmers do not earn enough to make ends meet.

 
This cannot continue, it’s unsustainable and more importantly deeply unfair, so starting from 24th of February the Fairtrade Foundation is campaigning for change and hoping to persuade all the major supermarket chains to start to do things differently. Foncho has put put his name to this campaign and has come to the UK this Fairtrade Fortnight in the hope we can make bananas fair and every farmer who grows them for us gets a deal. This campaign called “Stick with Foncho” will start with demanding that the price sticker on loose bananas stocked by the supermarkets reflects the true cost of producing the bananas as well as ensuring that banana farmers and workers earn a decent living. Because the Fairtrade Foundation believes that supermarkets will struggle to make this change work simply due to the competitive nature of supermarkets and the ongoing banana price wars between the main chains, they also think it’s time the government stepped in to help these unjust practices.

 
The Fairtrade Foundation together with the public can help bring about government intervention into unfair supermarket pricing, you can sign the petition that could ensure this issue gets raised in parliament. You can find out more about the the Fairtrade Foundation, their campaign and sign the petition here: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

 

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All information and images are taken from: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

Fairtrade Fortnight

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It’s Fairtrade Fortnight from the 24th of February until the 9th of March, an event designed to heighten awareness of fairtrade issues and hopefully inspire more people to consider making fairtrade choices when they buy goods.

What does buying Fairtrade mean? To the Fairtrade Foundation (the governing body for fairtrade matters within the UK) it means this:

“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.”

So who are the Fairtrade Foundation?

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. 

The Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement, and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.  Member organisations now also include Banana Link, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, National Campaigner CommitteeNicaragua Solidarity Campaign, People & Planet, Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, Shared Interest Foundation, Soroptimist International , Tearfund and Commitment to Life / United Reformed Church.

The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO), which unites 21 labelling initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand as well as networks of producer organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 
The Fairtrade Foundation is a registered charity (no. 1043886). It is also a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (no. 2733136).

What is the Fairtrade Foundations mission/vision?

The vision of the Fairtrade Foundation is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

To achieve this vision, Fairtrade seeks to transform trading structures and practices in favour of the poor and disadvantaged. By facilitating trading partnerships based on equity and transparency, Fairtrade contributes to sustainable development for marginalised producers, workers and their communities. Through demonstration of alternatives to conventional trade and other forms of advocacy, the Fairtrade movement empowers citizens to campaign for an international trade system based on justice and fairness.

The Foundation’s mission is to work with businesses, community groups and individuals to improve the trading position of producer organisations in the South and to deliver sustainable livelihoods for farmers, workers and their communities by –

  • being a passionate and ambitious development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade
  • using certification and product labelling, through the FAIRTRADE Mark, as a tool for our development goals
  • bringing together producers and consumers in a citizens’ movement for change
  • being recognised as the UK’s leading authority on Fairtrade

 

I see lots of organisations claiming their products are fairly traded, is there a difference?

It can be very confusing to the consumer , there are lots of different “fairtrade” marks/claims on produce, how do you know that all  are genuinely providing the best deal for farmers, growers and producers?

The number of ethical labels is growing, but Fairtrade remains unique. While other schemes aim to ‘protect the environment’ or ‘enable companies to trace their coffee’, Fairtrade’s focus is to support farmers and workers to improve the quality of their lives and take more control over their futures.

Fairtrade is the only certification scheme whose purpose is to tackle poverty (through the Fairtrade price and premium) and empower farmers and workers in developing countries to take a more active role in global supply chains. Fairtrade delivers unique benefits to producers, businesses and consumers. At an international level, it is part owned by farmers and workers, who sit on the Board and participate in decision making.

You can be sure that any products you see which have the Fairtrade Foundation image on have undergone a rigorous process to ensure that the Fairtrade really does mean a fair deal for the producers.

Products with the FAIRTRADE Mark must meet international Fairtrade standards. These are set by the international certification body Fairtrade International (FLO). These standards are agreed through research and consultation with members of the Fairtrade scheme, including farmers and workers themselves, traders, NGOs, academic institutions and labelling organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation.

Who sets the prices paid to the growers?

The Fairtrade Minimum Price

The Fairtrade minimum price is the minimum price that a buyer of Fairtrade products has to pay to a Producer Organisation for their product.

It is not a fixed price, but should be seen as the lowest possible starting point for price negotiations between producer and purchaser. It is set at a level which ensures that Producer Organisations receive a price which covers the cost of sustainable production for their product. This means it also acts as a safety net for farmers at times when world markets fall below a sustainable level. However, when the market price is higher than the Fairtrade minimum,the buyer must pay the market price.

Producers and traders can also negotiate a higher price, for example on the basis of quality, and forsome products, Fairtrade International (FLO) also sets different prices for organic crops, or for particular grades of produce.

 The standards also allow producers to request partial pre-payment of the contract. This is important for small-scale farmers’ organisations as it ensures they have the cash flow to pay farmers at the time they deliver their crop. Buyers are also required to enter into long-term trading relationships so that producers can predict their income and plan for the future.

Fairtrade minimum prices are set by the Standards Unit at FLO following research into producers’ costs of sustainable production and consultation with traders and other stakeholders. The Fairtrade premium, is a sum paid in addition to the Fairtrade minimum price.

Fairtrade Premium

The Fairtrade premium is a sum of money paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects, decided upon democratically by producers within the farmers’ organisation or by workers on a plantation.

The premium is fixed by the Fairtrade International (FLO) Standards Unit in the same way as the minimum price and remains the same, even if the producer is paid more than the minimum price for the product.

The premium fund is typically invested in education and healthcare, farm improvements to increase yield and quality, or processing facilities to increase income

What can I do?

If you’ve never bought Fairtrade products, why not try some, there are so many fairly traded products available now such as: fruit, chocolate, tea, nuts, beans, clothing, shoes, the list goes on.  You can also donate to the foundation here:http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved/donate/default.aspx

For the next fortnight here at Eighth Day we’ll be showcasing some of the fairtrade items we stock and providing lots of samples so that you can see how good fairtrade food really is, we also hope that this will heighten the awareness of Fairtrade issues and encourage more people to choose Fairtrade.

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You can find out more about the Fairtrade Foundation and the work it does here: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

The Wall of Beans Competition

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We sell lots of tins of beans here at Eighth Day and not just the regular baked bean, we have Aduki, Butter, Mixed and Red Kidney beans as well, we also allow tinned Chick Peas and tinned tomatoes to inhabit the “Wall of Beans” (as we affectionately call it) as honorary beans!  We love our beans (and honorary beans) so much that we keep a league table of their sales.  See here for last year’s sales by clicking Wall of Beans .

So we thought what better than a competition, which allows our customers to guess how many of a particular bean we’ll sell in a given month. Of course it’s not just for fun, there’ll be a prize involved for the person whose prediction is the closest to the actual sales.

So at the start of every month we’ll announce which bean we have chosen for the month on Facebook & Twitter and you’ll have the chance to guess how many beans we’ll sell. To enter the competition simply Follow on Twitter/ Like on Facebook and let us know your answer by sending us a message on either Twitter or Facebook. At the end of the month we’ll tot up our sales totals and pick the nearest winner. The lucky winner will then get a tray (12 cans) of the beans/honorary beans of their choice.

Please note: you must be able to collect your tray of beans from the shop should you win a prize and we will not offer any alternative or cash prize.

 

 

Love Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

As Valentine’s Day approaches what better to put you in the mood than an evening sampling fine organic wines paired with handmade Cheshire chocolates?

 Linda Ward of Vintage Roots Wines and Steve Beck of Artisan Foods have got together to explore the alluring chemistry of our favourite aphrodisiacs and created six exquisite pairings for your delectation.

Come and join in on Tues 4th of February, 6.30pm.  Tickets £7 each or form a threesome and get 3 tickets for £17.50! Call us on 0161 273 4878 to book your place now!

 

You can download tasting notes for the evening by clicking here: Tasting Sheet Wine & Choc Feb 2014 vegan

 

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Why eat Breakfast?

One way to ensure a healthy start to the year is by including the often missed meal that is breakfast. We see many people who start the day with a black coffee and very little else, so we asked Ursula one of our resident nutritionists, “Why should we eat breakfast?”


Here’s what she had to say:

“Studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to be in better moods (when I’m hungry – watch out!). Breakfast gets you started on the right track for the day. If you start out with a healthy breakfast, then you set the mood for lunch. You’re more likely to choose something reasonable for lunch if you’ve paid some attention to your breakfast choices. Additionally studies indicate that people who eat breakfast are more alert and do better on tests than people who skip breakfast.

Researchers have repeatedly shown that people who eat breakfast have a better chance of losing weight, and keeping it off. Research carried out at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh has shown that eating breakfast cereal in the morning helps aid weight loss. By eating breakfast, you wake up your metabolism and get your engine humming, burning those calories you need to burn to lose weight.”

Things to heed:
“If you think a cereal bar with 30 grams of sugar is a breakfast item, then think again. Some cereal bars contain nearly as much sugar and fat as a regular chocolate bar.
Even if the label says, “Nutritious,” it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. Cereal manufacturers are experts in marketing, using words that send a message of health, but unless you read the labels, eat at your own risk. Kids’ cereals often have more sugar than sweets. Protect your kids from getting hooked on these cereals… they’ll get used to all the sugar, and will want only pre-sweetened cereals.”
 
Whatever diet you follow… breakfast is one meal you don’t want to miss.
 
We’ve put together three recipe’s, devised, tried and tested by three of our staff at Eighth Day, so why not give them a try. They are quick to make and packed with protein, healthy carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, perfect to set you up for the day!
 
 

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Valentine’s Day Meal in the Cafe, 14.02.14

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The Domestic Goddess Collection by Ruby Tingle – January 2014

Ruby Tingle works as an artist and musician in Manchester after
graduating from Manchester School of Art in 2011. Specializing in hand
made collages inspired by myth and folklore, her work deals primarily with
the idea of personal psychology and  how this can be translated via the re
telling of stories, normalization of the fantastical and exploring the in
between places in reality. Often appearing in her collages, the works act
as an environment where desired creatures or events impossible to
experience in day to day life become real; the collages are for the artist, a
vicarious existence. Ruby’s music operates in a cyclic pattern alongside
her physical artworks, her lyrics often referring to or inspired by
landscapes, characters and suggested occurrences within the collages
and vice versa. Her musical arrangements and physical aesthetics of her
work aim to function harmoniously, questioning and engaging with the
other worldly, dark and surreal.  

The Domestic Goddess Collection takes a tongue in cheek look at a
selection of women from Ancient Greek mythology and their day to day
lives when not appearing within the stories that create restrictive character
roles and assumed behaviours, but in turn provide their existence and are
responsible for their survival as mythological archetypes.  The series
attempts to question people’s perception of women as three dimensional
beings- what is expected to be intentionally displayed and the different
stories that are played out behind closed doors.

To see more of Ruby’s work visit rubytingle.tumblr.com

Work and cards are for sale, prints available on request.

Detox your skin care and make healthy skin your New Year’s resolution.

According to various studies we come into contact with between 200 and 500 different synthetic chemicals every day, these come from what we put on our skin, what we use to clean our houses and daily living environmental polluters. Your skin is actually the largest organ in your body, it can absorb up to 60% of whatever is applied to it. Whilst not all of these chemicals are toxic individually, certainly not in the small doses we generally come into contact with, cumulative daily exposure to many of the ingredients could have detrimental effects on both our health and our environment. In addition as skincare and cosmetic houses constantly come up with new formulas, despite those products having undergone toxicology and safety testing, we actually don’t know the cumulative, long term effects that using some products year after year may have on us.

To us it makes perfect sense to limit the possibilities of exposure to chemicals and  whilst the majority of us know the importance of cleansing our bodies of accumulated waste and toxins, how many people think of their skin as an important eliminatory organ? Many people follow New Year dietary detox regimes to rid themselves of the excesses of the festive period, but carry on using the same chemical based skin care products containing synthetic ingredients which can clog the skin, keeping toxins in and leaving behind undesirable chemical residues.

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Give your skin the chance to regenerate and glow naturally by using only pure, plant derived ingredients, which allow the skin to breathe and eliminate toxins. Companies such as Pai, Green People, Weleda and Dr Hauschka are committed to using natural plant based ingredients with naturally high levels of bioactivity which is not hampered by using harsh preservatives. These products work in harmony with your skin assisting instead of fighting some of the natural processes leaving skin clearer, less congested and healthy.

If you are unsure about taking the leap into natural skincare, come in and chat to us, we understand your concerns. Many people worry that “natural” skin care products won’t be as effective as some of the more “synthetically” created or well-known high street or department store products. A lot of this stems from lack of knowledge of the difference between natural/synthetic skincare and the marketing a lot of the big cosmetic houses do! Nature gives us some of our most potent actives (both good and bad) and when used correctly and combined correctly these are every bit as effective if not more, than questionable synthetic products.

We offer 30 minute express skin care tasters (think a mini facial) for £5 with our fully qualified esthetician using Antipodes, Dr Hauschka, Pai, Weleda and Ren on Saturdays, these can be a great introduction to natural brands as you get to try before you buy! In addition we also offer SpaRitual manicures starting at £5, these products are free of animal ingredients, synthetic dyes, toluene, formaldahyde and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).

Feel free to drop in and discuss your skincare requirements with us, we’ll be happy to offer advice or call us if you have any queries regarding our treatments on 0161273 4878.

Christmas Lunches 17th-19th of December 2013.

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The Eighth Day Christmas Calendar Giveaway.

The 24 Days of Christmas!

It’s nearly the end of the year again and to thank you, our customers, for supporting us through the year we’ve decided to reward you for using our independant business. From December the 1st until the 24th we’re giving you the chance to win a prize every day. We’ll be uploading a new calendar window picture (just like the one below) from our Christmas Calendar to Facebook and Twitter every day at 9am.

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All you have to do to be in with a chance to win the days prize is Re-tweet and Favourite the picture and post on Twitter or Like and Share the status on Facebook.  We’ll pick the winner entirely at random after 3pm every day and then reveal the prize and the winner before 5pm that day. We’ve got some great little prizes as well as some great star prizes, culminating in a fantastic Christmas Eve hamper so get Liking, Sharing and Tweeting for your chance to win. Whilst the “giveaway” is open to everyone, you must  be able to pick your prize up from the Shop and prizes are not exchangeable for cash or alternative gifts, so please bear this in mind if you enter as we would hate to disappoint anyone.

So, good luck to everyone who enters and thanks for all your support.

From everyone at The Eighth Day Co-operative.

The wonderful world of Chia.

We’ve been stocking chia seeds for a while now and one of the regular questions we get asked by our customers is: “What are they and what can I do with them?”

Chia (Salvia hispanica), is a species of flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala where it is believed to have cultivated for hundreds of years. It has become more popular over the past few years within the west, and not without reason – these tiny seeds are highly nutritious containing complete protein, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals; in particular calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc.

For more details on the nutritional profile and research on chia you can visit the Nutritional Science Research Institute website here.

According to the NSRI, chia has a thinning effect on the blood, is a low glycaemic food and has antioxidant levels equal to or greater than dark berries like blueberries.

So how can you use them?

As for what to do with your chia…you can simply mill your chia seeds and sprinkle them on foods and in smoothies, or you can add them whole to water and other fluids. Perhaps one of the most interesting things about chia seeds is that when you add water to the whole seeds they swell up and form a thick, mucilage rich gel. One of our suppliers of chia seeds, The Raw Chocolate Company tell us that eating chia seeds in this gel form can help “reduce digestive transit time, clear toxins from the intestines, and maintain a feeling of fullness in the stomach”. Two of their top chia seed recipes which they have kindly let us make use of here are ‘Chia Fresca’ and ‘Chia Breakfast Pudding’. There are lots of variations on these so feel free to play around with the recipes.

Chia Fresca

2tsp chia seeds
250ml water
Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
Raw honey to taste or sweetener of your choice

Chia Fresca is an all natural energy and hydration drink made by the 100 mile ultra-marathon runners from the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico. To make, combine the dry chia seeds with water in a small glass. Stir. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Add fresh lemon or lime juice and a little honey to taste.

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Chia Breakfast Pudding

2tbsp chia seeds
1 cup of almond or rice milk
Mashed berries or chopped bananas
Raw honey to taste or sweetener of your choice
Bee pollen (optional)

Soak a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds in a cup of almond or rice milk for a minimum of 10 minutes. Some people prefer to leave their chia seeds to soak for a few hours. Stir in some mashed berries or chopped bananas. Drizzle with a little honey (or sweetener of your choice), sprinkle with bee pollen (optional) and enjoy.

This mix can also be blended if you prefer a smoother pudding. Adapt the recipe to suit your preference.

(The above recipes are with thanks to The Raw Chocolate Company www.therawchocolatecompany.com )

Both of these recipes are a great way to get started with chia seeds, but there are lots of ways to add these power packed seeds into your daily nutritional programme.

Christmas Meal @ Eighth Day Cafe, 7th of December 2013

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Credit Union Day 17th of October with Manchester Credit Union

It’s National Credit Union Day on the 17th of October, you may be asking yourself “What is a credit union?” It’s a not-for-profit financial co-operative that focuses on the monetary needs of its members.  The organisation as a whole is in fact also run by its members. It’s usually a ‘common bond’ that brings a group of members together to create a credit union. So, it can be common to see Credit Unions as part of a local community or a place of work.
Whilst you might not have heard of credit unions before, in many parts of the world, including Ireland, the USA and New Zealand, they are very important and successful financial institutions. There are now over 330 credit unions affiliated to the Association of British of Credit Unions (ABCUL) throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In the UK some 520,000 members have recognised the value of credit unions and have savings worth over £400 million with their credit unions. In addition there are thousands employed in the sector and many more thousands of people are Credit Union volunteers.
The modern Credit Union movement traces its origins to Germany and to Friedrich Willhelm Raiffeisen, the Mayor of a small town in southern Germany, who in 1849 formed societies, which later evolved in to Credit Unions. The purpose of these Credit Unions was to enable people to help themselves in relieving debt and poverty. Credit Unions in the UK were already in existence for some time before the movement gained momentum in 1979, when the Credit Unions Act was passed.  The reason behind setting one up is simple, it’s  mostly to offer everyone in the union easier methods of saving, access to low-cost loans and a host of other possible financial benefits.   This can be extremely useful in our current financial climate, giving people an ethical way of saving money and offering a good alternative to standard bank loans or short term payday loans!

Manchester Credit Union

Manchester Credit Union started as Beswick and Openshaw Credit Union in 1991 and was known as East Manchester Credit Union until February 2007. It is a not-for-profit financial co-operative serving people who live or work in Manchester, Tameside, Trafford, Rochdale and the High Peak. They offer savings, loans and a whole range of other financial services for their members. Like all Credit Unions they promote the following:

Responsible Lending:

Credit unions promote responsible lending. The services they provide should give all members access to:

  • Banking services – offering members a current account so they have access to their savings at any time.
  • Savings accounts –members are encouraged to build up their assets and accumulate savings.
  • Affordable loans – taking into account the member’s personal circumstances, payment history and ability to repay the loan.
  • Financial education and access to money advice – empowering members to make informed choices about financial products.
  • Insurance products – enabling members to build on and protect their assets.
  • The rules relating to Credit Unions.

Credit unions have a number of clear objectives enshrined in their constitution. These rules are:

  • Promoting thrift – members must be encouraged to save as well as borrow.
  • Providing credit and loan products with fair and reasonable interest rates.
  • The efficient use and control of members’ savings for mutual benefit in order to earn a rate of return (the dividend).
  • Training members to use money wisely, devise a budget and manage their financial affairs.
  • Members own and control their credit unions.

Play your Part:

Because credit unions are co-operatives, members have a say in how the credit union is run and the directors are elected from the members, by the members, to represent their interests.

Distribution of Profits:

Credit unions distribute their profits to members in dividends this means the money stays in the community rather than going to faceless shareholders. They are also committed to improving the economic and social well-being of members.

Saving with Manchester Credit Union:

Saving money is so important – whether it is just for a rainy day or for something a little bit more special and everyone benefits from having savings – no matter how much or how little money you have. Having some savings allows us to work towards our financial goals and gives us peace of mind should an emergency arise.

Committing yourself to a regular saving pattern can be difficult, but at Manchester Credit Union we make it as easy as possible, with a variety of savings accounts and several ways to save. Whether it’s in cash at one of our branches or satellite collection points, with a standing order, direct from your wages or your benefits or by BACS directly from your bank – at Manchester Credit Union there are many convenient ways to save.

We also offer easy payroll deduction. By transferring regularly from your wages straight to your credit union account you can watch your savings grow. Credit Union members can save at an affordable level – be it £1 or £100. Small regular amounts soon add up and remember, at Manchester Credit Union, you are not just a customer of a credit union – you are a co-owning member.

Benefits of saving with Manchester Credit Union include:

• Confidentiality, security and protection
• Save as much as you can afford
• No hidden charges or fees
• Automatically receiving free life insurance on your savings
• Savings are pooled to provide the resources for lending to other members
• Depending on reserves, members are eligible for an annual dividend (this was 1% in 2009).

Joining the Credit Union is the best decision you could take for your money.

Our Credit Union lets people in the community come together to save and borrow money at low rates, and is operated on a not-for-profit basis, with surpluses being returned to members.

To enquire about saving with Manchester Credit Union you can  speak to their advisor who will be instore on 17/10/13 from 12-2pm  or alternatively you could visit their website here:

http://www.manchestercreditunion.co.uk/

email them on: info@manchestercreditunion.co.uk

or give them a call on: 0161 231 5222

Eczema

It’s National Eczema Week this week (16th-22nd of September) and so we have written what we hope is an informative post which may help some of the eczema sufferers out there. This is a very common condition estimated to affect 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK.

The word ‘eczema’ derives from  the Greek word “Ekzein” which mean ‘to boil’, a description which illustrates the irritation and inflammation of the skin which can be caused by this condition and is commonly used as a blanket term to cover a range of skin conditions all of which have similar symptoms. Eczema, or dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition associated with dry patches of hot, itchy skin. When severe, the itching can be incessant and intense and affected areas can become broken, raw and may bleed, leading to the possibility of skin infections.

What causes it?

It is closely linked with asthma, hayfever and other inflammatory conditions and is thought to be an allergic condition in which the immune system overreacts to harmless particles that come into contact with the skin, causing red, itchy patches of inflammation.

Triggers may include dust, perfumes, skincare products, pollen, detergents and foods, such as eggs, dairy products, wheat, yeast and citrus fruits. The allergic reactions may develop and worsen over a period of time, as the immune system begins to react more intensely to the irritants. Eczema is also linked to dry skin, and it has been suggested that a lack of certain oils and natural moisture factors in the sufferer’s skin may make them more vulnerable to skin inflammation and irritation.

The most common types of eczema are:

Discoid Eczema – Named discoid eczema because the patches of inflamed skin appear in ‘disc’ shapes. This condition can occur at any age but is most common among adults and can be more difficult to treat in comparison to other forms of eczema.

Seborrhoeic Eczema – Malassezia is a form of yeast which is normally present on the surface of the skin. People who have seborrhoeic eczema generally have a higher volume of it on their skin and it tends to cause inflammation on areas which are affected by hair growth such as on the eyebrows and scalp.

Atopic Dermatitis – This form of eczema usually begins as an infant  and results in red, itchy, weeping lesions on parts of the body where the skin creases such as the  elbows and behind the knees as well as on the face, scalp and extremities. According to some research, it is thought to effect up to one in five children and one in 12 adults and this condition is also thought to be largely inherited. Possible causes range from rough and dry skin through to food intolerances, dust mites, pet allergies and exposure to certain bacteria.

Contact Dermatitis – This form of eczema is most common among adults and occurs on skin which has come into contact with a chemical substance. There are two forms of contact dermatitis, the first of which is allergic contact dermatitis in which the surface of the skin is damaged by frequent contact with damaging substances such as cleaning products, the second of which is irritant contact dermatitis which occurs when the skin comes into contact with something which removes its natural oils resulting in red, dry, cracked and itchy skin.

 What can you do?

We at Eighth Day believe in taking a holistic look at eczema, this means not just treating the skin where the condition manifests but finding out what the root cause or triggers are. We feel this helps people manage their eczema more effectively.  

Consider Nutritional therapy – We know that some nutrients present in food can help to reduce the inflammatory responses our body has to stimulus.  What we put into our bodies can have a drastic effect on maintaining our physical health and controlling skin conditions and it is for this reason that there has been increasing interest in the role that diet plays in the development and management of eczema and its symptoms.

Ursula Gothard one of our nutritionists states “ Studies show Serum IgE (allergic antibody) levels are elevated in eighty per cent of  sufferers. Most eczema sufferers improve with a diet that eliminates common food allergens as most eczema sufferers have positive allergy results when tested. If you feel that this may indeed be an underlying cause of persistent eczema, talk to your healthcare practitioner who may be able to arrange an allergy test.

The primary treatment is identification and elimination of an existing food allergies , like other conditions associated with food allergies the best treatment is prevention. When it comes to infant eczema the best preventive measure is breastfeeding in infancy. Studies support the position that breastfeeding offers significant protection against eczema and allergies in general. If an infant develops eczema when they are breast fed it is usually the result of transfer of allergic antigens in the breast milk. If this occurs the mother should look to avoid milk, eggs and peanuts which are some of the most common food allergens. In older or formula fed infants milk eggs and peanuts appear to be the most common food allergens that induce eczema. However it is worth noting that virtually any food can be the offending agent. In addition the presence of food allergies is thought to be responsible for the leaky gut condition in children with eczema. As a result this increased gut permeability there is an added load on the immune system which consequently overwhelms the immune system increasing the likelihood of developing additional allergies.

Diagnosis of food allergy is often achieved using the elimination diet and challenge method – eliminate suspected allergens for a period of at least ten days followed by careful reintroduction. If you do have an allergy to a particular food it is advised that you stay away from it for at least one year, studies have found that after a period of one year many patients lose or outgrow their allergy.

Another important causal factor for some people may be an overgrowth of the common yeast Candida albicans in the gastrointestinal tract as this has been implicated as a causative factor in many allergic conditions including eczema.”

Nutritional products which may be helpful:

  • Probiotics to inhibit yeasts and toxins and boost gut immunity where Candida is implicated.
  • Evening Primrose Oil / Star Flower Oil contain different types of skin-revitalising essential fatty acids that can relieve itching and inflammation.
  • Zinc and vitamin A are necessary for the health and integrity of skin tissue. In addition zinc is needed for skin healing and for the proper metabolism of fatty acids. Deficiencies are common in cases of eczema.
  • Digestive aids such as betaine hydrochloride and digestive enzymes are useful where food allergies are concerned. Stomach acid is required for the first step of protein digestion therefore low stomach acid is implicated in the development of allergies; support of stomach acid similarly a lack of digestive enzymes also contributes to incomplete protein digestion and the potential for allergies. Support of stomach acid production and digestive enzymes is therefore a priority for those with food allergies.

Take a look at your existing skin care products and household detergents – artificial perfumes, harsh foaming agents, certain preservatives and additives within skincare and detergents can all irritate and dry the skin out and so we would always advise a break from products that contains these ingredients. Mineral oils (petroleum derived oils) commonly used in dry skin and eczema skincare products merely sit on top of the skin to provide a barrier to ensure moisture does not escape. They are not absorbed by the skin, don’t nourish the skin or provide additional benefits such as omega fatty acids or healing and soothing compounds which can be obtained from plants. For this reason we always choose skincare products rich in plant oils and healing and soothing herbs. Topical essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6. & 9) from cold pressed plant oils in our experience can have a very beneficial effect on dry irritated skin. We also know Calendula has proven beneficial healing properties and Aloe Vera has healing and cooling actions on the skin helping to soothe the itching associated with eczema and also to take the heat from the skin making it feel more comfortable. Manuka honey and manuka honey products applied topically can help to moisturise and protect the skin, the honey contains mild AHA’s which can help loosen flaky skin, the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties can also help to keep skin protected.

 If you think or know you may be suffering from eczema come into the shop and talk to our nutritionists and skin care advisors for advice on how to manage your condition.

 

Please note: This information is not intended to diagnose or treat and does not replace the information provided by your doctor.

Soil Association Organic Beauty Weekend

Soil_Association_LogoIt’s the Soil Associations Organic Beauty Weekend, part of the Soil Associations month long celebration of certified organic products.  This weekend aims to highlight the role of certification, and help clarify what constitutes an organic beauty product. Currently the EU doesn’t require brands calling their products  ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ to be recognised by an independently certification body, so your ‘organic’ product may contain a small percentage of organic ingredients and a much higher percentage of synthetic ingredients and an awful lot of clever marketing spin!

Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director highlights this: “There is a lot of confusion about organic health and beauty products. It’s wrong that people put synthetic chemicals found in general household cleaners on their skin when they thought they were buying a product made from only natural or organic ingredients. This must stop.”

 We’ve all seen the slick advertising from big beauty brands proclaiming that their products contain organic ingredients, look a little more closely however and you’ll often see that the organic content of that product may only be a few percent. The rest of the product could be a whole host of synthetic, petroleum based ingredients all wrapped up in a synthetic fragrance and preserved with parabens.

 As stated above since there is no legislation currently to specifically address this, the key to ensuring consumers are getting what they think they are getting is education. Most products made using organic ingredients will, if not entirely organic, clearly state the percentage of organic ingredients contained within that product. You are most likely to see balms and oil based products being fully organic but as water cannot be classified as an organic ingredient don’t be surprised to see shampoo’s for example only having approximately 70% organic ingredients. Feel good about getting your money’s worth by learning to decipher labels to see exactly what you are getting and try not to be swayed by celebrity endorsements and clever labelling or branding. There are many brands that use the term organic in their logo or packaging but they would certainly not get through the stringent checks or even have a high enough percentage of natural and organic ingredients to satisfy the organic certifiers. When reading a label, look for the Soil Association logo (which guarantees that at least 70% of that beauty product is organic), not all organic brands will carry this especially if they are a brand manufactured outside the UK, France has both Ecocert & Cosmebio, the USA has USDA Organic (this guarantees 95% of the ingredients are organic) and there are many more all with different requirements regarding organic content.

 We currently stock many organic brands such Pai Skincare, Essential Care, Pukka Skincare, Antipodes Skincare, Green People, John Masters Organics, Bentley Organic and Dr Bronner’s as well as Atlantic Aromatics which has a great selection of organic essential and carrier oils. All are committed to providing clean, ethical and organic skincare, these brands don’t need to pay celebrities large amounts of cash to promote their products, these products stand up for themselves!

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Cuba: shots from a political transition by Roberto Cantoni- throughout September

 

 

 

For almost five years, Raúl Castro has taken the place of his more famous brother Fidel at the head of the Cuban State. Is this just a ‘normal’ passage of power within the family, like it happens in many dictatorships? No, it’s not, because, beside being the president’s brother, Raúl was one of the protagonists of the 1959 Revolution, and the only one among its leaders – excluding Fidel – to be still alive after the death of Camilo Cienfuegos in 1959 and of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in 1967. Fidel, according to many, has only left his presidential seat, but all of Raúl’s decisions are closely examined by him. Whether this is true or not, it’s hardly deniable that in the last few years Raúl has brought several changes to Cuban politics, in a more liberal direction.

 

From 2011, Cubans can buy and sell their own houses, while theretofore they were assigned by the government and could only be bartered between citizens.

 

On the economic plan, trade relations with China and Brazil recently intensified, while Venezuela already collaborated with Cuba in many respects (for example, Cuba provides medics to Venezuela in exchange for oil). Under Raúl, private initiative has been encouraged and bureaucracy simplified.

 

Also the State’s control over journeys abroad have been reduced: from January 2013, Cubans are not any more required to be authorised by their government in order to travel abroad, which had previously been mandatory (however, strong restrictions still hold for some professions, like the medical ones). Some of the innovations endorsed by Raúl, in fact, do nothing more than legalising a few already-operating practices, which were clandestine under Fidel.

 

In the meantime, while the island is slowly opening to the world, the US total blockade still goes on, and now it is 50 years old. In November 2012, the UN voted for the 21st time against the blockade. Although the motion for suppressing it was favourably voted by 188 countries (only three countries opposed: the US, Israel and Palau), the US has continued to ignore the world’s solicitations. The photos you’re going to see are an attempt to describe a few aspects of Cuba’s contemporary life. You’ll find cigars and rum, but also much more.

 

Roberto Cantoni was born in Naples in 1981. He currently lives in Manchester. The photographs exhibited were taken between October and November 2012 in Cuba, and are for sale at 15 £ each. They can be booked by email (realycompejo@hotmail.com), or by adding your name to the booking list in the Cafe, together with the title of the photo you wish to buy.

 

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Marble Arch Beers – There’s Something Brewing.

Marble Arch 125 yearsThis year  it’s The Marble Inn’s 125th Birthday and the boys and girls at Marble Brewery have been busy celebrating in style with beer festivals and a couple of new fine brews including the astounding 125 Imperial Stout, of which we have a small stock. ‘Our aim was to produce a really special, really dark, really strong ale with a liquor like quality; think Tia Maria without the sugar.  Or the coffee …’  What they have come up with is a gloriously dark beer with lashings of treacle and syrup and a nice dash of  hops in a very handsome 75cl bottle. At a whopping 10.8% vol., one bottle is probably enough !

 

Marble 125 StoutThe Marble Arch Inn itself is an amazing grade II Victorian palace on Rochdale Road, with green tiled interior, a high, glazed ceiling, ceramic walls and a bar that disconcertingly slopes down with the hill! Short listed for Manchester Food and Drink Festival. Pub of the Year 2013 it’s definitely worth a visit.  Originally the beer was brewed in the back but with demand soaring head brewer James Campbell and the team moved operations in 2011, to the new brewery near Victoria Station; you really couldn’t get more local.

Priding themselves on producing strong hoppy beers from natural and organic ingredients  and Vegetarian Society registered, they are able to target an increasingly ethically conscious market. We stock five of their bottle conditioned beers on a regular basis and a few interesting festival ones appear on our shelves too. They don’t use any animal products in the brewing process – (a lot of beers are have finings added to clear them that are made from the bladders of fish ). They also don’t use any artificial preservatives to make the beer last longer. James says “We’re busier than ever. The beer sells because it tastes good, but the vegetarian side is proving good for business. I’ve had people tell me that they hadn’t been able to drink a pint of beer since they became vegetarians 10 years before. Then they found us.”

 

Because of their small brewing capacity and use of seasonal ingredients, you’ll rarely see all five bottle conditioned beers on the shelves at the same time, so look out for the distinctive no nonsense labels and grab them while you can. All the beers are a fairly hefty 4% and above, but deliciously hoppy ‘I suppose the biggest difference is our commitment to using quality ingredients and sourcing the best hops we can from around the world, and using plenty of them!’

 Here is a round up of some of the regulars:

 Marble Brewery Ginger

Ginger Marble weighs in at 4.5% ABV and is brewed with real ginger to make a proper cloudy ginger beer. It has a developing dryness that comes through as you drink, along with mixed spices and a lemony/citrus element. The finish has a hoppy dryness and the after taste is rather long and has a real kick of fresh root ginger

 Marble Brewery Lagonda Indian Pale Ale

Lagonda is a 5% “classic style IPA”, a lovely light golden colour, full of life. It’s well carbonated, not too fizzy and not too flat. The aromas are fruity with grapefruit and lemon coming through with a hint of spice, maybe a bit of pineapple, with a lovely balance of grassy, piney hops and slightly sweet pale malt, the fruit then really comes through before the hops leave a lovely bitter finish in your mouth.

 Marble Brewery Manchester Bitter

The quintessential Mancunian ale. Straw coloured best bitter with uncompromising bitterness, balanced against residual sweetness and citrusy woody hop aroma. 4.2 ABV .

 Marble Brewery Dobber

When I asked for tasting notes, James just described it as ‘a bit pokey!’ With some hard personal research I can say this is a 5.9% hop-monster with a rich flavour and a huge pink grapefruit after-taste. There was a slight sourness to it, although that mellowed over the course of the bottle, and all in all it was absolutely delicious. Recommended if you’ve got a taste for stronger ales with a big character and plenty of bite. 

 Marble Brewery Chocolate

This 5.5% ABV is a complex brew that has many tantalising levels and a variety of flavour combinations. Somewhere between a stout and a porter it is quite a bittersweet tasting beer (like bitter, dark chocolate) but is balanced out nicely by the addition of sweet malt, nutty roasted flavours and hops.

 be sure to keep a look out for their other special festival beers too!

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You can read more about Marble Arch Beers here: http://www.marblebeers.com/

‘Shifting Shapes’ by Theresa Taylor- throughout August.

Theresa Taylor

A little bit about me and my prints…….

 

My background is in Fine Art, having graduated in the late 70’s and I’ve used various mediums since then having focused primarily on printmaking over the past 15 years.

 

 I currently work from my garden studio on the edge of the Bowland Fells, A.O.N.B, a few miles south of Lancaster and have recently become a member of ArtLab Contemporary Print Studio’s, University of Central Lancashire,Preston. I’ve also been a member of Green Door Artists group, based in Kendal, Cumbria for a number of years and last year joined Impress Originals, a small exhibiting printmakers group.

 

 I’ve exhibited widely across the UK for a number of years both with solo exhibitions and group shows and I’m a regular exhibitor at Printfest, an original print fair held annually in Cumbria.

 

 Alongside being an artist I’ve trained and practised for many years as an art therapist and later as a psychotherapist, in adult mental health, within the NHS. I now work full time as an artist however.

 

 Perhaps not surprisingly therefore my work is underpinned with notions of the unconscious and I value a spontaneous approach with ‘ controlled accidents ‘. Latterly I have made use of the natural world as a metaphor to express human issues such as closeness, attachment and separateness in a fairly abstract form. I’m hoping however that the images are interesting on a number of levels ?!

 

 I use a number of techniques but primarily drypoint on aluminium sheets with carborundrum grit, which can help promote tone and a density of colour within the image. This is a technique of drawing into an aluminium plate and glueing the grit onto the plate where I would like more depth of colour. I sometimes combine this with monoprint,or collagraph, a technique of making marks by using textured materials that are inked and transferred to the paper.

 All these images are hand-made and ‘one-offs’, using specialist materials.

 

 I will have work in these forthcoming exhibitions:

 

Impress Original Group Show, ‘Print Explosion’ is held at The Upfront Gallery, Hutton in the Forest near Penrith, I October – 10 November.

 

ArtLab contemporary group show at The Python Gallery,The Gallery at Bank Quay House, Bolton from the end of March next year for 2 months

 

 I’m also planning to start my MA in Fine Art Printmaking at The University of Central Lancashire this year.

 Websites: artinthecity.co.uk, printfest,ArtLab, Greendoor Studio’s.

 If you would like any further details please contact me on..

E-mail: taylor.stokes@btinternet.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theresa.taylor.1806

Fin Free Manchester

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We were recently asked by the organisation Fin Free Manchester if we would lend support to their Manchester base of the global Fin Free campaign. We immediately agreed, as a vegetarian business we don’t condone the killing of any animal to provide food, as an ethical and  environmentally aware business we knew we had to support Fin Free and take action. To us this wasn’t just about the extremely profitable practice of hunting sharks to satisfy the need for expensive delicacies it also raised questions about the irreparable damage to our eco-systems that is occurring now in the pursuit of profit.

 

 

 

Fin Free was designed and is spearheaded by United Conservationists (UC), a not-for-profit organisation founded by Sharkwater filmmaker Rob Stewart and  operated by Executive Director, Julie Andersen.  It is an open-source campaign, supported by a variety of organisations such as Shark Angels and Shark Truth.

 

The global campaign aims to stop or drastically reduce the sale of the expensive delicacy, shark fin soup and therefore the killing of an estimated 100-200 million sharks per year many of which are often only targeted for their fins with the rest of the shark being thrown back into the sea to die. Only the fins are kept because shark fins are now one of the most expensive seafood items in the world.  Shark fins are valued at around 500 Euros per kilo, whilst the rest of the shark meat is worth only 10 Euros per kilo.  As a result, it is economically beneficial to use the limited space on a vessel to store a high-priced product such as fins than it is to fill it with the low-priced meat of the sharks’ body.

 

While most people are aware of the plight of the more charismatic ocean creatures, like dolphins, turtles and whales, few know of the shark’s current fate. Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate – their numbers down by 95% in some regions – with many species facing extinction during our lifetimes. Many don’t know about this issue, because it happens so far away. We assume sharks are protected in marine reserves or that it is some other country’s problem when fact many countries in the EU are responsible for catching sharks and the demand for shark fin soup in Asia is suspected to be a major cause of the alarming decline of blue sharks off the British coast and much of the Atlantic. 

 

We need to remember that sharks keep our largest and most important ecosystem healthy, our existence, in part, is dependent on theirs. Sharks have sat atop the oceans’ food chain, keeping our seas healthy and balanced for 450 million years. Without them, the oceans could topple. Remove sharks from the oceans and we are tampering with primary food and air sources. They are a critical component in an ecosystem that provides 1/3 of our world with food, produces more oxygen than all the rainforests combined, removes half of the atmosphere’s manmade carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas), and controls our planet’s temperature and weather. As the apex predators of the oceans, the role of sharks is to keep other marine life in healthy balance and to regulate the oceans. Remove sharks and that balance is upset. Studies are already indicating that regional elimination of sharks can cause disastrous effects including the collapse of fish stocks and the death of coral reefs. Studies in Belize have shown reef systems falling into extreme decline when the sharks have been over-fished, destroying an entire ecosystem, as the sharks food sources grow in population unchecked affecting populations of other sea creatures and organisms such as coral reefs.

 

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All for a bowl of soup.

Shark fin soup, a traditional cultural delicacy has been a highlight at important occasions such as corporate banquets, weddings and New Year’s celebrations for centuries. But over the last 30 years the number of people estimated to eat shark fin soup has risen from a few million in the 1980’s to more than 300 million today. Shark fin is a tasteless ingredient in this culturally important soup and is highly sought after due to its association with health, prosperity and good fortune, it can be bought in Manchester from around 8 restaurants and while the supplies are plummeting, the demand is at an all-time high.

 

With no international laws that are effective in stopping the destruction of sharks and with no governing bodies assigned to implement them, let alone enforce them,  sharks will continue to be hunted until we all do our own part and stop creating demand.

 

What can you do?

 

Avoid eating shark fin soup.

 

Sign the Fin Free Manchester petition here: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Make_the_City_of_Manchester_shark_fin_free/

 

Join the twitter campaign and follow: @finfreemanc

 

Spread the word.

 

 To find out more visit: http://www.finfreemanchester.com/

 

Pictures and information taken from http://www.finfreemanchester.com/

 

 

Weleda Join the Dots Skincare Open Day

On Wednesday the 17th of July my colleague Julie and I had the rare opportunity to visit the Weleda UK headquarters for a day of training and insight into the brand on their skincare themed open day.

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Julie and I had an early start,  setting out well before 6am to ensure we arrived well in time for the 9.30am start at Weleda’s headquarters in Ilkeston.
weleda uk headquartersAs we approached the pink Weleda buildings, we immediately noticed that the gardens around the headquarters were a delightful mix of flowers, plants, tree shaded lawn and quirky little touches of garden design along with busy, industrious insects, a perfect example of the way Weleda integrates with and respects all things living. We were then warmly welcomed by Weleda’s staff and spent the first half hour mingling, chatting and looking at the evolution of Weleda products and product design throughout the last 92 years.

After a quick introduction and a thorough spraying of Weleda’s Citrus deodorant to ward off the mozzies and horseflies, we took a quick mini bus trip to the biodynamic growing areas. This was a one and a half hour guided tour around the medicinal gardens with Michael Bate who had until recently worked at Weleda as the head gardener. His knowledge of the plants and biodynamic farming was incredibly impressive and so were the gardens which grow the majority of the plant based ingredients used within Weleda UK’s anthroposophic medicines. The calendula plot and wildflower meadow in particular took everyone’s breath away. Michael then demonstrated with a little assistance from some of our group how to make a fresh calendula tincture, an ingredient which finds its way into many of Weleda’s medicinal creams and balms.

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Here is what Weleda have to say about Biodynamic farming:

Organics aren’t some new fangled trend we’re jumping on. More like a trend we helped to establish. We set up one of the very first Biodynamic gardens all the way back in the 1920s to provide us with the natural, effective raw materials we needed to make our products the way we knew they should be made. In these gardens, flowers thrived in the rich, balanced soil, bees buzzed from blossom to blossom, weeds were attended to with natural solutions and gardeners gently trod on the earth, nurturing every living creature. The result: the purest plants, flowers and fruits grown on earth.

Remarkably, little has changed in Weleda’s gardens since more than 80 years ago. Although, we’ve indeed grown a bit since then. Biodynamic agriculture involves growing to organic standards without chemical pesticides or sprays. It takes into account not just the seasons but also the rhythms of the planets. Crops are planted or harvested at the optimum time and the soil is enriched and revitalised with Biodynamic preparations and natural fertilisers, so plants have strong inherent life-force and a more potent effect when used in health products.

At Weleda UK we grow over 300 plant species in our Derbyshire herb gardens, where we farm 15 acres organically for use in our products. We are inspected and assessed regularly and are a Demeter certified site. This international accreditation is awarded where produce has been grown to the highest organic standards using biodynamic methods, which were developed from Rudolf Steiner’s pioneering lectures in 1924 through which the whole organic movement began.

Where we use wild ingredients, such as rose hips of Rosa mosqueta that grows in the foothills of the Andes, these are gathered by controlled certified collection. This ensures that the natural habitat is not damaged or exhausted. The local community is equally protected by Fair Trade. Where ingredients are grown for us, we work with local farmers, helping them to convert their conventional farms into sustainable organic culture.

Through these fair trade agreements, Weleda offers economic and social support to these communities. People are just as important to Weleda quality as the use of healthy organic plants. It is a vital part of the Weleda ethos to take responsibility both for our environment and co-workers in this way.”

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Back at base, we stopped to enjoy a lovely lunch provided by Weleda and had a welcome cool drink, then it was on to a quick quiz on identifying Weleda’s range of body oils by scent alone from small samples on each table. This was great as it woke us all up and each table got quite competitive and a little bit noisy in the effort to get them all correct. We then went on to a discussion of the properties of various base oils and why natural companies use these in preference to the much cheaper and more stable mineral, petroleum derived oils used by the majority of mainstream skincare brands. This led on to a demonstration of lotion making, this was particularly interesting to everyone and we all helped choose the base oils, butters and essential oils which would go into our lotion. As we of course couldn’t agree on which essential oil to use from rose, orange and lavender we made one of each!

Last session of the day was all about Weleda’s history, ethics and vision, this was a fascinating talk and everyone was very impressed by how Weleda has kept its core values at the heart of its business, despite trading for 92 years, being in 50 countries, employing over 2000 people and maintaining partnerships with 50 projects and partnerships with suppliers worldwide.

Weleda LogoWeleda’s core values are:

• In harmony with the human being.
• In harmony with nature.
• All-embracing quality.
• Ethical Economic activity that adds value.

 

 

All too soon it was 4.15pm and time to leave, so we handed in our visitor badges and received a wonderful goody bag full of fabulous skin treats in return. It was a lovely day and we met some great people and the sessions gave a fantastic, illuminating and insightful look at a truly ethical brand that really makes a difference.

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You can read more about Weleda here:

http://www.weleda.com/90years/language=en/11196

 

(All pictures except our own are used by kind permission of Weleda UK)

Bread Making Course

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Come and learn how to bake organic, slow fermented bread with Eric Laot ( Bread Connections) & Eddie Shepherd (Eighth Day Chef).

The course is suitable for: 
* Total beginners who want a hands-on introduction to baking.
* People wishing to bake with natural ingredients.
* People with a bit of experience and would like to improve their skills.
* People who would like to explore different methods of baking.

You will learn: 
* How to bake bread for maximum nourishment, flavour and appearance – all without chemicals and so called “improvers”
* To go through all the stages of dough development from choosing and mixing ingredients, to rising, shaping and oven management.
* To use different kneading techniques.
* A new practical skill that you’ll be able to use to bake your own bread for yourself and your family
* How to make a dairy free mayo/salad dressing.
* How to use a kitchen knife like a pro.

Cost per attendee is £75

Lunch and refreshments are all inclusive and as well as your new skills you will be taking home all you’ve made on the day.

Spaces are limited to 6 attendees, this is to ensure that we can give the maximum attention to all attendees whilst still allowing you plenty of hands on practice.

Book your course in person by dropping in to the Cafe and speaking to a member of staff or alternatively you can call the Cafe on 0161 2731850.

 

Please note:

This workshop has now sold out. We will be running additional bread courses and will let all our customers know. In the meantime if you are interested in attending a future course you can either email us at: mail@eighth-day.co.uk or follow us on twitter and facebook as we will publish the new dates there as soon as we know them. 

 

 

Amazing Amy!

This week, the cafe had a new member. Unfortunately, it was only for the week. Amy came in for work experience from Chorlton High School. We found she was brilliantly creative and fun to work with and has a natural flair for working with food. Amy tried her hand at waitressing and kitchen prep alongside some of the other tasks we carry out on a daily basis. She also designed her own salad that we put out on the salad bar, and her own smoothie. She prepared samples of the smoothie for customers to try and we were impressed enough to put it on our menu. Amy also produced some quiches, made a chocolate torte and a lime and matcha cheesecake. What a star!

We’ll leave you with Amy’s thought’s on her week with us. And we promise we definitely did not bribe her to say it. Unless…the torte doesn’t count as a bribe, does it?

 

I really enjoyed my time here at On the Eighth day, not only are the staff all amazing but they helped  and taught me so much throughout the week. Before I came I had no intention of wanting to work in a restaurant or of becoming a chef, but working here has really inspired me and that has become a possibility. I was given a  variety of tasks which I was always helped with if I needed it. It was really relaxed and fun working in the kitchen as the staff at the cafe are all so funny and kind to me. 

I have definitely enjoyed every day here and  will come back as the food is so good.

 

Thanks, Amy,  from everyone at Eighth Day. We would love to see you back again so don’t be a stranger!

Support your local businesses on Independents Day

                                                                 

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Independents’ Day shows that independent stores can thrive

 The Eighth Day – Manchester’s independent vegetarian cafe and healthfood shop – is throwing open its doors on July 4 to celebrate Independents’ Day and Co-operatives Fortnight.

 

Our Oxford Road based co-operative business is celebrating over four decades of independent retailing in the city and has recently been awarded ‘Best Independent Retailer’ in the Natural & Organic Awards 2013.

At a time when many retailers are facing increasing challenges on the high street, Ursula Gothard of the Eighth Day says innovation and focus on changing consumer needs has been key to their success.

 

“The Eighth Day has always been a strong ethical business and this is very important to many of our customers, but over the years we have always kept pace with changing customer demands and adapted our business to suit. “We have seen large supermarket chains increasingly encroaching on our territory by stocking more vegetarian and organic products, but being 100% vegetarian still pays dividends for us, as our customers know that we have sourced the best vegetarian products available.”

 

For example, the Eighth Day has stayed ahead of the competition by sourcing special vegetarian products such as nutritional supplements, vegan wines, raw foods and cruelty-free body care products. Many of the products stocked are only available in Manchester at the Eighth Day.

 

Says Ursula: “Over 80% of the products we stock are supplied by independent businesses and this ethos is important to us and our customers.”

Sales of organic and quality foods have held steady during the recession and the Eighth Day has even grown staff numbers over the past few years, in spite of the economic situation.

 

On Thursday 4 July, we are holding an open day and will be showcasing a wide range of locally and independently sourced vegetarian products. As well as tastings there will be nutritional advice available and a special menu in the café.

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Manchester Bag It Campaign

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On the Eighth Day Co-operative

“8th Day Co-operative exists to encourage the optimum health of its customers and staff by providing quality vegetarian food and advice, whilst maintaining a caring, sustainable, democratic and ethical business environment for its workers.”

It’s with that spirit that 7 years ago the co-op decided to ban the supply of plastic carrier bags to our customers to promote a better environment for the present and the future.

Drawing on our own experiences and taking inspiration from other environmentally aware cities around the world which have already imposed either a ban or a levy on the supply of retail plastic bags we think that Manchester, a forward thinking city in so many ways, needs to go much further on this issue.

We have already consulted some Manchester Councillors about this issue. The two main opposing issues that the council has against banning retail plastic bags are:

1-    The response from a Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority spokesperson is that whilst they are supportive of the principle of reducing plastic waste by imposing either a ban or a levy, they are not aware of any powers that a UK local authority could use to enforce such a ban. “The GMCA does not have legislative powers itself. Creating Parliamentary legislation as we did with the Manchester Act to control street trading proved immensely time consuming and costly and we were potentially up against individual street traders. To take on the supermarkets, would be a monster which I suspect no government would even be keen to do.”

2-    Research carried out by the Scrutiny Committee for the council in a specific Manchester area showed that the idea of banning or a levy on plastic bags wasn’t accepted by the majority of retailers due to fears that customers would get upset. On those grounds the Scrutiny Committee decided that it wasn’t possible to ban plastic carrier bags.

We have been advised by some councillors to present an e-petition to Manchester City Council proposing a Ban of Retail Plastic Carrier Bags or at the very least the introduction of a levy so that free carrier bags are no longer acceptable or available.

But before that, we think it would be most appropriate to put the proposition to public opinion and open consultation. It’s at this grassroots level where the campaign should start as it’s important that people understand the issue and the proposals and more importantly that they agree.

We would like everyone to discuss this issue: schools, local retail businesses and organisations, to analyse the options and opinions, we then propose to send an e-petition about the issue to Manchester City Council in October 2013 and put this issue firmly on the table for Manchester City Council.

With that purpose in mind we are going to take as our main tool the very successful Bag It Campaign, which has a very wide source of information available. You can use all the resources by visiting their website http://www.bagitmovie.com/index.html

During the next year we would like to schedule four events:

  • A discussion with other organisations to set up the e-petition in October 2013
  • Launch of an e-petition by October 2013.
  • A Public Debate in January 2014
  • An artistic installation held in the Café

 

In addition to these events we will be scheduling screenings throughout Manchester of the film Bag It as well as other environmental related documentaries and campaign films.

To start with we have shared this post on our blog, we hope this will provoke discussion regarding the use of plastic bags and promote ideas to assist with our campaign. We will also be setting up a Facebook site where interested parties can share ideas and co-ordinate events and will notify everyone when this goes live.

We hope to encourage other partner organisations and local businesses to get involved, share idea and join the campaign to take action

The aim is to free Manchester from the waste created by the supply of free plastic bags and promote the re-use of bags across all retail businesses.

We hope our actions will demonstrate to Manchester City Council that is actually possible to change the policy on these issues by listening to the opinions of everyone and not just considering corporate interests.

You can join in the process now by:

  • Organising a Bag It film screening.
  • Sending letters to your local retailers asking them act now by banning free plastic carrier bags.
  • Sharing this information.
  • Re-using your own bags.

For more information, please contact us to BagIt@eighth-day.co.uk

Or follow our Facebook campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manchester-Bag-It-Campaign/358514204252383