What do soy candles, flower seedballs and organic chocolates have in common? They can all make nice presents and help you have a greener Christmas!
The majority of candles found on the high street are manufactured using paraffin wax which is made from crude oil. However, soy candles are made with a natural, plant-based wax which is created from soya beans. Soy candles are rapidly increasing in popularity due to the natural properties of soy wax which is a non-toxic, renewable and sustainable resource. They are noted for their cleaner burning credentials and for the fact that soy candles can last longer than paraffin wax candles of the same size! Soy candles are therefore the perfect choice for creating a relaxing ambience in your home.
The soy wax we use is 100% vegetable, made from pure soybean oil and is a renewable, sustainable resource. It burns longer and more cleanly than paraffin wax without soot build up, and is natural, biodegradable and free from pesticides and herbicides. It is produced without genetically modified material and It is not subject to animal testing. It is easy to clean up with soap and hot water, eliminating the need for solvents.
The only things we add to the natural wax is high quality fragrance oil and colour. We do not add any other chemicals or artificial additives to our individually handmade candles. Our wicks are natural and are designed specifically to burn best in soy wax candles.
Seed balls are a great permaculture technique for growing seed in a more simple and effective way. Here at Project Maya we’ve applied this technique to make wildflower seed balls, as growing wildflowers from seed can be super challenging! As life can get pretty hectic, we wanted to make it a bit easier for everyone to have gardens, balconies and window boxes that are bursting with native wildflowers, buzzing bees and beautiful butterflies! YAY!
Each seed ball contains a mini ecosystem: wildflower seeds are mixed with clay, peat-free compost and a smidgen of chili powder and rolled into a small ball. Each ball is approximately 1cm in diameter, making them super easy to scatter.
The dried clay acts as a protective casing from common seed predators (such as ants, mice and birds). When sufficient rain permeates the clay, the seeds inside begin to germinate – helped along by the nutrients and minerals contained within the balls. The chili powder continues to deter predators while the seed ball slowly degrades and the seeds sprout.
A simple way to grow wildflowers from seed.
Easy to use – no need to ‘plant’, just scatter on top of soil or compost.
Wildflower mix perfect for butterflies.
Ideal for garden beds and planting pots.
Each tin contains 20 seed balls.
Each seed ball contains approximately 150 butterfly mix seeds.
For best results, scatter in the spring or autumn
Organic Raw Chocolate
Our chocolate is vegan, cane sugar free and soy free. It is also free from a lot of other things that don’t need to be there. Cacao is amazing. It has fabulous properties, that make us smile, feel great, sensuous and happy. We don’t want to dull those effects with anything.
The Cacao and Cacao butter we use is organic and Fairtrade for all our bars. It is better for you, better for the producers, better for the whole world.
We spend a lot longer than most raw chocolate manufacturers grinding the cacao and blending the ingredients. This helps to give you the silky, superfine, sensuous chocolate luxuriance without compromising on ingredients, impact on your body or the environment.
Ours is a very human process. We care and love our chocolate because we care and love you all. Everything is hand made in small batches, moulded and packed by hand in the hills just outside Brighton. These are the basics. We add supreme ingredients to our bars to provide extra sensory interest, nutrition and flavour.
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