Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • Get on Your Bike

    Traffic in the morning rush hour, is now slower than before the congestion charge was introduced in February 2006. (Evening Standard. Oct 2007) So, GET ON YOUR BIKE.

    FACT: Cycling is the fastest, most efficient way of getting around London. In addition, you will getter fitter, leaner and all round healthier going to work this way. No more getting caught in the school run traffic, the endless gridlock on the M25 or taking unknown detours to avoid yet more road works.

    If you are using public transport, the misery is over. No more tube strikes, bus delays and "leaves on the track". No need to plan an alternative journey. The only planning you will need to do is to find the most direct route to your destination.

    FACT: Cycling is cheaper than any other form of transport. With the price of petrol going up and up, it's time to dust off the handlebars and get on your bike. Bicycle shops offer a choice of bikes, at a range of prices. Once you have bought your bike and accessories, the maintenance costs far outweigh having to pay for petrol, for parking, Oyster cards, and the "oops I forgot again" Congestion Charge.

    According to figures released by CTC, the UK's national cycling organisation, more than 4 million people in the UK use their cars to drive less than 3 miles to work! It makes sense that if more people cycled these shorter distances to work, we would be well on the way to reducing carbon emissions and making the nation fitter.

    Before you brave the traffic in London, you may want to enrol in a cycle training course to improve your skills, make you more aware of the requirements to ride on the road, and boost your confidence. Contact your local borough to see what they offer or go to www.lcc.org.uk - the website of The London Cycle Campaign. Have a look at the "advice" section. It offers some great tips to the new and the experienced cyclist.

    Don't forget to wear a helmet at all times, to use a headlamp and wear a fluorescent jacket to ensure you are visible to motorists - and bendy bus drivers.

    All that's left is to GET PEDALLING.

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  • Get A Bag Habit - NOW!

    Getting a bag habit is the best possible habit you can have in these tough times. We need to look after ourselves and our world - but we can look good doing it. Visit our eco-chic emporium to find out how.

    The Government and the British Retail Consortium have launched their "Get a bag habit" campaign. The aim is to encourage everyone to reuse carrier bags. This follows a commitment by seven leading supermarkets to reduce the number of bags given out by 50% by the end of May this year. Since 2006 retailers have already reduced the number of bags that they give our by a hefty 26%.

    On average we each use more than 160 new carrier bags in a year. That amounts to around 400 per household. You can change this. Get a bag habit today.

    JOIN us at www.for-keeps.co.uk to support this amazing Government initiative. Use this promotional code to get 10% off any purchase from our website until the end of May 2009 and help us to help you to "get a bag habit".


    We all lead busy lives, so it's quite easy to forget to take our bags along with us when we go shopping. Here are a few tips to help make sure you don't forget your bags:


    Try keeping a bag tucked in your handbag or jacket pocket so you're always prepared - a baggu bag or mini maxi shopper from For Keeps will do the trick.

    If you often forget to take your bags with you, why not put them somewhere you're likely to see them? Perhaps near your front door. Bright coloured ones are the best to jog your memory.

    You can also keep them in the boot of your car so you have them ready for next time. Put a note on your dashboard so you don't go into the shop without them.

    Ask your employer if you can set up a carrier bag dispenser somewhere at work, perhaps in the kitchen. Then, people can use the bags at lunchtime.

    Children like getting involved, so why not ask them to remind you? Easy stars for the star chart.

    Why not make up a handy memory aid such as 'KWB' (Keys, Wallet and Bags)?


    THE REISENTHEL MINI-MAXI SHOPPER. IT COMES IN A HANDY POUCH, AND HOLDS A LOT OF SHOPPING. SO DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT. Only £8.50 - but don't forget to use the discount code above when you order.

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