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Ethical Holiday Time!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Here at Myakka HQ we have all started to think about our summer holidays. Spending time away with our nearest and dearest can be fun but holidays away can potentially end up being harmful for the environment and local communities. Choosing an ethical holiday is actually really easy and there are lots out there to suit every taste and budget. Here are our top 10 ethical holiday ideas…

Volunteer at a School in India 

There are lots of volunteering options available from working in schools to working with animals. As India is close to our hearts here in India we have picked this amazing 2 week project where you work as a Teaching Assistant at a school or orphanage in Kerala.

Community Tourism in Nepal
Community-run guest house in the lesser visited parts of Nepal such as Sailung. This is a great way to see rural parts of the country often overlooked and support local people and their way of life. Local villagers are given special tourist training so are able to stay in their community and help support their families.

Forest Cabin in the Forest of Dean
A forest retreat is perfect for every member of the family. Sit back and relax and watch the world go by or up the energy levels by exploring the forest. With excellent ethical and eco credentials with all sites built and managed to work in harmony with nature and the environment.

Eco retreat in Turkey
This is not your normal Turkish style beach holiday. This holiday is all about relaxation and peace and quiet. Away from the hustle and bustle you can take time to explore the costal location and enjoy the local village food. You can chose to take a week of activities with group sessions or be complete independent.

Cycle through Cuba
What better way to see one of the most beautiful Caribbean Island than on two wheels. Take a 10 days guided tour around Cuba and relax in the evening with a well-deserved mojito. See some of Cuba’s most beautiful places including Havana, Trinidad and Santiago.

Timber Rafting in Sweden 
Perfect for active families, build your own timber raft and then pilot it down the River Klarälven whilst camping wild each night along the riverbank.   Local instructors will help you construct your raft and then glide down the river and take in the beautiful scenery.

Prague, Vienna and Budapest by Train
Take the Eurostar from London St Pancras and make your way to Prague, Vienna and Budapest before making your way back. Trains are a lot more friendly to the environment than planes and you get to see more of the beautiful scenery.

Yurt Holiday in central Portugal
Set in a campsite nestled into the mountains of central Portugal, these yurts have been built by local people with local materials. The campsite uses solar electricity and grey water is filtered to water plants and vines.  Best of all you can get to the site easily by train.

Lochhouse Safari Tents in East Lothian
The perfect mix of beach house farm holiday and country escape at these safari lodges on this working farm close to the shores of North Sea  and provides plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained and is only an hour away from Edinburgh.

Bell Tent Camping in Dorset
The Jurassic coast in Dorset is a World Heritage Site covering more than 95 miles of coastline veering over 185 million year’s of earth history. Old Bidlake Farm is the perfect place for exploring everything the coast and beautiful countryside has to offer. Don’t miss easting at the Hive Beach Café in nearby Burton Bradstock.

Wherever you go for your holiday this year do not forget the little things can make all the difference. Packing light can help save fuel and reducing your use of electricity and air-conditioning really does help the environment. Flights are generally the worse thing about our holidays so where you can, try and avoid it (Trains and ferries are a lot more environmentally friendly). If you do fly, make sure you use one of the many carbon off-setting schemes available. Happy Holidays!

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Team Building Somerset Style!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Once a year the whole Myakka team put down their tools and take a day out to do some team building. This year we headed to the Mendip Hills here in Somerset to shoot bows and arrows like Robin Hood, shot guns like John Wayne and ride a quadbike like a Jackaroo. So on Wednesday 3rd June the whole team headed to ACF team building and events to test our skills.

After the welcome and safety briefing, we were divided in four teams and were given coloured bandanas to represent our teams: orange, green, purple and pink. As soon as we had our teams it started to get very competitive and the aim was for your team to score as well as possible in all four activities to become the overall winners. Each team started their first activity feeling ever so slightly competitive.

Special mention has to go to James from the Warehouse for his shooting skills, Robert one of our directors and Debbie from the Purchasing team for their archery skills and Coral from the Guildford shop and Elise from the Wincanton for the unusual quad biking ‘skills’. The whole team had great fun and loved learning lots of new skills and everybody had a fantastic day. The beautiful weather meant we were able to make the most of the outstanding Somerset countryside to sit outside and enjoy a delicious lunch – special mention here goes to the most amazing brownies! After we had all finished each of the events the winning team was announced and the winners were the pink team! 

We would like to thank everyone at ACF Team Building and Events for such a great day out. The whole Myakka team had a great time and it was fun to do a number of different activities and have the chance to be a little bit competitive.  Bring on next year!

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Time for Tennis on TV!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Following on the success on Andy Murray at Wimbledon last year we are getting ready to watch as much tennis as possible, so make sure your TV unit is ready for the extra attention with our handy guide to hard wood TV cabinets that will help make your viewing experience even more enjoyable.

With many TVs looking ultra-modern, it can be nice to keep a traditional solid wood TV stand to tie in with the rest of your living room furniture. We have a range of over 20 different options to suit your decor and support your TV.

When choosing your new TV unit there are a few points to consider: For example, how big is your screen? What is the weight of your TV and will your cabinet be strong enough? Don’t forget all the extra accoutrements that go with your TV that will need extra shelving space, such as games consoles, Sky boxes or Blue Ray players.

As TVs are getting bigger it often means that your old TV unit isn’t wide enough to fit your new super widescreen television. To help we have come up with a list of TV units to fit your widescreen TVs. The measurement that widescreen TVs are sold in e.g. 42”, is not the width of the TV but the length diagonally of the screen. This does not include the surround or frame either, so this needs to be taken into consideration too. The basic ratio for widescreen TVs is 16:9 but to help you work it out here are some approximate sizes for you. Please remember to take into account the width of the frame around your TV which could add a few cm’s onto the width of your TV.
Our widest TV unit is the Stonemill TV Unit which is 150cm wide which means it can take a pretty wide widescreen! Second to the that is one of our best sellers, the Mallani Widescreen TV Cabinet which is 140cm making it perfect for widescreens. Both of the units have central shelves for DVD players and other boxes along with two handy cupboards for storing everything from DVDs to remote controls.  The Lyme TV Cabinet, Mallani TV Console and Mallani Three Drawer TV Unit are all 130cm wide making them wide enough for big TVs 50 inches and over.

If you have TV about 42 inches, the new Thakat TV Cabinet is a great option at 110cm wide. It has two open shelves for all your bits and pieces and two useful cupboards to help store lots of DVDs and games. The Mallani Tall TV Unit is also 110cm wide but comes with three open shelves and one larger cupboard for storage. The Hathi TV Unit is 100cm wide with a cupboard on one side which has four intricately hand carved elephants on making it not just a useful TV cabinet but also a real talking point. If you have a smaller space, the Mallani Low Level TV Unit is a great option, simple and classic this unit is perfect for people who don’t want their TV to dominate their living room.

If your TV is positioned in the corner of your room then one of our corner TV units may fit the bill. The Mallani Easy View Corner TV Unit is the widest at 100cm so can easily accommodate a 42” TV. If you need something a little smaller, the Mallani Corner TV Unit, Thakat Corner TV Unit and Hathi Corner TV Unit are perfect and will fit neatly into the corner of your room.

Whatever the size of your TV we have a great range of units to suit. As they are all solid hardwood they can easily take the weight of large televisions and will make you technology look effortlessly at home.

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Recycle Week - Recycle Now!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Wherever possible we make sure that we recycle as much as we possibly can. We want to make sure that we have the smallest impact on the environment possible. This year we will be supporting Recycle Week which has an aim of encouraging us all to recycle as much as possible. This year recycle week will run from Monday 22nd June to Sunday 28th June with the theme of recycling round the home.

Here at Myakka we like to think we are very good at recycling as much as possible. All our plastic wrap and bottles are recycled, along with paper and cardboard as well as all of our cans. Our suppliers in India use a lot of raffia strapping which we then donated to our local Scrap Store who use it for activities that they run throughout the year for children. We are always looking at ways we can recycle even more and work with our suppliers to make sure that we use recyclable materials wherever possible. There are lots of things around our homes that can be recycled instead of being thrown away if we look into it.

In the UK, we are getting better at recycling and more of us are doing it than ever. The problem that many people have is that it is difficult to know what can be recycled and what can't. The Recycle Now website is full of information to help you find out what can be recycled in your area and what the different recycling symbols mean. It is also full of practical tips such as you don’t need to remove the labels from your recycling and bottle tops can be recycled too if they are still on the bottle - make sure you rinse them out first though! As a nation, we are now recycling 50% of plastic bottles which means over the last 10 years we have recycled over £339 billion worth of plastic!

Metal drinks cans are 100% recyclable. A single metal drinks can could be recycled eight times in the space of a year, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans. Recycled plastic bottles can be turned into lots of different things such as home insulation, water butts and garden sheds. For example, a fleece jacket can be made from only 25 recycle plastic bottles.

To find out what YOU can recycle in your local area, what happens to your recycling and for more information on what the different recycling symbols mean, take a look at the Recycle Now website which is full of helpful information.

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