One of the things that I love about living in a rural place is the open countryside.
And to hop off a hot and stuffy tube in London, surrounded by much less greenery never feels as homely to me. But when I headed towards Honest Tea‘s Honest Garden event last week in Waterloo, it was a very refreshing experience.
I was surrounded by what felt like a mini Eden Project with pretty flowers, colourful fruit and vegetable plants. It was such a far cry from the urban visit that I was used to.And behind my food blog, one of the things I love doing is exploring outdoors and nature in my self made camper van over at The Carpenter’s Daughter, so I felt much more at home.
Also, when I heard that Honest’s ambassador was TV presenter, walker and explorer, Julia Bradbury, I was pretty much a giddy goat. She talked to us about the importance and health benefits of taking the time to get outdoors and grow our own Honest garden and I couldn’t agree more.
Then for breakfast, we were shown how to make a delicious, quick and naturally sweet cherry nut granola by YouTube chef, John Quilter from Food Busker. I topped mine with yogurt and blueberries and will definitely be giving my own version a go very soon!
For refreshments, we cooled down with an array of Honest’s range of drinks while we learnt how they’ve teamed up with environmental charity, Groundwork to help champion green spaces in London.
It’s something I’m definitely guilt of not doing this year, other than trying to maintain my staple fresh herb plants.
But the plan is to transform some of London’s Overground stations in to non-profit community Energy Gardens. If they can create food growing spaces for the community, they can also provide solar panels to provide renewable energy for lighting, water pumps and more.
It quickly became evident that providing a tasty organic drink wasn’t Honest Tea’s only agenda.Even down to the packaging, they’re bottled using plant based materials and recycled plastic. I couldn’t tell the difference and they’re not even the slightest bit flimsy!
Absolutely every aspect of the bottle is recyclable and eco art designer, Sarah Turner, showed us how to utilise each bit to make the cutest mini hanging basket.
Ok, so I was probably the only one who tied my string accidentally ‘differently’. It still worked, but Sarah’s far superior “here’s what I made earlier” does it much more justice.
And getting back to the taste (because I’m sure you’ll be curious), but I absolutely love iced tea. Why I’ve only really seen it on an American menu, I don’t know.
All the Honest drinks we tried on the day were organic, low calorie and made with fair trade tea and sugar. And they’re delicately sweet, which is how I prefer my still drinks.
So the next time I’m thirsty while I’m out and about, I’ll definitely be picking up Orange Mango Flavoured Herbal Tea. It’s my favourite!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honest Tea. All opinions are my own.