Our carbon “Paw Print”

We were brought up with the phrase 'reduce, reuse, recycle' in our vocabulary.

Today, it's important to us that our business reflects these same values. Not only to help the environment, but for the future of us all.

To us a simple cardboard box is far from that- it is over 80% biodegradable.

All of our boxes are recycled ones- being used for a second time or Enviro-boxes which are one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly boxes, helping to reduce material waste.

The material that a cardboard is made from (paper pulp)if it  isn’t already recycled, then the raw materials used to make cardboard (trees) is managed incredibly well.

You can reuse our box- the rabbits will love to play with it, or it can be recycled in your household green bin.  If you do throw it in the general waste- although not ideal, it will easily break down in landfill.

Our hays and bedding and as many of our products as possible are packed in Eco-friendly 100% recycled  brown kraft paper bags and sacks, not only are these good for the planet but also very good for the products packed in them, they allow the contents to breathe and therefore not suffer with condensation or damp. The sacks are able to withstand a multitude of demands even hostile conditions or damp environments or moist products, the bottom of each sack has a very secure seal, enabling these sacks to comfortably handle heavy loads. The tops are stitched closed, although we are yet to prefect this, and some may look like a two year old has been let loose with a stitching machine. Sorry...

Products that we have sourced from other wholesaler and manufactures that are supplied to us in plastic packaging will be sent to you in their original packaging, although we will do our utmost to keep this to a minimum, and where possible replace with an Eco friendly alternative.

Our bedding's are all Bio degradable and can be added to your composting pile. If you are keen garden then rabbit waste makes excellent manure.

How do we use it? I hear you ask.

(Credit: riseandshinerabbitry.com)

Use it As  it is – “Bunny Ball bearings” – Because rabbit manure is dry, odorless, and in pellet form, this makes it suitable for direct use in the garden. It can be applied any time of the year and helps give your plants a boost during the growing season or as a storehouse of nutrients when applied in the late autumn and winter. Because it is considered a cold manure there is no threat of burning plants and roots. So use it as a top- dressing, mulch around plants, bury in the ground under transplants or just working it into the soil right from the rabbit. This is the easiest way to use your Super fertilizer! Grab a handful and add it to your garden today. The Ball bearings are a time release capsule of goodness for your soil

Compost It – Composting rabbit manure is an easy process and the end result will be ideal fertilizer for gardens plants and vegetable garden. You can just compost the rabbit manure/urine/bedding mix you  get from litter trays or your hutch/cage corners. Simply add to your compost bin or pile and add in equal amounts of dry straw or bedding to the manure (Unless you only compost the shaving/poop mix-the bedding has already been added plus the urine starts the heat up fast!) you can also mix in your usually composted materials grass clippings, leaves ,kitchen scraps. Mix with a pitchfork and keep the pile moist not saturated you may have to cover it with a tarp. It will take any where from a few months to a year depending on how often you turn it and how it heats up..

Add to it, turn it, and it will heat up! As far as composting rabbit manure goes rabbit manure is nitrogen on steroids it will get your pile hot and breaking down at accelerated rates.

Manure Tea – “Bunny Brew” – Rabbit manure tea is the coloured water that manure has been steeped in and is full of nutrients making a concentrated liquid organic garden fertilizer! The nutrients from the manure dissolve easily into the water were it can be added to sprayers or watering cans. To make the tea, put a heaping shovel full of rabbit manure in a burlap bag or porous cloth with the four corners tied together. Put the bag in a 5 gallon bucket and fill with water. Allow it to seep in the warm sunshine for a week. Remove the bag and suspend it above the bucket until it stops dripping. You can speed up the process by putting manure directly into the bucket with the water and let it sit for 3 days, stirring daily. Then put some burlap over the top of another empty bucket (making a strainer) and pour thru the cloth to strain out the solids. Suspend the solids in the makeshift strainer above the bucket until it stops dripping. In both processes the solids will not have released all their nutrients to the tea, and they will still be a beneficial soil amendment (put into the garden or compost pile). If you have many plants, you may want to use a big barrel by using the ratio of 1 part manure to 5 parts water. To use the Tea, dilute it until it is about the colour of kitchen tea, which should be about one cup of the concentrated manure tea to a gallon of water. Use it to dip every new plant before you transplant them. Dip only the root ball, until bubbles stop coming to the surface (also do this to trees and shrubs before transplanting). Also wet furrows before planting, and fill holes with it before you plant trees or shrubs. Wait until it is all absorbed into the soil allowing all the nutrients to permeate the nearby soil of the plant you are planting. Making and using manure tea is a great way to give your garden crops the extra boost they need for optimal health and growth. Give once a week as a fertilizer and throw out your miracle grow!