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Quinoa and Almond Porridge with berries in insulated stainless steel food flask with spoon

QUINOA & ALMOND PORRIDGE

Delicious and hearty, this porridge recipe is vegan and can be made in advance and stored for up to 4 days in the fridge.

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Chicken and Quinoa salad with pomegranate and spinach in high quality stainless steel lunch box with fork

QUINOA & CHICKEN SALAD

Super easy and delicious salad which can be eaten hot, cold or anything in between. The pomegranate seeds add burst of freshness, and along with the dates, provide great sweet pops of flavour.

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Fruity Chia Pudding with Raspberries and Peach in a Glass Lunch Pot

FRUITY CHIA PUDDING

A quick and easy breakfast to whip up before work or even the night before. Peach and raspberries are a great summer fruit combination, but you could also switch it up for banana and blueberry, or pineapple and kiwi for a tropical twist.

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QUOTES TO INSPIRE YOU AT THE START OF A NEW YEAR

This blog posted started out with the idea of encouraging you to use one of our lunch boxes or water bottles to lead a healthier or more sustainable lifestyle… but this feels banal and even discourteous in relation to the year we’ve just had. It would be an understatement to say 2020 has been a…

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COVID SILVER LINING

What a year. Without a doubt, Covid has had an unparalleled impact on the world in 2020 both professionally and personally. Despite the early signs of 2021 positivity with this week’s start to the vaccine roll out, there’s equally sure to be on-going ramifications for us all in the years ahead. Yet there is a…

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GREEN FRIDAY PLEDGE

November 18, 2020 | by Dan Black We’re championing Green Friday (not Black Friday!). Rather than discounting our products, we will pledge 15% of all sales generated between Green Friday – Cyber Monday to the Trees for Cities charity. Trees for Cities are a UK-based charity who work internationally to improve lives by planting trees in cities.…

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STAYING HEALTHY IN WINTER LOCKDOWN WITH FRILUFTSLIV

Winter isn’t coming.. it’s already here. With many parts of the northern hemisphere in the grips of a second lockdown, these shorter days and longer nights feel more heavy than normal and we need to find ways to brighten our days and lift our spirits. So let’s look to the Norwegians who are very experienced with living through…

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MONOCLE INTERVIEW WITH DAN BLACK

Monocle, the worlds leading global affairs and lifestyle magazine, interview our co-founder and lead designer, Dan Black. Get an insight into Black+Blum’s past, present and future, in this insightful personal interview. Listen here.

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BLACK+BLUM PARTNER WITH PRADA

We are thrilled to partner with the world famous luxury fashion brand Prada, to supply a selection of our co-branded designs that feature alongside the Prada Re-Nylon collection. Prada Re-Nylon is a sustainable line of Prada products executed using unique regenerated nylon, obtained through the recycling and purification process of plastic waste collected from oceans, fishing nets,…

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DESIGNING THE BEST STAINLESS STEEL LUNCH BOX

When we set out to create a new product, we always try to make it the best possible design we can. Before we start sketching any concepts, we first form a detailed brief that covers key functions that the product must have. This might sound restrictive but it greatly helps focus the creative side and…

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HERE’S TO THE LUNCHTIME APPRECIATION SOCIETY

Certainly not to ignore the challenges of the last few months of lockdown, but in all the chaos, one of the biggest benefits I found from working from home was mealtime with my family. I am no home chef, but I often make breakfast and I’m known in our house for a bit of experimenting…

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PRODUCTS WITH SOUL… OUR APPROACH TO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

(This is a recent article I wrote for the latest edition of Designing, the design, and technology magazine for schools, colleges, and universities). Designers hold some of the responsibility for the environmental crisis the world now faces. We helped fuel the consumer society we live in and created all the products that the market bought but…

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4 TIPS FOR HOSTING A ZERO-WASTE DINNER PARTY

From plastic packaging to leftover food, dinner parties can result in a lot of waste. Here, Katie Georgeson, from premium kitchen appliance manufacturer Stoves, gives us her top tips for hosting a zero-waste get together. A recent survey we conducted showed that staying in is the new going out, and the average household throws at…

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BEWARE OF FAKE NEWS ABOUT CHARCOAL FILTERS

The internet is full of factual websites, but you have to be cautious and not believe everything you read. So let’s start with the facts…Black+Blum have been importing and selling genuine Binchotan charcoal for over eight years. We are not a new ‘start up’ company who has just jumped on the recent trend for charcoal – a…

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DEALING WITH COMPANIES WHO COPY US

I should start by saying I hate people who copy our designs. Many companies in our industry, take an existing product and simply apply a logo, colour or pattern to make it their own. We are innovators and ahead of the game. Our ethos at black+blum is to thrive on the creation of original designs from scratch. We…

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SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT DESIGN?

I need to start by saying that designing environmentally friendly products is not a short term fad. Environmental consideration for any new product is here to stay and will only become more important in the future. Primarily we are a design company first, but if we do our job well, our products will encourage our…

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EAT TO PLAY BETTER GOLF, MAINTAIN YOUR HEALTH & SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT…

We’ve partnered with professional athlete Iona Stephen to hear more about the importance of taking a lunchbox and water bottle with you on the golf course. What to eat on the golf course and when? What do you take with you when you play a round of golf? I know there is a lot to remember…clubs, shoes, balls, tees…trolly…suncream…the list can…

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EASY WAYS TO KEEP HYDRATED AT WORK

Staying healthy throughout the work day is important. From eating right and getting plenty of exercise, to knowing what normal cholesterol levels are, it’s important to stay on top of the condition of your body. But, one thing a lot of hard-working people often forget to focus on is staying hydrated. Think about it – have…

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IS COFFEE THE LATEST SUPERFOOD?

If you once felt guilty about enjoying the aroma and flavour of a cup of Java in the morning or after a healthy lunch, start rejoicing. Studies show that drinking coffee can help prevent chronic liver disease, but also help you live longer. Best of all, you don’t need to keep coffee to the mornings; research published…

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Great Lunch Ideas That Will Keep You Energised in The Afternoon

Being mindful of what you eat can have a wealth of benefits. Picking different foods for different purposes is a great way to gain control over how you feel. For example, you can boost your energy levels simply through what you eat during the day. Who would’ve thought it? Just make sure you’ve read up…

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Forget Juicing – It’s Time to Start Souping!

Souping On The Go: Simple Hacks To Bring Your Soup To Work Health and wellness enthusiasts have started to ditch trendy diets in favour of a healthier and more practical way to lose weight. In recent years, souping has emerged as one of the most popular ways to incorporate vegetables into your diet, with some going on…

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SEASONAL SPRING LUNCH BOX RECIPES

Spring has definitely sprung and the team at Black + Blum are enjoying experimenting with some seasonal ingredients to put together lunches for our lunch boxes and thermos flasks that pack a punch and put a proper spring in our step this March! Kale & Marscapone pesto A fresher, more spring-like take on the traditional basil pesto, this easy…

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#DESIGNFORHEALTH – BLACK+BLUM MEETS BLOGGER, STACEY SHEPPARD

As a part of our #DesignforHealth campaign we are lucky enough to be working with some of the countries most exciting lifestyle and design bloggers. One of collaborations is with TheDesignSheppard’s Stacey Sheppard. Stacey started her career in design and architecture writing for Design Kitchen & Bathroom magazine and still writes for a number of…

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#DESIGNFORHEALTH – BLACK+BLUM MEETS BLOGGER, JEN STANBROOK

As a part of our #DesignforHealth campaign, this February, we are lucky enough to be working with some of the countries most exciting lifestyle bloggers. One of our collaborations is with LoveChicLiving’s, Jen Stanbrook.  Jen’s has won awards for her blog every year since she started writing her blog in 2012!  The UK home and interior…

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Our ten #DesignforHealth healthy living tips from Black + Blum and Button & Sprung! We recently celebrated our #DesignforHealth collaboration with our good friends at Button & Sprung.  Like us, Button & Sprung put great design and quality materials at the heart of what they do,  leading to the creation of beautiful upholstered beds and quality pocket sprung mattresses that…

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LIVEN UP YOUR SANDWICH BOX WITH IDEAS FROM BLACK+BLUM

We are very excited about our beautiful new lunch box!  A 3-in-1, multifunctional lunchbox with the box and lid constructed from brushed stainless steel, we’ve designed this lunchbox to not just carry your lunch to work, but also cook dishes in the oven and even store them in a freezer. We’re quietly proud that it’s the…

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THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY PACKED LUNCH

The perfect Valentine’s Day packed lunch This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, so unless you have been award-winningly organised and romantic, booking a day off in advance, chances are, the majority of us will be spending it at work after hurriedly texting a loved one on the morning commute. But with the very…

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