Christmas is Coming

Merry Christmas 

from Original Organics and Water Butts Direct

Tis the season to be Jolly

With Christmas season in full swing and the big day drawing ever nearer, we thought we would share some great gift ideas and also let you know about our last Delivery Dates.


Christmas Hampers

Christmas Hampers

Stuck for what to buy?  Our speciality hampers are filled with some of our most popular products to suit just about everyone on your Christmas list.  From the ‘Keen Gardener’ to the Young Naturalist, we have got a selection of products at brilliant ‘package’ prices ready to be wrapped up as Christmas gifts.


Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Launched just a few weeks ago, we are delighted to be able to offer Gift Vouchers this Christmas.  With the option of having either an ecard or a voucher posted directly to the recipient, it couldn’t be easier to give a wonderful gift.


Winter Products

Winter Products

The Siberian Winds have already brought snow to some of the UK this week, be prepared by ordering your Snow Shovel, Grit Bin or Sledge this weekend for despatch on Monday.




Did you know……you can order a wormery with a ‘Worm Voucher’ so the live worms can be requested by the recipient after Christmas!  This means you can get a wormery delivered in good time for Christmas and the worms won’t be affected!


The Urban Composter

The Urban Composter

Kitchen waste composting with attitude and style!

For years composting was the domain of those with space and large gardens.

Then came Wormeries and Bokashi composters which opened up this vital and interesting area of recycling to many more of us.

Now we can cater for just about anyone who generates kitchen waste, no matter how small their house or flat, with the new Urban Composter.



Christmas Delivery Dates

For all those last minute shoppers out there, the last order dates for delivery before Christmas are below….watch the weather forecast though and order early if bad weather is predicted!

Standard delivery – Tuesday 18th December

Last Day for Card Vouchers – Tuesday 18th December

Express Delivery – Thursday 20th December (before 2pm)

Last date for eGift Vouchers  – Friday 21st December (midday)

Christmas Office Hours

Our Christmas opening office hours are as follows;

Open week days 9am – 5pm until Friday 21st December.

Closed for Christmas Annual Holidays: 22nd December till Monday 1st January 2013.

Open again for Business Tuesday 2nd January 2013.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and WIN!

Social MediaIt’s good fun this ‘getting social’ at work.  Spending half my day on Facebook / Twitter / Blogs etc.. actually becomes totally legitimate :-).

For a little while now we’ve had a Facebook ‘page’, though we’ve not really done a lot with it until recently! However, a couple of weeks ago, we thought it would be worth jumping on the bandwagon and so we’ve joined the Twitter revolution too.  There’s so much going on out there.

This blog has been around for quite a bit longer but it would be fair to say we’ve certainly neglected it.  That’s my fault!  *Puts hands up* So, going forwards, we’re planning to keep it significantly better updated – and not for just a load of pushy sales stuff (although of course we’ll let you know right here about our excellent offers!) but also featuring interesting editorial, viewpoints and tips relating to all things gardening, composting, recycling, going green and more…

And as well as contributions from the team here, we’ll also be posting regular contributions from outside experts and contributors.  We don’t influence these external contributions at all – we just provide the platform for the content and hopefully it will give readers something far more interesting to look at when they come here.  If you’re interested in contributing – do get in touch!

We’ll be pushing updates from the Blog out through our facebook page and twitter feeds as well as right here.

You can WIN with Original Organics!

To celebrate all this, we have £100 to spend with Original Organics to give away… and we’ll be picking a follower at random on both Facebook and Twitter to win £50 each on January 4th 2010.  All you need to do is ‘follow’ us on Twitter or ‘Become a fan’ of us on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning.  We will put all the names in a hat (or maybe we’ll need a large ‘sack’) and picking one from each site out at random.

NB.  Employees of Original Organics Ltd. and their families are excluded and their names won’t make it into the hat.  It will be possible to win twice if you follow us on both Facebook AND Twitter (though the chances of this happening are probably quite slim, right?)

Follow Original Organics Ltd. today!

Click here to visit our Twitter Page.

Click here to visit our Facebook Page.


New Wormeries page

Afternoon folks,

I just thought I’d post a quick Blog to say that we’ve just changed what is probably the most important page of our website – the Wormery page – hopefully for the better!

The Wormeries page is by far the most visited page of the Original Organics website and is the page which visitors land on from search results and our online ads, so it’s very important that it is effective.  It is our primary chance to show off our excellent products, convey to visitors that we’re good people to do business with – and hopefully convert them into paying customers and Wormery owners!

The old version of the page, whilst quite informative, was very long and didn’t make it easy to compare the available options.  The aim of this exercise was to tidy it up, make the page less cluttered and easier to use – but still provide visitors with the information they’re looking for.

I’ll be monitoring how it compares to the old page very closely over the coming weeks and will undoubtedly be making the odd tweak here and there to make it even easier to use.  But I’m sure you’ll agree it is quite an improvement.

Oh… and here’s how the wormeries page looked nearly 4 years ago!

If you have any comments, as ever, please do let us know!


VAT Reduction – we’ve dropped our prices!

MoneyThere probably aren’t that many people that are yet to hear the news that Alistair Darling, Chancellor of the Exchequer, yesterday announced that the rate of VAT is to be reduced in an effort to stimulate our economy.

From Monday 1st December, the official standard VAT rate will be 15%, down from 17.5%.  It will remain at this level for 13 months until the end of 2009.

I personally welcome the move – even though it is causing me a mini logistical nightmare altering all our prices!  It is, of course, the duty of any ethically-minded company to pass this saving on to the consumer.  Every penny discount helps for consumers and small businesses in my view.

However, to ensure that customers are not disadvantaged if they wish to buy now, we’ve actually dropped our prices this morning to reflect the discount ahead of the official changeover date next Monday.  Though the price has been reduced, the VAT portion of the price will remain at 17.5% officially until Monday – but we will be taking that hit between now and then so that customers can benefit from the reduction immediately.

The reduction takes, for example, £2.13 off the price of our Deluxe Original Wormery Kit.  It gives a discount of £2.34 off of the Deluxe Worm Works 4-Tray Wormery Kit.  It also brings our standard P&P charge down from £5.95 to £5.82.

So – order from Original Organics and help save the environment and your bank balance at the same time! Our wormeries do make the bestest, most fascinating, christmas pressies after all!!

As ever – any questions, ideas or queries – get in touch!


Dressing up for Children in Need!

Dressed up for Childen in Need!

Dressed up for Childen in Need!

pudseyWell, if you were to check out the webcams today, you might just be in for a surprise.  Maria and Caren are currently dressed as Nuns, I am a fairy (with fairy wings, a tu-tu and a tiara!) and Paul is an evil doctor!!! Mwah ha ha ha…

It’s all in aid of Children in Need 2008.  We’re trying to raise as much as possible by pestering each other (and the boss!).  On top of this, I will be personally donating an extra pound for every Wormery sold today!

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Oh my… I need to work on that beer belly!!!

Why not have a look and see if you can spot us?


American Express now accepted!

Following our news last week that you can pay us online by PayPal, we’ve now also introduced the ability to pay by American Express.

American Express Logo

American Express Logo

Historically we’ve not accepted American Express due to the high costs imposed by them to process AmEx transactions.  However, we’ve now introduced the ability to use it online so we can see how many people would prefer to use it when buying from us.

To pay by American Express you simply select the American Express logo on the secure payment pages when placing your order.

NB.  American Express is only available when ordering from us online and is not available for telephone orders currently.

If you place an order with us and it’s only because we accept AmEx, we would love to hear from you!

Thanks 🙂


Come in and take a look around!

Welcome to Original Organics – I mean literally!

We’ve just rolled out a brand new page to the About Us area of our website.  Webcams!  Yes, that’s right, now you can spy on us while we’re hard at work here at Original Organics.

We do like to feel that our customers and us are one big happy family (cheesy I know!) and we strive to be plain and transparent about everything we do – so please excuse the mess!

The cameras cover our main office, part of our production and despatch area and our “mission control” office which is where Paul L and I work hard all day to make sure our website and our service is the best out there.

So, come on in and take a look around.

Please do let us know what you think!