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Dojo EcoShop is the natural choice for great eco alternatives to everyday goods. A unique range of natural organic mattresses, beds made from sustainably produced timber, organic bedding and towels, greener home and gardening, eco paint, recycled mats for shiatsu and yoga, fairly traded toys and sustainable fabrics, all sourced from ethical suppliers or made in our workshop from organic materials

Latest DojoEco News

Aikido Camp

June 17, 2011 - 1:11pm

We are running our annual Aikido Camp next weekend, so the shop and workshop will be closed on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June.

Back Home

June 3, 2011 - 5:12pm

DojoEco is back from holiday! We started back in the workshop today and our shop is open 10 - 5 as usual Fridays and Saturdays. We opened up the back doors of the workshop today and let the sun flood in - Manchester is going to be the hottest place in the UK today! Joy!

We have had a fine time camping in Italy for a month and found great food (and espresso!), people, architecture, landscapes, beaches, history and hiking. Highlights were Elba and Genoa. Elba, where we stayed for 12 nights and spent most of that time exploring the island on foot as it’s small enough to walk from one side to the other and much of it is a national park with a comprehensive network of hiking trails. Genoa for its contrast of vibrant city buzz and labyrinthine old quarter - the largest medieval city in Europe.

People often ask us how we can take a month off and it’s true, it does take quite a bit of arranging, lots of extra work beforehand and some patience from customers too, but it’s wonderful to have the chance to deeply unwind, dream and idle and come back with fresh perspective and energy - long may it last!

Annual Shutdown

March 29, 2011 - 11:16pm
Tavira Trains

We are rapidly heading towards our annual May shutdown. This year we have two other closures that are bookending our big shutdown - Easter before it and an Aikido seminar at the end. This means we will be closing on Wednesday the 20th of April and won’t be re-opening until Friday the 3rd of June. We aren’t closing for any longer than normal, it’s just that it’s all coming in one go...

If you are thinking of making an order soon for something that has to be made up in our workshop, like a mattress or futon, rather than just taken from stock, then keep these dates in mind as the closer we get to the 20th the less manufacturing slots we will have. Orders are currently taking about 10 days to make up.

If you aren’t in a hurry but want to get ahead of the rush when we re-open in June then let us know before we close and we will put your order into our schedule for the first couple of weeks back - normally we ask for a 20% deposit on ordering but we won’t expect any payments before we are back and open again.

Seasonal Closing

December 18, 2010 - 11:42am

I’m writing this on our last shop day of the year. The woodburner is chomping away at a rapidly diminishing pile of logs and through the back window the buddleia is bowed with snow. Orchestra Baobab are bringing a welcome sunny blast of tunes from the workshop.

All our manufacturing slots are full now so we can’t fit in any more bespoke orders like mattresses and futons, but we have one more despatch day for other items (Tuesday 21st December), although stocks are quite low after a Christmassy rush. We will be completely closed from then until the shop and workshop re-open on 7th January 2011. Although we can’t make up any goods until then we are already starting to pencil orders of mattresses and futons into the workshop schedule in the new year, so if you do know that you want something sharpish then it is worth letting us know by email before then.

In the meantime we’d like to wish everyone a warm festive time and a bright 2011!

Saturday Closing

October 9, 2010 - 12:36pm

Just a quick reminder for people who haven't been in touch or in the shop recently, we will be closed on Saturday 16th October all day as we will all be at an Aikido instructors meeting. Sorry to disappoint anyone who was hoping to call in...

Nobody Home

September 2, 2010 - 1:29pm

Our workshop is closed for a week from Sunday 12th until Sunday 19th of September. This means our shop will be closed too, so please don’t call in to see us on Friday and Saturday 17th and 18th of September! Aikido classes will continue as usual.

Back To School

July 21, 2010 - 10:16pm

We’re going back to school next week! We are off to an Aikido summer camp for a week down in Andover. Classes start at 7.30 am so it’s not as if we are taking time off again...
However it does mean that we will be closed for a week from Sunday 25th July to Saturday 31st July and since our ‘weekend’ is a Sunday - Monday the workshop won’t actually be re-opening until Tuesday 3rd August. Note that our EcoShop will be closed Friday 30th and Saturday 31st July.

Open... and Shut

June 17, 2010 - 9:32am

We’ve been open again for a couple of weeks since our annual shutdown and we’re just starting to catch up and get in the swing of things after our camping trip to Portugal. The sewing machines are humming and mattresses and futons are rolling out of the workshop again. But we’re missing those starry nights already and we have a mini reminder planned. We’ve organised a camping and walking weekend in Wales with our aikido club. This weekend! The timing’s not so great, so close to our last trip, but for one reason and another this was the best weekend. And it’s shaping up to be a sunny one too...

So, we will be closed Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th of June. The workshop and the shop. There’ll be no-one taking phone calls or emails.

We’ve had this date on our site for a while - if you take a look at the ‘Contact Us’ page you’ll see where we list any planned closures. Always worth taking a peek at if you are thinking of making a special journey to visit us.

On Y Va!

April 22, 2010 - 11:37am

Time is racing towards our annual shutdown for this year. As usual we will be closed during May - from Sunday May 2nd, re-opening on Friday June 4th. Saturday May 1st will be our last day in the shop, workshop and on the phone, and we’ll be closing at 2.00pm on that day. After that the workshop will be closed and no messages will be taken from the answerphone. We may have some email contact but as we will be camping out of the country we won’t be checking emails frequently - we’re going to enjoy being unconnected for a while!

All our manufacturing slots before we go are now full and we are starting to fill up slots for when we return, so if you know that you definitely want to order then it is worth ordering before we close as there can be a bit of a rush when we return...

While we are away Aikido classes will continue as usual in the capable hands of the school 2nd Dan teachers.

Hasta la vista...

Important Dates!

March 25, 2010 - 12:53am

We will be closed over Easter from Wednesday 31st March, reopening on Tuesday 6th April. Time to get out and enjoy the daffodils!
Hard on the heels of Easter is our annual shutdown - we will be closing for May this year as we are heading off camping in Portugal for a month. This means that we are starting to plan our manufacturing schedule for before and after our shutdown. At the moment we are working on an approximately 10 day lead time but if you know that you will be wanting to order for delivery before May, or just after when we reopen, then it’s best to let us know soon so we can make sure everyone gets what they need when they need it! It does get very busy coming up to when we close and orders start to be booked in for completion when we return.
We’ll post exact closure dates after Easter.