Top 5 alternative things to do with a bucket of water

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It's been a rocking Summer** for us. In May, we moved to Bristol. We had a heap of fun at all the many food festivals. We made a new website. We became professional slack-liners. We launched a food business networking night. We played in a canoe. We worked at an organic farm in Turkey. We learnt how to fly in Bulgaria. We ate more food. We partied at Shambala. We learnt how to grow salad. 

But mostly, we believed in a better, fairer food system.

We're on our way to getting there, but there's a long way to go. Thankfully, so many of you share our vision of a better future. So many of you want a better deal for our farmers, and better food on our tables. You've stuck by us, and we're thankful. With the feedback from our recent survey, we're going to create a FoodTrade more magical than ever. 

Jamie Oliver tips gallons of ice water on himself

And so did Gordon Ramsey, loads of other celebrities, oh, and everyone you know on Facebook. All in the name of the #IceBucketChallenge for the ALS charity. Whether you agree with the water waste or not, you can't deny that these hashtag trends are pretty good at raising money. Can't quite face the splash? Then read on to discover our Top 5 other things to do with that bucket of water. 

And more...

For the first time ever, the NHS has launched mandatory standards for hospital patients' meals. Tap water and fresh fruit will now appear on the menu, along with reduced salt, sugar and fat. Underwhelmed? Us too. Well, at least it's a start. 

Lastly, supermarket giant Tesco's profits are at an 11-year low, with a sluggish financial performance blamed on 'challenging trading standards'. Is the UK's biggest retailer past it's sell-by-date?

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The FoodTrade team looking too cool for school at Bristol's Food Connections Festival

FoodTrade’s Top 5: other things to do with a bucket of water

So the #IceBucketChallenge has been sweeping the nation, with everyone from Lady Gaga to Mark Zuckerberg dosing themselves in an icy shower in the name of charity. However, if you don't want to tip that bucket of water over your head, here's 5 brilliant things you can do with it instead (though still donate!). 
  1. Water your plants
    Greywater (collected from your shower, tap, washing machine) can be used to feed your thirsty veggies. Just make sure there nothing toxic in it!
  2. Make your own home brew
    What's better than growing your own veggies? Drinking a pint of home brew while you watch 'em grow. You'll need hops, yeast and some brewing equipment. 
  3. Make a mini container pond
    Brighten up your patio and encourage all sorts of colourful critters to your garden by sinking a bucket or container and creating a mini pond. 
  4. Bob for apples
    Requiring nothing more than your bucket of water, some apples and a few friends, apple bobbing is the latest craze for cool kids. Maybe. 
  5. Homemade Slip 'n' Slide
    Who knows, the sun may return, and if it does, we want to be prepared with the ultimate-in-fun lawn sliding action. 

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