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It’s AUGUST which is my birthday month!

I’ve started a crowdfunder to accelerate Between Green!

I’m raising £1000 to fund an IPad, market stall accessories such as signage and a decent weather proof gazebo!

There are rewards for every budget including discount codes, free gifts and even complimentary subscription boxes just for you!

Pledge here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/between-green

Love, light and green vibes,

Jodie xx

quick guide: Eco-friendly travel

The world is opening up again and many of us are looking for a getaway.

Whether that is a staycation in good old blighty or further afield I’ve put together some top tips for an eco-friendly and sustainable stay!

Staycations

If you can, consider a staycation in the UK. Not only is it easier for you (think, there’s no currency exchange, airport hassle,….) but staying in the UK is so much more environmentally friendly not taking flights.

We have some gorgeous destinations on our doorstep and we are keeping our money in our own countries’ economy.

My personal favourites are Newquay in Cornwall, Ilfracombe in Devon and the Snowdon area in Wales.

But lets face it, if we want some summer sun, or even on the other end of the scale, some snow, it may mean leaving the UK.

Travel

I’ve already touched on it lightly so lets explore travel options.

Land travel can only get you so far, so you can use sea crossings to get to France, Spain and many other European countries such as Holland, Belgium and Denmark.

You want to go further? The good news is flights aren’t all that bad as the average fuel consumption per transported passenger is below 4 litres per 100km compared to cars averaging 8-12 litres per 100km.

There’s also big steps being taken to further reduce fuel consumption, serving environmentally friendly meals and even adjusting the materials used for in-flight magazines (or removing them altogether!)

The most recent data puts TUI Airways as the most eco-friendly airline. So when booking take a few seconds to google the eco-credentials of the airline and consider alternatives. You might even save some money choosing a more ‘no frills’ approach to flying.

Travel options at destination

  • Consider using the local public transport for more freedom; coach tours are normally run like clockwork but jumping on and off the bus/train/tram/underground/whatever is used at your destination to go at your own pace.
  • Using a bike or walking around to explore the area you’ll see and experience so much more than a busy coach tour.

packing

It’s easier said than done but try to pack light, every extra kilo on the plane burns extra fuel. We all take far too many clothes and other accessories. You could pack some super lightweight laundry strips in your case to hand wash and freshen up a few pieces to wear again.

Hotels

Time to find somewhere to stay. Choosing family-owned/independent hotels or home stays are great ways to support local businesses especially in the UK.

When you’re in your room treat it like your own home:

  • Keep it tidy – sort out trash and clutter
  • Hang up your towels – needing to be changed and cleaned less
  • Your bedding doesn’t need changing everyday so avoid unnecessary use of resources
  • Turn off lights not being used
  • Be conscious of electricity being used by appliances not used or on standby, for example unplug an empty fridge, turn TVs off at the mains, etc.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth and stick to short showers

Try to avoid using the extras placed in rooms such as shampoo bottles and single use tea and coffee items. Taking your own shampoo bar doesn’t count towards your liquid allowance on flights and is a real space saver in those small hotel bathrooms.

These handmade ones mean you only need 1 bar for 5 uses which also reduces weight in your case.

Natural and cultural environment

Its time to explore! These top tips will ensure you keep the locals happy:

  • Don’t litter – don’t do it anywhere! Holiday or no holiday!
  • Adhere to local customs
  • Be sure to ask permission before taking photos of people
  • Support local shops and artisans
  • Remember you are a visitor in their town/country so be kind and respectful and set a good example

With so much to see and experience in such a short time why not combine the two? Join in with a beach clean up spending the day by the ocean while keeping it clean.

Eating and Drinking

IMPORTANT: stay safe when drinking water/ice in foreign countries to avoid issues arising from the differently treated water. Check the advice for the country you are travelling to.

You can decant bottled water into your reusable bottle to ensure the empty bottles are disposed of correctly and they are more handy to carry around.

Ideally you could embrace a different cuisine by supporting small and local bars and restaurants. IMPORTANT: be safe when ordering certain dishes including known culprits such as chicken and fish.

Other things to consider

Reduce/ resist buying souvenirs – most items taken home from holidays seem like a good idea at the time but then collect dust when you’re back to reality. Often souvenirs in tourist hotspots are unethically produced with unsustainable materials.

Completely avoid any items that could be considered illegal and/or use animal or wildlife in any way; for example, products using ivory, tortoise shell, reptile skins, furs and some corals and seashells.

Its not to say don’t buy any souvenirs. At the end of the day it’s a lovely token to remember a holiday. Try to support local projects that hand make items for charities and good causes.

It’s an unfortunate reality that all might not be as it seems on your dream vacation. Try to be alert to signs of slavery/trafficking. Do not enter into any confrontation or behave in a way that may cause a scene. Contact relevant local authorities to report any signs of illegal activity.

Wherever you choose to go and whatever you choose to do, make amazing memories and leave no trace except footprints in the sand

Love, Light and Green Vibes,

Jodie

Power in your pound

Firstly, I’ll ask you to cast your minds back to March 2020, before you switch off…. this isn’t a blog post about COVID-19.

woman in brown dress holding white plastic bottle painting

March 2020, the world needed, amongst toilet roll; hand sanitizers and masks. Suddenly there was a shortage of these items that previously took up minimal space on shop shelves if at all.

What happened next is very important to the point I’m trying to make.

People wanted it, they needed it, they did anything to get their hands on it even smash the sanitizer spots in hospitals off the wall to steal it. Make masks from anything they could, I even saw someone go into a shop wearing an old Halloween mask, we were desperate, and scared.

The weeks went on, as did the demand, during which time big brands, small brands, unrelated brands and new brands popped up to provide everything we needed.

BrewDog begun making hand sanitiser at its distillery in Aberdeenshire, an American company went from making CBD products to making hand sanitizer, even a Car Polish company started making it.

What we see here is everyone jumping to supply to the demand.

Did it help? Yes.

Did it make them money? Yes

The World wanted it and needed it – It was provided, in MASSIVE amounts.

So, what am I getting at here?

The Planet needs to be saved, and we have to WANT it.

During my 3 day Earth Day challenge in April 2021, me and my daughter streamed live during a litter pick in our local area. I was a little surprised the amount of engagement this live session received as essentially it was my daughter with her litter picker and me with my phone in one hand and rubbish bag in the other chatting away.

The number one thing we picked up that day was crisp packets. Upon realising this I shared the fact that compostable crisp packets do exist. Now rather than just suggest the brands we’ve had and tried, I decided to point out that this technology and these compostable materials for the use of crisp packets exist. My next question, framed more as an encouragement, wasn’t “why don’t you choose those instead”, it was “why aren’t big brands using this?”

My first thought would be cost. At the end of the day, I’m not naïve, they are running an enormously huge business and from what I know so far about huge companies like Walkers, they care about money, not people or the environment.

A quick hop, skip and a jump/search on their website states:

“We understand the responsibility we have to reduce the impact of our packaging on the environment, and we’re on it!

At the moment, the packaging we use is the best way to keep our crisps crunchy and delicious. However, we’re aiming to make all our packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025”

I continue to scroll through the Q&A part of the website to find the answer to my next question, “Why Not NOW?” There isn’t an answer and although there’s a section labelled “Can’t find your answer here? We can’t wait to hear from you!” and I wouldn’t want to keep them waiting…

Here is my sent request:

Good Afternoon,

I would like to request more information regarding your sustainability and environmental promises as stated on your website:

“we’re aiming to make all our packaging 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025”

Could you clarify how this process is progressing and why not an earlier target date?

The technology and materials for compostable crisp packets exists so to suggest it could take till 2025 to achieve doesn’t quite make sense to me.

I really do look forward to your reply via email as someone extremely passionate about the unnecessary and avoidable impacts on our environment.

Kind Regards,

Mrs J Clough

When/If I get a reply, I’ll be sure to keep you updated as I always do.

If Walkers, or any companies see trends that could skyrocket or even reduce their profits they have to act. For example, if the consumers of the 6 billion packets of crisps consumed each year in the UK bought brands of crisps in compostable packaging, what do you think these big companies would do?

I bet they wouldn’t wait till 2025 to make change….

Love, Light and Green Vibes,

Jodie

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Introduction to Plant based Hipster

Hi I am Kerry and Plant Based Hipster is my company. 

I sell hand poured wax melts in the most delicious fragrances, to fill your home with the most wonderful scents and hopefully put a smile on your face.

The reason I started making wax melts are because ones that I had tried, no matter what brand, were causing me health issues. I suffer with asthma and also oral allergy syndrome and I was finding that wax melts and scented candles often had an adverse effect on my breathing and gave me an allergic reaction and I ended up having to take anti histamines. So I made it my mission to develop wax melts and scented candles that wouldn’t negatively effect my health. There was a lot of trial and error experimenting with different fragrance companies. I had to do a lot of research into fragrances and waxes to be able to grasp what ones would be better for my health. Eventually I found fragrances that were free from the usual nasty chemicals that can causes harm to health and I decided to use coconut and rapeseed wax with no additives such as paraffin as this wax is totally natural, causes no harm to health and it’s completely biodegradable . All our wax melts are made from coconut and rapeseed oil wax which is a sustainable source unlike soy which is contributing to worldwide deforestation.

A little bit about why I chose coconut and rapeseed wax:

In my opinion, coconut and rapeseed waxes are currently the most sustainable source of wax (and, in comparison to other waxes, have supply chains with the most ethically transparent practices) with each singular wax requiring the properties of the other so as to function effectively. The supplier of my coconut and rapeseed blend wax certifies that this wax is free from Palm, Soy, Beeswax, Paraffin, Polymers, GMO materials and any other additives

Coconut & rapeseed wax is the new wax on the block. It’s definitely more expensive to use, but because of it’s great scent throw and even burn we think it’s worth the price tag.

Coconut & rapeseed Wax is a soft creamy white color and is the eco-friendly choice. Harvesting the oil is an organic process with coconuts themselves being a sustainable high yield crop

Benefits of Coconut & rapeseed Wax 

  • Coconut & rapeseed wax is slow burning and luxurious.
  • The hot and cold scent throw of Coconut & rapeseed products is excellent
  • Coconut & rapeseed wax gets the most eco-friendly points 💚 🌍 

My wax melts and candles are:

Cruelty free ✅

Vegan ✅

Soy free ✅

Sustainable wax source ✅

Free from CMRs and/or phthalates  ✅

Free from parabens and silicon ✅

Free from PEG ✅

Biodegradable ✅

Recyclable packaging ✅

CLP compliant ✅

My wax melts are completely biodegradable and even the glitter! All of my packaging is recyclable and also biodegradable. The wax melts themselves come in glassine bags. I have chose glassine over recyclable plastic as we all know a lot of what we put in our recycling bin ends up getting shipped abroad and put in landfill. Glassine will biodegrade in 2-3 weeks where as plastic takes 450 years. Any orders we post are packaged plastic free and even the tape I use can go in your recycling bin.

Thanks for taking the time to read about my little business 😊

Kerry’s amazing wax melts will be featuring in the Between Green Box for May and there’s only a few days left to grab yours!

Say NO to Chemicals – Big Brands EXPOSED!

The surge in popularity of chemical filled bottles of plastic with mind bending names such as “Midnight Blooms” and “Country Garden” and pressure to create an ‘Instagram worthy home’ its easy to ignore the truth behind the ingredients being used faster than stores can fill the shelves.

The average household contains around 62 TOXIC chemicals from the most obvious; oven cleaners, to the not so obvious; sensitive laundry detergent. With research showing that these chemicals are as bad for our lungs as smoking cigarettes lets have a real good look at what’s inside.

Most shockingly to me was the chemicals in ‘baby-safe’ products such as Johnson&Johnson Baby Shampoo and sensitive fabric softeners.

The iconic yellow bottle of ‘No More Tears’ is instantly recognisable but what might not be so clear is the use of dioxane and quaternium-15 which are known formaldehyde releasing substances. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen which you may know are believed to cause cancer.

Say NO to these companies focussed purely on profits not people by choosing a sulphate & palm free, vegan and sensitive skin friendly (including your perfect little baby) shampoo and body bar.

Made with coconut derived gentle cleansers and contain organic Shea butter and Argan oil, these solid bars lather so easily that a little goes a long way so bath time is quick and easy without the hassle of holding a slippery bottle and slippery baby!

Next, Fabric softeners with their cute animals on the packaging and snuggly baby blankets are hiding shocking ingredients. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are not required by law to list all their ingredients on the label so here’s a list of what you could find:

  • Chloroform
  • A-Terpineol
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • Benzyl Acetate
  • Ethanol
  • Pentane
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Camphor
  • Linalool
  • Phthalates
  • Limonene

Together these chemicals can cause a host of health problems including respiratory problems, central nervous system problems, eye irritation, dizziness, headaches and nausea.

Also, just to let you know several of these ingredients are on the EPA’s hazardous waste list.

So when you take a long sniff of your fresh laundry you are probably inhaling a cocktail of toxic chemicals. Not to mention what is being absorbed through your skin when wearing your clothes.

Now you are shocked, horrified and eager to switch up your laundry routine – where do you start?

Luckily I’ve done the hard work for you! I’ve tried a lot of different ‘eco-friendly’ ‘natural’ laundry products for me and the rest of my family of 4, including 2 teenagers (I point this out purely to focus the need for effective cleaning, deodorising and scent!)

So instead of pouring that bright green/blue/pink/purple liquid in the washer drawer or grab the liquid tabs for throwing in the drum, take a look at Laundry Detergent Sheets!

Each laundry strip packs ultra-concentrated, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly cleaning power into a tiny, pre-measured strip of liquidless laundry detergent that you just toss in the wash. Its low-sudsing formula works in all types of washing machines, including high-efficiency (HE).

They also cut down on the clutter under the sink with ultra-efficient packaging. No bigger than a large letter envelope in size and thickness, you can fit over 400 loads worth of Tru Earth Eco-Strips in the same space as a single 100 load jug of traditional detergent. The carboard packaging is more widely and easily recycled than plastic bottles and tubs that are dumped into landfills or floating in our precious oceans affecting land and marine life.

I’m honest and I will disclose that Tru Earth Eco-Strips are manufactured in Canada. FEAR NOT, I’ve found Simple Living Eco that make laundry strips right here in the UK!

100% natural, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free and made from coconut oil, coconut oil extract and deionized water they are great for babies and sensitive skin.

Isn’t it time we said NO to chemicals and YES to natural cleaners that work effectively, save the planet, save money and save yourself from chemical inducing health issues?

I’d love to see you over on my social media platforms where I share all my favourite top tips, expose more big brands and show you how easy it is to be eco-friendly no matter who, what, where, why or when!

Find all Simple Living Eco Laundry Products here including the Laundry Sheets and my other favourite, Natural Stain Remover Bar!

or use the code JODIC5 at checkout

Cutting the crap out is not just about zero waste!

This blog post has been shared from Crystal Cole on June 13, 2019 (credit: Crystal Cole)

I am probably going to make myself really unpopular by saying this, but I am going to say it anyway.

This morning, I posted a photo on our social media account of a natural deodorant. The photo showed two candles behind (obviously, as we make candles too!) and within seconds, a comment was posted ” Ironic that you hash tagged zero waste and then put photos of plastic electric candles in the background” A quick look on our page would clearly show that we make candles. Instead of doing a bit of background checking, the comment was made flippantly and quickly retracted when we put the poster straight. We make candles. We are trying to be a plastic free company. Showing plastic or electric candles just wouldn’t be us because well, it goes against our ethos and we don’t use them because we have candles in abundance in our workshop! How dare anyone pass judgement without doing a little investigation. The comment was taken down very quickly once they were set straight, which is really sad because my reply gave some really good insight in to what we do and how we do it and that is generally trying to cut out plastic and waste from our products and company. That was never seen or read by the poster; i guess they didn’t want to open their ears to bit of education around the company.

Last week, I had to defend myself and my company on a zero waste parenting group on Facebook, as a comment was made that “this company seems dodgy to me – I’ve looked at the reps photo and she doesn’t appear to be the sort of person who is a zero waster” How dare anyone make such a judgmental and flippant comment on a reps looks. Is it really ok to cut down a person or a company with such damaging comments without even getting to know us or ask us any questions first. Do you know how upsetting it is for someone to be told that their face doesn’t fit their ethos. How crazy is it that an opinion can be formed on what a person looks like in one photo!!!

More and more I am seeing posts of people pleased to show off the changes they are making to reduce their waste and more and more I am seeing comments  that are belittling, rather than encouraging and supportive.

Who cares if john still uses tea bags, but has changed to a biodegradable toothbrush?

Who cares if Brenda still washes her hair in shampoo that has come out of a bottle, but she takes her own bags to the grocery store instead of using plastic carrier bags.

Whose journey is this? yours or theirs? If you don’t like my company – don’t use us! But if you haven’t used us, how can you tell the world that we are “dodgy?” If you don’t like that John still uses teabags, how about congratulate him on his efforts so far, maybe offer some advice, but cut him down? Thats just not on.

There is far too much superiority in zero waste groups and whilst some people has spent time educating themselves on the east ways to avoid waste, what they are failing to see sometimes is that their superioirty can come across as really negative. We are all trying to fight a war against waste together and in the battle field, we need to build each other up, not tear down our fellow comrades. Wars like this are won by many people doing the best that they can, but no one can be perfect. Show me someone living a zero waste life and I will show you a liar. Because I am not perfect, my company is not perfect, John and Brenda are not perfect. We are all just trying to do our best.

So next time you feel the need to post a negative comment that could potentially bring down a small business, or give Brenda a mouth full because her face doesn’t fit and her hair is not washed with the urine of a zero waste guardian angel, just remember, everyone starts somewhere and everyone can easily go AWOL from the zero waste war because of your comments. Be kind and supportive.

From now on, we will be using the hashtag myzerowastejourney on all of our social media posts, because zero wasting is personal to us all. This company is MY journey to help do my bit, not yours. Your journey is yours too. Doesn’t make either of us right; it just makes us soldiers in the same fight, just taking a different route to the battle.

Please stop to think about how your comments towards small businesses and new zero waste individuals can be as damaging as the plastic we all are fighting to rid the planet of. 

I choose zero waste, kindness and positivity. What do you choose?

Hi Betweeners, just to let you know this blog post has been shared from another site but it resonated with what I wanted to say so well! REMEMBER: Be Kind. Always.

Here’s the original piece: https://crystalcole.co.uk/blogs/news/cutting-the-crap-out-is-not-just-about-zero-waste

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Food Waste Action Week 1st March 2021-7th March 2021

Did you know that UK households waste 4.5 million tonnes of food each year. Add that to the 3.6 million tonnes wasted by the food industry and you can clearly see why Food Waste Action Week is an important week to review our food related habits.

During lockdown periods due to the Covid-19 pandemic, households had learned to get better at preventing waste. Concerns about going to the shops and running out of food initially motivated people to waste less. Pre-shop planning, smart storage and creative cooking all contributed to the decrease in UK household food waste.

It’s an uncomfortable truth. The more lockdown measures are eased, the more food waste there is in UK households.

How can we reduce the amount of food we waste?

  • Store Food Properly – wrap up open packets and use reusable storage boxes to keep food fresher for longer
  • Keep your fridge and cupboards organised – rotate food when you shop so newly bought foods are placed behind items needed to be used first
  • Write a shopping list and stick to it – it’s easy to be swayed by offers but stick to your list to reduce waste and money. If you’re not a fan of shopping lists, take a picture of your fridge/cupboard shelves before you head to the shops instead. This will stop you from buying something you’ve already got at home.
  • Buy local and loose – stay away from pre-packed bags and packets and choose just the amount you need. Don’t forget your reusable fruit and veg bags!
  • Assess best before dates – food doesn’t “go off” magically at midnight on the best before dates. Be sure to check dates so that foods that won’t last until they are used can be frozen if possible.
  • Get creative with leftovers – we’ve made crumble toppings with crumbs from flapjacks or bottom of the bags of cereals. You can also use peels for stocks, and any leftover meats and/or vegetables for pies or soups.
  • Freeze your fresh herbs – you can defrost and discard the water however a small amount of water shouldn’t ruin most recipes.
  • Perfect your portions – Hands up who has ever found themselves with far too much rice or pasta? It’s easy to do, but there are simple ways to cook the perfect amount. For example, a mug filled with dry rice will cook enough for four adults.
  • Before you freeze your leftovers – label the bag/container telling you what’s inside and when you froze it.

Food waste affects on the Environment

Did you know, global food waste produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all commercial flights.

Globally, around a third of all food produced is lost or wasted, which contributes between 8 and 10 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

It isn’t just the leftovers on our plate to consider but the many resources that go into producing our food, like water and land.

Many things, including water, land, energy, time, and transportation are needed to produce our food, so it’s really important that we don’t unnecessarily waste it.

  • Almost 280 tonnes of poultry goes to waste in the UK every day, if we stopped wasting poultry, we could do the same for climate change as planting nearly 6.6 million trees every year.
  • We throw away the equivalent of 3.1 million glasses of milk every day. If we used every drop, we could do the same for climate change as planting nearly 6 million trees per year.
  • Every day 4.4 million potatoes go to waste in UK homes. If we all stopped wasting these potatoes it would do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.4 million trees per year.
  • 20 million slices of bread are thrown away at home in the UK every day. If we stopped wasting bread, it would do the same for greenhouse gas emissions as planting 5.3 million trees per year.

Food Waste Recipes

It became a household staple in 2020, using up your soft bananas to make banana bread. Yesterday my daughter did a LIVE cookalong on Zoom making the perfect banana bread

Find the FULL recipe and method in my Facebook Group

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gUEST bLOG : mRS SPARKLE TALKS TERRACYCLE

At Mrs Sparkle we create handmade, eco friendly, natural products for use in the home.  Our aim is to make it easy for everyone to make eco swaps in their busy lives at an affordable price.

We collect and share information so you can make informed decisions whatever your goal, be it to go natural, reduce plastic consumption or to find more zero waste products.  

Our mantra for sustainability is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Recently we have become interested in the work done by Terracycle and decided to find out more.

✨”Eliminating The Idea Of Waste”✨

I am familiar with Terracycle, have used their bins in supermarkets and have been known to say ‘ have a look at Terracycle, they take everything’ if someone mentions being unsure about recycling something.

I wanted to find out a little more about them, and share my discoveries!🌿

Terracycle collects items not currently recyclable through local councils.

They offer recycling solutions for typically hard to recycle waste, such as collecting things like laundry tablet boxes and melting them down into hard plastic pellets that are then remoulded into new products.

Below is a table offered for sale in their store, made from recycled toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes!💚

As it stands, these are some of their achievements –

✨202 million people are collecting and handing in their waste, across 21 countries
✨That means billions of pieces of waste collected so far
✨44 million dollars raised for charities through this scheme

Terracycle offer many incentives for schools and charities. Once you start collecting, you accrue points for your chosen organisation that are then transferred into donations✨

So many things can be collected, from bread bags, cheese wrappers and crisp packets,  to rubber gloves and plastic toys and games!

All you need to do is –

✨Choose ‘programmes’ – which items or brands you would like to collect, and sign up for free
✨Collect any waste items
✨Print a free shipping label
✨Send in your waste for recycling

There are drop off points too at many local shops, churches and other businesses – take a look to see where your nearest location is, and what they accept!

Mrs Sparkle and Between Green would love to hear about any other recycling schemes that you have heard of, big or small – it’s great to hear about the amazing work being done!!🌸

Thanks for reading and thanks to Between Green for inviting us on here.