Night Time – Lavender & Geranium
Manly Man – Clove & Sage
Moroccan Argan – Argan & Rosemary
Morning Fresh – Frankincense & Bergamot
Gardeners Scrub – Lemon & Basil
Gentle And Kind – Carrot Seed & Shea Butter
Coconut Cool and Calm – Coconut & Lime
Antiseptic – Tea Tree & Peppermint
Bath Time Deluxe – Rosewood & Ylang
These Videos Were Recorded as Part of a 4-Week Introduction to Me and My Passion for Eco Friendly Products and My Business.
Buying in Bulk may seem more of an initial cost however bulk buying always saves you money in the long run. Not just for the equivalent of the products you buy but think about reduced trips to the shop saving parking, fuel, other transport and travelling costs, etc.
If you haven’t worked it out already bulk buying can save you so much time. Less trips to the shops and easier meal planning knowing what’s already available in the kitchen cupboards! So you also save money by reducing food waste. Food waste is not only a waste of food but a waste of resources getting it from source to store, then from the store to your home, then the energy taken to cook or prepare it.
With all this is mind its easy to see how this saves the environment with regards to less trips out and the reduction of food waste meaning less production and pollution, but also the amount of packaging is reduced. The majority of the time packaging on larger quantity bulk packs is far less than the smaller quantities equivalent.
It comes as a shock to no one that plastic bags are dangerous to the environment, and although they may seem the easier and more convenient choice when popping to the supermarket, there are ways to save time and money as well as the environment.
Plastic bags in the UK are all subject to a government imposed charge of at least 5p. But let’s face it, finding a 5p carrier bag is less common nowadays with cheapest options in most stores ranging from 15p to £1.
So I know it can save me money but how can it save time?
Many supermarkets now offer a ‘click and shop’ service so you can scan as you go around the store and immediately bag your shopping. Taking your own bags makes this so much easier. Just pay and off you go!
Don’t forget your reusable produce bags for loose fruit and vegetables. Yes the plastic ones are free but they are plastic! End of Story!
I find it so much easier to plan and take my own lunches, drinks and coffee cups to work with me and here are the reasons why:
Previously I’ve shared the shocking facts about the amount of coffee cups used per year (16 billion, in case you missed it) So not only do I ensure I have my reusable cup, I also use an insulated bottle filled with boiling water to make my hot drinks through the day. This of course saves me a massive amount of money but I don’t have to spend time looking for a coffee shop, then joining the inevitable queue!
Making my own lunches saves me a fortune per week, month and year! This is even better when I can make lunch from leftovers, almost zero cost and zero food waste!
You’ll be saving time not stopping at the coffee shop, and you also don’t need to find the local shop or café you are set where you are sat (amen to a more relaxed lunch break!)
Using your reusable lunch boxes, reusable food wraps and bamboo cutlery means there’s no waste to landfill. No unrecyclable sandwich, salad, crisps, biscuit, etc packets or plastic single use drink bottles.
Grab a reusable water bottle and enjoy free tap water refills using the Refill App, saving you pounds on water that for arguments sake, is FREE! Get the App here: https://refill.org.uk/get-the-refill-app/
The good thing about supporting your local charity shop is exactly that, you are supporting local so your money is staying within your community and supporting local charities and the jobs that includes. Staying local means less trips out in the car, and possibly no charge to park your car!
In my experience I’ve found some absolute bargains from hardly worn football boots for my son to brand new clothes with tags for myself. Some charity shops get deliveries of “seconds” or surplus items so you’re basically getting brand new clothes straight from the high street at a fraction of the price. So have a good look round to find your favourite.
Second hand clothes online have come a long way since eBay. There are specialist websites just for selling second hand clothing such as Vinted or Depop. Or dig a little deeper and find sites for renting clothes. Perfect for a wedding or special occasion where you buy one outfit and never wear it again as most sites only let you rent 3-4 items at a time.
“Luisa is going travel and because her backpack is not the best place for designer clothing she is showing them to us and renting them out to you.” (credit: Sharealook)
So we’ve shown how this can save you money, which you probably already knew, but it does save you bags of time. Grab your laptop in your pjamas and scroll through the second hand treasures online rather than looking for a parking space in the busy city centre, paying a few quid for parking and wearing out those precious feet going from store to store. If you do need to get out for some hands on retail therapy charity shops are normally nice and compact with a few choices to grab your favourite.
Second hand clothing is amazing for the environment. In a nutshell, there’s no additional unnecessary production and shipping pollution, less trips out get one less car off the road, and as we said before, most clothes are only worn a handful of times, sometimes just once, then end up part of the 350,000 tonnes of used clothing into landfill every year.
What’s the first thing you think of? Personally, I can just picture a big plastic container at the bottom of my Grandparents garden where my Nanna would put the potato peelings.
So what was happening in that big bucket at the bottom of the path? Adding certain ‘organic matter’ like those peelings all together in ideal ‘composting conditions’ starts a process that leaves a soil conditioner rich in nutrients.
No, very important that I didn’t know is its not for all food/animal/plant products…
Fill your backyard compost bin with a 6-inch layer of “brown” matter and a 2- to 3-inch layer of “green” matter.
I have invested in a small compost caddy for my kitchen with compostable bin liners for my ‘green matter’
Then my ‘brown’ layers are made up of cardboard, paper, egg shells and leaves.
Add some water till its damp, but not soaking wet. Every now and then give it a turn to get the process working faster and keep adding those ‘brown’ and ‘green’ layers. Et voila, compost for planting or use the liquid created to water your plants, flowers and growing your own vegetables/fruit.
It is here I need to remind you that if you buy compostable products, firstly, a huge green thumbs up, but in order for that item to compost it needs those special conditions!
There are a lot of similarities between compostable and biodegradable materials as they are both intended to return to the earth safely. BUT biodegradable materials are designed to break down within landfills, compostable materials require special composting conditions (above).
Although biodegradable materials return to nature and can disappear completely, they sometimes leave behind metal residue. Some biodegradable plastics break down into smaller pieces but never actually disappear.
Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials filling up our landfills.
Recycling means we won’t be buying new, so all the stages of production are eliminated or at least reduced. This includes the energy needed and pollution during production and transporting is no longer necessary.
Especially when it comes to plastic recycling.
The truth is, plastic recycling has been broken since it began. Globally, only 9% of the plastic we’ve ever produced has been recycled. The other 91% has ended up in landfills or incinerated or scattered throughout the environment, including in huge floating islands in the ocean partly composed or plastic by-products from the manufacturing process.
The best thing is to simply do without plastic and choose to reuse or…
There are soooo many recycling ideas and upcycling options! These are what we’ve got up to recently:
For some, making eco friendly changes sounds like a difficult thing to do but it actually couldn’t be further from the truth!
There are some very easy swaps that can be made in the home and a lot of these are in the bathroom.
So everyone brushes their teeth right….?
Did you know every toothbrush you’ve ever owned is still on earth?! That is truly shocking as a 33 year old myself changing toothbrushes every 3 months that’s 132 toothbrushes in my life SO FAR!
However, I’ve made the super easy switch to bamboo toothbrushes for all the family. So that’s 4 brushes every 3 months not ending up in landfill. Bamboo is biodegradable so can easily decompose in your compost bin.
There is also some great ideas of what to use the bamboo handle for rather than disposing of it. A great quality piece of bamboo is great for use in the garden etc.
Another household change we’ve made is soap bars. I don’t know why it took me so long to become a soap bar convert! Easy to use, zero plastic, amazing scents and long lasting on skin compared to shower gel. Packed with natural ingredients so when shower/bath/ hand washing water goes down the drain and into our oceans it’s not leaking micro plastics and chemicals. All soaps we’ve tried have had a 10/10 from us all.
Recently we’ve found toothpaste tablets! Not many people have heard of these but they are a complete game changer! To use, you chew on one tablet until a lather starts to form then brush your teeth as normal. Couldn’t be easier! Top tip- these are PERFECT for travel as they are lightweight and a real space saver. Also No chance of leaks!
A few years ago the family started using dental floss after a routine trip to the dentist suggesting we all use it. Most standard dental floss are plastic and over packaged, but there is an alternative! Vegan and biodegradable floss and toothpicks. Made from corn starch which you can compost. The floss we use is super minty and feels extra fresh.
Bars are not just great for your hair and the environment but think of the ease while travelling and camping etc.
The scents of shampoo and conditioner bars can’t be replicated in a bottle full of chemicals.
Someone once said to me wet wipes are for fannies, flights and festivals. And whenever I speak to a beauty professional, wet wipes are a naughty word. Archana Sangha, board-certified physician assistant at Anne Arundel Dermatology in Virginia says they shouldn’t replace cleanser because they don’t thoroughly clean your skin. Since wipes aren’t totally effective at getting rid of excess oil, using them regularly could lead to clogged pores, which could lead to breakouts.
So do your skin and the Earth a favour and make the switch to reusable wipes.
They effortlessly remove make-up and impurities. Simply pop in the wash to reuse again and again. Handcrafted with blissfully soft, pure brushed cotton. These double-layered reusable pads are perfect to use alongside your favourite make-up remover or toner. Available in Packs of 7 so you have one for each day of the week!
Speaking of make up, did you know some brands use real animal hair in their make up brushes! And if it’s not animal is plastic synthetic fibres. Save our beautiful earth with your beauty regime using eco friendly vegan make up brushes like these from SoEco!
After seeing this heartbreaking picture I immediately stopped buying cotton buds that contain plastic. As if this image isn’t enough, plastic enters our food chain as marine animals mistake the buds for food. Every year around a million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.
As with our other bamboo products, the bamboo buds we stock are eco-friendly and compostable (including packaging).
They are hypoallergenic and perfect for daily use for the whole family. In fact we find them easier to use as the bamboo is so much better quality and sturdy than plastic.
On Thursday May 21st 2020, our Hand Sanitiser Sprays were featured in the Metro Newspaper.
The Metro is the United Kingdom’s highest-circulation, print newspaper. The free newspaper is distributed from Monday to Friday mornings on trains and buses, and at railway/Underground stations, airports and hospitals across selected urban areas of England, Wales and Scotland. Copies are also handed out to pedestrians.
As part of their “Thank You Thursday”, products that support our frontline workers were featured in “Shop With Care”.
For every sale of our Aromatherapy Hand Sanitiser Sprays and Refills, we donate 10% to our NHS Heroes.
See more about the NHS Urgent Covid Appeal click here: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/
Thank You to Amy from New Footprint
Thank You to the Metro Newspaper
Thank You to Our Frontline Workers
Thank You to the NHS
I’ll catch up on the last few days…
Eating meat has a hefty impact on the environment from fueling climate change to polluting landscapes and waterways.
Going meatless once a week can reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help limit your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel (www.meatlessmonday.com)
Batteries contain a number of heavy metals and toxic chemicals and disposing of them by the same process as regular trash has raised concerns over soil contamination and water pollution.
Rechargeable batteries have the advantage of holding energy for longer when used in appliances that consume a lot of energy.
Several tea bag brands use polypropylene, a sealing plastic, to keep the tea bags from falling apart.
Bags with Plastic: ❗️PG Tips ❗️Tetley ❗️Twinings ‘heat-sealed’ and ‘string and tag’ ranges ❗️Yorkshire Tea ❗️Lidl own brand
TEA BAGS WITHOUT PLASTIC: ✅ Abel & Cole ✅ Clipper ✅ Co-op own brand 99 ✅ Pukka Herbs ✅ Teapigs ✅ Twinings pyramid range ✅ Waitrose Duchy range
As well as the manufacturing process, makeup brushes can affect the environment in another way. When they are no longer usable makeup brushes get thrown away and end up in landfill.
Some brands use real animal hair for their brushes. They often use hair obtained from the fur industry, which is known for trapping and killing animals for their pelts, often by gassing or electrocuting to avoid damaging the hair.
We’ve made the switch to SoEco Make Up Brushes and Sponges.
So Eco is a range of “eco-friendly” make up brushes, with the unique emphasis on components being responsibly and ethically sourced. So Eco has tested and developed the hand cut heads for size, powder application and finish. The bristle colours have been chosen so you can see the amount of product on the brush head.
The hand crafted handles are made using bamboo, the ferules are made from recycled aluminium and the brush heads are crafted from cruelty-free Taklon bristles which are suitable for both liquid and powder cosmetics.
All totally pointless if it ends up as rubbish!
So, freeze and plan!
Meal Planning means you will be more able to buy in bulk which costs less in the long run (think dry foods; rice, flour, pasta…) this also reduces packaging!
How many more positives could you want???
Related to Day 26 but in other areas of your life; how much clutter do we have, how many items have we bought never used or used once and just collecting dust…?
With the internet and constant adverts on social media its hard to resist the impulse buys as were always being reminded to buy more and more and more.
According to the research, which was carried out by a team from the Green Lifestyles Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability (GLAMURS) project, when people involved in grassroots climate movements take it upon themselves to buy and consume less, they actually experience greater lifestyle satisfaction compared to the people who do nothing.
Researchers collected information by comparing the lifestyle choices and wellbeing of 141 people from 12 different grassroots movements to information gathered from 1,476 non-members. When they looked at all the information, they found that the people involved in sustainability programmes had carbon footprints that were, on average, 16% lower than people who took no action, and discovered that members of the climate movements were also 11-13% more likely to think positively about their own life.
Added benefit of this, you might end up saving money on some of the items you decide you do want. Companies see that you have left an item in a basket they may offer you 10% off or Free Delivery. Win Win.
The shocking truth of Wet Wipes Pollution. Some of these photos are in the UK! As well as causing trouble in wastewater systems, wipes can find their way into oceans. Along with other types of plastic pollution, they can cause long-term problems for sea creatures and the marine environment. Wet wipes made up more than 90% of the material causing sewer blockages that Water UK investigated in 2017.
Below you can see a fatberg, a large mass of solid waste that has accumulated over time in sewers. It usually consists of personal hygiene products and congealed fat that have been flushed down the toilet.
It is estimated that 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups are discarded globally every year. This equates to a staggering 5000 every minute.
There are so many alternatives and it seems many coffee shops are selling their own reusable cups, and some even offer a discounted price on your favourite beverage for using a reusable cup.
This is my Coffee Cup from Home Bargains. Made with natural bamboo fibres that are pesticide-free, fast-growing and renewable crops. Bamboo is naturally sterile, with no plastic after-taste. They are free-from BPA or phthalates with a natural, matte, tactile surface, not “plasticky”.
Have a look round to see which cups are best for you. When you have these shops discount coffee for reusable cups:
It’s easy to get discouraged, especially when the problem is so widespread that it’s hard to see what difference your individual effort is making. Many people think this is true with recycling too, but the truth is that small acts of recycling make a big difference:
I hope this 30 Day Challenge has shown you that small changes are easy to make and that Small Eco-Friendly Changes Have a Big Impact
There is just over a week left to go and wow, we’ve really learnt a lot already.
So lets recap the last 5 days, if you have missed any previous posts scroll on down to find them.
So I have managed to get hold of some bamboo cutlery, reusable wraps and snack pockets ready for when I do get back to work and I have to eat on the go in my car.
Put simply, disposable cutlery is single use plastic! Used for seconds and then thrown away to last for 1000 years in landfill and waterways. Plastic cutlery is one of those items that will not recycle even if put into a recycling bin! Its too contaminated and too small! Some of the materials used to make plastic cutlery gives off toxic chemicals when heated and some harmful chemicals can leach into your body. Bad, bad, bad and more bad!
You can get hold of more eco friendly cutlery for single use made from wood or corn which are then compostable waste.
However as I’m on the road every day for work I’ve saved myself time, money and Mother Earth getting a bamboo travel cutlery set that can be reused. I’m always prepared now when I grab myself some lunch and need a fork or a spoon for my yogurt.
So this is an actual review of The Sheffield Skincare Co Yorkshire Goddess shampoo bar and their Herbalicious conditioner bar.
Was I sceptical at first? Absolutely! 33 years of shampoo in a bottle even from the iconic yellow Johnsons and Johnsons No More Tears!
First, the Shampoo, O.M.G, the smell is absolutely divine. Such a lovely natural smell not the synthetic smells of whatever berry is popular at that time just a really genuine scent. I rubbed it a little under the water, then after wetting my hair I started rubbing it round my head from scalp to tip as per the instructions. As I kept rubbing there was some definite lathering going on, not as much as I normally get from shampoo from a lab, I mean, bottle. Confident I’d reached all my hair with the bar I started rinsing and I honestly don’t think my hair has ever been so squeaky clean! I always wash my hair twice as it tends to get greasy but I didn’t even feel like I needed to do this twice because it just felt spotless!
Now the conditioner, again the scent was incredible. Lovely mixture of herby smells which just made you feel like it was going to do wonders to your hair. I rubbed from root to tip following the instructions. Normally you can feel the conditioners work on your hair instantly, this felt different. Not as much build up and crap smothered on your tresses. I left it for the recommended 2-5 minutes and started to rinse. Wow, I could feel the difference but it doesn’t feel weighed down with chemicals it just feels moisturised, a real deep clean and care.
As I said my hair is normally greasy and I can push maybe washing it every other day, but I’m a few days in now, possibly 3, and it still looks great. I can only imagine all the crap chemicals in the bottles must leave so much behind it just doesn’t feel like that now. I would have thought my hair has just had a real cleansing treatment, but actually its simple, bars of shampoo and conditioners!
Straws! Gosh even the word gives me chills as all I can think about is a horrifying video I watched of a poor sea turtle having a straw removed from its nose. That image has stayed with me as my favourite animal in the whole wide world is a turtle, the first time I ever saw these magnificent creatures in a huge tank at an aquarium I’ve been in love. The video lasts well over a few minutes as a crew at sea fight to get the straw that is so tightly lodged into his nose. The poor creature looks in so much pain and discomfort for such a long time it’s heart-breaking. As I said they do successfully remove it after a terribly painful ordeal, but this should not have happened.
I have very sensitive teeth at the front, so when I get a glass and ice when we pop out its not very pleasant, but not to worry as I now have my own metal straws! Reusable, easy to wash and a very handy pouch that keeps 3 straws in so I’m never caught short. There are plenty of options out there from bamboo, to glass, to corn, and we’ve even had edible straws put into a milkshake like a long sweet!
Even if you’re not necessarily interested in eco-living we really do need to support our local and small businesses. A small business local to me has been delivering essential dry store cupboard items to our area. We received a delivery from them yesterday and we were chuffed to bits to finally have bread flour! Hooray! Everything was delivered in recyclable paper packaging and I got to put my empty tubs and containers that I’ve been collecting to good use! They really did save the day as I’ve not seen any type of flour since all this started!
So, lets get the eco-living positives out of the way. Local, small businesses often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies. In addition, your carbon footprint as a customer will be reduced as you may not have to travel as far, maybe its so close you don’t have to travel by car or public transport and you can get there by bike or just walking.
Their packaging is more likely to be eco-friendly. I love Amazon as much as the next person but come on, some of the boxes for tiny products inside are just madness!!
If you’re not already sold on those reasons then consider these; you are supporting your local/ national economy. Yes, it might be dirt cheap from China, but you’ll be getting a much better service from an actual human being! You can also choose to support things you care about, I see so many of my small business buddies supporting local charities or good causes so it’s a win-win!
Some small businesses are side projects to boost a family’s income or a way of sharing their talent, creativity, passion and innovation. Many small business owners, including myself, are women and sometimes mothers. We can do all the things on our daily lists and still make time for our real passion! I’ve come across a lady making stationery items while working for the NHS and on top of that, through this pandemic! Imagine how much that side business means to her after a day working on the frontline!
Which brings me to the small business happy dance! Every order gets a huge smile, maybe a WOOP WOOP, maybe even a little kitchen party. Don’t underestimate the power of your order choosing a local/ small business, during these difficult times and in the future.
I’d like to take this opportunity to say something very easily said rather than done, QUIT SMOKING. Then you wont need a lighter, simples.
I use matches to light candles in the home however I won’t get on my high horse too soon as while matches might seem a more eco- friendly option (Lighters = Plastic… enough said right?) matches are made from trees.
So, after some research, I’ve decided to invest in a refillable lighter. Fancy name for those long stick lighters you can get at any homeware store or supermarket. Instead of throwing them away when they run out of gas, you can refill with a gas can.
This goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, be bloody careful with fire, lighters , matches, gas, etc… and keep them all away from children and other non-sensible individuals.
Now, stand up, go to your smoke alarm and test it, right now, get up and push the test button, I mean it…..
So, now I’ve saved your life getting you to test your smoke alarm…… what do you mean you’re still sat there and you haven’t done it? IM SERIOUS!
Right, I’m going to sign off and you’re going to test your smoke alarm!
Cheerio till next time x
Good Morning on Day 17 of the Eco Friendly Challenge. We are over half way through! Don’t Forget to catch up on all previous days in our BLOG
Here’s a round up of Days 13-16…
Slightly different day 13 as its not really about action but being aware. Its safe to say we cant get away from the news at the moment, however, there has been some positives from the current situation. There have been reports showing the overwhelming improvement of our environment due to the reduction of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Marshall Burke from Stanford University has calculated the potential lives SAVED from the reduction of pollution in China. Two months of pollution reduction has probably saved the lives of 4,000 children under 5 and 73,000 adults adults over 70 in China.
Its something we’ve known about for a long time, air pollution can cost us 3 years off our global life expectancy.
We have been having some gorgeous weather so this has come at the perfect time, hanging out your laundry.
Hanging your laundry out to dry instead of using your tumble dryer:
Even if you don’t hang every wash load, each time you do, you save yourself money and help to protect the environment.
Find out more ways to Green Your Laundry Routine HERE
Lets face it, times are difficult, so why not treat yourself? You could also treat someone else who you are missing or maybe one of our key workers. We have introduced the Between Green Boxes.
I don’t know about you but I love a candle or wax melt burning through the home. And now we’re at staying home we’re using them more.
To keep the lovely scents strong I’ve been adding a few drops of essential oil to some plain wax (tealight candle removed from the outer tin and remove the inner wick) and using that instead of wax melts.
The benefits of using essential oils in this way:
We are currently using a blend of lavender, geranium and ylang-ylang.
Between Green offers a wide range of oils and blends and you can find them all HERE
Jodie @ BetweenGreen x