In our EcoBox Pawsome the cute little reusable jute pouches for dog treats are made by Plenty Of Sunshine Sisters!
Here’s their story:
Hi there, I am Amy and I am one half of the Plenty of Sunshine Sisters. My sister, Lucy, makes up the other half. We both come from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, and share similar interests in travel, animals and crafting. We wanted to find a way that we could combine these interests which is why we decided to start the Plenty of Sunshine Sisters. We share a lot of interests, but we also enjoy different things – for example, Lucy is a bit of a gin aficionado and I have a puppy and cats at home – so our interests complement each other so that we can reach a wider audience. On top of this, I have just bought a new home and Lucy is looking to buy one herself so we spend a lot of time on Pinterest and other shopping sites looking for things that can make a new house a home. Because of the current lockdown situation, since we had a lot more time on our hands, we thought we’d try our hand at making some of our own useful items and decorations. We use a cricut machine to make a range of different products, such as mugs, pouches, signs, t-shirts and bookmarks. We’ve also recently made a range of greetings cards including a father’s day card to come from a dog.
Our most popular product is a reusable drink pouch which is super handy and versatile and can be personalised with whatever image or phrase you want. They are great for those wanting to cut down on their single use plastic, can be flattened so they are lightweight and don’t take up much room in a bag and can even go in the freezer to create cool smoothies or slushies. Another product that we offer are dog treat pouches that can be personalised with your pooch’s name and come in burlap or natural mini drawstring bags. These are perfect for filling up with your dog’s favourite snacks to take out on a long walk or for dog training sessions.
Some of our designs we get through open sources but others we make ourselves and we offer personalisation of all our projects so that everyone can get exactly what they’re looking for. It’s a relatively new business but we are looking forward to creating amazing products for people for a long time to come. We are even starting to expand our range with celebration packs such as birthday packs including a card, confetti, badge and cake topper and more home décor items. These include a tiered tray display line which is a big decorating trend in the USA and starting to make its way over to the UK and involves assembling items such as wooden signs, mugs and bunting to represent a specific theme that is usually updated seasonally.
These Videos Were Recorded as Part of a 4-Week Introduction to Me and My Passion for Eco Friendly Products and My Business.
Many people believe that living a more sustainable and eco friendly lifestyle would cost them more day to day but with these handy tips you CAN save money and the environment all at the same time. What’s even better is these tips also save you time… and whats that old saying… time is money…?
Take a look at these easy peasy tips and try to incorporate even 1 or 2 in the next week and we will see you then!
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 grab a scanner gun and 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!
We have a wide range of different shopping bags on offer, in Cotton and Jute. Jute is also compostable so unlike plastic it will completely disappear when composted unlike plastic which lasts for thousands of years.
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!
If you do want to use a coffee shop (hey, I like a coconut milk mocha as much as the next guy) remember your reusable cups at the following shops to save money off your next treat:
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!
Like those coffee stops you 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 rubbish to landfill. No unrecyclable sandwich, salad, crisps, biscuit, etc packets or plastic single use drink bottles.
Vegan Food Wraps
3- Pack (S/M/L)
Reusable Sandwich Wrap
As well as my hot drinks and lunches I make sure I’m prepared to stay hydrated throughout the day too.
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/
Second Hand Shopping
There are so many options now for second hand clothing from the local charity shops to online sites like eBay and Vinted.
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. You can catch up with the impacts of the fashion industry on the environment on my short video here:
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.
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Three words I’m sure we’ve all heard but do we know what they actually mean?
Let’s start with, Compostable…
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.
So anything can go in a compost bin?
No, very important that I didn’t know is its not for all food/animal/plant products…
It’s a big tick for
But it’s a big cross for these:
So why should I bother with composting?
Right, I’m ready to compost- how do I get started?
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!
Our bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo cotton buds and jute shopping bags are all compostable so start a little caddy and compost like a boss!
Secondly it’s those Biodegradable Products.
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.
Last but not least is Recyclable materials.
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects.
Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials filling up our landfills. There are soooo many recycling ideas and options! These are what we’ve got up to recently:
Pintrest has hundreds of ideas so if you give one a go, share it with us on Facebook and /or Instagram!
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!
So now you’ve got a better understanding of these buzz words, hopefully you’ve also got a better understanding of why they are so important!
If you’ve been inspired don’t forget to share with us or get in contact with any questions!
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 let’s get started,
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.
Moving away from dental care, our next swap was shampoo and conditioner bars. I started with a sample of the Sheffield Skincare Co for myself as even as an eco conscious individual was I ready to swap the bottles for the bar? The full review is here for you to read.
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.
We now stock a huge range of shampoo bars, our favourite is the tea tree that helps my daughter and husbands dandruff.
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.
Each pad is large enough to remove the days dirt, make up and grime. Use with your normal cleanser and experience how clean really feels! Give the pad a rinse and you could probably use it another day depending on amount of dirt/ make up removed. Pop them in the provided organic cotton bag and pop in the washing machine and reuse reuse reuse! Better clean and better for the environment!
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 from SoEco! We stock the foundation brush, powder brush, eye shadow duo brushes and blender sponge so all your essential items are covered.
Why not grab a EcoBox that contains all the brushes AND make up remover wipes with organic cotton bag for just £40 with free delivery saving yourself £10!
Find them here:
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 100% Eco-friendly and biodegradable (including packaging), 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.
So now you feel squeaky clean you can also feel eco smug saving the environment one toothbrush, shampoo bottle and cotton bud at a time…
Find our products here and feel free to ask any questions!
Give Green a Chance
Looking for a gift while being conscious about our environment can be a tricky area… unwanted gifts, harmful plastics and chemicals, gift wrap…
That’s where our EcoBoxes are a perfect gift for the person who has everything!
A specially selected range of eco- friendly gifts in a letterbox friendly recyclable box.
If you’re anything like me I love to receive lots of little presents than one big gift, more to open and more surprises!
Just select from one of our popular colours and we do the rest! And FREE DELIVERY!
These beautiful EcoBoxes include all these items in a letterbox friendly parcel.This hand crafted dream catcher features 6.5 cm wooden heart hand wrapped in turquoise, pink, red, white, black and purple synthetic suede cord, followed by six 7 cm long same coloured feathers hanged on suede cords. The heart features same colour strings with small bead in the centre.
– Hand crafted Dream Catcher
– Top ring 6.5 cm diameter
– Total hanging length approx 22 cm
– Comes with small card explaining dream catcher legend
This dream catcher is made with love and blessings.
100g Aromatherapy Soap Slice
Pure and simple, a delight to smell and use. Made with Ancient Wisdom essential oils so quality is assured.
They are mini bath bombs, toss them in the bath for a mini fizz, or use them as a bathroom decoration.
Children love them – drop one or two in the bath for a little fun & fizz. Adults can also Chill with a Bath Pill or three.
Ideal for a Foot Spa – add one for an extra touch of luxury.
Exfoliating Gloves/ Sisal Soap Bag
How many products in your bathroom include microbeads?
Microbeads are harmful to the marine animals, and caused them to die. This is harmful towards the environment due to an increase in the death of aquatic animals. These microbeads also contaminate the water which is bad for society as this is the water that humans consume.
These exfoliating gloves and sisal soap bags have properties blended to create a real feeling of freshness and are very ideal for exfoliating, removing dead skin cells and leaving your skin soft and renewed.
Exfoliation should be in everyone’s beauty regime all year round but especially in cold weather to keep skin looking radiant and fresh.
Cotton Bags and Handy Zip Pouches
Cotton Bags with long and short handles to help you to replace the plastic bags that are harmful to our planet.
An ideal “Bag for Life” you can offer your customers rather than a plastic bag.
Imagine the good you will be doing to our planet by replacing the plastic bags with these Cotton Bags.
Handy Zip Pouches are handmade in India and they will make an excellent travelling companion, also could be ideal as a gift pouch.
Zip Pouches will help you to handle in style all “bits and bobs” when travelling. Ideal as a little gift bag or for storing small items such as pocket change, Medication, keys, shaving accessories. The use you can give to these pouches is endless!
Find all colours and what’s included at :
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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/
To get your Hand Sanitiser 100ml Sprays and 250ml Refill Bottles click here: https://newfootprint.co.uk/product/hand-sanitizer-aromatherapy-scents-spray-100ml-10-to-nhs/
Thank You to Amy from New Footprint
Thank You to the Metro Newspaper
Thank You to Our Frontline Workers
Thank You to the NHS
Good Afternoon Betweeners!
Im SOOOOO excited to introduce our colour co-ordinated Eco Boxes. We love every colour of the rainbow, not just Green!
We’ve listened to your Eco-Friendly favourites and brought them to you in a range of favourite colours.
So today, let’s start with GREEN!
EcoBox: Green Gift
Let’s have a look whats inside….
Tea Tree 100g Soap Slice – Fight those skin problems with our Tea Tree soap loaf. This magnificently fragrant pure essential oil hand made tea tree soap will help to improve the skin appearance. Zero Plastic and zero waste!
Mango Chill Pills – Mini bath bombs, toss them in the bath for a mini fizz. I love seeing these Chill Pills used as decoration in the bathroom in glass candy jars looking colourful and good enough to eat! They make lovely gifts for anyone. Children love them – drop one or two in the bath for a little fun & fizz. Adults can also Chill with a Bath Pill or three.
Exfoliating Glove – They massage and exfoliate your body to give your skin a clean and radiant feel without the need for harmful chemicals or toxic microbeads. Who doesn’t want soft and luxurious skin with zero plastic and zero waste.
Green Clay Mask (80g/ 10 uses) – Illite clay can be used for both normal and oily skin because of its ability to restore skin to its natural pH balance. It also stimulates blood circulation to the skin to helps with many types of skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, bug bites and sunburn.
How to make clay mask
– Mix a small amount of the clay with water or our Floral Water until it forms into a smooth paste.
– Apply the clay mask on the face or body and allow it to stand for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the paste dries.
– Rinse with lukewarm water and pat the face dry with a soft towel.
– You can even add essential oils to the clay mask for better results.
Dreamcatcher – This hand crafted dream catcher features 6.5 cm wooden heart hand wrapped in white suede cord, followed by six 7 cm long same coloured feathers hung on suede cords. The heart features same colour strings with small bead in the centre.
– Hand crafted Dream Catcher
– Top ring 6.5 cm diameter
– Total hanging length approx 22 cm
– Comes with small card explaining dream catcher legend
This dream catcher is made with love and blessings. Sweet dreams.
Handy Zip Pouch – They are handmade in India and they will make an excellent travelling companion, also could be ideal as a gift pouch. Handle in style all “bits and bobs” when travelling. Ideal as a little gift bag or for storing small items such as pocket change, Medication, keys, shaving accessories. The use you can give to these pouches is endless!
We hope you love our EcoBoxes just as much as we do!
Have a look at our other colours available and our limited offer price here: https://newfootprint.co.uk/vendor/between-green/
Good Monday Morning to all!
Yes, it is Monday again, and the start of week 9 of Lockdown in the UK.
Hoping this post finds you, your friends and family well and in the spirit of a new week I’d like to introduce you to some new EcoBoxes!
First of all, we have the EcoBack 2 School.
This box is perfect for school, work, home, office, days out, picnic, car journeys…
The box contains a reusable beautifully designed sandwich/ food wrap. The wrap is secured by 2 Velcro fastenings and has a protective layer on the inside for any rogue cucumber slices or tomatoes…!
The EcoBack2School Box also includes eco friendly cardboard box of 6 wooden colouring pencils.
These wraps are so easy to care for (suitable for washing machines) they drastically reduce single use plastic like sandwich bags and cling film. Reusable every day so they will save you money as they can be used time and time again!
We’ve sent these off to a new school starters, and those starting a new school year or term and much more pleasing than a sweaty cling film wrap…! Yuk!
Secondly, we have EcoPedia.
We have provided this box as EcoPedia Lite and EcoPedia Full.
EcoPedia Lite contains:
All those stationery essentials to try at a fraction of the price!
EcoPedia Full contains the items above in EcoPedia Lite and:
Both boxes are perfect for use at Home, Work, School, College, University, In the car, Office… Every household needs those stationery essentials so make those small changes with these alternatives that are plastic free and recycled!
Don’t Forget we also have the EcoBox Green and Glam which contains Vegan Make Up Brushes and Make Up Remover Pads! The selection of brushes include ergonomically shaped handles and super duper soft bristles.
The Set includes Foundation Brush, Powder Brush, Eye Duo Brushes and a Vegan Blending Sponge. You also get the very popular Make Up Remover Pads in their own handy cotton bag so they can be popped in the washing machine and used again and again.
Our EcoBox Essentials is available with a bit of a makeover. We’ve kept our favourites but introduced the Relaxing Essential Oil Blend and a different soap from our range of Natural English made soaps.
With Fathers Day coming up we have an EcoBox Essentials for Men available for a limited time that includes many favourites for Men including an Essential Oil Roller Ball ‘Just Focus’ blend and a natural bamboo comb.
All of our boxes include full size items for you to trial and then you can top up with your favourites separately.
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!