30 Day Eco-Living Challenge Day 4 Plastic-Free Periods

So this post has been made separate as I suppose it only applies to half the population…

On average, 11000 menstrual products are used in a lifetime, resulting in more than 45 billion tampons and pads globally per year, equalling 7 million pounds of plastic waste per year, according to Change to Green.

Most Shocking – period products are the 5th most common item you’ll find on a European beach.

If they don’t end up in the ocean, they end up in a landfill, where they will take over 500 years to decompose.

So, I haven’t gone total moon cup just yet, but have ordered these Natracare products for my first step to Plastic-Free Periods.

First impressions, zero difference! I cant actually believe they are made with completely different ingredient components.

The Wrapper – The feel is identical to what I’m used to with other products that use plastic. The wrapper is actually made from starch so it is biodegradable and non-toxic. Just like tampon applicators, plastic wrappers are used for seconds but last on our planet for hundreds of years.

The Towel – The white organic cotton towel feels soft to touch. The adhesive on the pads with wings is very strong and it feels secure in place. As well as organic cotton they also contain cellulose from wood pulp and corn starch. No plastic, no chlorine and no perfumes.

Conventional pads are bleached with toxins, and exposure to “that area” where the skin is thin means these toxins can permeate into the skin and into your bloodstream around your body. Chlorine bleach can create toxic dioxin, which has shown to collect within the body’s fatty tissue. According to an EPA draft report, dioxin is a serious public health threat and has no safe level of exposure! Scary.

I feel its important to bring up price. On average each Natracare pad costs 43p, the leading brand costs 90p each (and that’s on the saver pack!)

Verdict: Are they as good and reliable? Absolutely. Secure, no leaks, absorbent, no odour. 8/10 🙂

Why only a 8/10?

Despite these pads being very good and a great alternative, they still do create a lot of waste and despite being a money saver compared to the leading brands- in my eyes nothing beats reusable pads.

I’ve had some made by the lovely Charlene over at Candy Cat Pins and I’m absolutely sold! The comfort and the cool design has won me over as well as being secure, absorbent and no leaks or odours!

Candy Cat Pins aims to bring pretty yet practical cloth reusable products, helping us all do 1 small thing to make a big difference.

Find out more about reusable pads HERE

These pads get a solid 10/10 from me!

The good news is I have learnt my lesson in time to encourage my daughter to use these products too when that day comes. So there’s another 11000 no longer destined for our beautiful beaches.

She finds it a lot easier to take her wet bag and pad in her school bag avoiding any embarrassing moments at school!

Give reusable pads a try – I promise it will change your life!

Plastic-Free Shopping and Bulk Buying

I’m currently on Day 3 of my 30 day Eco-Living Challenge and today I’ve decided to research Plastic-Free shops in my area and ways I can bulk buy and save time, money and the environment.

I’m going to go into more details about the shops I have around me, but please look HERE for an easy-peasy map of ZERO WASTE SHOPS near you.

Do your research into what they stock, different shops provide different products so have a good look online or give them a call with any questions.

Using the map I was able to find a milk re-fill store and plenty of choice for plastic-free shopping. So, rinse out your jars, grab a tote bag or two and lets get shopping…!

1. Milk Re-Fill station at Beltonville Farm Shop, SK17 8SS

MilkBot at Beltonville Farm Shop

I try to use plant-based milk as much as possible but my husband flat out refuses it for his morning cup of tea. We are lucky enough to be supplied by a local milkman but it doesn’t stop me wanting to try this! Fresh, raw milk is available 24/7 using the MilkBot at Beltonville Farm Shop. You can use cash or card to re-fill your glass bottles. You can also grab fresh bread, meats and essentials.

The Farm Shop is located within a campsite in the beautiful Peak District so not only is this going on my shopping list but my future camping trip list.

2. Village Greens Community Co-operative, M25 1AY

Fruit Stand

What’s great about this shop, apart from providing vegan, organic and gluten-free sustainable produce, is that its run and owned by the local community of Prestwich.

They are also a Terracycle drop-off point where you can take a range of plastic products not currently recycled by most councils. They receive points for the plastic they collect which allows Village Greens to donate to their chosen charity, Shelter.

During these uncertain times they are trialling a veg and fruit box delivery service to postcodes M45 and M25 so go to https://www.village-greens-coop.co.uk/shop to find out more.

3. Plentiful, BL0 9AQ

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Plentiful was the first plastic- free shop in Greater Manchester and has gone from strength to strength and even had to move to bigger premises right on Ramsbottom High Street.

What I love most about Plentiful is how much they offer! They have over 100 zero waste food, cleaning and shower products! You can see the full list here, https://plentifulshop.co.uk/pages/whats-in-store

Plentiful are also on a mission to educate local school children of the dangers of plastic on our environment therefore growing a generation of little eco-warriors.

4. McCalls Organics, M4 1PN

Based in the heart of Manchester City Centre, McCall’s market hut believe in “good food, locally sourced food, organic food and affordable food”.

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They are constantly introducing new products so there is never a dull moment. Recently, they’ve been stocking Green Meat Radishes!

I absolutely love this post dispelling the myth that organic ALWAYS costs more, yes, sometimes it does, but not always.

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5. Unicorn Grocery, M21 0BN

You had me at Unicorn….

Unicorn Grocery came top of Ethical Consumer’s 2019 national supermarket ranking and its not hard to see why. They offer affordable, fresh and wholesome food with an emphasis on organic, fair-trade and local produce. They operate a ‘Bag Deposit Scheme’ for your shopping if you forget you own.

6. The Good Life, SK4 3BS

The Good Life

‘The Good Life is an independent waste-free mini market created by Shelley Brown—with a mission to provide a positive place in the centre of the Heatons community that allows customers to easily shop in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.’

What caught my eye is that they have a vegan Sweet Shop! 200g of gelatine-free sweeties will cost you £2.00.

You can shop online, but if you pop to their shop take a reusable coffee cup and enjoy filter coffee (regular and decaf) for just £1 all day.

Head over to their website for a free colouring sheet for children (or adults!) https://www.thegoodlifeheatons.com/page

7. Glossop Whole Foods SK13 8BP

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It’s safe to say Glossop Whole Foods are on a mission! From whole foods and drinks, vegan goodies, health and wellbeing products to every day essentials such as home and cleaning materials and natural personal care.

Their range of zero waste dispensers for dried foods, fruits and cereals, is huge! I’ve got my eye on the loose leaf tea and organic coffee beans!

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So, there you have it! If you live in Greater Manchester then I’ve done all the hard work for you! Use your time at home to research where your local stores are. Check opening times as they may differ due to Covid-19. A majority of the stores detailed above are open or providing deliveries.

Don’t forget when you find or use a plastic-free shop near you to share it with us on

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Take Care, Stay Safe, Look After Each Other

Jodie @ Between Green x

30 Days Of Small Steps to Become More Eco-Friendly – Days 1-3

Welcome to the 30 day April Eco-Living Challenge!

We have been sharing this on our social media and giving you some tips along the way.

Its not too late to join in – and there’s a prize at the end of the 30 days to the best Eco-warrior! Just tag us in your pics of small wins and share what you’re doing – we love to see it and it might be helpful to others too.

So here’s a recap of the last few days….

Day 1: Remembering to take our bags shopping

I’m trying to dodge supermarkets as much as possible because its just too much chaos! I’ve popped bags in the car ready for when I need some essentials. I love this jute bag that always reminds me to put it back in the car!

Day 2: Food Waste

Food in the house is more important than ever right now so we minimise our trips out of the house. Rather than start on the fresh fruit I bought the day before leaving the previous purchases to rot and go in the bin I got a bit creative!

Easy Peelers looking past the their best were popped into some jelly and set for a delicious dessert.

My daughter made a layered breakfast with (the endless amounts of) cereals, yogurt and some frozen berries.

Nadiya Hussain (GBBO winner) was speaking on Good Morning Britain on Thursday morning and she gave me an excellent tip for Vegetable Soup throwing in all the odds and ends of veggies left in the fridge or leftover from a meal and blitzing up to make soup! A little veg can go a long way with a stock cube and boiling water – and I don’t have to tell you its super healthy!

Day 3: Plastic- Free shopping and Bulk buying

Today is Day 3 and I’ve decided to research plastic-free shops in my area. I found a map that made them easy peasy to find.

From the map I was able to source a milk re-fill farm and plenty of options for plastic-free shopping. I have gone into more detail of the stores near me on my next blog post so do read on…

Just to pop this in there, I live approx. 1 mile away from a Costco, so bulk buying is already something we do on a regular basis. Toilet Roll, Coffee, Dog Food, and what ever else takes our fancy ( and free tasters!).

Buying in bulk means:

  1. Less unnecessary trips in the car

2. Limits other unnecessary purchasing when you just pop out and end up with a trolley full of stuff you didn’t even want/need.

The next instalment of 30 days to Eco-Living will be available soon!

Dont forget to share your 30 day journey and pictures on

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Please allow me to introduce myself… Between Green

As I write this post its Sunday 29th March 2020. In the early hours we, following GMT, changed the clocks one hour forward. So being woken up by a hyper German Shepherd seemed a little more bearable when I glanced over to see 7:10am.

Not only are the clocks changing, but we are going through a global adaptation to new ways of living that in some cases are worlds apart from everything we’ve ever known.

My business started not too long ago, a light at the end of the part-time day job that pays my bills. I could be creative and in control. The journey I’ve been on in the last few months and the lessons I’ve learnt have led me to now. Researching how my passion can translate into the world, and maybe even change it a little (see there’s that word again).

A lot has been going on behind the scenes preparing the business for the future and in particular, its sustainability and environmental impact. It’s been on the cards (aka. endless scribbling in my journal) for a while now, but now with the gift of more time at home, its a perfect time to change.

We are now Between Green

As we always have, we specialise in Eco- Friendly gifts and accessories. What will change is introducing new products giving us not only a wider catalogue, but more opportunities for us all to be more environmentally friendly.

Small Changes add up to Big Results

Our Products can help with those changes but its up to you.

So as well as stocking a wide range of Eco- Friendly products we will share stories of other businesses doing their bit for Mother Earth, and we hope to bring you our first review and Guest Blog very soon.

If you follow us on Instagram you will see our products in action @_between_green_

We hope this account will make Eco-Living more accessible to all from sharing Eco bargains online and in stores, to easy-peasy tips you can do right now.

Thanks for all your support, we hope you LOVE the changes as much as we do

Jodie @ Between Green x

Eco-friendly living during the Coronavirus Pandemic

So lets face it, were not leaving home any time soon which gives us the perfect opportunity to try new things.

Maybe you’re learning a new language, or painting the lounge, but have you thought about changing some of your household products and activities to make them more eco-friendly?

With shelves being wiped out of cleaning products, food and personal care items, why not beat the rush and chaos and order some eco-friendly items straight to your door. I’ve done the hard work and found all the items you need at a great price AND not out of stock!

AROUND THE HOME

  • Cleaning products – many popular cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can not only cause skin irritation but once down the pipes go into the oceans.

Why not try….

Concentrated, water-soluble cleaning pods that transform into liquid cleaner when added to water. Reusing your plastic cleaning product bottles to keep plastic under the sink, not under the sea.

Just Drop and Shake!

From just £1.50 each HERE

Make your own all-purpose cleaners using:

– White Vinegar for its anti-microbial properties
– Lemon as a natural deodoriser along with its antibacterial and antiseptic benefits
– Baking Soda is a wonder ingredient perfect for cleaning scuff marks, use as deodorant, unclog drain, clean grout, create abrasion, deodorize kitty litter, clean inside oven, clarify your hair, deodorize your carpets, boost your laundry!

Dont Forget to flush through your drains and pipes with water at least once a week!

During the 2003 SARS epidemic, an outbreak occurred in Amoy Gardens where over 300 residents were sickened and 42 died due to transmission via sewage and drainage pipes that had a dried U-bend.

Baking soda and white vinegar with hot water is a perfect combination for drains

IN THE BATHROOM

There are so many alternatives to plastic toothbrushes, cotton buds, face wipes, dental floss and even the trusty toilet brush!

Why not try….

Bamboo, reusable, vegan, organic items available online to be delivered safely to your home. Find them HERE

STAYING HEALTHY

Gyms are closed at the moment but keeping fit and healthy is even more important now we are more sedentary. Find out more about the importance of exercise and sustainable activewear HERE

Why Not Try

A Plant-Based diet?

Supermarkets are struggling at the moment with certain dry products like lentils or beans but there still seems to be steady stock for fruits and vegetables. Dodge the chaos at the supermarket look for local vegetable and fruit box deliveries. Some suppliers deliver straight from the farm so you are supporting a local business in the process.

Why not try…

Supporting your local farmers and produce markets with home deliveries?

Grow at Home

This might be a bit more difficult to get hold of some things you need to get going but a great idea to keep kids and adults busy and get in the garden. Herbs are easy for a window ledge if you have limited room. March/April are best times for potatoes, asparagus, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Why not try…

Getting some seeds delivered. Check if you can support a small local business by buying online while their stores are closed.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Wash your Hands, Stay Healthy and Stay in Touch!

Love, Light and Green Vibes,

Jodie x

Work from Home Hints & Tips

Its been a week since I was told from my employer to work at home, so the novelty has definitely worn off.

As I look at people in their little boxes on my iPad screen you can see that as the restrictions placed by the government increase, the need for make up and a hairbrush decrease.

So here are some lessons that I’ve learned over the last few days and some hints and tips to help you:

Exercise

I am the QUEEN of excuses but now my days aren’t as full, and I’m saving the need of time and energy to travel, I have signed up to daily sessions with a local personal trainer. It costs £5 for a 30 min session starting at 7am or 7pm. I set my alarm so I’m ready for 7am then I’m set for the day. Remember all your local personal trainers will be out of work right now so try and see if there’s some in your area providing live online workouts. If not, try The Body Tailor on Facebook and Instagram, to join in with me and many others. Good news is only Liberty the trainer can see you no one else can.

Adidas and Nike have started producing sustainable activewear but to keep it local choose SOS Activewear.

Based in London, Bronte Simm wanted to create a brand dedicated to sustainability in every possible aspect. All pieces are created in London, meaning they can keep an eye on the working standards of the factory and ensure all workers are happy, fairly treated and fairly paid.

Fabrics used are planet-friendly, including regenerated nylon created from ocean plastic rescued from the sea, sustainably sourced bamboo and recycled organic cottons.

The collection is small but lovely, and includes sports bras, leggings, t-shirts, sweaters and gym bags – all of premium quality and super stylish.

Showers & Baths

Wash, wash, wash your hands. But you cant beat the feeling of a fresh shower in the morning to start the day. Its all part of coming up with a routine to structure your day, so you’re not feeling lost and unaccomplished.

Make an eco switch to solid shampoo, conditioner and soap bars. You will be drastically reducing plastic and they are free from nasty chemicals in most leading brands. Find out more about a plastic free bathroom here

Journals and to-do lists

I always use a journal, but I have found this invaluable for dealing with everyone in the house. After my workout and shower I have a cup of coffee with the to-do lists in front of me. I write my children’s schedule for home school with plenty of breaks for drinks, snacks and outside fresh air, so I don’t have them asking me every few minutes “what shall I do now?” its written down and the work is done. Try to assign times for each task so you know exactly WHAT to do but also WHEN.

Breaks

Especially if you find yourself sat in front of a screen and/or sat in the same position most of the day. The HSE suggest that short, frequent breaks are better than less frequent longer breaks, so a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes is better than a 20 minute break every 3 hours. Which is coincidently how long it takes to put the kettle on and throw the dog a tennis ball a few times.

Feeling Comfortable

Even your favourite pair of PJ’s get boring after a while, or at least need to go in the laundry.

Green your laundry routine with Simple Living Eco laundry strips.

Simple Living Eco Laundry Detergent Sheets are a zero waste washing detergent that are as sensitive on your skin as they are to the environment. The Sheets are Vegan friendly, cruelty-free and free from parabens, phosphates, chlorine bleach and added dyes to make them as safe and non-toxic as possible.

Unlike many other “green” options in the market, this sustainable laundry detergent solution contains absolutely no plastic waste. Plus, the package is 100% recyclable. Also, the completely natural formulation makes our detergent sheets completely biodegradable and truly a much kinder and safer option for the environment, your skin and your clothes.

Simple Living Eco brings you a simple and effective, safer and cleaner detergent sheet designed with sensitive skin in mind.

Our plastic-free laundry detergent is easy to carry and use so you don’t have to worry about the sticky, gooey, and hard residue left over in your measuring cup from liquid detergents or pods. Laundry paper sheets dissolve easily and contain strong cleaning power that is completely green.

Find Simple Living Eco Laundry Strips HERE

Water and Healthy Snacks

Day one of working from home was powered by a lot of coffee, but led to unbearable headaches. I’m no good at drinking water anyway but the tap is right there. Why not invest in an eco-friendly water bottle rather than plastic bottles that destroy our oceans.

Remember:

The most important thing is to stay safe during these crazy times.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are…

Love, Light and Green Vibes,

Jodie

What is Circular Fashion?

WHAT IS IT?

Circular Fashion is the process of making new clothing from old clothing items. Instead of filling our already overflowing landfill with clothes that are outgrown/no longer needed/damaged, you can send the items to a company that will then use the material to create something new.

This also reduces the energy needed to produce new items of clothing as the material already exists.

WHY SHOULD I DO IT?

As well as helping the environment by not contributing to landfill, many circular fashion companies will offer you credit or a bonus on another item to use when you’re ready for the next size up or down or just a new colour injection to your wardrobe.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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IVE GOT A CLOTHING READY TO SEND BACK, WHAT SHALL I DO?

With the internet at our fingertips find the easiest way for you to send your unwanted items to the correct place.

The reGAIN app make sit easy to send your unwanted clothes with free shipping in the UK – Find out more HERE