Author Archives: Jen Bradley

Eco Home, style

Take a read of this fabulous Guest Blog Post from Nick Acaster at Rugs Direct. In this article, Nick Acaster from Rugs Direct shares some easy eco-friendly material swaps you can make to create a sustainable interior. Do you live an eco-friendly lifestyle? If you’re already sipping from a reusable water bottle, bringing your own bags when shopping, and walking or cycling for short trips, then you may just be looking for more ways to do your bit for the environment. If this is the case, it might be time to think about the eco-friendly choices you can make to ensure your interior décor is also sustainable. Many common materials used for interiors have eco-friendly swaps that you can easily make, so it really is worth thinking about next time you decide to update your home. To help you out, I’ve listed five of these materials, as well as the…

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Eco Christmas Guide

Welcome to the first in a blog series on how to have an eco friendly Christmas, without ruining the fun and without spending all your money! The first topic to look at is – Gift Giving. Over the years, Christmas has become so commercialised. We seem to have forgotten about the reasons why we celebrate Christmas and it has become more and more about the presents we give and the wine we drink. I’m not going to dwell too much on the negative affects that the commercial side of the festive season has, but it cannot go unmentioned and I think it’s sad that some people/families really struggle at what should be a wonderful time of year. Now, I LOVE giving gifts, not because I have to but because I genuinely want to. Over recent years my gift giving has become much more personalised and well thought out. I don’t…

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The 90 Day Get Eco Plan

I have created The 90 Day Get Eco Plan to help inspire, motivate and keep people focused on actively improving how eco friendly their homes are. The short video gives you more information on the content of the plan. If you have any questions, please pop them in the comments. Sign up here

My Eco Story

My Story I thought I would share my journey, so you can see how everyone is different and how we may all go down different paths, even though we are working towards the same goal. Let’s go back to January 2018. I was 8 months pregnant with our second baby and living in Portsmouth. There was a lady there who became a good friend and used to walk our dog for us once a week. One day she came back with an armful of plastic bottles and rubbish. I learnt that day that a lot of the plastic I had been putting in our recycling bin, for almost two years actually, wasn’t collected by the council − and I was horrified. I couldn’t believe I had been contaminating truckloads of recycling all that time. Turns out I wasn’t the only one. So, I started to collect this non-recyclable waste and…

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Learning life with Grandpa

Thank you so much to my life long friend and fellow Eco Warrior, Lizzie Garthwaite, for this wonderful insight in to her eco journey. *********************************************************************************** Hi, my name is Lizzie and I’m happy to declare I’m pretty loopy about the environment! For me this way of thinking has always been a part of how my family have lived to some degree. I grew up with my granny routinely cutting open her tubes of toothpaste to get that final bit out, and saving every jam jar and yoghurt pot ‘just in case’. My grandfather was the first Conservation Officer in the Forestry Commission, and I remember the piles of scrap paper he would save from all the post. They also lived through the war and spent part of that time in Burma, where it was a very different lifestyle. This influenced how they raised my mum and therefore me. (Photo – Lizzie…

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It’s great that you’ve got to the stage where you are wanting to learn more about an eco-friendly lifestyle. There has been such a huge push on better protecting our environment in the last few years, brought into the spotlight by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet Series. The BBC documentary “War on Plastic” made the issues even more relevant and closer to home. We have seen a huge wave of the general public, small business and large corporations starting to turn the tide on plastic waste and disposable, single use items. Now is the time to up our game and make as big an impact as we can and to make our voices heard. The UK Government has made a commitment to eliminating plastic waste by 2042 – no mean feat as plastic is now used in our clothing, food packets, electronics, bottles, paints and building materials. However, I get that…

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Blog Post - first steps

WELCOME! It really is exciting that you are here and ready to start, or continue on, your eco journey. I hope the info you’ve had so far is helpful but if you still feel you need some more information then head to our blog – 5 simple and sustainable switches. If you think that you’re ready to start making swaps around your home then click on one of the images below to browse our most popular shopping categories! Or you can simply take a look around the website and please feel free to get in touch if you have questions. Take Care, Jen

Take a look at another fabulous Guest Blog Post from @Nicolekeefiex. Thank you so much Nicole – such a fantastic read full of useful info. My Cloth Nappy Journey I have always wanted to do my bit in saving the planet by using more eco-friendly products and doing little things that allow me to use less plastic day by day. Some changes that I have made towards this include, buying clothes secondhand, whether from charity shops or the app depop, so that I am not contributing towards fast fashion, as well as using eco-friendly water bottles for the kids and I, our favourite being Klean Kanteen. To even using a loofah instead of a sponge to wash dishes (which by the way are amazing and wish I had used them sooner) and a coconut brush, instead of the normal plastic ones. Anyway, getting off track here… I think one of…

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Thank you so much to my very kind Guest Blogger, Jessica, for this wonderful insight into Eco Friendly House Moves! Read Part One here and scroll down to find out about moving day and moving in. You can find Jessica on instagram (@jessicathearchaeologist) or at her brand new website. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– MOVING DAY If you hire movers, offer them to refill from your house: Movers work really hard! Let them fill up their water or ice from your sink so they don’t have to buy more. A lot of times they will have a cooler out in their vehicles, they may not take you up on it but offer. Clean it out: This is the part of moving most people forget about. Once everything is in boxes, you still must clean the house or apartment you are leaving. Leave it: Leave your specialty cleaning products behind. If you bring them with…

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Thank you so much to my very kind Guest Blogger, Jessica, for this wonderful insight into Eco Friendly House Moves! Read Part One (Getting Ready and Packing Up) below and you can find Part Two here. You can find Jessica on instagram (@jessicathearchaeologist) or at her brand new website. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Moving is daunting! I know for me it is one of the most stressful times, and I have done it a lot! My husband has been on active duty for 12 years! I have worked all over the place as well. After 10 moves in 10 years, I have moving down to a system, but it remains one of the most stressful times of life. I find that in moments of frustration and total upheaval, many of the eco-friendly habits I work so hard to have, go out the window. I trade in doing what is right for what is…

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