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Author Archives: Jen Bradley

In this Supplier Spotlight, I am chatting to Abi from Bambino Mio. It was great to hear more from here about her role and the company. I particularly loved learning about the inspiration behind the business. I used Bambino Mio Nappies on my youngest so have loved them for a few years now. Have a read of the answers to my questions below and in the images! I stock a range of gorgeous products from Bambino Mio which you can look at here. Here is the Q&A with Abi… Tell me about yourself and your role at the company? “My role at the company is to implement Bambino Mio’s Marketing strategy in the UK & Ireland and to drive the business objectives in those markets. Our Marketing strategy is at the heart of our business and has played a key role in driving awareness for reusable baby products and to…

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I have been stocking (and using) wax wraps from Queen Bee Wraps since the very start of Eco Living Ideas in 2018, and I love them so much. It is great to chat with Bryden, the owner, and find out a little more about him and the company. If you want to shop for some of their gorgeous wraps, head to my dedicated wax wrap section. Tell me about yourself and your role at the company? “Queen Bee Wraps was founded in 2018 by myself and my wife Louise. The wraps are handmade, so we cut the fabric, put the ingredients together to make our special wax solution, paint the wax on the fabric, design and print the labels and pack everything ready for dispatch.” What is the businesses biggest achievement or impact to date? “With millions of metres of cling film thrown away every year damaging the planet we…

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This months focus is one for all those little humans in our lives. Whether they are your own children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or a friends child, you will be able to learn a lot about children’s products and how to make more eco-conscious choices as well as educate children as they are growing up. This first blog post is all about price comparisons and some lovely inspirational quotes. Enjoy. The first price comparison this month is on something that I have already spent so much time looking in to because we used cloth nappies, and still use cloth wipes, on our girls. The prices will vary massively from brand to brand, and yes, if you go all out crazy on the reusable nappies, you may end up spending a lot more than necessary. But hopefully, these figures will give you some guidance and show you that, eco really can…

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Prepping this price comparison was a bit of an eye opener to be honest. It’s about 2.5 years since I bought any cleaning products from a supermarket and I didn’t realise how cheap they were. If you were to look solely at price for these products I could understand why someone would think that sticking with the ‘regular’ products over the eco ones was better for them. But I will still argue the point: All of the eco products I compared will last almost twice as long as the non-eco counterparts. Some may last 3-4 times longer (the washing up brushes/scrapers etc). This would mean then that comparatively, there isn’t a great difference in price. If you were to buy the non-eco products in these comparisons, guestimating that they last one month each, you will have 7-8 pieces of plastic EACH MONTH, just from washing up! Let’s take a look…

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I thought that with Easter coming up we should probably have a quick chat about chocolate and the difference between what is and isn’t eco! Have a watch of my chat here, or read a rough transcript below. If you want to shop for ethical chocolate I have a great range available on the website now. I know Easter isn’t all about Chocolate and I am very keen for my girls to know why we celebrate Easter, but there is no denying that we all love a bit of chocolate as well, so we should try to make that as eco as possible. What is Eco chocolate I hear you ask!? Well, it is chocolate products that are made ethically, sustainably, without exploiting farmers, without using palm oil and that isn’t wrapped in plastic. It sounds pretty straightforward when laid out like that, but fair trade chocolate companies go to…

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This supplier spotlight is with Geoff from Friendly Soap. I have been a very proud stockist of these soaps for over 2 years now and absolutely love using them myself. Their range stretches from hand and body soaps to shampoo bars, conditioner bars and shaving bars! You can see the full range I stock here. Tell me about yourself and your role at the company? “My name is Geoff Kerouac and I co-own Friendly Soap alongside my business partner Rob Costello.” What did you do before you started working there? “Both Rob and I worked at Suma Wholefoods, the UK’s a largest Workers Cooperative.” How many people does the company employ? “We have grown to a twenty strong team, all paid over the UK living wage.” How far have your products reached? “We now proudly sell world wide.” What is your favourite product that you make/sell? “I have a hands-on…

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The focus for this week’s eco chat is Carbon Footprint. I wanted to give you some information on where to go to check your personal carbon footprint, some ideas on how to reduce it and some comparisons of every day products. Watch the full video here or check out a rough transcript below. The focus for the evening is carbon footprint. It will be a short one from me but I will be posting some links below so you can follow up on this throughout the week. I’d be really interested to hear from you in the comments once you have done your carbon footprint test to see if you are going to implement any changes. First things first, what is a carbon footprint? The amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization, or community. One of the most…

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Join me as I interview Anna from UpCircle, who’s beautiful products I started stocking in January during my skincare focus. It is so great to learn more from Anna about the company, I hope you enjoy finding out more too. Tell me about yourself and your role at the company? “My name is Anna and I am the co-founder of UpCircle Beauty, which I launched alongside my brother William in 2016. In 2019 we launched our products into more than 2000 retail doors and expanded into America. Brand founders tend to wear a lot of hats, but I would loosely describe my role within the brand as “The Story-Teller”. I came from fairly corporate background, but was left feeling ultimately unfulfilled. I wanted to start a business with a purpose beyond profit and to create products I could be proud of. “ What did you do before you started working…

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Join me as I chat with Lei Hang from The Thrifty Island Girl about her own eco journey. What she has enjoyed, found difficult and her advice to others starting their own eco journey. You can connect with Lei on Instagram or Facebook. If you would like to watch other episodes of my Monday night Eco Chat, please join my Facebook Group – Eco Living Community

During the March focus of Greener Cleaning, I have done a lot of research on common household cleaning products and the chemicals they contain. The side effects of some of them are really quite staggering, I wanted to share them with you. Environmental Impact: Detergents are all now biodegradable, though some may break down quicker than others, but they often contain chemicals which may cause problems. Phosphates can cause eutrophication, upsetting the balance of nutrients in rivers and streams, while many products also contain enzymes, bleaches, brighteners and perfumes. Triclosan is an anti-microbial chemical that is used as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent found in soaps, detergents, and other disinfectants. During water treatment to remove Triclosan, other chemicals are formed which are incredible harmful to aquatic life. Most notably, Triclosan has been found in aquatic snails and algae. Ammonia is a disinfecting chemical used in cleaning products such as floor…

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