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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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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 week I talked about how, at various stages of an eco-journey, there can be a whole load of overwhelm and questions that can be tricky to answer. During this chat I discuss where that overwhelm can come from, how you can overcome it and how you can help other people. Video link below or you can scroll down for a rough transcript. Why becoming eco-friendly can feel overwhelming There are various stages throughout a journey to make your lifestyle become eco-friendly, and I think each one comes with it’s own challenges. At the start there is a lot of enthusiasm, you want to change as much as you can as fast as you can as you suddenly become aware of the “error of your ways”. But, this can seem really daunting as actually, as you notice one thing (plastic packaging for example), it suddenly becomes the ONLY thing you…

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If you are wanting to catch up on Episode 2 of the Eco Chat series from my Eco Living Community Group on Facebook, you can find it here. The chat covers: Some facts and figures What impact being vegan can have Easy switches if you don’t want to be vegan Some great food alternatives I’ve found Q&A session Video below and a rough transcript further down the page. It would be great to hear your thoughts on the sunject. Transcript: Hello! My name is Jen and I am the owner and founder of Eco Living Ideas. My mission is to create a community and platform which allows my customers and followers to begin or continue on their eco journey with ease. By providing useful information, facts and beautiful products, I take all of the guess work out of being eco-friendly. So, let’s get started. Vegan definition – “Veganism is a…

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The first in a brand new Eco Chat series which takes place live, each Monday evening on the Eco Living Community group. Video link below if you’d like to watch, or you can read a rough transcript further down. Hello! My name is Jen and I am the owner and founder of Eco Living Ideas. My mission is to create a community and platform which allows my customers and followers to begin or continue on their eco journey with ease. By providing useful information, facts and beautiful products, I take all of the guess work out of being eco-friendly. So, let’s get started. Focus for the evening – skin care We will cover: What to look out for in products What to avoid in products My skin care routine Eco Alternatives and the impact they have Q&A session Please ask any questions you have as we go along and I…

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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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Plastic Free July 2020

Have you heard of Plastic Free July or been part of it in a previous year? What have you done in the past and how did you get involved? I think now, more than ever, it is so important to be aware of single-use plastic pollution and what affect it is having on our oceans, countrysides and animals – as well as us humans! It is a never ending fight to make things better and educate people on what small things they can do to change. The Plastic Free July website – www.plasticfreejuly.org/ – has sections dedicated to inspiring you on ways to get involved in the challenge. From taking your very first steps down the road to plastic reduction or implementing these ideas in your school or work place – they have it covered! You can log or find a local event to be involved in and also read…

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The World of Cloth Nappies When I found out I was pregnant I was over the moon! I would day dream about all the things we could teach our new baby and how we could try to teach the importance of looking after the planet. Give them the chance that we didn’t get as children. As much as our parents did a fantastic job in raising both me and my husband, there were just things our parents didn’t know about back then. One thing they did know however was cloth nappies. I stumbled across a piece of information one day that really hit home. A disposable nappy can take anywhere between 300 and 500 years to decompose. I was astounded. I knew items like nappies and sanitary products weren’t exactly great for the environment, but I had no idea just how bad! I made a decision that day that I…

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Did you know that we have celebrated Earth Day on 22nd April every year since 1970? I didn’t, that’s for sure. Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. They work in over 190 countries, with 75,000 partners to achieve this. Take a look at the History of Earth Day here. This year, for me, is going to be even more poignant than recent years as the affects of Covid-19 are still wreaking havoc on our planet. Some are blaming the way we treat the Earth, animals and each other as a source for the outbreak, others saying it’s a hoax, some blaming entirely bizarre ideas – whatever it is, something went very badly wrong and we now have the responsibility of fixing it. However, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom. Have you seen the amazing pictures of the reduction in pollution that…

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This month on the Eco Living Community Group we have looking at different ways of plastic/chemical free hair removal. I didn’t realise there were so many options! Here are a few we covered and some helpful info: Epilating – Quite a straightforward (although sometimes painful) way of hair removal. Relatively waste free too. An epilator looks like an electric razor but it pulls the hairs out rather than cutting them. This means hair growth slows down and is finer and softer. It can be painful, especially the first few times, but it’s short lived! A good epilator can last for 10 years or more and the most recent one I bought has the ability to change the rechargeable battery, which is the only reason I’ve ever had to change them in the past. I’m hoping that this means it will last me even longer. Obviously you have the packaging that…

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