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homemade body butter

As the focus for this month is natural skincare, I thought I should try and make my own body butter and see how I got on! This was a super easy recipe and method and I would really recommend giving it a go! You’ll see my ingredients above! The coconut oil is from Tesco and is what I use to cook with. The shea butter I was gifted a while ago, the orange essential oil I had already and I bought the cocoa butter and almond oil from Buy Wholefoods Online. We actually used the cocoa butter to make some homemade chocolate too, which was delicious! I only wanted to make a small batch at first, to make sure I liked it but here is the recipe I used: 1/8 cup cocoa butter1/8 cup shea butter1/8 cup coconut oil1/8 cup almond oil5-6 drops essential oil (I used orange). N.B. I…

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eco brick footstool

I finally did it! After months of saying I would, then wouldn’t, I finally got my act together and made a footstool out of eco bricks. And guess what…it was no where near as difficult as I thought it was going to be! I mean, it is far from perfect and I’ve already realised that it needs some tweaks, but, the hardest part is done and it is getting used! If you’ve read my eco journey posts, you will know that it started with reusable wipes and eco bricking almost 3 years ago. My family all soon got involved in eco bricks and between us we had quite a collection. There used to be a lot of places accepting eco bricks so we always donated them to community projects but now that isn’t as common (partly due to covid), so I decided to put some of mine to use and…

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Over the course of the month I am posting about different skin care products and how they benefit you AND the environment. I thought I would do a summary here too so it is easy to check back and have all of the information in one place. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below. Cleanser and Detox Bars: All three of these bars are natural and free from Palm Oil, Parabens and Sulfates. They are not tested on animals and all ingredients are ethically sourced. They are also hand made in the UK, and the packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable! Using a great, natural cleanser on your skin is so important as it helps to wash off make up, grime and excess oil without stripping your skin of the delicate balance it needs to stay nourished and protected. The two cleanser bars contain moisturising ingredients and…

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Throughout 2021 I have decided to have a different focus each month highlighting and digging deeper in to some of the products I stock, why they are good for you and the planet and why I recommend them. I will tell you some facts on the topic, provide answers to questions, do price comparisons and so much more. And of course, I will be asking for your feedback, input and advice too – as I am still keen to learn more! The January focus is going to be…Natural Skin Care. I thought this was quite a fitting one to start as many people begin the New Year with a resolution, typically something to do with better looking after themselves. And what nicer way to do that than to make sure you are treating your skin with the best products available to you. No chemicals to absorb into your skin and…

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An Eco Christmas Guide Part 4

So far we have covered gift buying/giving, wrapping and cards and decorations. This time we are looking at food over the festive period and how to make more eco-conscious decisions. Christmas is seen as a time to over indulge, treat ourselves and have a few extra goodies. And why not!? It is great to be able to relax habits and enjoy a couple of weeks of ‘being naughty’. That doesn’t mean that our eco-friendly lifestyle has to go out of the window though. Here are a few ideas to keep you on track: You can still meal plan! Having a meal plan means that you only buy what you need. And if you do have extra people coming in to the house (hurray to lockdown ending), then it is even more important! Plan your meals and buy exactly what you need. This is where shopping at the local butchers and…

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The last in the series of gift ideas, this one is about bigger presents for family and friends. I’ve tried to cover different age groups and price brackets so hopefully you can find something useful. Let’s start with the youngest! If you are looking for low waste (or no waste), practical but fun ideas for babies and toddlers then why not get them a gorgeous swim nappy! These nappies are super easy for the grown-ups to use too, so you’ll be making them happy! You will also be helping to save some serious amount of plastic from being thrown into landfill and rotting for hundreds of years. Pair them with a voucher for the local pool or money toward a swimming lesson and you’ll have a great present! If your budget will stretch further then why not look at adding a wet bag or change mat too as this make…

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secret santa

It is years since I was involved in a Secret Santa (maternity leave and working from home!), but I remember how hard I used to find buying something for a colleague and used to end up getting all sorts of tat – which I knew would be thrown away. So, I thought I would help a bit and put together some ideas for different budgets – hope they help! Options for £5: A mega pouch of organic, moreish and tasty snacks, £4.99. I stock 3 flavours, goji, almond and mulberries. Bamboo Cutlery Set, £4 Bamboo wash mitt and soap bar, £5. A little bit of pampering for someone. Tealights and a Snack Bag, from £4.79 Options for £10: A Soy Wax Candle and a JustChoc Box, £9.45 Pack of 5 Reusable Face Wipes, from £7. You could even squeeze in a little bar of chocolate! Collapsible Metal Straw, £7.99 Sandwich…

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Eco Stocking Fillers

I’ve put together a few lists which I thought may help those who are looking for some awesome ideas whilst Christmas shopping. I’m a huge advocate of buying subscriptions or experiences but we all like a little something to open to so here are Eco Living Ideas ‘Top 5’. First up is Kids Stocking Filler Ideas: PlayIn Choc Toy Box (£2.95) – I have sold so many of these already and I honestly cannot recommend them enough. Our girls have got one to go in their stocking and I know it will be one of the first things they want to play with. The chocolate is divine and the toys are cute and good fun. A Bamboo Toothbrush (£2.49) – these also come in green and pink at a slightly higher price. We always include a toothbrush and for some reason bamboo toothbrushes are still exciting and make the girls…

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Eco Christmas Guide Blog

This week the focus is on Gift Wrapping and Cards. When we think of Christmas, visions of Christmas Trees with beautifully wrapped gifts, tables full of food and households full of happy family gathered, all come to mind. Cards hung from string, bows and taffeta, glitter and sparkles are all part of what we now know as Christmas. I am a sucker for a nicely wrapped gift! Although I’m not very good at creative wrapping myself, I do always appreciate it when others go to the efforts. I always used to have co-ordinated paper (for example all of my presents would be wrapped in gold and white or green and red). Now whilst there is nothing wrong with these ways of wrapping, they’re not entirely eco-friendly. A lot of paper is unrecyclable, due to plastic coating and glitter, and unless you’re going to sit and pick the sticky tape off,…

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Green Friday really is a thing! In a bid to undo some of the craziness of Black Friday (or “let’s shop like plonkers every day for a month”, as it now seems to be), small businesses, charities and other organisations are clubbing together to make people more aware of the impact of Black Friday and how to make a difference. Green Friday was originally started in the States and has since crossed the ocean to us here in Europe. As an alternative to the online shopping, queuing for bargains (in non-covid times), battling for the biggest deal and just general over spending and over consumerism, Green Friday tries to get people back outdoors, enjoying the peace of nature and, if possible, spending precious time with family and friends. Now the latter is going to be difficult this year but there are still plenty of ways to boycott Black Friday in…

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