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Category Archives: Guest Blog Posts

Thank you to Nikki from Best For Bubba (bestforbubba.co.uk) for sharing this fantastic review on eco laundry detergent. We all hate it, but we all have to do it…. Laundry! I thought it is all about cleaning and being gentle on your delicates, but that is so far from the truth!!!! I just discovered how ‘Dirty’ it really is.  In addition to the drastic impact on the environment did you know that leading brands of laundry detergent often contain harmful chemicals?The chemicals from the detergent are rubbing on your skin and being absorbed when you sweat. Most non bio detergents are more gentle, but still often contain chemicals.The chemicals that are hazards to both the environment and humans can also be found in many beauty and cleaning products. The chemicals you should look out for are:Parabens – used as a preservative. For cleaning they help to ward off bacterial and mould growth.…

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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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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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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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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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Growing Your Own Herbs to Reduce Food Miles We know that we can all do more to decrease our carbon footprint and reduce our reliance on single use plastics. Some of us are making some great steps with the products we buy and this has a powerful impact on the planet. One area that not everyone feels confident in is growing your own food. So if you are not ready to be fully self-sufficient and live off the land, have you considered making a small windowsill herb garden? Nothing too ambitious but enough to provide you with fresh tasty herbs all year round. A windowsill herb garden will allow you to choose the seeds you want to plant and using successional planting have a continuous supply. The alternative can still be British grown and may not have travelled that far to get to your nearest supermarket. However it will have…

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