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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 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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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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This week’s supplier spotlight is the wonderful Eco Snack Wrap. I have been working with Donna (the owner) since I first founded Eco Living Ideas in 2018 and have sold hundreds of her fabulous sandwich wraps, snack pockets, bread bags and bowl covers. It is time to learn more about Donna and her great company…here we go… Eco Snack Wrap, based in Norwich, was founded by Donna in 2010 whilst she was still working as an infant school teacher! Donna now works part time for a Children’s Charity and other than an assistant to help out for fairs and events, she runs the business single-handedly. Here are some other questions I asked Donna… What was the inspiration behind the business? “I discovered the products on an extended holiday in Australia where a friend had developed the Sandwich Wrap & Snack Pocket products. On my return I set up as UK…

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As always I think it is really important to look at price comparisons for eco products as I still think there is a taboo around the idea that eco-friendly = more expensive. This really isn’t the case for most of the time. So here I am going to look at the comparison for different sanitary items. This is purely monetary comparison, not taking account the volumes of eco and health benefits. Product Price 1 year Price 5 years Menstrual Cup £18-25 £18-25 Cloth Pads/Liners(set of 20) £159 £159 Period Pants(6 pairs) £121 £121 Disposable Sanitary Towels/Liners (average use of 25 pads per cycle) £28.80 £144 Applicator Tampons £42 £210 So, absolutely not more expensive! And in fact if you go for a cup and period pants then you’ll save money, especially if you were to do a 10 year comparison as that is how long some cups last! *Prices based…

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There are always so many questions around CSP, how to wear them, wash them, how many you need etc. Here I have answered some of the more common ones. How many do I need? This will differ from person to person but if you are solely using cloth pads then around 15 would be a good place to start. Obviously you can build this up over time, you don’t have to buy it all at once! I would aim for 3-5 heavy/night pads, 6-8regular pads, 3-4 liners Can I use cloth pads after giving birth? Absolutely! And how blessed you will be if you do. Speaking from experience, post-partum pads are HIDEOUS! I wish I’d have had some super soft reusables when my daughters were born! Are they safe to use? They certainly are. So long as you change them regularly and wash them well they are perfectly safe to…

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Raw Chocolate Company

In the second Supplier Spotlight, I am chatting with Kris from The Raw Chocolate Company and he has some amazing insights to share with us! You can see the full range of chocolate I stock here. Read on for the full interview. Tell me about yourself and your role at the company? “Hi I’m Kris and I look after sales at The Raw Chocolate Company and Conscious Chocolate. I also work on new product development and am deputy chief taster number one. I am part of the management team and involved in most aspects of the business in some way.” What did you do before you started working there? “Immediately before diving into chocolate I was a Senior Project Manager for a climate change charity, helping promote innovative responses and practical solutions above and beyond energy efficiency and renewable technologies. I also managed the UK’s first 100% organic supermarket, was…

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The focus for this eco chat is menstrual products. The reason for choosing this is that today I have started a new monthly focus and the whole month is going to be on menstrual products. I also have some amazing new products joining the line-up which I cannot wait to share with you over the next couple of weeks. I will cover: Eco Alternatives Environmental impact Personal Benefits Price Comparison Q&A Watch the video for the full below and join me on Facebook or Instagram to find out more throughout the month.

We’ve had a month full of amazing facts, beautiful products and inspirational quotes but, there is one thing that I know people often question when switching to an eco-alternative – how much is it going to cost? And it’s a big thing! I remember when I first started out that I spent a long time worrying about how much switches were going to cost me, but actually, I have always been pleasantly surprised. So here are some simple comparisons for you: Face Wipes 1 disposable wipe per day = £42/year for branded luxury, £14.50 own brand basics. Over 3 years = £43-126. 1 reusable per day = £8-14 per year. Over 3 years = £8-14 Soap Bars/Shower Gel 6 bottles per year = £12.90 for branded luxury £11 for own brand basics. Soap Bars 4 per year = £10 Cleanser Foaming cleanser bottle 3 per year = up to £50…

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Supplier Spotlight Fetch It

Each month I am going to be shining the spotlight on one or two of my amazing suppliers! These are the people who do the real hard work to make sure that there are fantastic, sustainable, eco-friendly options available for all of our needs. First up is a Manchester based company – FetchIt. I have been stocking (and using) their super awesome poo bags since July 2020. Here is what Co-Founder Kiki told me about her great business: We are currently a team of 2 (Alex is the other co-founder) and between us we run every element of the business ourselves! We also both work full time for the NHS as a trainee GP and GP Partner. (I nearly fell off my chair when I read that!) When I asked what the inspiration behind FetchIt was, Kiki told me: “I got a dog (Coco, a cockapoo) nearly 3 years ago…

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