The Weekly Grocery Shop – Can You Save Money and Still be Sustainable?

The rising cost of just about everything is unmissable at the moment, not least when it comes to the weekly grocery shop. But, is it possible to save money and still be sustainable? Yes… Make it from scratchMost of us have become rather lazy in the kitchen, leaning too heavily on processed, pre-prepared and overly …

What is the Best Eco Friendly Deodorant?

The deodorant market In 2021, the worldwide deodorant market was estimated to be worth an incredible £60 billion ($73 billion) and 79% of people in the UK include a deodorant in their weekly shop. Leading names range from Dove, L’Oreal and Nivea to Lynx, Sure, alongside supermarket own brands. What are the problems with traditional …

The Best Eco-Friendly Sunscreens – Ocean and Reef Safe SPF Sun Creams

Why are traditional sunscreens bad for the environment? Traditional (generally big brand) sunscreens often contain chemicals, including Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, that can harm or kill coral and marine life when they enter our rivers and oceans. Every time we bath or shower, wash our hands or swim outdoors having applied sunscreen, we risk introducing potentially toxic and …

It’s What’s on the Outside That Counts! Is Your Christmas Wrapping Paper Recyclable?

Isn’t all wrapping paper recyclable? ‘Can wrapping paper be recycled?’ is a commonly asked question. Unfortunately, Christmas wrapping paper is often dyed, printed, laminated and/or contains non-paper-based additions (which can include glitter and plastic elements) which can’t be recycled. Can I recycle my Christmas wrapping paper? The good news is that the cheaper wrapping papers …

Going Green This Halloween – Tips for a Plastic Free and Eco-Friendly Fright Night

Scary stuff This time last year we appeared on a local BBC radio station talking about the environmental impact of Halloween. For example, in the UK alone, Halloween costumes and accessories are responsible for 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste, equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles. And, shockingly, 90% of the Halloween costumes we buy contain …

20 of the Best Books to Read on Climate Change, the Plastic Problem and Other Environmental Issues

With a growing range of books on climate change, the plastic problem and other environmental issues (some good, some not so) hitting the shelves, here’s our helpful guide to 20 of the best reads to get you started. And, if you’re after suggestions for children, check out our blog here. A Life on Our Planet: …

Recycled Ocean Plastic Sunglasses ~ Our Waterhaul Review

Item name: Sunglasses made from recycled ocean plastics Made by: Waterhaul Bought from: Waterhaul Description: Waterhaul is a social enterprise based in Newquay, Cornwall (UK) and already one of our favourite eco brands we’ve come across in the past year. Annually, 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets and equipment are carelessly lost or unnecessarily discarded in our oceans.Ocean Cleanup’s …

Our Review: The Salty Herb Handmade Bath Bombs

Item name: Handmade bath bombs Made by: The Salty Herb Bought from: The Salty Herb Description: Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Salty Herb is a small skincare business, founded in 2019, selling products including bath bombs, bath salts and body oils. Their simple but effective mission is: “to encourage people in a fast paced world to slow down …

“2020 Vision” A Poem About Climate Change, Plastic Pollution and Living More Sustainably

2020, the strangest of years. One of many challenges and more than a few tears. We stayed at home, placed our lives on pause. Took to the streets to share our applause. But the world, it keeps spinning, and the fight for our future isn’t one that we’re winning. All the while it’s turning, Mother …

Forget the Question, the Answer is Vinegar (and Bicarbonate of Soda…)

According to research, we spend £4.5 billion a year on cleaning products in the UK, whilst the global market is worth close to £30 billion. A quick search on a leading supermarket’s website for “cleaning products” offers up more than 400 items. From bathroom cleaners to kitchen cleaners, toilet cleaners to floor cleaners. From sprays …