Greenscents – Brand Review

Brand Intro: With a passion for organic living and the natural scents of essential oils. Peter & Christine formed Greenscents in 2011. In 2017, research carried out by Ethical Consumer confirmed that Greenscents was the most ethical brand available in the UK for laundry liquid, washing up liquid and multi-surface sprays. Greenscent Aim: Premium organic,…

Bio-D – Brand Review

Bio-D - Founded by Micheal Barwell in the 1980's. Micheal worked as a commercial ship cleaner. It was tough work using industrial cleaning products for which heavy-duty safety equipment, including a respirator, had to be worn. Micheal was surprised to see that a lot of the same ingredients were also in household cleaners. It prompted him…

The 3 Best UK Ethical Cleaning Brands

Go shopping in major supermarkets and the environmentally friendly household products can be thin on the ground. Pick anything off the shelf and it is unlikely to be made here in the UK. Ecover & Method is a very familiar sight on supermarket shelves and disappointingly has been shipped here from other countries. Ecover &…

Hug at Home Rugs and Mats

Hug at Home is a collection of mats and rugs made by British Company Phoenox Textiles in Huddersfield West Yorkshire. A true British manufacturer, 80% of their products are made in house in Yorkshire mills. Hug at Home have been using recycling cotton and plastic bottles in their products for over 10 years! Their Hug…

Stitched – Curtains & Blinds

Stitched started with a love of beautiful fabric, a passion for living more sustainably and a desire to make an ordinary product extraordinary. Stitched make made to measure curtains & blinds. They aim for their products to have a significant impact on your home without harming the environment. Stitched aims to lift the lid on a world…

Closing the recycle loop – 4 Recycled Homewares that make sense

I am really pleased to see the influx of product made with recycled materials! It may be companies jumping on the bandwagon in some respects, but some products make so much sense coming from recycled materials and thus closing the recycling loop. Frying pans made from recycled aluminium, rugs made from old cotton t-shirts, curtains…

Closing the Loop using 5 recycled materials

For recycling to work its end product has to have a commercial worth. We need to be able to make the recycled materials into new products. As consumers, we need to be looking at what we buy and considering whether the item is available in recycled materials. Last year at our local Tidy Tip, it…

Stripe & Stare

Katie & Nicola from Stripe & Stare are on a mission to make the best knickers in the world! Stripe & Stare knickers are often described as the world’s most comfortable knickers. Made from Austrain Lenzing MicroModal, which is sustainably sourced from Beechwood Trees - a naturally soft fibre that starts with the tree and…

Declutter your Bathroom

The new year for me, is not about diets or reducing my alcohol consumption. It is all about the Declutter! Today I am having a really good declutter of my bathroom and having a really good sort out of my toiletries and makeup. Declutter your space and it declutters your mind. Leaving you in a…

The Best Ethical Socks UK

The perfect ethical sock is a sock that is made from a fabric that lets your feet breathe, does not wrinkle up in your shoe and uses resources that minimally impact the earth and its workers. Socks are usually worn by one person and not part of the secondhand market, therefore socks must be biodegradable…

Christmas! A Joy or a Chore?

Lots of discussion on social media this week by Martin Lewis and Treading Your Own Path* about the vulgarities of Christmas and how Christmas has seemed to have lost its magic, and become more about the material side of life. When I sat down to think about this post, I realised that I am quietly…

The Best Ethical Sustainable Fabrics

What to look for in a Fabric or brand information? What Fabrics are the product made from? Usually it is more than one. One fabric might be more ethical than the other. Has the brand attempted to ensure both fabrics  are sustainable or is it relying on that one ethical fabric to carry its product?…

Ethical Womens Underwear

It is always important to buy clothing from sustainable fabrics and from a reputable source. It is doubly important when the clothing is underwear. Underwear tends to be a product that is only worn by one person and then discarded to landfill. It does not tend to be part of the second-hand clothing market and…

What to do with an old duvet.

Duvets used to be a luxury item. Made from feathers and natural fillers. You invested, you looked after it and probably had it for decades. Now duvets can be picked up with your weekly shopping and are the price of a night down the pub. When it is stained, it is easier and cheaper to…

Back to School – Ethical Shopping

You can do your best to be an ethical shopper all year round and then it comes to the the Back to School shopping and then it is easy for it to all go out the window. Back to school shopping can be full of cheap clothing, made from non-natural fabrics coated in chemicals to…

Plastic-free Biodegradable Plasters – Patch Strips

I am ashamed to say I have never really thought about how environmentally friendly plasters are before. It has always been quite common to see plasters discarded on the beach and in pools, but honestly, it never occurred to me that a lot of them are made with plastic and would not degrade. It is…

Soap Dishes Tried & Tested.

A conscious consumer is an agent of change who considers the social, environmental, ecological, and political impact of their ..... actions (Jaya Ramchandani 2017 ) To keep a bar of soap for the optimum amount of time you need to let it dry between uses. If it remains wet, before you know it you will have…