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DECEMBER CHALLENGE REFLECTION – LOOKING BACK ON HOW FAR WE HAVE COME IN THE LAST YEAR. I thought it would be really nice to spend the next few weeks looking back on our own journeys this year and sharing stories on what we have enjoyed, found difficult, achieved and are working towards still. Did you set a goal earlier in the year to do with your plastic waste? General household waste? Switching to natural products and away from chemicals? How have you found those changes? Anything that was particularly easy? Anything that was really hard? If you’d like to comment below with your story that would be great. If you’d like to do a longer post that is a bit more in depth and include some pictures – even better – just get in touch. I look forward to hearing more stories and I will share my own with you.…

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Want the chance to win 24 Eco Friendly Products? Do you want your money to benefit others too? Well……here is your chance…… That’s right, you could be in with the chance of winning an absolute gem of an Advent Calendar and it is ALL eco friendly! Plus, for each ticket bought we will plant a tree! This advent calendar contains 24 products from our stock range covering bath & body, kitchen, and out & about. They will come wrapped in recyclable brown paper with the number written on so you can open one each day. If it’s something you don’t need or want you can spread the love further by passing it on to a family member, friend or colleague! This prize is worth over £70!!!! Want more details? Here we go…… *Tickets available are 1-100 *You choose what numbers you would like – first come, first served! You can…

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Are cleaning products a switch which you haven’t quite got round to yet? Or maybe you have tried but haven’t found something you are happy with? Well – now is the chance to try Splosh products. Splosh is a postal refill scheme for cleaning and household products. I personally have tried them and am so impressed that I teamed up with Splosh to get you a great discount. Want to know more about how it works? Click here. Want to try the products? Join our Eco Living Community to get the 15% off code.

What is Green Friday? I may be a bit behind the times, but this is the first I have heard of Green Friday. So guess what…. I did some research! As with “Black Friday”, the Americans have started an all new “thing” – Green Friday. Where companies are trying to coax the public out of the shops and away from their computer and mobile screens (where they are spending so much money!!), to instead spend time outdoors, with friends and family, enjoying the wonders that our world has to offer. Some National Parks in the States have offered free entry to encourage this and there are many similar schemes taking place. There are over 300 big clothes brands encouraging their customers to not “shop til they drop” this Black Friday as it encourages over production and pointless purchases which the consumer often does not need or want. This year, I…

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A STARTER GUIDE TO REDUCING HOUSEHOLD WASTE WITH A FEW SMALL CHANGES. One of our lovely Eco Living Team Members has written a little blog piece about her journey to zero waste and the top tips she has learnt along the way… As a family where both parents are working full time, it is an ongoing battle to minimise plastic coming in, to not drown in STUFF and to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Big wins are hard to come by with two under five and barely any time to explore new ideas or choose options which aren’t completely fast and convenient. But, as someone wiser than me once said, it’s more important that everyone makes a few little changes to how they live, than a few superheroes living completely renewable lifestyles. So, with that in mind, I wanted to reflect on my top 5 “little changes” which have made…

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A Quick “how to” for Bees Wax Wraps Bees Wax Wraps have become part of my day to day life, as silly as that sounds. I have a nice little collection now that are pretty much constantly in use and I know to how to use them and how to clean them. What I forget is that others are still testing the water with them and therefore have a lot of questions – I’m hoping to answer some of those here. When I’m out doing fairs and markets, the wax wraps usually receive the most attention – a lot is curiosity but others already have some at home and are raving to their friends and family about how good they are. Here are some of the more common questions I’m asked: How do they work? Well, that’s quite straight forward. When you get a new wrap you should scrunch it…

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Monthly Challenges Each month over on the Facebook Group we have a monthly challenge. This is, simply put, an area to focus on for the month. I have a lot of people telling me that they find making eco-friendly changes a bit over-whelming, expensive or time consuming. I try to take a lot of that away through the shop and the items I sell, as I spend a long time researching alternative products, trying them (asking others to test them too!), and making sure they are cost effective before I add them to my stock list. But I don’t feel that this is enough. I still think that it can be daunting knowing where to start with each aspect of your household and lifestyle and the idea of these challenges was to help people, no matter where they are on their journey, to tackle one area of change at a…

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It’s GIVEAWAY TIME!!! Head over to our Facebook page to join in with our giveaway. As the One Year Anniversary of Eco Living Ideas approaches, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has kept it going so far with a great giveaway. To be in with the chance to win one of Kids Kits including:  1 x Bamboo Straw 1 x Straw Brush 1 x Bamboo Toothbrush 1 x Aloe Soap 1 x Sandwich Wrap RRP £15 Please do the following: ?? Like the post and page ? Comment with why you’d like this for your little person and who they are in relation to you ?? Tag a friend or two who may also like this https://www.facebook.com/ajax/sharer/?s=22&appid=25554907596&id=2187747071337120&p[0]=1680870478691451&p[1]=2187763518002142&sharer_type=all_modes&av=1680870478691451

I wanted to share a little bit about Loofco – the company who supply the sponge, scourer and dishwashing alternatives that I sell. LoofCo products are inspired by cleaning methods that have been tried and tested over generations. Using this knowledge, they are skilfully created in Sri Lanka and Egypt where all farmers and production workers are treated fairly with wages and benefits. LoofCo products are made with sustainable plant fibres of loofah plant and coconut. Coconut coir is the naturally bacteria resistant, fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer brown coconut husk. LoofCo uses coir fibre that is a by-product of coconut food and oil production and might otherwise be burnt. They twist coconut coir fibre around a 100% recyclable, galvanised rust-proof metal core and add a metal hanging loop for easy use and draining. Coconut coir fibres remains stiff when wet, whilst also holding…

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Friendly Soap- Shampoo Bars

A lot of people are making the switch from plastic bottles filled with chemicals to natural shampoo bars but, understandably, are having a few hiccups (and a lot of questions) along the way. I wanted to share some great advice, some from my suppliers, other bits are from my own personal experience. Hopefully the following will help you make the transition to shampoo bars a bit easier. How is a shampoo bar better than shampoo in a bottle? Shampoo bars are more concentrated. It means that it lasts longer than bottled ones! One shampoo bar goes a long way, unlike those in plastic bottles. Less waste. One shampoo bar is equivalent to two to three plastic bottles. No chemicals – so not only are you avoiding washing chemicals down the drain – you’re also keeping them away from your hair and body so they aren’t absorbed into your blood stream!…

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