Review: From Earth To Earth Bamboo Toothbrush

I was very much looking forward to test this toothbrush. I completely ruin a toothbrush in every 2-3 weeks. Don’t ask me how, I probably just brush like a maniac. Which means, I go through a lot of toothbrushes a year. Unfortunately, I never quite got used to the electric ones, I just miss my own brushing action. Lots of toothbrushes mean lots of plastic waste. Billions of them are getting discarded yearly. Many of them ends up in the ocean. Along with plastic bottles, plastic bags and fast fashion clothing item fibres, toothbrushes are posing serious threat to the nature.

So when From Earth To Earth asked me to review their bamboo toothbrush, I happily said yes. I received a soft bristles toothbrush although, I would normally prefer medium one. (Better fit for my manic brushing style.)

About the toothbrush:

It’s made of 100% biodegradable, natural bamboo. (Just chuck it in the garden when finished, but pull out the bristles first.) Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest naturally renewing resource. Bamboo is anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. That’s good to know, since you’re going to put it in your mouth. The bristles are made of BPA free nylon. It comes either soft or medium bristles and you can choose a single or a family pack of 4 with clever colour coding, so you won’t mix them up. Price-wise, the single toothbrush costs £4 and the family pack costs £15. Which, I’d say it’s a little bit expensive, but unfortunately all new ecofriendly innovations cost more money then the plastic mass production.

Review: 

Overall, I was very pleased with the toothbrush. It’s a brilliant product. The soft bristles did the job. The only thing I missed is the jagged design of the plastic bristles. But then I also floss, so problem is solved. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks now, so far happy with the result. I’d change the inner sleeve for a paper one instead of the styrofoam type material otherwise it is still way more ecofriendly than any other brand from the supermarket.

I received this product for my honest, unbiased review. It passed the test for me, I can really recommend it. You can also buy it on Amazon.co.uk.

 

15+1 Gift Ideas For Father’s Day – The Ethical And Ecofriendly Edit

Lately, I got to know a lot of great, small indy shops and places with ethical and eco friendly goodies and values. Some of them are start ups, the others are established, but they all have one thing in common: the visionary people behind them, who are passionate about a greener, fairer future.

With Father’s Day is just around the corner (18th of June), I thought it would be nice to introduce my favourite new ethical and ecofriendly shops, so I put this gift guide together with really cool present ideas for all the daddies in your life. Enjoy browsing and spread the love.

1. Pigeon Baseball Tee From Lost Shapes

I’m a huge fan of baseball tees. It’s 100% organic cotton. The stencils are hand drawn, hand cut, and hand screen printed in the Lost Shapes studio. All Lost Shapes tops are sourced from manufacturers that are held to account by the independent Fair Wear Foundation. To read more (there’s a lot more reasons to love their products!) visit their site. Lost Shapes is founded by a young and talented designer: Anna Brindle. £23

2. Family Day Out On The Bocketts Farm

Bocketts is located in the picturesque Surrey Hills and one of our favourite, local family day out destinations. Last year I wrote a review about how much did we enjoy our first visit, read it here: Family Day Out At The Bocketts Farm. I love thoughtful presents, but nothing beats the gift of being together and having quality time. Adult tickets at £10.50

3. Eco Friendly Razor Set From ManOrganic

A very manly gift, isn’t it? These razors are completely recyclable, the handle is made out of yogurt cups, 100% recycled, #5 plastic and recyclable after use. Pair it up with something equally cool from ManOrganic, browse for more ideas. £6.99

4. Solar Powered And Wind-Up Radio From Re-Wind

It’s portable, has a built-in LED torch and a built-in headphone jack. No need for batteries to power, you can charge it by solar power, wind up or USB charging. Saves money and energy. £19.99 Available at Amazon.co.uk: NEW Re-Wind Wind-Up Solar Powered Rechargeable Portable AM/FM Radio with built-in LED Torch and USB Charging Port (Cable Included) – No Batteries Required – LCD Display, Alarm Clock, Headphone Socket

5. Clock Made Of Upcycled Vintage Kodak Tin

Found this clock on ReMadeInBritain and it was love at the first sight. I absolutely love this idea, just too cool, isn’t it? It’s also a limited edition. £25

6. Wise Owl Tea Jamaican Lemongrass and Sage Organic Tea (Pack of 1, Total 15 Tea Bags)

I love Wise Owl Teas. They only contain organic ingredients. Thumbs up for that. This one is great for a morning brew, although naturally caffeine-free. The lemongrass with the sage makes such a unique combination, a must try. £6.99

7. Peshtamal Towel From Cotton And Olive

These fantastically colourful towels are hand woven, so each and every one is a piece of art. Can be double up as a sofa throw, a sarong or even a tablecloth! £27

8. Reusable Bamboo Coffee Cup From Surfers Against Sewage

Made of organic from bamboo fibre (the world’s fastest growing, most sustainable crop). It is also BPA and phthalate free and doesn’t contain petrochemical plastic. Available in 6 colours. Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. £12

9. Notebook With Cover Made Of A Vintage London Map From WowThankYou

I just love this idea and it’s so beautiful. A stunning, handmade item. Truly one of a kind. A North London map journal, made from a continuous section of a genuine Bartholomew’s vintage map which is at least 50 years old. £10.50

10. Lilliput Dorset Gin

With home-grown organic Rosemary, organic Basil from Egypt, organic Thyme from Spain and organic fresh water fermented Kalamata Olives from Greece. Lilliput is a proudly rainbow micro business which supports equality and diversity. £33

11. Earth Monk Organic Cotton Hoodie

100% organic cotton. 10% (excluding VAT) goes directly towards helping sustain the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, its people, traditions and biodiversity. Even more cool stuff in their webshop. £55

12. Seedball Pick And Mix Gift Set

Seedball founders Ana and Emily (girlpower!) are conservation scientists and their plan is to save the bees, the butterflies and the wildflowers. Seedballs are fool proof: just pop on top of soil, water and watch grow. How awesome is that? £18.99 Also available at Amazon.co.uk: Bee & Butterfly Garden Offer – Set of Bee Mix, Butterfly Mix & Urban Meadow Seedball Tins

13. De-Stress And Un-Wind Wellbeing Gift Set

I’m an Indigo Herbs of Glasonbury ambassador, very much fond of their products, they are fantastic quality, so it’s just natural, that I feature one of their gift sets. This box includes herbal tea and massage oil, 100% pure botanical ingredients. £19.99 Also available at Amazon.co.uk: De-Stress and Unwind Git Set – Indigo Herbs

14. Hemp Eyewear Sunglasses

Currently available to order on Indiegogo, Hemp eyewear is handmade using organic hemp fibre to make solid and lightweight frames. Hemp is a renewable and diverse resource. Sunglasses from £88

15. Thought Bamboo Socks From Indigo Natural Living

These dog patterns are just too cute and I love the colours too. The socks are made of bamboo and the suppliers have to provide their workers with safe conditions, a living wage and are free from harassment. £20

16. What Daisy Did Brooklyn Backpack

What a brilliant idea! This bag (and the whole collection) is made in the UK from high grade ex-military materials (like waxed canvas). These materials are 99% locally sourced, 95% being recycled which means they have a very small carbon footprint. They are working together with The Northampton Hope Centre, a local homeless charity, offering a scheme to offer employment to vulnerable and homeless people. £70

 

One Messy Mama

Review: Simply Washing Tabs: Pure Hypoallergenic Non-Bio And Simply Sensitive Non-Bio

Simply sent me these washing tablets to review them, as I often do eco – and baby friendly product reviews. Their washing tabs fall into both category. As I already wrote about it, my son had mild eczema, now he is on the mend – but we follow some strict rules. To ensure that he’s skin stays eczema free, one of the most important changes we made is that we ditched the branded laundry products for very basic non-bio washing powder and completely stopped using fabric conditioner.

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In the last 2-3 weeks I’ve been using 2 different of Simply’s washing powder tablets: Simply Sensitive Non-Bio Soluble Powder Soft-Tabs  and Simply Pure Allergen and Fragrance Free Non-Bio Soluble Powder Soft-Tabs

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The first thing which striked me, that they have no unpleasant, heavy and chemical smell. Nor your clothes will be covered by some yucky, artificial, non-existing flower smell. Big thumbs up. On a closer look, they also work: the clothes are clean and soft. I used 1 tab for each load (I normally put around 6kg worth of clothes) and although it was somewhat less then suggested on the packiging, it worked perfectly well for me. No residue left on the clothes. So far so good. After wearing them, Bobcat’s skin was totally fine, no sign of dryness or itchiness. Occasionally, about once in 10 times a tablet sticks to the back of the drawer and doesn’t break down properly.

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All in all, I am very happy with the product. I do a load of laundry every day (messy toddler in the house) so I want my laundry detergent to be not only kind to my son’s skin, but be kind on the environment too. The laundry tablets are dermatologically tested and phosphate free. They contain no perfumes like limonene and linalool and free from chemicals such as MI and various preservatives. They received European Eco-Label for their detergents. They are also approved by The Vegan Society and endorsed by the National Eczema Society.

I honestly like these tabs very much, however, I find that they are a bit pricey. £14.98 for 48 tablets is a lot when you need to do at least one load every day. If you use two tablets per load, it becomes even more expensive. It is in line with other main stream labels, but I think it would be encouraging for people to try it, if it was a little cheaper.

The products are available in Sainsbury’s, Holland and Barrett’s and Amazon UK.