One of my favourite thing about my blog is that I have this massive opportunity to make a difference. I use my blog to spread the word and make people aware of ethical and green issues. I find that the best way is to do this by introducing other options, that are positive choices for people and planet. We don’t have to accept and buy the goods big labels and glossy adverts are trying to sell us. Money is a vote which you can use every time you go shopping. By using your spending power wisely you can help to create a better, healthier and greener world.
With that in mind, the idea to create a new monthly review series called “My Ethical And Green Picks Of The Month” was born. The posts are to introduce all the small shops and indie brands which produce and sells ethically produced, eco-friendly, organic, natural, cruelty – free and fairly traded goods, that are alternatives to everyday items such as fast fashion, processed food, cosmetics and cleaners containing toxins and harmful chemicals. My aim is to inspire you to choose positive buying by choosing ethical and green picks. To reverse reducing the power of local communities, to stop overconsumption, abusing animals and wasting our natural resources.
Sustainable natural deodorant
Wild is the new, sustainable Natural Deodorant delivered straight to your door. Aluminium free with compostable, plastic free refills and a 100% effective formula. I’ve found this very effective. In the last few weeks when temperatures hit 23 Celsius in London (not good news…) I needed to use deodorant which I normally use in warm weather but I normally don’t need any when it’s colder. Wild worked wonderfully, it’s not melting off in the heat and neither does it make you smell like deodorant like most deos. The case is made to be used again and again and you just buy a refill that is made of paper so it’s biodegradable.
Vegan hyaluronic acid serum
So, I haven’t used hyaluronic acid before but I have heard about its properties. I’m still using this one sent by Dermaworks and so far (about a week) I’ve been very happy with it. Dermaworks Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and organic extracts of witch hazel, aloe vera and green tea makes this product very effective: anti-ageing, hydrating and plumping. It can repair and protect skin damaged by every day stressors. It’s vegan, cruelty-free and 100% natural.
Solar powered wooden watches
I love my new solar powered watch from Holzkern Watches it’s a true and beautiful blend of nature and modern technology.
This model is part of their Sundance collection an I love the inspiration behind it: during a solar eclipse, an aura of plasma around the sun can be seen with the naked eye, this is the sun’s corona, the most magnificent crown in our solar system. Wood and stone are not mass-produced, but they are born from Mother Nature. This is why each piece has its natural peculiarities, such as knots, veins, twirls and unique designs.
The main materials are wood and stones of these artisanal watches.
The watches have the best movements from the most reliable manufacturers: Citizen, Seiko and Epson. You can choose between quartz, solar or automatic. (If you’d like to buy one,I have a discount code for you: captainbobcatblog13 – only valid for 3 more weeks!)
Yes, not all small gin brands are the same. Off-Piste Spirits was born out of the love of mountains, fresh air and adventures. The flavour: vapour-infused botanicals including juniper, cardamom and lemon zest combine with mountain ash berries, alpine cornflowers and Saaz hops to create a fresh, bracing taste of the alpine slopes. Off-Piste gives back 1% of sales to global environmental projects. And that bottle is simply beautiful! It’s definitely one of the most visually attractive ethical and green picks.
Home compostable plasters
Vegan, hypo-allergenic, organic and thermisol/merthiolate-free plasters were created by James Dutton, after he witnessed his youngest son Charlie, experience a severe allergic reaction to common plaster adhesive – an allergen that affects 1 in 4 people worldwide. In his research into alternatives, he was also shocked to find that traditional plasters (even hypoallergenic and fabric varieties) tend to contain microplastic fibres and globally create 2.04 billion metres of waste annually.
Unable to find an alternative that was gentle both on Charlie’s skin and on the planet, he set about researching a completely compostable hypoallergenic plaster, The result is PATCH: made from bamboo and specially enriched with natural ingredients to aid healing – whilst also being plastic-free, vegan-friendly and 100% home-compostable.
We’ve tried Nim’s crips a few years ago and they have been a favourite in our house. Now they have a new range of edible teas, which I just tried. So lovely, light and natural! Nim’s Infusions rehydrate in liquid and as they are air dried. It’s a process which intensifies the taste of the fruits, they add bold natural flavour and aroma to any drink.
Zero waste skin care
I’ve already tries Lamazuna products before and they are amazing. From now, they are available in the UK too! Lamazuna was created by Laëtitia Van de Walle 10 years ago. At the time, she was becoming increasingly aware of the impact of our everyday waste on the environment. This led to the idea of replacing her disposable cleansing wipes with an alternative that could be reused over 300 times. And ta-da! Lamazuna was born! Over the years, the product range has grown, and Lamazuna has become the leading brand for zero-waste accessories and vegan solid cosmetics made in France.
Ethical coffee and compostable coffee pods
Lost Sheep Coffee, Kent’s favourite speciality coffee roastery. All Lost Sheep Coffee is made using the world’s top speciality grade 100% Arabica coffee beans. They are single origin and a direct trade from Brazil, hand roasted in Whitstable. The whole Lost Sheep Coffee range is hand roasted in house, for a superior freshness and flavour. They also sell Nespresso compatible capsules, that are compostable & plastic free!
Founded by English-based, Paris-trained perfumer, James Bronnley in 1884, Bronnley has been pioneering in natural fragrances. In 1999, Bronnley partnered with the RHS to create their licensed products – a license it still retains today. Bronnley and the Royal Horticultural Society work in perfect partnership, creating beautiful toiletries inspired by the stunning aromas found in nature.
So what do you think of these ethical and green picks?