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 eco-friendly 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.
Banana fibre jewellery
Ecomersh kindly sent me this gorgeous gift set of banana fibre jewellery: a necklace and a ring that is adjustable.
A natural sequence of squares and circles that blends the structure of the square symbolism with the infinity that the circle represents in a handcrafted piece that embodies the colours of nature.
The low water and energy consumption make banana fibre sustainable material that benefits people and the planet. Banana fibre and vegan leather necklace arranged in a sequence of squares and circles with a circular hole at the centre. Brown colour with nuances of light brown and whitish brown with a texturised feel.
RRP: ring – £8.99.-, necklace – £17.99.-
Natural skincare – bath salts
I received this Bliss Frangipani Bath Salts from Manchester Home & Living. It does smell absolutely amazing! Plus it came in a brown glass jar which is a plus! This wonderful, organic salt is sourced in the heart of Himalayas. It’s an ideal addition to your holistic rituals in the comfort of your bathroom. Enriched with sensual frangipani & coconut, it helps to restore balance within creating a spa atmosphere in your own home.
Organic cotton children’s wear
As you might know, I’ve been working with Frugi for years and this year they turn 18!
During its 18 years, Frugi has become the UK’s leading ethical and organic children’s clothing brand. Using only 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to help protect the planet by extending the longevity of clothing as an urgent measure to help cut back on the 350,000 tonnes of clothes sent to landfills each year. Frugi, which means ‘fruits of the earth’ in Latin, is a leading ethical clothing brand that is synonymous with sustainability.
Grow and eat your (micro) greens
Silly Greens post seeds that grow greens straight out the box. These short-lived crops need regular sowing but equally are easy to grow unaided at home. These greens will really jazz up the plate. By ordering direct you cut out the supply chain and grow some greens not can’t found in the shops. Keep them out of the fridge and just pick as you plate. You can also get subscriptions for Silly Greens delivery weekly, fortnightly, monthly and every 6 weeks.
RRP: starting from £5.-
Father’s Day chocolate library
I received this Father’s Day chocolate gift, a chocolate library from Montezuma. They have a pretty extensive range of vegan chocolates. All their ingredients are ethically sourced and they are committed to the principle of Business Done Properly. All their packaging is now recyclable or compostable, a huge project that they underwent in 2020.
Plant based and plastic free chewing gum
Nuud chewing gum using a sustainably harvested tree sap called Chicle as their gum base. It’s this natural ingredient that makes the gum plastic free and biodegradable. It is naturally sweetened with Xylitol, a compound that comes from the bark of birch and beech trees. There’s a subscription plan or you can make a one time purchase. They taste very nice in my view and it’s good to know I’m not chewing on plastic!
Bill Gates: How to Prevent the Next Pandemic audiobook
Penguin Books kindly gifted me the audiobook version of this book. The book is a clear and upbeat plan of what every country, every government leader, and every individual can do in order to help prevent another pandemic, grounded in Bill’s firsthand experience with the Gates Foundation’s commitment to fighting Covid-19.
Studs of Hope
Studs of Hope is a unique collection of ethically made stud earrings in gold and silver that children around the world escape poverty and find education. I received a pair of “Tanzania” that is a Futurist design.
Through our partnership with UK registered charity Teach a Man to Fish, with every stud design Vurchoo sells, they give between 10-25% of profits to the charities they work with across the globe.
All-in-one natural soap for festivals
Festival, camping, light weight and eco travel? This single all-in-one soap bar sorts you out. Its cleansing and deodorising properties make it a luxurious little soap, shampoo or body wash. It’s also naturally antiseptic and anti-fungal, as well as helping to harmlessly repel insects. Meanwhile, if bushcraft or backpacking is your thing, you can even use it for hand-washing clothes. All in all, no more choosing between lugging around a load of plastic bottles or smelling like a bin. Each Travel bar is handmade with Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Olive Oil, Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint, and Tea Tree essential oil blend.