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 green and ethical 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 who produces 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. To reverse reducing the power of local communities, to stop overconsumption, abusing animals and wasting our natural resources.
Secret Shopping Bags
The Secret Pillow is a cushion that unfolds into a blanket. It is a handmade and unique craft item and made by women in India. In addition, these women face serious social and economic challenges. They receive training, support, and materials to produce Secret Pillows, therefore from crafting and selling the pillows they earn money.
These foldable shopping bags are most recent product of the The Secret Projects, and they play an important role in the micro-enterprise scheme. Through a successful Crowdfunding campaign, they have raised enough funds to train four Maker Groups to make and sell these bags to local shop keepers. For each 100 bags are sold, they can train another one of the existing nine other Maker Groups located throughout India.
Eco Mind Reusable Make-up Pads
I’ve bought and received a few removable make up pads in the past year or so, but what I really like about these is that they come in bundle of 16 pieces instead of just 2 or 3 pieces per pack. And the 16 pads not only costs you only £18.99 (plus, they are currently on sale in their Amazon shop here!) but they come in two colours: black and white. Very handy to remove different kinds of make up like mascara. On the packaging – which is completely plastic free, you can read lots of good tips how to use them and wash them. There’s also a handy little net wash bag coming with the pads, so you’ll be all kitted out for a really long time with make up pads. The pads are super soft, made of bamboo so they are completely biodegradable and organic.
Cheeky Panda Bamboo Tissues
The Cheeky Panda is an innovative company offering the tissue market a sustainable and health conscious alternative. Making tissues and wipes from virgin bamboo, The Cheeky Panda tissues are pure and rich in natural goodness. Free from harsh chemicals found in regular tissues and saving thousands of precious trees and animal habitats around the world.
Wheesht is a skincare company with a difference, in addition to natural, vegan and cruelty-free products we are firm believers in our social responsibility. I received a Bliss face and body mask, made with 100% natural red clay from Sardinia which is rich in iron oxide and gives it the lush red colour. This clay has a negative ionic charge that absorbs toxins, helps boost blood flow & circulation and can help improve oxygen & nutrient flow to the skin. (Vegan and cruelty free.) Plastic free packaging.
I’m a big fan of natural face masks and I especially like clay masks. This is a wonderful mask, lovely texture and has a beautiful natural fragrance of the cocoa powder. A real bliss indeed!
Wheesht is an ethical brand, all products are handmade and for every sale they donate to Free To Shine to help provide water & education to girls in Cambodia.
Teapro Tea Subscription
With a Teapro subscription, every month you’ll get to taste and compare 4 varieties of a particular tea type, learn about its history, processing and traditions. They are loose teas – so no plastic will be soaking into your teabag! I received the November box, which was themed green tea specialities, carefully selected to spread your imagination with personal favourites such as Gyokoru and Dragon-well. There’s a special gift in the subscription boxes too, this month it was a lovely, glass tea infuser glass.