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.
Sustainable online market place
VEO is the UK’s most sustainable, new marketplace that offers unique, independent sustainable brands in fashion, beauty, food & home. They call themselves an immersive lifestyle platform where sustainability meets quality; offering the ‘good stuff’ without compromising on taste or aesthetic. Brands are also welcome to join. It’s a great platform to find everything in one place!
I have a a discount code to share: EVAKAT10 – the first 10 readers to use this code will also be able to receive £10 off their order, so be quick!
I received this gorgeous AND plastic free gift box from them, containing
- Haoma soap
- Avacare vitamin drops
- Buff Up body scrub
- Flawless hydrating toner
- Tabitha Eve scrunchie
- Flawless reusable make up remover pads
- Cleanu lip and cheek balm
I’ve been using the the toner with the make up pads – the toner is a great skin care product, exactly what I want from a toner: leaving my skin soft and silky. Plus it’s vegan and plastic free! Great find.
The scrunchie is right on trend and I can never have enough scrunchies since I have a daughter…
I’ve also tried the lip and cheek balm (I go trough a lot as I tend to have dry and chappy lips no matter the weather) and it’s great.
There is not a day without hearing about all the plastic pollution in our waters and how it’s made its way to us to bite… We are now eating fish that digested plastic, drinking water contaminated with plastic there are even plastic particles found in human wombs! We don’t know the long term health consequences – that’s the worst of all. We now consume a credit card worth of plastic every week.
But we can do something about it – swap the biggest polluters for reusables. Coffee cups, water bottles, drinking straws and shopping bags. They all can be easily replaced by a reusable alternative and if we all do it, it would make an enormous difference!
Reusable coffee cup, drinking straws and water bottle are all from Refillogic.
Eco-friendly sun care
We have recently spent 10 days in France (oh my word, it’s great to be abroad again!) and we have been fairly lucky with the weather, not too hot but very sunny – so we needed sun protection. I have opted for Sol de Ibiza SPF 30 this year and this tin of goodness didn’t disappoint. On some days it was enough to apply it once and we were good for the whole day – and by that I mean hitting the waterslides at 11am. It’s strong, water resistant, protects the children’s skin and ours (so we didn’t need to carry lots of different products) and although it makes us look a little white, at least we know it’s applied everywhere. Could’t recommend it enough!
Survival Super Squad Books – The Daring Droplets Diary
I won these Survival Super Squad Books via an insta competition from a local author. We have read all of them but this one was our favourite. Bobcat really enjoyed it. It’s a lovely story propped with of logically presented science and history facts, seamlessly blending into the story. It’s also good to see a children’s books addressing the environmental problems especially plastic pollution.
I’ve already mentioned DAME products last time and now I’ve tried their tampons too – they are fab. Good for you, good for the environment. They are made of organic cotton, free from bleaches, plastics, synthetics, toxins, and dye. Available online or in Waitrose.
Zerolla moisturiser bars are super convenient, no mess and totally zero waste. I’ve been using bars as body moisturiser and they are a lot better than the liquid ones. It takes less time for my skin to absorb them but the moisturising effect last longer – and this is exactly the case with Zerolla. Their ingredients are certified natural and organic, they come in a box only, that is made from 100% compostable and recyclable paper, in the UK. I loved the lemon. face moisturiser. The products are free from synthetic ingredients, they contain organic Cocoa & Shea Butter that together hydrate, nourish and soften the skin, improving natural elasticity.
Organic food ingredients
At Organico they have sustainable values of nurturing the soil, the land, the planet. Organic food is not only good for us to eat, they are much more than that, there are any benefits of organic food and farming, which include: supporting biodiversity and wildlife, helping to combat climate change, the highest standards of animal welfare, and reduced exposure to pesticides.
Handmade soap bars
I received this wonderful French pink clay soap bar from House of Ginger. French pink clay is rich in silica and gently exfoliates rough, parched skin. Bentonite clay, on the other hand, works harder by travelling deep down the layers of skin to unclog pores and brings about a real sense of rejuvenation. The lather is lavish, creamy, and bubbly with lots of slip, making it utterly sensorial and perfect for washing away dirt whilst boosting skin’s luminosity.
We hope you have found some inspiration with our Ethical and Green Picks Of The Month!