I received and tested these products in exchange for my honest review.
One of my favourite things 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.
So this is a double edition for the summer as because of the holidays and the school break, I don’t have enough time to review products.
Marigold skincare in environmentally friendly packaging
Orsú skincare products are handmade and designed for the everyday nourishment and cleansing of all skin types. The product packaging is 100% compostable paper and recycled glass. All the Orsú products contain marigold, Calendula officinalis, oil. The oil is macerated for two months, during which the organic marigold flowers release their properties into the organic sunflower oil.Both the product formulations and the packaging development come from a natural sciences and environmental science background, and the firm decision not to add any plastic to the planet
This vegan perfume collection from Dolma really is wonderful. Dolma is an independent British company started in 1982. There is no parent company and they have no association with any organisation that conducts animal testing or uses animal derived ingredients. They also have aftershaves for men and scented candles.
All natural intimate products
All YES natural personal lubricants, vaginal moisturisers and intimate washes are certified organic, guaranteed pure & natural. They are all free from parabens, hormones, glycerine and known skin irritants. Our skin absorbs many of the chemicals contained in face creams, soaps, personal care products and cosmetics. Statistics have shown that approximate 60% of what goes on the skin can get in to the blood stream, so it’s very important to use natural products only.
Plastic free, handmade biscuits
I have received really pretty and delicious biscuits with vintage design for my birthday from The Biscuiteers, that came in a lovely tin and some paper wrapping – so no plastic was involved! And now, if you shop with them, 10% of all profits is going to the Great Ormond Hospital.
Body scrub in a reusable coffee cup
This body scrub from Rabot 1745 Beauty comes in a reusable coffee cup that is crafted from bamboo, corn fibre and and wood fibre – sturdy and leak free! And if you take this cup into any Hotel Chocolat cafe nationwide you’ll get 50p off a hot drink! (If you’re around Borough Market in London, pop into the Rabot 1745 Restaurant with your cup for a completely free hot drink! The Rabot 1745 collection is proudly based on harnessing Nature’s powerful botanical ingredients.
Cruelty free hair care packaged in recycled plastic
This shampoo and conditioner combo was developed by Tabitha James-Kraan, who has been making her own all natural, organic salon products since 2013 after becoming an organic hairdresser 20 years ago. Not just SLS & Paraben free. No plastic ingredients or harsh chemical detergents! The 100% post consumer plastic that is 100% recyclable.
No synthetic ingredients at all and a truly 100% natural preservative system. Soil Association / Cosmos Organic certified and not tested on animals. These were sent to me by My Green Pod – please check out their crowd funder site as they want to democratise the natural product sector by using collective buying power to reduce their cost.
Ethical nordic fashion
Run by a small team in the UK, Nysnö is committed providing sustainable and eco-friendly products. Designed and printed locally, each item is prepared by hand and sent to you so that you can enjoy wearing it for urban and wilderness adventures. Garment production is carried out in Bangladesh with respect for the working conditions of the men and women who craft the textiles in environmentally friendly facilities which are GOTS certified and audited by the Fair Wear Foundation. I have received a t-shirt and a hoodie, both super soft and comfy, true to size.
Cruelty free travel kit
These gorgeous Bramley products are designed to be the perfect companion for a holiday. They are an ethical company: everything is manufactured in the UK and they use British suppliers wherever possible. All ingredients are perfectly natural, never tested on animals, biodegradable, all essential oils are fair trade, wild crafted, grown sustainably and sourced carefully with integrity. They do not contain harmful ingredients such as petrochemicals, sulphates, artificial colours, artificial fragrances, parabens, microbeads, silicones, propylene glycol or phthalates – which means they are also marine life friendly, they are actually safe to be washed into rivers and oceans. Bramley supports local charities Including Plantlife and Discovery, which provides work for people living with disabilities and autism through the packing of our Bramley soaps.
Organic skincare packaged sustainibly
This organic age-defying day and night cream duo by Hemsley Organics is 100% Certified Organic and Certified Cruelty Free as well as being natural, vegan friendly and sustainable. All their products contain no nasties or harsh chemicals. They are also Reiki infused, empowering their products to be their most potent and pure to nourish skin and spirit. My beautiful gift box was sustainably packaged and the box itself turns into a beautiful lotus flower shape when you lift the lid off.
I’ve been using menstrual cups for a while and I cannot praise them enough. Sileu sent a travel kit for me. The menstrual cup Sileu Rose is designed in Spain using only medical grade silicone. It is available in two sizes. With the Sileu Passion travel pack, you will be able to transport your Sileu Rose menstrual cup in your handbag, in your backpack, in your suitcase when you travel, in the glove compartment of the car in a discreet and elegant way. There are no better way fighting the plastic waste produced by tampons and menstrual pads that are not biodegradable.
Eco friendly cleaning products
Recent studies highlight the impact and effects cleaning products have on our lung health, general health, wellbeing as well as our indoor air quality. Tincture London creates products that are kind to us, our families, our pets and the environment. These are 100% natural household cleaning products made with essential oils, botanical extracts and active silver. The bottles are made from recycled plastic and can be recycled again, but I recommend that you reuse them and purchase refills to help protect the planet and keep your home green. (These were also sent by My Green Pod)
Reusable bamboo coffee cup
Reusaboo sent me a reusable coffee cup, sustainable, that is biodegradable, heat resistant, ensure a great coffee taste and comes with one year warranty. What more can we ask from a coffee cup? Well, this one is also BPA & phthalate free, dishwasher & food safe, and has a large capacity of 450 ml.
Sustainable Malaysian palm oil
Origin matters when it comes to palm oil and Malaysia is a leader in responsible palm oil production, the sustainability standards are internationally recognised. (This standard has been made mandatory by the governing body. The industry is also actively involved in wildlife and biodiversity conservation.) It gives healthy fats to the dish and the golden orange shade of the oil looks beautiful!