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12 March 2020

Mothers Day Ethical Gift Guide 2020 Mothering Sunday
(this selection of products have been chosen by me, this is not sponsored/paid by brands featured)

When you are buying gifts for a loved one it's always nice to choose something unique and ethical. I enjoy supporting independent brands and introducing them to others. Each brand mentioned below has a wide selection of gift ideas so this is only a small selection I chose based on my own personal tastes. The products featured are suitable for any occasion not just Mother's Day so bookmark this post for any other special events you have coming up.

Bloom Remedies - set of trial sized Serenity favourites to instil moments of quiet calm into your day, and to help soothe your senses into slumber at night contains mini sleep mist, body oil and pulse point roll-on

Enjoy! - lots of chocolate options available, the box pictured above contains 8 delicious vegan caramel chocolates in three flavours - Salted Caramels, Vanilla Caramels and Orange Caramels - dairy free, soya free, gluten free, organic, raw cacao

Fushia collection of Fresh-Pressed® beauty oils that are 100% pure, cold pressed and unrefined, beautifully packaged in an organic cotton Fair Trade pouch

Laura Spring - Milkky print make up pouch, practical for all your essentials, Laura is committed to supporting ethical methods of production and works closely with all her suppliers

Odylique - Revitalise & Cleanse gift set allows you to chose one of Odylique's organic cleansers and a sample of our 3-in-1 Maca Mask

Pamoja Skincare - a new beauty brand offering fragrance free versions of their products which makes them ideal for people with sensitive skin and allergies to essential oils, also Vegan and free from Palm Oil

Pure Thoughts - in the Soap Lovers Kit you can select fours natural soap bars  to personalised the gift to your favourite aromas and the soap is presented in a reusable cotton bag

Thought Clothing - Hattie bamboo printed slipper socks, made from bamboo, organic cotton with a fluffy recycled polyester lining

Unnaaty - this site offers a curated mix of lifestyle and home decor products that pass at least one core value test of them being environmental friendly, contributing to your wellness or supporting vulnerable makers from the U.K. The Bamboo & Olive Blossom reed diffuser pictured above is available through this website

Sarah x

6 August 2013

Love the Planet Washable Cleansing Pads
(gifted PR sample)

If you like to use cotton pads for facial cleansing, consider switching to organic cotton that way you will eliminate traces of harmful pesticides. However, there is another alternative to the disposable cotton pad. Love the Planet have been on my radar for some time and of course I have seen other bloggers mention the company. I recently accepted an offer to review their washable cleansing pads. The concept behind these is an eco friendly alternative to cotton wool. Personally, I use very few cotton pads because I favour muslin cloths but I know from watching beauty blogger videos that some people appear to go through packets per month.

Love The Planet cleansing pads are a nice size and are very soft. I have mainly been using them to remove my cleanser and clay mask. You can use them dry but I do dampen them in warm water. If you are not a fan of flannels or muslin cloths then these may be an ideal solution for you. The pack contains five pads and comes with a wash bag. I hung the wash bag in my bathroom and collected used pads over a few days, and then I simply threw the bag into the washing machine with my towels and they came out a good as new, no trace of makeup. 

Love the Planet also offer a skincare range which is free from parabens, mineral oils, artificial colours, artificial fragrances, animal testing, animal products and sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate. What do you think of reusable cleansing pads? Have you tried this product or any others from Love The Planet?

Sarah x

11 May 2012

If you follow Kim from Sunny Mother Nature you may have seen her YouTube video in which she recommended a Preserve recycled plastic toothbrush.  I was intrigued and started to see if we had an equivalent company in the UK. I ended up discovering that Preserve are available here and they were under my nose the whole time.

Preserve Powered by Yogurt Cups Eco Friendly Toothbrushes

Preserve Toothbrushes are made in the USA.  The bristles are new but the handle is made from recycled yoghurt pots.  They are BPA free and recyclable when you are finished with them.  The Company offers a recycling scheme should your local service not accept the plastic. I did wondered how this would work from in the UK but I did some research and there is a scheme over here.

I want to recycle my Preserve toothbrush in the UK? - Our distribution partner in the UK accepts Preserve toothbrushes and packaging for recycling. The address is: Kinetic, PO BOX 64350, London, NW6 9NZ.

Another great fact about the toothbrush is "We consulted closely with dental professionals to create a toothbrush that gets your teeth cleaner but minimizes your impact on the environment."

It would be nice to find a UK company offering a similar toothbrush.  I say this because (and I am guessing) some may argue that the carbon footprint to import this toothbrush probably outweighs the environmental efforts of the Company.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, there are a few UK stockists that crop up in a google search.  I would love to get your comments on this topic, what do you think about recycled toothbrushes?

Sarah x

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