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Plastic Free Zero Waste Refill Shops in the UK

In the fight against waste in the UK, refill shops are a key weapon. Most of us think about the packaging we buy, trying to minimise the use of plastic bags and disposable wrappers. Often though, supermarkets replace plastic bags with paper ones or plastic bottles with glass. Instead, why not do away with packaging altogether? Zero waste refill shops encourage customers to take their own containers. Each one is weighed and you can fill it with whatever you need. Many of these shops stock mainly organic produce so I thought it would be more expensive to shop at a…

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Is there such a thing as ethical fabric?

There was a time, quite a lot of years ago, when I loved shopping. Strolling around the local shops on my lunch break from university or work. Choosing clothes based on what I loved without a thought for how they were made. These days though, I rarely shop at all. I can’t justify the self-indulgence of spending money on me. More importantly though, I worry about how ethical my purchases are. So, I’ve been looking into which fabrics are more ethical. Second hand My first choice when it comes to shopping is to get things from charity shops. If I’m…

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Sustainable hen do party bags

If you’re arranging a hen do, party bags are a lovely touch. A little memento for everyone to remember the weekend and make it feel even more special. However with the focus on sustainability, many party bag staples are best avoided these days. Badges and balloons for adults? Unnecessary. Putting things in a plastic bag? Out of the question. So, here are a few ideas for creating a sustainable party bag. A reusable tote Gone are the days when it was acceptable to put post-party gifts in a little plastic bag. Whilst you could use a paper bag instead, it’s…

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How to buy eco friendly products at lower prices

These days, most of us are painfully aware of our environmental impact. Purchasing decisions no longer hinge purely around quality, value and price. Instead, we look for ethically sound purchases. Clean, natural products with less chemicals that are better for us and the environment. Sadly though, manufacturing products like this can be expensive. As a result, purchasing them can be too costly for many consumers. Recently though, the founders of a small company called My Green Pod have found a solution. Reducing the cost of natural products The founders of MyGreenPod realised that to bring down the prices of ethical…

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Father’s day gifts that don’t cost the Earth

Father’s day gifts are always difficult to buy. Dads seem to be a special breed of people who really don’t want or need much. Both my husband and my dad tend to buy things they want when they see them. So thinking of gift ideas can be tough. These days, we’re all becoming more aware of the detrimental impact that unwanted gifts can have on the environment. So, I’ve sought out gifts that are things that dads will need and use, or that are particularly positive environmentally. Eversbrook designer shirts made in England Knowing how and where clothing was made…

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