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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#RedApe versus palm oil: What if…

Did you watch BBC2’s Red Ape documentary? If not, I’ll fill you in quickly. Orangutan in Borneo are facing extinction. The dedicated team featured in the documentary are fighting with every ounce of their being to save them. But it’s not enough, because they’re fighting against us. All of us. Palm Oil: The real battle It is a sad fact that what these incredible people in Borneo are doing will never save the Orangutan. They might save one, a hundred or a thousand. And they will undoubtedly keep fighting until the last one breathes its final breath. But unless we,…

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Charity Christmas gifts from the Poppy Shop

I’m a pretty terrible blogger. When you read a blog at this time of year, you expect to see at least a few guides to the must-have Christmas gifts. I’ve tried it in the past, but it’s just not really me. And I’m not sorry. Well, I’m not usually. But when the Poppy Shop got in touch and asked if I’d include them in my Christmas gift guide, I suddenly felt terrible that I didn’t have one. So, here are the gifts you need this Christmas. All profits go to charity and the items themselves are pretty awesome too. The Christmas…

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The best slippers ever for the whole family

I never really thought we were a matching slippers sort of family. But it’s amazing how having settling down can change a person. One day, you’re strolling down the aisle in a lacy dress and the next it’s all onesies and matching slippers. The best slippers ever My obsession with these slippers started a few years ago, when I bought a pair for Libby. I’d heard that my friend was making slippers with wool from her sheep. The business is called Runaway Baa Baa and the sheep are kept on a small holding in Scotland called Standingstone Hill. I bought…

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