Are your beauty products actually organic? 

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Did you know that it’s Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week? The Soil Association launched this week to celebrate beauty brands that are certified organic. As it turns out, there are no legal standards for labelling beauty products as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, so products with this label may contain few if any organic ingredients. This is misleading and it’s greenwashing, and like the Soil Association I don’t think it’s ok… Continue reading “Are your beauty products actually organic? “

Wake up happy with a Lumie Bodyclock

Waking up in the early hours when you know a busy commute and a long day awaits you can be tough, especially in the winter months. I often find it hard to pull myself out from under my warm, cosy duvet to brace the cold that lies beyond – even if that chill only lasts a few seconds before I reach my dressing gown! Well, that’s where the Lumie Bodyclock comes in, helping you to wake up happy and ready to start your day…

It’s essentially a light alarm clock, waking you with a gradually brightening lamp and alarm sound if you like. You can set the light to come on either 20, 30 or 45 minutes before you want to wake up and there are various alarm tones to choose from. Continue reading “Wake up happy with a Lumie Bodyclock”

What is an “eco” yoga mat and where can I get one?

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Ever wondered what the difference between a normal yoga mat and one with an “eco”label is? Well, yoga mats are typically made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which has been found to be bad for both your body and the environment. “Eco” yoga mats, on the other hand, are usually made from a natural rubber or jute that is biodegradable and less harmful to your health and that of the planet. Continue reading “What is an “eco” yoga mat and where can I get one?”

Get fit for free with Sweaty Betty

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When thinking about sustainable brands, Sweaty Betty may not immediately spring to mind, but they are really great when it comes to social sustainability. They provide quick, easy and free access to top trainers and class instructors through their collection of online fitness videos and in-store classes. And, this January they’ve created a 31-day fitness programme for anyone to download for free, just click here. Continue reading “Get fit for free with Sweaty Betty”

Maximising your outfit choices whilst minimising your wardrobe

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During the sales more than ever it’s important to focus on sustainable shopping practices. There may be many ‘bargains’ on offer, but more unnecessary clutter not only fills your home with things you don’t need, but your mind too. It takes women an average of 17 minutes every day to decide what they’re going to wear – that is 4 whole days a year! And 1 in 10 of us are late for work because of morning outfit stress. Plus, studies have found that having less stuff generally makes us happier. Not to mention the fact that we only wear 44% of the items sitting in our wardrobe regularly (Oxfam), leaving 3.6 million clothes unworn in Britain alone.

So what can you do to avoid buying things you won’t wear very often that ultimately make you more stressed? Think about how you can style items to create numerous different outfits. This will ensure you get the most out of your wardrobe and will encourage you to pick pieces that you know will work with what you’ve got. The 1 item 5 ways challenge is a great way to get you to style one of your favourite items to create a number of looks. Continue reading “Maximising your outfit choices whilst minimising your wardrobe”

Give a gift that gives back this Christmas

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With so much on offer, how do you choose a worthy gift for a valued friend or family member? And what can you get that you know they’ll love and that aligns with your ethical and environmental values? There are plenty of sustainability-conscious brands stocking great gifts that give back; be that the profits donated to charity, through the company’s work in the local community, or their labour and environmental practices. I’ve rounded up a few examples of perfect presents that are more than just a gift… Continue reading “Give a gift that gives back this Christmas”

Top tips for more sustainable shopping practices

1. Less is always more

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We all have far too much stuff.

UCLA have named contemporary society the most materially rich society in global history (BBC). Even in the smallest house they studied (980 sq ft), they found 2,260 items in just the 2 bedrooms and living room – and this doesn’t include anything found in cupboards or drawers! They also found that 3 out of every 4 families no longer have space for a car in their garage because it’s filled with all of their stuff! James Wallman cleverly coined our obsession with material goods “Stuffocation”, and we truly are stuffed.

We’re especially bad when it comes to clothing. The average British woman buys 59 items of clothing a year and has double the amount she had in 1980. This is a waste of our money, our resources and our time.

A study by M&S found we only wear 44% of the items sitting in our wardrobe regularly (Oxfam). 3.6 million clothes are left unworn in Britain alone, an average of 57 items per person with 16 only ever being worn once and 11 still with tags. They also found 1 in 20 has 50 items with the tags still firmly attached – think what you could buy with 50 items worth!

And all this wardrobe cramming is also causing us unnecessary stress in the morning. Women spend on average 17 minutes a day choosing their outfit – that’s 4 whole days a year! And this morning madness sees 1 in 10 of us arriving late for work because we were struggling with what to wear that morning!

So when you’re out shopping, really take the time to think about whether you need that item. Do you already have one similar? How much use will you really get out of it? This leads me on to my next tip… Continue reading “Top tips for more sustainable shopping practices”