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  1. 7 Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils Around The Home

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    Are you looking for natural and effective ways to enhance your home's ambiance, improve your skin and sleep, and even repel insects? Look no further than essential oils. These concentrated plant extracts have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties and pleasant scents. With a little creativity, you can easily incorporate essential oils into your daily routine to improve your home's environment and boost your well-being. They're also a cost-effective solution for many applications as only a few drops are usually needed.

    In this article, we'll share seven simple and practical ways to use essential oils around your home, from making your own reed diffusers and soothing irritated skin to freshening up your laundry and keeping insects at bay. Whether you're new to essential oils or a seasoned user, these tips will help you get the most out of these versatile and natural wonders.

  2. How Do Period Pants Work? Can They Save Money?

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    In recent months I have been converted to the many benefits of period pants!  For a good year or more, I had seen period pants popping up everywhere on social media newsfeeds and even in High Street stores.  I’d been curious to try them for a while, but somehow only got to buying myself a few pairs just over six months ago.  Now I’ve been using them monthly for six months I’m in a good position to explain how period pants work,  what are the benefits of period pants and what are the disadvantages.  Plus, we’ll explore how they can save you money and time, two of my favourite benefits so far!  I’ll delve into exactly how much my period pants are saving me each year and how popular period pant company WUKA has just released a revolutionary product, WUKA Stretch, for those who have no idea what size to order!  Buckle in and get ready for your ultimate guide to period pants and whether they’re right for you!

  3. Riverford refer a friend: new customer offer £15 off

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    In April 2022 we signed up to Riverford at our new address and we’re very impressed!  We also have a refer a friend link so you can get a Riverford discount for £15 off your second organic fruit and/or vegetable box if you are a new customer. 

    Simply use my Riverford link and the £15 credit will automatically be applied to your second delivery.  They plant a tree for each referral too, so free food for you and a free tree for the planet, win-win!

  4. Save money with energy efficiency and green energy

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    With global events being as they are, the price of energy for homeowners is skyrocketing. This is a significant driver of the modern cost-of-living crisis, and in lieu of any help from central government, it’s down to homeowners to look for strategies for economising. 

    Some of these strategies are also aligned with a positive environmental impact as they support renewable energy. So, you can save money and go green at the same time. But how exactly would you go about doing this?

  5. Lab diamond rings: an affordable and ethical choice

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    Grace 6mm 0.80ct 1 round moissanite Lily Arkwright platinum Edited HR

    GRACE 0.80ct / 6.00mm lab diamond 18k white gold solitaire engagement ring by Lily Arkwright

    Weddings are often synonymous with traditions and this also extends to proposals and engagement rings. One of the most common expectations is that engagement rings should cost 3 months wage, yet with the rise of lab grown gems, you can spare on that expense.

  6. How to invest in clothes and save money on clothes shopping

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    Clothes are one of the biggest spending categories for many people after normal bills and household outgoings. We all want to look our best when we go out into the world, and the right outfit can have a huge impact on our mood and confidence. Fortunately, if you’re looking to save money without compromising on the quality of your wardrobe, there are many ways to do so if you invest in clothes and make the right choices.

    You will need to put care and planning into your wardrobe to ensure you get good value for money and quality.  Doing so can be cost-effective in the long run and can help you to save money on clothes shopping overall. This article will explore some of the best ways to save money and invest in clothing at the same time.

  7. How to create an eco-friendly and money saving home office

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    More and more of us are working from home than ever before.  This means many people are suddenly converting that spare guest bedroom that never gets used into a more practical home office space.

    If you have the extra space in your home for a home office, then it’s a great idea to have a space separate from the rest of the home that can be dedicated to work.  It helps to ensure a better work-life balance by keeping work away from the main house and your private life.

    However, if you are suddenly creating a home office for the first time then you might be wondering how to go about it in an eco-friendly way.  With the economy fragile, you might also be wondering how it can be done with money saving in mind too.

    Luckily being eco-friendly and money saving, often go hand in hand.  Here are some of the best ways you can create a more sustainable home office and save some money in the process!

  8. Zebra ZSB Series ZSB-DP14 Thermal Label Printer Review + Giveaway

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    ZSB Series zsb-dp14 review

    #Ad. I was recently contacted by Zebra to test and review their ZSB Series thermal label printer. For the purpose of this review I was gifted the ZSB-DP14 design.

    Got a small business, home office or do you work from home?

    Read on to see how these thermal label printers can help organise your life, save time and keep your home office eco-friendly at the same time!

  9. Electricity prices – an important factor when you run a business

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    When it comes to running a business, there are many factors to take into account. One of the most important is electricity prices – and how this will affect your bottom line.  In this article, we will explore the impact of electricity prices on business owners and consumers, as well as what steps you can take to minimise the impact.

  10. Do supermarkets need to do more to reduce their single use plastic waste?

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    There seems to be a huge focus on consumers making the right choices at the moment when it comes to being eco-friendly, but I really think the responsibility needs to lie more with businesses, manufacturers and the governments.  After all, they have the power to create more eco-friendly products and enforce it. 

    It always maddens me to still see non-recyclable packaging and plastics used time and time again for products.  It’s 2020 for crying out loud!  Single-use packaging, especially, that cannot be recycled should be banned.

    Do supermarkets need to do more to reduce their single use plastic waste?  Let's explore.

  11. How to shop sustainable fashion on a budget

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    Just like fast food is bad for our personal health, fast fashion is bad for the health of our environment.  And in turn this will also affect our own health as we continue to use up valuable finite resources and pollute our water, sea and food through mass production of clothing we don’t need, transport of this clothing and discarding of fast fashion items we’ve barely worn.

    It’s a terrible state we’ve got ourselves into and the trend for consumerism needs to end.

    We need to put a value on the longevity of items and choose those made with renewable materials in an eco-friendly way.

    The world is changing and we consumers are waking up to the damage we have been doing to our planet.

    However, shopping ethically and sustainably for fashion can, at first, seem very expensive.  And it can be if you choose designer clothing or premium brands, but there are also lots of ways to shop sustainably on a budget which I will explore in this blog post.

  12. Make 1Change in 1Minute to reduce single-use plastics

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    Ad for The Midcounties Co-operative 1Change campaign – all words and opinions are my own.

    Our planet is literally suffocating from the amount of single-use plastic we are using and discarding on a daily basis.  It is killing animals, polluting our oceans and even poisoning us.

    Now we are aware of the destruction and damage this product has upon planet Earth, it’s more important than ever for us to curb our plastic-loving habits.  It’s time to replace single-use plastic with something more sustainable to protect our health and future.

    I recently undertook a challenge with The Midcounties Co-operative to see if I could reduce my plastic use in 60 seconds.  The campaign is about making 1Change in 1Minute.

    Reducing single-use plastic and helping our planet doesn’t need to be overwhelming or take time to implement.  We can make better choices in a minute or less every single day.

  13. FFS review: limited edition Lily razor and special offer

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    This week FFS very kindly sent me their new limited edition Lily razor handle to check out.  It’s a new chrome silver and teal blue handle which is engraved with my name!  I’m already a big fan of Friction Free Shaving (FFS) and both me and my husband use their razors and are signed up to their razor subscription.  FFS also help us in our quest to make our bathroom zero-waste and to reduce single-use items.  In this blog post I will explain how the FFS subscription works and why it’s an eco-friendly option.  Read on for my newest FFS razor review.

  14. 10 reasons to choose a scooter instead of a car

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    Recently, when Ben was still at his employed job, we were seriously discussing him getting a scooter to commute to work.  We both have cars and one of our biggest expenses each month was Ben’s fuel costs.  We spent around £150 just on his fuel to get to work and back each day!

    Add in some supermarket shops, B&Q visits and trips to friends and family (even just locally) and we were usually filling his tank three times per month at a cost of £200.  It was one of our biggest outgoings every month and we were looking for how to cut car costs.  This is when Ben seriously began to consider a scooter!

  15. Eco-friendly camping essentials that save money

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    Camping season is nearly upon us.  Whether you are going camping with friends, family or for the summer music festivals, it’s good practice to make sure you leave nature as you found it and use as many eco-friendly camping essentials as you can.  Not only will this reduce your impact on the environment, but they could even save you some cash in the long run.

    In this blog post I am going to share with you some eco-friendly camping essentials that can also save you money.

  16. How much single-use plastic do you use in a week?

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    Ad for The Midcounties Co-operative 1Change campaign – all words and opinions my own

    Plastic is big news at the moment.  We are the first generation to know the devastating effects that our technology and everyday habits are having on the environment and the planet we call home.  Unfortunately with plastic, it’s not good news.

    We have all seen the news stories, YouTube clips and documentaries telling us why single-use plastic is bad.  This once revolutionary man-made product is now littering our oceans, clogging up rivers, killing animals and even poisoning us.  

    Many of us, especially the more eco-conscious among us, might not like to admit it, but plastic is unfortunately a big part of our everyday lives.  Just look around your home and even where you are sat right now and see what is made from plastic.  I bet you’ll begin to realise that it’s everywhere.

    Of course, we have come to rely on plastic and its multitude of uses and it’s not going to disappear anytime soon.  The big problem that we can begin to solve, however, is single-use plastic.  These are plastics that are only used for one purpose and then discarded.  There are a lot of them and we all use them every day.  Once you begin to realise how much you do use, it’s really shocking to think about how much plastic is thrown away every day across the globe.

    How much single plastic does my family use in one week?

    I decided to take part in a challenge by The Midcounties Co-operative who is launching a campaign called 1Change to demonstrate what it is doing to reduce single-use plastics.  It is also hoping to get customers, employees and co-operators on board to join the fight in reducing single-use plastics.

    The challenge was to save up an entire week’s worth of single-use plastic to see how much we use.  We’ve made quite a few changes over recent years to help reduce the amount of plastic we use and to be more eco-friendly as a family, but I was still shocked by the amount we had used and were therefore throwing straight into the landfill.

    So, here goes.  We managed to fill up one big shopping bag with the loose plastic as we collected it:

    How much single use plastic do you use in a single week 

    And here it all is laid flat so we can see what it is:

    How much single use plastic does a family of four use in a week

    The single-use plastic a family of four throws out in one week

    I was pretty shocked at the amount of this plastic when it was all laid out.  It looks like so much, yet I know it’s not even going to be half as bad as some families of four.  We make a lot of our own home-cooked evening meals, lunches, snacks and even use plant-based milk so this really reduces the amount of plastic we use each week.  We also only usually drink water, tea and milk so we don’t usually have plastic bottle waste.

    This week we didn’t make any of our own energy balls as we’d ran out of dates and our local shop doesn’t sell them, so there are lots of snack packets instead from all of our lunchboxes and snacking.  You can see we did buy several packs of dates at the end of the week, so we can now make some more of our own snacks which will reduce our single-use plastic waste.

    Here is a list of our plastic waste and my thoughts:

    ·         Toilet roll wrappers

    Recently our local supermarket had recycled toilet roll that was wrapped in paper packaging and I purchased a few.  Then when I went back a week later it was gone!  I wonder if they were trialling the brand, but they should definitely stock it again.  If there is a more eco-friendly option then I would much rather purchase it.  I’ve also considered a bidet toilet before which could totally eliminate the need to buy toilet roll.  For now the best way to reduce the amount of plastic is to buy the largest multipacks possible.

    ·         Fruit and vegetable wrappers

    We eat organic food and I always feel guilty about the amount of plastic it comes in.  If you don’t eat organic then you can choose to buy loose fruit and vegetables which is usually a cheaper option too.  This will reduce your amount of plastic.  I’m going to order more fruit and vegetable boxes and we actually have organic vegetable boxes coming for the next three weeks as I saw a great online offer.  This will reduce our plastic.  I hope the supermarkets will soon offer loose organic fruit and veg, or at least package them in plant-based wrap which I know exists.

    ·         Bubble wrap from a delivery

    Unfortunately many of us order online and are therefore not in control of the wrapping.  There’s a shop I regularly order from and they send the products in so much unnecessary wrap as it’s not even a breakable product.  I always send feedback every time as it’s such a waste of packaging and bad for the environment.  If we all let our thoughts be known then hopefully it will begin to make a difference.  This company could have used a paper wrap which would have been recyclable and environmentally friendly.  I do always try to save packaging to re-use it and I hope the new recipient does the same.

    ·         Wrap and pitta bread wrappers

    We don’t eat loaves of bread as they are full of so many questionable ingredients, so we choose to eat wraps and pittas from companies that only use a handful of ingredients instead.  This does mean we have wrappers from these weekly.  In this case the companies really need to change their packaging.  If you love bread you could make your own at home using a bread maker.  These are easy options for the kids’ lunchboxes so I do buy these for the convenience.  I also make pasta for their lunches which is a better option as that can be taken in reusable pots each day and creates less plastic waste.

    ·         Crisp packets

    We don’t buy crisps every week, but this week we did!  I’ve seen some crisp packet recycling initiatives begin to take shape with recycling points popping up in stores.  I’m really pleased this issue is beginning to be tackled.  I still question why the crisp companies don’t use compostable packaging.  I’ve purchased crisps in compostable packets before from small independent brands, so the big brands should really take note.  This would be the ultimate solution.

    ·         Dried fruit & nut packets

    I’ve seen a shop in a nearby town that sells nothing in packets at all.  You can take your own reusable tubs and pay per weight.  I imagine a future where all the stores are like this.  Like it used to be before plastic was invented!

    ·         Baby wipe packet

    I dread to think how many packets we got through when my children were babies.  Now we get through one packet every 1-2 weeks, again for the convenience.  They are easy to use for sticky fingers and faces when out and about.  I make sure we buy eco-friendly wipes that are biodegradable, but these brand values don’t seem to extend to the packets themselves.  We can use cloths and water at home to clean the children’s faces and we need to do this more.

    ·         Cling film

    I really don’t like cling film and I was researching it recently after discovering non-PVC cling film and the dangers of cling film with PVC.  I decided to stop buying it, but we had two rolls in our draw to use up so I felt like it was better to use it up.  I still feel guilty using it though and won’t be buying more once it’s gone.  We tend to use reusable pots and very occasionally some foil which can be recycled.  We don’t really need cling film.

    ·         Baked beans wrapper

    To avoid the baked bean wrapper we can buy single cans.  Unfortunately the stores often discount the multipacks which come in a plastic wrapper – grr!  Stores should start offering discounts on the more eco-friendly packaging options available to customers instead.

    ·         Wrapping paper wrapper

    This definitely isn’t normal for our weekly shop, but it was Reuben’s birthday and so I had purchased some wrapping paper and it was wrapped in a plastic film.

    ·         Water bottle tag

    Again, this is not normal, but Reuben’s milk bottle was lost at pre-school (we give him plant based milk to take).  So Ben replaced it with a new one which annoyingly had a plastic hanging tag and a plastic mould over the lid.  This packaging was totally unnecessary and a cardboard hanger would have sufficed.  I hope companies start becoming more responsible with their packaging.

    ·         Smoothie bottle

    Ben purchased this when at work for the convenience.  We do make a lot of our own smoothies and milkshakes at home which is definitely a solution to store bought ones.  Plastic bottle waste is a big problem and perhaps it was the plastic bottle problem that first opened our eyes to the issue with plastic.  I remember seeing a large sculpture in Bristol of a whale made from thrown away bottles.  We don’t drink squash and choose to distil our water at home instead of buying bottled water like we used to.  We also make our own plant-based milk, juices, smoothies and milkshakes.  This change drastically reduced the amount of single-use plastic we used.

    ·         Cotton bud swabs

    Most of us use cotton swabs in our everyday lives and we use them weekly as part of our cleaning routines. But do you know that all these swabs end up in landfill waste and can even end up in the ocean?  We have now converted to bamboo and organic cotton buds, but these still create a lot of waste, even if it’s not plastic.  We should protect our environment from all of these single-use items and the most effective way is switching to reusable alternatives, like LastObject's reusable swabs, which will fit into an eco-friendly beauty routine perfectly.

    How much single use plastic do you use in one week

    Though this pile looked like a lot, it squished down into half a 10 litre bin bag.  We only have a small 10 litre bin in our kitchen as we really try to keep tabs on what we are throwing into landfill and how we can reduce our waste.  Go back a few years and we were putting a full landfill wheelie bin out once per week.  Now we only put ours out every six weeks and often it’s not even full.  Still, it’s far too much waste and far too much plastic needlessly damaging the environment.

    A rant about the problem of single-use plastics

    The problem with many of these single-use plastics is that they can’t be recycled.  They are wrappers and the like that aren’t collected in our recycling.  This type of packaging really does irritate me as come on, it’s 2019 and it should not exist anymore!

    Out of this heap we could only recycle two items in our council recycling bin – a plastic tray and a plastic bottle.  It really does infuriate me; if crisp packets can be recycled then the councils should collect them and recycle them. 

    I know there are smaller independent companies who are using compostable packaging for crisp packets and inside cereal boxes.  I’ve purchased these products before, but they are few and far between.  I’ve also seen a male toiletry company that makes its tubes from sugar cane! 

    This is much more sustainable and it’s a shame that it’s only the tiny little companies are making the effort rather than the huge corporations who can afford to.  The large brands really should be setting an example and leading the way.

    I also think the governments should enforce these sustainable, biodegradable and alternative options to plastic packaging.

    Join the fight against single-use plastics with 1Change

    The Midcounties Co-operative has decided to take action in reducing the amount of single-use plastic that is consumed.  They aim to develop sustainable cities and communities as well as protect life under water and on land.

    Here are some of their targets:

    • Ensure all its Co-operative Childcare Nurseries maintain eco school status
    • Engage 50 partner schools in ‘plastic is not fantastic’ education and campaigns by 2022
    • Engage 1000 members in taking action in its 2019 1Change campaign to reduce single-use plastics
    • Reduce the overall waste it produces by 20% by 2022
    • Maintain a 99% recycling rate
    • Eliminate single-use coffee cups in stores by 2020
    • Eliminate single-use straws and cutlery by 2020
    • Allow customers to bring their own containers to its meat and delicatessen counters by 2020
    • Remove all plastic bags across premium supermarkets by 2020, providing bag for life alternatives.   

    Co-op food stores in the Midcounties will be providing information to help shoppers make informed purchasing decisions around single-use plastics from 18th March 2019.

    They also invite you to make a pledge about what you can do to make 1change in the fight against single-use plastic.

    Make your pledge at


    Check out my other articles on how to reduce plastic:


  17. Is being vegan expensive?

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    Is being vegan expensive?  The answer?  It can be as expensive or as affordable as you want it to be.  Pretty much like anything else in life.  You can choose the cheap car or you can choose a more luxurious car.  The same goes for food, drink, holidays, clothes, homewares, you name it.  Choosing to lead a healthy lifestyle is no different.  It can cost a pretty penny or you can choose to do it on a budget.

    One question I’m asked a lot as I am now 100% plant based (or vegan as it’s more widely and easily understood), is whether it is expensive.   My answer is yes and no.  No it’s not expensive if you stick to eating a diet stuffed full of fresh fruits and vegetables, but mostly veggies, that are in season.  But yes it is expensive if you start buying processed vegan food and junk food such as vegan cheeses and vegan mayonnaises, raw chocolate bars, meat alternatives and so on.

  18. Achieve natural beauty with these holistic health tips

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    What better way to feel more beautiful than to follow a care routine that supports you, as much as it does the environment?

    The following tips form part of a careful selection of sustainable products in which you can use to integrate the principles of conscious consumption (like reducing and reusing) to help you attain natural beauty.