The Plastic-Free Bedroom

Apparently we spend a third of our lives in bed. When you’ve got a young child it doesn’t always feel like it, but hopefully I will get to catch up on lost lie-ins later on! With so much time spent in bed, it’s important to value the quality of the materials that surround us when we are asleep. ***Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk. If you buy anything after clicking on one of these, … Read more

5 Green Christmas Gift Ideas

OK, I know. It’s late in the day, but here’s a handful of ideas for unusual and ethical gifts. 1. How about a little micro-greens kit from Teeny Greeny? 2. A handmade spatula – made from reclaimed materials by Rebus & Co 3. An upcycled bag from CrackPacs 4. A make-your-own-underwear kit from Made My Wardrobe 5. An organic cotton thermal pillow filled with cherrystones by Warmlii Wishing you all happy, healthy and safe festive … Read more

Let’s Talk About Pants…

Or knickers. Or briefs. Whatever you call them, you’re probably wearing some right now. This post is specifically about the ‘everyday’ kind of women’s pants. The comfortable ones that you put on without a second thought. If you’re after some more saucy options, check out this post instead. To wear your pants without a care in the world, it’s best to find some that are ethically made using sustainable and natural materials. Otherwise your pants … Read more

Beautiful Ethical Bra On Sale

After spending several years searching for a non-wired organic cotton bra that comes in proper cup sizes, I have finally found one–and the crazy thing is that the company are based less than 10 miles from my home! In a moment of desperation, after numerous shopping trips, internet searches, Twitter-shout-outs and more, I searched the hashtag #organiccottonbra on Instagram. And there it was… Ella Bella Grey. I ordered one straight away and as soon as … Read more

Spring, Tap, Filter?

Natural spring water is a luxury that few can afford, but I used to use five litres a day. I’d even hand wash my knickers in it. Before you jump to conclusions, I’d like to say that I’m not a diva. For the seven years I lived off-grid on a narrowboat, my drinking water mostly came from a spring that flowed from the hillside into the canal, and I collected it by bicycle every few … Read more

It’s Plastic Free July 🌿

Today marks the start of Plastic Free July – a great campaign to help you refuse single-use plastics! “Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?” I’ve gathered a few links for Plastic Free July discounts on plastic-free … Read more

What on Earth is Radiative Forcing?

Do you know your CO2 from your N2O? Or your GHGs and CFCs? I am not going to lie: I had no idea what radiative forcing was until very recently. Although I spend my life writing about sustainability and trying to make planet-friendly choices, science isn’t a strong point for me. So, when the opportunity arose to attend a climate science workshop in exchange for a review, I jumped at the chance! The workshop is … Read more

Extremely Excellent Ethical Easter

Spring is here! Tiny lambs are leaping, birds are building nests, the blackthorn is in blossom and the wild garlic is ready to pick. It’s still pretty flippin’ cold. But that’s OK. From here until the autumn equinox, days are longer than nights – wooohooo! In a couple of weeks it’s gonna be Easter, and it’s time to get prepared! Here are a few ideas about how to have an eco-friendly Easter. *As usual, any … Read more

Waste Free February 2021

Today marks the end of the new Lent: well done to anyone who managed to achieve Dry January and Veganuary during lockdown this year. I have not managed either, although as usual I have eaten a vast amount of tofu, and had very little to drink. Today also marks the start of Waste Free February – a brilliant campaign organised by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. I took part in 2019 and it really has had … Read more

How To Be Good In Bed

How To Be Good In Bed

Here in the Green Shopper household, I’ve worked hard to make my bedroom plastic-free and ethical. We are phasing out synthetic fibres in our bedding and have replaced our mattress with a natural latex and organic cotton version. I’ve covered all this in my previous post The Plastic Free Bedroom. So… this post is gonna cover the juicy stuff. Suitable for couples AND singles. If you’re easily embarrased, a bit prudish, or a member of … Read more