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. Natural Mattresses The Better Sleep Council recommend replacing your mattress after only seven years, and ours was … Read more

Toothbrush Trials (The Quest for an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush)

Toothbrush Trash

If you’re looking to reduce your plastic waste in 2018, using an alternative toothbrush is a great place to start. Toothbrushes are so very necessary, and with a world population of around 7.6 billion, us humans get through an awful lot of them! Officials advise replacing brushes every three to four months, so that’s a lot of plastic heading for landfill. It hasn’t always been this way—early toothbrushes were made from chewed twigs, bone and … Read more

Sweet Enough Already?

It’s confession time for The Green Shopper: I’m a hypocrite. And I stole a cake from a child. I try to keep my four-year-old’s food free from refined sugar, but I’ve got a super sweet tooth. When he was given a low-grade cupcake with two centimetres of icing at a  birthday party, I snatched it away and gave him some crispy seaweed instead. Then I scoffed it while he wasn’t looking. Witnesses were horrified, but … Read more

Join the Washing-Up Revolution

Zero Waste Washing Up

The best thing I’ve done for Plastic-Free July 2018 is switch my household to a zero-waste washing-up system. During the seven years that I lived on my own, I probably only changed my washing-up sponge about twice a year. I’d keep them going until they were stained and disintegrating, sitting dismally alongside my ancient, much-refilled bottle of Ecover washing-up liquid. Nowadays, with a partner and young son sharing the house, I try to keep the … Read more

Heatwave Hotties

Here in the UK we are getting an unusually big dose of sunshine, and my family’s pale skin needs protection from the harmful UV rays. Up until last year I used Yaoh’s ‘hemp’ sun cream, thinking it must be a good option because anything with hemp in has got to be healthy, right? Sadly I was mistaken: some of Yaoh’s suncare range relies on a chemical barrier called Octinoxate which listed on The Campaign For … Read more

Super Fresh Mouth

Want to have a fresh mouth without making a mountain of plastic? I’ve been trialling natural mouthwashes for a long time to find the very best! The Green Shopper’s ‘toothbrush trials’ settled my favourite plastic-free toothbrush, and it’s time to up the game with our other oral care products. My household had previously settled on the JASON Sea Fresh* mouthwash and toothpaste, but we are taking further steps to reduce the plastic in our lives … Read more

Plastic-Free Bathroom Swaps

If you want to reduce your plastic use in the bathroom, here’s a list of ten simple swaps to make it easier! 1. Buy your toothpaste from Truthpaste or Georganics. 2. Use a Hydro Phil bamboo brush (the bristles are made with plant based plastic). 3. Buy your floss from Georganics: natural fibre floss packaged in a cute refillable glass pot! 4. There are lots of moisturisers which come in glass pots or metal tubes. … Read more

Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is

*This post has been sponsored by Purposeful Money but all views are from The Green Shopper* Would you lend a few quid to an arms manufacturer? How about a casino or a pornography producer? Perhaps you’d prefer to finance a new nuclear power station? It’s easy not to think about where your money actually is when it’s ‘in the bank’. I’d like to imagine that my cash is kept locked in a vault, perhaps even … Read more

Plastic-Free Paris

One of the reasons why I set up The Green Shopper is that I’m a compulsive researcher. I love to travel by train, and found advice from The Man in Seat 61 very helpful when planning a recent rail trip to Paris and Venice. Before departure I also like to make a list of interesting looking vegetarian restaurants and health-food shops at my destination: the Happy Cow website is a really useful resource for travelling … Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Plastic-Free Periods

The average woman spends 6.5 years of her life menstruating, and uses around 11,000 disposable menstrual products¹. Despite advice from water companies and manufacturers, 1.5 billion are flushed away in the UK every year. As well as contributing to ‘fatbergs’ in our sewers, many end up in the sea and on our beaches—on a recent trip to the Sussex seaside, it was hard to explain to my 3 year old exactly why he couldn’t add … Read more