5 Eco Back-To-School Tips

It seems like forever since we were in a school routine, and it’s hard to believe that we’re going back in a week! Here are a few links to some places where you can find ethical and sustainable school kit. As always, affiliate links are marked with an asterisk. I earn a tiny commission if you click through and buy something. Frugi* have a great selection of colourful water bottles, backpacks, pencilcases and more Chalk … Read more

Stay Home, Stay Safe & Support Local Businesses

It’s a crazy time we are living in at the moment, with many unexpected challenges. Many of us are struggling to stay on top of our physical wellbeing and mental health, as well as making sure the cupboards are stocked. Online supermarket delivery slots are like gold dust, and with many smaller retailers closed for business, it’s certainly a difficult time for shoppers. Here are a few tips: If you are lucky enough to already … Read more

Ethical Gift Guide: Supporting Artists & Makers

9 pictures of handmade gift ideas

Do you always seem to kid yourself that you don’t need to do any Christmas shopping until it’s nearly too late? It’s great to avoid the shopping frenzy and make homemade gifts instead. If you haven’t got time to make your own this year, why not support your friends with small businesses, or other local artists and makers? Just in case you are stuck for ideas, here are a few people who I know that … Read more

Stocking Fillers Without The Plastic

*This post contains an affiliate link for Riverford organic clementines and nuts at the end, none of the actual stocking filler toys are affiliate links* The first thing that you need for a plastic-free christmas stocking is an extra large 100% wool sock. As a child, me and my brother would raid our dad’s sock drawer and pick out the biggest, longest sock we could find to hang at the bottom of our beds. These … Read more

Winning and Losing at Organic & Second Hand September

The summer holidays are over! I’m welcoming September and the changes it brings. Time to reflect on the year so far, and time to get on with some more work, as my five year old started Year One earlier this week. September is the start of a new school year, and a great time to make some positive lifestyle changes. Perhaps you are trying #ZeroWasteWeek or joining #OrganicSeptember or #SecondHandSeptember? If you haven’t heard of … Read more

Zero-Waste Birthday Parties

It can feel like a struggle to celebrate your child’s birthday without damaging the environment. These tips will help you to host a guilt-free, low plastic birthday party! Food & Drink: It amazes me how much sweet food is served at children’s parties. Surely a buffet of low quality biscuits and cupcakes within easy reach of youngsters is a recipe for disaster? Why not offer a healthy range of savoury snacks and fruit. This will help … 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

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

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

A Change of Chocolate

cacao beans and pods

I’ve got a confession to make: Chocolate is an area where I sometimes let my standards slip a little in order to get a fix. Despite having spent nearly a year researching the terrible standards in cacao production, I have been known to nibble a bit of low grade chocolate. I’ve been aware for years that Green and Blacks are owned by Kraft, but have deliberately kept my blinkers on, as they are the ‘least-worst’ … Read more