Stocking Fillers Without The Plastic

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 knee-high organic wool Fair-Isle socks from Cambridge Baby would work a treat! Buying locally from actual shops is always a preference for me, and I’m … Read more

Are You An Armchair Rebel?

Armchair with XR symbol

Twenty years ago I travelled to London for the Carnival Against Capital. I was a graphic design student trying to reject advertising. A young idealist who took inspiration from Adbusters magazine. I was too stoned to have any proper answers, but I knew that I didn’t want a career as a ‘creative’ trying to sell unnecessary ‘stuff’ to hungry consumers. Capitalism was the enemy. The sun shone. We marched. We danced. It was a riot. … Read more

A Rubbish Idea?

Do you know where things actually go when you throw them away? Until last year I didn’t have a clue what happened to my rubbish after it had left the wheelie bin. I assumed that everything that went into my bin was buried somewhere in a landfill site, so was surprised to find out that some waste from the UK (including mine) is incinerated abroad. In West Wiltshire, the contents of our black wheelie bins … 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! *Affiliate links are marked with an asterisk. If you buy anything after clicking on one of these, a teeny-tiny percentage goes to support the running costs of my website at no extra cost to your lovely selves.*   Food & Drink: It amazes me how much sweet food … Read more

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

Toothbrush Trash

If you’re looking to reduce your plastic waste, 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 animal hair. … Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Plastic-Free Periods

NB: This guide contains a few affiliate links, all marked with an asterisk (which is one of these lovely little stars*). If you buy a product after clicking through on an affiliate link, The Green Shopper will make a tiny commission. This is put towards the running costs of this website and further research into ethical shopping options, and won’t cost you a penny. The average woman spends 6.5 years of her life menstruating, and … Read more

The Compost Catastrophe or A Teeny Tiny Storm in a Teacup

Teacup under a storm cloud, with a crossed out recycling

Fancy a cuppa? Do you take milk and sugar? How about a sprinkling of microplastic particles? When I recently heard that some teabags contain plastic, I thought to myself ‘not mine — ​I only buy Fairtrade, organic, unbleached paper teabags ‘. So, when our local health food shop told me that the Clipper brand teabags we’ve drunk for years contain plastic, I just didn’t want to believe it. After studying the box carefully and finding … Read more