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

Perfectly Plastic-Free Socks

Here’s an easy way to literally reduce your plastic footprint: 100% plastic-free socks! Most socks are made with artificial fibres, meaning they will shed plastic microfibres every time they are worn and washed. Conventionally grown cotton also uses huge amounts of water and relies heavily on pesticides. ‘Cotton rich’ socks usually contain polyamide and elastane too. A lot of ‘eco’ companies use a blend of bamboo and recycled polyamide, which is a step in the … Read more

A Touching Gift Idea (Pun Intended)

I’m not going to use the C word. Or the other C word. Or any C word at all! But we all know the festive season is shaping up to be a bit different from usual this year…   With shops closed, and socially-distanced Post Offices queues growing longer all the time, I’ve got an idea which might just help: If you want to get a gift that gives the recipient something to look forward … Read more

Time to get a watch…

Looking for an ethical watch?

To give you some indication of how long it’s been since I regularly wore a watch, when my last watch died, I had a pager that I could use to tell the time instead. A pager. Just let that sink in for a moment. Since upgrading to a mobile phone, I’ve used them as a way of keeping track of the time. But last year something changed: I got a smartphone. Instead of checking my … Read more

Tern Heads With A Tern Electric Cargo Bike

Lockdown life tested my ethical car-free lifestyle choice to the limit. Other people were zooming off to the seaside for their permitted ‘daily exercise’ but my family hadn’t been beyond a 3 mile radius of our home for over three months. We usually rely on public transport to get around, including the occasional taxi for hard-to-reach places. What if I needed to take my child to a medical appointment? Or one of my parents got … Read more

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

Have You Considered a Sustainable Funeral?

When you’re dealing with grief and loss, it’s hard to make decisions. Anyone who has undertaken the difficult task of trying to organise a funeral sustainably will know how stressful it is. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by catalogues of MDF coffins with plastic ‘brass-effect’ handles, imported flowers, catering choices, and more. Thankfully, sustainable funeral choices are becoming more common. Fellow blogger and Ethical Hour buddy Claire Lyons (from The Frugal Family) has written The … Read more

Five Great Natural Deodorants

Over the years, I’ve tried out a lot of natural deodorants. Here is a small selection of recent choices, and a couple of trusted old favourites. Some of the links (marked with a star) are affiliate links, which means I get a tiny comission if you buy something after clicking through. I’ve also included some discount codes for you all… 1. I’m currently using Rose Geranium deodorant balm from EcoVibe. It’s smooth and creamy, and … 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