Sutainable Ethical Swimwear

under the same sun bikini

Thankfully I don’t have to buy a swimsuit this year. This is a task I absolutely abhor and it is something you need to do you have my sympathy. Here are a few swimwear companies that may offer a more ethical, sustainable option than your high street. The first two consider the sustainability of the materials that they use, while the others are simply made closer to home, i.e. the UK.

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Summer Activities with Kids – 2017

painted cactus rock garden

I’m not the type of parent that feels the need to fill every hour of my kids’ days with entertainment. I think boredom is a great encourager of creativity and I feel that my kids, now 9 and 7, are more than capable of being responsible for their own entertainment. That said it’s nice to have a few crafts / activities up your sleeve for those whiny days that all parents get, and as always I am focusing on compostable / recyclable materials wherever possible.

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Origami Money Gifts

origami money heart

I used to buy kids presents in advance and have a little ‘present box’ so that i wasn’t dashing to the shops every time my kids got an invite to a party. As I’ve moved towards Zero Waste I’ve given up on this. I no longer feel comfortable supporting the production of non-recyclable plastic toys by multinationals based outside of Ireland. So I’ve started to give cash, and when i say cash I don’t mean those nasty non-recyclable gift cards that expire. I mean cold hard glorious cash. Let the birthday girl or boy buy themselves exactly what they want, or better still save it.

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Planet Positive Tokens for Teachers

Summer cupcakes

Okay, I’m going to admit straight out that I think giving teachers gifts at the end of the year is a joke! If everyone got a gift for doing their job well the world would be drowning in crap that no-one wants. I think a verbal thank you or simple handwritten note is more than enough to show gratitude.

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Sustainable Ethical Nightwear

Ethical Silk Company

Considering that we spend approximately 1/3 of our day in our pjs (I wish) it makes sense to me that they should be considered carefully. I have a thing for pjs. No matter how bad the day nothing beats a shower, followed by clean comfortable pjs and fresh bed linen. Everything just seems so much better after a nights sleep started this way.

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Zero Waste – Just Doing your Best

Second Hand Furniture

The Zero Waste movement seems to be exploding across the world, which is fantastic. Our own Zero Waste Facebook group in Ireland has grown from a few hundred last year to over 5,000 now! Our group focusses on very practical advice on where to buy things sans packaging or good quality, long-lasting items to invest it when replacing items but this doesn’t always tally with portrayals of Zero Waste that i see in the media. Often articles on Zero Waste focus on the aesthetics of the movement; labeless mason jars, cloth produce bags, stainless steel water bottles, and increasingly a sense that there is ‘right way’ to do Zero Waste.

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Sustainable Ethical Yoga, Active & Leisure Wear – Updated 27th August 2017

Asquith Lounge Wear

This is another blog entry under the theme of ethical sustainable clothing brands, this time in the realm of yoga, active and leisure wear. I’m hoping that seeing all these loving items will inspire me, one day, to start exercising again. I could garden or do housework or DIY all day long but actually setting time aside to do ‘exercise’ just doesn’t float my boat. Maybe I’m just doing it wrong!

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Natural Weed Killer & Gardening Hacks – Updated 14th September 2017

Natural Weed Killer

I’m a freak! I love weeding. I find it very calming and I love seeing those clean beds when I’m finished. That said I do still need to get rid of weeds in a few nooks and crannies that I can’t reach so I was so delighted to discover an inexpensive natural weed killer made with everyday kitchen ingredients that actually works (update 27.08.17: After repeated applications I’ve discovered that this week killer does kill non-perennial weeds but it only really knocks back perennial weeds like dandelions. I’ve resorted to using a fork to hand-weed out where I can, a hoe to cut the leaves off perennials growing on paths and the spray on weeds I can neither hand-weed or hoe ).

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