Author: Jackie

Fairtrade Fortnight 28th Feb – 13th March

What do you think of when you hear Fairtrade? Bananas, Coffee, Chocolate, The Co-op. What about cotton or the clothes you wear? Fairtrade cotton means that small cotton farmers can improve their standard of living and other people in their local community benefit too. Extreme poverty is something many of us choose not to think about, as we do not come into contact with it in our daily lives, however almost half the world’s population – over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 (about £1.50) a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 (about £6) a day. So Fairtrade for many people is a way towards making a better future for themselves and their families. If you are paying a cheap price for a product, chances are that somewhere someone is paying the extra cost, whether they are working exceptionally long hours, in poor conditions for pennies or risking their own health or child labour will be involved. So do something fantastic this week and treat yourself to some fairtrade chocolate and a cup of tea, I like Good Earth tea, which is Organic and...

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Me and my mooncup

For those of you of a squeamish nature or if you are a man reading this, I advise you to stop reading now. For the rest of you that are wondering what a mooncup is read on. Most people when you talk about washable nappies have an idea of what options there are, but when you mention reusable or washable sanitary protection or eco sanpro, most people don’t even know there is an alternative to disposables. For the past 8 years I have used a mooncup, which is a cup made of soft medical grade silicone that sits in the vagina and collects the menstrual flow, until I remove it and empty the contents down the toilet. The mooncup is then rinsed and re-inserted. A mooncup can hold 3 times more blood than the most super absorbent tampon. Advantages to using a mooncup are similiar to using washable nappies, you save money, you reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill or flushed away and it is better for your health. My mooncup cost me about £20 8 years ago and has had 7 years of use (-1 year as I had my second child), which is approximately 84 periods. You work out how much that has saved me over the last 8 years. On average 1 woman will use 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime...

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Natural Skincare Products that I love

My bathroom cabinet is full of natural lotions and potions from my favourite natural skincare companies, so I thought I would list a few here. Hemp seed oil is fantastic for all skin types as it actually feeds the skin with omega 3 and 6 oils, it is also particularly good for dry skin and sensitive skin. Innocent oils do a little 5g tin of hemp seed oil , which is brilliant as a lip balm or if I have a bit of dry skin on my fingers. For moisturising your face with oil, the Luna and Angel Drops are gorgeous and come in a little roll-on container. Green People have a brilliant range of organic skincare products for young skin, make-up, baby range, haircare and suncare. They do some of the products as travel size, so you can buy them to try before buying the normal size. Yaoh Hemp Seed Moisturiser, I sell these, they are great value and can be used as a moisturiser for the face, a hand cream and a foot cream so that they can save you space as well as money. There are no SLS, paraben, palm oil or synthetic fragrances in these products. They are also Vegan...

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Hello and welcome to Green and Natural Living. I am a busy mum, who owns her own green retail business, lives in the country and lives a eco-conscious life. Although I am greener than the average person I am no where near perfect. Living in rural Lincolnshire I rely heavily on my car both for business and day to day family use. Although I work from home the majority of time, I also travel about the county for networking and training events, to give talks and have stalls at various functions. The purpose of my blog is to hopefully inform and inspire people to try to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, not everyone can live on a smallholding like me or would want to, but everyone can reduce the impact they have on the planet and save some money along the way. I’ll also be posting about the ups and downs of being greener than average, including the odd disaster along the way. So here is to me trying to show you that it is easy than you think to go...

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