I’ve always been a massive bookworm and pretty happy to read books on any subject, but as I’ve become more interested in environmental issues & the outdoor world I’ve been reading more on those kinds of topics. Varying from books about wildlife & plants, to sustainable cities and ethical businesses – here are 5 books I’ve read (some a few times) and that I would totally recommend reading.
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1. Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson
This book really astounded me, as oblivious as I was to how important bees were for the planet I really didn’t know whether this was going to be an interesting read or not. As a matter of fact I couldn’t actually put this book down, it’s really engaging throughout and the author doesn’t go into too much detail about actual bee species so it’s literally suitable for anybody.
Did you also realise that these leading brands of sanitary products are mostly made of plastic & other synthetic products? The plastic that we know is so damaging to the environment & takes years and years to degrade, but we are continuing to put that in or near one of the most fragile parts of our body? Doesn’t make much sense does it!
The Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cups are one of the best things to solve this problem, there are so many brands out there to try that it can be a bit confusing which to choose!
Also, lots of people haven’t yet transitioned onto a menstrual cup. If you have a heavier period it can be a bit scary trying to use one of these! So another way to change to an eco-friendly alternative is a new brand of premium hygiene sustainable period products in the UK called grace & green.
Grace & Green
Grace & Green is a company based in the UK and is focused on giving women premium period products which are:
Here are the products which arrive in a box, to your door! You can order on a one off or monthly/quarterly subscription service. The packaging is gorgeous and discrete making it perfect for carrying around in your bag & travelling with.
Some facts about grace & green
If you look on her website, you can find loads of information about the company & their values. Here are some of the main points which I LOVE about this company:
The cotton used in all of the tampons & pads are certified organic – this means no chemicals are used in the farming of it, great for us & for the farmers who are working there as they’re not as risk of breathing in dangerous substances!
Tampons are applicator free & a new range of tampons with biodegradable applicators is coming out soon!
Everything is biodegradable
What I personally like about the products
They are literally as good as other brands which don’t produce environmentally friendly products
The pads & liners are comfy & absorb really well!
Just less waste involved – no plastic applicators and minimal packaging!
So if you’re looking for a new alternative to period products – check out this brand & if you do try it let me know what you think in the comments/if you’re aiming to have a more environmentally friendly period 😁😁 xxx
Bambaw kindly sent this bamboo cutlery set to me to try out and review! It’s such a handy thing to have for travelling & summer bbq’s or picnics. You can even get this if you’re moving house and need to buy new cutlery.
This is all contained within a roll up cotton sleeve for easy storage. The cotton sleeve is washable and reusable!
The great thing about Bambaw as a company is that they’ve thought everything through – they’re plastic free, zero waste, aiming to be carbon neutral, ethically source their bamboo and even work with environmental projects in Malawi.
Because they are based in Belgium, if you’re from Europe the products don’t need to travel far to get to you. All production and transport is carbon neutral and this is certified by the Carbon Trust Label!
Bamboo products have become really popular in the past few years because of it’s sustainability, no pesticides are needed to make it grow and it is compostable. This means when the cutlery set above reaches the end of it’s life it can be safely composted (unlike metal cutlery which could end up in a landfill or the ocean for 1000s of years).
Bambaw also sell bamboo safety razors, reuseable wash pads and water bottles along with other useful and sustainable products! Check out their website http://www.bambaw.com to see their full selection 😊.
I’ll be taking this everywhere with me and really recommend this if you’re travelling lots during summer! It can save you using a few disposable forks/straws which is a great step to becoming zero-waste!
Please leave a comment below if you use bamboo cutlery / straws now 😛
I’m on a mission to eat more local and organic food. It’s not always possible for me but when I can I’ll pay the extra few £s because I’d rather help local businesses than the big brands you see being sold in the supermarkets.
I found this nut butter at a little health food shop in Aberdeen and was really excited to see that it was made just down the road. There are a variety of flavours but I chose the abc nut butter (almond, brazil nut and cashew with a hint of sea salt). They also have a cashew cookie one which I’m going to try the next time.
This nut butter is all natural ingredients with nothing unnecessary in there. It goes really well in porridge, on toast and I’m going to try making some brownies or something with it! Just wanted to let anyone near the Aberdeen area know that this is available in some smaller shops and it’s totally worth it of you’re thinking of trying it out!