HOUSEHOLD ITEMS/FOODS YOU MAY NOT KNOW CONTAIN PLASTIC…

With us all paying much more attention on how we can save the planet and cut down on plastic it’s impossible to know which household items/foods do have plastic in them and which do not.

Life Before Plastic have a list of items they know contain plastic and which you probably use on a regular basis. If you want to find alternatives for the list below just head to the Life Before Plastic website.

Did you know Tea Bags contain plastic? I certainly did not, but Yes, that’s right. That means that when you are drinking tea, you are potentially drinking very small micro-plastics. And that tea bag you’ve just popped in the food waste? It will never fully compost!

Chewing Gun is another unusual one but it does contain plastic. The plastic used to make chewing gum is a polymer, it is this ingredient that helps the gum to be stretchy and sticky. Now think of all those times you swallowed your chewing gum, slightly scary to think about the impact that plastic may have had to your body.

Metal Jar Lids are not free of plastic and yet I pop mine in the recycle bin all the time. Typically a glass jar lid is made from steel with a polyethylene lining. The good news is that these lids can still be recycled. Phew !!

Plasters are not Compostable. Plasters are made from both the gauze for the wound and a sticky backing. It is this backing that contains plastic. You can see this more clearly when you look at water-proof bandaids. The shiny surface is often a good sign of something containing plastic. And it’s not just the plaster itself. Each plaster is packaged in its very own sterile plastic wrapper. None of these items being compostable. 

Country Living added Crisp Packets to the list of household items that you may not know contain plastic. Although the inside of the packet is shiny and looks like foil, it is in fact a metallised plastic film. This type of material is not currently recycled and should not be put in your recycling bin.

One that really shocked me as I have plenty of it in my craft room is Ribbon. A lot of ribbon that looks like it’s satin is actually made using polyester or plastic, so it’s important to check with the manufacturer.

Finally, for now anyway is Wrapping Paper which most of the time is not paper but if its shiny or sparkly wrapping paper is more than likely covered in plastic and cannot be fully recycled.

COSY UP WITH MY CHOICE OF 3 OF THE BEST ECO-FRIENDLY CANDLES…

If like me you love having your candles around then it’s important to know that the company you are buying from are creating them in an eco-friendly way. The biggest problem is that there are quite a number of companies that now say they sell the eco-friendly way so it’s deciding which ones to try our first.

Well, I have done a bit of homework for you and the following three I think are worth every penny and definitely sell the eco-friendly way I wanted.

1.The Mewstone Candle Company who are down south near the South Devon coast. They only use cotton wicks, 100% natural soy wax and vegan-friendly paraben-free fragrances. This particular one in a tin smells of rosemary, lavender and bergamot and will burn for around 50 hours.

They say each item from their Mewstone range is mixed, poured, packed and labelled by hand and this little tin is only £12.50 As well as their tinned candles they also wax melt bars, wax melt slider tins, room mists, pillar candles, beach towels, tea lights and notelets. Their gorgeous wax melters are made by hand by artisan potter Maryjane Macleod in South Devon in her stunning rustic pottery studio.

2. Boostology sell (amongst other things) these beautiful scented candles in a hand carved solid black marble tea light candle holder. Each product from this company is designed to give the customer, and the planet, a boost. They have over 20 years of experience in the business and developed a range of exclusive products that you cannot buy from anywhere else.

Boostology have gifts that are kind to you, and the environment and their range includes organic, vegan, plastic-free ideas and much more. As part of the companies commitment to the environment they have banned products that are made entirely from plastic. You will only find small plastic accessories (for example lids) on their website, where no pother alternative was available to them. They plant one tree for every order placed with them, which is truly amazing and is all thanks to a tie-up with ecologi.com. A natural, reusable scented candle gift that keeps on giving from £19.

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3. Vegan Bunny was born with a Vegan mindset evolving Into a Plastic Free, Carbon Neutral & reduced marketing concept. Their candles  are made with natural ingredients, natural Waxes & Pure essential oils free from toxic artificial fragrances, Zinc & pesticides. The main ingredient on every tin it’s love.

They also love to plant a tree. For years they have been planting trees and finally in 2020 they started planting one Tree per candle sold on their website. 

Their best selling candle set contains a different essential oil blend designed to enhance emotions and ease the day. Making it a complete candle set to use throughout the day. It includes 1. Playful Chai Latte Candle: Spiced scent for a cosy morning treat. Featuring clove, nutmeg, peppercorn, Cinnamon & benzoin essential oils for sweet and spicy notes.  2. Uplifting Ginger & Lemongrass: Awarded best vegan candle of the year for it’s citrus burn and strong character. Featuring: Ginger and Lemongrass essential oils, and number 3, Calming Lavender Candle: Flowery scent for night time and relaxation. Perfect companion on a home office to enhace peaceful thoughts or a relaxing session at bedtime. Featuring pure Lavender essential oil for £24.

TEN REASONS TO CHECK OUT IMAGES OF A HYGGE LIFESTYLE BLOG POSTS FOR MARCH…

In case you missed any of our posts in March I thought I would put together a post with a link to them all. I hope you enjoy reading through them again.

1.Five Ways to Create a Modern Kitchen Diner

2. Top 14 Hobbies We can Enjoy in a Hygge Home

3. Enjoy your Coffee the Eco Friendly Way

4. 10 Uses for Coffee Other Than for Drinking

5. Hygge & Knitting Two Words that belong Together

6. Inspiring Awe Organic Spa Magazine

7. How to Make Your Own Cake Stand

8. Why Housework is good for you Health

9. 3 Of My Favourite Sites for Sustainable Lifestyle Products

10. Snuggle Up with your own Granny Blanket