3 OF MY FAVOURITE SITES FOR SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS IN THE UK…

Sustainable Lifestyle companies and there products are popping up throughout the UK now and you cannot help but want lots of products from them. Here are my pick of 5 great sites that have an abundance of products you can buy to make your lifestyle sustainable.

1.My Green Pod My Green Pod have lots of products but also lots of information on everything sustainable with a weekly ethical news, offers, comps and a free digital mag (quarterly) which you can sign up for. My Green Pod Ltd is an independent, family-run UK business, founded by Katie Hill and Jarvis Smith. Their Hero products and services are the most effective and enjoyable alternatives to mainstream options that you can find. You can use them in your home and on your family. They’re also from companies that are working in co-creation with the planet – intentionally operating in harmony with nature and in service to the wellbeing of their customers. Every time you buy from My Green Pod’s  Marketplace, they will plant a tree in the tropics (through charity partner TreeSisters) as their way of saying thank you for helping to change the path of the future.

2. Life Before Plastik – Another fabulous site with tons to choose from. They say that they want to educate as many people as we can about single-use plastic and the harm it’s doing to our planet. And, to create a mainstream online space where it’s simple and affordable to buy plastic-free alternatives for all of your needs. Life Before Plastik (LB4P) was created in 2018, as a UK based plastic free shop, working with over 50 different independent UK brands. The idea was the create a place where it’s easy to shop zero waste, where brands have been carefully selected, so they can be trusted to be sustainable Well, I don’t think you will have a problem finding anything you might like from this site. Life Before Plastik write an interesting blog (yes, even more interesting than mine :)) with articles on different subjects like ‘Seven Easy Steps to Save Energy & Money’, to an ‘Easy Vegan Pancake Recipe’, so you can end up spending quite a while on this site. Some of their new products which really caught my eye was the Lemon & Thyme Kitchen Cleaning Bar and their Bamboo Interdental Brushes (each to their own)!

3. Zero Way – They want to give back to the planet and say – We wanted to give back, so we make charitable donations from our profits to help fund environmental organisations. Together we can be more powerful in solving the world’s problems. They are a zero waste shop on a mission to unite brands that are eco-friendly, plastic free and sustainable to help make greener living more accessible to everyone. Their environmentally friendly and ethically sourced products range from household to beauty. Each one being carefully selected looking at everything from ingredients, materials, packaging to it’s end of life and they won’t cost the Earth. They sell food as well as lots of other products for the home and living. They have a great ‘Tough Love Clothes Stain Remover’ and their Eco Living Organic Makeup Remover Wipes and Wash Bag are brilliant. They can be washed over and over again.

TOP 14 HOBBIES WE CAN ENJOY IN OUR HYGGE HOMES…

Hobbies, they say are extremely good for your health and with most of us still in lockdown the ideal hobbies have to be something we can do from home.

I love my hobbies which apart from blogging include crafting (mainly cards) knitting, sewing, painting, cross-stitch and baking. I feel sure had I not had these to fall back on over the last twelve months I would have felt extremely low.

Some ideas for hobbies from home include –

  1. Art – My children bought me an adult paint by numbers art piece for Christmas. I absolutely love it and will feel very chuffed when it’s finished as it’s one I would have hung up in my home.
  2. Drawing – there are lots and lots of sites online and on Pinterest to learn how to drawer.
  3. Singing – with choirs popping up online all over the country it is easy to join one and enjoy a bit of singing.
  4. Writing – well I love writing and write on three blogs. My main blog is health related about back pain which I have suffered from for over 30 years, I also have an afternoon tea blog and this hygge blog. I find it takes me away to another place when I start writing. It’s very therapeutic.
  5. Scrapbooking– I looked into this and I think when I have finished all my other projects I will give this a go. There are lots of books on Amazon on how to get started with this which is something you can pass down to your family when you have finished it.
  6. Hand made cards – I have been making hand made cards for a number of years now and used to have them in a local post office but I just do them for family and friends now, but I have sent a fair few out to cheer my friends up over lockdown. I mean who doesn’t like receiving a nice card through the letter box?
  7. Knitting – another of my favourite pass time. I am a very average knitter but I can find lots of things to make including a granny blanket I made from all my bits of wool which I use outside to keep me warm.
  8. Cross stitch – this is a new hobby for me and another present from my children for Christmas which I asked for. It has become one of my favourite things to do at the moment.
  9. Baking – with a mass of lessons, recipes, and so much more on baking it’s a hobby for anyone who loves to cook. I love baking for my family and bake weekly for them. They get very excited when I say ‘Bars Bakes’ is doing a delivery today.
  10. Photography – with lots more of us taking long walks in the countryside its an ideal hobby. At this time of year and with spring around the corner there are some lovely photos to take outside using just your phone until you want something a bit more substantial to take the photos with and like most of the above there are endless amounts of free help online.
  11. Making candles, making soap, making jewellery – all these types of crafts can be done from you home and could even bring in some extra pennies if you go onto sell them. Pinterest will inspire anyone with pages and pages of posts and ideas on all these types of craft.
  12. Calligraphy – an art which is coming back into fashion again and a lovely hobby to start and learn from home and then maybe progress to a class once lock down is finished.
  13. Reading and reviewing – whatever you buy nowadays they ask for a review on it but the most rewarding review is one that someone has written about a book you would like to read. You can start by writing them on Amazon and if you enjoy it you could always start a blog on book reviews.
  14. Gardening – now the spring is nearly here you can start planting your own vegetables and herbs. Lots and lots of people enjoy gardening and is a great hobby for anyone who loves to be outside.

There are many more hobbies you can start from home, these are just the top 14 but if you haven’t got a hobby or want another one then try any of these as they will definitely improve your health and wellbeing.

HYGGE EASTER PRODUCTS FROM HYGGE STYLE…

Hygge Style have everything you need for a hygge Easter table, from gorgeous wooden and glass eggs to fabulous blue and white china, napkins and lovely little bunny gift bags.

Easter trees are a wonderful traditional in Northern Europe; pop a few pussy willow or spring branches in a large jug or vase, tuck some moss around the top, and you are ready to decorate!

HYGGE Style lovely buttercup and bee range is perfect to bring the sunshine into your home! This pretty jug features a lovely floral painterly design and is perfect for everything from cream to a bunch of hand-picked blooms. £16.99

This lovely little candle will add both fragrance and colour to your home. The candle glass is decorated in pretty blue and yellow flowers, and the gift-box features an adorable Easter bunny! £4.99

Get the carrots out! This sweet little Danish bunny is made of glazed white porcelain, and can either be left plain or decorated with ceramic paints for your homely Easter.£2.49

  • This gorgeous Gisela Graham food cover will make the perfect addition to your home this Easter!
  • The mesh dome food cover has been decorated with pretty bumble bees, daisy flowers and a yellow straw trim.
  • Measures approximately 13 x 30 x 30cm (H x W x D) £7.99

These pretty ceramic hanging Easter egg decorations will add a touch of Spring to your home, even if the sun is not shining! Co-ordinates beautifully with other items in the range.£4.99

Send the little ones out on their Easter egg hunt with one of these adorable baskets from Gisela Graham. Available in three different colours they feature a strawberry motif, and are just the right size for foraging for sweeties! £6.99

  • These sweet little fellows are tucked up safely in a nice little wicker nest, and come in a box of six. £4.95