Until recently I would have said I was an indifferent plant mother. I have, over the years, killed far more than I have kept alive. However, plants (…Plants, naturally: September Small Things Day 3
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.
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.
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.