A Sustainable World

5 Plastic free beauty lifestyle changes I made last year and will continue in 2019

A Sustainable World, Health and LifestyleElizabeth Rees

1. deodorant 

I’ve swapped my aerosol and roll on deodorant and anti perspirant for plastic free tins from Earth Conscious. These tins contain a natural deodorant mix made from 100% natural ingredients (no yucky chemicals). I’m currently using the ‘Mint’ formula which contains a mix of peppermint and spearmint essential oils. I promise you it doesn’t feel like you’re putting toothpaste on under your arms! There’s a wide range of other scents to choose from, including Lemon and Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon, Lavender and Teatree, Jasmine and Rose, Lemon and Rosemary or unscented. It’s taken a while to get used to using my fingers to apply the balm but there are now plastic free sticks available. I’ve found the balms in the tins go such a long way though. I love how Earth Conscious donates money from their deodorant sales to the Marine Conservation Society, which is a UK based charity who help to protect our seas, shores and wildlife.

2. Soap bars  

One swap that has been easy, is to stop buying plastic filled bottles of shower gel and switch to bars of soap. There are so many wonderful smelling bars to choose from these days, I especially love buying from small businesses, even better if they are local to me! I love the Cole and Co collection of soaps available and Soap daze’s soaps on a rope.

3. Refillable conditioner

Shampoo soap bars are often featured, but what about conditioner? Yes you can get conditoner bars but they are not as widely available as the shampoo ones. I am lucky enough to have two shops in Cardiff where I can refill my own container with hair conditioner. This is a great way to save on multiple plastic shampoo bottles.

If you don’t have any bulk buy stores near you then why not consider buying larger qualities yourself. Brands such as Faith in nature offer 5 litre size bottles for around £10 per litre (don’t forget to add on the pump dispenser!) 

4. Coconut oil make-up remover

I was really sceptical about this one, then one day I ran out of my usual make-up removable  so thought I’d give the coconut oil a shot...it worked a treat! Even on eye make-up! I just take a marble size amount of coconut oil and warm in the palm of my hand. Then apply and rub gently all over my face, particularly on my eyelashes. I then take a Cheeky wipes square reusable cloth soaked and rung out in warm water and wipe away! Which leads me on to plastic free change number 5...

 5. Reusable make-up remover wipes

It takes 10,000 litres to produce a kilo of cotton (source: Theworldcounts.com) as well as hazardous pesticides used which pollute the environment and result in unsafe drinking water for surrounding communities. All to produce throwaway, single use cotton wool pads!

There is also the plastic packaging that the pads and balls come in, this didn’t sit right with me. 

At the end of last year I started using reusable cotton pads, same size as ‘normal’ ones, you just keep them in a mesh bag and throw the dirties in with your usual wash. Then my friend Emma over at Not my first Rodeo reminded me of Cheeky Wipes. I was already using them for kids faces so why not mine? So nowadays I use their washable square cotton terry wipes. 

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5 Reasons why ELIZA ELIZA is partnering with UNSEEN helping victims of modern slavery

A Sustainable WorldElizabeth Rees

I believe that we all have the power to do something amazing. When I first set up ELIZA ELIZA it was really important to me that by partnering with charities, our bags and purses could help raise money and awareness for brilliant charities such as Unseen.

Here are 5 Reasons why ELIZA ELIZA is partnering with UNSEEN helping victims of modern slavery:

1. Because there are 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK (source: prediction from Home Office) this includes Men, Women and Children of all ages. Slavery is more common amongst minority or socially excluded groups.

2. Because 3,805 people in the UK were identified as potential victims of trafficking during 2016 an increase of 17% from 2015. These potential victims were from 108 different countries of origin, most common were Albania, Vietnam, UK, Nigeria, China, Romania and Poland. 51% of victims in the UK are women and 48% men (<1% transsexual)

3. Because Unseen has provided 125 women with 10,200 nights of safe emergency accommodation. Donations to Unseen also importantly provides Medical care and treatment, Counselling, Legal advice and assistance, Holistic therapy sessions, Education, Financial assistance, Immigration advice, Assistance to return home or to reside in the UK.

4. Because previously vulnerable men hadn’t been as well supported as women victims. An Unseen funded and run safe house opened in summer 2016 has so far helped support 13 men to recover from their slavery and trafficking experiences. 51% of survivors had experienced sexual exploitation, 18% labour exploitation, 16% domestic exploitation and 12% multiple types of exploitation

5. Because in 2016, 1,278 trafficked victims found in the UK were children. Unseen aims to provide a specialist accommodation and care service unit in 2017 to give vital support to these children.

in 2016, 1,278 trafficked victims found in the UK were children.

Unseen is a charity committed to working towards a world without slavery by supporting, equipping and influencing. You can read more about their vision and values here.

Every time you buy one of these ELIZA ELIZA bags or purses you are supporting victims of modern slavery through the fantastic work of Unseen. (10% per sale donated)

5 Reasons why you should buy hemp fashion clothes and accessories

A Sustainable WorldElizabeth Rees

I'm not for a minute saying go out and buy as much stuff made using hemp as possible! But, if you are in need of something new here's why hemp is one of the most eco friendly and sustainable fabric choices out there.

1. Durability – Hemp is 8 times more durable than cotton. It also hold it's shape and stretches much less than other natural fibres. Ideal for keeping your clothes from going baggy and shapeless.

2. Breathable – Hollow hemp fibres keeps you cool in the summer and warn in the winter.

3. No yucky pesticides needed – Hemp is effectively a weed and grows almost anywhere, this not only keeps the cost down but is much better for the environment. Making hemp one of the most eco-friendly fabrics available worldwide.

Mary stow stripe hemp jersey t-shirt by Thought Clothing

Mary stow stripe hemp jersey t-shirt by Thought Clothing

4. Softens over time – With every use your hemp dress or bag will soften overtime, amazingly without losing its strength characteristics.

5. Anti-bacterial and Anti-microbial – This makes hemp clothing and accessories fantastic to use near water, for example beach towels, bags and dresses. Even if water gets in to the hemp fabric these properties keep the hemp fabric from going mouldy or smelly.

Berries Blue Collection Organic hemp-cotton purse

Berries Blue Collection Organic hemp-cotton purse

In fact I accidentally stumbled on the organic hemp-cotton fabric I use. I was looking for linen originally and if I'm honest my naive understanding of hemp was that it was related to Marijuana (I will write another blog post on that later!). BTW the only high you will get from my bags and purses will be the compliments you will get ;-) and the fact that you have helped contribute to amazing charities (presently Unseen, supporting victims of modern slavery)

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