Eco Mum

Christmas gifts for the eco friendly

Eeeeek…… do you know your friend drops all the #plasticfree tags, or your cousin is super eco friendly???? Believe it or not they’re not super hard to buy for…… heres my top eco must haves for the super greens.

  • Make something

Sounds cheesy; but loads of thought goes into handmade. Think homemade granola, brownie mix, bath boards or a super retro mix tape! Here’s a great blog with some fabulous ideas Homemade gift blog

  • Cup it- secret whispers

Now you’d prob have to know her quite well for that I’m to be an idea; but it truly is a life changer! If your sister/bestie/workmate- is keen on being plastic free or reducing waste, then she’ll thank you for this (probably after giving you a weird look first). I started using period cups about two years ago- and I’m annoyed I didn’t try it sooner! Saves you loads of dosh(spend on gin), no nasty chemicals or risk of tss (so healthier) and no more whiffy bins to empty (hoorah!) honestly – game changer

  • Nothing new by Ruthie ru

I’m slightly obsessed by the cute upcycled jewellery from Nothing new by Ruthie Ru loads of awesome quirky pieces made from recycled vinyl or cds. Check them out.

  • Klean kanteen mug/cup or straws

From stocking filler straws, to secret Santa coffee cups, you could even make up a box of eco dreams for your son/daughter at uni. We find Klean Kanteen products to be great value, last well and love the fab colours too- definitely something for all the family here.

  • Tropic products

I love Tropic products! Made with all natural, cruelty free ingredients, some are even refillable! Speak to Charlie at Charlie Ball Tropic for recommendations and to order. I’d recommend an awesomely scented body pebble for your secret Santa, and the amazing personalised make up palette for you bestie ( oooh and treat yourself to the super greens serum and feel fresh deo whilst your there)

  • Refill rev voucher

Everyone loves a voucher (as does the giver, when you just don’t know what to buy). So if you’re buying for an eco warrior a Refill revolution voucher is the one- means they can get anything; from a spork, jar or sweets, coffee cup, period pants or even some lentils!

  • Planet picnic

One for outdoorsy families; we love our planet picnic reusables- they come out every weekend! Our egg sarnies are always in our wrap- opens up to a nice little knee blanket, Dot always has her snacks ready for the car in a snack pack, and our bamboo cutlery is ready to go. Planet Picnic fabric options are always funky, easy to wash and handmade too.

  • Soda stream

I bought my hubby a soda stream for his birthday and we love it!!! As you may know we like a gin or five, so it must save us tonnes of plastic mixer bottles. They even have a discounted gas recycle/refill scheme! Use this link for 10% off Soda stream

  • Vouchers for preloved fashion

Another (healthy) obsession of mine; I just love preloved fashion, and your eco friendly friend will to. If you’re local to Market Harborough grab a voucher for The Attic or Ginger Kate – you can grab wonderfully quirky blouses, a bargain designer piece, or (if you’re like me) just one more leopard print item!

  • Zen garden

Check out Zen garden for stunning zero waste beauty products. One product is perfect for a secret Santa- or make up a luxurious hamper for your best friend.

There we have it- buy them AND try them yourself- make sure you drop me a comment with what you think.

Life of a Mum

Pre Christmas declutter/clean

We’ve had a massive declutter/clear out of most of our rooms/cupboards etc. With Christmas and Dorothea’s birthday coming up soon; we are bound to have an influx of new toys, clothes and home bits and bobs.

I thought I’d share our tips and tricks for decluttering, sorting and disposing of (don’t worry- it’s eco friendly where possible).

Hallway:

  • Full clean inc carpet freshen (see lounge)
  • Buy some gorgeous festive blooms from Bloom and Wild use this link for £10 off (they even do make your own wreath kits if you’re feeling creative)
  • Treat yourself to a fresh new vase Cox and Cox here’s a link to £20 off

Kids room:

  • Sort of clothes into piles
    Too big/wrong season- pack away
    Fits/correct season- check if needs mending, if not fold/hang
    Too small/unloved/damaged
  • Great condition;sell on- try Facebook marketplace or eBay if you have time.
  • Great condition; no time- sell through Peachy and Birdie or Kidclo
  • Good used condition; charity shop donation or hand me down to those in need.
  • Damaged; can it be fixed? (Fix and as above) cut into rags for crafting/upcycle/dispose of
  • Rearrange furniture if wanted; full clean.
  • Tidy/organise toys as per playroom
  • Sort other drawers/storage.
    Only keep what’s needed/recently used.
    Dispose of out of date/old meds or toiletries
    Buy/use drawer dividers to separate socks/vests/pants etc.
    Refold clothes so neat and emery’s to find
    Rehang clothes in sections so easy to find
    Chuck soft toys in the wash for a freshen
  • Add a cute festive touch to their room; such as this ‘shelfie’ or some novelty lights.

Play room:

If your play room if anything like ours then it’s usually a warzone! If we didn’t sort this pre Christmas it would be a nightmare.

  • Sort toys into piles
    keep- make sure they are clean and all pieces present.
    sell- outgrown/unloved toys in great condition. I find Facebook marketplace works.
    donate- outgrown/unloved toys in usable condition. Try local community groups or fb groups.
    broken, missing parts etc. (If can not be recycled, fixed or used for crafting- dispose of)
  • Buy some storage if needed to help organisation of small toys. We got the units from ikea and small wooden boxes (which I painted) from eBay.
  • Clean original storage and toys.
  • Get the kids to be part of it; Dot loves to sort out things to give you a baby that doesn’t have much’.

Mum/Dads room:

  • Rearrange furniture if wanted; full clean.
  • Sort of clothes into piles
    wrong season- pack away
    Fits/correct season- check if needs mending, if not fold/hang
    Too small/big/unloved/damaged
  • Fix/stain remove any damages- then sort as below or upcycle/craft/dispose of
  • Great condition- sell on; I love to use Thrift plus as means you donate to charity and also gain credit to re-spend (or get John Lewis vouchers) Link for £5 credit
  • Great condition; if you are local to Market Harborough you can sell on at The Attic (ladies clothes/shoes/accessories only)
  • Used but wearable- donate to charity or local organisations.
  • Sort drawers and clean out. Again if not needed/ used – sell/donate/throwaway.
  • Sort makeup/toiletries- throw away out of date, donate unused/unwanted (shelters/food bank), sort using for fresh organisation.
  • Buy a festive scent diffuser I love the Marmalade home fragrance if you are local you can buy these from In heaven at home

Kitchen:

  • Decant one cupboard at a time
    Sort contents; if not used, out of date or broken- then throw away/donate as appropriate. Try Olio to donate food or download the app.
    Clean cupboard out
    Refill cupboard- buy new ways of organising if helps
  • Fridge- empty, clean out and refill
  • Clean top of cupboards and fridge freezer
  • Clean oven
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean washing machine
  • Sort drawers; if not used, out of date or broken throw away/donate
  • Buy/fetch out festive tea towels
  • Buy/fetch out festive accessories
  • Buy a nice new treat for an eco- friendlier Christmas- our favourite gadget is a soda stream- and means you won’t get through tonnes of plastic bottles this festive season Soda Stream- 10% off here

Lounge:

  • Use a carpet freshener before hoovering (I make my own by filling a jar with baking soda and adding 8 drops of essential oils)
  • Full clean; including sofa – if you have leather I love Wheelers leather cleaner
  • Sort out drawers/storage- again if not needed/ used – sell/donate/throwaway.
  • Any old dvds/cds lying around? Maybe donate to Nothing new by Ruthie Ru
  • Buy some festive fragrance- I’m loving wax burners and melts- my favourites are Dragonfly and co. Or Autumn and Belle both local small businesses.

Bathroom:

  • Full clean (I like to de-limescale the taps and shower head too)
  • Clean out cabinet/storage ; anything not used, out of date or broken- then throw away/donate as appropriate (remember food banks/shelters will take unopened toiletries or sanitary products)
  • Reorganise with new boxes and label; i use Topsy Blossom for personalised decals.
  • Buy some new festive hand soap- No 34 boutique has some great novelty ones and eco friendly choices too

Garage/shed/attic:

Oh no it’s the worst place!

But you’re here to dig out the Christmas decs; winter is t the time to do a big sort of this area (too cold- leave that til spring).

But; take a quick look and see if anything easy to get rid of, unused bikes or large toys the kids are too big for??? Get them on Facebook marketplace or donate.

Get your decs out! If you’ve got some new bits you’ll find you won’t use all the old one. But don’t throw away! There’s always families that can’t afford these non essentials ( especially in 2020) so pop them on Facebook marketplace- free to collect.

My favourite cleaning products:

I do like to be as eco friendly as possible; but also have to consider the cost and whether I like the scent.

  • Thieves multipurpose cleaner from Young living great as all natural and can reuse your plastic bottles.
  • Ocean saver has loads of different options for different sprays (plastic free- just reuse old spray bottles) I love their rhubarb spray!
  • If you are local head to Refill Revolution in the Eco Village for great eco cleaning options- or shop online Refill Rev web

Now add Christmas cheer, pour yourself a large Baileys it’s well deserved!