As Glasgow prepares to host the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, it highlights the need for more of us to think about our own eco-conscious lifestyles. Switching up your day-to-day items for more sustainable and ethical options is a great way to start.
Scrubber Eco-Friendly Deodorant Range, £5.99 each from Ocean & Bee
Rather than using harsh chemicals and pore-clogging anti-perspirants, Scrubber deodorants are 100% natural and contain organic ingredients which are much healthier for your body. A combination of soothing oils and butters form the base of the deodorant, while naturally-occurring antibacterial agents neutralise odour and moisture-absorbing powders help you stay dry under the arms. All packaging is 100% recyclable and depending on how much you use with each application, one stick of Scrubber should last between one-three months.
Plant a Christmas Tree Seed Paper Card, £5.95 from Plant a Bloomer
This quirky Christmas tree is made from a unique seed paper and can be planted to grow wildflowers. Handcrafted in England, the paper contains inclusions of natural mica flakes and seeds. When ‘planted’ the paper breaks down into the soil and and the seeds – consisting exclusively of native UK wildflower species – germinate. Each plantable Christmas Tree is presented in a square pocket and finished with a grosgrain ribbon tie. A printed insert gives planting instructions and information about the seed paper.
Plastic-Free Cleaning Full House Pack, £29.99, from Raindrop Clean
Non-toxic, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, these three durable frosted amber glass bottles are made from 50% recycled glass – the range includes ‘just add water’ plastic-free cleaning drops for your kitchen (grapefruit), bathroom (lemon) and surfaces (lavender). Added to that, 10% of profits go to ocean clean-up projects.
Harlow Eco Friendly Hand Painted Fabric, from Prestigious
This vibrant collection of hand-painted florals, Jacobeans and damasks, combines striking design with sustainability. The debut collection from PT Eco is inspired by English botanical gardens and created with the environment in mind. Combining both recycled polyester and sustainably grown organic cotton, Harlow’s prints, weaves, and embroideries reduce waste and eliminate the need for harmful chemicals.
Beige EarthColors®By Archroma T-Shirt, £9, from Primark
Primark Cares sets out nine new commitments that will help the high street favourite become a more sustainable and circular business. It includes giving clothes a longer life, using recycled or sustainably sourced materials; protecting the planet by aiming to halve its carbon footprint, eliminate non-clothing waste and work to restore biodiversity; and pursuing a living wage for workers in its supply chain as well as promote equal opportunities for women. As part of this, it has launched its EarthColors® range, which features fabric dyes created using Archroma patented technology that utilises the waste generated by the food and plant industry.
The Cop26 Conference runs from October 31 until November 12. You can find out more details here.