#plasticfreejuly

As promised last month I have researched sunscreen and although I didn’t need it for my holiday, goodness on my return home the heat was such a shock.  So far I have covered up while out and about, although have spend quite a few hours trying to track down sun protection on my local high street.  Plastic free is very hard to find on the high Street and seems to be an online only product, will keep looking!  Etsy as usual came up trumps and I found one made here in England.     HappyNaturalsEtsy    has a SPF 30 – 40 and comes packaged in aluminium screw top pot. Made to order.   Raw Love  is a brand from the USA, it’s a zinc oxide (non nano) broad spectrum with a SPF35.   Cocoalohasurf   all natural & waterproof facial broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen SPF 45, that comes in untinted and 2 other shades.   Shade , all natural sunscreen,  broad spectrum UVA and UVB.  Again it contains non-nano zinc oxide.   Suntribe natural sports & face sunscreen , with an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB.  It is water-resistant, reef safe and contains the least ingredients of any of the products I’ve found – only organic beeswax, coconut oil and non-nano zinc oxide.   Kiehl’s  would also be an alternative, not plastic free – but you can take the bottle/tube back to Kiehl’s to recycle.   

As promised last month I have researched sunscreen and although I didn’t need it for my holiday, goodness on my return home the heat was such a shock.  So far I have covered up while out and about, although have spend quite a few hours trying to track down sun protection on my local high street.  Plastic free is very hard to find on the high Street and seems to be an online only product, will keep looking!  Etsy as usual came up trumps and I found one made here in England.  HappyNaturalsEtsy has a SPF 30 – 40 and comes packaged in aluminium screw top pot. Made to order.  Raw Love is a brand from the USA, it’s a zinc oxide (non nano) broad spectrum with a SPF35.  Cocoalohasurf  all natural & waterproof facial broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen SPF 45, that comes in untinted and 2 other shades.  Shade, all natural sunscreen,  broad spectrum UVA and UVB.  Again it contains non-nano zinc oxide.  Suntribe natural sports & face sunscreen, with an SPF 30 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB.  It is water-resistant, reef safe and contains the least ingredients of any of the products I’ve found – only organic beeswax, coconut oil and non-nano zinc oxide.  Kiehl’s would also be an alternative, not plastic free – but you can take the bottle/tube back to Kiehl’s to recycle.

 

This month I have finally managed to get plastic free  toothpaste ,  mouthwash  & a new type of bamboo toothbrush that is 100% biodegradable.  All found at  The Source Bulk Foods in Chiswick , although you can also find the toothpaste and mouthwash on  Etsy .  The charcoal toothpaste is good and a thousand times better than the first powdered charcole powder I tried, apparently not as popular as the mint and the mouthwash is great, pop a tablet in half a glass of water and hey presto – mouthwash.  Very easy to travel with.  I was chatting to the manager of  Kiehl’s  in  House of Fraser  in Victoria and she told me that they take returns of old packaging to be recycled and very soon will be launching their products in recycled plastic.  It’s a great recycling scheme, would be brilliant if more companies did this and as  Kiehl’s  is owned by  L’Oréal  maybe something all  L’Oréal  brands could be doing.  My search for a good mascara continues and other plastic free alternatives.  I have found a refilable mascara by  Kjaer Weis  and will do more reaserch into the refils.   This is not a sponcered post and all views are my own.

This month I have finally managed to get plastic free toothpastemouthwash & a new type of bamboo toothbrush that is 100% biodegradable.  All found at The Source Bulk Foods in Chiswick, although you can also find the toothpaste and mouthwash on Etsy.  The charcoal toothpaste is good and a thousand times better than the first powdered charcole powder I tried, apparently not as popular as the mint and the mouthwash is great, pop a tablet in half a glass of water and hey presto – mouthwash.  Very easy to travel with.  I was chatting to the manager of Kiehl’s in House of Fraser in Victoria and she told me that they take returns of old packaging to be recycled and very soon will be launching their products in recycled plastic.  It’s a great recycling scheme, would be brilliant if more companies did this and as Kiehl’s is owned by L’Oréal maybe something all L’Oréal brands could be doing.  My search for a good mascara continues and other plastic free alternatives.  I have found a refilable mascara by Kjaer Weis and will do more reaserch into the refils.

This is not a sponcered post and all views are my own.

The Holiday Shirt | pattern review

the holiday shirt

Fabrics: Washed linen from Ray Stitch.

Notions: Epic [polyfil] thread3mm white elastic  metal cube cord endswhite cotton tape and cord locks.

Pattern description: An easy pull-on top in two lengths, with options for short or long sleeves, collar or hood and with or without drawstring waist.

Pattern Sizing: 8 – 18.  I made the size 12.

Did it look like the photo/line drawing on the pattern once finished?: yes

What did you like or dislike about the pattern?: Well written pattern, with clear instructions.  Simple and straight forward to make.  The cotton tape worked beautifully to hide the seam in the hood.

Did I make  any pattern alterations or design changes?  No.

Would I sew it again or recommend to others?  Yes, I will definitely make it again.  Thinking of a winter weight version – slightly longer with pockets, may be in a denim.

Conclusion: A great pattern, that will be easy to wear and add to my wardrobe.  Perfect added layer and with some lovely details.

the holiday shirt

This is not a sponsored post, all opinion are my own.  I purchased the pattern and fabric.

#plasticfreemay

This month has been up and down with my plastic challenge, some fails and some great new discoveries.  First up is a fantastic find: Swedish_stockings

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I have been wanting to find Swedish Stockings here in England and discovered they are stocked at The Pantry Underwear in Liberty as well as their own shop in Islington.  They do cost more than my usual Marks & Spencer opaque tights, but proved to be so lovely to wear and the plus is they are made from recycled and sustainable fibres, in a factory that is solar-powered.  You can also send them your laddered tights and join their recycling club, this will give you a 10% discount on new purchases.  Ms T bought some fish net ankle socks and loves those.  So next time you are about to throw out laddered tights, stop and post them off.

I am still using Mangle & Wringer, the laundry powder is wonderful and there is no need to add any fabric softener.  Made with just 100% coconut oil soap. Our 100% natural formula is free from synthetic detergents, phosphates, optical brighteners, enzymes, fragrances and preservatives.  The bleach is perfect for whites, cleaning the loo & lots more.

plastic free shopping

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My final find from As Nature Intended, biodegradable swing bin liners and refuse sacks. They also have some packaging free items, Ecover refils - only in Ecover packaging, drygoods and a few oils. It's around the corner from The Source bulk foods in Chiswick, W4 are so lucky! The is a Borough Wines, great butcher (will wrap in paper only) and greengrocer stall on the High Road.  We use about 2 swing bin liners a week - not full as my kitchen has a small built-in bin.

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I am having problems recycling foil as my local council & 'recycling centre' - the dump - don't have a collection point.  I've found one but it is a difficult place to get to and they can refuse entry as I don't live in the catchment area. The cat is a tricky customer when it comes to food and although he is now weened off plastic pouches, still have a problem finding a tinned food he likes.  Any ideas on good tinned cat food in sauce or gravy needed.

This is not a sponsored post and all views are my own.  I only recommend items I have bought and tried myself.

#springsunshine baby quilt

In the last 6 weeks I have made 2 baby quilts, the #sodafloat and #springsunshine - now both gifted.  #springsunshine was made with the same collection of pastel Kona cottons and also a very pale grey that toned beautiful with the sugary hues.

It's made up of half square triangles, 5 1/4 inch squares bace.  I have found starch is by far the best solution to stop any bias movement, it's the first time I have used with method and loved it.  Used 100% cotton quilt batting from Macculloch & Wallis and also quilted with 40 weight cotton thread.  I found the backing at Fabrics Galore, although  sadly no photograph.  The binding was made up of all the left over fabrics, joined in a chain and trimmed to 2.5inches wide.  I loved the super scrappy look and it worked really well, again no pics as yet because the little boy arrived and I had to bind, washed and tumbled dry the quilt - gifted the same day!