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Help me plant more trees!

So I recently posted about the awesome way to gift trees this Christmas with ecologi Awesome ways to plant trees this Christmas ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’š

I bought 2 x 100 trees for ยฃ12 each as gifts for family members…. hereโ€™s the printed gift certificates…

But, I actually want to share with you the very beginnings of our Earth Fixerโ€™s forest! (So excited) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป and a free way you can help to grow this forest and your own forest to further help the planet and combat climate change…..

Clicking on the saplings tells me the areas and the projects these trees have been contributed too plus the age of the tree ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Now how do you help Earth Fixers plant more trees for free? Letโ€™s work together on this for the greater good of our planet!…. If you use my referral link HERE you will open your own profile on Ecologi and it will add a further 50 trees planted to Earth Fixerโ€™s forest (locations random) and will place 50 trees into beginning your forest too. From there you donโ€™t need to do anything more if you donโ€™t want to and myself and the planet will be so grateful for just that single and quick action! ๐Ÿ’š

But, if you do wish to continue to use your ecologi profile (you can save it to your mobile phones home screen for easy access too) here are the benefits of an ecologi profile:

๐ŸŒŽ You can set a checklist of sustainability goals and there is a helpful pre-made list to choose from

๐ŸŒŽ You can purchase more trees and carbon offsets and see them in your forest if you wish to! (Choose the currency that suits you)

๐Ÿ’š You can refer others and purchase gifts for others too (but you can also purchase gifts without a profile!)

Happy Holidays! And I hope between us we get more trees planted this December!

The link for your first 50 trees again is HERE

๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒฑ

Lots a love Dee! xXx

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I am so excited to share this with you!! The most effective Eco, Non Toxic cleaning sprays ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š

If you have seen my previous blog posts you may know that I have been waiting patiently for a certain product to arrive which I had on pre-order. I was super confident they were worth the wait and I had previously hoped this company were going to bring out a set of eco cleaning sprays before they announced they had created them!

The post man arrived today, waved at me through the window and gave me a thumbs up as he placed my parcel down on the doorstep outside…..I saw a flash of the words SMOL on my parcel and I knew that could only mean one thing!! The eco friendly cleaning sprays I had been wanting to desperately try had finally arrived. Hoorah! ๐ŸŽ‰

The first order to get started with SMOL’s eco cleaning contains 3 beautiful bottles which have been made from recycled plastic – these will be your bottles for life… your future orders will contain tiny dissolvable tablets only, in which you will refill your bottles with.

As I began to open the box ๐Ÿ“ฆ I was praying they would be as good as I hoped! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ˜‚

Excited to say the least! SMOL make eco friendly and sustainable so beautiful! ๐Ÿ˜

3 bottles labelled Glass, bathroom and multi surface. 3 tablets labelled with the same and also amazingly colour co-ordinated… Making the whole process so pleasing!

The box also featured a very handy instruction leaflet with some fabulous information about the product too…

I opened the tablets and was met with pleasant, gentle clean fresh scents. The bathroom tablet has a similar smell to the ocean fresh type cleaning smells and the multi surface tablet had a clean citrus / peachy kind of smell, both super lovely and not strong or over powering. The glass tablet didn’t have much of a scent to me, but, that doesn’t matter as my glass doesn’t need to smell fancy!

Making up my spray bottles, so much fun! ๐Ÿ˜†……

Once they were made up they looked even prettier!!

So of course then, I needed to put their cleaning power to the test. I have previously used similar products where you dissolve a little liquid pod or sachet in water and found the cleaning ability was very disappointing (iron & velvet is one example), so I set them to the test straight away…. firstly, the glass cleaner.

Bathroom mirror BEFORE cleaning on both non magnified and magnified sides…

Canโ€™t believe how many finger prints were on the โ€˜backโ€™ of the mirror – the magnified side! *shame*

One single spray on each side and a little bit of buffing (no elbow grease needed) and they came out fabulous!!! Definitely living up to my expectations and beyond!

At this point it is the happiest day of my entire year!!! (We all know how 2020 has been, I’m sure you understand) ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒŽ

I’ve also had a spray of the bathroom one on my sink and the multi surface one on my kitchen side but neither of them were dirty enough to show you a difference yet so I will update you on those ones later! What I can tell you is that the scent is subtle and clean and fresh, does not catch your throat or eyes like the big toxic cleaning brands and I am so in love them already!

Important things to know about SMOL cleaning sprays:

๐Ÿ’š They are toxic free!

๐ŸŒŽ Most effective concentrated surface cleaners in the world

๐Ÿ’š You can save both money and the planet by buying refills not bottles

๐ŸŒŽ eco friendly

๐Ÿ’š cruelty free ๐Ÿ‡

๐ŸŒŽ saves you up to 50%

The important part…. cost! The starter pack is just ยฃ10 (free postage) which includes 3 x gorgeous bottles for life and 3 tablets for each of the cleaning sprays: glass, bathroom and multi surface. After then, each tablet refill you buy is just ยฃ1 (free postage) meaning every ‘bottle’ there after is just ยฃ1 for eco friendly, toxic free, super effective cleaning product! They come in packs of 6 meaning you have one delivery of tiny tablets that will last MONTHS. Amazing!

SMOL have enough confidence in their products to offer a full money back guarantee too.

SMOL also have awesome laundry products which I have previously written about, I started out with the brand using their free trial – you can see my blog post here: Sustainable Laundry! – the BEST products ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒŽ

They are also an award winning brand:

Happy Friday all! And I hope you enjoy your eco friendly cleaning!

I will be back with more recommendations very soon!

Lots a love, Dee! xXx

Update: new post here… Update on the cleaning power of the Smol cleaning sprays ๐Ÿงผ ๐Ÿ’ฆ

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ECOSIA – one of the most effortless and free ways to help our planet = amazing ๐ŸŒฑ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒŽ ๐Ÿ’•

Ecosia home page

ecosia.org is a search engine that uses the funds generated by search ads to plant trees and fund reforestation projects, firefighting and restoring habitats in over 9000 locations around the world. The tree plant live count number shown on their homepage goes up every second as searches are made! ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ

When you go to their homepage you can select to set ecosia as your main search engine, and it is actually a good search engine too which works very well, you can also download their app for whichever smart phone you have.

Some of their projects currently include:

– Reforesting volcano slopes in the pacific lowlands

– Reforesting degraded landscapes in Spain

– Re-greening the Sahal in Burkina Faso fighting the advancements of the Sahara desert

– Providing alternatives to palm oil in Indonesia and reforesting one of the last remaining habitats of the Orangutan

– Restoring coastal forests and natural corridors in Madagascar where 90% of their forests had been lost

– Restoring the Brazilian rainforest

– Restoring Ethiopiaโ€™s water cycle and preventing drought

– Restoring key watersheds/rivers in Ghana

– Food security through tree planting in Haiti

– Tree planting in and around agricultural fields for climate resilient farming in Senegal

To name only a few!!

Read more about how it works and the work they do at Info.ecosia.org

Their aim is to reach 1 billion trees, they also work on protecting the areas they have worked hard to restore. You can find out so much more on their very own blog Here

But first head over to ecosia.org and make it your default search engine! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Thatโ€™s my quick and easy tip for tonight after such a gruelling day at work. Now I must go rest up ready for another very long day tomorrow.

Back soon with more tips to green up your life in the most easy and most effective ways!

Do you already use Ecosia or are you going to switch?? Please comment!

Lost a love Dee! xXx

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FFS – For Futures Sake – Sustainable shaving and beauty ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’š

Introducing you to FFS! – No, i’m not swearing at you (at least not today anyway!) this is another awesome and super effective sustainable brand/service I wish to share with you!! ๐Ÿ‘

Who are FFS? – Friction Free Shaving are a sustainable beauty brand who started their journey with women’s razors and have since won multiple awards for their shaving regime which provides 6 ways to save time, money and the planet! ๐ŸŒŽ

  1. For Folicles Sake – The first womens razor with metal handle which is ergonomically designed with super high quality 6 blade razors for a clean and friction free shave in the fewest glides.
  2. For Futrures Sake – The metal handle is of course reusable – after your starter pack you only re-order new blades for your lovely handle. They have their own blade recycling scheme and all packaging is plastic free and recyclable. โ™ป
  3. For Flopsy’s Sake – All products are cruelty free and leaping bunny certified, FFS are against all animal testing! ๐Ÿ‡
  4. For Flexibility’s sake – Pause your deilvery any time, change your frequency of delivery any time, cancel your plan at any time.
  5. For feelgood’s sake – No parabens or other nasties, just fresh products made from the best natural ingredients. Their award winning creams contain manuka honey, shea butter and coconut oil.
  6. For fabulousness sake – Trustpilot rating = 4.8/5 โญโญโญโญโญ Making FFS the highest rated razor subscription box! ๐Ÿ‘

How to get started? the best way is to start with their trial razor set where you choose which colour razor handle you would like and this will come with 2 blade heads. This would normally be ยฃ6.95 (remember you re buying the handle for life) if you use my link you will get ยฃ3 off!! HERE With your first order you will receive a shower holder for your razor and a blade head protector. Make sure you keep both of these as they wont send more, as to prevent plastic waste.

It is your choice if you want to add shaving creams and lotions or tanning products to your orders. I tend to stick to the razors only. I absolutely love them, they do such a good job and I find it so easy and never run out of blades. How much you spend depends on how often you shave ๐Ÿ‘

Here is my last delivery……

The 4 blades are secured in the cardboard insert. Any additional items ordered would be placed in the space at the side.

The space at the side is also perfect to return 3 months worth of blades (if you use the recommended 1 blade a week) …. when you lift back the black insert it gives instructions and a return address for recycling your used blades….

And here is one box ready to send back for recycling!! …

When you see them lined up like this you realise how much plastic you are saving from landfill… imagine if they had plastic disposable handles on them too! It seems best to save up 12 blade heads and return them in one go, this is more cost effective for the return postage too ๐Ÿ‘ โ™ป

FFS have just this month realeased their shaving range for men too. Hooray!! They have called it Freddie (For Fella’s Sake) If you have an account and you sign up your man for freddie, his handle will be free. You will also save with their family discount offering.

The link which you need to use for the ยฃ3 off again is HERE

Did you already know about FFS? Are you going to try it? Do you have something similar outside of the UK? Please comment!

I’ll be back again with more sustainable super brands and services soon!

Take care. Lotsa love Dee! xXx

New blog post providing more information on the FFS blade recycling Update on FFS blade recycling scheme ๐Ÿช’


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Green Energy ๐ŸŒŽ

๐Ÿ’ก WHY IS BULB ENERGY THE BIGGEST IN THE UK? ๐Ÿ’ก

Bulb are the UK’s biggest green energy supplier! Here’s a list of the main reasons…. impressed with those then read on to find out more – (go to the page bottom for ยฃ50 credit link) ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ’š Awesome prices with big savings

๐ŸŒณ 100% green Electricity

๐Ÿ’š 100% Carbon neutral gas

๐ŸŒณ Renewable sources also used

๐Ÿ’š Bulb Foundation make grants to charities tackling the climate crisis head on

๐ŸŒณ Their app is awesome and works perfectly, making everything SO easy

๐Ÿ’š They are the UK’s biggest green energy supplier

๐ŸŒณ They have a carbon footprint calculator (the easiest to use i’ve ever seen and an easy offset plan too)

๐Ÿ’š The only green energy supplier for me!

There are so many reasons to love bulb!! And if all of the above wasn’t impressive enough.. Bulb now have their own offset carbon feature – answer the questions on their very own calculator to see what your current carbon footprint is and how much you should donate to carbon reduction prjects to offset that…. I did mine…

SO SO proud that my carbon footprint was already over 70% smaller than the UK average. The biggest part of that being because I am a bulb customer ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

You can also have smart meters fitted for free by Bulb so that you no longer need to enter meter readings, and can also see your live usage – unfortunately as I rent, my landlord denied permission for me to have one fitted! ๐Ÿ˜’

๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณ And finally… heres a perk for you from Earth Fixers, if you would like to get ยฃ50 credited to your bulb account when you switch (who wouldn’t!?) then use this Link HERE and if you are a business use this link HERE ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณ

Have a great weekend guys and see you again soon. Don’t forget to subscribe for updates on new posts and follow me on twitter too!

Lots a love Dee xXx

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Sustainable Laundry! – the BEST products ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒŽ

#smolproducts the laundry revolution!

Who doesn’t love beautifully soft towels, bedding and clothes which have been cleaned in an ecofriendly, non toxic way!?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

The ONLY brand that I will now use for my washing is SMOL …….

Why do I love smol so much?? Well, this is going to be so easy to tell you! ๐Ÿ’• quick bullet list of the main points and then more info below…..

๐Ÿ’š Eco friendly packaging

๐ŸŒŽ Non Toxic

๐Ÿ’š Cruelty free – leaping bunny certified on all products

๐ŸŒŽ Value for money – save up to 50%

๐Ÿ’š Quality sustainable products that actually work!

๐ŸŒŽ Products available: Laundry capsules, fabric conditioner, dishwasher tabs and coming soon multisurface cleaners (I have these on pre-order!! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

๐Ÿ’š So easy to change delivery dates or pause deliveries (no costs or charges)

๐ŸŒŽ Smol enough to fit through your letterbox!

๐Ÿ’š Most effective concentrated laundry capsule in the world ๐Ÿ˜ฎ (bio and non-bio)

๐ŸŒŽ Most effective concentrated fabric conditioner in the world – 100% animal fat free! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

๐Ÿ’š You guessed it.. Most effective concentrated dishwash tab in the world! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜

SO, the quickest and easiest way to get started with smol is to use the free trial of 9 laundry capsules for which you pay just ยฃ1 delivery! These will be posted through your door and you can begin using your smol laundry pods for the very first time ๐Ÿ™Œ I have no doubt you will love them just as much as myself and everyone else who loves smol, the growing smol community is huge! They have over 15,000 reviews giving them a very healthy 4.8 out of 5 โญโญโญโญโญ

From your account online you will personalise your delivery schedule to suit your household, smol will help you by asking questions about your typical laundry habits… I am a single person living alone (oh come on, don’t give me pity, i’m a strong independent woman!) I have my deliveries every 2-3 months (70 days) costing me ยฃ4.50 each order – total value for money! (costing only ยฃ15 – ยฃ20 per year!!)

I also wanted to tell you that EVERY wash I do no matter what i’m washing, I use the Eco wash setting (I hope your washer has that setting too!) these pods still put out a super smashing great cleaning performance even with the lower heat so there is no need for any other setting (I also use non-bio).

To date (30/10/20) this is the impact smol have had since they began……

To date (30/10/20) this is my PERSONAL impact and savings since ordering my trial in April 2019 (and I never looked back!)

This is worth a celebration! oohrahh!

When it comes to the fabric conditioner, unfortunately there is no free trial… HOWEVER, smol are so confident that you will love their products, they offer a full money back guarantee!

The fabric conditioner currently comes in a twin pack which offers 128 uses and that is approx 6 months worth for just ยฃ10! That means around ยฃ20 a year on fabric conditioner? That is some super savings! The fabric conditioner comes in bottles made from 100% post consumer waste and your first order only will come with a pump. You will need to keep that pump for your new bottles and when ready return the bottles to smol for re-use or simply place them in your recycling โ™ป ta dah! #zerowaste

The correct dosing is 5-6 pumps per wash, this will look like absolutely nothing in your washer drawer…. do not fearโ˜๐Ÿป, as it is so concentrated, it is plenty, and my clothes feel the softest they have ever felt! I ordered my fabric conditioner on the 15th July and I am not even through my first bottle yet! (30/10/20).

Here’s my smol products looking awesome under my sink ๐Ÿ˜† … I remove my capsules from the child safety cardboard box (fully recyclable) and place them in this glass jar instead ๐Ÿ‘

I cant give you any personal experience r.e the dishwasher tabs as I don’t have a dishwasher, but I can tell you they also do a free trial in this product too! Again it is 9 tabs and all you need to do is pay ยฃ1 for delivery! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•

I have the multipurpose surface cleaners on pre-order (arriving november) which were ยฃ10 for 3… bathroom, multisurface and glass. They will send you bottles (made from recycled plastic and post consumer waste) with your first order and after then you keep the same bottles and they will send you refills! I CANNOT WAIT to try these and update you all!

WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LOVE!? ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’•

Head over to Smol’s Website now and get started today! ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒณ

I will post again soon, with other recommendations… I have many!! In the meantime please give me a follow and please comment! Do you love smol too? Are you going to try the free trial? Let me know below!

Happy Halloween and Lots a love Dee xXx

๐Ÿ’Œ UPDATE… cleaning sprays arrived: I am so excited to share this with you!! The most effective Eco, Non Toxic cleaning sprays ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š

Shampoo Bars ๐Ÿšฟ ๐Ÿงผ

A great step towards a greener lifestyle is switching your shampoo to a solid bar. Not only because it doesnโ€™t involve plastic but also it stops the waste of water being shipped around in bottles.

There are now many companies getting involved with creating shampoo bars. Some very good, some not much better than a bar of soap! ๐Ÿ™„

So far I have found 2 shampoo bars and one conditioner bar that I think are really good for my hair, and do a good job.

The first thing I had in mind when I was hunting down shampoo bars was that I have naturally blonde hair and usually buy shampoos especially for blonde hair to stop them from going dull.

The first shampoo bar made specifically for blonde hair that I found to be very effective in caring for my hair was one called โ€˜Blonde Ambitionโ€™ by bath bubble and beyond. You can buy their products from various outlets online. And they sell many shampoo bars in their range for different needs.

โ€œNo fuss, no mess. Simple, solid (SLES-free) shampoo does away with wasteful over-packaging and environmental worries in one. Perfect for anyone who loves the planet as much as their hair. Not a gimmick, these rich, solid shampoo bars effectively cleanse and moisturise to leave your hair looking nourished and healthy. Shampoo bars are economic too as each bar keeps on working, lasting so much longer than a bottle of liquid shampoo. Available in eight different varieties, thereโ€™s one to suit every hair type. Perfect for everyday use and ideal in the wash-bag for visits to the gym, at the swimming pool or to take on holiday!โ€

The Bath Bubble and beyond shampoo bars are Vegan and free from parabens and SLS.

I found it to lather up brilliantly! Just as good as a liquid shampoo, which made it a nice experience to use! It makes my hair squeaky clean and shiny, and has a fresh citrusy scent but it isnโ€™t over powering and actually pretty subtle.

Fresh lemon juice is great for freshening up fair hair. Sweet almond oil conditions, while Marigold Infusion helps to soothe the scalp and strengthen hair growth. Zingy lemon fragrance.

Bath Bubble and Beyond

I teamed it up with the โ€˜Blonde ambitionโ€™ conditioner bar.

Lets be honest….. Conditioner bars are really awkward to use at first! This one I found much better when it had been wet a few times and had started to soften up, it meant I could get a decent amount on my hands then and spread it through my hair. (Tip: keep conditioner bar in a tin and allow to stay moist for ease of use the next time).

They also have the full range of matching conditioner bars…

So I found this duo to be brilliant for my fine blonde hair. Keeping my colour bright but also keeping my strands strong but with a good shine. When I first started using this shampoo a colleague asked if Iโ€™d lightened my hair! It isnโ€™t very scented, but my hair does look and feel good without an irritated scalp. 9/10 from me ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Price on Ebay is ยฃ3.99 for shampoo bar and ยฃ7 for the conditioner bar…. the liquid shampoo and conditioner I was buying for blonde hair was 5.99 a bottle so almost ยฃ12…. this solid shampoo and conditioner works out at just under ยฃ11 so I am not spending any more for this eco version and it lasts months ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Lots of places online sell this range so you can easily shop around.

The next shampoo bar I love is made by Nuddy!

I had to try this shampoo bar after I saw a lot of reviews online about how good it was. โ€˜Practice what you peachโ€™ is a volumising shampoo bar. The first thing I noticed when I received it was the gorgeous peachy smell!

This one doesnโ€™t lather as well as the other (it does lather) but itโ€™s easy to use in the same way and gets my hair squeaky clean , strong and shiny but plenty of volume that holds when blow dried! I also found that after a few washes with this my hair is not getting dull even though it isnโ€™t made with blonde hair in mind.

Another thing I noticed after I started using this shampoo.. and I have no idea if this is coincidence or not but the amount of hair I lose (and I was losing a lot every single wash and brush) has severely reduced to barely anything!! I have used this shampoo bar for the last 6 washes and it has remained the same with a lack of hair loss ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

My hair feels strong and healthy and looks shiny after using this bar. They do not have any conditioner bars in this range but they do claim that conditioner shouldnโ€™t be needed. I find I do need conditioner as my hair is fine and prone to frizz as it is naturally a mix of fine curls and waves.

So, a gorgeous peach smell, strong and healthy looking, shiny, volumised hair. No scalp irritation. It isnโ€™t quite as bubbly and has no conditioner but I do really love it and recommend it as much as the first one. 8.8/10

Other shampoos in the Nuddy range include โ€˜I smell like desertโ€™ – Extra thickening shampoo and โ€˜Time for a fresh startโ€™ – Daily shine treatment shampoo.

What Nuddy want us to know about their shampoo bars…. Good to know: pH balanced, soap free, vegan friendly, plastic free, cruelty free, sls/paraben/phthaltes free, made in the U.K. Suitable for most hair types.

โ€œOur shampoo bars donโ€™t just CLEAN your hair, they TREAT it too. Lasting twice as long as a standard shampoo bottle, it delivers uncompromising results, without the wasteful plastic bottle. Approx 80+ washes. No ‘transition period’.โ€

Nuddy shampoo bars are a little more expensive at ยฃ8.95 but it is a much bigger shampoo bar (doesnโ€™t fit in my round shampoo tin)

They also have a range of body soap bars for the shower which I plan on trying out very soon!!

If you would like to try Nuddy with 20% off you can use my link here Nuddy.co.uk

Have fun finding your solid shampoo! ๐Ÿงผ

Lots a love Dee xXx

Eco friendly water filtering ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Why do I bother to filter my water?

  • My tap water doesnโ€™t taste very nice
  • Filtering helps to remove chemicals such as chlorine and heavy metals from our tap water
  • I drink a lot of water! Either alone or in dilute juice/cordial
  • I like my water very cold so I keep the jug in the fridge too

I was horrified to realise that my water filtering habits were contributing to the plastic pollution crisis whilst using the brita water filter jug I had owned for years! The statistics show that more than 100 million water filter cartridges go into landfill every year!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ #ThisNeedsToStop

I saw Phox water advertised online a while ago, I found the concept fantastic. It seemed expensive to get started though and so, I didnโ€™t make the decision to switch for a few months after trying to go back to tap water and not enjoying it.

So, I made the leap and ordered the Phox V2 water filter system and it arrived 3 weeks ago. (arrived very quickly)

I broke the box. Oops!
The Jug and its parts were extremely simple to put together!
Easy to follow.

The Phox V2 jug has a removable cartridge which is used to fill with filtration granules that can be changed easily.

Phox offer 2 kinds of filtration dependent on your needs….

I have been using this jug for around 3 – 4 weeks now with no problems. It doesnโ€™t leak, water is always clean and clear and tastes that way too. The jug holds around 2L of water ๐Ÿ’ง and is easy to refill without having to remove any lids etc.

What is in the granules that you fill the cartridge with? ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿง

The granules come in a small packet which is plastic free, natural rice paper, along with a carbon felt disk in the same packaging.

What do Phox have to say about their product invention?….

It cost me ยฃ67.99 for the filter jug + 12 months supply of filter. So that cost is only once and covers a year period of use too (some people it may last longer for if you donโ€™t use it as often).

You can also choose to go with the Jug + 3 month supply option for ยฃ39.99 but you do save on getting 3 months free if you go with the 12 month option.

There after a 3 month supply refill pack is ยฃ14 – working out at roughly ยฃ4.66 per month if you change the filter at the recommended time frames. Or, a 12 month supply is ยฃ50 – working out at roughly ยฃ4.16 per month.

And…. The most positive part of the switch!

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Over all I am very happy with the switch and so pleased I made the decision. www.phoxwater.com

I have not yet thrown away the old brita jug as it is plastic ๐Ÿ™„ and Iโ€™m considering how I might be able to repurpose it.. maybe a whacky planter or a terranium of some sort? Do you have any ideas? Let me know!

More posts coming soon!!

Lots a love Dee xXx ๐Ÿ’š

Christmas trees: fake or fir?

Here is some really useful advice I saw by smol products…

We buy 7 million Christmas trees in the UK every year; but which is more sustainable? ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ„

A 2m artificial tree has a carbon footprint of 40kg compared to 4kg for a real tree thatโ€™s burned after Christmas. Use your fake tree for 10 years and youโ€™re matching those with real trees. Any longer and youโ€™ll create a positive impact ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ„

Source real trees as locally as possible and pay close attention to disposal. Any going to landfill release methane (decomposing without access to oxygen). It is better to burn or compost which reduces the carbon footprint by around 80% โœ…

If you have the space, consider a potted tree that can live outside the rest of the year ๐Ÿ˜

Another great tip which I think is awesome.. is that my brother and his partner use real trees, they had one which they usually put outside for the rest of the year… they have a small yard so it was kept potted and getting a bit too big for its pot… this year they have been given permission to plant this tree in their local park and have purchased a new one this year ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป I think this is a fabulous idea!! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

Do you have more tips or useful ideas? Please share in the comments below.

Happy Holidays to all in this unusual time. Lotsa love Dee! xXx

Earth Fixers top product/service recommendations!

Here are some of my fave recommendations which I truly believe will make a big difference to your green journey – Top Quality and effectiveness in combination with the most earth friendly you can be! ๐Ÿ’š ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’š ๐ŸŒณ

The Green Company Online

This is the company I get my beeswax wraps from and the quality of these are fantastic. Great packaging and delivery too + useful information included. Other products they have available include: reusable straws, bamboo cutlery sets, Cotton mesh produce bags etc.

Use discount code 20percent for 20% off your order.

Eco Tools

Eco tools motto is โ€˜clean beauty, clean planetโ€™ All of their products are vegan friendly, cruelty free and made with recycled and renewable materials. They also use new plantable packaging that is biodegradable too! My makeup brushes and hair brushes are from ecotools and I love them. They have many other products too, including: skincare tools, spa bath and Body, makeup blenders, makeup brushes and hair brushes. They also have an Interchangables range where you can keep one handle and change the brush heads which greatly reduces waste.

Unfortunately I donโ€™t have a discount code for them at this time but I highly recommend!

Smol

Smol is a company that has completely changed my laundry and home cleaning experience. I love this brand! Not only because their brand was developed for the good of the planet but also because their products are so effective! The best way to start with Smol is to use their free trial. They have products for laundry cleaning and softening, dish washing, and cleaning for kitchen, bathroom and glass which are all amazing.

I donโ€™t currently have a discount code for you, but the free trial is fab. You can read more about their products on my blog post here: Sustainable Laundry! โ€“ the BEST products ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒŽ

Pura Vida

Pura Vida are an absolutely amazing Jewellery brand that do good in so many ways all over the world! Their brand provides full time jobs to artisans around the world who would otherwise be living in poverty. They are also partnered with 175+ charities who they donate to with their sales and have currently donated over $2.8mil. Their items are truly beautiful too and I have many pieces myself. Read more about them on my blog post Sustainable Jewellery that does good and gives back! ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’š ๐ŸŒŽ

For 20% off your order use discount code denisehawksworth20 this applies to sale items also! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Ecologi

Ecologi were created so that people like me and you could take on the climate change. Through tree planting and carbon ofssetting. They have an awesome gifting section where you can purchase trees with a gift certificate for friends and family and I think the prices are brilliant in comparison to some other tree gifting sites. They also offer ways for businessโ€™ to offset the carbon footprint of their workforce boosting tree planting and increasing the sustainability of many companies. You donโ€™t need to be a business to join them, you can set up a profile for offsetting your personal carbon footprint and encourage your friends and family do the same. If you use my referral link Here both you and I will plant 50 trees each at no cost to us ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Read my blog posts if you would like further details about Ecologi – Want to build a climate positive workforce? And Awesome ways to plant trees this Christmas ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’š

FFS Beauty

A brand that was developed to tackle the pollution of plastic disposable razors! They are a very effective brand who developed a reusable razor handle with a subscription to razor head replacements (can be stopped/delayed or cancelled any time) they also have in house recycling of the blade heads when you post your used blades back to them!! All of their products are cruelty free and eco friendly including all packaging. You can read more on my blog post here – FFS โ€“ For Futures Sake โ€“ Sustainable shaving and beauty ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’š

To get ยฃ3 off your first order ( making a starter kit just ยฃ6.95 ) use this link

Honu

Honu is another amazing jewellery brand that was created to help save our beautiful sea turtles from extinction through partnering with The sea turtle conservancy in Florida. All jewellery is ocean inspired and so pretty! Of course all packaging is ecofriendly too!

You can read more about the brand on my blog post here: Beautiful gifts that help to save Sea Turtles ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿข

And for 15% off your order on ANY item use discount code HONUEARTHFIX4 at checkout

Pela

This amazing brand creates phone cases that are absolutely 100% plastic free! Durable enough to protect your phone but also 100% compostable! The first ever phone cases that are capable of this. They also use greenguard uv curable inks for the colouring in their cases. They also develop 100% compostable phone case accessories such as phone grips ๐Ÿคฉ ๐Ÿคฉ ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’š

I appreciate these phone cases are not exactly the cheapest you could buy, but they do a lot of green good! And are very durable and long lasting. Which is why I bring to you 15% discount with code WMEARTHFIX1 just pop it in at checkout! Enjoy ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

More posts coming soon. Lots a love Dee

Beautiful gifts that help to save Sea Turtles ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿข

Do you or someone you know love sea turtles and all things ocean? Here is another amazing way to gift and do good this Christmas!

Honu create beautiful ocean inspired silver jewellery which helps them work towards their mission of helping to save sea turtles from extinction!

Why is this mission important?

  • Sea turtles are one of earths oldest inhabitants!
  • 6 out of 7 species are endangered
  • Sea turtles help to maintain healthy sea grass beds and coral reefs
  • Turtle nesting helps to provide important nutrients to beaches

Honu donate 10% of profits after overheads to the amazing work of the Sea Turtle Conservancy who are the worlds oldest and most accomplished sea turtle research and conservation. They help to restore the nesting habitat of sea turtles and maximise the survival rate of hatchlings through the Caribbean. You can read more about the work they do at the sea turtle conservancy Here

How else do honu do good?

All of their packaging is recyclable and is made from recycled materials.

They work to raise awareness of plastic pollution, climate change and poaching too.

They recently launched a mini collaboration with Beluga whale sanctuary.

They are anti-fast fashion. Their jewellery is made to last and the majority is made from recycled silver.

They have eliminated plastic from their packaging COMPLETELY.

Hereโ€™s a look at some of their gorgeous pieces:

They are also a proud Ecologi member which means they offset the carbon footprint of their workforce!

You can read more about Ecologi and the work they do on my blog post here: Want to build a climate positive workforce?

Head over to shophonu.com and use code HONUEARTHFIX1 at checkout for 15% off! Youโ€™re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you love youโ€™re sustainable gifting this Christmas. I will be back with more recommendations soon!

Lotsa love Dee! xXx

Good Clingfilm alternative ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฏ

Cling film is one of those horrible and problematic plastics that is designed for single use and very difficult to recycle. It takes roughly 2 years for cling film to decompose, even though this is considerably less than many other plastics, it is still contributing a large problem.

More than 1.2 billion metres, equating to 745,000 miles of cling film is used by households across Britain every year โ€“ enough to go around the circumference of the world 30 times over!!

โ€œPlastic wrap contributes to the larger plastic pollution crisis, it’s difficult to recycle, and it’s made from potentially harmful chemicals, especially as they break down in the environment.โ€

THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Clingfilm was undoubtedly a clever invention that served a purpose at the time of its creation. However, the problem that it causes in itโ€™s contribution towards plastic pollution and the toxicity of the chemicals released into the environment as it breaks down means itโ€™s really something we do need to move away from and find alternative options that are less harmful to our environment.

Can we survive without clingfilm? You bet we can!

Three things you can do to be part of the solution:

1. Switch from plastic wrap to a reusable wax wrap.

2. Store leftovers in glass containers.

3. Cover foods with aluminum foil instead of plastic wrap.

If you need something that functions like a clingfilm then beeswax wraps are the alternative I recommend.

Wraps from thegreencompany.online

I first tried beeswax wraps when they were on offer on my Sweatcoins app where I could buy them with my sweatcoins… to find out more about this app go to my blog post here Do you know about Sweatcoins? ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

The offer was with a company called www.thegreencompany.online no other reason did I use this company for my first try at beeswax wraps than that I could use my sweatcoins and not my own money to try these out! I got a 3 pack – small, medium, large.

And, I was pleaseantly surprised at how well these work! I use them to wrap up my blocks of cheese in the fridge, left overs in a bowl or a pan. They seem to cling well to any material and to itself, meaning you can wrap it up into any shape, even folding it into an envelope style to hold things securely, once itโ€™s stuck itโ€™s stays stuck until you lift it off!

Using a beeswax wrap on different containers

How to care for your beeswax wraps

Cleaning: cleaning the wraps is important as they are reusable. Simply wash in cool water with washing up soap and scrub gently until clean. Donโ€™t use hot water to prevent melting the wraps. For a deeper clean you can use antibacterial soap too. Once clean hang out to dry… I lay mine over my dish drying rack and then reuse and reuse!

Refreshing the wraps: over time your wraps will eventually, naturally begin to fade, and the beeswax can begin to crack. It is normal for this to happen and there is a simple solution; place your wraps on a piece of baking paper on a tray and heat in the oven for 3 minutes at approximately 100 degrees Celsius. This will smooth out the wax and make it stickier again (this wonโ€™t need to be done often as it will begin to crack only after a long period of time)

You can also buy refresher blocks from the website to recoat the wraps using the same method to get the wraps lasting even longer but they do last for years!

There are many brands of beeswax wraps, but these ones from http://www.thegreencompany.online are the only ones I have first hand experience with. If you do wish to purchase from this website use the code 20percent for 20% off your order. They also post worldwide ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I have another pack on order as sweatcoins had an offer on again!

I hope you found this recommendation helpful.

Plenty more coming soon.

Lotsa love Dee! xXx

Want to build a climate positive workforce?

Are you a business that would like to take action for a climate positive workforce?

Over at Ecologi.com they are offering a carbon offset and reforestation programme for businesses to build a climate positive workforce.

What are the benefits to this?

  • Sustainability is among the most important attributes for employees in 2020. Retain your hires and attract the best talent with this incredible staff benefit.
  • Their plans include an allowance for employee business and personal travel. They use averages so there are no complex calculations or tracking needed.
  • Your own company forest! Cultivate a new kind of company legacy. Your forest will grow every month and be visible for your employees and customers to see on your public sustainability profile.
  • Show your commitment to sustainability by planting trees for every sale or new client.
  • Get insights and data about your impact with their simple API. Included with every new subscription.
  • Achieve net zero strategy.
  • Demonstrate the incredible climate impact youโ€™re having with your own public facing business profile page…..

Show the world your climate positive workforce and celebrate how many trees you’ve planted as a business with their static and dynamic badges which come in plenty of styles and will work with any website.

Example of a badge for your business website

Head over to ecologi to find out more. Use their calculator to enter your number of staff and take it from there. Join 2334 other businesses who are doing the same!

ecologi.com

More recommendations coming soon!

Lotsa love Dee! xXx