Hygiene and keeping clean is important to everyone. Its not like fashion or travel where theres a choice, but is important for our wellbeing. The maintenance of keeping fresh usually comes in small plastic solutions such as roll on deodorants, plastic toothbrushes and toothpaste. The good news is that there are new innovative alternatives to these classic staples in the bathroom. I recently started using these products below and here is my review on the items.
Bamboo toothbrush by Eco-Bru
Bamboo toothbrushes have been around for a while now, as I have mentioned before bamboo is incredibly sustainable due to the speed of growth and small amounts of water it requires to fully develop. I tried a few brands in the past but I always found most brands flimsy. This one has a sturdy round shaped shaft and depending on the colour of preference the bristles and end grip have a colour. I took this with me travelling recently and I have no complaints. I do hope they make these with charcoal soon as thats my favourite type of toothbrushes.
Deodorant by Elsas organic skin food
This deodorant is quite the fun gem. Liquid deodorants easy to apply with hands but this also came with a little wooden spoon if you don't want to use your fingers. You apply it directly on to the skin and it does the job! The product comes in aluminium which is infinitely recycle as well as one of the largest natural resources on the planet in terms of quantity. You can also reuse the tin for other purposes, like using it for storing home made soaps and shampoos.
Toothpaste by Truthpaste
Most (if not all) liquid toothpastes come in a plastic container. It comes in travel and full size. The first thing to point out about these toothpastes are that they dont foam so a little goes a long way when its mixed with water. Its made of all natural ingredients and if fennel isnt your vibe then go for the traditional peppermint flavour.
I love discovering new sustainable brands, especially ones that have garments for both women and men. One Denim is a handcrafted denim brand that has sustainability as its core concept. For this review I decided to bring in a test male human to try the mens jeans for a few weeks.
The first thing I noticed was the large sturdy and luxurious box the jeans arrived in. This gives it a premium experience whilst the prices are between 100-150 for a pair of jeans making them similar in price to well known denim brands on the market. I picked the light grey selvedge jeans from the core collection that are available without pre ordering.
The jeans are true to size, even though they were slightly too small when our test human first tried them on they stretched after one or two wears. The denim fabric itself feels heavy and sturdy and the stitching is well crafted. After a few weeks of wear and tear, the jeans still looked new and high quality. The test human loves them and I have seen him favour and wear it more than his other jeans. For a more in depth review I also decided to ask the creators behind one denim about their sustainability vision and what their future plans are with One Denim.
What makes One Denim sustainable?
Our Collection Line champions organic and recycled Japanese and Italian denim fabrics, sourced from the most premium denim mills in the industry. All materials used to make our jeans are either recycled or organic, down to every last button, rivet, stitch and label and we combine this with low impact technology to massively reduce water waste, energy usage and pollution in manufacture. All water used in the washing process gets recycled and we also apply state of the art eco laser and ozone washing techniques to further reduce our impact. We’ve created the most sustainable luxury denim every made.
What sets you part from other sustainable denim brands?
We’re not just another sustainable denim brand. We are a fashion tech company that’s super sustainable. Our business model is direct-to-consumer, which means we design, produce upfront and sell our products directly to the consumer through our online store, eliminating the traditional brand channels of wholesalers and fashion shops, saving customers on those extra margins. This allows us to sell our denims at less that half of their traditional retail value. So had we operated like other brands, our products would be more than double the price they are now.
Whats the plans for the future of One Denim?
we plan to first expand our denim line and then start introducing new product categories to develop a full ready to wear collection, including footwear and handbags. We also plan to open our physical retail stores in the near future.
You can purchase one denims collection directly from their website. They also offer Klarna (order your clothes, try them on and pay for it once you decide to keep the products) which is convenient for jeans fitting. Another great aspect to brand is that they donate 5% of their sales to WaterAid. I would highly recommend this brand for yourself or as a gift to start somebody else's path to more sustainable fashion.
I write most my reviews based around fashion and food that are aimed to make everyones lives more sustainable however one of my favourite discoveries are when I find an app that supports the same cause. Apps dont support production whilst creating jobs and are easily obtainable as long as you have a smart phone.
This app is called findtap, is free and has a very simple cause. It lets you know the nearest tap water source through an interactive map. Its very easy and user friendly, simply turn on your location within the app and it detects and shows you the nearest tap available. This is perfect for anyone that carries a reusable water bottler or if you did purchase a bottle of water (lets put this down as an emergency) and want to fill it with water throughout the day without having to purchase another plastic bottle. Bonus tip, if youre like me and dislike the taste of tapwater there are plenty of bottles you can get that has a built in filter system that works wonders. I use a bottle from a brand called bobble but there are many alternatives.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see how many sources the app recorded as its still fairly new. I recommend this this highly and I also recommend everyone to do the 30 day challenge to only drink tap water.
There’s all aspects of sustainability and when it comes to changing everyday products for environmental friendly why not consider something we all use which is tissues and toilet paper. I recently got my hands on the bamboo made products by cheeky panda. The range offers everything from toilet paper to boxed tissues to travel sized tissues and they’re all made from bamboo fibres. Every year around 27,000 trees are used for toilet paper alone. Bamboo is not categorised as a tree and regrows to its optimal size after it’s been chopped down in four months. Bamboo also uses less water whilst producing more oxygen making it the most sustainable plant based resource on earth.
Whilst bamboo is proven to be a sustainable alternative as a resource, I wanted to try cheeky panda as a brand to see if the products kept standards high.
The packaging is like any common toilet paper brand and comes in either tissue cardboard boxing or plastic depending on the type of product. Its clear on the packaging that this is a sustainable option and that its made of bamboo. The tissues themselves are surprisingly soft, softer than the well known brands which is a surprise considering the price is competitive. These products actually feel luxurious and premium so the fact that the price is affordable is fantastic. Whats great about this brand is that they also do office installations via their website. Really pleased to have discovered Cheeky Panda and will continue recommend both the brand and bamboo in general for paper use.
Tis the season to be jolly, and the season to figure out what gifts to buy for your loved ones. By now, as its 2018 you're well aware that consumerism is bad but you still want to give someone that special feeling of seeing a perfectly (or in my case horribly) wrapped box under the tree. So here is the list of 10 items to keep your christmas sustainable this year. Click on images to be linked to pages to purchase
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