Natural Insect Repellents As An Alternative to Chemical DEET- How Effective Are They?

I take my daughter to a woodland playgroup almost every Thursday morning. In the summer, the woods are swarming with midges. Being quite intelligent little beasties, these midges look for shelter underneath trees and the undergrowth. It is even worse when it rains and that, unsurprisingly, happens a lot in Scotland. I found myself between a … Continue reading Natural Insect Repellents As An Alternative to Chemical DEET- How Effective Are They?

Update to “Menstrual Cups”

A few weeks ago, I wrote about menstrual cups and reusable pads and pointed out the positive steps every one of us could take towards a healthier and more sustainable period by switching to these products. Unfortunately, most people still don't know about them and campaigns to fight period poverty in schools mainly concentrate on … Continue reading Update to “Menstrual Cups”

The problem with BPA, BPS and BPF – and how to avoid it

Chemicals of very high concern Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely recognised endocrine disruptor prevalent in many household items. As we are now quite familiar with a lot of its problematic implications, products labelled BPA-free have now become increasingly available. This is, for example, the case with sippy cups, drinking bottles and linings of food … Continue reading The problem with BPA, BPS and BPF – and how to avoid it

3 steps to a more sustainable period – about menstrual cups and reusable pads

This is still a topic that will make a lot of people feel somewhat awkward, but just like breastfeeding it is something which is so much part of our biological make-up as a female mammal, it shouldn't require a second thought. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time wondering about how "they" did … Continue reading 3 steps to a more sustainable period – about menstrual cups and reusable pads

Simple Steps to a Shampoo-free Hair Care

Some time ago, I wrote about making your bathroom more eco-friendly. Apart from our kitchen and food preparation, this is where we encounter plastics and especially single-use plastic most frequently. Most of the products we use for our daily personal care contain lots of other ingredients or components that are either plastic or palm-oil based, … Continue reading Simple Steps to a Shampoo-free Hair Care