AmaElla Ethical Lingerie

Amaella Ethical Lingerie

There has been a lot of excitement at By Nature with the arrival, just in time for Valentines, of ethical lingerie brand AmaElla.

Exquisitely designed from the finest organic cotton, premium trims, and pretty prints this collection of lingerie and nightwear is created with you in mind: beautiful, confident & ethically focused.

AmaElla Organic Cotton Voile Nightdress

AmaElla is a social enterprise whose mission is to encourage ethical behaviour in fashion through sustainable and ethical sourcing. As such they only work with ethical fashion manufacturers, one here in the UK and the other in Portugal.

The organic cotton is certified to GOTS standards so you can be sure your underwear and nightwear is free of harmful chemicals.

The nightwear range include a voile nightdress and short pyjama set.

AmElla Organic Cotton Pyjama Set

The underwear collection includes a triangle soft bra, a underwire bra and two panty styles. It features an hydrangea print on navy fabric. This flower, common in British gardens, is known to symbolise grace, beauty, abundance and sincere feelings.

AmaElla Organic Cotton Romance Triangle Soft Bra

Hydrangea’s vigorous flower-head is made from an exuberant number of flowers. It is the numerous tiny flowers that make hydrangea beautiful. It resembles life somehow, when individuals come together, powerful things happen.

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Could this be the perfect eco Valentines gift? We certainly think so! But don’t take our word for it and click here to judge for yourself.

 

 

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Meat Free Monday: Beetroot & Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pesto Dressing [vegan] [gluten free]

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Bursting with wonderful flavours, this Beetroot & Cauliflower Kale Salad with Pesto Dressing is the perfect antidote to the grey weather. The seasonal Winter vegetables are tossed in a delicious pesto dressing made with SACLA’ Free From Basil Pesto and topped with crunchy almonds, juicy pomegranate and sweet raisins. So good!

Full recipe on The Flexitarian.

Meat Free Monday: Crunchy Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad [vegan]

Crunchy Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad [vegan] by The Flexitarian

This vegan Crunchy Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad is bursting with the wonderful flavours of ginger, cumin, coriander and lime. This recipe is the perfect easy lunch or dinner for this Meat Free Monday.

Full recipe on The Flexitarian.

5 FREE Eco Apps To Help Save The Planet

5 FREE Eco Apps To Help You Save The Planet

When it comes to be eco conscious there are many easy ways we can all make a difference from reducing food waste, carpooling to saving energy. Technology can be  a fantastic way to keep track of our efforts and connect with like minded people. Here are some of our favourite eco apps which can help lighten our ecological footprint .

Olio Ever thought that it would be great to be able to give away some of your leftovers or surplus homegrown apples instead of throwing them away? Well, look no further.  Whether you have got food or want food, the Olio App is here to help share unwanted food so it does not end up in the bin.

OLIO is a free app that connects neighbours with each other and with local independent shops so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could include food nearing its sell-by date from shops, cafes and markets; spare vegetables from the allotment; cakes from an amateur baker; or groceries from household fridges when people go away or move home. Users simply snap a picture of their items and add them to OLIO for neighbours or local shoppers to collect.

Available on both iPhone and Android.  Find out more here.

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Make clothes last longer by giving them a new lease of life. Declutter your wardrobe or find great bargains on this secondhand marketplace.  Beyond clothes you can also swap or sell shoes, accessories, beauty products for both women and men. There are also a kids’ sections for clothes, toys, furniture, car seats etc . . .

Available on both iPhone and Android.  Find out more here.

The Darwin Challenge

Modern intensive meat production has devastating impacts on the planet and animal welfare. Choose to eat less meat and go flexitarian.

The Darwin Challenge app has been created for those  who have one or more meatfree days a week. This life-giving app rewards you, by showing you how your meat-free days are improving your health and your world. Small acts, big impacts.

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Available on iPhone. Find out more here.

Bla Bla Car

Why drive on your own when you could travel with others? Carpooling takes traffic off the road, save money and reduce impact on the environment.

BlaBlaCar is the leading carpooling platform in Europe: they connect people who need to travel with drivers who have empty seats. In the UK more than 12 million people share a ride on BlaBlaCar every quarter.

Available on both iPhone and Android. Find out more here.

JouleBug
Make your everyday habits more sustainable, at home, work, and play.  Join a community, earn points to compete in challenges, or simply play your friends.

Have fun while lowering your energy bills and reducing waste !

Available on both iPhone and Android. Find out more here.

Do you have a favourite eco app? We’d love to hear about it!

 

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10 Tips To Ditch The Plastic In Your Life

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Light, versatile, durable and easily manufactured, plastic is seen as a super practical material. It has gained  so much popularity that you can find it everywhere, from the polyester in the clothes we wear to the microbeads in our skincare.

Over the years we have become addicted to the convenience of plastic, and little by little insidious plastic waste has taken over cities, countryside and oceans. The problem has reached such proportions, that it is now estimated that eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year.

The infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a collection on non biodegrable debris) is a chilling reminder that our addiction to plastic has gone too far.

What’s more is that fish, shelfish and marine wildlife feed on this waste so humans who eat seafood ingest 11,000 pieces of microplastic each year. Additionally it is estimated that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans.

The good news is that by making simple changes in our daily lives we can all help reducing plastic pollution.

10 Tips To Ditch The Plastic In Your Life

 

Refill – Forget plastic water bottles, or disposable coffee and tea cups. Switch to a refillable water bottle or insulated refillable cups to keep hydrated throughout the day without generating huge amount of waste. You will also save money as coffee shops charge less for refilling customers’ cups while tap water is of course much better value than bottled water.

Shop At Your Local Farmers Market – you only have to walk the aisles of your local supermarket to realise that food packaging has gone completely mad. Plastic is convenient to wrap fruits and vegetables as you can more easily add a barcode on top of it. Shop at your local farmers market instead using reusable or paper bags.

Ditch The Straw – there is little advantage to drinking with a straw really, unless maybe you are unwell and stranded in bed. Plastic straws end up floating in the ocean and represent a real danger to wildlife (check out the video below showing the fate of a sea turtle). If you have to use straws, switch to a paper straw or a reusable metal straw.

Pack Your Lunch – forget individually packed sandwich, salad, fruit or yoghurt. Buying your lunch is wasteful and (once again) expensive. Cut down on plastic waste by bringing your own food in stainless steel or glass lunchboxes . It will be cheaper and healthier too! Take it a step further in restaurants by bringing in your own containers for leftovers.

Buy Loose – buy cereals, grain, pulses etc… in bulk and store them at home in glass containers. You can even bring your own containers in shops such as Planet Organic to refill.

Switch to Reusable Produce Bags– say goodbye to fruits and vegetables plastic bags by using reusable produce bags. Washable and reusable some can also be used as laundry wash bags or cosmetic bags!

And Reusable Shopping Bags  – the plastic bag tax has been brilliant at reducing plastic bag usage. Still there are occasions when you simply forget your reusable bags and end up buying plastic instead. I always keep one of these Envirosax below in my handbag, car or pocket to avoid being caught out. They quite comfortably hold two to three plastic grocery bags and have been tested to hold at least 20kgs – 44 lbs. Once folded they hold in the palm of your hand.

 

 

Get Your Milk Delivered In Returnable Glass Bottles – take a look around on bin collection days and you’ll quickly notice that plastic milk bottles make up for a lot of packaging waste. Sign up for milk delivery and get your milk delivered in reusable glass bottles instead.

Beware Of Food Containers & Trays – take away and frozen food is often packaged in plastic or polystyrene. When shopping for convenience food, make a point of choosing products packaged in paper only.

Wear Natural Fibrepolyester fabric is another big ocean polluter resulting in microplastics entering our food chain. Choose natural fibre such as cotton instead.

Meat Free Monday : Quorn Moroccan Meatloaf with Creamy Harissa Dressing [vegetarian]

Quorn Moroccan Meat Loaf with Creamy Harrisa Dressing [vegetarian] by The Flexitarian

This meat free meatloaf has a fragrant Moroccan twist. Not too sweet and not too spicy (you can always add more harissa if you like), it is made with minced Quorn.

Recipe via The Flexitarian