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Big Green Smile

Happy New Year!!

I’m a bit late off the mark but there you go.  I’m not going to do a round up of last year’s gardening and green efforts because basically I was just getting started.  This year will be the one to really get going but again I’m not going to list resolutions because I never stick to them.

So for my first post of 2012 I want to praise great service.  Back in August I posted about some items I’d bought through Planet Organic.  One of these items was the Eco2Life cleaner system where you initially buy the product with the spray bottle and subsequently just buy refills thus cutting down on packaging and waste.

Eco2Life system

When it came time to order refills I discovered that Planet Organic no longer stock them so I had to find another source. After “googling” I came across a site called Big Green Smile.  They have a great range of eco-products so after having a look around the site I put an order together.  That was yesterday morning.  My order arrived this morning!!  How quick is that??  It was well packaged in a cardboard box and the filler was more scrunched cardboard so all recyclable.

If your order is over £10 you can request 2 free samples – I chose to try Yes to Tomatoes face wash and moisturiser (the two sachets in the middle of the photo).  Also if you refer a friend they get a £10 voucher off an order over £25.  So if anyone would like to take advantage of this offer, let me know and I’ll refer you. (in the interest of full disclosure I would also get a voucher!)

I will review the various products as I use them.  I currently have a load of laundry in using the Method laundry liquid, and I’ll be attempting to clean my oven in the next few days.  I didn’t have much success using baking soda, salt and vinegar so I am going to try the e-cloth first (we’ve used the glass one and it’s amazing!) and if I struggle with that then I’ll try the OrangeMate.

As for the Eco2Life cleaners, they are really good.  There is no horrid chemical smell and they clean really well.  I even got some permanent marker off one of my tiles today with the multipurpose cleaner.  And the bathroom one keeps my bath sparkling!

Not very exciting to be talking about cleaning products, but if you care about using fewer chemicals and not harming yourself or the environment, give Big Green Smile a look.

 

Book review: Cabbages & Roses Guide to Natural Housekeeping

Cabbages and Roses Guide to Natural Housekeeping (Cabbages & Roses Guide) (Cabbages & Roses Guide)Cabbages and Roses Guide to Natural Housekeeping (Cabbages & Roses Guide) by Christina Strutt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great recommendation from a friend, I may think of getting my own copy, or at least copying out some of the useful tips before it goes back to the library.
I was particularly interested in the section about making your own household cleaning products, as although I use eco-friendly brands like Ecover, I’m still not really sure what is in them – anyone know what an anionic surfactant is?? This book implies that if you have water, bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar, you can clean virtually anything. I’m definitely giving it a go.
There are also some interesting gift suggestions for scouring antique markets and shops for presents rather than buying something new (and probably plastic!).
A good section on gardening, and the uses of herbs.
And it is all written in an easy to read style, as if you were getting advice from a friend.

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