Learn how you can make your own at home cleaning products and avoid those toxic chemicals with soap berries.
Chemicals are taking pride of place in most households and it’s shocking to know just how much our exposure to these toxic substances has increased. Not only are they having a negative impact on your health, they’re also stripping your wallet bare!
Instagram is an absolutely booming community with over 1 billion users worldwide!! Because of this, it can sometimes be hard to find what you’re looking for and beautiful, inspirational and stunning accounts can be hidden under the masses of images that Instagram holds. That’s why I want to showcase accounts that are so worthy of recognition because of their high quality content and incredible photos, as they might not otherwise be found by you.
Instagram is a wonderful online community filled with inspiration, adventures, knowledge and of course, gorgeous images. We’ve picked out the best accounts to inspire, motivate, open your eyes and teach you all about sustainable and slow living. Here are our top 30 lifestyle accounts on Instagram, in no particular order:
If you’re looking for inspiration to get outdoors and explore hiking trails you've never seen, Jille has the answers! Her gorgeous photos will make you “green” with envy and are sure to spark your love for nature! Not only that, but she is also a connoisseur of conscious fashion, eco travel and holistic wellness.
Hannah has the most beautiful and visually appealing feed! Her photos are almost guaranteed to make you want to start practising yoga and slowing down your day to day life. She really highlights the beautiful moments of everyday and has a talent for including cute little illustrations in a few of her photos.
When I stumbled across Abbie’s account, I thought I’d fallen into heaven! Her images are styled so perfectly with colours and textures that make you feel like you're standing inside the photo. There is endless amounts of lifestyle, interior and travel inspiration that I promise you will love!
If you love plants and cozy homes, then Theo’s account is the one for you! The colours and relaxing nature of her feed will inspire you to create beautiful little spaces inside your own home and to enjoy the rustic and vintage side of life. Her food and styling images are also to die for!
The term “slow living” which is another reference to sustainable living has really taken off lately and Kristi displays this perfectly in her feed. Who knew that everyday chores such as washing and cooking could look so beautiful and feel so wholesome! Her house in the mountains is literally everyone’s dream home.
If you haven’t trailed down the vegan road yet, then Jessie may (see what I did there?) be able to convince you! Her plant based living inspiration is so colourful and her meals look too good to eat! From recipes featuring soba noodles to blueberry “nice” cream, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste buds.
In case you think nature couldn't get anymore more beautiful and picturesque, Teru will prove you wrong with absolutely stunning shots of mountain ranges, fields that are perfect for frolicking in and lakes that are the most beautiful shade of blue. Her account is sure to bring out the wanderlust in you!
Based in Colorado, Kayla & Ben along with their two children Jessamyn and Ophelia are sure to make you envy their mountain life. From cozy little rooms, to baby baths and outdoor adventures, each photo has been so beautifully captured.
Jil has an absolutely stunning account filled with everyday inspiration including all sorts of adventures, nutritious vegan meals and wholesome living with a little bit of yoga thrown in. The colours she focuses on are refreshing and relaxing and demonstrates a holistic and meaningful living.
Bright colours and gorgeous images dominate Andrea’s feed and it makes for such a happy and uplifting feed! She is a self confessed “solar powered happiness connoisseur” and this is certainly demonstrated in her beautiful photos.
If building your dream home or renovating is close to the top of your list, you have to check out Patti’s account. She has a wonderful talent for styling and redecorating rooms and the finished product (her home) is absolutely breathtaking! The before and after shots of the house will make you wonder how it’s even possible to create such a masterpiece!
What more can I say other than “WOW” Taline specialises in the most incredible and beautiful looking food and you’ll probably never want to eat anything but her recipes ever again! The colours and textures in her images are so eye catching and the quotes that she scatters between her photos are sure to make you laugh!
Jamie takes the term ”model” to the next level with her beautiful photos in stunning outfits! Travel is also one of her top priorities and you’ll see an array of incredible places from all over the world in her feed.
For someone who has flown the nest, Jessica has certainly seen some incredible places in her travels. The experiences she’s had and the natural wonders that she has visited will make you envy her exciting lifestyle. From swimming with whale sharks to kayaking in New Zealand to exploring glaciers, her photos will blow your mind!
Self proclaimed dreamer, Chelsea has array of stunning travel shots and she seems to always be on another adventure in some corner of the earth. She also has awesome advice and inspiration on environmentally friendly practices, ethical living, sustainability and nutrition.
Literally every photo in Adrianna’s feed will make you seriously jealous of the life she leads. The gorgeous colours and stunning locations she captures are sure to make your wanderlust vibes go crazy! From hikes to seaside villages to interior inspiration, her account is definitely one you need to follow!
Aside from hilarious and entertaining captions, Nicola also captures the most beautiful moments along with her adorable daughter Rosie. Her journey and photos of everyday life display an overwhelming amount of happiness and a cuteness overload.
Tara really knows how to make the most of everyday and her gorgeous and lively account is testament to this! If you love beautiful places and “girls just want to have fun” vibes, then you need to check her out NOW!
Moky is someone I’ve been following for years now and every time one of her photos pops into my newsfeed, I’m always stopped in my tracks. She shares endless inspiration, colour, delicious food and absolute quality content. You’ve probably already heard of her though because she’s awesome!
Adventures galore. Wild living. Free spirit. Natural wonders. Jessica’s account is and has all of these things! This is one of the best nature related feeds that I have come across and that’s saying something! Now go and climb a mountain, run through a field of wildflowers or go for a dip in the ocean.
Slow and beautiful living is really demonstrated in Dominika’s account. Every little detail has been perfectly captured and is sure to give you a few ideas for your own home. If you love fresh flowers and fruit, then this is the place to be!
From Marrakech to California, it almost seems as if Cherrie has been everywhere! Her next trip that’s planned is to visit West Virginia, Egypt and Jordan and I am seriously jealous. If all you think about is travelling the world, then Cherrie definitely has the inspiration to get you there.
Bright colours, gorgeous textures and stunning locations, Luna has absolutely all of it! Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, she really knows how to appreciate the little things. If you want to add a little colour to your Insta feed, Luna is the one to follow.
As a connoisseur of minimal living and relaxed fashion, Caroline has definitely mastered in the ins and outs of everyday life. Her account in filled with beautifully styled interior spaces and an abundance of coffee!
I don’t really know how else to describe Kay’s feed other than awesome!! Part of her story includes taking bridal photos on six continents which I think is an absolutely beautiful idea and most of her images are travel dominated which is an extra bonus!
You’ve probably already seen Janne’s account because it’s so unbelievably beautiful but incase you haven’t, its filled with stunning photos of flowers, beautiful spaces and amazing feasts. What more could you want??
For photographer Justyna, “every moment matters” and I couldn't agree more! If sweet treats and stunning bouquets are your thing (how could they not be?), then you really need to check her account out. You won’t be disappointed!
Delicious meals and cute plants are abundant in Ann’s feed and she beautifully captures the simple moments of every day. If you need inspiration for your next feast, then you’re sure to find it here!
Alyona has an amazing account filled with life’s small joys (yes, it includes food) and she always seems to be able to find the perfect backdrop for her images. For a little motivation to spice up your life, Alyona is sure to have it!
Family is one of the most important things for Bri and this is evident in her gorgeous feed. Based in San Diego, California, she shares the happiest moments with her adorable family and her kids are seriously the cutest!
Little Difference is a UK based business founded by Sophie and Pete. This adventure obsessed, nature loving couple have used their love for the Earth to create greeting cards that are made from 100% recycled cardboard and are packaged in biodegradable materials.
While their business is named “Little Difference”, Sophie and Pete are actually making a HUGE difference by planting trees in Africa to reforest areas that have been impacted. 1 card sold = 1 tree planted! So far they have planted 45,000 trees in total to reforest areas in Ethiopia and Madagascar.
Not only are they making a positive environmental difference, they are also providing employment for the local people. This is lifting people out of poverty as the deforestation (often done out of desperation to survive) has destroyed their livelihoods. Now the forests ARE their livelihoods and it provides them with a decent living situation. This also ensures that they are invested in protecting the trees once they are planted.
Little Difference is definitely a business you should start supporting as their impact and mission is incredible. It’s great to see other businesses striving for the same sustainable goals and I love the one of Sophie and Pete’s mottos is to leave the Earth better than we found it.
To read more about the work they do and the difference they are making, please head to littledifference.org
You’ve heard of fast food but do you know what fast fashion is?
Keeping up with the latest fashion trends has been an obsession for decades but do you know what impact your clothing habits are having on our environment and it’s people? Even if you’re not swayed by the fashion trends and limit your clothes shopping to things you need, it’s almost impossible to avoid the detrimental impact of fast fashion.
People all over the Earth are addicted to cheaply made and poorly made clothing. They make impulse buys because of the enticing price and nine times out of ten, that piece of clothing is worn once and then tossed at the bottom of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day again. While you make a vote with your money every day, it’s not just the customer at blame. Nearly every clothing store is guilty of stocking unethically produced clothing and turning a blind eye to the people who earn a wage that doesn't even cover the cost of living, the use of toxic and harmful dyes and chemicals and the consequent environmental issues.
You might be wondering how fast fashion can be so toxic but the impact of the clothing industry is so significant that Greenpeace has launched a campaign to make substantial changes in the industry. In 2012, Greenpeace conducted an investigation into the use of toxic chemicals in major fashion brands and documented the findings in Toxic Thread: The Big Fashion Stitch Up.
The investigation tested chemicals in the garments of 20 major and international fashion brands, purchase from authorised retailers in 29 different countries and found that two thirds of the items had nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) present. NPEs are harmful endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are widely used in textile processing. These chemicals mess around with your hormones and frequent exposure can can an impact upon your reproductive health.
They also found that majority of the garments contained very high levels of cancer causing amines. How can these cancer causing chemicals affect you? Well your skin is more absorbent than you think and frequent wearing of these kind of garments mean that the chemicals can be absorbed through the skin of the wearer. This risk is also higher if you wear the garment without washing it first.
It’s also extremely worrying that many of the garments that Greenpeace tested were well known children’s brands. Occasionally, these toxic garments will be picked up by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission regulator and in 2009, 200,000 denim products that contained carcinogenic dyes were recalled. A few of the brands included I this recall were Cotton On, Just Jeans, Rivers and Myers.
The clothes you buy don’t just affect your health either, harmful synthetic chemicals also have an impact on the workers and communities in the country where the garments have been manufactured. In most places, policies and procedures aren’t in place to protect these workers or are poorly enforced. NPEs are also toxic to fish and other marine life so having these chemicals leach into the waterways is detrimental to flora and fauna all over the world.
Ready to make a change now? There’s a few steps you can take to begin the journey on the road to change.
Beeswax Wraps, Organic Skincare & Household Cleaners
It can seem overwhelming when transitioning from a disposable life to a more sustainable option but that’s where my help and these handy tips can make all the difference! There are a lot of changes you can make to live greener and cleaner but I’d like to help with some of the more prominent and easily fixed issues.
It’s obvious that glad wrap isn’t a sustainable packaging option and that way too much of this toxic material is finding it’s way into landfill. Lucky for our Earth (and you), there’s a cost effective and creative solution! Why not make your own Beeswax wraps at home? Here’s a step by step guide:
It’s no surprise that organic and natural skincare is expensive (or any skincare for that matter) and as always, it’s important to know what you’re putting on and into your body. Here's a few recipes that you can easily use at home to create luxurious and nourishing products that are safe to use everyday.
NOURISHING FACIAL SCRUB
Combine quarter of a cup of honey, one tablespoon of cinnamon and a pinch of tumeric in a jar. Stir until all ingredients are combined . Rinse face with warm water to open pores then gently massage scrub over face for 2 minutes. Leave scrub on face for up to half an hour to let the honey soak in and use its antimicrobial properties. Rinse with water.
Take 2 sprigs of aloe vera, peel them, cut into pieces and then mash them into a liquid inside a jar. Add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of coconut oil and combine. Can be used on all body parts but is especially good for treating sunburn. Leave lotion on for as long as possible so that it has the chance to soak in and then rinse with cold water.
If you're wanting to invent your own natural body products, here's a list of great ingredients to use that have exceptional healing properties.
Chemical cleaning products are expensive, unhealthy and also pollute waterways but luckily there are natural, safe and cheap options available!
Scrub the inside of your oven with wet steel wool then cover with baking soda. Leave for around 20 minutes and then rub clean with a damp cloth.
BURNT SAUCEPAN MIRACLE CLEANER
We've all been there! Left the saucepan on the stove too long and burnt the bottom.. You've probably tried to convince yourself that it's easier to just throw the saucepan away rather than spend hours scrubbing away at it but you only need one thing to solve this problem fast! LEMON! Cut a lemon in half, squirt the juice onto the burnt patch and leave for 15 minutes. come back to clean it and it will simply wipe away. Magic!
There’s plenty more organic and easy recipes for various products and that’s why I’ll be sharing more in the weeks to come! If you have any natural products that you have made at home and would like to share, make sure you let us know by sending through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fresh, organic produce at your doorstep!
The benefits of organic gardening in your backyard are positively overwhelming! Here’s a few great reasons why should make a little space in your backyard and start growing fresh produce immediately:
While it’s no surprise that eating fruit and vegetables is good for you, gardening comes with additional health benefits such as additional exercise and stress relief and if you think gardening can’t be considered a workout, maybe you haven’t tried moving a large pile of compost by hand.
You will also be avoiding chemicals and pesticides used on commercially grown produce and will know exactly what is going into your soil and onto your plants. Food is also a great preventative medicine, so growing your own nutrient dense produce will keep you in excellent health.
When you grow your own food, you know exactly how it was grown and can harvest and enjoy at your leisure without having to drive anywhere or rely on anyone else. The more food grown locally, the more resilient the community. There’s also nothing better than picking a handful of fresh herbs to toss into a salad or eating produce that is so fresh and in season.
With the warm sun beating down on your back, bees buzzing and birds chirping, how could you not enjoy your time in the garden. You have the freedom to eat delicious fruits straight from the ground and enjoy the perfume of an array of wildflowers. There’s also plenty of research to support the mental health benefits from spending time in the garden.
While there’s lots of environmental issues that may seem out of your control and too big to deal with, you can make a huge difference just by tending your own veggie patch. It’s the perfect way to think globally and act locally. You are reducing food miles, avoiding toxic chemicals contaminating our land and waters and reducing reliance on industrialised agriculture.
While growing your own food takes a lot more time and effort than just popping to the shops to gran what you need, you’ll reduce grocery costs by more than 60%! You can also regulate how much you use by picking just what you need and avoiding excessive food waste. You’ll also have the convenience of being able to compost all your food scraps and recycle them back into your garden when they’re decomposed!
Plastic on your food, plastic in your house, plastic in your clothes, plastic everywhere! Did you know that 88% percent of the Earth’s ocean surface is polluted with plastic? (Collective Evolution) Did you also know that a trillion plastic bags are used around the world each year? The average Australian uses 170 plastic bags every year. 150 million of these end up as litter, only 3% of them are currently being recycled and 200,000 bags are dumped in landfill every hour. Now they’re some big statistics to wrap your head around!
While our environment is being polluted with this toxic plastic waste, there is still time to do something about it and although the statistics are staggering and it may seem like an overwhelming amount, those numbers are only going to keep growing if we don’t take action. I’ve complied a comprehensive list of steps you can take and alternatives you can use so that you can do your part in ending plastic pollution.
1. Say NO to plastic bags, probably one of the easiest steps of them all! It requires practically zero effort to take your own bags to the shops
2. Metal straws! You may have heard that the latest trend is taking and using your own metal straw wherever you go. This trend is here to stay so go and do the environment a favour and buy one. Did you know that plastic straws are one of the biggest polluters? Alternatively, if you don’t want to buy a metal straw, just opt to not use a straw at all!
3. Most people are coffee obsessed and that’s why taking your own reusable cup to get a takeaway coffee is such a great idea. They’re super affordable and there’s tonnes of cute designs available
4. Just like the reusable coffee cups, next time you order takeaway, take you own containers with you so that they can be washed and used again. I know you probably order takeaway so you don’t have to worry about washing the dishes but if you own a dishwasher, you’re in luck! Dishwashers actually use less water than it takes to fill a sink and wash them by hand. Double bonus!
5. You know those horrible little grocery bags that you get at the supermarket for your fruit and veggies? There is now an awesome alternative option, reusable produce bags! They are super affordable and you can use them over and over again!
6. If you haven’t already, invest in a quality reusable water bottle that isn’t made from plastic. A cheap and brilliant option are Voss water bottles which you can buy from nearly any supermarket for around $4! They’re super stylish too!
7. I have an actual phobia of gladwrap but luckily aluminium foil is a better option. Did you know that aluminium can be recycled indefinitely? An even better alternative to using a single use material is to place items in a reusable container!
8. Many everyday items are often overlooked as plastic and one great example of that is the humble toothbrush. Did you know that the average person uses 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime? By switching to a bamboo toothbrush, you’ll cut down on waste AND be able to contribute to your compost pile!
9. You may not know this but your exfoliating facewash probably contains plastic! If the product you are using contains microbeads, these are made from tiny little pieces of plastic and these are washing straight down you drain and into the ocean. These tiny microbeads are quite often mistaken for food or are accidentally ingested by a whole array of sea life. Opt for a natural product and do our oceans and yourself a favour
10. Buy in bulk! Introduce yourself to organic and bulk food shops such as Flannery’s or The Source allow you to take your own containers and jars or use their paper bags. This type of grocery shopping cuts down on waste an incredible amount!
I recently caught up with Erica, the inspiration behind the Bring Your Own Kombucha blog who shares her ideas on why going green is so important and the changes you can make right now to make an incredible difference. To read more of her work and her previous post on why she threw out all her Tupperware, please head to:
Since starting this blog almost a full year ago, I have been working on integrating healthier lifestyle habits, including incorporating more eco-friendly habits and methods.
One of my earlier posts, Why I threw away all my tupperware, talked about how the bpa in our plastic containers leaks into our food and causes health concerns. As a result, I have switched over to all glass storage instead of those old leftover chinese food containers. I also replaced our sandwich bags with stasher bags, a more ecofriendly alternative. But more on that in a bit.
I wanted to share with you all 10 ways to go green in your home. I am not perfect myself, however, every little shift, in my opinion, makes a difference.
1 Throw Out Your Tupperware. Right Now. No more plastic chinese food containers heating up in your microwave. Use glass tupperware such as ones by UKonserve. It is both a healthier, safer option and eco-friendly.
2 No more PLASTIC baggies. I know we all love packing snacks for the work week or for your little ones. But they filling up our landfills. Did you know Americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year, and only 8 percent gets recycled???? That means the remaining 92% piles up in landfills, is incinerated or becomes litter. I use stasher bags instead, eco-friendly and multipurposed.
3 Reusable water bottles. Are you seriously still using plastic water bottles? Using just one reusable water bottle on the regular saves on the average 167 plastic water bottles.
4 Use Power Strips. You might of lost me on this one but hear me out. Using a power strip allows you to unplug appliances and things that aren’t in use when you leave the house. Because what a pain would it be to walk around the house unplugging all the lamps, appliances, etc every time you left the house? It wouldn’t happen right? But by using power strips, you can atleast turn them off at night when its not in use. By doing so, USA Today estimates that most people are able to save $100 or more from their yearly bills. Either way, you are saving the environment so that’s #winning to me!
5 Use Cloth Napkins instead of Paper Napkins at Dinner. I read that the average american uses 2,200 napkins A YEAR!!! That’s 693 billion napkins. (Find those statistics here). Convinced yet? There are some great eco-friendly cloth napkins that provide an easy swap!
6 Minimize your paper trail. Write your grocery list on your phone. Take advantage of clipping coupons via grocery store apps. Purchase your movie tickets via fantango and pull them up on your phone at the movies. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!
7 Use a bamboo toothbrush. Did you know a bamboo toothbrush is equivalent to 4 plastic toothbrushes?! Bamboo is biodegradable and won’t clog up our landfills.
8 Opt for reusable bags. Brace yourself. 1 reusable bag has the average lifespan of 700 plastic bags. Such an easy swap to make yet so many are still lugging home 20 plastic bags each grocery trip.
9 Cloth towels to clean. Use cloth towels to clean your mess up, especially in the kitchen. They are inexpensive to purchase and they replace around 7,300 paper towels. SWITCH RIGHT NOW.
10 Metal Straws. Okay, we all like to drink out of a fancy straw with our fancy cocktails or our little ones may use them for their chocolate milk. However replacing a metal straw for paper straws saves 540 plastic straws that won’t ever make it to the landfill.
While you might see Sophia. products on social media all the time, you might not actually know the story behind the business and how I work so hard to make it as sustainable and as ethical as possible. It’s time to share exactly what happens behind the scenes and I encourage you to make the same changes in your businesses and everyday life.
I'd love to hear the sustainable and ethical changes that you've made. Comment below!
This week we’re thrilled to announce that we’re featuring guest blogger Isma Chanez from Klow to share with us the best advice on environmental awareness. To read more of her work, head to www.klow.co.uk
The issue of climate change can be a daunting one to tackle on a solo, personal level. Leading a zero waste, or ethical, lifestyle is central to our believes however. It’s not simple to achieve, it’s why we suggest to start step by step.
Below are a number of ways we can use to at least start minimizing the impact we all have on the planet. It is by making both big and small changes to our everyday lives, we hope to make a huge difference to the world and how we leave it for our future generations.
Take your own coffee cup when buying your morning latte
When you buy your morning coffee from your nearest cafe, be it a huge conglomerate or a local small business, do you actively search for a recycling bin to toss away the disposable cup with all its constituents? Think about it, the sleeve is cardboard, the cup itself a mixture of paper with waterproof lining and a plastic top. It is this very combination that is thrown away in massive quantities: 2.5 billion cups a year, in the UK alone. By taking your own cup or thermos flask to your cafe, you’ll be doing the world a huge favour.
Carry an organic cotton bag with you
Many countries have cut the amount of single use plastic bags by charging a small amount of money, each time one is used from a shop. It’s such a dramatic drop that it goes to show plastic bags were simply being used for ease by most of us – with little thought to the effect on the environment. By carrying an organic cotton bag with you everywhere you go, you too will cease to use plastic bags whatever country you are in.
Minimise food waste by not throwing out food unnecessarily
The amount of food that each household throws out before necessary is staggering. Most homes could save three figure sums by using food that is still edible even though it is deemed ‘out of date’. Supermarkets mark many goods with a ‘best before date’ which is very different to a ‘use by date’. A best before date is just that – a guide as to when to use food by to taste it at its best. Many foods will last longer and many can still be delicious if cooked in the correct way. Other ways to minimize waste is to freeze food, or buy food that is already frozen, and just use what is needed. Veggies, in particular, are great foods to utilize in this way. If you really have left a potato or onion too long in the bottom of the fridge, and it does need to be thrown, it is best to throw it onto a compost heap as opposed to the trash can.
Take your lunch to work with your own cutlery
Food packaging is a big perpetrator of the type of plastic that ends up in our oceans. So much of it cannot not be recycled. To help the environment and our wallet, taking your lunch to work in a reusable container is a great idea. Plus doing so will minimize the amount of plastic cutlery the world uses. These single use items are literally made to be thrown away. They encourage us to be lazy as opposed to resourceful. Taking cutlery to work that can be used time and time again is not a big undertaking, yet so few of us do it.
Take five minutes to sort bins, once
So many of us don’t recycle as much as we can, due to the fact that we haven’t taken time to set up a type of filing system for our rubbish. All this means is buying four bins from the outset. One for compost, one for plastic and cans, one for paper and one for true trash. You’ll be surprised that once this is set up, how the trash can is the one that is used by far the least, and how quickly the plastic and paper ones fill up.
Reuse your own plastic water bottle
Plastic bottles are one of the biggest contributors to all the plastic that makes its way to our seas. Carrying a reusable one with you will not only help make a big difference to this problem, your body will thank you too. The simple act of carrying a water bottle will make you drink more and thus keep you more hydrated – one of the keys to living a healthy lifestyle.
Think before you print
This is such an obvious idea. We are all guilty of printing too much at work simply because we can. Yet do we really need to? By reducing the amount that we print out when we are in the office, we naturally limit the amount of paper that is produced. A small concept that makes a big difference to eco living.
Don’t buy beauty products containing plastic micro beads
Microbeads are often found in beauty products that promise exfoliation and the sloughing away of dead skin. Yet the majority of these beads are plastic and are so small that once they are washed away, they find their way into our oceans as they are so tiny they cannot be filtered out when our water is cleaned. These microbeads are then ingested by sea life and other creatures. To lead a sustainable lifestyle, use scrubs and face washes with natural exfoliants.
Use reusable cloth instead of kitchen paper
Another one of the world’s main perpetrators of pollution is the humble kitchen towel. It is literally made to be thrown away, and so it is – in the truck load. There is a simple solution to be had for an eco lifestyle game changer in the form of reusable cloths that are just as easy to use and maintain. And if you do have to use a paper kitchen towel – at least recycle it.
Brush your teeth with a recyclable toothbrush
Did you know that every toothbrush that has ever been made, is still on the planet? That’s a lot of toothbrushes. Oral hygiene is obviously of the utmost importance, so a bamboo brush or a bio-brush is the answer for those looking to take on an ethical lifestyle. A bamboo brush has a biodegradable handle, whereas a bio brush goes one further and has replaced the bristles with pig hair. Understandably this won’t be an option for all, especially those living a vegan lifestyle, but there are options out there to minimize the impact that brushing our teeth has on the planet.
These tips are just for starters too. We’d love to hear our readers’ ideas on ethical living and how to lead a sustainable lifestyle.
This week you’ll have the chance to win over $400 worth of sustainable and ethical products. Sophia. has teamed up with a few like minded businesses who are just as passionate about giving back to the community and taking care of the environment as we are! We’re excited that there are so may small businesses out there who are striving to be as sustainable and as ethical as possible.
Without further ado, here’s what’s included in this ultimate prize pack!
@sophia.mulheran designs Bohemian Plate and Mandala Notebook
@biomestores Reusable Keep Cup and Reusable Cutlery Set
@_ajana_ Lemongrass and Ginger Gift Pack
@thetravellingkimono Sapphire Travelling Kimono
@afewfavouritethings Organic Crystal Infused Balms
@littledishandspoon Sustainable Beeswax Food Wraps
The giveaway will be starting today at 6pm and will run until Friday the 18th of May with the winner being announced on the 20th of May! It will be taking place on Instagram ONLY so head over to instagram.com/sophia.mulheran.designs now to enter!
All you have to do to go in the draw to win is:
1. Like any Instagram Post relating to the giveaway
2. Follow all of the contributing businesses tagged in the post
3. Tag a friend!
It’s that simple! Good luck xxx
Ever wondered what changes you could make to your every day life that won’t impact your lifestyle or your pocket but will help our environment tremendously? Well I have an extensive list of ideas for you to try…
Over the next few months, I will be sharing even more sustainable and ethical tips but in the mean time, if you’ve got any tips of your own to share, please comment below!
Mothers… We’ve got every thing to thank them for and as Mother’s Day rounds the corner, I’ve put something special together for mothers and grandmothers from all walks of life. It’s time to thank them for all the sleepless nights, endless love and support and for teaching us so much.
Sophia. is offering a limited edition, exclusive gift package which will be available both Australia wide and internationally. Included in the package is:
Don’t forget all Sophia. products are ethical and sustainable so you’re not only buying beautiful gifts, you’re also supporting many incredible initiatives that give back to our environment and community.
There will only be limited gift packages available so pre-order yours now and get all the shopping sorted for Mother’s Day. It’s a present filled with love, uniqueness and one that she will be able to appreciate every day for many years to come. These packages have a retail value of more than $90 but are on sale for $57! To pre-order/purchase the gift packages, please head to the "Mother's Day" section on the Sophia. website. Shop here: https://www.sophiamulheran.com/mothers-day.html
Over the past year, I have created many artworks, all of which are completely unique and have been intricately designed. These are never before seen pieces and its about time that they get the recognition and exposure they deserve!
The Underwater Jungle
This piece was inspired by the desperate need of wanting to rid the ocean of plastic pollution. Far too much litter has been dumped into our oceans and if we don’t start doing something NOW, the effects of this pollution will be irreversible.
Instead of having our oceans littered with plastic, we’d much rather they be littered with marine life, for example, the jellyfish which plastic bags are so commonly mistaken for by turtles. Upon eating a plastic bag, a turtle has almost no chance of survival because the plastic causes huge air bubble in their stomachs, meaning that they are not able to swim below the surface to catch food and avoid the sun. Too many tragic ocean deaths have occurred due to our pollution.
It is my hope that this artwork opens peoples eyes to the damage we are causing and inspires them to make changes in their everyday lives to help solve this problem.
Medium: Ink on paper
Hours of work: 90 hours
Sale Price: $750
Although I’ve drawn mandalas over and over again, it’s something I never get tired of. Each one turns out completely different to the last and the possibilities are never ending. I wanted to create a mandala bigger and more detailed than I have ever done before and so the “Mystique Mandala” was born.
This piece took a whole other level of concentration and an extremely steady hand. As always when I start a mandala, I never know how its going to turn out and this artwork was no different!
Medium: Ink on paper
Hours of work: 120 hours
Sale Price: $830
Another jellyfish! Although this piece is naturally linked to the ocean, it actually resembles something completely different. This singular jellyfish alone in the vast ocean represents people who aren't afraid to forge their own path. The ones who aren't scared to dream, sing their own tune and stand out from the crowd.
Personally, I think this is something that everyone should be aiming for. To be completely unique and not have to rely on other opinions to shape who they are. Lets all be dreamers, achievers, go-getters, free and happy!
Medium: Ink on paper
Hours of work: 70 hours
Sale Price: $330
The Earth Day 2018 campaign is to end plastic pollution! We will all be rejoicing when this day finally comes and our planet can breathe again. Did you know that every year in New York alone, enough single use plastic bags are used to stretch to the moon and back 13 times! (Earth Day Organisation).
It’s disgraceful that we’ve allowed the problem to get this bad but luckily if we all take action now, there’s things we can do to help end plastic pollution.
Make sure you get on board before Earth Day on April 22nd! Below is the official Earth Day Organisation 2018 Campaign:
A World Without Plastic Pollution - Earth Day 2018 Campaign
From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
Our strategy to End Plastic Pollution will:
• Lead and support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution
• Educate and mobilize citizens across the globe to demand action from governments and corporations to control and diminish plastic pollution
• Inform and activate citizens to take personal responsibility for the plastic pollution that each one of us generates by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics
• Work with universities, school teachers and students to End Plastic Pollution
• Work with other organizations and networks and make Earth Day 2018 a platform to End Plastic Pollution by developing resources that others can use and build partnerships.
• Promote the work that cities and local governments are doing to tackle plastic pollution
• Empower journalists across the globe to report on the problem and its emerging solutions.
Earth Day Network will leverage the platform of Earth Day, April 22, 2018 and the growing excitement around the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. We will work with key constituencies and influencers to build a world of educated consumers of all ages who understand the environmental, climate and health consequences of using plastics.
We will engage and activate our global network of NGO’s and grassroots organizations, campus youth, mayors and other local elected leaders, faith leaders, artists and athletes, and primary and secondary students and teachers.
We will organize events in all continents of the world, build a global following and activate citizens to join our End Plastic Pollution advocacy campaigns.
In sum, we will use the power of Earth Day to elevate the issue of plastic pollution in the global agenda and inspire and demand effective action to reduce and control it.
The Sophia. contribution to the 2018 Earth Day campaign are our sustainable and reusable jellyfish tote bags. These sturdy, stylish and practical bags were made in collaboration with Ocean Crusaders in a bid to stop the use of plastic bags and work towards a more sustainable approach. 50% of the profits from the sales of these bags are going directly to Ocean Crusaders to help fund their beach clean ups and their work on educating the public.
Earth Day is on the 22nd of April but to ensure you do your bit to support the campaign, purchase an eco-friendly tote bag here: https://www.sophiamulheran.com/limitededition.html
This is the moment you have been waiting for! The official Garden Party album from the March photoshoot in New Farm Park is now live and ready for viewing. Kiara from Kiara Liese Photography has captured all of these incredible images and what a beautiful job she has done!
I would once again like to thank:
Roxanne from Lovely Occasions for the beautiful set up, Jess from Jessie Emma’s Cupcake Creations for the delicious floral cupcakes, Holly from The Bloom Closet who decorated our table with the most gorgeous bouquets, Sonya from Ate on Queens who supplied the mouth watering grazing platter as the centrepiece, Are from Zion Studio Prints who created stunning gold foil prints for the day and Tash from Gold Wedding Hire who supplied her incredible gold and copper cutlery to go with my very own Sophia. mandala plates, copper bowls and plates, timber rounds and notebooks.
Now enjoy scrolling through all of these stunning images! Make sure you let me know which is your favourite photo and what you like most about the photoshoot!
Christmas felt like it was only yesterday but guess what? Easter is only a few days away! If you still haven't organised how you’re going to celebrate, we’ve got a few ideas!
Easter morning is our favourite, the crisp morning air with the excitement running through the house for the day ahead. The anticipation of who will find the most Easter eggs which are sprinkled throughout the garden. Freshly picked flowers and hot coffee. Absolutely perfect!
Try these few things to make your Easter extra special:
Let us know what your special Easter traditions are and if we love yours the most, we’ll feature you on our Facebook page!
A stunning picnic adorned with beautiful bouquets, delicious treats and handcrafted boutique items… what more could you possibly want!
Last Tuesday, wonderful women from around Brisbane came together to merge their talents into a wonderful garden party set in New Farm Park. It was an incredible day and none of it would've been possible without these incredible women and their seriously amazing talents.
Everyone had plenty of fun showcasing what they do while the day was being captured by Kiara from Kiara Liese Photography. The purpose of this gorgeous garden party was to collaborate with like minded and complementing businesses while bringing together Boss Babes in the Brisbane community and it was a huge success!
I’d like to personally thank:
Many of our sustainable and ethical homewares and stationery were featured in this photoshoot. They included:
To help you recreate your own garden party at home, I’m offering a special 15% discount code for you to use to shop from my entire collection. Simply enter the code PARTY18 at the checkout and the discount will automatically be applied. There’s only 5 discount vouchers available so get in before they all run out!
Thanks again to all these incredible women who work so hard everyday and spread their passion wherever they go! Tuesday was a terrific day and it was an absolute pleasure working with you all!
Make sure you keep an eye out for all the photos from the event and let us know what you love most about the garden party!
We are so excited that the Queensland Government is phasing out plastic bags by this year and that our environment will soon be cleaner and greener. This movement is in line with the sustainability and eco-friendliness that Sophia. supports and to celebrate this incredible change, we would like to announce that the newest products being introduced to the Sophia. range, are environmentally friendly tote bags!
These durable bags are a replacement for plastic and can be used over and over again for grocery shopping, as a beach bag as well as everyday use. Make sure you purchase your hand designed bag to have ready for when plastic bags are no longer an option. Do your bit to make Australia cleaner and our oceans free of plastic.
We are thrilled to announce that we have just launched our jellyfish tote bags in collaboration with Ocean Crusaders, a Brisbane based organisation who work tirelessly to clean our oceans and educate the public.
“The greatest issue our oceans face is that the world is unaware of the problem we are causing. The convenient plastic bag and plastic products are everywhere and no one thinks of where they are going. Humans slaughter thousands of dolphins, turtles and sharks and hundreds of whales every year with little knowledge of what damage we are causing. With representatives across the globe and growing constantly, our education program is a unique learning tool and available to everyone free of charge.”
Sophia Mulheran designs has created an intricate jellyfish design for the purpose of printing it onto reusable and eco-friendly cotton bags to use for shopping and every day use. The jellyfish symbolises the plastic bags that turtles mistake for food and looks to the future when our environment will hopefully be free from this toxic and harmful waste.
Across Queensland, plastic bags will no longer be available in retailers and so these bags are the perfect alternative. These carefully designed tote bags are great for everyday use as well as raising awareness for our precious sea life and reducing plastic waste.
50% percent of the profits are going straight to Ocean Crusaders to help them to continue the work they already do as well as supporting their many campaigns. If you’d love to do your part and stop using plastic bags while supporting wonderful initiatives, then purchase your very own tote bag under our “Limited Edition” section.
If you’ve got feedback, questions or queries about this campaign, make sure you let us know!