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For a lot of us, it can be tricky, if not impossible, accessing the eco-friendly supplies you want locally, whether through lack of options on your local high street, a lack of time to be able to shop locally, or other factors such as mobility issues. And certainly, not least because of a global pandemic. Luckily, there’s a new eco-friendly online marketplace on the block – Born-Eco – that caters to all of your eco needs on one convenient website.

Born-Eco came about when in 2018 founder Ollie travelled to Borneo, an island best known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest. Rather than the picture-perfect landscape that Ollie was expecting, he was shocked at the scale of environmental degradation of the island’s rainforests, which have been ravaged by palm oil production. Ollie found Borneo’s famous beaches had also suffered at the hands of humans, with swathes of plastic waste washed up on the island’s beaches.

Wanting to make a tangible change, Ollie came up with the idea of Born-Eco – a play on the name Borneo – where people could easily buy a wide range of eco-friendly goods.

Born-Eco flung open it’s virtual doors in October 2019, and it now acts as a single marketplace platform for sustainable products. It’s grown quickly since October, and there are now over 100 sellers, selling a vast array of eco-friendly products that are searchable by categories such as bathroom or kitchen, or by categories such as vegan or palm oil-free, making it a convenient user-friendly one-stop-shop for buyers. What’s more, all sellers are carefully vetted to make sure that Born-Eco brings you only the best eco-friendly products available.

The eco marketplace isn’t just convenient for buyers: it’s free for sellers, with Born-Eco committed to zero fees for sellers for the rest of 2020. So if you are a seller of handmade eco-friendly goods, then Born-Eco is definitely worth checking out.

Here’s a little peek at what you can find on Born-Eco’s virtual shelves. Some of these products would make an easily postable gift for an eco-conscious friend celebrating a birthday in lockdown.

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Born-Eco’s bestsellers include :

These set of four beeswax wraps (£9.98) for keeping your food fresh without the need for cling film. If beeswax wraps aren’t your thing, I found vegan food wraps at a budget-friendly £2 per wrap.     

This plastic-free scourer (£3.99) as an alternative to plastic kitchen scouring pads.

And these cute recycled glass birds (£6), which would make a lovely gift for someone special.

It’s easy to see why these items are top sellers, not least because of the affordability of the products on Born Eco – it all feels very budget-conscious which I’m sure most people can appreciate right now, more than ever.

I would add the following to my top picks:     

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Plastic-free party bag (£5) – this is a clever idea for kids parties – it’s lovely to see alternatives to the traditional party bag out there.

This reusable sandwich bag (£6.50) for lunches and snacks on the go.

And this reusable paperless kitchen towel (£4.50), for a reusable alternative to kitchen paper.

You can visit Born-Eco via their website to check out their full range of eco-friendly homewares, accessories, gifts, and more. You can also check out their really useful blog full of eco news and ideas, and follow along on either Facebook or Instagram.

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Virtual Coffee Date

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Hello? How are you doing?

I was really keen to check in with you all today to see how you are getting on in week whatever we are in now. Is it week six? Does anyone know anymore? Whatever week we’re in, I thought wouldn’t it be lovely to grab a virtual coffee together. It might be cabin fever kicking it, so do humour me, but let’s grab a cup and have a natter!

What have you been up to? My lockdown life has been far from remarkable. Unlike the rest of the internet, I haven’t made banana bread, or sourdough bread, or heck, any kind of bread. We’ve not done any DIY. I’ve not learned a new skill or a language. We’re just, you know, getting through each day at it comes, which I feel is the best anyone can hope for, really.

I have come across some really interesting articles and videos though. Here, let me share them with you, in the absence of Ten Things. I’ve gone for a mix of informative and cheery because we definitely all need some light relief right now:

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One of the few mailing lists I subscribe to is that of Paul Jarvis. He wrote this newsletter article on Ins and Outs which I thought was a perfect read.

Life right now feels like déjà vu, in that it reads so much like dystopian fantasy novels I’ve read in the past. Here’s the book summary:

A new virus ravages the world and throws it into economic and social chaos, splitting society in two.

The “Ins” are able to stay sheltered, isolated, and safe. Their time is spent disinfecting things from the Outside, trying to juggle childcare and working from home (if that’s possible), and… inexplicably baking a lot of bread.

The “Outs”, on the other hand, have no choice but to keep working Outside. Risking their health, with the danger of contamination ever-present in their minds. Every sneeze, every cough, every inadvertent or work-required bit of contact, a threat to both their lives and the lives of their families.

The Ins can quarantine indefinitely, because the Outs can bring them everything.”

Go read the rest of the article, it’s food for thought for sure.

On the back of this, remembering which companies screwed over their employees is going to be useful going forward. Here’s the direct link to the spreadsheet in question by the way – it was pretty hard to find in the Vice article.

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It’s been Fashion Revolution Week, and so this money diary of a Bangladeshi garment worker was a really interesting read. When we – and by we I mean Western society – buy our clothes, we don’t really think about the lives of the people who made our clothes. To get a look into life as a garment worker really brought home the problems of the fast fashion industry by humanising the labour behind the must-have dress. Here’s how to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week if you are keen to learn more.

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In matters completely unrelated to anything, but cheering me up on a daily basis, Richard E. Grant has been reciting lines from Withnail & I on Instagram. The fact he cracks up every. single. time. has me in stitches.

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I’m not a big sports fan but Andrew Cotter’s commentary is the absolute best.

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Wasting less food seems more important than ever. Here are a plethora of food waste tips from my archives. It’s also made me realise that I’ve not shared any food waste tips since 2015. What can I say, my youngest daughter was born in the earliest days of 2016 and we’ve been in a whirlwind since then! Excuse me whilst I go get busy rectifying that!

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Finally, working from home during a global pandemic bingo.

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Thanks for the chat!

Wendy.x