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Many of us are part of an online social network. In fact, as of January 2021, 77.9% of the population of the UK were members of at least one social media platform. But have you ever stopped to think about these platforms work, and how they use our data?

We might think that using sites such as Facebook to share updates with our friends and family seems innocuous enough. However, the primary reason for these sites to exist isn’t to let you share holiday photos with your friends, but to make money on your data.

Yup, these sites actually exist to gather data on you, based on the updates you share, the posts that you like on the site, and the links you click on the site. The site then analyses the information you have shared, to build up a picture of your interests and your life.

What they do with that profile of you then gets a little unethical, as the sites then allow advertisers to target you via personalised adverts. Advertisers can target you based on your age, location, and what you like or what you are interested in. And advertisers pay a premium to deliver targeted adverts straight to your homepage, lining the pockets of the tech giants.

In fact, a few years ago the Competition Watchdog even went as far as to suggest that Facebook should pay people to use their website, such is the value of the information the platform collects from people.

Whilst Facebook has not taken heed of this advice, thankfully others have. Step forward WeAre8, a certified B Corp, meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact, that seeks to change the world by displacing power from the tech giants.

Who Are WeAre8?

How to change the world with WeAre8's new app

Sue Fennessey, the founder of WeAre8 says “social media users are the largest unpaid workforce in human history. We are changing that”. As such, WeAre8 wants to challenge the view that social networks should be making all the money from your precious time. Instead, they believe that when brands value people, respect us, and the things we care about, we can all change the world together and have fun doing it.

So rather than exploit your data, WeAre8 seeks to change this exploitative and unethical model. Instead, through their app, users get paid 10 to 20p to watch an advertising video from one of WeAre8’s brand partners. Brands also donate to charity every time you watch their video adverts.

By giving brands a simple and ethical way to reach and engage their target consumers, brands can deliver on their business goals, all while making a positive social impact and addressing the world’s largest problems.

Charities that have benefited from donations from the WeAre8 community over the past few months include those tackling food poverty, including Mary’s Meals and The Trussell Trust. Meanwhile, LGBT+ children’s charity  Just Like Us, and environmental charity Plastic Oceans have also received donations.

How To Change The World In 2 Minutes

WeAre8 smartphone app

To change the world, simply download the WeAre8 app. You can download it free of charge through the Apple store or Google Play.

Once you are all set up, you can watch brand video ads delivered to you when and how you want – either by SMS, push notification, or email. After completing the video and answering 1-3 questions, you earn money in your spare time.

You can keep track of your earnings through the WeAre8 app interface. As well as being able to see what you’ve earned, you are also able to see how much has been donated to charity through your involvement with the App.

What you then choose to do with your earnings is your choice. You can withdraw it into your Paypal account. Or if your mobile phone contract is with EE, you can use your earnings to auto-pay your EE mobile bill. Alternatively, you can pay it forward to a charity you love.

What is reassuring is that you can opt out at any time – you are not tied into using WeAre8.

What If I’m Not In The UK?

For those of you who live outside of the UK, don’t worry, you can still join the WeAre8 community. Whilst you won’t get paid for your time, you can still download the WeAre8 app. Here you can access the community feed where you can get inspired by amazing people and celebrate with others committed to changing the world. And by standing together, WeAre8 says we can use our collective muscle to call on brands to put their money and muscle with people and the planet rather than the tech giants.

Find out more on the WeAre8 website, and download the free app through the Apple store or Google Play to start changing the world, and earning today.

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas for a Squeaky Green Clean

Are you looking for plastic-free bubble bath ideas for a zero or low-waste clean? Don’t get in a lather – here are my top suggestions for a squeaky green clean.

I’ve published articles before on going plastic-free in the bathroom. However, today I thought it would be useful to dedicate a whole post to bubble bath.

For years we’ve been told to eschew baths, and take showers instead. But did you know that taking a bath doesn’t always use more water than a shower? I’ll admit, I do love taking a bath. However, making it plastic-free can be tricky, especially if you want to make it plastic-free on a budget.

If you have little kids that dislike the shower but love the bath, or perhaps you like to unwind after a long day in a hot bubbly bath, then you might have wondered where to buy plastic-free bubble bath. Well, wonder no more! I’ve got a whole host of ideas for you, that can hopefully work for a variety of budgets.

A person's legs in a bubble bath with a blue text box that says where to buy plastic-free bubble bath for a zero-waste clean

Plastic-Free Bubble Bath Ideas

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Bath Bombs

Bath bombs are, I think the default plastic-free bubble bath option. My kids love choosing and using bath bombs from local shops, and bath bombs certainly make it easier to coax them into the bath. However, bath bombs don’t come cheap, and finding the balance between getting my kids to enjoy bathtime, and between a low cost per bath was a tricky one to find.

The best balance I have found for my kids is to use mini bath bombs, such as these ones from Etsy* that come in a cardboard box. At £4.99 for a box of 21, this works out at just under 24p per bath bomb. With all the fun of standard-sized bath bombs, these mini ones are perfect for the shallower baths that my kids have.

The other eco-friendly option would be to bulk-buy ingredients and make your own bath bombs. This recipe from Good Food is one I’ve used in the past with great success.

Bubble Bath Bars

If you and/or your kids prefer bathing in a cloud of bubbles then there are still plastic-free bubble bath options out there. Bubble bath bars, for example, are bars that you crumble a little bit off of and sprinkle into running water for luxurious bubbles.

I have struggled to find plastic-free bubble baths bars that aren’t from Lush. Lush is on my avoid list due to some problematic behaviour (see exhibit A and exhibit B). As such, I avoid their stores.

I thought it would be easy to source bubble bath bars elsewhere. And it is easy to source them. The problem lies in sourcing ethical bubble bath bars. In particular, I struggled to find plastic-free bubble bath bars that don’t contain biodegradable glitter (spoiler: it doesn’t biodegrade and is just as bad for the environment as regular glitter) and/or mica. Mica is a problematic ingredient linked to child labour, deforestation, and unfair wages. Mica and/or biodegradable glitter seem to be de rigueur ingredients in bubble bath bars. As such, I don’t have any particular brands to recommend, but if I find any I will update this article by linking them here.

Bubble Bath In Glass Bottles

For an indulgent treat, bubble bath in glass bottles is a great plastic-free option. I have used Humble Bath Honey* in the past, which smelled divine. The bottles are pretty and can be re-used once empty. The only drawback is that this range isn’t vegan-friendly.

For a vegan-friendly option, Funky Soap* offers bubble bath in glass bottles in a variety of scents.

Refill Stores

If you have a local refill store then bringing along an old container and filling that up makes for a good plastic-free bubble bath experience. If you don’t have a refill store near you, but do have a Body Shop, then the good news is that the Body Shop now offers a refill scheme. Whilst they don’t offer refillable bubble bath yet, you can get refillable shower gel. I’ve always found that shower gel makes for a perfectly acceptable bubble bath.

5 Litre Shampoo As Bubble Bath

Another great low-waste option is to buy 5 litre bottles of shampoo. You can buy 5 litre bubble baths, but I find buying shampoo a much more economical choice. As well as providing you with low-waste shampoo, with less plastic per ml of product, the shampoo also triples up as a liquid hand wash and a bubble bath.

My favourite bulk brands have re-use schemes in place for the 5 litre bottles. Here you can return the empty bottles back to the manufacturers for reuse. The brands taking part in such schemes include:

I hope these ideas can be helpful! As always, I’m open to your plastic-free bubble bath suggestions too!