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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 that’s 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.

Introducing Born-Eco

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. 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. This would be place where people could easily buy a wide range of eco-friendly goods.

What Do They Sell?

Born-Eco flung open its virtual doors in October 2019. Now the shop acts as a single marketplace platform for sustainable products.

It’s grown quickly since October. Now there are over 100 sellers, selling a vast array of eco-friendly products. These 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.

My Favourite Picks

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.

Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Eco-Friendly Dry Skin Remedies

Looking for some eco-friendly dry skin remedies? Let me help you out.

I don’t know about you, but in our household, all this extra hand-washing is really taking its toll. Luckily, I’ve found some ethical and eco-friendly dry skin remedies for you to try.

Dry Skin Remedies

Whilst handwashing is one of the best preventative measures against infection, as well as staying home if you aren’t a key worker, constant washing is tough on hands. Here are some of my favourite moisturising soaps and eco-friendly moisturisers. These really help washed out hands and dry skin in these dystopian times:

Dook Soap

Packed full of organic coconut oil and richly moisturising raw shea butter, Dook’s soap bars are a treat for dry skin.

Their credentials are pretty impressive too – with all of their soaps being free from palm oil and parabens. On top of that, they’re also cruelty-free and plastic-free. Going that extra bit further, all their soaps are packaged in 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and card.

Dook’s soaps are made up of 50% salt. This sounds drying, but I’ve certainly not found this to be the case – each wash delivers a creamy lotion-like lather.

This is the most expensive bar in this roundup, at £9. However, owing to the salt content Dook’s soap bars are hard and very long-lasting. Some soaps go mushy after a week or two of use. Not this one!

Little Soap Co.

We are using Little Soap Co’s, Eco Warrior Moisturising Hand & Body Bar (£4.50) at the moment to hydrate our hands. It’s definitely been a hit with all of our hands – from the littlest to the oldest.

Made with 99.5% naturally derived ingredients, their soaps are free from detergents, SLS, sulphates, alcohol, parabens, sorbates, silicones, and synthetic preservatives. What’s more, Little Soap Co’s range is also vegan and plastic-free, and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. I would prefer it to be palm oil-free too, but at the moment Little Soap Co appears to be making steps in the right direction.

Soap Daze

Soap Daze is a long-standing favourite of mine. I’ve always found their handmade soaps to be rich and moisturising, and this unscented Oatmylk Soap (£6.50) is a great choice for sensitive skins. Oatmeal is known to be an anti-inflammatory and can help calm skin irritations. What’s more, Soap Daze soaps are palm oil-free, cruelty-free, plastic-free, and vegan friendly. An unpackaged bar is available if you wish to eschew packaging, and will save you £1 on your purchase too.

Hand Creams

To give dry and washed-out hands a boost the dry skin remedy I swear by most is Skin Food by Weleda.

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I’ve been using Skin Food for years and years and years (this post in which I first declared my love for it stems from 2013!). I still swear that it’s magic in a tube. This incredibly rich and moisturising cream makes it a great choice for a facial night cream. It’s also equally great on elbows, knees, and, you guessed it, hands subject to a lot of washing. I tend to have a tube on me at all times, for an on-tap dry skin remedy!

Packaging-wise, it’s packaged in a recyclable metal tube and a cardboard box. Please note, Skin Food contains beeswax, so it isn’t vegan-friendly. If you’re after an effective vegan dry skin remedy then do try this Weleda vegan one instead.

Any dry skin remedies that you swear by? Do let me know!