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Barre + Beauty: DIY deodorant using natural and organic ingredients

This weekend I held my second event of 2018, where my mat-based barre class was followed by a deodorant making workshop with Elsa’s Organics founder Henrietta Lampkin. Using just coconut oil*, shea butter*, cacao butter*, pink Himalayan salt and essential oils*, we heated and mixed to make our own deodorant paste (* = certified organic ingredients). It was great fun getting crafty with a lovely group of ladies for a Saturday of self care!


After learning more about the benefits of organic beauty (read up here) and all of the nasty chemicals often found in conventional products, I’ve been keen to find out exactly what is in my skincare. I’ve also been trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use and opt for reusable containers where possible. I really liked the idea of combining one of the barre classes with a deodorant workshop using reusable glass containers. I was so pleased when Henrietta was keen to collaborate on this event and share her expertise! You can find out more about Henriette and Elsa’s Organics by reading this interview I took with her here.


The event took place at Benk + Bo, a beautiful cafe, co-working and events space tucked just a 5 minute walk from Spitafields Market. The quirky space has a calming feel with plenty of plants and Scandinavian style furniture, perfect for a weekend of wellness. The class took place in the yoga studio, where I was able to set a romantic pink scheme for the lighting with Hue to promote self-love! We then moved down to the lower ground floor for a nourishing PRESS London smoothie and to start the workshop.
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We also had gorgeous goody bag totes from ethically-aware Activewear brand Jilla Active filled with gifts and discounts from some of my favourite conscious brands, including:

 

Thank you so much to the lovely ladies that came to the event – I really enjoyed teaching the class and I hope you enjoying taking part!

You can find out about my next class here.

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Detoxifying your deodorant with Elsa’s Organics

I recently interviewed Elsa’s Organics founder Henrietta Lampkin to find out a little more about how and why she launched the brand and the benefits of a deodorant made up of natural and organic ingredients. Read what we discussed below…

Hey Henrietta, how are you? How is 2018 treating you and Elsa’s Organics so far?  

I am very well and excited by all of the possibilities this new little brand is bringing me!

Why did you start Elsa’s Organics?   

After searching long and hard for a truly natural deodorant that was effective and long-lasting for myself and my daughters, I was left frustrated. I gave up my search and decided to create my own recipes. As a mum of four girls, I knew this was something I had to do!

Why deodorant?  

I saw a gap in the market as the existing “natural” deodorants weren’t that effective and had questionable ingredients.

What are some of the typical health and environmental issues associated with conventional deodorant?

All conventional antiperspirants and a vast majority of “natural” deodorants contain Aluminium in one form or another. Some contain up to 25% by volume of Aluminium salts! This is a toxin that your body has no use for in any amount. It has also been linked to diseases such as breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, bone disorders and kidney problems, as do Parabens which are also frequently found in conventional deodorants. Studies have shown that Aluminium accumulates in the breast tissue of women, with high incidence in the upper, outer quadrant of the breast, nearest to where antiperspirants are applied (Exley et al., 2007; McGrath, 2003). Parabens are also suspected to be endocrine disruptors (EWG, 2018).

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Why organic ingredients?

The skin around your under arm is sensitive, with some studies finding a 100% absorption rate. It’s therefore critical to use as pure and natural ingredients as possible as what you put on your underarm will be absorbed into your body.

 

“What you put on your underarm will be absorbed into your body”

 

What percentage of your deodorant stick ingredients are certified organic? Do you think you will go for Soil Association certification at any point? 

Of the ingredients in my deodorant sticks, 68% are certified organic. The remainder are clays, ocean minerals and Himalayan salts which can’t be certified as they aren’t agricultural. We’re currently working on getting our products fully organic certified by the Soil Association!

What ingredients do you use in your deodorant sticks and why? What are they good for? 

  • Detoxifies

Himalayan Pink Salt is a gentle detoxifier and deodoriser. It is readily absorbed into the skin and contains 84 minerals and elements that can naturally be found within the human body.

  • Nourishes

Castor Oil is found to have natural healing abilities, moving through the lymphatic channels within the body and breaking up any congestion. It’s been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of bacteria and is also high in Vitamin E and beneficial fatty acids Omega 6 and 9!

  • Deodorises

Magnesium is involved in over 300 regularly occurring transactions in the human body, making it the most important nutrient for your body’s performance! It’s best absorbed through the skin and helps to neutralise bad odours! Essential oils are also great at adding a natural fragrance and keep you smelling sweet.

  • Soothes

Coconut Oil has many qualities, including it’s soothing nature. It also has great antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it perfect for a deodorant. Arrowroot powder is also thought to have soothing and anti-microbial properties.

  • Softens

Shea butter is rich in essential fatty acids and is praised for softening the skin.

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Where are your products made and by who? 

I formulate all products in my kitchen and they are now made in a small manufacturing plant in Scotland!

What do you have planned for Elsa’s Organics in the future? 

We will be launching a fun pre-teen zero waste creme deodorant and a charcoal-based arm-pit detox kit in May so keep an eye out for those.

What tips do you have for readers for more conscious shopping? 

Here are my top 3 tips:

  1. Read the labels and research any unfamiliar ingredients
  2. Aim for zero-waste where possible
  3. Go organic for skincare and food

 

Thank you Henrietta!

 

 

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Talking ‘Clean Beauty’ with the KINN Living co-founders 

I first discovered KINN Living at the Soil Association ‘Careers with a Conscience’ talk (which I wrote about here), where I received a gorgeous sample of their body oil. After following their Instagram page, fawning over their beautiful posts, and falling in love with their ethos, I reached out to them to see if they could support my barre class fundraising events. Luckily they were keen to support my efforts to raise awareness of sustainability-conscious brands, so the attendees of my last event in 2017 (read more here) received a gentle yet refreshing shower gel. This is now my favourite shower gel for every day use, leaving you feeling soft, clean and ready for the day ahead!

Pleased with my products, I got in touch with Marie and Sophie, the mother and daughter duo behind the brand, to find out a little more about KINN, how it all started, and what they’ve got planned for the future…

Hey Marie, Sophie, how are you both? What have you been up to lately?

Hi Zara. We’re really good, busy with lots of planning. Our home range launches into Waitrose next month so we’re excited about that and we’re working on bringing out a couple more ranges later in the year.

How exciting! So together you founded KINN Living – how did it all begin?

Marie – KINN originally began when I had just had Sophie. The typical cliché – I was looking for products that I thought would be best for my new baby. My searches for natural and organic products came up empty, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. My uncle had a company in The States selling aromatherapy-based products and I thought that those would be great to bring to the UK. However, for one reason or another, I ended up having to shelve the project.

Sophie – So when I started uni I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted to work for myself. I could see already that the clean living lifestyle was a growing trend and that’s when I thought about my uncle’s company (no longer trading) and the products my mum had tried to develop in the 90’s. After a lot of bugging, I managed to convince mum to let me put my degree on hold and we began to work on KINN full-time. It quickly evolved from this idea of selling aromatherapy-based organic products, to this larger variety of lifestyle products and the idea of Clean Beauty™ for you, your family and your home.

“It quickly evolved from this idea of selling aromatherapy-based organic products, to this larger variety of lifestyle products and the idea of Clean Beauty™ for you, your family and your home.”

What did you both do before going into business together?

Marie – I worked in property developing and was lucky enough to create everything from bespoke multi-million pound properties to smaller developments such as starter homes. I fell into this career path in my 20’s when I bought my first house with Sophie’s father and decided that I wanted to rip out all of the walls, extend the back, and create an open plan home. Sophie jokingly says that I’m an extreme decorator!

Sophie – Before KINN, I was studying English Lit at uni and training to become an interior designer at KLC. I originally thought I would follow my mum into property, but through the interior design route rather than developing. I was lucky enough to have some great work experience that included running a pop-up fine art gallery in Mayfair for two months (art is my first love, having studied Art History at School) and working with the designers who created George Northwoods flagship salon. However, the more I thought about KINN, the more I thought the time was perfect for a company like it to exist!

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How are you finding working together? What are the best and worst parts of going into business with your mother/daughter?

Marie – Sophie is someone that I spend a huge amount of time laughing with, and we’re very alike in many ways, so the thought of building this company with my daughter, who was the main reason I wanted to do this back in the 90’s, made perfect sense!

Sophie – I love working with my mum. She’s honestly my best friend and I feel very lucky that we have a relationship that allows us to work together as well as go off on our travels together. I can’t really think of any downsides. I think the only thing is perhaps having that some outsiders find it hard to see us separately as business women, beyond our mother-daughter team.

Tell us more about KINN Living and why you wanted to start an organic beauty company?

So for us, organic has always just been a part of life and was never a trend or fad. Half of our family come from the South of France and have organic farms. It’s very much the normal thing for us to eat seasonally, to avoid harsh chemicals, and to shop organically. More recently, we started to find that with the growing trend of “clean living” the lines were getting blurred between what was really natural and organic, and what was just greenwashing. We wanted to create a company people could trust wouldn’t greenwash; what we say we are, we are.

“So for us, organic has always just been a part of life and was never a trend or fad.”

Marie – When I would be with my grandmother in France, she would send me out to fetch the eggs from the chickens or get fresh milk from the dairy farm across from us. Everything we had was very fresh and simple; we would often pick tomatoes to eat that night. Always searching for organic products, my friends back in the U.K. used to think I was a little bit bonkers, but it just wouldn’t cross my mind to want any other products!

Sophie – Like mum, I would go and spend time with my great-grandmother in France, and I would go fetch the milk fresh from the farm or help with the chickens. I spent a lot of time in nature with my cousins and I don’t really remember ever being able to have junk food or sit in front of the television for hours; we were always outside playing on the farms. So again, my friends would think I was a little bit odd when I’d turn up to uni with a bag stuffed full of misshapen vegetables to take home and chocolate mousse made using avocado, but it just wasn’t odd to me!


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Your ethos is ‘Clean Beauty’ – what does that mean to you?

So Clean Beauty™ to us is not just about what you put on your skin, but about what you treat your homes with, what you eat. Why should the notion of beauty only extend to a ‘beauty regime’? Why would we not treat everything else with the same care? We think our homes deserve to have a ‘beauty regime’ of their own that is free from harsh chemicals. After all, we think it’s a little bit crazy to make the effort to have an organic oil filled bath when you cleaned that bath with a load of harsh chemicals earlier that day!

 “Why should the notion of beauty only extend to a ‘beauty regime’? Why would we not treat everything else with the same care?”

Can you tell me more about where your products are made and who makes them?

Our products are all made in the U.K.

My uncle (Marie’s uncle, Sophie’s Great uncle), who originally had his aromatherapy company, is the brains behind the body care formulas. He makes sure that the right ingredients are included to stimulate certain feelings when using our products; for example, the lavender in our body oil helps you to relax and unwind. He really is amazing at what he does and is one of the reasons aromatherapy is what it is today!

How about where your ingredients are sourced from?

All of our ingredients are fully traceable, a prerequisite for the Soil Association COSMOS certification of our body care products. The essential oils come from all over the world and help to support smaller farmers who harvest these crops, choosing to not spray their fields in pesticides. It’s so important to support these people as they have a hard battle with larger conglomerates who try to force them into using their pesticides.


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You have a huge range of products, from bath and beauty to household cleaning – which are you best sellers and your personal favourites?

Marie – I actually find it hard to pick as we’re creating our dream products! I love relaxing with our bath oils, but equally I enjoy starting the day with the body wash. When it comes to the cleaning, I love the smell that the floor wash leaves.

Sophie – I am a big fan of the body oil; I use it pretty much daily as it sinks in so nicely and doesn’t leave me sticky and fighting to get my skinny jeans on! I also love the kitchen spray, I’ve pretty much invaded my boyfriend’s apartment with the KINN products!

I don’t blame you – I’m trying to invade my own apartment with them!

What plans do you have for KINN Living for the future?

We would like to see the range of products KINN Living offers grow so that it really does become a place you can shop, with trust, for products for you, your family and your home. Who knows, maybe we’ll even have our own stores one day! We think the sky is the limit and that it’s just so great that people are really getting behind natural, organic and eco products!

For anyone wanting to go organic on a budget, what would you suggest?

For beauty, we would suggest that they look out for products that are Soil Association certified. There is currently a real problem with companies greenwashing on their labels, saying they’re organic when really their ingredients aren’t. They can get away with it as there are no labelling laws for ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products in the UK yet.

With cleaning products, look out synthetic fragrances and products using unnecessary ingredients such as dyes and sodium lauryl sulphate.

Finally, what are your top tips for shopping with people and planet in mind?

Try to support smaller businesses rather than rushing straight to a large chain brand – some supermarkets are really great at championing the little guys on their shelves. We know it’s not always easy, especially when you don’t live in a large town.

Thank you Marie and Sophie!

To find out more and browse their collection, visit their website: https://www.kinn-living.com

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An interview with ethical lingerie brand AmaElla co-founder Julie Kervadec

I recently caught up with AmaElla co-founder Julie Kervadec to find out a little more about the ethical lingerie brand…

Hey Julie, how are you? What have you been up to lately?

Hey Zara. I’m very well, thank you. Craving a nice cup of chai latte after a bike ride in the snow. Hope you are doing well. December is my favorite month of the year, full of events and opportunities not only to see people you love, but to meet new people too! I’ve been participating in a few pop-ups in London and Cambridge with other ethical and sustainable brands, and it’s just great to connect with like minded people both on a personal and a professional level.

So you and your best friend Lara set up AmaElla – how did it all begin?

It all began when Lara and I were seeking cotton lingerie that was flattering. We were surprised by the lack of options, even more when it comes to organic cotton, so we decided to create our own which is how AmaElla began.

What did you and Lara do before going into business together?

Lara was working in marketing and I was working as a buyer for a fast-fashion company. We actually met whilst studying for a Masters in Marketing in Madrid.

How are you finding working together? What are the best and worst parts of going into business with you best friend?

Understandably, we often get asked this question because usually people suggest not to go into business with your best friend. However, Lara and I are fortunate in the sense that our business personalities fit like two perfect jigsaw pieces. Our combined skills and knowledge allow us to remain firm and professional yet maintain an environment that’s supportive and friendly.

The best part is probably the fact that you know each other. This allows for honest and open communication, as you are not afraid of how the other might react.

The most challenging part is that it is difficult to put emotions aside, we have that best friend connection. It feels sometimes like working with your sister.

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Tell us more about AmaElla and why you wanted to start a lingerie and nightwear brand with a social purpose?

After more than six years as a buyer in the fashion industry, I could no longer stand the malpractices of the sector. Impossible lead-time and margin rates to achieve, sometimes with suppliers I couldn’t visit. Something didn’t feel right to me, especially in the last company I worked for which was all about fast-fashion clichés: bad quality, terrible fitting, new products to be launched every week, suppliers crying on the phone to be paid. It felt so wrong that I became sick of it. Working against my values was not possible anymore and I wanted to make a positive contribution to this planet and society.

What are the biggest environmental issues in the lingerie and nightwear industry?

The production and materials appear to be the biggest concern. Most garments are not produced ethically/sustainably. Regarding the materials, around 90% of the existing lingerie offer is made from synthetic materials, derivatives from petrol with high environmental impact. Additionally, there are a lot of chemicals used to treat, dye and print the fabric. Lastly, there is a trend of poor quality garments that don’t last, which generates significant amounts of waste. Poor quality lingerie and nightwear easily rips and tears and this results in them ending up in the bins… and then of course in the landfills, suffocating our planet!

 

Around 90% of the existing lingerie offer is made from synthetic materials, derivatives from petrol with high environmental impact.

 

What about the social issues?

Unfortunately the fashion industry is highly labour intensive and has probably one of the most complex and opaque manufacturing supply chains. We are constantly seeing issues related to workers’ rights. No one single country of the garment-manufacturing hub complies with the whole International Labour Standards Criteria. Critical issues include unregulated employment leading to informal economies, low wages that leave workers trapped on the poverty loop, poor health and safety conditions, modern slavery, child labour, and lack of freedom of association. These are very complex problems that require a joint effort from consumers, brands, manufacturers, governments and industry organisations.

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Can you tell us more about your organic cotton?

We love cotton because it is fresh and breathable, the best material for your skin. However, unfortunately, cotton is the most polluting crop on earth. Therefore, we exclusively use certified organic cotton that has proven benefits for people and a significantly lower environmental impact. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. Every step of the supply chain is checked, from harvesting through production, processing, manufacturing and labelling. Environmental management and social responsibility of producers is also considered.

All processors, manufacturers and traders are inspected once a year. This certification is performed by independent accredited bodies, which is the basis of their monitoring system to guarantee the integrity and credibility of GOTS certified textiles. The GOTS cotton used for our lingerie is grown in Turkey and is knitted in Austria. The GOTS and Fairtrade cotton used for our nightwear is grown and woven in India.

Organic cotton aligns with our mission: it is free from toxic chemicals and is skin-friendly. 

Lastly, we are fully committed to quality. We make nightwear and lingerie that doesn’t age easily, our lingerie looks like new even after 50 washes!

And your non-profit social enterprise partner ensuring ethical manufacturing?

One of our partners is a non-for-profit factory, based in the North of London. They have been recognised as a centre of excellence and they are the England’s leading provider for the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship program. They train unemployed women who want to change their career path.

They have a small skilled team and we know each of them, working together on patterns, sampling and production.

It’s important for us to be close to our factories and able to visit them on a regular basis.

To those that have never spent more than a few pounds on a pair of knickers, can you talk to us about the true cost of our underwear?

There is such a great deal of damage that is brought onto people and our environment that frankly, it’s just so saddening! I absolutely recommend the movie The True Cost to whomever has not watched it yet because it is really eye-opening. Cheap knickers mean that somewhere along the production chain sacrifices and compromises had to be made to meet that challenging price point. Whether that compromise is on quality, on the wellbeing of employees or the environment… you may never know. But compromises have had to be made. And by buying those knickers for only a few pounds you are supporting this cycle of fast fashion. This is a brutally important message and we try to educate our readers about it through our blogs and social media posts. As a matter of fact, we wrote a blog about exactly this question. If you wish, you can read it here.

 

Cheap knickers mean that somewhere along the production chain sacrifices and compromises had to be made to meet that challenging price point. Whether that compromise is on quality, on the wellbeing of employees or the environment…

 

What plans do you have for AmaElla for the future?

We would like to be able to establish the company culture that reflects our idea of a great business. Mostly, we aim at scaling up and expanding to have a greater positive social and environmental impact.

Finally, what are your top tips for shopping with people and planet in mind?

Transparency and curiosity are your best friends. Shopping is a moral choice and it’s in our hands to make the right purchases. Any company that is pure and ethical to the core will show you happily and freely that they are. Don’t settle for whatever those tiny white labels say on a shirt, search the brands and fearlessly ask them questions. You will find that brands without ethical standards will provide you with empty answers whilst the ethical brands will make you think twice before buying a £5 shirt.

Thank you Julie!

Photos were taken at Sports Philosophy’s Winter Wellness Day, see more here.

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A gift guide for conscious consumers

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This December, treat your loved ones to something special that has been mindfully made, considerate of people and planet. To help you find something you know they’ll get great use out of, I’ve rounded up a selection of consciously crafted gift ideas to inspire you in your search – I hope it helps!

 

For fashion lovers:

 

 

For houseproud entertainers:

 

For beauty queens:

 

For male grooming:

 

For zero-waste warriors:

 

 

For wellness seekers:

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What I did last week: Sustainable sportswear, organic beauty & a food waste feast

As I’ve had a particularly good week of sustainability and wellbeing events, I thought I’d share a little summary with you. I can’t guarantee this will be the first of a new series of posts as my average weeks aren’t quite so eventful, and quite frankly because I’m not sure anyone wants to know what I’ve done all 52 weeks of the year, but I hope this one will be of interest and may inform you of companies or events you wouldn’t have otherwise have heard of. Here goes…
1. Sweating in Sundried

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So I started Saturday off with a HIIT class taken by well-known fitness and food personality Clean Eating Alice at Third Space London. Here I tested out one of my latest sustainable sportswear discoveries, Sundried. Kitted out in my black and red kit, I was ready to get my sweat on. The class certainly didn’t disappoint – a thorough warm up was followed by sets of four exercises we repeated three times to work the whole body. Alice was great too – bubbly, technical and clear, with a great playlist to help you power through the burn! As for my Sundried attire, I love it! It sucks you in all of the right places helping you feel firm, yet it’s still breathable so you don’t feel suffocated during cardio bursts. I’ll tell you more about the company in my upcoming post on sustainability-conscious activewear brands, but as a short summary – Sundried are focused on providing low carbon sportswear that’s ethically produced in one of their two European factories. If you can’t wait to find out more then visit their website here and use the discount code “ZARA” for 50% any purchases!

2. Soil Association’s Organic Beauty Pop Up

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Last week was Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week, celebrating certified organic companies. As part of the Soil Association‘s Campaign in this area, they held a pop up in Shoreditch with a shop and a number of events. I managed to get myself a ticket for a lesson in essential oils with Neal’s Yard Remedies, so after showering off my sweat from the HIIT session I went straight there. I absolutely love essential oils and the impact they can have on your mental state, so it was great to learn a bit more from the experts and to make my own body oil. They also gave us a sample of their new Frankincense Intense Lift Serum and showed up ways to massage the face to aid relaxation. I’ve tried it since and found it to be the perfect addition to an evening ritual, helping you to de-stress after a long day and get ready for bed.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of certified organic beauty and to read what I found out when digging into what the “organic” label actually meant for the beauty products I own, then please check out my last post here.

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3. TABLE – community dining to combat food waste

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Following my regular Sunday morning barre class, I made my way to Somerset House to meet my friend Eliza for a catch up over a feast of seasonal scraps. For TABLE at the Spring Restaurant, chef Skye Gyngell masterfully put together a sharing menu of delicious dishes with food waste and donations from local farms and restaurants. It was a community dining experience designed to elicit conversation between strangers as well as to contribute to the fight against food waste. Compiling ingredients that would often be overlooked, dishes included Yesterday’s porridge sourdough bread, beetroots with coffee milk labneh and broken rice with nettles and lemon leaves. My personal favourite (as always with such a sweet tooth) has to be desert – Nespole Basbousa and spent coffee grounds. To read more about TABLE click here, and to learn more about issues surrounding food waste and for recipes using up common leftovers visit Eliza’s blog: https://lifebylizasite.wordpress.com

4. Training for TotalBody London x Breast Cancer Now

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As part of the wonderful Chiara Pellegrino‘s (4fitnessake) TotalBody London team I’m lucky enough to attend a number of her fitness events, so this week I’ve been learning her latest choreography for demonstrating at the next event on Saturday morning. For this event she’s raising money for Breast Cancer Now with Callumn Nicholls from Third Space London and Duncan Morris from M&S who are taking on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro later in the year and aim to raise £20,000 towards vital breast cancer research. The class is a 45 minute workout that hits every muscle in the body. With a great playlist and three cardio routines, you have fun whilst keeping fit and healthy. Chiara is focused on providing a class you’ll enjoy that takes your mind away from the everyday stresses of life whilst transforming your physical form. It’s not too late to get a ticket – buy yours now on Eventbrite by clicking here.

Did you go to any of these events? What did you think? What would you like me to write more about? Let me know by commenting below!

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Are your beauty products actually organic? 

 

Did you know that it’s Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week? The Soil Association launched this week to celebrate beauty brands that are certified organic. As it turns out, there are no legal standards for labelling beauty products as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, so products with this label may contain few if any organic ingredients. This is misleading and it’s greenwashing, and like the Soil Association I don’t think it’s ok…

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Give a gift that gives back this Christmas

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With so much on offer, how do you choose a worthy gift for a valued friend or family member? And what can you get that you know they’ll love and that aligns with your ethical and environmental values? There are plenty of sustainability-conscious brands stocking great gifts that give back; be that the profits donated to charity, through the company’s work in the local community, or their labour and environmental practices. I’ve rounded up a few examples of perfect presents that are more than just a gift…

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People Tree: 25 Years and Counting

People Tree, a true pioneer of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion, will celebrate its 25th birthday this year.

People Tree was the first clothing company to receive the World Fair Trade Organisation Fair Trade product label. It aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout the entire supply chain, and to support producers’ efforts towards economic independence. People Tree also work to protect the environment by promoting sustainable resource use. They wish to set an example to business and the government, proving ethics and aesthics can coexist by using a business model based on partnership, people-centred values and sustainability.

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Eileen Fisher: No Excuses

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Eileen Fisher is globally recognised as a leader in more environmentally-friendly fashion. The brand is currently considered to be 66% sustainable, but this is not enough for Eileen and the company. They want 100% sustainability and are determined to get it, no excuses.