Posted on

Five Things You Can Do This Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday Hello Summer Sunglasses

Five Things You Can Do This Bank Holiday To Live A Greener Life

Who doesn’t love a long bank holiday weekend!? It’s a great chance to catch-up with family (especially if the sun shines) and to spend some time catching up on DIY and household chores. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reflect on our lifestyles – and perhaps make some changes.

Being ‘green’ is seen as trendy – but it’s also really important. At Green Sparkle, we’re passionate about doing our bit to help the planet and we want to help you too. So, with the upcoming bank holiday in mind, here are a few suggestions of things you can do to live a greener life…

1. Buy local

When food is shipped in for sale in supermarkets it creates greenhouse gases that are damaging to the environment. Wherever possible, shop in markets that sell locally grown products. It supports the local economy too!

 

2. Consider working from home

The extra day off this weekend might have got you thinking about how nice it would be to spend more time at home and less on your daily commute. Consider speaking to your boss about working from home one or two days a week. It will use less fuel and you can wear whatever you like – bonus!

 

3. Take out your eco bag

If you’re planning to hit the supermarket to stock up on bank holiday goodies, don’t forget to take your reusable bags instead of paying 5p for the plastic ones that aren’t usually biodegradable and are damaging to the eco-system.

 

4. Give away things you don’t need

Having a clear out this bank holiday? We love nothing more than a clutter-free home – but rather than taking your unwanted goods to the tip, consider giving them a new home by advertising on sites like Gumtree, Freecycle or giving them to charity. After all, they say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!

 

5. Invite a friend to try eco-friendly cleaning products

Ask a friend to consider swapping their usual purchase of a toilet cleaner, multi surface spray or even dishwasher tablet for  an eco-friendly version.   Green cleaning is good for you and good for the environment.

Browse our shop for your eco-friendly natural cleaning products!

 

Posted on

EARTH DAY April 22nd, 2017

Barcode Earth Day 22nd April

Saturday 22nd April is Earth Day – a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment.

But Earth Day should be Every Day where we strive to care for our planet and build a better future all year round.  There are many things we can do to celebrate Earth Day.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Plant a tree
    It’s good to plant trees because they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, hold soil in place to prevent erosion, and provide homes for birds, insects and other animals. We support Trees4Life Campaign in their work to plant trees globally.

 

  1. Enjoy the outdoors
    When was the last time you went for a hike or long walk and appreciated the World around you?  Had a picnic in the park (or in your garden)?  Whatever you decide, just a take a few minutes to step outside and listen to the birds singing. Connect to nature and connect to yourself.

 

  1. Plant some vegetables
    Plant your own potatoes and eat organic food that actually came from the Earth, not the packaged foods section of your local grocery store!  Let your taste buds feel the difference. But if you don’t fancy doing your own planting, then support local growers and producers of food and products.

 

  1. Start a compost bin
    Composting is the planet’s natural recycling program. Collect food scraps (except for meat and dairy products) in a closed bin.  Add a few leaves, sticks, grass clippings and other organic items such as egg shells and turn the mixture now and then.  After a few months, the compost will break down into a rich, brown soil.

 

  1. Change your cleaning habits
    Stop using ordinary household cleaning products and ‘Go Green’.  Swap your old cleaning products for eco-friendly ones and transform your home into an eco-clean environment which is safe for you, your children and your pets.  All the products we sell are made from materials derived from nature. They are non-hazardous and have never been tested on animals.

Earth day April 22nd

Posted on

Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour 2017

EARTH HOUR 2017

Did you know every March Earth Hour takes place? To find out some brief facts about Earth Hour read below.

1. What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a charitable organisation, and open source movement coordinated by WWF and volunteer organisations worldwide.  Earth Hour’s mission is uniting people to protect the planet.

2. Is an Earth Hour an event?
Earth Hour is more than an event. It is a movement. Over the last 10 years, Earth Hour has achieved massive environmental impact. Together with the support of individuals, organisations and groups Earth Hour has helped to change laws, lives and our planet!

3. When did Earth Hour first begin?
Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.  Since then it has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide.

4. When is Earth Hour taking place in 2017?
Earth Hour is taking place on Saturday 25th March from 8:30pm to 9:30pm (just 1 hour).

5. What happens on this day?
Every year Earth Hour has a new theme it focuses its campaign around, from changing laws to funding solar-powered homes. This year, Earth Hour will be making noise for climate change action.  Millions of people, businesses and landmarks will set aside one hour to show their support by organising a variety of events across the country.

Switching off the lights is a symbolic show of global support to protect our amazing planet.  It sends a clear message to business leaders and politicians that we want action to be taken on climate change now!

Now it’s your turn:

  • Join Earth Hour 2017 by signing up here
  • If you have children, this is a great way to get them involved too….after all they are the future of our planet! You can try some of these ideas:-
    • Star gazing with the family
    • No PS4 for 60 minutes (relax the time will fly by)
    • Play a boardgame, share some jokes or play charades
    • Or simply just switch off the lights and sit together in candlelight and have a good old family chat

For more information on Earth Hour or to find highlights of Earth Hour 2016 click here.

Source: www.earthhour.org

Posted on

Mother’s Day Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

mothers day eco-friendly gift ideas

Mother’s Day Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

This year Mother’s Day will fall on Sunday March 26th .  At Green Sparkle, we believe that mothers should be celebrated every day, not just on Mother’s Day.  After all, home is where our Mum is :).

If you’re having difficulty thinking of what to buy your Mum for Mother’s Day, then take a look at these 12 eco-friendly gift ideas to give you some inspiration.

1. Flowers
They can make really beautiful gifts to brighten up any room, but if given in a flower pot rather than cut flowers, they would last longer.

2. Spring bulbs
There are many different types of bulbs you can purchase from your local gardening centre or store that can be planted during Spring and bloom late in the Summer.  You could help your Mum (or grandmother) plant them in the garden. They’ll be great pollinators for bees and butterflies too!

3. Buy a tree
Though you could buy a fruit tree for the back garden an alternative is to plant a tree in your Mum’s honour instead.  Plant an olive tree for just £10 with Trees4Life Campaign and at the same time you will be helping farmers earn a sustainable living.  Trees keep the planet cool, provide homes for birds and animals, give us oxygen and of course look beautiful.  Even though your Mum won’t sit under the shade of that particular tree, she will still feel good knowing she has helped a good cause.  Trees4Life Campaign also issue wonderful e-certificates too.

4. Reusable shopping bags
If your Mother is someone who loves to shop, then an assortment of reusable shopping bags would go down very nicely!  They come in an assortment of colours, patterns and sizes and would look ever so stylish when Mum goes to her local health food store, market, or just out and about.

5. Reusable cleaning cloths
Like reusable shopping bags, reusable cleaning cloths are also a great gift.  Mum’s tend to wipe up a lot of spills and mess (especially if there are young kids in the house) but the beauty of these cloths is that washing them is a breeze….just stick them into the washing machine for a quick spin – no laundry powder needed. Ecloth Window Cleaning Cloth

6. All natural bath bombs
After a long and stressful day, Mum would appreciate some ‘me time’ and what better way than to have an assortment of natural, earth-friendly bath products to soak in.  Free from any preservatives and chemicals they would make a great eco-friendly gift.  Some may contain essential oils which is even better for the skin.

7. Handcrafted bird feeders
Visit a local farmer’s market or artisan shop to find Mum a handcrafted bird feeder. Feeding the birds is a fun hobby and also great for our planet. There are so many beautiful handmade and eco-friendly options out there, so consider a bird feeder for Mum.  Don’t forget to buy some safflower seed to go with it!

8. Solar garden lights
Another long-lasting Mother’s Day gift idea is to buy solar garden lights for the wall or ground. You can pick up a set from your local garden centre.

9. A basket of seeds and gardening supplies
If Mum has green fingers then this would make an ideal gift. You can get a gift set with gardening gloves, hand held fork and shovel with gardening scissors and add a couple of bags of seeds for her to plant.

10. Visit an organic farm
Book a day trip to an organic farm and take part in a variety of activities from picking fruit and planting veg to log splitting.  Or perhaps you could just sit in the café and enjoy some organic tea and cake! 🙂

11. A recycled scrapbook
Give Mum a homemade scrapbook made from recycled materials.  Fill it with pictures of you and the family collected over the past year. The perfect gift of joyful moments and lasting memories with her family.  All in an eco-friendly product!

12. All natural cleaning products
Not the ideal gift perhaps, but if paired with the reusable cleaning cloths mentioned above, all natural, eco-friendly cleaners  are great for getting the clean done without any harsh chemicals in sight.

Great Mother’s Day gift ideas that are good for Mum and kind to the Earth too.

What’s your favourite eco-friendly Mother’s Day Gift Idea?  

Posted on

Mother’s Day Special – Mum’s Best Cleaning Tips

Mums Best Cleaning Tips

Mother’s Day Special – Mum’s Best Cleaning Tips 

To celebrate Mother’s Day on March 26th, Green Sparkle have been remembering some of the best cleaning tips and tricks we have learnt from our Mums.  We’re sharing a few of them here – but feel free to comment below and let us know about the cleaning tips your mum taught you!

Odds and ends
Keep a basket or box at the bottom of the stairs to collect things that have been brought down during the day. At the end of day, take them all back upstairs in one go – and save yourself running up and down the stairs all day!

Storage ideas
Save glass jars of jams, pasta sauce, soup or fruit and use them to store rice, pasta and spices. Or why not make your own jam, pasta or soup and use the jars as an eco-friendly storage solution? You can even decorate the jars to add an extra special home-made touch.
 

Sticker stains
Eucalyptus oil is great for removing the gluey mess left behind by stickers – and it’s natural and eco-friendly too!

Put the clothes out to dry
When the weather is fine, always hang your clothes out to dry rather than using a tumble dryer. Not only will you save money on your electric bill, but you’ll be helping out the environment too.

Microwave cleaning
We’re not really fans of the microwave but if you do use one, then for a non-toxic and eco-friendly way to clean the microwave, add the juice of a fresh lemon to a cup of water and microwave for five minutes. The steam will disinfect the surfaces and loosen the dirt ready for wiping away with a microfiber cloth.

Bad smells
Using baking soda is an all-natural and powerful way to get rid of bad smells. For things like Tupperware, just dilute the baking soda with warm water and leave to soak.

Broken glass
To safely and easily clean up smashed glass, use a slice of bread and gently press over the shards. It’s great for picking up the smaller bits which a dustpan and brush will miss. Of course, be careful not to cut yourself!

Pet hairs
One for pet owners.  Wear a damp rubber glove and wipe your hand over surfaces to instantly pick up stray pet hairs.

 

Look out for our special SALE later this month where you can get 15% off selected items storewide.

Posted on

Three New Year Resolutions For A Cleaner, Tidier Home

Happy New Year Card

Three New Year Resolutions For A Cleaner, Tidier Home

Happy New Year everyone!  There’s no better time than the New Year for making a fresh start – and that includes with your cleaning regime. So make 2017 the year your home sparkles with these New Year resolutions.

Resolution one: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Out with the old, and in with a new, more efficient way of storage! Are your wardrobes packed with clothes you never wear? Is your filing system just a big pile of papers? It’s well worth spending a day de-cluttering – you’ll feel like a fog has been lifted! Take those piles of paper to a recycling bin and donate unwanted clothes to charity, or find a clothes-swapping event in your area. Make this the year you reduce, reuse and recycle!

Resolution two: Swap conventional cleaning products for eco-friendly ones

We’re big advocates of the benefits that environmentally friendly cleaning products have compared to ordinary ones. They’re safer, fresher and can help protect the planet. Read more here.

Resolution three: Make a chore schedule – and stick to it!

Sometimes it’s the day-to-day chores like washing up and vacuuming that get on top of us. This New Year, write a cleaning schedule with individual jobs for each member of the family. Stick it on the fridge and offer rewards for sticking to it like a trip to the cinema or a pizza night!

Merry Xmas Celebration

Posted on

Five Easy Jobs In Five Minutes

Sofa

Five Easy Jobs You Can Do In Five Minutes To Make Your Home Feel Fresh

In between working, cooking and having a social life, it can be difficult to stay on top of making your home feel welcoming and a pleasure to come home to. However, you’ll be surprised how much you can achieve in just a short space of time.

Here are five easy jobs you can do in five minutes that will make your home feel fresh. So start the clock and get cracking…

Minute one: Plump up your sofa cushions

There’s nothing less inviting than a sofa with saggy cushions, especially when you’ve just come home from a hard day of work and all you want to do is relax in front of the TV with your feet up! Spend a minute giving the cushions a good shake. Use your hands to plump them up. It’s a great way to relieve stress too!

Minute two: Wipe down the kitchen worktops

Coming down in the morning to messy worktops covered in crumbs is a surefire way to start off the day in a bad mood! With a clean cloth and some eco-friendly multi-surface cleaner, your worktops can be sparkling in 60 seconds.

Minute three: Put all dirty clothes in laundry bin

Are there dirty clothes strewn across the bedroom floors in your home? You’re not the only one! Spend a minute grabbing everything that needs washing and putting it in a laundry bin. No more tripping over pairs of jeans on your way to bed!

Minute Four: Hang up or neatly fold bathroom towels

Bathroom towels can get smelly and dirty if left around the house after being used. In under a minute, hang up towels on hooks or neatly fold dry ones and stack on a shelf or in a cupboard.

Minute Five: Light a beautiful-smelling candle

Aaaand relax! The final thing to do is light a biodegradable candle – and put your feet up.

And that’s it! In five minutes, your home will be fresher and tidier and you will feel happier.