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Christmas and consumerism - how to reduce the amount we give and spend

Posted by Sophie Edme on

Christmas is a time of year when everyone feels pressured to overspend and overstretch themselves to buy gifts for others. Adverts and media bombard us with the idea that we’re not worthy unless we buy mountains of expensive gifts. It can be particularly difficult for families where mum and dad feel like they’re expected to shower their little ones with presents not only from themselves but Santa also. The result is that Christmas becomes a stressful occasion instead of the joyous one; it's meant to be with some people experiencing financial hardship well into the new year. Some individuals find...

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How to have a plastic-free Christmas

Posted by Sophie Edme on

It's official, Halloween is well and truly over, the shops have long ditched the mountains of spooky paraphernalia are now going into overdrive with their Christmas offerings. Rows upon rows upon rows of glittering, sparkling ornaments, lights, decorations, fake trees, festive food, and gifts are stuffed onto shelves and piled up on the floor. The problem is, most of these things are either plastic or wrapped in plastic, so if you're trying to cut down on or stop using the material, then Christmas can be a tough time to avoid the stuff.   Having a plastic-free Christmas does take some...

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Ten alternatives to plastic you can start using today

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Plastic. It’s absolutely everywhere. From microplastics found in the water we drink to the great Pacific garbage patch - currently the size of Texas, there’s no doubt about it - we’re drowning in the stuff.   Most plastic is single use and can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. Even though there are efforts to recycle it, it’s nowhere near enough. Currently most plastic ends up in landfill, or worse still, at the bottom of the ocean.    The global appetite for plastic currently stands at around 300 MILLION tonnes per year. It takes minutes to consume a bottle...

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Switching to solid shampoo - The “Transition Period” - myth or reality?

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Can we talk about this so called “transition period” that occurs when someone switches from using liquid shampoo to a solid version?   The internet is packed full of reports of people experiencing a period of greasy, lank hair when they start using solid shampoo. Over time, it gradually gets better but it can take several weeks or even months before the user is satisfied with how their hair looks and feels.   Surely this transition period is all part of the process?   The thing is, not all shampoo bars are created equally and the unfortunate reality is that...

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Eight fabulous uses for coconut oil

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The thought of coconuts usually conjures up images of far-away tropical, palm fringed beaches. In recent times however, this bountiful fruit (yes, it is a fruit!) has exploded in popularity and is now used the world over for a myriad of reasons.   Coconut is a delicious and healthy food that can be prepared in a variety of ways but things get really interesting when coconut is processed into an oil. Used in cooking, coconut oil has many proven health benefits but did you know it also makes an amazing ingredient for beauty products and toiletries?   At Sophie’s Barn we’re...

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