Virtuous Vernal: Eco Swaps

Being eco-conscious is sometimes stressful. Sometimes we just feel like there’s always so much more we can be doing and we can easily become overwhelmed. It’s important for us to recognise that small steps can make a huge difference and that we don’t always have to do things perfectly. Ultimately remembering that,

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Anne Marie Bonneau

is helpful to to keep us motivated and not bogged down with the responsibility of looking after our planet.

Our Virtuous Vernal social media campaign has been created to grow a community inspired by quotes from the eco-conscious, give eco swap suggestions to demonstrate that we practise what we preach and to promote some of our favourite ethical brands. We’re not perfect but strive to do what we can within our means and we hope that you’ll join us in our plight for caring for our planet (one other, all the living creatures and ourselves). Don’t feel you have to implement everything straight away, it’s more about building our consciousness for environmentally friendly living.

🌼 Virtuous Vernal Eco Swap 1: Sustainable Home.

We were given lovely Herbatica coconut bowls for Christmas by Laura's aunt and uncle. They are 100% natural and handmade.

Herbatica are "on a mission to bring more and more natural alternatives to everyday products and make the switch to your eco-friendly lifestyle more pleasant and affordable" and from every single purchase they donate £0.43 to people without fresh water. Not only are their products sustainable but they give back to those who don’t have one of the basic commodities available. Here are a few other suggestions for making your home more eco-friendly:

  • Ditch single use plastics such as cling film.

  • Don’t forget to take a bag for your shopping. We find cotton tote bags are the best. They re strong but fold up very small.

  • There are so many reusable water bottles available now why would anyone want to buy water in plastic bottles?

  • Generally, buy less, but sometimes you have to make purchases, buy quality items that will last.

  • Avoid fast fashion outlets that thrive on sweatshop manufacturing. Ideally buy second hand or clothes swap with friends.

  • Avoid manmade clothing fabrics such as polyester, nylon and lycra that leak micro plastic fibres into our water system.

  • Repair items where possible. Your bank balance will start to look healthier!

  • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs.

  • Swap paraffin (mineral) wax candles for ones made from vegetable waxes such as soy.

🌼 Virtuous Vernal Eco Swap 2: Cruelty Free Make Up.

Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup is officially Leaping Bunny approved so I’ve completely ditched using non cruelty free trademarked make up products for high quality, animal friendly make up. I personally believe in investing in good quality products, despite the additional cost, and using them sparingly. Cruelty free products are created without animal ingredients or animal testing and these feel amazing on my skin too. What’s not to love?!

Cruelty Free International is the leading organisation working to create a world where nobody wants or believes in the need to experiment on animals. As one of the world's longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations, it is widely regarded as an authority on animal testing issues and frequently called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for advice and expert opinion. Check out this list to make your animal compassionate swaps.

At Langtree Botanics we want to be kind to the planet, animals and each other, and so our products are Vegan Trademarked and eco-conscious. Being cruelty free and / or vegan is not just diet but a way of life that causes no harm to any living creature, so we encourage everyone to be mindful of this when purchasing lifestyle items. Click 'Shop' to purchase your compassionate home fragrance and skincare products.

  • Invest in some reusable cotton pads instead of disposable ones.

  • Switch plastic based cotton buds for compostable versions.

  • Choose vegan brands that don’t contain animal fats and crushed insects and that aren’t tested on animals.

  • Avoid products containing microplstics and microbeads. Polyethene, polypropylene, poly-e-terephthalate, and polymethyl methacrylate are tiny particles that pollute the oceans and can be ingested by marine life.

  • Look for brands that are paraben free.

  • Recycle packaging and look for brands with non-plastic eco packaging.

  • Avoid make up brushes made from animal hair and / or plastic

🌼 Virtuous Vernal Eco Swap 3: Being Ethical on the Toilet!

It might not be glamorous but buying ethical toilet paper means we can give crap and support an important cause whilst just sitting on the toilet.

The founders of Who Gives A Crap started their toilet paper business venture when they “learnt that 2.4 billion people don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes”.

"They thought that was pretty crap. So in July 2012, Simon, Jehan and Danny launched Who Gives A Crap with a crowd funding campaign. Simon sat on a toilet in the draughty warehouse and refused to move until they had raised enough pre-orders to start production. 50 hours and one cold bottom later, they’d raised over $50,000."

"Who Gives a Crap delivered their first product in March 2013 and have been thrilled to keep growing ever since. Not just because their toilet paper is gracing bathrooms across the country but also because they donate 50% of our profi