Plastic-Free July by Natracare

plastic littered beach

Credit Photo by Rey Perezoso

As of 2015, more than 6.9 billion tons of plastic waste has been generated (National Geographic).

More than 40% of plastic is used only once, then it is tossed (National Geographic).

91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).

Since most plastic doesn’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, all of the plastic waste we have produced and continue to produce will exist for hundreds or even thousands of years (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).

One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans (Eco Watch).

In short, our plastic obsession is a horrendous problem. But what can we do? Living sustainability and plastic-free in today’s world can be overwhelming and daunting. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of not ever doing enough, but what if we broke it down into achievable steps we can all start taking today to make a change? In the words of Hillel the Elder, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”

Starting July 1st, here at Natracare we’re taking the Plastic Free July challenge: a four-week challenge to explore how each of us can take small but mighty steps towards a more plastic-free lifestyle by slowly adding more plastic-free habits into our daily lives. Throughout this month journey we will explore what we can do better together as well as highlighting purpose driven brands and organizations leading the movement while giveawaying plastic-free kits to participants each week.

natracare plastic free challenge timelineTo join our Plastic-Free by Natracare journey, leave a comment below and pledge to join us in taking the first step towards a more plastic-free lifestyle.

In the coming weeks, take a extra moment to see how prevalent plastic is in our lives — maybe spark some inspiration to start today.

Don’t forget to follow Natracare on all the social media platforms, where we will be sharing how you can participating and enter the giveaways for the plastic-free kits on social media. And mark your calendars for July 1st to start the journey with us towards a more plastic-free lifestyle!

Menstrual Hygiene Day – Tackling Period Poverty

menstrual hygiene day no more limitsWomen and girls across the world struggle to pay for basic period products. The effects can be damaging to their health, well-being and self-esteem. 28th May marks Menstrual Hygiene day: a chance to bring together people and organisations to promote menstrual hygiene management. A day to raise awareness of the challenges face by those who menstruate worldwide and the amazing work that is being done to change the status quo. No more limits.

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Why you should never flush wipes, even if they’re biodegradable

Water UK recently announced that wet wipes account for a whopping 93% of the material blocking UK sewers! The vast majority of wipes on the supermarket shelves are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic. It’s fantastic to hear the government’s enthusiasm to do something about this.

Many people ask “can you flush biodegradable wipes?” The simple answer is – no. You shouldn’t flush any wipes at all! It’s good to avoid wipes made from plastic, but even non-plastic ones should either be binned or composted. Here’s how… Continue reading

Natracare, what we’re made of

What a product is made of is important to the person buying the product but it should also be important to the person selling it.

This year during Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week the Soil Association are turning the spotlight on organic brands and what they are made of. At Natracare we are committed to using best practices and organic ingredients wherever we can. Why? Let’s ask the individuals behind the brand.

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Plastics Are Forever – Earth Day 2018

plastic pollution earth day 2018What is plastic?

Plastic is a man-made substance, which is produced by heating and processing finite crude oil and adding other chemicals to it. You’re using it right now – it’s part of your computer, phone, and tablet. There’s most likely microplastic in the chair you’re sat in and the clothes you’re wearing! What can we do this Earth Day to be part of the solution to a growing plastic pollution problem?

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Meet Eva Fernandes: Baby Bank Network Closing The Poverty & Parenting Gap

baby bank networkMeet the Bristol-based charity, the Baby Bank Network. Founded by Eva Fernandes and Becky Gilbert, the charity re-purposes old baby gear and much-needed supplies for parents in need. Between March and June we have teamed up with a local health food shop chain, The Better Food Company in Bristol to help raise money for them.

We met up with BBN’s co-founder, Eva Fernandes, to get an insight into their amazing work and how the money raised will be used! So, what is Baby Bank Network all about?

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How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

With National Napping Day on 12th March and World Sleep Day on the 16th March, we’ve being thinking about how to optimise our shut-eye this week.  Here are some fantastic tips on how to get yourself a good night’s sleep.

Sleep is vitally important to our physical and mental health. Not getting enough sleep can have serious impacts, not least on productivity – we all know that feeling of nodding off at our desk. It’s also been a great excuse to look at cute Insta snaps of sleepy animals!

The Natracare team have agreed our sleeping patterns definitely could do with some work. We wanted to take this international day of sleep to scour the internet for the best tips to help you get your 8 hours! Here’s what we found…

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