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REFLECTING ON MY TIME IN ISOLATION
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It was hard, wasn’t it? If you’re anything like me, I thrive in big open spaces. Having to stay indoors for all but essential shopping and a short period of exercise for 8 weeks was really tough. As I know it was for most of you. There was actually one very important realisation from the whole experience though which I am actually really fortunate for...
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This time helped me get back to the mission of Friendly Turtle. I started this eco shop to help raise awareness, and although we do a lot of that through our products, I think sometimes the best way to help raise awareness of everything ethical and environmental is through writing. Specifically for me...writing blog posts. I love to write. I always have, so I’ve been doing a lot more blogging recently (you may have noticed). And I don’t plan to stop. To help us achieve our mission of raising awareness, I actually think the products should come second to the education. Why would someone switch to a sustainable product if they don’t understand its purpose? Sustainable living is so much more than buying a reusable coffee cup. It really is a lifestyle & a journey of awareness since there are so many factors in our lives that determine both how ethical and sustainable we are, without really even being aware of them
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Just as a quick example of this which I read about recently would be the banning of battery caged hens and their eggs. As a nation, we expressed we wouldn’t stand for such awful conditions for the hens, and in 2012 this was finally outlawed. Yet of the 20% of all eggs that go into the manufacturing industry, most of these are actually from caged hens. The difference? We don’t see it or hear about. The only way we can change something like this is through raising awareness and that is exactly what we plan to do
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Yes we sell hundreds of eco friendly and ethical products, and so many of you love them. But we also want to focus on raising awareness on any other issues that we believe can improve the world we live in. So- there will be a lot more blog posts and a lot more writing going forward. And we hope you will all help us by sharing & spreading the awareness 💚
REFLECTING ON MY TIME IN ISOLATION . It was hard, wasn’t it? If you’re anything like me, I thrive in big open spaces. Having to stay indoors for all but essential shopping and a short period of exercise for 8 weeks was really tough. As I know it was for most of you. There was actually one very important realisation from the whole experience though which I am actually really fortunate for... . . This time helped me get back to the mission of Friendly Turtle. I started this eco shop to help raise awareness, and although we do a lot of that through our products, I think sometimes the best way to help raise awareness of everything ethical and environmental is through writing. Specifically for me...writing blog posts. I love to write. I always have, so I’ve been doing a lot more blogging recently (you may have noticed). And I don’t plan to stop. To help us achieve our mission of raising awareness, I actually think the products should come second to the education. Why would someone switch to a sustainable product if they don’t understand its purpose? Sustainable living is so much more than buying a reusable coffee cup. It really is a lifestyle & a journey of awareness since there are so many factors in our lives that determine both how ethical and sustainable we are, without really even being aware of them . Just as a quick example of this which I read about recently would be the banning of battery caged hens and their eggs. As a nation, we expressed we wouldn’t stand for such awful conditions for the hens, and in 2012 this was finally outlawed. Yet of the 20% of all eggs that go into the manufacturing industry, most of these are actually from caged hens. The difference? We don’t see it or hear about. The only way we can change something like this is through raising awareness and that is exactly what we plan to do . Yes we sell hundreds of eco friendly and ethical products, and so many of you love them. But we also want to focus on raising awareness on any other issues that we believe can improve the world we live in. So- there will be a lot more blog posts and a lot more writing going forward. And we hope you will all help us by sharing & spreading the awareness 💚
QUESTION: WHAT IS ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE BANKING?
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There’s more people than ever trying to change the way they shop. We’re all striving to live more sustainably. We make those simple eco swaps that allow us to reduce waste. And we choose to support brands and businesses that demonstrate responsibilities and initiatives to reduce their own impacts on our environment
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BUT HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE STOPPED TO THINK ABOUT OUR BANK? .
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Did you know only 75% of us in the UK have ever switched banks? We’re putting this down to a lack of awareness. Because if you knew what your bank does with your money, the chances are, you probably wouldn’t choose to stick around and support their causes!
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From investing your money in arms dealing and military equipment in conflict zones across the world, tax avoidance schemes, to investing in fracking and fossil fuels. These are just some of the things our high street banks are using your money for
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So, in order to live a sustainable lifestyle we think it’s time to start addressing the issues with these banks. How do we do that? We simply move to a bank that supports green initiatives and ethical policies. We want to see that figure reversed, and see 75% of us in the uk SWITCHING bank accounts. That would be music to our ears!
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Want to learn more about ethical banking and the best banks? Check out our recent guide to ethical banking on our blog at friendlyturtle.com
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#ethical #ethicalliving #bankinglife #natwest #hsbc #monzo #bestbank #needtoknow #money #moneymoneymoney #moneyinthebank #moneytalks #moneymatters #moneytips #sustainablelivingtips #moneymindset #moneymanagement #ethicalhacker
QUESTION: WHAT IS ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE BANKING? . . There’s more people than ever trying to change the way they shop. We’re all striving to live more sustainably. We make those simple eco swaps that allow us to reduce waste. And we choose to support brands and businesses that demonstrate responsibilities and initiatives to reduce their own impacts on our environment . . BUT HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE STOPPED TO THINK ABOUT OUR BANK? . . Did you know only 75% of us in the UK have ever switched banks? We’re putting this down to a lack of awareness. Because if you knew what your bank does with your money, the chances are, you probably wouldn’t choose to stick around and support their causes! . . From investing your money in arms dealing and military equipment in conflict zones across the world, tax avoidance schemes, to investing in fracking and fossil fuels. These are just some of the things our high street banks are using your money for . . So, in order to live a sustainable lifestyle we think it’s time to start addressing the issues with these banks. How do we do that? We simply move to a bank that supports green initiatives and ethical policies. We want to see that figure reversed, and see 75% of us in the uk SWITCHING bank accounts. That would be music to our ears! . . Want to learn more about ethical banking and the best banks? Check out our recent guide to ethical banking on our blog at friendlyturtle.com . . . . . #ethical #ethicalliving #bankinglife #natwest #hsbc #monzo #bestbank #needtoknow #money #moneymoneymoney #moneyinthebank #moneytalks #moneymatters #moneytips #sustainablelivingtips #moneymindset #moneymanagement #ethicalhacker
Soooo many new arrivals due in next week- we’ll start announcing the new brands real soon- promise!
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But backtracking to this week, we had some lovely new bits arrive from Black & Blum, and this time we went with some BRIGHT colours and fancy glass water bottles .
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⭐️WHY WE LOVE THEM⭐️
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First, we love that it’s glass. Water just tastes better out of glass. Plus, the thread for the lid is on the inside of the bottle neck so it’s super easy to drink from and looks awesome
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Secondly, it’s wrapped in silicone to protect it from those inevitable bumps and falls. It’s also got a silicone seal inside the metal lid which makes it leakproof
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Thirdly, WE HAVE NEVER unscrewed a lid from a bottle with such ease, delight and satisfaction. Honestly, these guys have absolutely nailed what a quality designed bottle should be
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And lastly, it has a tough and durable nylon loop ring attached to the bottle so it’s easy to carry, even with my little finger
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Oh, and did we mention that it’s seriously lightweight. Definitely not what we were expecting when we first received them!
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Ok, so you can probably tell that we are all loving these new glass water bottles here, with colours to suit every mood. And only £19.95, they’re not a bad price either. Now you just have to decide which one you’re going to go for 💚
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FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM
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#waterbottle #glass #glassart #glasslife #glassporn #glassdesign #glassbottles #newproduct #sustainability #sustainable #sustainabledesign #ecofriendlydesign #reusable #reuse #myfavourite #reuserevolution #reuserecycle #wastefreeliving
Soooo many new arrivals due in next week- we’ll start announcing the new brands real soon- promise! . . But backtracking to this week, we had some lovely new bits arrive from Black & Blum, and this time we went with some BRIGHT colours and fancy glass water bottles . . ⭐️WHY WE LOVE THEM⭐️ . First, we love that it’s glass. Water just tastes better out of glass. Plus, the thread for the lid is on the inside of the bottle neck so it’s super easy to drink from and looks awesome . Secondly, it’s wrapped in silicone to protect it from those inevitable bumps and falls. It’s also got a silicone seal inside the metal lid which makes it leakproof . Thirdly, WE HAVE NEVER unscrewed a lid from a bottle with such ease, delight and satisfaction. Honestly, these guys have absolutely nailed what a quality designed bottle should be . And lastly, it has a tough and durable nylon loop ring attached to the bottle so it’s easy to carry, even with my little finger . Oh, and did we mention that it’s seriously lightweight. Definitely not what we were expecting when we first received them! . . Ok, so you can probably tell that we are all loving these new glass water bottles here, with colours to suit every mood. And only £19.95, they’re not a bad price either. Now you just have to decide which one you’re going to go for 💚 . . FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM . . . . . #waterbottle #glass #glassart #glasslife #glassporn #glassdesign #glassbottles #newproduct #sustainability #sustainable #sustainabledesign #ecofriendlydesign #reusable #reuse #myfavourite #reuserevolution #reuserecycle #wastefreeliving
Not going to lie, customer orders that contain loads of The Organic Company goodies are still some of my favourite orders to pack. There’s just something about the brand - The organic cotton, light neutral colours, soft fabrics and perfect stitching 💚
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And their reusable, pull string bags are perfect for just about anything you might have reached for a plastic bag for in the past. And the reusable cotton wrapping cloth make for perfect reusable gift wrap, or tie in a small knot and use as a small bag or carrier. I fact, there are actually so many uses for our range of Furoshiki wrapping cloths you’d be surprised (details on the product pages)
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⭐️ THE BRAND ⭐️
The Organic Company is a Danish brand which creates meaningful and tasteful interior textiles from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The Global Organic Textile Standard focuses on two main areas - the environment and social responsibilities. This means all their goodies are free from toxins and heavy metals and international workers rights are respected
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Their company is built on the foundations of honesty, transparency and an ambitious wish to make a difference to our planet. What’s not to love about this brand? 🙌🏼
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Follow your way to FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM for details 😊
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#reusablebags #cottonbag #drawstringbag #organiccotton #sustainableproducts #zerowaste #plasticfree #reducereuserecycle #ecofriendly #ethicalfashion #ethicallymade
#fairtradeproducts #fairtradecertified #fairtrade #giftwrappingideas #giftwrapping
Not going to lie, customer orders that contain loads of The Organic Company goodies are still some of my favourite orders to pack. There’s just something about the brand - The organic cotton, light neutral colours, soft fabrics and perfect stitching 💚 . . And their reusable, pull string bags are perfect for just about anything you might have reached for a plastic bag for in the past. And the reusable cotton wrapping cloth make for perfect reusable gift wrap, or tie in a small knot and use as a small bag or carrier. I fact, there are actually so many uses for our range of Furoshiki wrapping cloths you’d be surprised (details on the product pages) . ⭐️ THE BRAND ⭐️ The Organic Company is a Danish brand which creates meaningful and tasteful interior textiles from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The Global Organic Textile Standard focuses on two main areas - the environment and social responsibilities. This means all their goodies are free from toxins and heavy metals and international workers rights are respected . Their company is built on the foundations of honesty, transparency and an ambitious wish to make a difference to our planet. What’s not to love about this brand? 🙌🏼 . . Follow your way to FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM for details 😊 . . . . . #reusablebags #cottonbag #drawstringbag #organiccotton #sustainableproducts #zerowaste #plasticfree #reducereuserecycle #ecofriendly #ethicalfashion #ethicallymade #fairtradeproducts #fairtradecertified #fairtrade #giftwrappingideas #giftwrapping
Looking for eco inspiration, healthy cooking ideas or ethical news and updates? Well we’ve just compiled a lovely list of all the eco blogs out there that have inspired us one way or another over the past few years, and helped us in so many wonderful ways along this journey we’re all on
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We have always had an insatiable taste for food. It’s one of the simple pleasures of life. And being hardcore foodies, we have become regulars at @acouplecooks. Obviously these guys made the list for that very reason. So if you need some healthy vegan food inspiration, we’re telling you, go and check them out
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And we’re totally in love with a lot of the uk bloggers out there, and although we couldn’t squeeze everyone on the list, just know that it is by no means exhaustive. @ethicalunicorn for all of her sustainable living ideas and fair social justice, @anagoesgreen for all of her incredible sustainable beauty and lifestyle posts, and not forgetting @sustainably_vegan and her AMAZING YouTube channel that we absolutely love to check up on once in a while
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Not forgetting the newer uk blog out there by @aimplasticfree and the long standing eco queen, Wendy, over at @moralfibresblog. Wendy- we’ve been with you right from the start! .
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So when you get a chance in our crazy manic days homeschooling, working from home, or learning new skills and languages, take a few moments break with a tea of coffee (I’ll take mine with ICE), and browse to your hearts content on all things wonderful and green
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Show them all some love for their awesomeness, and give them a follow and share. Every new person we can introduce to a greener way of a living, the better, right?
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Follow your way to our eco blog at FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM 💚
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#ecoblogger #ecoblog #ecobloggers #ethicalblogger #socialjustice #socialjusticewarrior #greenliving #greenlivingtips #sustainableliving #newpost #newblogpost #sustainablebeauty #sustainablelifestyle #zerowastelifestyle #vegan #veganrecipes #veganfood #veganlife #veggies #vegetarianrecipes
Looking for eco inspiration, healthy cooking ideas or ethical news and updates? Well we’ve just compiled a lovely list of all the eco blogs out there that have inspired us one way or another over the past few years, and helped us in so many wonderful ways along this journey we’re all on . . We have always had an insatiable taste for food. It’s one of the simple pleasures of life. And being hardcore foodies, we have become regulars at @acouplecooks. Obviously these guys made the list for that very reason. So if you need some healthy vegan food inspiration, we’re telling you, go and check them out . . And we’re totally in love with a lot of the uk bloggers out there, and although we couldn’t squeeze everyone on the list, just know that it is by no means exhaustive. @ethicalunicorn for all of her sustainable living ideas and fair social justice, @anagoesgreen for all of her incredible sustainable beauty and lifestyle posts, and not forgetting @sustainably_vegan and her AMAZING YouTube channel that we absolutely love to check up on once in a while . . Not forgetting the newer uk blog out there by @aimplasticfree and the long standing eco queen, Wendy, over at @moralfibresblog. Wendy- we’ve been with you right from the start! . . So when you get a chance in our crazy manic days homeschooling, working from home, or learning new skills and languages, take a few moments break with a tea of coffee (I’ll take mine with ICE), and browse to your hearts content on all things wonderful and green . . Show them all some love for their awesomeness, and give them a follow and share. Every new person we can introduce to a greener way of a living, the better, right? . . Follow your way to our eco blog at FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM 💚 . . . . . #ecoblogger #ecoblog #ecobloggers #ethicalblogger #socialjustice #socialjusticewarrior #greenliving #greenlivingtips #sustainableliving #newpost #newblogpost #sustainablebeauty #sustainablelifestyle #zerowastelifestyle #vegan #veganrecipes #veganfood #veganlife #veggies #vegetarianrecipes
Ok, not going to lie but I think we’ve just found our new favourite bag so far! As you might have noticed, we’re big advocates of organic cotton with its ethical guarantees and better quality, so we’re super excited to bring our newest organic cotton line into our every growing shop!
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Another new line from one of our most recent brands- Green Island. There’s just something fab about natural products, and an organic cotton bag which not only looks great but is super function ticks all of the right boxes for us
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The bag packs down really small and it’s super lightweight so it’s easy to carry around with you. You’ll also be AMAZED at how much the bag expands and fits in it 😍 and it also has extra long handles to throw over your shoulder and walk back from the supermarket in style
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. ⭐️ BRAND STORY ⭐️
Little did we know, but Sheenagh, the brand owner, was quite literally a 15minutes drive from us...and it took us this long to find each other! Green Island came to life through a desire to help others reduce waste. So Sheenagh began creating and sourcing a stylish, high quality and reasonably priced range of products that could do just that
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Want to see more bags for shopping and lunches? Head to FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM and hit the reusable bags section within our on the go range 💚
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#reusablebags #reusableshoppingbag #reusable #stylishbags #stylishbag #bagforlife #cottonbag #cottonbags #organiccotton #organic #organiccottonclothing #stylishaccessories #coolbags #reusablebag #reusereducerecycle #noplasticwaste #noplasticbags #sustainablefashion #fashionstyle #practicallife
Ok, not going to lie but I think we’ve just found our new favourite bag so far! As you might have noticed, we’re big advocates of organic cotton with its ethical guarantees and better quality, so we’re super excited to bring our newest organic cotton line into our every growing shop! . . Another new line from one of our most recent brands- Green Island. There’s just something fab about natural products, and an organic cotton bag which not only looks great but is super function ticks all of the right boxes for us . . The bag packs down really small and it’s super lightweight so it’s easy to carry around with you. You’ll also be AMAZED at how much the bag expands and fits in it 😍 and it also has extra long handles to throw over your shoulder and walk back from the supermarket in style . . ⭐️ BRAND STORY ⭐️ Little did we know, but Sheenagh, the brand owner, was quite literally a 15minutes drive from us...and it took us this long to find each other! Green Island came to life through a desire to help others reduce waste. So Sheenagh began creating and sourcing a stylish, high quality and reasonably priced range of products that could do just that . . Want to see more bags for shopping and lunches? Head to FRIENDLYTURTLE.COM and hit the reusable bags section within our on the go range 💚 . . . . . #reusablebags #reusableshoppingbag #reusable #stylishbags #stylishbag #bagforlife #cottonbag #cottonbags #organiccotton #organic #organiccottonclothing #stylishaccessories #coolbags #reusablebag #reusereducerecycle #noplasticwaste #noplasticbags #sustainablefashion #fashionstyle #practicallife