We love that Bower customers are a community of people who are passionate about sustainability - and because that inspires us, we wanted to share more of your stories within the Bower Blog.
We caught up with Naomi and asked her to share with us her journey towards sustainable living. She explains how for her, creating a sustainable home "definitely doesn't happen over night, but that's what makes it fun and part of the journey" - we couldn't agree more and we think she is amazing for taking the steps that she is.
The Covid-19 Pandemic. I've always had an interest in eco-friendly products and a sustainable way of living, but I think living in lockdown and having to live a more simplistic lifestyle (to a degree), really propelled that drive in wanting to creating a sustainable home, research further (having had more time!) and play a part in protecting the environment! How amazing is it that dolphins are back swimming the canals in venice, and that carbon emissions have reduced? I think lockdown has shown me that creating a sustainable home to any extent, whether big or small changes, is achievable.
For me it was really clear the main sources of plastic were in the kitchen and bathroom, so I started with making just a few changes from each and working from there. For the bathroom it was soap and shampoo bars to replace plastic bottles. I love all the different styles and scents. They make the bathroom smell amazing too. For the kitchen, it was actually Bower Collective's hand wash & fabric conditioner refills which we are really enjoying and work a treat! I've just moved onto the washing up liquid and we love the scent. I'm looking forward to trying the new scented Lavender refill for the fabric conditioner next month! One of the key lessons we learnt is that cutting plastic waste takes time and care to find the right products which work for you. It definitely doesn't happen over night, but that's what makes it fun and part of the journey :)
Swapping plastic bottles for refills! I found cleaning products the biggest area to tackle. We use Bower Collective products, and also Ocean Saver drops, which you can put into a bottle of warm water and it dissolves to make a cleaning product. We use cloths to clean surfaces, which can be washed and re-used, no more wipes! Soaps or refills are again a great swap for plastic bottles in the bathroom plus i've found they last longer. We use Cheeky Panda's Bamboo toilet roll which is great and better for the planet. A reusable water and coffee cup are an everyday must have - I use them all the time and take them out with me, including work where I get money off my coffee if I bring my own cup, win! A bamboo toothbrush is another good, simple swap, or if you have an electric toothbrush like we do, a recyclable electric toothbrush head is great too - and which I was delighted to find Bower also stock!
What is your favourite Bower Collective product and why?
My favourite would be the Lime and Aloe Vera sanitising hand wash. It smells divine. During the pandemic we have noticed our hands getting really sore and dry from washing them so much. This product leaves them feeling really soft and gentle.
Hello, I read your article in this month’s issue of ‘Yours’ magazine, and was quite shocked at the amount if plastic use that can accumulate in the bathroom! It has prompted me to have a rethink. I have been environmentally aware for many years now. It is great that companies such as yourselvess are helping to make poeple rethink their plastic use. We have a plastic free shop in Chester centre in Cheshire which is a great help. Also, going on the WRAP website, it gives a list of all the firms that have signed up for the plastic free pledge. I am sure many others will be doing so in the future. I also read (again in ‘yours’) that a new legislation has been brought out this year that bans the shipping of plastic bags (that people take to supermarkets in the faith that they will be recycled) abroad to end up in landfill! That is another vital step forward in the plastic war. some well know firms have now got a good environmental policy,( wich is applaudable), but test their products on animals, which I am against. You have to door your homework to find the products that are both environmentally and animal friendly. Naturewatch(www.naturewatch.org) is a good source. However, I have a cat that has her petfood in pouches as the wetfood is not avilable in cans yet. I have tried Terracycle who are able to recyccle hard to recycle plastics, but they don’t have a drop of point in Chester, and I dont have the time or resources to set one up. I would be greatful for any information you may have on this matter.