How to make your home a little greener in 2019

When it comes to making new year resolutions, it’s not always a case of ‘go big or go home’.

Starting at home, small changes that we can all make can make a big difference to our planet. Beginning with a few simple swaps and new habits, you’ll find yourself well on the way to making 2019 your greenest year yet. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

In your kitchen

Most of us are aware of and concerned by the harmful outdoor air pollution that’s associated with living in towns or cities. But, what about our homes? When we spend so much time indoors, it’s crucial that we do what we can to reduce the toxins and chemicals that we’re putting into our air. One way to do this is by swapping to more natural cleaning methods.

Eco-friendly cleaning products, such as Ecover and Method, contain fewer toxins and pollutants and come in sustainable packaging that can be refilled time and time again. For totally natural cleaning solutions, try half lemons to scrub and shine up your oven tops or a diluted vinegar mix and recycled newspaper for a streak-free finish on your windows.

In your bathroom

From plastic toothbrushes to disposable razors, single-use cotton buds to plastic shampoo bottles. Our bathrooms might be our relaxation zone, but they could be the worst room in the house when it comes to plastic waste. Luckily, there are easy swaps that can be made.

We’re huge fans of shampoo and conditioner bars. By cutting out the packaging, you’ve already taken a big green step. These packaging-free bars are not only kinder to the environment but tend to be made with more natural ingredients that are kinder to your body too.

Most mainstream period products also contain a staggering amount of unnecessary plastic. Switching to KIND’s tampons with biodegradable cardboard applicators and paper packaging is another easy way to make your home more eco-friendly. Reusable products, like our KIND menstrual cups, could be the only period care you need for the next ten years, making them kinder to your purse as well as your planet.

KIND tip: Add a separate bathroom bin for recyclable waste and refill whatever packaging you can from your local zero-waste store.

In your bedroom

Fast fashion can be described as cheap clothing collections that are influenced by catwalk trends and designed to hit the high street stores quickly for us to impulsively buy. It’s the dress you bought for £20 to take on holiday and never wore again or the cheap t-shirt that didn’t survive its first wash. Although the price tags can seem appealing, the impact that this throwaway fashion consumption has on our planet is getting out of hand.

One way to make your look more sustainable is to build yourself a ‘capsule wardrobe’. A capsule wardrobe is a term used to describe a collection of 30-40 practical and versatile items of clothing that work well when styled together. A capsule wardrobe favours quality over quantity and helps us to shop more consciously only for what we know we will wear for years to come.

In your garden

OK, let’s step outside. Whether you’ve got acres of land, a trendy roof terrace or a city-friendly balcony, there are a number of ways you can make to make your outdoor space a little more eco-friendly.

You might think that growing your own food is something that only those with huge gardens or access to an allotment can do, but that’s definitely not the case. Windowsills, communal yards and balconies can provide happy homes to fresh herbs, vegetables and salad. From seed to plate, growing your own dinner is a rewarding way to live more sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint on our planet. Naturally organic and free from any packaging, your homegrown foods offer massive nutritional and ecological benefits over their supermarket alternatives.

Whatever you’re growing, creating your own compost out of household waste such as coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, shredded newspapers and nut shells can help to create a nutrient-rich and naturally-fertilised soil for your garden or yard. You can learn more about composting at home here.

Throughout the year, we’ll continue to share ideas and inspiration that we hope will help us all take small, achievable steps towards greener living, with changes that are kinder to our bodies and kinder to our planet. What eco-friendly habits will you be introducing in 2019? Let us know by tagging us in your green living posts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Introducing the KIND menstrual cup: Now available in Boots!

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our range and launching a reusable menstrual cup.

At Kind Organic we champion women’s health. We’re passionate about providing alternative products that are both kind to the body and kind to the environment. That’s why we are excited to launch our first reusable period product!

Introducing the Kind cup

The Kind cup has been developed with a super-soft and flexible design for effective protection and long-lasting comfort.

Our goal was to provide a reusable product that was kind to skin. Softness and comfort are always a key factor in any of our products. That’s why the Kind cup is hypoallergenic and suitable for delicate skin.

From chatting to customers before launching our cup we understood that insertion and removal is daunting when trying a menstrual cup. The Kind cup features rounded edges and conical pressure-release holes for easy, smoother insertion/removal.

How do I use the Kind cup?

If you’re new to menstrual cups, then you can find folding techniques and advice both on the Kind cup box and in the leaflet provided. We also have information coming soon to the website!

There are two cups available:

  • Size 1: We advise this is suitable for women under 30 years old who have not given birth vaginally
  • Size 2: We advise this is suitable for women over 30 years old and/or women who have given birth vaginally

 

Our Kind cup tip

Between cycles always sterilise the cup and store safely away from any liquids or containers that can contaminate the cup. For example, airtight Tupperware containers are not suitable. The Kind cup includes an organic cotton drawstring bag. Organic cotton is a breathable material so it’s perfect for storing the menstrual cup.

Got a question about menstrual cups? Get in touch with our team who will be happy to assist.

Our cups are currently stocked in Boots UK (both in store and online).

Wales online article featuring Kate Bache, CEO of Kind Organic

From the article: “Although girls outperform boys in the Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) in Wales, women are still under-represented in the workforce.
The shortage is such a concern that the Welsh Government is taking action to recruit and retain more women in the Stem workforce.
Traditionally, part of the problem has been the lack of positive role models for girls in science. However, that is starting to change.”
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International Women’s Day: Kind Organic supports #BeBoldforChange

Women’s health is a hot topic, and with females across the globe empowered to champion the rise of their status at home, in the workplace and in health, we are seeing many instances of change.

Kind Organic is supporting International Women’s Day 2017, and in particular this year’s theme, #BeBoldforChange… As a business seeking to change the feminine care sector, our founders Kate and Steph are change makers in their own right.

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#BEKINDTOYOU – easy tips for a healthy body mind and soul

As women, we naturally care for others first and often put family, friends and partners before ourselves. This is even more reason for taking time for yourself, to nurture and care for your body, mind and soul everyday.

Kind Organic was founded to take a small step to help you be kind to you, and alongside our range of pure feminine hygiene products, we’re keen to show how easy it is to #bekindtoyou!

Keep an eye out for our #bekindtoyou campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’ll be sharing easy, healthy hacks that you can perform alongside even the most mundane everyday tasks.

From deskercize inspiration to powering up your brain, our #bekindtoyou tips and tricks can help you introduce healthy habits into your everyday routine.

We’re keen to hear how you are KIND to yourself and any health hacks you do to keep your mind and body active.

Share your tip with us using the #bekindtoyou hashtag and we’ll spotlight them on our channels