Is it time to make the change to cloth nappies?

By |2021-02-04T16:59:45+01:00February 12th, 2020|We do, We think, We try|

Beverley Wye - Cloth nappy consultant in Leiden When myself and my husband moved over to the Netherlands 10 years ago, we knew we wanted to start a family. We have both taken an ecologically minded route over the years; we have never owned a car, we have always purchased eco friendly cleaning products and skin care products (I now make my own products!) and we try and reuse or recycle whenever possible. So when it came to having a baby, there was no doubt in my mind that we would use washable nappies. Or [...]

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Comparing (eco)toxicity of commercial and home-made laundry detergents

By |2021-02-04T17:07:18+01:00August 11th, 2019|We speak, We think|

I have worked as a research chemist for many years in a water treatment company. The knowledge I acquired during that period of my life allows me to be appalled when I read the chemical composition of some commercial or industrial products. The thing is, alternatives do exist. The reason why these are not implanted on an industrial scale, I’ll let you guess… What I will do here is follow up on an inspiring article I read a few days ago, written by Delphine Stein. Delphine presents an alternative recipe to laundry detergents. She developed it [...]

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Synthetic sponges are toxic. Opt for a bio and effective alternative: The Loofah.

By |2021-02-04T17:09:09+01:00August 11th, 2019|We do, We speak, We think, We try|

Did you know that your go-to sponge is stuffed with toxic and eco-toxic chemicals? Up to a few days ago, I didn’t know either. In this post, I will detail how this is. I even made a little experiment of my own... results are quite scary... Then I will present an amazing alternative: The Loofah. Today, my kitchen sponge is a kind of large cucumber: Yes, you read well, a cucumber; a special type of cucumber called a loofah. And it does the job very effectively! A few weeks ago, a friend gave me a piece of Loofah [...]