So 'Eco-Friendly' seem to be the 'buzz words' right now. But for me its a lifestyle, a journey and I'd like to share that with you.When I started to realise what we are doing to our planet, my 1st thought was- "So what can I do to have a positive impact?"

I did some research and realised that changing things ever so slightly at home to start with, and thinking ahead could make positive changes very quickly. I started with looking at what I could buy that was 'plastic free' or at least reduce my single use plastic consumption. I recycle much more, and reuse & repurpose items much more than I ever did. Items that still have plenty of life left in them. I wanted to heavily reduce the amount of 'rubbish' I sent to landfill. Always remember- there is no 'away' when we throw things away. I'm really careful when purchasing perishable items, I don't like waste! I now have a compost bin that is coming along lovely! This will then be my compost for growing plants and crops in my garden! (I sound super busy - my husband is amazing and takes care of most of these things!) 

So a few other things I've changed- I now restock my cleaning products at a local zero-waste refill shop. Face wipes have gone, cotton wool pads are a no go in my home, and plastic bottles of liquid soap and shower gel are no more! I've quit buying and using many, many things along the way but I don't want this to just become a long list! And that's justly own personal journey, everyone makes different changes. Its all a personal choice. 

So...buying bar soap was a strange thing for me, I always hated using it as a kid (we only had imperial leather soap!) I wanted to make a lot of my own products and that is where it all began!

With my mix of wanting to save the planet (self confessed Eco- Warrior) and share my products with you, Sunflower Gifts was born. 

The bio-film wrap that you'll find some of my products wrapped in is made from annually renewable corn / vegetable starch. This gives them a greener alternative to polypropylene, PVC etc which are fossil fuel derived and non renewable. It is fully biodegradable and compostable, and will break down into CO2 and water. 

When you receive your parcel, it will arrive in brown cardboard boxes which are widely recyclable. I use either brown shredded cardboard or green biodegradable bubble wrap for packing to protect the products inside. The brown parcel tape is vegan friendly and fully recyclable, so can be left on the box when sent for recycling. PLEASE reuse reuse reuse where you can, before you recycle! I use glass jars for my scent crystals and bath fizz, which can be reused in many ways. If your jar still holds scent from the product, simply add some bicarbonate of soda with warm water and leave overnight. 

Please see the page dedicated to explaining to you why I use Rapeseed Oil for my wax melts. 

I'm always trying to source more eco-friendly, sustainable products and will continue to do so. Its important to me, and if you've read all of this down to this point i'm guessing its important to you too! For 2020 there will be some new and exciting products, as well as branding. Keep an eye out! 

If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions I would love to hear them!

Email me at sunflowergifts85@outlook.com

Emma x

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