The Sustainable Marketplace You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

In an age where we're becoming increasingly conscious of environmental issues, there are surprisingly (or, perhaps, not so surprisingly) very few retailers who actually acknowledge and respond to our urge to be kinder to the planet. This may leave you asking yourself, 'Is it possible to shop sustainably? Is Amazon really my only option?'.

Well...fret no more. Answering your sustainability prayers, meet Veo: the earth-friendly market place. Veo ticks all the boxes for ethics and sustainability; it is the destination for consumers who care about product origins and materials, or who simply wish to support unique and independent brands whose core values align with theirs.

With Veo, there's no need to waste time, money (or greenhouse emissions) by using multiple websites to find what you need; it's a one-stop sustainability shop. Get anything from clothing, food, drink, skincare, makeup, and homeware all carefully curated in one place for a stress-free shopping experience. For today's blog post, Veo gifted me a box with some hand-picked products to try out from their 'home and lifestyle' range. So, without further ado, let's take a look!


It only makes sense to begin with the first thought I had upon seeing and touching this bag: the quality. Let's just say...you can tell that Veo aren't lying when they say that this bag is made from vegan, natural 100% organic cotton. This market bag is the perfect plastic-free and reusable alternative to disposable plastic shopping bags; the straps are just the right length that the bag sits comfortably over your shoulder and the netted material flexible enough that you can fit a surprising amount inside. Perfect - as Veo put it - for an 'impromptu trip to the farmers' market'.








AKA: self-care that fits in your pocket! These tin-travel candles are conveniently designed so that you can easily travel with them, allowing their calming aroma to leave you feeling tranquil wherever you are. It goes without saying that it's also sustainability approved: 100% natural plant wax (rapeseed and soy bean, from renewable sources), cotton wicks and recyclable packaging. 






I don't know about you, but, even now, I still get excited when I'm in possession of hand sanitiser (which probably has something do with the fact that - alongside toilet roll - it was virtually gold dust throughout the first half of the pandemic). However, this hand sanitiser, being vegan, cruelty free and 100% recyclable, is a step up from your average supermarket stuff. It's non-sticky, non-drying and doesn't leave behind any residue - the fact it also happens to be biodegradable, sustainable and plant-based is just an added bonus!




This mini cleaning kit contains a selection of multi purpose surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner and toilet cleaners. The packaging is completely plastic free - you can either recycle it or add it to your home compost. What's more? Everything at Mix Clean Green is vegan, non-toxic (and contains no parabens, chemical preservatives, SLS, chemical biocides or palm), water-free and has a low-carbon foot print.




Like the sound of Veo? Well, the first 10 of you to use the code 'LILYLOVES10' will be able to receive £10 off your order with them. Happy (sustainable) shopping!
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8 Sustainability Apps To Download right now

Thanks to technology, sustainable living has never been more accessible and easy to learn about. Below, I've rounded up a collection of the best apps to help you offset your carbon footprint and discover sustainable living tips.


Too Good To Go



Too Good to Go is 

Each year, 1/3 of food produced in the world goes to waste. Too Good To Go is the number one food waste app, enabling you to save perfectly good, surplus food from your local stores. 

Good On You



The global fashion industry is notorious for its role in creating pollution, waste and committing human rights abuses. Tackling this, the brand rating app, Good on You, allows you to discover ethical and sustainable fashion brands. Want to know if your favourite fashion brand is ethical, or simply want to discover some new brands that adhere to your values? Good on You has your back.

Kitche



Featured by the BBC and the Guardian, Kitche is an app designed to save you food waste and money at home. After scanning your receipts, Kitche will design you personalised recipe plans with the ingredients you have in the house and warn you to use products before they go bad.

Deliciously Ella



Deliciously Ella - the wellness blogger turned entrepreneur - has created an app which is not only home to a vast collection of delicious recipes for a plant-based diet, but also offers advice on sleep, exercise, mindfulness and water consumption. Good for you, good for the planet.

My Plastic Diary



Looking to reduce your plastic intake? My Plastic Diary could be your solution, helping you reduce your plastic consumption by showing a breakdown of the type of plastics you're buying and offering suggestions of non-plastic alternatives.



Capture




We're all aware of the dangers of rising CO2 emissions. We're less aware of how we can prevent them. However, Capture is an easy and comprehensive way to reduce your carbon footprint - giving you non-judgemental updates on your CO2 journey whilst providing tips and articles to help you reach your goals.

Think Dirty



Learn the science behind your cosmetics by simply scanning their barcode to reveal a breakdown of their ingredients. To minimise unwanted chemicals in your beauty routine, download Think Dirty.


Ecosia


Ecosia is the perfect search engine app to replace Google, with its profits made from ads being invested into the environment. Their promise to you? For every 45 searches you make, Ecosia will plant a tree. I've written an separate post on Ecosia, so click here for more information.



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