Sun kissed – Wake Skincare’s new Facial Cleanser

After a day in the heat or in the sun, our skin doesn’t always feel its best.  Our skin can be dehydrated from the rising temperature, our excess sweating mean more oil on the skin and the sun itself can lessen moisture within the skin.

It’s important to take care of your skin during these times, including a good cleanse to help remove grime and sweat, whilst restoring some moisture & hydration to your skin.  This is where Wake Skincare’s new Facial Cleanser can help.

The gel formula cleanser works for all skin types and is made with vegan and cruelty-free ingredients.  Glycerine and propanediol help to retain the skin’s moisture, refresh the skin’s surface, and reduce the signs of ageing, helping to make skin feel soft and balanced while lifting sebum and impurities off the skin and helping to fight breakouts.  Aloe Vera within the formulation helps soothe the skin.

A bag with a purpose- Hill & Ellis Brompton Bike Bags

British accessories brand Hill & Ellis have launching its new range of rucksacks/totes created specifically for the eco friendly, Brompton bike. Ideal for the commute, the shops, an evening out and everything in between.

They are functional, fashionable, hard wearing and there is a range designed specifically for the Brompton cyclist. The straps adjust so the bag can be worn as a rucksack or tote and the bag features patented FIDLOCK  snap magnets for fast and secure closing and an additional FIDLOCK  snap magnet to secure the carry straps away from the wheel when in use. There’s plenty of space inside for a laptop and other essentials, and each bag attaches easily to the Brompton bike with the Borough frame which slides into the back panel and securely attaches with Velcro tabs.

The stylish and highly versatile bags attach to the Brompton bike using the Borough bag frame which slides into a back panel and is secured with Velcro straps. This also allows the bag to attach easily to a suitcase puller for further jet-setting travel.

Each bag has patented magnetic Fidlock snap bag closures for ease and security. Internal zip pockets for easy organisation, and a padded laptop sleeve which fits up to a 15inch laptop – perfect for the work commute.

The roll top rucksack cycling bag has interchangeable handles so it can be worn as a rucksack or tote/shoulder bag – making it one of the most versatile cycling bags on the market.

The new ‘designed for the Brompton’ rucksack range comes in four colours:

The ‘Brook’ vegan bag is crafted in black water-resistant canvas with a stunning racing green faux leather front pocket and detailing. The faux leather is made from, amazingly, apple skin waste left over from cider production in northern Italy making this bag fully vegan friendly and an eco-friendly alternative to plastic.

The ‘Blake’ is crafted in black water-resistant canvas with a genuine leather front pocket, black nickel hardware and black cotton webbing handles.

 The ‘Baron’ is crafted in black water-resistant canvas with a vegan black PVC front pocket, black nickel hardware and black cotton webbing handles.

The ‘Bernard’ is crafted in black water-resistant canvas with a gorgeous brown leather front pocket and detailing, black nickel hardware and black cotton webbing handles.

Each bag has been designed in the UK, beautifully crafted in Portugal and comes with a ripstop nylon waterproof cover for extra weatherproof protection.

10 Most popular eco-friendly staycations in the UK!

With the temperature anticipated to hit a record-breaking 43°C this week, with numerous airports in chaos and most school either having or about to finish for the Summer many people will be making the most of the hot weather with a staycation. As 87% of global travellers say that they want to travel sustainably, staycations are a great way to avoid heavy travelling, enjoy a quick getaway, and discover hidden beauties in the country.

With that in mind, experts at Savoystewart.co.uk decided to compile SEMrush search data for 55 eco-friendly staycation spots in the UK, highlighting the most popular eco-friendly staycations we just can’t get enough of! 

Key Findings:

  • Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire(below) is the UK’s most popular eco-friendly staycation destination with 40,500 monthly searches on average!
  • Chewton Glen, Hampshire (further below) came second with over 40,000 average monthly searches and Watergate Lodge in Cornwall ranked third with 27,100 searches on average.

Top 10 most popular eco-friendly staycations in the UK

Ranking Staycation name Location Average Monthly Search Volume
1 Soho Farmhouse Oxfordshire 40,500
2 Chewton Glen Hampshire 40,000
3 Watergate Lodge Cornwall 27,100
4 Ham Yard Hotel London 22,200
5 Heckfield Place Hampshire 18,100
6 The Fish Cotswolds 14,800
= 6 Daylesford Cotswolds 14,800
8 Wilderness Reserve Suffolk 9,900
= 8 Port Lympne Kent 9,900
= 8 Lympstone Manor Devon 9,900

Savoystewart.co.uk can reveal that Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire is the most popular eco-friendly staycation spot in the UK, with 40,500 monthly searches on average! With an a-list guest list that includes Eddie Redmayne, Cara Delevingne and even Harry and Megan, it’s no surprise this perfect combination of nature and luxury is people’s favourite.

Coming in second place is Chewton Glen in Hampshire with 40,000 average monthly searches, only 500 behind Soho Farmhouse. With eco-treehouses, home-grown vegetables, wildlife habitats, this 5-star luxury hotel appeals to many with their biodiversity and thriving nature.

In third place is Watergate Lodge in Cornwall with over 27,000 monthly searches on average. Located in UK’s top holiday destination Cornwall, this eco-friendly coastal house boasts its proximity to the beach, high standard interior design and green credentials such as air-source heating and solar panels.

Regions with the most popular eco-friendly staycations 

Savoystewart.co.uk can also reveal that Hampshire and Cotswolds are the most prevalent regions for green staycations in the UK, both having 2 retreats shortlisted in top ten

An Essential Guide and everything you need to know about Circular Fashion

Words by Melissa Chorlton

One of the biggest problems the world is facing is pollution and with our bad habit of throwing things away, it isn’t hard to see why. The fashion industry is one of the worst polluters in the world, whether this is from using unsustainable materials, wasting valuable resources such as water or simply throwing away clothes that are not in style anymore. Fast fashion is a huge issue that is continuing to grow even larger than ever before.

It is clear to see there needs to be a movement to abolish unsustainable methods of production as well as adopt a more circular production method. This is no fault of consumers as it can be difficult to comprehend how fast fashion impacts the environment when we shop at our favourite shops where the clothing is made thousands of miles away.

Now innovation is possible within the fashion industry, we are seeing new materials and new production methods being implemented by some of the top designers such as circular fashion. In this article, we will go through what circular fashion is and how it differs from linear fashion.

What is circular fashion?

The whole theory behind circular fashion production is that a product is made without wasting any materials or resources and that the product must still be equally as important when a consumer is finished with it.

The system contemplates the types of materials being used and the production method considerably in order to minimise the amount of waste throughout the whole process. They also consider how that item of clothing can be repurposed once the consumer is finished with it.

Circular fashion’s main consideration is how long an item of clothing can last as well as the life cycle of products such as designing out waste and pollution. Linear fashion is quite the opposite as there is no real consideration for the end of life of clothing and is only bothered about selling the product and not caring about the waste or pollution.

If more brands adopted a closed-loop fashion production method, the materials would be reused continuously or recycled which then eliminates any waste or pollution. This is simply because the natural resources would be in less demand as cut-offs from materials already in circulation would be used in replacement.  

                                                                                                     How does circular fashion work?

To understand the process further, it is best to describe the process, Let’s start with a gym tee.

Due to the nature of a gym t-shirt, it needs to be breathable as well as light and more than likely have some stretch to it.

In linear production, the designer will create the design, the production team will pick the materials and the factory will then mass produce that product which is then shipped thousands of miles to the stores that sell the product. It is easy to see why many consumers are completely oblivious of the impact made by one simple T-shirt.

When it comes to circular fashion, every step of the design is considered from design to retail as well as aftercare, longevity and how sustainable that item is. When thinking about circular design, the designers will be considering the following:

Is the material strong enough to last years?
How long can we see someone wearing this product?
Is the style timeless or trending?
For the production team: Are the materials sustainable? Can the materials be disassembled? Are the materials reusable?
For the factory: Are the workers being treated well? Are they paid fairly?
Do the factories contribute to local pollution?
Once the gym tee is at its end life, can it be repaired, redesigned or reused instead of ending up in a landfill?  

What are the environmental benefits of circular fashion?

Circular fashion has many benefits and if more designers adopted circular fashion production as it doesn’t just aim to abolish the serious impact of linear production as it helps to build the stepping stones for other companies to follow. It also helps to create jobs, new businesses and other economic opportunities as well as environmental and social benefits. Circular fashion processing considers everyone and everything that is affected whilst other benefits include:

Less waste in landfills: The main focus of circular fashion is waste reduction so the designer will create items made from materials that can be reused.
Less natural materials wasted: Circular fashion aims to reuse materials in circulation meaning there is less demand for creating new raw materials.
Green energy is used, reducing pollution: Most circular fashion brands will be connected at the source so they can provide complete transparency to their customers. This ensures that factories and logistics are using the most sustainable methods and using renewable energy.

How Can Consumers Help To Encourage Circular Fashion

Although fast fashion is not all the consumer’s fault, they play a vital role when it comes to implementing and developing circular production methods. Increased demand and support for the process are what keep things developing.

Many companies are on the right track and adopting more sustainable materials such as Gods Gift whereas other companies have already adopted circular fashion production methods such as Stella McCartney.

Other stores are now looking at how they can extend the use of their existing products such as Levi now repair your jeans. Here are some ways in which consumers can do to help promote circular fashion production:

Brands should be researched before purchasing
Support sustainable fashion by shopping at stores that offer organic or sustainable clothing.
Live by the 4 R’s of fashion
Purchase high-quality clothing rather than cheap trending items.
Look through your wardrobe and buy things you need rather than want
Buy from vintage shops
Rent garments for occasions
Join groups that swap clothing
Look after your clothes (Link to “look after clothes” article provided)
When clothes are at the end of life, ask yourself what the alternatives can be other than throwing them away.
Use repair and recycle schemes
Choose sustainable materials

There are many ways in which circular fashion can benefit us and the environment as the possibilities are endless. It is up to brands and consumers to work together and follow a more sustainable path. If more brands adopt circular fashion production, the fast fashion industry will be out and capsule wardrobes will forever be timeless.  

Cost Efficient Ways to Stay Cool In a Heatwave

Consumer expert Jasmine Birtles shows us her top tried and tested ways to spend very little, yet stay cool.

It is fair to say us Brits are not used to any extremes in weather. Therefore news that a heatwave is coming back withhigh-pressure system known as the ‘Bermuda High’ approaching towards the end of the week, weather experts have warned of temperatures as high as 41C by 17 July. Not the news we wanted to hear. in the midst of a cost of living crisis.

Fans and AC are notoriously pricey to use. Some bladed fans cost aprox 20p per day according to Energy Saving Trust. This is a cost we currently just don’t need. Therefore consumer expert Jasmine Birtles to the rescue. After many hours research and with help from her expat editor (Used to Madrid’s 42 degree heat). She has come up with the best, proven ways, to stay cool this summer. Some as litter as £10 for the whole summer.

Check your Fan Costings

Birtles says that to start you need to check what your fan is costing to run, because some are significantly cheaper than others. “ The ok part is that fans are surprisingly energy-efficient, especially when compared to an electric air-conditioning unit. That however, does not mean they are affordable to many.”

According to Appliance Analyst, to work out the cost of running your fan, you need to understand how much you pay per unit of energy (1kw). This should be listed on your energy bill. According to the Energy Saving Trust “the national average price (as of November 2021) per pence/kWh of electricity is 20.33p. We have rounded it to 20p for illustration purposes”.

“Multiply the cost of a unit of energy by the kW output of your fan and that will be how much it is costing to run your fan.

Also pick a fan with a DC motor. For example, the Bionaire ISF004 Desk Fan has “a DC motor that uses 63% less energy than a traditional fan. Copper motors can also help reduce energy loss by generating less heat”.

Also all bladeless fans consume far less energy than their bladed counterpart. This is because their motor doesn’t have to manage the movement of large blades.

Cooling Mats

If fans are still too much of an expense we suggest this cooling mat. It is only £6.79 at the moment and such a game changer. Seriously. Much like with our beloved four legged pals, cooling mats are an absolute saviour according to MoneyMagpie’s Vicky Parry “ My dog goes from panting to not panting within seconds of wearing one. Therefore, one awfully muggy night, when I felt like my feet were made of molten lava, I grabbed his mat and put my feet on it. I was asleep within ten minutes. Since then I swear by this method. Although it doesn’t create a breeze, it brings your temperature right down. I wear it round my neck, sit on it, or on my back and feel noticeably cooler”.

Handheld Fans

Again according to Parry “In my twenties I lived in Madrid. There was no AC in mine or my friend’s flats, so we were left getting quite creative in 40 degree, very dry heat. I then noticed that on the Metro, Spanish people genuinely do use those handheld fans seen in every picture of Spain since the seventies. As a kid, my mum had always told me that fanning myself actually increases heat as I am physically exerting.

So, why in this insane heat, were people, who were used to such things, fanning themselves?

Truth is, the method is all in the wrist, use very small flicks and don’t use your whole arm. Guess what: it works! Korean people also have a tradition of handheld fans. Both Spain and Korea live in extreme heat, so there is clearly something in this tradition for it to survive so long.”

Stay Cool Downstairs

Another trick I learned in my time in Madrid sounds daft, but it honestly got me through one of the most uncomfortable summers of my life: it was to keep your nether regions cool. I wondered why so many modern flats still had bidets and was told that we retain a huge amount of body heat in our downstairs region. Therefore if we keep it cool there, it makes us feel cooler all over.

With this in mind, I invested in a postpartum cooling pad. I am not postpartum or recovering from surgery. However, there is a gel pad that you keep in the fridge or freezer that you then put in your pants. It is an absolute game changer.

Link here.

Lean into the Heat

This sounds absolutely counter-intuitive, and possibly the last thing you fancy on a scorching day, but it honestly can be the difference between sleeping and not sleeping: have a warm bath before bed, As opposed to the cool showers and baths I see consistently recommended, run yourself a hotter bath. Make sure you have water as you don’t want to faint. But by immersing yourself in water that is hotter than out of the bath, when you get out you will feel cool. The effect won’t last for that long, so it is worth doing right before you try and sleep. The same can be said for hot tea and spicy food: both favoured in India, China and other hot countries, they suggest that heat actually cools you.

 

Let the Night Air in.

This is all well and good if you don’t have hayfever – and if you do I suggest you simply skip to the next stage – but leaving all your windows open at night and doors open to circulate allows the house’s core temperature to drop. Leaving your windows open at night is a great way to ensure fresh air, but also poses the biggest consideration, which is the safety and security of your home. If you leave your windows open, please be mindful of this.

Also if your lights are on and your curtains open, beware of moths and other beasties sneaking in.

Insulation

This is in no way cheap but there are special bursaries and ways of updating your insulation.  This applies in both the cold and hot weather, sadly. If your home has good insulation, the indoor temperature should be manageable, regardless of what is happening outside. MoneyMagpie have done a guide to cost effective insulation here.