The Importance of Using Natural Skin Care

For most people skin care is a part of daily life. In a 24 hour period I use a cleanser, toner, moisturiser, face serum, hand cream, lip balm, body wash and body lotion. I always lean toward natural and organic because the list of ingredients in unnatural products is frankly daunting.

Lets be clear natural, organic skin care is not a ‘hippie thing’, its not less hygienic and it certainly doesn’t need to cost anymore than skin care containing chemicals.

So why is natural skin care important? to put it simply, the skin is our largest organ and thanks to a little thing called dermal absorption it absorbs around 64% of all toxins that enter our bodies. Just thinking about the 7 skin care products I use daily, if all of those contained harmful chemicals and toxins (which most unnatural skin care does) like parabens such as methylparaben, proplyparaben, isopropylparaben, and isobutylparaben, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (foaming agents), Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) (used as a thickener), Ethanolamines, Dioxane, Benzyl, ethyl, isopropyl [SD-40], methyl, SD alcohols, Benzoyl Peroxide and butylated hydroxyanisole – BHT/toluene I would be weakening my bodies natural bacteria and disease fighting mechanisms every day. See the website below for a comprehensive breakdown of the effects some of these chemicals have on our bodies

Its better for the environment. Synthetic or harmful toxins that aren’t good for skin are obviously going to have the same effect on animals, oceans, plant life, not to mention these factories are often associated with the mass production of these ingredients. Most companies that manufacturer quality natural organic products tend to have more environmentally packaging and shipping methods also.

Good quality natural skin care contains ingredients our bodies actually need. I mean that’s the point isn’t it? I don’t spend 20 minutes each night washing my face and rubbing on serums until I look like a glazed donut because its fun. I do it because I have 3 children, haven’t slept more than 5 hours a night in many years and when I wake up looking like the crypt keeper its obvious that skin is needing some nourishment and since a solid sleep is out of the question, natural oils and vitamins are the go.

Its safer for everyone idk if the saying edible beauty is meant to be taken literally but I do. If one of my children were to get into my bathroom cupboard and eat the products in there (yes this has happened) I do want to have a panic attack and frantically call the poisons hotline which is also why (shameless plug coming up) I’ve been making my own skin care products every ingredient probably shouldn’t but could be digested so I know its safe for my skin to absorb and if child locks fail me everyone is okay..

Everything I make is natural, safe, organic and locally sourced. The local part is especially important because aside from contributing to sustainability, buying local generally means buying from smaller businesses that need to rely on the quality of products they sell and not a famous brand name or department store. The main ingredient in most of my products is beeswax which aside from the fact I collect this from the beehives in my own backyard, beeswax can naturally replace so many synthetic ingredients in skin care products.

check out my Etsy shop ‘HappyHive Store

I’m adding to my list of products so feel free to drop a comment with any suggestions of what you would like to see in the shop!!

I opened an Etsy Store

Last Friday I opened an Etsy Store! This is something I have been working on for a while and i’m so excited to be able provide people with natural, organic and sustainable products that i’m passionate about.

The store is called ‘Happy Hive’ https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/HappyHiveStore and I sell moisturisers, skin healing balms, lip balms, washable make up remover pads, beeswax wraps, natural beeswax air fresheners, soaps and belly balms with more products to be added over the next month. Everything is handmade using natural organic and sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. They are chemical free and all packaging is recyclable.

My skin care products are made using mainly shea butter, beeswax, jojoba oil, almond and coconut oil. I use these ingredients because they all have amazing effects on the skin.

Beeswax – Is a humectant, which means it helps your skin retain its own moisture. Has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and also contains vitamin A which has been proven in multiple studies to reduce wrinkles and age spots while re-hydrating and reconstructing damaged skin cells.

Coconut/Almond oil – These oils are great natural moisturisers and deeply nourish skin. Almond oil is packed with vitamin E (essential for healthy skin). Coconut oil possess antimicrobial properties that can help protect the skin from bacteria.

Jojoba oil – Just like beeswax this ingredient is also Is a humectant (locks in moisture), a natural antibacterial and antioxidant, noncomedogenic – meaning its makeup is so similar to the oil (sebum) your body naturally produces that your skin can’t tell the difference.

This makes it less likely to build up on your skin and clog your pores.

So jump onto Etsy.com and check out my store

5 simple plastic alternatives

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Plastic is basically the earths equivalent of human’s smoking cigarettes. I apologise for starting with a metaphor but seriously think about it, between the 1930’s and 1950’s cigarettes were actually marketed as being healthy and approved by doctors. It was very unusual to be a nonsmoker. Then in the mid 50’s the links between smoking and health issues became apparent. Now here we are 60 odd years later and its only just become socially unacceptable to be a smoker.

Plastic has the same backstory. Plastic products became extremely popular in the late 1940’s and by the 1970’s had replaced most traditional materials. Just like cigarettes they were marketed as this must have that was going to drastically improve your life. Fast forward a few years and scientists started to discover that plastic is harmful to the planet and our health. Unlike smoking however the social norm of cutting this product out of our lives has been much slower, we are a long way away from systemically reducing the use of plastic.

So if your wanting to make that step towards a plastic free life here is 5 items you can easily swap out to get you started.

  1. Canvas grocery bags – I know this one is pretty obvious but that’s because its so easy. Canvas shopping bags are cheap, durable and switching to these can replace an estimated 500 plastic bags per person each year. Replacing plastic bags with cotton or mesh produce bags for fruit, vegetables and nuts is also a great switch to make.
  2. Glass or stainless steel drink bottles – 500 billion plastic bottles are sold each year! these are polluting our oceans, overflowing landfills and the chemicals from these bottles can leach into the water systems and impact our health. So once again a super simple swap to a sustainable drink bottle (that you take with you when you leave the house) can make a massive difference.
  3. Cut out single serve packaged food – I always preach fresh whole foods whenever I get a chance but if you are purchasing packaged food there’s still more sustainable options. As an example ‘buy the big popcorn’ instead of buying a pack of individually/single serve packaged popcorn for snacks. Buy the big share pack and pour serves into an eco food container.
  4. Buy a bamboo toothbrush – Another item that seems trivial but Australians throw out 900 tonnes of plastic toothbrushes each year. Bamboo breaks down in the environment and absorbs carbon from the atmosphere. Once your finished with a bamboo toothbrush remove the bristles and chuck the handle into a compost bin.
  5. Beeswax wraps – I’ve recently started making these and will be selling them on Etsy soon (shameless business plug) these wraps have completely replaced cling wrap in our house. They can be used on anything, they are easy to clean, keep food fresher, 100% biodegradable, can be reused multiple times for up to a year, have natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and after the initial investment are an economical alternative to cling wrap.
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The fast facts of food waste

20% of all food purchased in Australia is discarded

Food waste costs the economy $20 billion each year


Up to 40% of all household waste is food


The average household spends enough money on wasted food each year to pay 6-9 months worth of electricity bills

30% Of perfectly edible produce is turned away from supermarkets because it doesn’t meet the strict size, colour and shape criteria


Rotting food in landfill produces methane, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas


If food waste were a country, it would the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases

The only way to efficiently recycle food waste without harming the environment is to compost it


Nearly 800 million people world wide are undernourished and don’t have enough food to eat (roughly 1 in 9 people)


It takes 20 years for a head of lettuce to decompose in landfill


Demand for food relief is currently at its highest. Oz harvest has experienced a 46% increase in new charities needing food since March 2020

How to reduce your food waste

  • Buy less food when shopping and keep track of use by dates
  • Plan meals ahead of time
  • Compost kitchen waste
  • Freeze any fruits and vegetables you are not going to eat before they spoil
  • Save leftovers for lunches
  • Check the appropriate storage for foods
  • Keep your serving sizes in check and don’t prepare more food than you need
  • Understand the difference between use by and best before and use by dates
  • Be less fussy about the appearance of produce, odd shaped vegetables are perfectly fine to eat
  • Get involved with local food bank charities

Peanut butter oat protein balls

Homemade protein balls are the best snack! They are cheap to make, can last in the fridge for a couple of weeks and can even be made in bulk and stored in the freezer.

Not only do you get a hit of protein from the powder but the flax seeds and oats are also a great source of protein and do amazing things for your digestion.

These peanut butter oat protein balls are easy to make and can be done in around 10 minutes!

Enjoy

Ingredients

1 ½ cups rolled oats

2 scoops of protein powder (vanilla or choc works best)

½ tsp cinnamon

2 tbs flax seeds

1 tsp Vanilla extract

½ Cup of Natural smooth peanut butter

¼ Cup of natural honey

3-4 tbs of almond milk

Instructions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Add in honey, vanilla extract and peanut butter. Stir until combined
  3. Add almond milk one table spoon at a time and stir until the mixture is sticky
  4. Roll into balls using your hands (golf ball size or smaller if preferred
  5. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge
  6. Protein balls will be set after 30 minutes in the fridge

Homemade cleaning products: Inexpensive, safe and easy to make

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Perchlorethylene, 2-Butoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide. I don’t know about you but i can hardly even pronounce those first two chemicals! these are just a quick example of some of the harmful toxins in everyday cleaning products. Now I know some people think that making their own cleaning products is a bit of a “hippie” thing to do and question whether their house would even be properly clean but let me reassure you that many natural products can kill the same amount of bacteria as store bought chemical cleaners. In case your wondering why it matters, I mean there’s toxins every where around us right? what difference does it make switching to natural cleaning products? Well it can make a big difference, we are constantly exposed to toxins that are hazardous to our health; petrol, dioxane, BPA’s in plastic, phthalates – found in perfume, food containers, nail polish just to name a few. Using store bought cleaners means that every space in our house is also being sprayed/wiped with toxins.

So what can we use instead?

Baking Soda

Just about everyone has baking soda in their pantry and this boxed beauty is a mild alkali that dissolves grease and dirt when mixed with water. It also neutralises smells.

Lemon

for those germaphobe’s out there (and I am one of them) lemons are antibacterial, antiseptic and works as a natural bleach!! Not to mention the wonderful citrus smell.

White vinegar

The acidity of vinegar cuts through grease, grime and mineral deposits (limescale and rust). Vinegar is great for replacing window cleaner and can refresh your dishwasher and washing machine.

Vodka/rubbing alcohol

One for the bench, one for me? im sure no one will forget last years mad scramble to buy sanitisers and disinfectants when covid first broke out. All we really needed was some vodka and not just to survive homeschooling our kids but it is also one of the oldest natural cleaning products and disinfectants in the world. Simply pour some in a spray bottle and dilute with water.

Salt

Aka sodium chloride, gets rid of stains and grime and makes a great scrub. Mix salt and hot water to clean sinks and greasy pans.

olive oil

not just great for cooking, olive oil also nourishes wooden furniture, loosens stains and cleans grease and grime.

Recipe for multi-purpose cleaner

  • 500ml spray bottle
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • (optional) a few drops of essential oil – peppermint, lemon, lavender or orange works best.

Instructions

Using a funnel pour all ingredients into the spray bottle.

Shake to mix the ingredients and start spraying.

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Happy cleaning!!

Your guide to edible pot plants

Edible pot plants a great to have in your home for so many reasons and I’ve written a guide for the best and easiest vegetables and herbs to grow in pots and how to care for them.

So why grow edible plants in pots? First of all not everyone has room for a veggie patch in the yard but everyone can find room in their house or apartment for a few pots so this truely is a one size fits all approach to growing your own food. Plus as far as the “eat local produce” approach goes it doesn’t get any more local than your own house.

Pot plants and greenery is aesthetically appealing as well. As a nature lover nothing makes me feel more content and relaxed in my home then bringing the outdoors in with lots of pot plants.

Lastly for people who aren’t green thumbs and have trouble keeping their garden alive or have poor soil quality having your veggie and herb garden in pots means you have full control over the soil and it is easier to maintain.

Positioning your pots

Be sure to check how much sunlight your individual plants require and place them around accordingly, if your keeping your plants outside then find a space that has options for both shaded and direct sun plants and be aware of whether the plants are frost tolerant if your keeping them low to the ground during winter. We have a chilli plant that lives outside during spring and summer but it doesn’t tolerate frost so mid autumn we bring it inside and place it in the window sill, it thrives all year round this way.

Majority of indoor pots are going to need some degree of sunlight so finding a spot for them in a room that has plenty of natural light or placing them in a window sill is best. If you have the motivation you can always take your plants outside for some afternoon sun and then return them to their indoor spot if your home doesn’t doesn’t have enough natural light.

Best herbs for pots

Basil – grows in summer and needs direct sunlight so is best suited for outside or in a window sill. Basil isn’t the hardiest of herbs and will not tolerate frost or extreme cold. Can grow to about 30-45cm tall and if planted alongside tomatoes and capsicums it will enhance their growth and flavour. Keep the soil moist but not wet.

Chives – does well in full sun but can tolerate shade. They prefer cooler weather, can tolerate the cold and will grow for many years. They grow 30-60cm tall and grow extremely well in pots. Water regularly until the plant is established after that chives will survive in dry soil.

Cilantro/coriander– grows best in spring and autumn. It’s tolerant of cold but not extreme heat. Grows 20-40cm tall and can be placed in either full or part sun.

Mint – this is one of the easiest herbs to grow but it tends to take over the garden so growing it in a pot is a great way to keep it under control. Mint does best with morning sun only. Water regularly enough to keep the soil moist but not wet.

Dill – this herb/spice is very hardy and grows all year round. Tolerates cold and heat. Grows 2-4 foot tall. Dill does well in full sun or shade. If you don’t want your dill to grow too bushy than Place it in a more shaded area. Water regularly but allow the soil to completely dry in between each water.

Best edible plants for pots

Tomatoes – there are a specific type of patio tomatoes if you are looking for a plant to keep in a small pot. Water the plant regularly and try to avoid letting the soil dry out as it will produce less tomatoes. Tomatoes other than cherry varieties do well in full sun but can tolerate some shade.

Potatoes – yes! Potatoes can be grown in a pot. Plant in late winter or spring. Water the plant regularly until it dies off and then the potatoes are ready for harvest. You can also grow potatoes from keeping a couple in a dark cupboard (or forgetting about the potatoes you put in the cupboard) or bag until they sprout and then plant in a pot to grow new potatoes. I’ve included a link to a website that has instructions on how to do this.https://www.growveg.com.au/guides/what-to-do-with-sprouting-potatoes/https://www.growveg.com.au/guides/what-to-do-with-sprouting-potatoes/

Chillies – these plants are very hardy, easy to grow and live for several years. They require moderate water and as I mentioned above don’t like frost or extreme cold so keep them in a warmer place (away from children’s reach) over winter.

Lettuce – this is a quick growing vegetable and can be harvested multiple times per season. It needs a pot that’s wider than it is deep and needs frequent watering. Lettuce loves sunlight but it will do well in part shade especially during afternoon heat.

Spinach – perfect for growing in pots, if growing indoors keep on a window sill. Prefers cooler temperatures and overwatering can lead to rot so be conscious of how the soil is.

Green onions – require less sunlight than most other vegetables so great to grow in places that only get partial sunlight. You can regrow green onions by planting the root (white base of the onion) after using the tops. Water whenever the top layer of soil feels dry.

Radishes – one of the fastest growing vegetables. They like lots of moisture but a pot with good drainage. Grows best in spring and autumn and does well in a window sill.

Beeswax moisturiser for eczema and dry skin D.I.Y

I am all in for edible beauty! it makes perfect sense that anything you put on your skin should also be some what digestible. The skin after all is an organ and porous so whatever chemicals you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body

My second biggest passion after edible beauty is eczema and sensitive skin care that doesn’t require a second mortgage.

My youngest daughter has suffered with eczema since birth we narrowed a lot of her triggers down to a food allergy and once that was removed we saw a big improvement in her skin but it didn’t completely go away.

I spent 12 months or so and probably close to $300 on different “specialty kids skin care” and was never impressed by any of it. One day when cleaning out my bathroom cupboards I discovered the main ingredient in every product I had bought was colloidal oats so I went to the health food shop bought a small bag of these oats for $2 and made my own bath soak.

The next morning the eczema was 80% gone and eventually we got to a point where it went away completely with a fortnightly oat bath.

Since then I’ve been passionate about what natural Ingredients I can use for skin remedies, that are effective, safe and cost effective.

My daughter no longer has an issue with eczema on her body but still gets break outs on her hands from time to time and since it’s not practical to ask a 5 year old to stand and soak their hands in a colloidal oat mix I decided to make a moisturiser cream for flare ups instead.

So I looked to our beehives, honey and beeswax are products with infinite potential uses. The beeswax alone has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, creates a skin barrier and simultaneously moisturisers and soothes skin.

Below is my how to guide to make your own beeswax moisturiser. Since this was targeted towards relieving eczema I chose to keep the ingredients simple and not add any extra oils however if you’re making this as just a general moisturiser then add 2-3 drops of tea tree, lavender or vitamin E oil.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups organic coconut oil

75 grams beeswax

2 table spoons organic Shea butter

Instructions

1. Bring half a pot of water to boil on medium heat

2. place beeswax, coconut oil and Shea butter into a large metal bowl and place on top of pot of boiling water to create a double boiler

3. stir regularly until ingredients have melted (this needs to be done gently as any wax that splashes on the sides of the pot will set quickly

4. Once dissolved remove from heat and continue to stir as the mixture cools

5. Carefully pour the mixture into small jars and set aside for at least an hour to fully set

Then it’s ready for use 🙂

An easy guide to understanding ingredient and nutrition labels

Food labels and nutritional guides aka those lists of long, hard to pronounce words on the back of food packaging! The best way to be certain your eating healthy nutritious food is to avoid prepackaged and processed foods wherever you can however if you are reaching for these items here’s a guide to understanding those labels so you know exactly what your getting.

I mentioned in a previous post about supermarket shopping that as a general rule you shouldn’t buy foods with ingredients a 5th grader can’t pronounce and if you want to keep things simple than this is probably the number one golden rule.

Processed food in a nut shell is transforming simple/ natural food products into another form. This can be as simple as snap frozen vegetables or as complex as completely altering a food such a potatoes into a bag of salt and vinegar flavoured crisps.

The more a food is altered the more chemicals and sugars have been added, meaning less actual food and less nutrients for your body to absorb.

So here’s some things to look out for…

Sugar: The amount of sugar listed per serve can be deceiving because it doesn’t always account for all types of sugars. This is how certain brands manage to get a 3 or 4 star health rating for their products when it should really be 1 or 2 stars. Ideally the sugar content should be under 15 grams per serving and be low in added/alternative sugars.

Alternative sugars that are not always included on the nutritional label are: dextrose, fructose, glucose, golden syrup, maple syrup, sucrose, malt, maltose, corn syrup and agave. Check for these products in the ingredients list and remember that the higher up in the list they are the greater amount of that ingredient has been used in the food.

Fats: avoiding fats was all the rage in the 80’s and 90’s which lead to fat free foods that contained way too much sugar. Fats aren’t all bad and our bodies desperately need adequate fats to support cell growth, lower blood pressure, store energy etc. fat intake should be limited to under 10 grams per serve.

The fats we should be avoiding are saturated and trans fats, these are associated with high blood pressure, heart disease and clogged arteries.

Sodium foods with less than 120 grams per 100 gram serving is best when looking at sodium. Sodium is important in food because it’s a natural preservative, stimulates nerve impulses in our bodies, helps with muscle movements and helps control blood pressure and blood volume. Too much salt though can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, calcium loss and stroke. When checking the serving size of sodium also make sure to check for these ingredients: baking powder, celery or garlic salt, meat/yeast extract, msg, sodium ascorbate, sodium bicarbonate, stock cubes and sodium nitrite/ nitrate as these may provide added salt that is not included under sodium in the nutritional guide.

Additives – Along with these essential nutrients additives are in most foods you find on the shelves and there are a few that you should check the ingredients list for and avoid whenever possible:

mono sodium glutamate (msg) it’s a flavour enhancer and can cause sensitivities in people such as nausea.

Sodium nitrite prevents bacteria growth and stabilises the colour and flavour of meats and has been linked to increased risk of pancreatic and colorectal cancers.

Sulfites – Sulfur dioxide, potassium bisulfites, sodium bulsifite and sodium sulfite. These are preservatives that can aggravate asthma.

Trans fats hydrogenated oils that lengthen the shelf life of food and has been linked to a risk of heart disease.

Artificial colours used in confectionery and some breakfast cereals and can aggravate asthma.

Why thrifting can help save our planet

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Before I delve too deep into the how’s, whys and general point of this blog post I have to say “I love op shopping” As someone who has mindlessly shopped online to stay awake during night time baby feeds (only to be surprised when a parcel arrived the next week) and generally enjoys fashion and putting new seasonal outfits together, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed trying to give up buying new clothes and instead turn to op shops. Here’s why..

You guys! op shopping is a thrill! I know that sounds uncool but I’m a millennial and I care about the planet so its ok. Unlike regular shopping where you arrive with an expectation of a particular outfit your after, op shopping is always a surprise. You have to go with no expectation because you have no control over what you may find! I am fundamentally neurotic and controlling yet I have rarely been disappointed by this approach.

I know that this can be time consuming because you really have to look through the shops thoroughly, but the internet is catching up so if spending an hour or so looking through thrift shops to update your wardrobe is too much then check out these websites they are the next best thing..

https://poshmark.com.au/ https://www.thecloset.com.au/ https://www.theonlineopshop.com.au/ https://swapup.com.au/ – An op shop based in Sydney, Australia that sell a large range of well known brands for a fraction of the cost of buying new, click on the link to check them out.

Now to get to the issues of buying fast fashion, the first being return policies. I’m sure everyone at some point has ordered something online and either discovered it doesn’t fit, doesn’t look like it did online or for some other reason needs to be returned. At this point you check the return policy on the website for instructions on how to send the clothes back (and nothing else), take it to the post office and off it goes.

It’s not that simple though. Companies have strict resale policies that most consumers are unaware of just because a product doesn’t meet your expectations and is sent back doesn’t mean that it is then put back on the shelves for someone else to buy. in fact 2.2 million tonnes of online returns are sent to landfill each year, that’s about 30% of all online sales in Australia!! there’s a lot of reasons why this happens (mostly due to costs associated with processing, holding, resale of items etc) I wont get into the whys too much because the focus point is that it happens and will continue to happen and this is one reason why thrift shopping can be so important not just because your reducing the potential for clothes ending up in land waste but there is a sense when shopping in an op shop that the purchase is final. An item bought from an op shop isn’t viewed as something that needs to fit a preconceived notion or it will be returned, your buying something for a quarter of the cost and goddamn it you will make it work for your wardrobe.

Excuse to thrift shop number 2: very little transportation needed, we’re all hopefully familiar with the fact that everything we buy from the shops has been transported there some how, clothes from op shops generally stay local or at least within the same states while clothing bought from retailers and online shops can be sent internationally, cross country, national couriers, state-wide couriers.. say it with me friends “CARBON EMISSIONS”

Another great reason to buy second hand is the obvious toll manufacturing has on the environment. It takes a lot of recourses to make clothes.. water, fuel, electricity, labour (rarely ethical) clothes are a drain on our planet and humanity from the second the materials are harvested. Even cotton although regularly seen as the more environmentally friendly material for clothing uses a massive amount of water to harvest, uses a large portion of land and pesticides can lead to soil acidification and water contamination. There are some companies these days selling “organic cotton” products, don’t get me started i’m not in the mood! but in general this is more so ‘clever marketing’ as appose to ‘planet saving’ so make sure you research before buying into this concept.

Lastly its for charity! Op shops put the money they make back into the community to support those in need and if you have run out of excuses to shop then let ‘giving back to the community’ be your forever excuse, no one can argue charity right?

So finally here are a few tips to get the most out of thrifting

  1. Make a stapes list for each season and search for those in op shops before turning to retailers
  2. If you can set aside some time to spend half a day going op shop to op shop to fulfil your list (alternatively a half hour once or twice a week is plenty)
  3. Check the collars! now this one depends on whether a garment has collars obviously but if it does and your looking for that ‘never been worn’ factor a collar never lies and its the first place to show signs of fabric fade
  4. keep an open mind – we have discussed making a staple list but be flexible about what you want to find. sometimes going to an op shop without a particular garment or outfit in mind is most practical Obviously you don’t want to splurge so be practical, is an item essential? is it going to be worn regularly? if its for kids than sizing can be flexible- a garment such as a coat, fancy outfit or boots that’s a size too big but is something they could wear over and over next winter or next summer? BUY IT BABE!

Every worthwhile purchase from an op shop reduces landfill, reduces our environmental impact and climate footprint, contributes to the supporting local community and believe me when I say a great find in an op shop hands down trumps the thrill from any spontaneous late night purchase or retail shopping and better yet not an ounce of guilt for contributing to climate change or spending too much.

So get out there guys and start thrifting!!