All About Eco Living

The Manufacture of Disposable Nappies
March 10, 2020

The Manufacture of Disposable Nappies

While doing some research about reusable cloth nappies, I came across this video about the manufacture of disposable nappies. It is a “how it’s made” style older video from 2011 by the National Geographic. The commentator in this video almost seems in awe about the process involved and he seems to admire how well the sodium polyacrylate works. Very little mention of the rather than the massive negative aspects of disposable nappies, and no mention of the fact that they will be in landfill for up to 500 years. I guess that’s a sign of the times, and how much more aware we are now than we were even just a decade ago...

Read more

Cloth Baby Wipes Water Solution
March 06, 2020

Cloth Baby Wipes Water Solution

A few years ago I saw a post on the Johnson and Johnson’s social media pages claiming that the average mum went through 10,000 baby wipes per year changing their babies nappies, so you needed to select an amazing brand like Johnson and Johnson’s... hang on a second... Bragging about 10,000 baby wipes per year per baby?! Talk about an epic social media fail. It was incredibly relieving to see a whole host of comments from truly appalled people, and many parents recommending the use of washable cloth baby wipes.  While the use of washable cloth baby wipes is still pretty small, it is a positive sign that their use is on the increase...

Read more

Pit putty natural deodorant
February 28, 2020

Why is Pit Putty Natural Deodorant so Popular?

The makers of natural deodorant Pit Putty are enjoying some very well earned popularity across Ireland and the UK. Sligo couple Luke and Laura worked for a long time on a natural formulation that would be effective yet without the harmful additives of conventional deodorants. Many other brands of natural deodorant really struggle to work efficiently, especially on men. This brilliant natural deodorant Pit Putty is effective on both men and women, and is safe to use...

Read more

About Stojo Coffee Cups
February 21, 2020

About Stojo Coffee Cups

Another amazing brand of reusable coffee cup that we have alongside KeepCup on our shelves is the wonderfully innovative Stojo coffee cup. Stojo is a collapsible coffee cup that actually fits in your pocket, or neatly tucks into your handbag without taking up all the room. When we began our business My Cotton Drawer we had a stall at a farmers market selling reusable coffee cups amongst other zero waste items. At the farmers market every week we were stationed right across from a barista van. It was interesting to hear the amount of people that would tell me that they already had a reusable coffee cup, but it was at home. Well what good is it at home, when you need to bring it with you on your travels to save you from getting one of the dreaded disposable cups...

Read more

The No Poo Method - The Ultimate Zero Waste Hair Care
February 14, 2020

The No Poo Method - The Ultimate Zero Waste Hair Care

Bottled shampoos and conditioners add a huge amount of plastics to our world wide plastic problem. Is it necessary? No it really isn’t, with a huge range of zero waste solid shampoo bars on the market, there really is an eco friendly choice for every hair type. Is there a MORE zero waste way to wash your hair? Well yes, it’s No-Poo. If you look past the rather amusing name and look at the benefits, it’s easy to see when there is a growing No-Poo movement. No-Poo is simply shampoo free hair, and some with gorgeous shiny locks claim it’s their secret...

Read more

Washing Your Cloth Sanitary Pads
February 11, 2020

Washing Your Cloth Sanitary Pads

If you have been using disposable sanitary towels and tampons for some time, and you are considering using washable cloth sanitary pads for the first time, the big question will probably be, how do I wash them? You will need to prewash your new reusable cloth sanitary pads before first use. You can just wash them with your regular clothes, as long as you dont use any fabric softener. Fabric softener coats the cloth fibres and reduces absorbency...

Read more

Choosing your Cloth Sanitary Pads
February 07, 2020

Choosing your Cloth Sanitary Pads

Only a few years ago the idea of reusable cloth sanitary pads (also called CSP for short) was something that disgusted many, and it certainly wasnt a hot topic many people were willing to talk about openly. When I first mentioned reusable cloth sanitary pads, some of my friends jokingly threatened to dis-own me if I went down that route. Well would you believe it...

Read more

Breastfeeding and Choosing Your Nursing Pads
January 24, 2020

Breastfeeding and Choosing Your Nursing Pads

Breastfeeding, it was one of those things I thought I'd suffer out for 6 months max. Solely because my family have a history of auto immune diseases and I had read that there was a small chance I could reduce it in my kids. Breastfeeding wasn't something I though I'd exactly enjoy. Pre-children I really don't think I had any sort of motherly tendencies at all. Much to my surprise...

Read more

Your Zero Waste Bathroom
January 21, 2020

Your Zero Waste Bathroom

One of the easy starting points when you are just beginning your zero waste or minimal waste journey is in your bathroom. Bathrooms are full of unnecessary plastic. Literally bottles of plastic. Shower gel, liquid hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, deodorant, razors, cotton buds, shower puffs, even those disposable make up remover wipes contain plastic

Read more

Why choose KeepCup?
January 10, 2020

Why choose KeepCup?

Thankfully these days there is a great selection of reusable coffee cups on the market. Why is a huge slice of our own range of reusable coffee cups made by KeepCup? Well because they are market leaders, so it was an easy choice for us.

KeepCup is an Australian company that was founded in 2007 by siblings Abigail and Jamie Forsyth. As budding entrepreneurs, Abigail and Jamie started a cafe business in Melbourne in 1998. As their business grew and the coffee industry expanded, they became increasingly alarmed by the sheer volume of disposable single-use coffee cups being used.

Read more

Zero Waste Imperfectly
January 07, 2020

Zero Waste Imperfectly

 Summed up beautifully, the Zero Waste Chef Anne Marie Bonneau said “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” It has now become a very widely shared quote on social media, for all the right reasons. 

Read more

The Art of Fabric Wrapping - Furoshiki
December 10, 2019

The Art of Fabric Wrapping - Furoshiki

Do you want to be more eco-friendly this Christmas? One easy change to make is how you wrap your gifts. It is estimated 83,000 tonnes of packaging is generated in Ireland each Christmas. Wrapping paper, while beautiful, often can't even be recycled. You could of course choose not to wrap your gifts, but then where is the element of surprise! It can be difficult to reuse paper wrapping paper as it isn't durable.

Read more

Reusable sanitary pads explained
September 29, 2019

Reusable sanitary pads explained

The thoughts of using cloth sanitary pads can be seem a step too far for some, but when you hear the reasoning why many are choosing to use them, it just makes sense! It's not just for environmental reasons, there are many health reasons for avoiding disposable menstrual wear. Here is an interesting interview with Gaëlle Wizenberg, the founder of the popular brand Charlie Banana... 

Read more