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Neal's Yard Remedies Organic - Autumn Edit

Beauty, SustainableSteph DukeComment
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It’s been a while since I’ve written a NYRO update - no better time than the start of September to do so! I really love this time of the year - the frivolities of summer come to an end and a brand new school year begins. And as much as I love the freedom that summer brings, I desperately need the routine of September. It is such a great opportunity to get organised and set goals for the season ahead.

With regard to Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic, there is much to be excited about as we approach peak season. A brand new premium sensitive skincare range is launching, along with a beautifully branded Christmas range, and with it being, ‘Organic September’ there really is no better time to join/share/shop this award winning organic beauty brand.

Joining NYRO is one of the best decisions I made in 2018. Although I thought that I made the decision on a whim, God was absolutely in control, moving the pieces of my puzzle to fit perfectly in place. Little did I know that the following year I’d end up on an influencer eco press trip to Brussels, or that I’d come home from said trip with a passion for seeking to live more sustainably.

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With our world in climate crisis, it has never been more important to be a conscious consumer. I am so very proud to work with a company who are ethical pioneers in the health and beauty industry. I can shop and promote Neal’s Yard Remedies’ products with 100% confidence that they are kind to our bodies and to the environment. With NYRO you have quality assurance of a company who are both transparent and authentic in how they do business. No greenwashing here.

Neal’s Yard Remedies hold a truly unique position in the health and wellness industry, not only talking the talk, but walking an organic way of life, one that treads lightly on our planet. We recently celebrated 10 years as a CarbonNeutral® certified company, having offset our emissions every year since 2008 after being the first UK high street retailer to be receive the certification. At every level of the business, NYRO strive to lead the way in doing things right. You can read more on our responsible packaging here and let me share a little taster of our most recent accolades.

July 2019 : FOUR awards at the Natural Health Mag International Beauty Awards!

⭐ Favourite Champion Brand (as voted by the readers)
⭐ Best High Street Retailer (as voted by the readers)
⭐ Best moisturiser - Frankincense Intense™ Lift Cream
⭐ Best eye cream - Frankincense Intense™ Lift Eye Cream

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At our most recent Autumn Conference I sat, once again, in awe as I listened in at our ethics and sustainability workshop. So far in 2019, we have picked up over 10 awards, not forgetting our 100% Ethical award in the Good Shopping Guide.

Our most recent awards were announced on 31st August by the Beauty Shortlist Awards:

⭐ Best Baby Brand UK

⭐ Best Baby Wash

⭐ Best Nappy Cream

⭐ Best Baby Balm

⭐ Best Balm

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At Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic we believe in holistic health and beauty from the inside out. Whether you enjoy this brand as a customer or as a consultant you can trust you are getting the very best in natural and organic health and skincare. I’ve come home from the Autumn Conference more in love with this brand and more determined to shout about it. It’s so easy to shy away from promoting or ‘selling’, especially here in NI. But why wouldn’t I want to share an ethical, sustainable, organic brand whose products offer natural solutions and benefits to our lives each and every day? Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic offer solutions to so many health and wellbeing issues. As an independent consultant, I’m here to offer advice and help whenever and wherever possible. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email me on steph@mylittleduke.com or find me on Instagram and Facebook.

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It’s ‘Organic September’ so why not join me in making ‘one small swap’ in your skincare or in your home to a product that is better for you and for our environment? Not sure where to start or what swap to make? I’d love to help you decide!

Or perhaps you really love the sound of being a consultant and joining the Neal’s Yard Remedies team? I’d love nothing more than chatting to you about the benefits of joining! You can check out the current joining offer here.

Don't Be Rubbish! A plastic-free picnic with Tearfund.

Faith, Sustainable, charitySteph DukeComment

When my lovely friend Gemma got in touch about getting involved in a Tearfund campaign, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a supporter of Tearfund from my early teens and when I heard that the event for the campaign involved a picnic that was plastic-free - I was in!

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We were treated to a sumptuous spread by Little Pink Kitchen and Phoebe devoured one too many strawberries for sure!! The table set-up was gorgeous and it was lovely to meet faces I’d only ever seen online; we were all like-minded and keen to hear more about Tearfund’s latest campaign.

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Tearfund’s NI Director, Ruth shared passionately about why Tearfund are stepping up and calling on 4 multinationals: Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever to reduce their plastic production.

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So why campaign at all?

Why take a stand and speak up?

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This is unacceptable and this cannot be allowed to continue.

Can you imagine what the figure might rise to in another 10 or 20 years time?

Will you join me and take a moment to read more about why this rubbish problem is something we should be tackling?

Our world has a rubbish problem, and it’s hitting people living in poverty the hardest. Today, 2 billion people in the world’s poorest countries are living and working among piles of waste because their rubbish isn’t collected. That’s one in four people on the planet drinking polluted water, breathing toxic air, battling sickness. This causes between 400,000 and a million deaths a year – and each day the waste mountains are growing. Globally, almost half of all plastic produced is used just once.

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Ruth shared the sobering story of a mother living in the slums in Pakistan. A mother who is doing her best - every single day - to protect her children from the dangers of exposed waste around their home. A mother who came home from one of her several jobs, to find her son, crying in agony because he’d been burned by an exposed chemical substance while out playing with his friends. Thankfully her son was ok, but can you imagine this mother’s fear? A fear that she lives with daily. And this shouldn’t be the case. Her other son suffers terribly with asthma, a direct result of inhalation of the burning of exposed waste near their home. In severe attacks, he has to be taken to hospital, an expensive and entirely unnecessary hardship.

I listened to Ruth, with my own daughter sitting next to me and I could have wept. I didn’t dare to imagine myself in that scenario, yet every day, mothers and families face dangerous and disastrous situations because of a problem that humans have caused.

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Multinational companies such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever are making this rubbish problem worse. They sell billions of products in single-use plastic packaging in poorer countries where waste isn’t collected. And they know full well that people will have no choice but to burn this rubbish – which also contributes to climate change – discard it in waterways, or live among it.

But there is hope. Tearfund are calling on Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever to take responsibility for their plastic waste in poorer countries by making four ‘Not Rubbish’ commitments:

  • Report – by 2020 on the number of units of single-use plastic products you sell

  • Reduce – commit to halve the number of these products by 2025

  • Recycle – by 2022, ensure one single-use plastic item is collected for every one you sell

  • Restore – work with waste pickers to provide employment with dignity

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If they each make and fulfil these four commitments, it could transform the lives of millions of people living in poverty.

Please sign the petition here.

THIS RUBBISH SITUATION CAN CHANGE, IF WE ACT TOGETHER.

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When we steward the earth’s precious resources wisely, we can all flourish. We can drink clean water. Breathe fresh air. Enjoy good health. Our rubbish can be reduced and reused – and this can bring good, safe jobs to the poorest communities.  

This can happen if we act. We can say to companies: ‘don’t be rubbish. Stop creating plastic waste mountains in poorer communities.’  

And we can look at our own lifestyles, too. We also have a plastic problem here in the UK. It’s estimated that we throw away almost 300 billion pieces of plastic each year – more than 4,000 pieces per person. Most of this isn’t recyclable.

In addition to signing the petition, you can also make your own Plastic Pledge to give up one type of single-use plastic for 40 days (or more!). I haven’t quite decided what we are giving up yet!!

Let’s join together - we can truly make a difference and change this rubbish situation.

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NB: Photography by David Kirkpatrick/Tearfund