Brand Story: Milly & Sissy

Milly & Sissy produce a range of unique powdered beauty products where you simply need to add water to activate them.

Milly & Sissy was founded by good friends Milly and Sissy who both have a passion for animals and the environment. Milly has had a career working in the health and beauty industry and has lived abroad in Asia and Europe. Sissy lives in the Midlands with her family and growing number of animals which includes sheep, guinea pigs, dogs, cats and horses. Combining their passion and talents they were able to create the Milly & Sissy brand. They are always looking for ways to improve our way of living that will have as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. They believe that every single person can make a difference based on the small changes that we can make to our lifestyles.

Their aim is to try and reduce our negative impact on the environment.

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The Fashion Industry’s Response to COVID-19

The world is currently facing a pandemic, and this is having a huge effect on the people who make our clothes.

Retailers have had to close their doors and encourage their customer base to order online. None the less, the desire to buy new clothes appears to have decreased due to the Coronavirus making us focus on other aspects in our lives.

It is worth noting that there is potentially a positive amidst this crisis that we are learning to care for the clothes we already own better, more and more people are opting to mend and make clothes and also adopt a mindset of longevity when it comes to our wardrobes; suggesting an encouraging step to end overconsumption.

However, the halt in manufacturing has meant that the most vulnerable, lowest paid people in the fashion supply chain are feeling the worst effects. IndustriALL, the global trade union has reported that millions of garment workers have lost their jobs as a result of the virus and have no access to social or financial safety nets.

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MADE SAFE by Natracare

Back in February, Natracare became the first Brand with MADE SAFE™ certified pads, tampons, maternity pads and nursing pads. This is a new certification to show which products are made with ingredients that are safe for you, and when you look at what’s in a regular pad or tampon you realise just why the MADE SAFE™ certification is important. Continue reading MADE SAFE by Natracare

Tips to Reduce Household Waste

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – a mantra we’ve all heard, and for the younger generations, three words drummed into you practically from birth, and for good reason too! Millions of tons of household waste ends up in landfill sites every year, with a lot of that actually being recyclable! Here are some tips to reduce your household waste so we can all work together towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle! Continue reading Tips to Reduce Household Waste

Spring Clean with Bio D

If you haven’t yet tried environmentally friendly cleaning products, then what are you waiting for? There’s such a huge variety of effective household cleaners about, really there is no reason not to use them. Not only do they keep your home clean and free from harsh chemicals, they are also much better for the environment because they are biodegradable and won’t negatively affect the planet.

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Home composting – the bokashi solution

Home composting is great for the environment, benefitting your garden and plants with a free source of fresh, natural compost. It’s a great way to cut down on organic waste going into the bin, as everything from eggshells to cardboard can be added. However, you need to know what you can and can’t put in, as well as what will be the best solution for your home or garden.

Did you know you shouldn’t put bread, dairy products or olive oil into a regular composting bin? Oils can upset the moisture balance, and bread or dairy products can attract unwanted insects or bugs to feast on them. Even biodegradable cat litter shouldn’t be added, because of the cross-contamination risk of faeces it may contain or have touched. Eww. The same goes for any meat products or bones, which as well as attracting unwanted bugs can risk spreading disease. But did you know there’s a way that you actually can compost meat and dairy products?

Long used in Japan, bokashi composting can actually deal with some of the foods we can’t put into the normal compost bin, and can actually give you an odourless solution to use right in the kitchen. It’s also a great compact solution for those of us who want to stop food waste going to landfill but don’t have a garden or enough space for a regular compost set-up.

About bokashi composting

In bokashi composting, kitchen scraps (including meat and dairy products banned from normal aerobic systems) are mixed with some of the special bran, pressed into the bokashi bin, covered with another handful of bran, and covered. When the bucket is full, it is shut and left for around 2 weeks. Every other day you empty off the ‘leachate’ which is actually a nutritious liquid fertiliser.

Bokashi is a Japanese term meaning ‘fermented organic matter’. It is often referred to as composting but it’s actually an anaerobic fermentation process or a type of pickling, resulting in a different end product than that produced via regular composting.

Many people like bokashi because it’s very easy, and generally free from smell. All that is needed is a bucket with lid, some special bokashi mix, and of course your food/organic waste. The product you get out of the bokashi bin then sits for a couple of weeks to ‘age’ to become suitable for your plants. Our bokashi bins also have a tap that gives you handy liquid fertiliser that can be diluted and used for your plants – this liquid is also perfect for clearing drains to prevent smells and clogs! Use the liquid within 24 hours of draining.

The bokashi composting process

The special bokashi ‘bran’ mix
Bokashi mix usually consists of a bran with a special mixture of microbes or ‘friendly micro-organisms’. The bokashi process is pretty simple – once a day just add your kitchen waste (including meat and dairy products) with a handful or so of bokashi bran (enough to coat it lightly) then press everything down into the bin, sprinkle over another handful of bran, and close the lid. (A plate left over the pile can help seal it against the air left in the bucket.)

Bokashi product is sometimes referred to as ‘pre-compost’. When the fermented waste is ready from your bokashi bin, it’s not quite ready for using on your plants – it’s too acidic – but can be dug into the garden away from plant roots for a couple of weeks to break down. Some people add bokashi pre-compost to the regular compost bin to help things along.

It’s ideal to have at least 2 bokashi bins because you can be adding to one while the other sits and breaks down the waste.

A compact kitchen option is our clever bokashi compost bin – single and twin pack – which enables you to compost right there in your kitchen, without worrying about any smell! It’s simply topped up with more bokashi bran as and when you need it.

Some tips:

  • If you can eat it, it can go in the bokashi!
  • Don’t add too much liquid, as this will slow the process. Moist foods will produce liquid anyway.
  • You can’t add too much bran, but you can add too little. If it smells bad, you need to add more.
  • Smaller whole items such as grapes or small tomatoes should be punctured or chopped to provide the microbes a way to get inside and get to work.
  • Always press everything down to remove the air inside.
  • Large bones won’t disappear in 2 weeks – directions recommend cutting up small bones and even chopping other items into small pieces for maximum effect.
  • When the bucket is full, seal it tightly and wait at least 2 weeks – don’t open it.

What to do with the resulting ‘pre-compost’:

  • Dig a hole about 12-18 inches deep in your garden or back yard away from plants or buildings, and add the finished contents of your bokashi bin.
  • Cover the hole with soil – about 8 inches of soil on top to stop animals from potentially digging it up.
  • Wait 2-4 weeks, and dig up the finished product for use in your garden, give to a friend, or plant your plants in that location.
  • Rinse the bokashi bin and start the whole process over again!

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Give it a go – let us know how you get on and how your beautiful garden grows with all of that nutritious compost.