Eco

OUR STANDARDS

We’ve put this page together to show you why it’s best for you, and for everyone, to invest in eco friendly, local products. At The Natural Living Company, we are passionate about fighting human driven climate change. Although the magnitude of climate change might make individuals feel helpless, each of us revising our habits is critical to enact meaningful change. As consumers, we have the power to change where we buy and who we buy from. Once buying habits change, so too do the aims of businesses and political parties. And it all starts with education. We want to bring you an easy platform from which to buy eco friendly products that don’t compromise on style and quality. We want to enlighten you with where our products have been made, what they contain and why they aren’t harming the environment.

BRITISH Carbon footprint is at the heart of the global warming crisis and far reaching consumer goods transportation is often powered by crude oil, releasing dangerous levels of greenhouse gases into the environment. Buying British products cuts down on the carbon footprint. We therefore only sell products made by British companies/makers. However, we are aware that certain plants can’t be grown in the UK e.g. cotton, coconuts etc. Therefore, some of the raw materials and, rarely, some of the manufacturing/making may be sourced from outside the UK. For more details on exactly where a product is made, please refer to the product description.

ORGANIC Although the yield may be smaller on organic crops, and so we may have to pay a little more for these products, the benefits are worth it. The fashion industry has created a false economy as they produce very cheap garments at a cost to the environment and often, to their workers. We only sell clothes and accessories and bedding made from 100% organic cotton. Our beauty products are made from organic ingredients where possible. Here are some of the reasons why organic farming is beneficial to us and the planet:

Soil Erosion. Crops take nutrients from the soil to grow. When you spray soil with harmful chemicals, you end up with a soil that can’t thrive on its own. Organic farmers use smart farming methods such as crop rotation. Non-organic farms don’t and are therefore subject to problems like soil erosion. Soil is being swept away 10-40 times faster than it’s being replenished around the world, destroying crops and contaminating oceans and drinking water supplies along the way.  

Water Conservation + Contamination. Pesticides and fertilisers penetrate deep into the soil reaching the water below which is the main source of drinking water. Water contamination affects the survival of the fish and animals that don’t have access to filtration facilities. Soil erosion, another effect of chemical pesticides, also leads to water contamination. Organic farmers tend to spend time amending soil correctly and using mulch - both of which help conserve water.

Local Wildlife + Biodiversity. Organic farming not only helps preserve more natural habitat areas, but also encourages birds and other livestock to live happily on farmland, which assists in natural pest control. Pesticides allow disease resistance to build up in plants, weeds, plant-eating-insects, fungi and bacteria which can be very dangerous as it can lead to antibiotic resistant disease. 

Farmworkers. Coming into frequent contact with pesticides and fertilisers can pose huge health risks. Studies have shown that these chemicals can cause life-changing illnesses for the people coming into regular contact with them. This is not limited to the farmworkers, but to the surrounding community and to anyone linked to its water contamination. 

Chemical Production. The actual production of fertilisers and pesticides has found to contribute hugely to climate change, especially the production of nitrogen fertilisers.

LINEN Linen is made from a plant called ‘Flax’. Flax grows abundantly without the need for harsh fertilisers. It is gentle on the soil as well as being easy to incorporate into crop rotation cycles, preventing soil depletion. Flax needs no irrigation, rainwater is enough for it to grow well. Because it’s a natural fiber, it is completely biodegradable. Linen is hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It has a chemical-free finishing. It can be grown in the colder climates of Europe. It’s a very resilient fabric, so lasts much longer, gets better with age and needs replacing less frequently. When Flax is processed, the whole of the plant is used e.g. its seeds (Linseed) are an omega-rich food. That’s why our kitchen linen, clothing and many other products feature this wonderful fabric.

CERAMICS Britain has a long history is producing top quality ceramics. One of earth’s best natural resources, clay is abundant and formed into ceramics without additives and fired with non-toxic glazes. Although high temperatures are needed to fire our ceramics, we will soon be selling a range of handmade ceramics that have been fired using a wind-powered kiln. Ceramics are hard-wearing and durable, meaning they rarely (if-ever) need replacing. Over there life time they are very carbon efficient. 

CANDLE WAX Most candles are made using paraffin wax which is a petroleum by-product, created from the sludge waste of crude oil refinement process. Its heavily bleached for use in candles and cosmetics. When burnt, toxins including benzene and toluene are released into the atmosphere. These are both known carcinogens. In fact, the toxins released are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. On top of that, many wicks contain heavy metals like lead, and even after a few hours of burning can create levels of airborne heavy metals five times higher than acceptable limits. We only use eco-soy wax which is produced from GM-free soybeans, grown without the use of pesticides and fertilisers in our candles with nothing but pure essential oils.

GLASS Glass is made from a mixture of abundant natural materials: sand, soda, ash and limestone. Glass is the best product is the world for recycling as its 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality. Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled. Glass is perfect for cosmetics and use in the kitchen as its waterproof and can be cleaned easily. It also preserves its contents very well. Our glass products can also be reused around the house to keep bits and bobs, as vases etc. Sadly, glass is not safe for products used in the shower.

RECLAIMED WOOD Our kitchen products are carved from reclaimed English wood, which has been recovered from naturally fallen trees and polished with sustainable beeswax. Wood is a renewable resource. However, it’s important to buy from wood that has come from sustainable managed forests i.e. where one tree is felled, another is planted.

HEMP Hemp is an extremely eco-friendly fiber and can be grown anywhere in the world without the need for pesticides or fertilisers. It can be harvested after just three months making it an extremely renewable fiber. The same soil can be used to grow hemp for many years. Hemp even absorbs toxic metals emitted by nuclear plants into the soil such as copper, lead and mercury. Hemp is 100% biodegradable and can be recycled. This is why we’re proud to sell our hemp sunglasses and face cloth. We also use hemp twine in our packaging.  

SHOWER-SAFE RECYCLABLE PLASTIC Sometimes, it’s unavoidable to use plastic. For example, products used in the shower and bath have to be plastic as glass may shatter and cause injury. We make sure any plastic used in the packaging of our beauty products is 100% recyclable plastic (PET). Some of it is even post-consumer recycled plastic. Please make sure to recycle or reuse all packaging.

ANIMAL TESTING None of our products are ever tested on animals. We don’t sell any leather products as animal rearing produces the potent greenhouse gas Methane. However, we may sell products in the future made from 100% recycled leather.

BEESWAX All of the beeswax used in our products have been produced sustainably from English Beehives. The wax is only removed once the bees move out of the hive. 

WOOL Using animals to produce fiber is not the most eco-friendly thing to do as animals need lots of land, water and food to survive, so it’s a secondary energy exchange and often farmed non-organically. Animals reared for wool are often treated cruelly, having the skin cut off around their behind to stop the wool from getting dirtied by faeces. We don’t agree with these practices. We only sell products made using surplus wool from the manufacturing process that would otherwise end up in a landfill. 

RECYCLING Please recycle all of our packaging material. Please reuse or recycle any glass and plastic products. Please donate clothing after use.

PACKAGING

  • Our delivery boxes are made from 100% Recycled Cardboard
  • Our products are cushioned with 100% Recycled Kraft Paper
  • Our postcards are made from 100% Recycled Paper
  • Our luggage tags are made from 100% Recycled Paper
  • Our products are wrapped with hemp or jute twine
  • We only use non-toxic vegetable-based inks.
  • We aim not to use excess packaging.

    Size Guide

    Please note that these measurements should be used as a guide only and are subject to slight variations due to the inherent nature of the manufacturing process. 

    Size
    Height
    Weight
    Newborn
    Up to 55cm
    4.5kg
    0 – 3 Months
    Up to 62cm
    6.5kg
    3 – 6 Months
    Up to 69cm
    8.0kg
    6 – 12 Months
    Up to 72cm
    10.0kg
    12 – 18 Months
    Up to 83cm
    11.5kg
     
     
    Size
    Bust
    Waist
    Hips
    UK6
    84cm
    68cm
    92cm
    UK8
    88cm
    72cm
    96cm
    UK10
    92cm
    76cm
    100cm
    UK12
    96cm
    80cm
    104cm
    UK14
    100cm
    84cm
    108cm