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Guest blog: E.C.O. prize product review

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I was lucky enough to win the E.C.O. prize giveaway when the blog first started. Not only was I very excited because I never win anything, I also couldn’t wait to try all the new products to make me an eco-friendlier person!

Mini Moos
A great snack sized chocolate bar, perfect for when you need to satisfy a craving. They are dairy free, gluten free, soya free and vegan, so tick the box for almost everyone. They are made in Britain so there are no guilty air miles, and they support organic farmers. The honeycomb was delicious!

Who Gives a Crap
Loo roll that doesn’t come wrapped in plastic, and is made from 100% recycled material – what more could you want?! Oh, and 50% of the profits go towards building toilets. I was a fan of this loo roll, but my flatmates weren’t so convinced – it wasn’t quite as soft as some other brands but I think the benefits to the environment make it worthwhile.

Metal straw
This is a much better alternative to the cardboard straws that dissolve when you’re mid-way through your drink. It doesn’t come with a cleaner, but a run through the dishwasher should be sufficient. It works well for thicker drinks – I first tried it out with a homemade mango lassi and it did much better than cardboard.

Smash water bottle
I love this bottle – no plastic, no BPA, it can go in the dishwasher, it holds a decent amount of water and has a useful handle on the lid. I won’t leave the house without water, so this bottle has got a firm spot in my bag.

Nakd Bar – Ginger bread
Nakd bars are great as they’re vegan and only made of a few simple ingredients (usually dates and nuts). They’re also not too calorific. I really liked this flavour but I think my favourite is still Blueberry Muffin.

Perkier Bar – Goji and cranberry
This bar is another winner for people with dietary requirements. It is vegan, gluten and wheat free, and is a source of fibre, protein and antioxidants. It was the perfect snack size, and I loved the goji and cranberry flavour.

Beco Soap and loofah – Honey blossom
A great soap and it comes from a good place. It is made by people who are visually impaired, disabled, or disadvantaged. It is 97% organic, vegan, hypoallergenic and not tested on animals. It comes in a recyclable box and there’s no plastic! Smells amazing and it lathered up very well with the loofah.

Loose leaf PG Tips tea and strainer
Lots of tea bags have traces of plastic in them so using loose leaf is really appealing if you’re trying to reduce your plastic usage. The tea tastes just as good as when it’s from the bag, and you can put the used leaves in a food waste bin or compost collection.

Trek bar – Coca coconut
It’s all in the name; this bar is a great energy booster. It is gluten free and vegan, but it does come wrapped in plastic so may be better as an occasional treat.

Bath bomb
This cute little turtle bath bomb made my bath much more colourful than normal! It made my skin feel smooth and soft, but I did have to give the bath a good scrub afterwards to get rid of the green colouring!

Thank you so much for the lovely gifts E.C.O. you’ve inspired me to use these things in my day to day life and it’s such a bonus knowing they help the planet!

Louisa works for a public health charity and is the proud owner of three baby trees. She is a vegetarian and enjoys experimenting with vegan cooking. She’s a big tea fan, especially if there’s a biscuit to dunk in it!

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