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Plastic Free July is a global movement which continues to grow in popularity year on year. It aims to raise awareness of the impact of single use plastic on our environment and educate consumers on different ways to reduce plastic waste in their communities and homes.

With more plastic-free options than ever before, consumers can choose sustainable products without sacrificing on quality, convenience, or variety. Here, we look at 6 plastic-free brands leading the way in this space not just during July, but year-round.

The Wheat Straws Company

Tired of sucking on soggy paper straws as bars and restaurants in the UK began cutting out single-use plastic, friends Ben and Roger started looking for a better alternative that was still sustainable. It wasn’t long into their research that they realised straws are called ‘straws’, because they were once made from STRAW – a natural by-product of wheat harvests. And so, The Wheat Straws Company was founded. Unlike paper straws (which contribute towards deforestation), wheat straws would otherwise be burnt or thrown away, so saving them actually reduces gas emissions!

Ethique

Founded by Brianne West in 2012, Ethique is the world’s 1st zero waste beauty brand. Their dedication to sustainable beauty practices has prevented the manufacture and disposal of over 8 million plastic containers worldwide. Their impressive solid product line-up includes everything from shampoos, to face scrubs and deodorants – even a baby range, Little Ethique! Ethique are committed to giving back to the environment, and so all products have been approved for a palm oil free certification with Orangutan Alliance. This also means that Ethique only create products that are cruelty-free and vegan – and made with ingredients that are 100% sustainably sourced and biodegradable and packaging that is fully compostable.

Patch

PATCH was born when James Dutton noticed that while trying to protect his son’s adventure wounds, his skin was in fact reacting badly to a common wound covering and making the wound worse. He was shocked to discover that there is an array of chemicals that lurk in the common plasters. James’ research found that a staggering number of the of the world’s population can’t wear common wound care coverings, which was predicted to be on rise. Enter PATCH – an incredible natural alternative to traditional plasters made from sustainable bamboo, which are hypoallergenic and 100% compostable! Infused with different natural ingredients like aloe vera for burns and blisters, coconut oil for cuts and scratches and charcoal for bites and splinters – PATCH plasters are an amazing addition to any first aid kit.

Bumboo

Stronger than steel, naturally anti-bacterial, an impressive soil regenerator, CO2 absorber and oxygen producer, and the fastest growing plant on the planet – bamboo boasts some impressive attributes. That’s why Bumboo chose to use this amazing natural material for their beautifully soft luxury toilet rolls – which are individually wrapped in 100% plastic free packaging. What’s more, a tree is planted for every box of Bumboo purchased!

Wild

There are plenty of ‘natural’ deodorants on the market, but not all of them are effective in reducing odour – and many aren’t as eco-friendly as they claim to be. Don’t’ sweat it – Wild have you covered. Wild, the world’s first zero-plastic deodorant refill, is made from plants, packaged in plants and can be composted down to feed new plants! Their dermatologically approved formula is effective without blocking pores or disrupting PH levels. To ensure you’re always covered, Wild also have a handy refill subscription service. To get started, simply select your case colour, choose your refill scent (which includes everything from rose to coconut) and choose a delivery date!

Grace & Green

Grace & Green – creators of all-natural 100% certified organic period products – realised that the hygiene industry was rife with irresponsible business practise. That is why they decided to develop a period product brand that led the way with more responsible manufacturing – for example, their factory is a converted water mill that generates more power than it uses! Grace & Green are also committed to fighting back on period poverty, and so work with charity organisations for women and girls in underserved areas. All Grace & Green products (from pads to tampons and liners) are fully biodegradable – everything is produced to be kind to your body and to the planet.

Pela

Beautifully designed and eco-friendly, Pela cases are the world’s first truly sustainable phone case. Founder Jeremy Lang saw first-hand how much plastic was harming our oceans during a trip to Hawaii in 2010. This led to years of experimenting with various materials before creating the perfect plastic-free phone case – free of BPA, lead, cadmium and phthalates. Not only are Pela certified Carbon Neutral and a B Corp – but also a proud member of 1% for the Planet which supports organisations who are working hard to better the planet.

 

6 brands to know if you’re cutting out plastic this July

Previously considered a niche market, the babytech or ‘famtech’ industry is increasingly growing. With all the sleepless nights and stress that can accompany having a baby, babytech brands offer hi-tech, innovative solutions to help families navigate and overcome challenges in the early stages of parenthood.

For busy millennial families who are particularly data driven, baby tech products are becoming a fundamental ‘extra pair of hands’ to ensure their littles ones are kept healthy, happy and, most importantly, safe. For many new parents it can be a minefield out there – especially knowing which brands to invest in. Here we’ve included a roundup of some of our favourite brands’ and their pioneering products:

ROCKIT

 

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We are so excited to have picked up 2 platinum Loved by Parents Awards! 1 for best sleep aid and 1 for best pushchair accessory. Thank you to all our lovely customers and followers for voting. You Rock! 🙌 @lovedbyparents #rockitrocker #awardwinningbabyproducts

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The Rockit Rocker is a clever portable device that will keep rocking your baby, so you don’t have to – ideal for providing a helping hand, on the go or at home! The Rockit Rocker can be simply attached to any stroller, pram or cot to rock a baby, just like they would in their parent’s arms. With an adjustable speed setting, it is perfect for babies who are easily disturbed.

HAPPIEST BABY, SNOO

 

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When baby sleeps, everyone sleeps! Parental exhaustion isn’t something that should be taken lightly or accepted as a rite of passage. Frequent waking keeps parents swirling in light sleep and reduces the deep, restorative slumber needed to prepare minds and bodies for the next day. Parents may be able to muddle through, despite night after night of poor sleep, but they build up a mounting “sleep debt” that eventually must be paid, either with some solid catch-up sleep…or with their health. Lack of sleep causes poor judgment, slow reaction time, and impaired memory, that are the equivalent of being drunk. When you are exhausted, you stagger, stutter, and slur your words. At its most extreme, sleep deprivation even triggers hallucinations. Bed-sharing and sleeping on iffy surfaces are common risks parents take with babies when they are bone tired, choices that up the chances of SIDS/suffocation. We created SNOO Smart Sleeper to give new parents much needed support… So they can finally get the rest they need and deserve. SNOO is a smart, responsive bassinet that quickly aids a baby’s sleep and responds to fussing with unique womb-like sound and rocking. And, it is the only bed that keeps babies safely on the back all night long. Tap the link in our bio to learn more about SNOO. 📷 @hautemonday #snoo #happiestbaby #motherhood #babysleep #newmum #mumlife #babycot

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Happiest Baby offer a variety of impressive products, including their award-winning SNOO cot, hailed as the safest cot on the market. Backed by scientific research, the SNOO cot was designed by Dr. Harvey Karp (author of Happiest Baby on the Block) to keep parents’ minds at ease that their little one is sleepy safely throughout the night.

As well as being beautifully designed, the responsive SNOO cot aids a baby whilst it is sleeping to detect and respond to their needs whilst providing gentle rocking and calming white noise to mimic the soothing rhythm of the womb. What’s more, the SNOO sends direct sleep reports to a smart phone so parents can keep a tab of their baby’s sleep.

OWLET

 

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Stay connected to family & friends with the Owlet Cam! Social distancing is hard, but opening the Owlet app to say “goodnight” is easier than ordering dinner. Share your log in with grandparents and include the whole family in your bedtime routine. Take turns reading stories and singing lullabies through the Cam two-way talk feature. Learn more, link in bio!

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Owlet’s mission is to empower parents with the right information at the right time. They offer particularly smart monitoring products which inform parents of their baby’s needs and wellness.

The Owlet Smart Sock cleverly tracks baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and sends the data via wifi/Bluetooth to the Owlet app which provides live readings. They also offer a Cam which streams HD 1080p video with night vision and two-way audio to a smartphone over a secure, encrypted WiFi connection.

MY HUMMY

 

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Mondays don’t have to be dull! 😉 Let your inner-child shine and be as happy as Santi! 😇⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸@jessicaannegoodwin ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Family #Mum #MumLife #Motherhood #Dad #Parenting #ParentLife #DadLife #2020parent #DadToBe2020 #MumToLife2020 #ParentingMoments #SleepSoother #NewbornSleep #MumAndBaby #NewBaby #MumDiaries #MumHacks #LifeWithNewborn #BabyBoy #BeHappy #SmileToday

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MyHummy (aka. the sleep saviour) offers a variety of adorable, unique soft toys that have been designed to help babies sleep. The award-winning teddies emit 5 types of white and pink noise, which has been shown to improve babies’ sleep patterns.

The MyHummy also includes a sensor designed to watch over the baby’s sleep and adjust the sound accordingly – it is the perfect bedtime companion for babies, providing warmth, comfort and security. The MyHummy app also allows parents to adjust the settings from their smartphone including the timing mode, sound, and volume.

If you have a babytech brand and are looking to boost your brand awareness in the UK market, get in touch with our award-winning team today for a conversation about how we could help.

Four of the most innovative baby tech brands

What does PRIDE mean to you?

For me, Pride events are an opportunity to celebrate our identities. But they’re not just ‘parties’. For so many in our community, they are one of only a few opportunities to freely express who they are and to connect with others. That’s why ensuring Pride events continue at a time of a global pandemic is so important. They also act as a reminder of how far we’ve come, but also of how much more there is left to do. The conversations we must have to support the LGBTQ+ community at home and abroad; the rights we need to achieve and the inequalities we need to reduce.

How has the cancellation of Pride 2020’s outdoor celebrations impacted the conversations you are currently having with your clients? 

As a social enterprise, we rely on sponsorship of our research by brands so that we can produce content and spark meaningful conversations within the LGBTQ+ community. Prior to the pandemic, we were in discussions with a number of brands who were looking to partner with us. This content would have launched during Pride month and the months that follow. Sadly, these brands decided to postpone until “after coronavirus”.

It’s also now clear that some brands have distanced themselves from visibly supporting the LGBTQ+ community this year as a result of Pride 2020 not being an outdoor celebration. Yet their support, both in terms of funding and public-facing activities, have never been more needed.

Given your work and the name of the agency, how important is diversity with your own organisation?

Representation and intersectionality are extremely important. But as a cis-gendered white gay man, I can only offer a very small window of insight to the LGBTQ+ community. Therefore as co-founder of Queer Voices Heard, I work really hard to include and listen to a variety of different queer voices. From the participants who take part in our research programmes, to the freelancers we collaborate with in research facilitation and content creation.

There’s always more work to do, but hearing the lived experiences of different voices in our community is essential to how we as a social enterprise start meaningful conversations.

Are the brands you work with concerned about the authenticity of their alignment with an LGBTQ audience, given that many businesses have been called out for this?

“Rainbow washing” remains a problem during Pride season. A quick look on social media at this time of year shows brand’s changing their logos, or putting out a post or two, but there’s very little authenticity to it.

We are fortunate enough to have worked with, or in discussions to work with, brands who truly engage with the LGBTQ+ community all year round. They understand that to be authentic they must engage with queer people regularly and work with LGBTQ+ businesses and charities like Queer Voices Heard in doing so.

What change would you like to see/help to enact in the next year?

Using the insight from focus groups and polling, and sharing stories and experiences through engaging content, has the ability to spark meaningful conversations and bring about positive change. Yet there is a void in LGBTQ+ research being commissioned on topics and issues that disproportionately impact the community.

As we enter the ‘new normal’ world brought on by coronavirus, Queer Voices Heard will continue to engage the community through the use of research to better understand and represent queer people.

Spotlight on PRIDE: Stu Hosker, Founder of Queer Voices Heard

What does PRIDE mean to you personally?

Pride is a really incredible time of year, there are parties and festivals all over the world a truly happy time for communities both LGBTQ+ and allies to come together and shout from the rooftops about our wonderful community.  However, it is also a vital few weeks of the year as we also take time to raise funds for queer and ally charities, shine a strong light on inequalities and remind the world that equality is still not achieved.

Why is PRIDE significant to ARTIQ as a business?

Pride has always felt integral to our year. It’s a time that reminds us to support our LGBTQ+ community and artists. It’s also a lot of fun for the team to take time out volunteer with charities and initiatives that we support.  Several of our employees and artists identify as LGBTQ+, so naturally this is a pivotal month in the calendar.

Is diversity central to your business? Why?

Elitism and privilege are prevalent in the art world, we want to offer an alternative for people of all backgrounds. It’s important to offer spaces for new and different opinions, not always agreeing ones. Debate is an important part of our company culture.  Afterall, art is entirely subjective and should better reflect the society in which we live.

How did Queer Frontiers first come about and can you tell us a bit more about it?

Queer Frontiers is a real passion project for me and the team.  We’re about to go into our third edition in support of Renaissance Foundation this year on a theme of standing together.  As a business, we spend most of our year selling and renting art, so we’re doing what we do best in aid of a great cause.

What format will QF be taking this year?

Usually we’d hang a physical exhibition, have parties, events, talks, but this year we’re taking everything online.  Coronavirus won’t stop us raising money and awareness for queer artists, allies and our chosen charity Renaissance Foundation this year.

What change would you like to see/help to enact in the next year? (Eg, greater queer representation in museums & galleries)

The essence of Queer Frontiers this year is about standing together, about free self-expression.  In the next 12 months, it would be incredible to see a concerted effort for greater representation of artists from marginalised backgrounds in arts institutions.

Spotlight on PRIDE: Patrick McCrae, CEO ARTIQ

Whilst live sport returning to our screens and social distancing restrictions relaxing are positive steps towards a ‘new normal’, the chances of treating your father to a pint in his favourite pub this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day are not looking likely.

With this in mind, it’s imperative that you put extra thought into your gift this year. To help you with this make or break decision, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite brands that will help inspire ideas for the perfect Father’s Day present.

Smythson

Frank Smythson originally opened the first boutique shop on Bond Street to ‘sell stationery and fancy articles of high-class character’ in 1887. Since then, for over 130 years Smythson have been creating extraordinary products for consumers.

They were chosen to produce stationery for each of Her Majesty’s residences in the nineteenth century, and being granted its first Royal Warrant from The Queen in 1964 are examples that highlight how synonymous the brand has been with British culture across three centuries.

Make sure to check out their collections of business cases and state-of-the-art accessories!

Ooni

With the weather set to be at its sunny best in the coming weeks, what could be better than being in the garden with a pizza oven and a beer?

The clever people at Ooni have been hard at work creating pizza ovens that mean you can cook world-class pizza in your garden in just 60 seconds! Simply allow twenty minutes for the Ooni oven to heat up to the required 500 degrees, and away you go!

Since their launch in 2012, Ooni has developed into a multi-award-winning business that sells products all over the world.

The Personal Barber

Has your dad used the last few months of lockdown to experiment with growing a beard?

Why not treat him to a subscription service of some of the finest quality wet shave products on the market? The Personal Barber’s unique products aim is to get you loving your grooming routine once again.

The bonus is that it’s also environmentally friendly with an aim to make amends for the two billion disposable razors that go to landfill each year.

Master of Malt

A multi-award-winning online platform that has combined years of experience with cutting edge technology to provide spirit and beer enthusiasts the world’s best drinks buying experience.

Does your dad enjoy a dram at the end of a long week to unwind? Why not treat him to a tasting kit which you can make bespoke to his preferences, complete with full tasting notes to help him get the most out of each one.

Barista & Co

During this period of lockdown, some of us have used the time to learn a new language, perfect a new skill or even try every home workout under the sun.

If your dad is into his coffee (and let’s be honest who isn’t) why not treat him to a gift from Barista & Co? Based on the South Coast of the UK, between the forest and the sea is a coffee brand with a twist.

From coffee makers, to brewing tools to snazzy accessories, Barista & Co are on hand to help you brew the perfect gift.

 

Are you ready to take your business to the next stage? Why not speak to one of our team today to find out how PR could add real value to your business

Five brands providing last minute inspiration for Father’s Day

Phone? check!

Wallet? check!

Keys? check!

Face mask? check!

The reality of this addition to our everyday “before-I-leave-the-house” checklist is upon us.

Just as we previously would never have considered heading out of the door without shoes on, it is safe to assume that making the daily decision on which facial accessory most appropriately suits with our attire, will become routine.

With more than 50 countries now mandating face coverings be worn in public, even if the UK continues to forgo this as a requirement, it is likely to become a travel essential when flights resume.

There are several companies which have either pivoted from their core business to mask production or newly launched for the COVID-19 demand. Along with social distancing and hand washing, these new wardrobe additions are helping keep you and others safe, thankfully, these brands and the creators behind them aren’t forcing anyone to make a choice between functional and fashionable.

Vista Print

Best known as the printing shop for business cards since the 90’s, Vistaprint has grown to print and design an assorted range of products and materials. Expanding in the COVID-19 crisis, Vistaprint has launched an entire product section for the pandemic including the Vistaprint RFS reusable masks. They are available in a range of colours including discrete solids and statement prints for adults and children.

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Find a mask for everyone in the family. Featuring soft 100% cotton inner lining, plus adjustable straps for comfort. Link in bio for more info.

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Pearl and Bear 

This is a particularly challenging time for any parent, but this British shop has a great variety of essentials for keeping little ones entertained and comfortable. They are also now selling this low key 3-layer protection face mask for mom and dad, and shortly launching a range for the little ones too!

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Mayer Man

International menswear designer Ross Mayer has launched a collection of masks as cool as his street-style line. Produced from leftover materials from his clothing designs, Ross has committed to keeping his staff earning wages producing masks and helping a local LGBTQ+ support group with the proceeds.  About their mask collection, this brand says, “Let’s make the most of this and make it fashion!”

 

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We’re super excited to have just launched our Fashion Face Mask Collection & thrilled to be donating a portion of proceeds to the LGBT+🏳️‍🌈 Covid-19 Relief Charity @the519 . Check them all out on the website from the link in the bio. —— #MayerMan #fashion #covid19 #wearcanadianproud

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Complete Safety Supplies

A business striving to be known for its consultancy on health and safety measures, Complete Safety Supplies is a reliable source for protective gear. Their product suite includes a variety of premium washable and reusable face masks available. The best part? They are fully customisable to suit any size and style.

Carrie Jenkinson Millinery

Infamous for her eclectic head pieces worn by the Royal family and Fashion It Girls, Carrie Jenkinson has reimagined her millinery and diverted her manufacturing resources to creating protective luxury face masks. Each is designed with 2 layers of 100% luxury cotton and an inside layer of brushed cotton for comfort and softness on the skin. The masks are adjustable with elastic and suitable for children and adults. This is your chance to have a Carrie Jenkinson design for a £8 donation, allowing the millinery to provide masks free for NHS Staff and local Care homes.

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Thanks Jo for the pic! I am continuing to make protective face masks.. lots of colours and one size fits all! Washable! Simple and comfortable design.. when you buy a mask you are donating towards free masks for the NHS and Care staff who I send free PPI to! Find out more www.carriejenkinson.co.uk

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Vogar

Earning at 4.5-star rating on the new addition to their Etsy shop, Vogar’s durable facemask doesn’t loose its integrity with 200+ washes. Best known pre-COVID for their premium sheepskin slippers, this brand is one stop for staying comfy on the feet at home and protected once you’re out and about.

Does your brand have a story to tell? Get in touch with us today to find out how we can raise your profile in the UK media.

Face mask brands that are functional and fashionable

The popularity of subscription boxes during lockdown shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone – they provide a convenient, flexible and personal shopping experience from the safety and comfort of your home – and usually offer a superior product to what’s on the supermarket shelves.

This is especially true of femcare brands – with everything from CBD menstrual cramp patches, organic cotton tampons to ‘female-first’ razors now all readily available in subscription form.

We look at 5 femcare brands changing the way women everywhere are shopping for these types of products.

DAYE
Founded by Valentina Milanova in 2018, DAYE is on a mission to raise the standards in female health products and services – and normalise the conversation around female reproductive health across genders, backgrounds, and economic status.

Recognising that period pain affects 9 in 10 women, their doctor-approved CBD-infused tampons are expertly designed to sooth cramps. They are also completely toxin-free and come in planet-friendly packaging. You can subscribe to a ready-made box or build your own and adjust the frequency of delivery to suit your cycle.

DAYE’s promise is to remain cheaper than organic tampons and period pain care bought separately. Their website also features lots of helpful articles on important female health topics.

 

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Sustainable + cute = Daye packaging⠀ ⠀ We love seeing you guys share pics of your Daye boxes so much 💛Post yours and tag us and #DayeInTheWild for a chance to win a free month of Daye tampons!⠀ ⠀ 📷: @ihijabi_life⠀ ⠀ #Daye #HealthOnYourTerms #plasticfreeperiod #periodpositive #sustainable #gogreen

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BeYou
Backed by over 1,200 studies (and 300,000 women – and counting) BeYou offer their popular Period Cramp Relief Patches on subscription.

Designed as a safer, more effective alternative to heat (such as hot water bottles), the handy 0.3mm thick patches release 100% natural cooling menthol and eucalyptus oils over the course of 12 hours. Their packaging is made from recycled plastic, and the patches themselves are biodegradable.

Available monthly in packs of 5, you can choose a subscription renewal date to suit you and skip as many deliveries as you wish.

 

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Being on your period sucks, especially during lockdown, but while you’re spending so much time at home, it’s the perfect time to give the BeYou Menstrual Cup a go! Many cup newbies worry that they might leak while they are out and about, or simply don’t understand how the hell it even works – we think now is the best time to try it while you’re relaxed in the comfort of your own home with our perfect-for-beginners Starter Pack. Always been curious about cups but been nervous to give it go? Hit the link in bio to learn more about the Menstrual Cup and see what all the fuss is about! Say hello to leak free protection for up to 12 hours and goodbye to uncomfortable chafing pads! 👋 Your Menstrual Cup Starter Pack includes; ✔️ Our much-loved soft, medical-grade silicone Menstrual Cup in the size of your choice ✔️ Our all-natural Foaming Cup Cleanser, which lasts for to to 200 washes ✔️ A high-quality pouch to keep your cup clean and stored safely ✔️ Our extensive Guide to all things cups; FAQs, top tips, cleaning instructions all included! #quarantineperiod #lockdownperiod #menstrualcup #padfreeperiods #zerowasteperiods #menstruationmatters #menstruation #periods #letstalkperiods #starttheconversation #periodpositivity #periodpositive #periodwarriors #periodpower #mothernature #beyou #beyounited

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DAME
When Celia and Alec founded their first period product start-up in 2015, they soon discovered the products they were selling to customers were laced with plastics and chemical dyes – as is sadly the norm worldwide. So, they decided to change things and founded DAME.

With zero plastics, no toxins – and no negative language around periods – DAME were soon making award-winning period products that are better for your body and for the planet.

DAME also created the world’s first reusable tampon applicator, with each one saving up to 12,000 plastic applicators. To subscribe to DAME, you simply choose your preferred absorbency and frequency and they deliver 34 DAME organic, toxin-free tampons to your door, as often as you need (and postage is free).

 

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In times of need, our tampons keep it together. 💪🏾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is a real photo we took in a studio water tank last year, but it might as well be inside a vagina. One of these is a DAME organic cotton tampon, the other is not. Which one do you want inside you?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #organiccotton #bleedredthinkgreen #passonplastic #plasticfreeperiods #organic #tampons

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FFS
FFS (aka Friction Free Shaving) is the first Razor Delivery Service designed exclusively for women. FFS recognised that for too long, women had to put up with low quality, plastic razors that were never designed for a woman’s body.

So, they designed the signature FFS metal-handled razor to remove most hairs in a single stroke. Their blade recycling scheme also means they are reducing the number of single use plastic disposable razors going to landfill.

FFS’s razor subscription is incredibly flexible; you can pause or cancel your delivery any time and change your delivery frequency to suit your need. Get started with FFS today for £9, and they will give you a FREE weighted metal razor handle in your choice of colour!

 

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Callaly
Callaly are a period-positive B Corp, who invest at least 1% of sales in projects that support and empower people with periods. Their period product boxes come in various sizes and have the option to ‘build your own box’ with a range of products to suit you.

Callaly also recognised that 7 out of 10 women who use tampons also add a liner just in case. So, they invented the ‘tampliner’. Invented by a gynaecologist and developed by a garment technologist, the tampliner is a brand-new period product that combines an organic cotton tampon with a soft mini-liner for 95% protection.

Their subscriptions are easy to customise, flexible and convenient with free delivery – you can pause or cancel at any time.

 

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*Giveaway closed* 🏆 IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME! 🏆 We’re 100% behind taking a day for yourself when you need it, whether you’re on your period or not. We’ve teamed up with the amazing @riseandfall to create a dreamy Stay In Bed set 😌, with products also donated by our fave sexual wellness brand @hanxofficial.⁣ ⁣ To win an organic duvet set from @riseandfall (comfiest sleep of your life pending), a generous pack of condoms and lube from @hanxofficial, and a box of 100% organic cotton Callaly products, just:⁣ ⁣ • Like this photo and make sure you’re following us and @riseandfall ⁣ • Comment with the emoji that best describes how you’re feeling right now ⁣ • For a bonus entry, tag a friend, follow @hanxofficial OR post an IG story and tag us in it!⁠⁣ ⁣ #giveaway #staycosy⁣ ⁣ Terms and conditions: UK residents only. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. Giveaway will close at 4pm BST on 16/04/2020. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via Instagram DM on 16/04/2020. For full giveaway rules, click the link in our bio!

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If you have a women’s health brand and you want to gain more exposure in the UK media landscape, get in contact with our award-winning PR team today.

The rise of the femcare subscription box

With dentists around the UK having shut their doors to the general public, keeping our teeth and mouths healthy at home has never been more important.

While going green might not be the first thing that a lot of us think of as a positive when it comes to our dental hygiene, plastic oral care products are one of the world’s biggest sources of landfill waste. Every year, the world consumes over 10 billion plastic dental hygiene products, most of which ends up in either landfill or our oceans.

Following the recent reduction in pollution levels, now is as good a time as ever to shine a spotlight on some of the oral care brands that are making a big difference to our teeth and our planet.

The Humble Co
Founded by dentist Noel Abdayem in 2013, The Humble Co are a Swedish brand that are revolutionising the personal care industry.

Designed by dentists, the company produce a huge range of vegan and chemical free personal care products, ranging from bamboo toothbrushes all the way through to natural chewing gum made from trees. All The Humble Co’s products and packages are designed, manufactured and disposed of with the environment in mind.

As well as their ethically conscious products, they also help run The Humble Smile Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that supports some of the 3.5 billion people affected by oral diseases each year. Every humble purchase also helps to fund oral care projects that support children in need in 37 countries across the world.

 

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It doesn’t get much greener than this. The original bamboo toothbrush – Humble Brush. Simple, yet beautiful. 🌳🌿

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WhiteWash Laboratories
As well as their vast range of oral care products, WhiteWash Laboratories have also created the ‘Brush for a Brush campaign’. For every product that they sell, WhiteWash have committed to also providing a toothbrush for a child in need both in the UK and around the world in partnership with the D.E.C.A.Y Charity.

To help communicate the importance of good oral care, the charity is also developing a programme to educate young people on the importance of caring for their teeth.

 

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Our Professional Whitening Toothpaste with Silver Particles has been formulated by UK dentists to leave patient’s mouths feeling clean and refreshed. The toothpaste contains 99.9% silver particles along with aloe vera, green tea extract and vitamin E.

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Cocofloss
Another company built on dental expertise, Cocofloss are an American brand founded by sister act Cathryne & Chrystle Cu.

Cocofloss specialise in toxin-free, vegan dental floss, made using a combination of coconut and fruit oils that are sustainably sourced and then made at a family-owned factory in Italy.
The brand is Leaping Bunny certified (the gold-standard in cruelty-free certification for non-animal tested products) and offer floss refills in compostable packing in order to reduce single-use plastic and the environmental impact of their products.

 

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A little travel inspo while we’re all sticking close to home. 💖 Cocofloss Minis are waiting for you to take them on an adventure soon!

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SpotLight Oral Care
With big ambitions to become the first dental brand with a 100% recyclable range of toothpastes, Spotlight are well on their way to meeting that goal.

Founded back in 2016 with the aim to create the market-leading products in preventative oral care. Four years later the company now has a range of different products that combine the highest quality clinically proven ingredients and the cosmetic expertise of founders Lisa and Vanessa Creaven.

One such product is their oral care toothpaste. After noticing the huge amount of plastic waste produced by the industry, Spotlight’s toothpaste tubes are now all made from sugar cane, making them 100% recyclable, a world-first for the industry.

 

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Did you know that our packaging is easily recyclable? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our toothpaste tubes are made from a byproduct of sugarcane, which is actually carbon negative in its production. When you are finished using your toothpaste, you can cut off the nozzle, clean out the inside and recycle it with your household plastics.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #clinicallyproven #vegan #recyclable #loveyoursmile #oralcare #dentalhygiene #vegan #createdbydentists #oceansafe #environmentallyfriendly #spotlightoralcare #toothpaste #teeth #clinicallyproven #wellbeing #sustainability #whitening #clean #health #harmfreeoralhealth #recyclable

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The oral care brands helping keep our teeth white and our planet green

As millions of us have had to readjust to working from home, the chances of us all having a desk or a monitor available have been slim.

Whether you’ve had to build a tower out of books for your laptop, or sat against a wall to support your back, this inconsistent set-up is almost certainly starting to have an adverse effect on our bodies.

In general, sitting in front of a computer screen for lengthy periods of time usually leaves our bodies in poor positions. The head begins to lead towards the computer screen which will have an impact on your neck’s natural position.

Before long this has an impact on the shoulders and the spine loses its natural curve.

We’ve taken a look at five businesses who can help alleviate the pain that remote working is currently causing.

The Bad Back Company

As a practicing osteopath for over 20 years, founder Tim Everett understands the important role that products and medical devices play in a patient’s recovery. Unfortunately, though, Tim initially struggled to find anywhere that supplied reliable products.

This led Tim to creating The Bad Back Company, a specialist and award-winning website that supplies tried and tested quality supports and products to assist people with pain relief and an improved quality of wellbeing.

They also have a free pain guide on their website which gives a better understanding of the many common types of injuries, sprains and strains we can all suffer from.

 Sleep Easy

Focusing on specific pain in the body is innovative pillow brand, Sleep Easy. For anyone who suffers from neck pain, the original EasySleeper pillow is the solution you need in your life.

Through countless hours of research and development, Sleep Easy has created the best shape for relieving neck pain and stiffness by supporting your head whilst you sleep.

Traditional pillows can cause stiffness and neck pain especially for people who sleep on their side as the pillow cannot support and maintain the spine. Where the Sleep Easy pillow differs is that it keeps the spine in a perfectly straight line throughout the night. You will wake up not only feeling refreshed but free from neck pain. Talk about waking up on the right side of the bed…

Posture Brace

With significant input from John Sutcliffe, a leading spinal neurosurgeon at the London Spine Clinic on Harley Street, the posture brace is a revolutionary product that instantly works on improving your posture.

With a super sleek and discreet design, simply put the brace on under a shirt or t-shirt and you are ready for the day ahead. You should feel a slight pressure on the shoulders and the uniquely padded backplate then does the rest to help support a positive posture.

So far, the award-winning posture brace has helped over 10,000 people in the UK, USA and across Europe. The great thing about Posture brace is that it is not a permanent fix, just a few hours a day will have a major impact on your overall posture and help to straighten you out in no time at all.

Eve Sleep

Their purpose is to help people sleep better through simple, beautiful, and most importantly affordable design. London based eve’s ambition is to re-energise the sleep-deprived industry by offering products that puts the customer first but doesn’t ever compromise quality for price.

So passionate about the importance of sleep, last year eve kicked off a nationwide campaign to make sleep a human right. This campaign saw them address the issue that people everyday are helplessly suffering from the health-harming effects of poor sleep.

During Covid-19, eve sleep has been donating pillows and mattresses to some of London’s most affecting hospitals, whilst they have also extended their usual 100-day risk-free trial period to 200.

If you want to speak to one of our experts in the consumer sector get in touch today. Our teams work with start-ups to household names so there is always a tailored package to suit your business.

Businesses helping to combat the health effects of home working

As the weather improves and we enter the extended period of lockdown into the summer months, keeping the kids inside and entertained is going to become a challenging process for all parents in the UK. Realistically, there’s only so many times you can declare a movie marathon before the children will see straight through your strategy.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of exciting start-ups currently on the market that will help to keep the kids thoroughly amused and give you an opportunity to catch-up on emails or just have a peaceful 10 minutes to yourself.

From virtual children’s parties to science experiments that are delivered to your doorstep we’ve taken a closer look at five of our favourites.

Glamavan

It’s been a long journey for Toni Cassidy, founder of Glamavan. Initially, the business idea was formed in 2012, when she decided to undertake some beauty courses in her spare time whilst serving in the MET as a Police Officer.

By 2017, Toni decided to focus her efforts full time on her new passion and rebuilt, rebranded and completely expanded the business, which led to Glamavan being established.

Prior to COVID-19, Glamavan brought a touch of sparkle to your children’s parties, offering affordable luxury pamper parties, slumber parties and picnic’s all from the comfort of your home or a chosen location.

Whilst we’re on lock-down, Glamavan have changed their offering to include virtual parties. As a former police officer, each party is 100% secure and private, meaning you can rest easy whilst your loved ones can still celebrate with their friends and play party games such as pamper bingo!

MEL Science

A subscription service that offers a monthly delivery of safe chemistry experiments for kids. The subscription box is perfect for those who want their children to get an understanding of real science and aren’t getting access to a school laboratory.

All ingredients and instructions are shipped to your door including fancy science kits, chemistry equipment, safety glasses and a VR headset to name just a few.

With five to six exciting experiments included in your monthly subscription, you can rest assured your child will be kept utterly amused throughout the lock-down period.

toucanBox

toucanBox is an award-winning subscription service delivering activity kits to kids age 3–8.

Each box is built by educational experts to help develop key skills through hands-on play.

All the materials, instructions and inspiration are included to make getting creative easy, stress-free and really good fun.

It also helps families to bond as toucanBox encouraged them to participate in arts and crafts with their children.

Koru Kids

Launched by Rachel Carrell in 2016, Koru Kids provides parents with an efficient, affordable option for childcare. Carrell worked out that most families with children spend as much money on childcare as they do on their mortgage and set out to address this costly problem.

The service works by matching two families to one nanny, so each family pays less, while the nanny gets paid more. Better still, children get more individual attention than at nursery, but are still socialised and make new friends. It’s a win-win.

Carrell believes flexible, convenient and reasonable childcare options are fundamental to equality and participation in the workforce. We couldn’t agree more.

Government advice states that the public are allowed to leave their house to travel to and from work where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. This means that a nanny can work at a family’s home if their work is essential.

Koru Kids have thousands of local nannies ready to solve your childcare needs.

Azoomee

The digital world can be daunting for parents with more and more children accessing the internet at an increasingly younger age, and spending money without knowing it.

Azoomee is an entertainment app designed for children to watch TV shows, play games and listen to audiobooks with internet safety being a key priority.

With tutorials, audiobooks, an art studio and a parent-approved messaging service, much of the content on the app actively encourages kids to get ‘off the screen’ and learn art, science, natural history, spelling and magic.

Do you own a start-up which you would like to raise awareness of in the UK market? Why not speak to one of our award-winning team today about what PR could do for you and your business.

Five start-ups to keep children entertained during lockdown