We are at a unique stage in our history. Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about it. Surely we have a responsibility to care for our blue planet. The future of humanity, and indeed all life on Earth, now depends on us. (David Attenborough, Blue planet 11)
This workshop is for everybody who is looking to live more consciously, going green and trying to live a zero or reduced waste lifestyle. The products that we make on this workshop are the very ones that we struggled with as a family. If you do the same experiment that we did, by counting all the cleaning and toiletry products you use, I bet when you see it all lined on a table you will be as shocked as we were. Not just the sheer volume of stuff, but most of those plastic containers that cleaning products and toiletries are in, are non recyclable plastic.
With more than eight million tonnes of plastic going into the oceans every year, it is estimated there will be more plastic than fish by 2050 and 99 per cent of all the seabirds on the planet will have consumed some. It is thought the sea now contains some 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy. (Independent Newspaper)
When and how did we all become so brainwashed into believing that we need all this stuff? Most manufactures will claim that these products have been developed because of consumer demand. What absolute rubbish? These products are developed then we are advertised to, we then believe that we actually need it and we buy it. Having bought it once, next time we go shopping it then becomes an unthinking habit. We never question it again. And so it is for all the other stuff that finds its way into our shopping trolleys.
Over the years there have been a number of ‘green’ companies that have sprouted up. Ecover is one of the biggest producers of ‘green’ cleaning products. They claim “ We unlock the power of plant-based bio degradable ingredients to bring you a cleaner clean” Its non bio concentrated detergent contains Butylphenyl Methylpropional,this is a CHEMICAL, used extensively in the beauty industry to replicate the smell of lilies of the valley. That’s not my idea of ‘green’ or ‘unlocking the power of plant -based ingredients’ Wouldn’t you agree?
Toothpaste is one of those products that we have used since childhood and again is one of those things that we simply don’t question. Over the course of a lifetime, the average person uses about 20 gallons of toothpaste, and even if you spit most of it out, some of the chemicals it contains make their way into your bloodstream. The following are three ingredients that are in most toothpastes.
Most people don’t know that Triclosan was first registered as a pesticide in 1969! It is still registered as a pesticide now!The chemical has been linked to concerns over antibiotic resistance and endocrine disruption. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are a serious concern, as they can promote a wide variety of health problems, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and testicular cancer, preterm and low birth weight babies, precocious puberty in girls, and undescended testicles in boys.
Remember, this chemical is not only in toothpaste but also body washes, soaps, shampoo, and 140+ other personal care and home products. Unfortunately, triclosan is now also contaminating rivers, streams and sewage sludge that is applied to agricultural fields, so there is a chance you’re getting exposed from environmental sources as well.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
The manufacturers actually tried to get approval to market SLS as a pesticide for organic farmers, but the application was denied because of its potential for environmental damage. But hey its OK for our kids to brush their teeth twice a day with it! Not to mention, SLS has even been linked to skin irritation and painful canker sores with research suggesting an SLS-free toothpaste should be used for people with recurring sores. However, one of the main problems with SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in it being potentially contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by product. The manufacturing process also releases carcinogenic volatile organic compounds into the environment.
Fluoride has long been heralded as the answer to decaying teeth, but it’s been receiving increasing scrutiny in recent years, and it is now found that the harm that is caused by fluoride is far worse than any good it does. Not to mention, fluoride toothpaste is often the largest single source of fluoride intake for young children and is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis (Tooth discolouration). This is because children swallow a large amount of the paste that they put in their mouth. In fact, research has shown that it is not uncommon for young children to swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended as an entire day’s ingestion from all sources.
Swallowing fluoride, as is the case with fluoridated drinking water, is especially detrimental to your health, as the science clearly demonstrates that fluoride is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes, and produces a number of serious adverse health effects, including neurological and endocrine dysfunction. Children are particularly at risk for adverse effects of overexposure.
These are just three of the ingredients that are in most common toothpaste, there are many more with effects as frightening as the above. I could write a book on it. If you have any toothpaste at home I suggest you throw it away immediately.
This workshop is for every body who has woken up and wisened up to the horrors against humanity that the manufactures are committing. People who want to take control of what they are using for themselves and their families. These products are easy to make, you will understand the ingredients that you are using and you’ll be able to pronounce them too! Oh and did I mention that these workshops are great fun too!
What’s on Offer?
In this workshop you will learn to make:
A Natural Toothpaste ( With ingredients that actually support good oral care, rather than damaging teeth and the environment)
A Natural All Purpose Cleaner
A Natural Washing Powder, made from used cooking oil, complete with a whiter whites whitener and beautiful natural scent, that isn’t chemically laden.
A Foaming Handwash
Bees Wrap. You will take home 2 pieces of bees wrap that you can use as soon as you get home.
In any product that Bees Wax is used, we provide a vegan alternative using Candelilla Wax. Just mention it when you are booking.
Special offer price £125
To check availability email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will leave this workshop with all the products you made. These are the essentials that a family uses and finds its way into shopping trolleys every week. The difference is that you will be taking non toxic, environmentally healthy products, that are easy and quick to make. And have the confidence to replicate at home.
We also stock the raw ingredients that we use on the workshop. If you wish to purchase any of this, please bring bags and bottles to take your purchases home. We only accept cash.
The workshop runs form 10-4 with an hour for lunch