Do eco-friendly cleaning products actually work?
When your kitchen is at the point of no return, you know it’s time to start pulling out all the conventional cleaning products. We’re talking sponges, bleach sprays and brushes (just to name a few). Although these products work to clean your home within an inch of its life, you sadly become exposed to hundreds of chemicals. Some with unknown toxic effects.  Over the last 18 months, there’s been a lot of focus on cleanliness, personal hygiene and so the temptation to crack out the strongest cleaning sprays has been sky high. On the other hand,  more and more of...

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The Cynics Guide To Offsetting with On A Mission
  Right from the first day of launching Seep, we’ve been making sure that we more than offset our carbon emissions with On A Mission, a Swiss-based charity that selects, invests and supports sustainable reforestation projects. After receiving a bunch of brilliant questions from our customers about what our carbon offsetting really involves and doubts about the impact this truly has, I decided to interview Fred Fournier, the co-founder of On a Mission. I asked him the most contentious questions about carbon offsetting, to gain a better understanding of how it all really works.  Welcome, Fred and thank you for...

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Guide To Mastering Home Composting with Compost Club
We recently got the pick the brain of bonafide composting expert Michael Kennard. Michael runs the community composting scheme Compost Club, and has kindly answered all our burning questions and demystified composting for us. Follow their scheme here, or sign up to one of their compost collections services. Hello Michael! Thank you so much for wanting to talk to us about your incredible composting work. We're so happy you can help demystify composting for us and our community. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into composting?  I'm just a regular guy, father and my...

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Dr Imogen Napper On Microplastics and Why There's Reason To Be Optimistic
We recently spoke to Dr Imogen Napper. Imogen (or Imiy) is post-doctoral marine scientist who specialises in researching plastic pollution down in the University of Plymouth. A huge thank you to Imiy for taking some time to chat with us and give us the scoop on the effects of microplastics, and an insight into her amazing research.  Photo: University of Plymouth    Hello Imiy! Thank you for having a chat with us today. We spotted you and your work early doors here at Seep. For those who may not know who you are can you give us a bit of...

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Make Your Kitchen Sustainable With The Green Domestic Fairy
This week on The Seep Blog, we have a very special post written by our favourite expert on sustainable cleaning, Kesia Hosking (thegreendomesticfairy.com). Kesia has kindly written a great starter guide to cleaning your kitchen sustainably, and the all-natural products that work beautifully (some of which you may already have in your kitchen).  Sustainable is such a ‘viral’ word at the moment. According to the Cambridge dictionary, sustainable means: Causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.  When I think of sustainability I think of the word “Legacy”. It’s weird huh?...

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Your Next Sustainable Swap: Compostable Bin Liners
It’s official, we now have our own range of compostable and biodegradable bin liners!  We know, bin liners are far from the most glamorous thing on the planet. But, we can’t help but get excited at the prospect of fewer bits of plastic being sent to landfills and incinerators.  So today, let’s chat about compostable and biodegradable bin liners and how our eco-friendly alternatives work. It’s quite riveting stuff, we promise.  Why are standard bin liners so bad?  The classic bin liners we are accustomed to are durable and usually cost-effective. However, these liners are made from petroleum or natural...

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Guest Blog: How To Spring Clean Your Kitchen With Bio-D
It's almost time for that dreaded spring clean. To help ease the pain, we've teamed up with our friends over at Bio-D to share some easy tips on how to spring clean your kitchen (sustainably, of course).  Bio-D's 100% vegan and cruelty free cleaning range make the perfect compliment to our plastic-free cleaning tools.  Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner, and the time has come for us blow away the cobwebs and give the house a good spring clean. A spring clean gives us the chance to throw open our windows and let in the fresh air, creating...

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Seep is B Corp Pending! Here's why that matters...
We’re soon coming into March, which just so happens to be B Corp month in the UK. When we launched Seep last year, it was important for us to build a better sort of business right from the start, so we pledged to be a B Corp and are now officially B Corp Pending. But what does B Corp mean? And what even is a B Corp? We see the logos strewn across some of our favourite brands’ websites, but knowing exactly what it means for them (and for us) can help you make a decision on who to buy...

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Wait? Sponges aren't plastic-free?!
So hopefully by now, you’ve made a bunch of eco-friendly swaps? You’ve stopped buying plastic bottles, you’ve invested in a coffee keep cup. You’ve bought tablet-based cleaning sprays and banned scrubs with microbeads from your home. You’ve even invested in some metal-straws after seeing the video of that turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose.  However, there is one simple swap you can make alongside all of these - sponges. Those innocent sponges you use to keep your house looking in tiptop shape is, unfortunately, probably made of virgin plastic and can’t be recycled. While they are not...

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Reduce Your Plastic Footprint in 2021 With These Easy Swaps
2020 is almost over (thank god) and the silver lining is that 2021 is full of possibilities to create a more sustainable world. It’s encouraging to see so many people move to more eco-friendly lifestyle options this year, despite the circumstances, and reducing plastic is the #1 way people are actively taking steps towards a safe and cleaner environment. However, sometimes it’s hard to find the right brands and products to buy, so we’ve broken down some of the plastic-free must-swaps for the year ahead.   Earbuds The fact that we’re only just realising how bad cotton ear buds are for...

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7 Brands to Help Kickstart Your Zero-Waste Lifestyle
 This week on the Seep blog our marketing assistant Holly is talking about all of her favourite eco-swaps on the market right now. Holly has seen the terrible consequences of plastic pollution and climate change first hand around the world, and also runs a travel blog called Where's Holly.   After travelling around the world for the past six years (only recently being stopped in my tracks by Miss Corona), I’ve gained a special appreciation for all of earth's natural wonders. I recently moved back to the UK from New Zealand (let’s face it, they’re the green-living rockstars of the world...

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The Whys and Hows of Becoming Climate Positive
The importance of environmentalism has been on the lips of the general public ever since 2002’s “An Inconvenient Truth” slapped us in the face with the prospect of climate change and global warming. The world heating up by a few degrees might not sound like much, but it makes a huge difference to the way our planet works and people’s livelihoods.  Fast forward to 2006 and “Carbon Neutral” was declared “word of the year’, something which is usually dubbed as “forward-looking” (oh how right they were). Now, the phrase “Climate Positive” is cropping up a lot in the eco space....

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The Seep Story
Hello there. I’m Laura and I’m a dog-loving mum of two from London and the founder of Seep. I would love to tell you more about the story behind the business. I would describe myself as eco conscious rather than an eco warrior. Like many, I believe that lots of people living sustainable lifestyles imperfectly is better than a few people living a perfect zero waste lifestyle. Over the years, I was finding it easier to find greener alternatives - cleaning sprays, toilet paper, washing detergent. But, when it came to the most unsexy categories in the cleaning aisle (yes, I'm...

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Why becoming a founder in your 40s (and beyond) makes sense
I’m about to go live with my first ever business in my 40s and some days the thought of taking the plunge leaves me in a cold sweat. Why would I be risking my hard-earned years of saving? Will it succeed?  Looking back on the past few years I can see how I’ve come to this point, but it wasn’t obvious at all while I was going through it.  I’ve written down the journey I’ve gone through so far (let’s face it folks it’s very early days) in the hope that others that wonder if they’re too late for entrepreneurship,...

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Tips for At Home Composting with Wiggly Wigglers
At Seep, we believe in reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill and so all of our cleaning tools are compostable. Composting is one of the easiest ways individuals can reduce their waste however over 90% of UK households currently don’t compost.  So we went on a search for a composting aficionado to help us make the leap and found the incredible Heather Gorringe who is the founder of home composting and wormery business Wiggly Wigglers. The founder of Seep, Laura Harnett spoke with Heather who demystified compost and shared her years of experience with her favourite creature...

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Time To Shine! How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink With Baking Soda
Today on The Seep Blog, we’re tackling those nasty single use plastic cleaning bottles by swapping them out for something you’ll already have lurking in the cupboards: Baking Soda. Did you know that 55% of UK plastic is still ending up in landfills, incinerators or in the environment? Urgh. If that’s not enough to encourage you to make some serious swaps in your home, we don’t know what will. There are plenty of opportunities (besides investing in compostable cleaning products) to get rid of plastic in your kitchen for good with some simple swaps. So, if your sink is looking...

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Biodegradable Vs Compostable: What Does It All Mean?!
Deciding to buy sustainable alternatives to everyday products is a huge step in the right direction for the planet. Speaking from experience, there’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you’re making positive changes. However, sometimes the search for great sustainable products is littered with buzzwords which makes it difficult to be confident that you’re making the right choice. Two words seem to appear more often than most: Biodegradable and Compostable. But what do these terms mean? And, when it comes to biodegradable vs compostable, who comes out top dog?  At Seep, we want to demystify eco-friendly products by...

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