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  1. Most of us try to avoid packaging as much as possible: just stuffing a carrier bag in our handbag means we usually can refuse the plastic bags offered in shops. But sometimes, there is no getting away from it: the other day, my boyfriend bought some work shirts. Each of them came in 1 plastic bag, with 8 plastic pins, 1 large piece of cardboard and the collar was held with 1 stip of cardboard and 1 strip of plastic. I possibly might have forgiven all that waste if the shirts came already ironed, but no! Good luck if you took a shirt out, tried it on, find out you have to return it and had to fold it all again.

    So at The Really Eco Baby Shop, we keep all the boxes/large envelopes we receive and use them again. Don't worry, your order will be packed very carefully but it means we do not overcharge our customers for expensive packaging we had to buy. Our delivery fee stays low and we throw away less.

    On this note, a little tip for Christmas: wrap your presents in nice magazines: choose pages related to the recipients: perfume ads for mum, toys ads for kids,... they will look really pretty!

  2. It is so easy to buy cheap plastic toys. We do it too for our own children so no smug claims on ethical perfection here. However, we do try and avoid them as much as possible and we certainly take great care when choosing the toys we stock here on Really Eco Baby. 

    On Sunday in the Observer was a telling reminder of how we need to be much more discriminating about what we buy. Read the full article here. Here at Really Eco Baby we stock toys from Russimco and Kenana. Russimco will always check their suppliers carefully to make sure workers are treated and paid fairly. Their values can be found here. And Kenana was set up in Kenya to support women and communities there. Read all about Kenana here.

    So treat someone this Christmas with a clear conscience. And not only are the companies' ethical credentials sound: Russimco toys do not need batteries and are environmentally packaged; and Kenana wool is naturally dyed and you will be contributing to a wonderful cooperative project. 

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