Featuring both old-fashioned methods and new innovations, this book can help you care for clothing, furniture, glassware and even silver without resorting to harsh chemicals. Green Housekeeping by Christina Strutt is published 13th August, £14.99 CICO Books
Hexham-based Fosh produce non-toxic, BPA-free bottles, which keep drinks cool for 24 hours, or hot for 12. Ditch the plastic bottles and support a local business at the same time – win win. Leaf triple-insulated water bottle, £25 foshbottle.com
Getting milk delivered to your door in the early morning may be an old-fashioned concept, but it’s making a comeback. It’s convenient, you’re supporting a local business, and to cap it all off you’re cutting down on the plethora of plastic milk cartons in your recycle bin. There are various businesses covering much of the region – including Blaydon-based Hanover Dairies, and Davidson’s Dairy in north Northumberland. Head to www.findmeamilkman.net to see who covers your area.
These reusable, washable beeswax wraps are a natural alternative to plastic wraps such as cling film. Bread wrap, £16 Bumblewrap at Eleanor’s Byre, Embleton
These reusable make-up remover pads are made from natural bamboo fabric, and come with a laundry bag so you can wash and use them again and again. £13 andkeep.com
The bathroom is among the worst offenders in the house when it comes to our environmental impact (second only to the kitchen). Start small by replacing your liquid shampoo and its plasticpackaging with a shampoo bar. Northumbrian Soap Company have some great options, including a lavender bar, and a deliciously scented coconut latte bar. From £3 each northumbriansoapcompany.co.uk