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Sustainable Living - the Difference it Makes

Here are a few pointers in an affordable and easy direction to help you kick-start your ethical living! We’re bombarded by easy consumerism every day, but the effects that this has on our planet is rarely seen in mainstream media. A few of our favourite Instagram accounts help remind us of better choices and the statistics of mass waste… check out what we’ve discovered! Start with the Excess Often, quite literally the smallest changes help make the biggest difference. Micro plastics are everywhere, and once you notice them, you can’t stop! Straws and cosmetic micro-beads being the most obvious type, but just noticing when plastic is used excessively and unnecessarily can really spark awareness. For example, ordering online often entails...

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What a Start!

What a start to the year we’ve had! If you haven’t heard via our newsletter (we give you a sneaky discount each month, go ahead and sign up at unoa.co.uk to also be the first to know our behind the scenes news!), we went on a visit to our factory in Pakistan, but a little more about that later… this week we had an amazing shoot which we just want to tell you all about! The Brighton bandstand is located nearby the i360, right on the seafront with an amazing beach view, it’s a popular place for wedding and Insta shots alike! We love an impromptu shoot at Unoa, and this week we saw there was some January sun! So...

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Waste-Less Winter Recipes

We feel like one of the best things about winter is the food! Warming, comforting and filled with flavour to help get you through the dark evenings. As always, we’re trying to source the most ethically minded inspiration, so have gathered together a few recipes that require the least amount of single use plastic, and can be sourced at local grocery stores. Have a look at our favourite, earth-friendly winter warmers… Gingery Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced • 2 cloves garlic, sliced • 1 to 1 1/2-inch piece of ginger, minced • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes • 3/4 pound carrots, sliced •...

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Ultimate Ethical Christmas Gift Guide

With only 18 days left before Christmas, we know that this is about the time when most of the shopping actually gets done! We’ve put together a scrutinised-over gift a day to help give you the best possible inspiration and options for gift giving. These are all, of course, ethically inclined and practicing businesses which we love; supporting small independents is a wonderful route to go during the festive season, and when they’re all eco-friendly too - Christmas doesn’t get much better! 1. Stationary is a classic for gifts. Planners and notebooks help get everyone into that mindset of a fresh start for the new year. A favourite of ours is Nikki Strange - with everything from various stationary to...

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Upcycle Your Home

We’re always trying to make it easier for ourselves to reuse and reduce waste - so we went on a research spree to find some of the best, least time consuming and most innovative ideas to help kickstart easier recycling which we can use again instantly (we well as saving some cash!). LADDER + DRAWER SHELVING Rejuvenate an old ladder or set of drawers - perhaps paint or redecorate them and secure them onto your wall for statement yet classic shelving. OLD SWEATERS + THROWS Old cardigans, jumpers and blankets/ throws can easily be reused for furniture covers or reusable cup heat protectors. If you don’t have the tailoring hand, perhaps take it to a material shop for some advice...

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