Co-founder of ethical.market, Raquel is on a mission to live a more sustainable lifestyle

Friday, 13 January 2017

(image credit: Fredrik Lerneryd)

This truly is an inspiring story of a ballet school like no other.  Situated in Kibera, Nairobi, a slum home to 700,000 people, this wonderful project is run and supported by Anno's Africa

(image credit: Fredrik Lerneryd)

(image credit: Fredrik Lerneryd)

Students here have been given a chance to become accomplished dancers, some even winning scholarships to further their education. 

See their story in the video below:


(via: The Guardian)

If you'd like to find out more about the charity or how you can donate to projects such as their Ballet School click here for more info.

The stunning photographs above have all been taken by the incredibly talented Nairobi-based photographer Fredrik Lerneryd. Please do visit his website here to view the entire gallery from this Ballet School as part of his on-going project.

Sunday, 1 January 2017


As my regular readers know, we're dedicating 2017 to being inspired by others.

What better way to start than meeting Bernice Dapaah an incredible Ghanaian woman, who has not only built a sustainable business making bikes out of bamboo, but also improves the lives of local children.

(via: AJ+)

Thursday, 29 December 2016



I'd quite comfortably assume that most people are going to be quite happy to say 'Goodbye' to 2016. No matter what your political sway or thoughts, I know for most it's been one of those years that will go down in history for all the wrong reasons.

I'm prepared to let bygones be bygones and move on to 2017 with a positive approach, after all starting a year with negative thinking isn't going to do anyone any good. 

Yes, there may be the odd new year resolution, I'll be starting with Veganuary in an attempt to making 2017 more sustainable.  But in all honesty, perhaps making endless resolutions that we're not feasibly going to reach is just another notch of disappointment. That's not to say you shouldn't have them, but maybe make them reachable and avoid the stress and lows of not accomplishing something that was never really realistic. 

I'm going into 2017 wanting to make it amazing, to make up for the lows of 2016 but also ensure that I am inspired by what others are doing. I want to use that inspiration and creativity to push for my own goals and make some real changes.



Thursday, 1 December 2016


Cold temperatures and central heating, can really dry out your skin and hair. I have been busy keeping up on my skin regime with my avocado and olive oil face serum, which I have been using twice every day, including under my night face cream.

Stupidly, I left my hair to it's own devices, which after a visit to my hairdresser was not such a great idea. I went from waist long (dry) locks, to much healthier just below my collar bone hair, in one fell swoop. How did I let it get so dry?!

Cue my lovely hair oil.

I was given this make your own hair oil kit as a gift, and as winter has been slowly creeping in, it has been a godsend. You get to mix your own batch, which includes some great superfood oils such as sweet almond oil, coconut oil & avocado oil, as well as a selection of essential oils.

You only need a tiny amount for each application, I have been adding it to my ends straight after washing my hair, wrapping it up in a warm towel so it soaks in. And since the frost started and the central heating has been on more permanently, I have been adding a tiny amount to ends in the evenings too just before bedtime.

It's a lovely gift set for anyone who loves natural beauty kits or who like to keep their hair at bay, you can watch the video below to see how easy it is to make your very own hair product with the carefully balanced and measured kit.




Find more natural beauty products, all ethically made and 
not tested on animals HERE



Wednesday, 30 November 2016



Unique gift ideas for kids with a personalised touch! No fear of double gifting here, as our curation are original gift ideas you won't find on the high street! Surprise a little one in your life with whether they are into baking, superhero memorabilia or dinosaurs. We have something for all personalities made by independent designers and personalised with love.




One thing you'll be sure to see a lot of this Christmas is personalised gifts for her. But they are not always as luxurious as they could be, done cheaply personalised gifts can be a little tacky to say the least. We have been lucky enough to work with wonderful people curating a collection of beautiful ethically made gift ideas some of which can be personalised for an extra special touch.


Made with love by independent designers, with only you in mind, here are a few of my favourites!




To view our full range of unique personalised gifts for women click here



A personalised option is always a good way to add a special touch to your gifts. But they can be a bit hit and miss.  Bought in mass produced products that have dodgy printed lettering are everywhere at the moment. What you want is something personalised without being tacky or cheaply done.


Here's where this list steps in, beautifully made, thoughtful gift ideas for him, all personalised as they were meant to be and not thrown on as an added extra.



view the entire range of personalised gifts for him here

Monday, 28 November 2016




Teenagers are a particularly hard to buy for bunch. I find with the lovely teens in my life, when they want something they tend to spend their pocket money on it, so what's left to give?!


Well as I was writing up my gift list, I thought I should share some ideas with you (you're very welcome!) and you too will be able to gift that hard to buy for teenager in your life something that is guaranteed to make them smile.




To view my full edit with lots of gift ideas for Teenagers including some superhero art prints visit  the collection here




It's that time of year again, office Christmas parties can only mean one thing and that's Secret Santa! But don't just waste your money on novelty gift ideas that inevitably get binned or shoved into drawers never to see the light of day again. Instead why not give your workmates something useful, whether you have a colleague who's a keen cyclist or who love to try the latest beauty products, our ethically made collection includes cruelty-free beauty products and fun desk accessories aimed at cheering up their desks.  I have curated some stocking filler gifts below for her, for him and for the really really hard to buy for.

Here are some original Secret Santa gift ideas to really make them smile!



For our full collection of creative gift ideas check out the edit here

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