Go Outdoors, Reviews by Saffia Farr. Published in JUNO Magazine, SUMMER 2019 Issue 61.
1. Mustela Very High Protection Sun Lotion
This factor 50+ lotion protects skin from UVB and UVA and is suitable for very young babies. It uses Mustela’s “Avocado Perceose” formula, which reinforces the skin barrier. It’s water-resistant and free from parabens and phthalates. I found it very easy to use – it absorbed easily and did not leave my skin feeling sticky. It has a push applicator, so it’s easy just to take a little amount from the container.
From £11.50 for 100ml
2. Bambaw Bamboo Cutlery Set in Jute Pouch
This is a really
practical set of cutlery that includes a reusable straw with cleaning brush.
The cutlery feels robust and is a good size (20cm) for adults to use, but its light
weight makes it easy to carry around. The fork prongs have enough of a point to
pick up salad and they wash easily. The set comes in a practical robust poppered
jute pouch with a pocket for each item. The cutlery can be composted at the end
of its life. The pouch should last for a long time and is washable.
3. T-shirt – Nipper Skipper
Nipper Skipper have partnered with sustainable UK company Teemill to launch Nipper Skipper T’s, complementing its website selling waterproofs and sailing safety kit for children.
This venture has been launched with a collection of fun, bright T-shirts featuring the Nipper Skipper logo in a range of funky colour combos. The T-shirts are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. The growing process in India uses monsoon rainwater (95% recycled), co-planting and insects to ensure eco-friendly sustainability and support biodiversity. This gentle process produces extra-soft fabric, and we were impressed to feel how soft but thick the cotton was. Our 8-year-old tester has enjoyed wearing this T-shirt and it has washed well. We loved the paper mailer it arrived in, covered in lots of fun creatures that we were keen to colour in! It’s also exciting to know that every product made by Teemill is designed to be returned when it’s worn out, and they will make new products using the material recovered.
4. Hemp Snack Pocket
This is a fantastically useful snack bag available in funky designs. It measures 13cm x 13cm but it has expandable sides, so you can fill it with things like small tomatoes or lay flat crackers in it. It’s made from hemp with a biodegradable coating and can be machine washed. It was designed and developed in Australia, and is made ethically by a family-run business in India. At the end of its life it can be cut up and put on a compost heap. I like that it’s soft but durable. It’s a very versatile addition to our packed lunch equipment.
5. British Stainless Steel Cups
We love these cups! They are a 1-pint capacity with a wide neck, so they can be used for a range of things including cold drinks, smoothies, ice cream, or even a takeaway lunch from the deli counter. They are light to carry and easy to wash and are suitable for camping trips, days out, festivals or just having with you in case you want to stop and buy a drink and don’t want the wasteful packaging. Made in the UK from recycled stainless steel.
£25.99 for a set of 4
6. 50 Things to See in the Sky by Sarah Barker
Astrophysicist Sarah Barker encourages us to go outdoors and look up! She tells us that the sky holds an endless array of things for us to see, and the book is divided into things we can see with the naked eye, things that might need equipment, and things that are even trickier to see. There are helpful tips on how to get started, followed by constellations to look at, with instructions on how to find certain stars, accompanied by the legends behind them. I really like Sarah’s reflection that before we had screens and TV we used to look to the heavens for entertainment, and this is what she is encouraging us to do. There’s lots of physics, facts and interesting info – put 25 November 2034 in your diary, as this is when we will see the closest supermoon since 1912! Illustrated by Maria Nilsson and published by Pavilion Books.
7. Fire Bowl
This is a great way to familiarise children with the element of fire in a safe way. It’s also a lovely way to have a fire in a smaller garden or on a patio. The bowl is handmade in Germany from fireproof ceramic and has a diameter of 24cm. It has sturdy legs, so it’s easy to keep it steady. It’s a lovely thickness and is an attractive item to have in the garden. It comes with complete instructions and safety guidelines. Pans are available to go with it if you’d like to cook on it.
8. HayMax Allergen Barrier Balm
This is an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm. You apply it around the edges of your nose and the bones of your eyes and it will trap allergens before they get in. My 13-year-old son has been using this balm effectively this year – it has stopped him sneezing on some days, so he’s needed to use antihistamine less often. The balm comes in a little pot that makes it easy to carry around and use. It is available with aloe vera, frankincense or lavender, as well as in a ’Pure’ and a ‘Kids’ version.
£6.99 for 5ml
£13.98 for 3 x 5ml
9. Klean Kanteen 20oz Insulated Reflect Bottle
This beautiful bottle is made from stainless steel, bamboo and food-grade silicone. It’s insulated to keep drinks cold for 20 hours. The wide opening makes it easy to drink from (and means you can add ice cubes), and there is a range of caps available to fit. This is a well-made, high-quality item that we can imagine lasting a lifetime – so no more plastic bottles! The loop on the lid is convenient for hooking it to a bag or a bike or when out camping. Klean Kanteen manufacture their products responsibly in China, and are signed up to ‘1% for the Planet’ – with 1% from every purchase going towards protecting forests, rivers and oceans and supporting sustainable farming and green energy.