January 01, 2021
We all know how important it is that we live a sustainable lifestyle but in practice it can be easier to opt for convenience instead. My recommendation is to start small and celebrate every bit of progress you make on your journey. I hope these simple tips will help you on your way to living a more eco-friendly life this year.
Buy second-hand clothes
The fashion industry is grossly unsustainable and unethical. The IPCC has revealed that the fashion industry produces 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions every year. I've been buying fewer clothes for a long time now (since I Marie Kondo’d back in 2018) but more recently I’ve made a decision to stop buying new clothes altogether. In the past few months I’ve used Depop to buy a pair of Topshop Jamie jeans for £18 including postage and a Uniqlo thermal top for £14 including postage, both in new condition. I saved around £27 and more importantly, I saved the items from landfill!
Zero waste periods
This is such an easy one! Making the switch to a menstrual cup at the age of 30 can save approximately 8,970 period products from landfill. On top of that, you can expect to save around £1,500!!
This might sound rich coming from an online retailer, albeit a sustainable one, but I do genuinely mean it. If your bathroom cupboard is bursting with shampoos and shower gels please do use them up (and recycle the bottles) before you decide to make the switch to something more eco-friendly.
Invest in a reusable water bottle
Buying a reusable bottle is an effortless zero waste swap that will save you money. I love the quote "Bottled water companies do not produce water, they produce plastic bottles." Invest in a water bottle you love so it will be a joy to use.
Eat less meat and dairy
According to Greenpeace, the climate impact of meat is enormous – roughly equivalent to all the driving and flying of every car, truck and plane in the world. Despite having the best intentions, it took me a long time to switch from a vegetarian diet to a vegan one, so I know it’s not easy. Simply eating less meat and dairy is a great place to start. From there, you can slowly make sustainable changes that will stick, such as swapping your cows milk for oat milk. Check out our range of vegan recipe books if you’re after some inspiration.
Reduce your waste
The zero-waste movement is so inspiring, but it can be quite a daunting prospect in our plastic laden world. As with anything, I find that the more rules you attach to reducing your waste, the harder and less likely it is to happen. Bathroom products are great place to start as there are now so many brilliant plastic free swaps on the market.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
If, like me, you have children and pets in the home, this one is extra important. Plastic packaging aside, traditional cleaning products contain chemicals that pollute our waterways and can be harmful to wildlife, pets and children. We stock a wide range of natural, organic and plastic free cleaning products which smell amazing and won’t break the bank.
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