The subject of going green and protecting our planet is one that only seems to become more and more relevant as time goes on. I, for one, have a lot of guilt about the impact I have on the environment and I’ve been trying to make some changes to not only help me feel better, but that can also make a bigger difference.
I’ve already talked a little bit about this in my cruelty-free makeup series, where I explore the impact my makeup bag has on the world, but I am not a vegetarian or a vegan and I just cannot imagine making such a big change at the moment. So I’ve taken it upon myself to try to be better in other areas.
A little disclaimer, because I know this subject can be a bit touchy and elitist, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing! I’m still working on researching and figuring it all out, and I’m just doing my best to do my bit. If you have any suggestions on how to be better, I’d love to hear them!
STAINLESS STEEL STRAWS
In the UK more and more companies are making straws something you have to ask for, or are offering paper ones instead. This is a brilliant change and something that many have welcomed! I know straws aren’t essential and we certainly can do without them, but over the summer I found myself wanting one for my juices or gin cocktails. These stainless steels straws from Lakeland were pretty cheap and accessible and have helped me feel fancy as with my drinks without the guilt!
REUSABLE CARRIER BAG
I’ve had one of those foldaway shopper bags for so long, as my mam bought it for me when the charge for plastic bags came to effect. To be honest I’m really bad with using it. I normally forget I have it or can’t be bothered with the hassle of getting it out myself – which is so ridiculous! But I am really making a serious effort to consciously use this bag and I am starting to carry around multiple tote bags and even plastic bags to reuse just in case I need them.
Here are some bags that are similar to have I have.
WATER BOTTLE AND TAKEAWAY COFFEE CUP
To be totally honest, a big factor in me buying a reusable bottle and cup was the money it may save me. As you may know if you’ve been here before, I have recently stopped earning for a period of time. Although takeaway liquids certainly aren’t a huge part of my expenses, every little helps right?
Some coffee shops will give you a discount if you bring your own cup and many businesses will fill up your water bottles for you from the tap. The bottle is also a great way for me to encourage myself to drink more water too, instead of reaching for a cheap bottle of pop!
I absolutely love going into charity or thrift shops and spending the full day having a rummage. It’s something my family have done for years – buying books, clothes and toys second – hand. However, once I started earning my own money I became very wrapped up in fast fashion and high street bargains, spending so much money on clothing that won’t even last a couple of months.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a habit that I think will take a while to undo but now I’m making a deliberate effort to stop as often as I can. Instead, if I want or need new clothes I’m trying to stick to second – hand bits or simply using the stuff I already have to create new looks. Not only is it good for the environment, but it’ll save me a lot of money in the long run!
USING AND REUSING
Finally I’m simply just making an effort to actually use the things I have, before deciding to buy anything else. It’s such a common thing nowadays to buy so much stuff and not ever being able to finish a product or get the proper wear out of a piece of clothing. Now as I am running very low on funds, I am being forced to consider every single purchase I make and it’s made me realise how much money, and space and energy, I waste on shite.
Shopping has become somewhat of a hobby for me – I’m a city girl after all! – and it’s just not good for my bank account or the world to keep buying and wasting things. Now I can’t just freely pop to the shops to spend money when I feel like it, I’m being forced to have a look through my cupboards and cabinets to see what I already have to use.
Those are some of the sustainable changes I have been making to my habits and lifestyle recently to make a difference.
Do you have any recommendations of how I can get better?