For a while now, I’ve been looking at things in my own life that I can switch up to become more sustainable in day to day life. Ben and I had already cut meat (I still occasionally eat fish) out of our diet. In a bid to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. Gradually however, we’ve been switching up small things in the home and have been surprised at how little effort it takes to make a difference.
We’ve all seen the David Attenborough Documentaries, we know the planet is in desperate trouble. As easy as it is to say it’s not our fault, and that it’s down to the major corporations to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to save us all. It’s everyone’s problem. Whether or not we created it, we have to try and stop it.
I’ve said before that I may not write about beauty as much as I could because I truly am obsessed. Skincare is my passion and I’m forever on a mission to get perfect, glowing, youthful skin. Along with that mission and recently trying to reduce my impact on the animal kingdom too, I’ve been looking into the products I use on my body. One brand who’s values I can really get behind is Evolve. They have some beautiful products that really feel luxurious, but use natural ingredients and strive towards those ingredients also being organic. I particularly love their Bio-Retinol Gold Mask, the face wash and their body scrub.
Shimirose is another brand that I’ve recently discovered but already love. Based in London, they create beautiful shea butter products that really moisturise and leave the skin feeling gorgeous. There are a lot of brands now that are doing great things for the entire industry. It just requires a quick google search before you commit to buying a product to scan over their brand values and ethics!
The average woman in the UK uses roughly 12,000 period products in their lifetime. With 33.75 million women in the UK, that’s literally BILLIONS of pieces of plastic going to landfill every year. It’s taken me a lot longer than it should have, but this month I’ve made a huge permanent switch up to my time of the month.
I had been going back and forth on Period Pants for a while as I was worried they would leak, feel uncomfortable, look horrific and be an entirely unpleasant experience. How wrong I was. After a bit of research, I found modibodi which I thought would be the best fit for me. I ordered a multi-pack of the pants and they arrived within a few days. The size 10’s fit me perfectly, are unbelievably comfortable and don’t leave me feeling unclean at all (which was one of my main concerns). Although they are a bit of an investment initially, they really are worth it.
If you’re not quite ready to make the transition to period pants, there are so many other sustainable options. There are a few companies that offer pads and tampons made from bamboo and other planet-friendly materials.
I switched to a bamboo toothbrush a while ago, and it’s something I continue to purchase. There are some great options available online, produced in a sustainable way that doesn’t profit over the planet. Not only have we started to create toothbrushes using bamboo, but companies have been cleverly creating plastic-type substances using things like corn starch. If you are more of a fan of an electric toothbrush, there are so many recyclable heads on the market at the moment! Much friendlier to the planet and (quite often) on the pocket too!
For roughly about the last 4 years, I’ve been using a flannel to clean my face in the morning and evening. Not only is it WAY more sustainable and better for the planet that cotton pads and wipes, but flannels are actually brilliant for your skin. 8 (according to Caroline Hirons) is the perfect amount of flannels to have in your collection. One for every day of the week, plus one to use when the others are in the wash. Using a flannel every morning and night gently buffs the skin. Lightly exfoliating and removing dead skin particles to give a healthier look and feel. It also makes the skin feel much cleaner and will remove the makeup and dirt from the day far better than cotton pads or wipes could.
Possibly THE most important thing to switch up in your household. We adore Method cleaning products, because they smell incredible, are plant based, non toxic and don’t have long-lasting effects on aquatic life. Ecozone is also a fantastic brand to look into. They are a British based company producing PETA approved, vegan friendly, plant based cleaning products. That are non-toxic and high performing. whilst also working towards being plastic-free. A lot of their products are also made using 100% organic materials and made in bio-degradable packaging. It’d definitely a brand I’m going to be stocking up from!
Hopefully this has inspired you to continue on a more sustainable journey. If you have any tips of things you’re already doing that you think might be helpful to me, please do let me know!