I already wrote a few points with tips to make your way to the most plastic free habits to take in this article and I would like to come back on the topic with more ideas for sustainable swaps. Most of the things we do on a day to day basis have a huge impact on the environment. Even though we may not realise it. Some small everyday actions will have an everlasting impact on the planet. I believe it is important that all of us, as consumers, make an effort to be more aware and to change the small things. They won’t make a big difference in your habits but will be game changing for the environment.
I don’t do a lot of fashion shopping. I think it compensates for the years I was doing way too much. When I do now, I try my best to think about what I buy. When I shop for clothes, I first make sure I don’t already have something too similar. Then I think about all the uses I can make of 1 piece and if there is not just one use, I’ll consider it. Many brands now have ethical lines, even in the high stores. Zara and H&M which have affordable ethical products. Another great option is to shop vintage or second hand. There are plenty of second hand shops, especially in London. Not only you will save a lot of money but you’re very likely to be wearing something unique! Fashion really has to become more sustainable and it starts with consumers!
Whether it’s coffee,tea or any other drink, we all enjoy a take away drink for the commute. If you’re addicted to coffee and get 2 cups everyday at your favourite coffee shop, that’s 420 paper cups you are using every month. And for only a few minutes until you throw it in the bin or on the street if you really don’t care. But that’s another topic. The easiest sustainable swap to reduce your impact on the environment may be to get a reusable coffee cup. They come in all sizes, colours and materials so you can even have the luxury to be picky!
I personally use a Stojo Cup. I love that it’s collapsible and fits in my smaller bags. It doesn’t leak, even when you put it back in the bag after finishing the drink. I’ve always heard great things about KeepCup. Most of the times, coffee shops offer 20p discount on your drink when you bring your own cup. Do you need more reasons to get one?!
The bathroom is very often the place where we look to reduce our waste and to become greener. Though it’s one of the most problematic rooms in your house! Whether it’s your make up or your personal care products, chances are you’re not very aware about the issue. This is for men as much as women here! I’m not talking only about make up. There are a few swaps you can make to make your bathroom a more sustainable room.
♦ Replace your pads and make up removers with reusable ones, I use the Lamazuna ones and they do a great job.
♦ Check the formulation of your products. We forget it but they end up in the drain which ends up eventually in the lakes and oceans. Do not use products with microbeads. Those are banned in the UK, in France, in Canada and other countries but still available elsewhere.
♦ If you feel like making a bigger effort, try going for vegan products. If the animal cause is an important fight for you, you probably do not want to use products tested on animals or with animal ingredients.
The controversy on tampons and period pads is not new but still, their use is too common and should be questioned more. First of all, how insane is it that tampons are so expensive and we need to buy some every month for most of our life. Apparently, most women would spend £18,000 in their entire life for their periods. Am I the only one being shocked? It may not be the easiest swap as you will need to get used to it but trust me it’ll change your life. Menstrual cups are a game changer. No need to spend money every month on tampons or pads. No risk to run out off these.
And it’s apparently also better for your health as the cotton used for tampons and pads is likely to be contaminated by pesticides. Unless you buy them organic. Cups are more affordable and easy to find everywhere! The only thing is to get comfortable using it. And if you don’t feel like trying or it doesn’t work for you, SheThinx has created period-proof underwear!
At home too there are some easy swaps you can make. The first sustainable thing is to reduce the use of single use plastics. When grocery shopping, look for the products which do not have plastic around or only have one layer of packaging. Then, when you have some plastic and packaging at home, recycle them! When it comes to home care, the same issue that exists with beauty products exists with cleaning products. Most of them have very questionable composition. They will pollute waters when disposed in the drains and they will also leave some dirty and harmful particles in your house. Try to go for greener products when home care shopping. Ecover is the most accessible option. Affordable and easy to find in most supermarkets. They have all the products to keep your home clean but green!
Step by step, you can make your lifestyle greener and the planet happier! ◊