Coffee is a big part of my daily routine. Not only does it give me an energy boost (and stave off those ever so pleasant caffeine withdrawal headaches – addicted? Moi?) it provides comfort and structure to my day and is my only ‘vice.’ As I’ve been working on reducing my waste, I’ve found that my consumption of coffee is an area that I ought to address, not least because it’s such a key aspect of my day-to-day life. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d share ways we can all lower our impact when it comes to enjoying a good old cup o’joe.
So far in my Less Wasteful series, I’ve covered ways to reduce waste in your makeup routine, day to day life and at home. As someone who menstruates monthly, I thought it was time to take a look at the ways I could address the waste surrounding this unavoidable bodily function; as it turns out, there are plenty of things you can do to have a less wasteful period, and I’ll be highlighting a few key ones here.
You guys…somehow, summer is just around the corner. While I don’t have any holiday plans involving a beach this year (sob) I thought it’d be a good time to do a round-up of ethically made swimwear. Truth be told, I hadn’t considered the conditions under which my bikinis were made; I so seldom purchase beachwear that it hadn’t occurred to me to shop for eco-friendly and fairly made alternatives. If you’re someone who tends to pick up a fresh swimming costume or bikini every year, or if you’ve been holding out for a new one for ages, this little guide should give you some inspiration!
When it came to assessing how wasteful my lifestyle was, I didn’t immediately think about my makeup routine. As an almost daily fixture in my life, though, it wasn’t long before I turned my attention to examining how I could reduce my waste and consumption in this area. Many of us use cosmetics, be it skincare or beauty products, pretty much every day; so what can we do to make those routines a little kinder to the planet?
There’s something about the beginning of a new year that makes me want to put on my explorer’s hat (metaphorically speaking, of course – I am not much of a headgear gal). Despite the travel anxiety which makes planning and taking trips pretty difficult for me, I often find myself wanting to go away at least a few times during the year, whether it’s to laze on a beach, discover a new city, or visit family and friends abroad.
Winter is terrible for my skin, and I feel like the ill effects are worsening the older I get. I’m talking flaky under eyes, random dry patches on my face and absolute havoc being wreaked upon my poor lips. Unpleasant, to say the least. So, as the cold weather clings on for dear life, I’ve been doing my best to combat the negative impact it’s been having on my skin, by trying to add as much nourishment and moisture into my routine as possible.
In trying to lead a less wasteful life, I’ve begun to assess my day to day routine, to see if there are areas in which I can improve in terms of how much waste I produce. Changing certain habits can be difficult, and a lot of the time I feel like the zero waste ideal is almost unattainable for me. It’s hard to imagine myself living a life where, for example, I don’t buy any packaged food, or can fit my rubbish from the month (or year, even!) into a mason jar. For now, I’m looking at tweaks to my routine that I can make with relative ease, and I thought I’d share those ideas with you today.
Recently, I’ve been evaluating how wasteful I am day to day, and what I can do to minimise the amount of damage my lifestyle inflicts on the environment. The more I’ve learned about the materials that feature in our everyday lives – from the plastic our food comes wrapped in, to the products we use to keep our homes clean – the more I’ve realised that so many things I rely on are simply not sustainable. The good news is that there are ways to co-exist with the planet and create less of a detrimental impact through minimising the daily waste you produce. Read on for 6 easy tips…
“Zero waste” is a buzz-phrase I’ve seen bandied about quite a lot here and there recently, not least within the blogosphere. Particularly within the vegan and minimalism circles, #zerowaste seems to be taking off and I’m all for it. For those of us wanting to lead a life less hampered by material possessions, creating less waste is a natural step to take. On a more pessimistic note, human overconsumption is killing the planet; we throw far too much away and are straying ever-further from sustainable, environmentally friendly lifestyles, and something needs to be done before it gets even more out of hand.
There’s no doubt about it: Christmas can be a time of great waste. From making way too much food to giving unsuitable or unnecessary gifts, we can end up creating a lot of waste over the festive period, and it’s a crying shame. However, it doesn’t need to be this way, and in today’s post I’m going to go over some of the ways you can minimise your contribution to waste this year.