For the most part, I feel like I’ve adapted well to a less wasteful life. I’ve been making small changes here and there – from simple daily swaps to assessing my reading and travel routines – for a while now, and most of the adjustments I’ve made have been pretty seamless. That said, striving towards a zero waste lifestyle is certainly not without its challenges and, in the interest of hashtag keeping it real, I thought I’d share some of the difficulties I’ve personally encountered along the way.
I’ve been writing about ethical fashion and less wasteful living for a while now, but I’ve not really considered how the two overlap – until now! With the seasons set to change very soon I have been doing some second-hand shopping and have consequently been connecting all the loose threads – geddit – which entangle the clothes we wear with the impact we have on the environment.
Ethical consumerism is on the rise. Restaurants and food companies proudly emblazon the word “vegan” across their products and menus; wonderful independent cosmetics brands give industry leaders a run for their money with skincare and beauty to meet a range of needs without compromising on animal welfare. In short, we have options – lots of them. So if you thought going eco-friendly was going to limit your ability to buy stuff, you’ll find it’s quite the opposite situation.
It’s the time of year when many of us are off on our holidays, taking a likely well-needed break from our daily routines to be around family, explore somewhere new, or sit on a beach and do diddly squat for a week. If you’re jetting off to a far flung paradise, renting a cottage with pals in the country, or embarking on a fun getaway of any description, there are ways you can minimise the waste that inevitably accompanies travelling. In this post, I’ll be going over my top tips for just that.
I’ve always enjoyed reading, but in the last year and a half or so, it’s become a much bigger part of my life than it had been. At the start of 2016, I decided to read fiction written by women only (#feministkilljoy). It started off as a fun experiment, but led me to discover some wonderful authors and stories I may not have done otherwise, and I haven’t really looked back since. With that in mind, I’ve been thinking of ways that my love for reading could have a positive effect not just on myself but in the wider world, too.
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.
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?
As I’ve recently been getting more and more into lessening the environmental impact I have by reducing the waste I produce, I’ve been turning to one of my favourite media outlets – YouTube – for inspiration and guidance. Thankfully, there are a host of vegan, zero waste YouTubers creating regular, informative and entertaining content, and I thought I’d give them a little shout out today.
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.