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Let’s be honest: I’m definitely the most shining example out there of eco living.
My kitchen isn’t zero-waste.
I’m not vegan.
My bathroom cupboard isn’t plastic-free.
However, like a lot of people, I have had a flame put under my arse in recent years to make some sustainable changes. Thanks for that, David Attenborough!
But seriously, I do think that we each have a responsibility to look after this place that we call home. I also agree with Anne Marie Bonneau that “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”.
With that in mind, I wanted to share 5 of the easiest eco switches I’ve made recently. These changes aren’t going to single handedly save the world, but they have made my daily routines more sustainable. And it all adds up!
Patch for cuts and injuries
Plasters are one of those things that we don’t really look at through an environmental lense. Myself included until recently!
However, those little strips of plastic are not biodegradable or recyclable, meaning that they’re likely to sit in landfill for years and years to come.
Don’t worry though, you don’t have to start being ridiculously careful not to get a paper cut to avoid plasters altogether.
I’ve recently discovered Patch: The plastic-free plaster made from bamboo.
Bamboo is a hell of a lot better for the planet than a lot of materials, since it’s a rapidly renewable resource that requires less water and doesn’t need pesticides or herbicides to flourish. Plus, of course, it’s biodegradable.
The power of plants, eh?
Patch also offers plasters in different skin tones and formula variations for everything from burns and blisters, to grazes and splinters.
Safe to say my medicine cabinet is now well and truly stocked!
Method cleaning products
With #Hinching still taking the online world by storm, I’ve defo been tempted to buy a different product for every doorknob, light switch and floorboard in my home. But I also know that that’s probably not the best for the planet. Nor will it make me want to actually clean my house…
One switch I’ve made towards more eco-friendly daily habits is opting for sustainable cleaning products. Specifically, Method!
If you’ve tried their Wild Rhubarb anti bac, you know why I’m a total convert.
Their packaging is recyclable, their products are 100% cruelty free and vegan, they use greener production processes AND they actually get the job done. All whilst smelling incred.
Reusable cloths instead of cleaning wipes
Did you know that most cleaning wipes (and makeup wipes!) actually contain plastic? I know. Mind blown.
So whilst I love the convenience of an anti bac wipe, I knew it was something I wanted to switch out. It definitely takes a bit more work, but reusable cleaning cloths, alongside my Method sprays, are the best solution I’ve found.
I use them and then always wash them on a high heat to kill any germs.
Colour coding my cloths has also made the process much easier for me. Ethical lifestyle blogger Bethany recommended this method and it changed the game…
Blue = Loo
Pink = Sink
Green = Glass
Every other colour = Everything else
It just makes sure everything is hygienic, which was something that worried me at first.
Tin foil and cling film used to be my absolute go-tos whenever I had leftovers or had to take food out with me. However, in both cases, they’re not recyclable.
That’s why I also switched to beeswax wraps. Essentially, these are sheets of cotton that are covered in beeswax. When you warm the wrap up with the heat of your hands, it sticks to itself like cling film and tin foil. Difference is, it can be washed off and used again and again.
When it does reach the end of its life, it’s completely biodegradable.
Absolute win-win, am I right?
Lost sheep coffee pods
Bloody love an iced coffee, me.
But it doesn’t take a genius to know that coffee pods are pretty bad for the planet.
Recently I was kindly gifted these biodegradable and plastic-free coffee pods by Lost Sheep. Not only are this company super green, but they’re based locally to me in Kent and all of their beans are ethically sourced.
Plus, they make a mean iced latte…
How have you been making your day-to-day more sustainable recently? Or have any of these switches inspired you?