Wednesday the 22nd of April is Earth Day and so I thought what better time to write about sustainability and more important, how you can be more sustainable. Previous generations didn’t have an extensive knowledge on how they where damaging the planet but now we know and should all be making changes to ensure the world doesn’t die within the next century. Everyday we all make choices that can affect the environment and so it is important that we all become conscious of what we can do differently.
One thing that we can all do is buy more sustainable products. Recently we have seen people becoming more aware on the affect’s plastic straws have on the environment but they are not the only item that you should stop using or replace with an alternative.
Straws – Even though I just said there are other items you should also focus on; plastic straws are still being used in lots of people’s daily life. So, next time you are buying a drink just ask for no straw or don’t take one, instead use a reusable straw. You can buy glass straws, metal straws and silicone straws. I personally use a foldable silicone straw that comes with a case and a tool to clean it.
Cotton Pads – For makeup users or people who use cotton pads for skin care, you know how quickly you go through a pack of cotton pads. When I used to use them, I found when I emptied my bin it was mainly cotton pads and it was just so much waste and not to mention the money I spent to replace them all the time. Items that are unnecessarily one-time use should definitely be something you cut out of your life and so reusable cotton pads are perfect to help the environment. I now use cotton pads that are made out of bamboo and can be washed, they come in a pack of 20 and even had plastic-free recyclable packaging.
Cotton Buds – We all read those articles saying cotton buds would be banned by 2020 but you can still buy them in every supermarket and beauty shop. They are incredibly bad for the environment especially as they’re another one-use item. There are no products that I know of that can replace them and also be used more than once so it is a good idea to switch to using eco-friendly cotton buds. The ones I use come in a pack of 300, in vegan eco-friendly packaging, are made of bamboo and when you are done with one, you can put it in the food bin.
Kitchen Roll – My family has recently made the switch to reusable kitchen roll. We were spending a lot of money on kitchen roll and using it even when we could have used something use and so we now use washable bamboo towels instead. We brought them at Asda but I can’t find them on the website so, a good alternative is Ecoegg bamboo towels that can be used 1700 times per roll. Or if you don’t want to make the switch then try to use cleaning cloths that you can wash.
Shopping Bags – Plastic bags are terrible for the environment and the money spent on them also builds up when shopping. The solution to this is to buy a bag for life. I use multiple bags for grocery shopping and then also carry a tote bag in my handbag to use if I go shopping for things like clothes, makeup and other small items.
Gifts – The waste after holidays like Christmas and birthdays increase dramatically and so maybe switching to experience gifts instead of physical items can be a good idea. In the past I have brought people gift cards, tickets to see shows, tickets to concerts, passes to comic con Scotland and my sister even got me a trip to go bungee jumping this year. Buying someone an experience is something they will remember forever over a makeup pallet that goes out of date in a year and they will have to throw out.
Batteries – The final product I’m suggesting are rechargeable batteries. Most people don’t dispose of their batteries properly anyway but people seem to always need batteries and so switching to rechargeable ones will take them off your shopping list. You can use the same batteries over and over for the same item by just charging them up again after they run out.These are just a few products you can use and change to; I know there are a lot more out there and I encourage everyone to find sustainable alternatives to things they use in everyday life. Saving the planet is very important and everyone should care about it. Everyday animals are losing their homes and climate change is a real and scary thing, help save the Earth.
‘ending is better than mending’ ~ Aldous Huxley
Thank you so much for reading! The products in this post are ones I personally use but may not work for everyone. I am going to be writing a few posts to do with sustainability because there is so much more I want to talk about. I have also put the names of the products I mentioned below. Please feel free to like, comment, share and get in contact with feedback or ideas of what I could post about in the future. You can also subscribe to get notified when I post.
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Straws – £9.00 for 2 – Collapsible Straw 2 Pack, Reusable Straw Portable Eco Straws Folding Drinking Straw with Hard Case Cleaning Brush and Keychain Perfect for Travel, Househlod, Outdoor or Gift-Cyan&Grey on Amazon.co.uk
Cotton Pads – £9.99 for 20 – 20 Packs Organic Reusable Makeup Remover Pads, Washable Eco-friendly Natural Bamboo Cotton Rounds for all skin types with Cotton Laundry Bag on Amazon.co.uk
Cotton Buds – £5.69 for 300 – Bamboo Cotton Buds | 1 box (300 buds) | GOTS Certified Organic | Compostable & Biodegradable | Wooden Ear Swabs | Eco Friendly | Plastic Free | Sustainable Materials | Vegan | Recycled Packaging (300) on Amazon.co.uk
Kitchen Towels – £7.99 for 1 roll – ecoegg Bamboo Towels on Ecoegg.com