Changes I've made for a greener lifestyle

Monday, October 29, 2018
Photo by Sylvie Tittel on Unsplash

All we can do when it comes to looking after the planet and ourselves is to do our best. These are the changes I have managed to make and I'm constantly trying to do more, but at the moment this is my best. No-one can do everything, and no-one is perfect at it all, so whatever changes you've made, no matter how big or small, are better than making no changes at all. Keep going, keep doing your bit, keep learning, keep growing, keep improving.

Reusable facial pads. ๐Ÿงฝ
I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I'd purchased some reusable face pads/rounds/wipes from Etsy in an effort to use fewer disposable cotton rounds. I still have loads of cotton rounds to get through (and I might as well get them used since I've bought them) but I have also started using these for running micellar water, glycolic acid, and toner over my face. I like them because they have a bigger surface space and are also exfoliating. I got these cute penguin ones from LittleGreenCraft.

Refillable water bottle (with filter!) ๐Ÿšฐ
The water bottle I use daily and take everywhere with me is made of BPA free plastic - in an ideal world I would use a stainless steel or ceramic bottle but it didn't work out that way (I needed a bottle with a filter, didn't have the cash to splash etc). Despite that it is an excellent bottle; it doesn't leak, it has a freezer stick so you can keep your drinks colder for longer, and a carbon filter to filter through any gross tasting water. You can buy it here on Amazon in blue or green (I have a purple one I got from eBay but they don't sell it anymore). This one looks like it'd be a great plastic-free alternative (it uses charcoal to filter the water!).

Reusable shopping bags. ๐Ÿ›
Something I've very recently spoken about on my blog, reusable shopping bags are a must and are widely available to purchase. Swapping plastic carrier bags for tote bags is so easy, plus tote bags are cuter to carry around and they don't snap or tear.

Razor with replacable heads. ๐Ÿ™ƒ
My new Bulldog razor isn't 100% plastic free, but it is very, very close (the only part that is plastic is the button you press to unclip the blades from the handle). Its handle is made from natural bamboo, its blades are tempered steel, and the packaging it comes in is made from fully recycled stock and printed using environmentally friendly inks. This seemed like a better option than the disposable razors I was using. You can buy this razor (and the replaceable blades) from Boots.

Cotton produce bags. ๐Ÿฅ•
I managed to sway my mum to buy some of these after I explained how much unnecessary plastic surrounds fruits and veggies in the supermarket. The ones she bought were from eBay and were very inexpensive but do the job perfectly. They save us using so many of those ugly clear plastic bags to put loose food in. However, Morrisons have started using brown paper bags again so if you shop there and don't have reusable bags or have forgotten them (happens to us all), you won't feel so bad using their paper bags that can be easily recycled.

Bar soap. ๐Ÿงผ
Bar soap is a great alternative to plastic bottled shower gel. I still have shower gel to use up, but I alternate between them and a bar of beautifully refreshing organic peppermint soap I picked up from TK Maxx. I keep it in a soap box in the bathroom and despite using it probably hundreds of times already, it's hardly made a dint, meaning it will last me loads longer than shower gel. It's also generally cheaper. TK Maxx has the best affordable bath and body products; their soap selection is incredible and worth checking out. Plus they stock a lot of natural, organic, and cruelty free products. 

Reusable steel straws. ๐Ÿฅค
We swapped to stainless steel straws last year. They're easy to use, easy to clean, and save us buying plastic or paper ones. It's just something else we don't have to restock ever again, so that's money saved. We got these Joie ones from Lakeland.

Paperless bank statements. ๐Ÿ“„
This is an easy-peasy one, and one everyone can do. I changed to paperless because I was getting swamped by paper statements and they took up too much space in my file. If I need a specific statement, I can log into online banking and print it off.

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