New year celebrations have come and gone and you’re suddenly feeling the pressure to become a changed person. Your post holiday blues aren’t helping either. You have that long list of resolutions you pulled together in 2019 under a cloud of mince pies and Baileys but all you want to do is sit on the sofa and binge-watch Friends!
We’re not judging; we’re speaking from experience!
Over the last few years we’ve forgone lengthy resolutions and have instead set small goals throughout the year. That’s how we started on our plastic free and zero waste journeys.
... and here are some of our tips and learnings.
It all began with a reusable bottle
Small easy changes such as carrying a reusable bottle to avoid buying plastic bottles or carrying produce bags helped to significantly reduce our plastic waste. These simple changes eventually became habits and no longer line items on our to-do-list.
Don’t make too many changes at once
Once we started making these small changes we wanted to tackle plastic and food waste at home; which got a little overwhelming. My cosmetics cupboard alone sent me running for the hills (or to the sofa and Friends). So we decided to tackle the issue room by room, item by item rather than do it all at once. Starting with the kitchen we set ourselves small milestones to replace current items such as sponges and cleaning products with sustainable, eco solutions over a couple of months. From there we moved to other areas in the house always taking it in our stride. We’re still far from a perfectly sustainable household but we’re not looking for perfect we’re looking to make a difference any little way that we can.
Look at the ingredients
Silicones, sulphates, phthalates, microbeads... oh my! The list of chemicals and harmful ingredients in our products is sadly endless but it is important to educate yourself on the different ingredients we expose ourselves and the environment to everyday.
We’ve gone loopy looking at product ingredient labels, trying to decipher what is good and what is bad for us and the environment. The truth of the matter is that it may be impossible to completely remove these from our lives since most everyday products contain them, however we can consciously start to remove them from our daily routine by looking for alternative products that are completely natural or contain more natural ingredients. Remember, once we rinse off the product or flush it down the toilet it is released into the water system affecting aquatic life so the quality and ingredients of the products is extremely important to consider when shopping around.
Luckily for you, we’ve stocked the shop with products we have tried and tested over the last few years from natural cosmetics, body wash and hair care products to refillable and eco cleaning products. So come on by and check out our growing range of plastic free and cruelty free every day alternatives.