*Items in this post have been sent to me for the sake of review
Last year when a documentary talking about how fast fashion is essentially, ruining the economy and the Earth everybody suddenly went up in arms about making more ethical and sustainable purchases. Obviously, the roar quietened a little bit but the cause didn’t die a death nor did people give up on ethical and sustainable living; me included.
The truth is, I feel like I’m at a benefit because I’m currently saving up to move out and I’ve been collecting homeware bits for my house for over a year now, so I’ve been able to start totally from scratch, I’ve been able to do my research and buy things for my home that aren’t damaging to the planet nor are they going to be flimsy and wasteful. I’ve avoided things such as plastic and I’ve gone out of my way to not only do this for my future home, but also for the now.
So what changes have I made?
The Metal Straw Co were awesome enough to send me nine straws to try out, this is one of the biggest changes that I’ve seen people making too. Plastic straws are currently in the process of being phased out with most places turning to using paper straws instead, and obviously, paper straws aren’t ideal: they’re flimsy and weak, and they kind of remove all of the flavor from your beverage.
So I decided to go out looking for an alternative and the most common suggestion was a metal straw, you can get ones that bend from The Metal Straw Co so you can get them compact, or you can get the straight ones that sit nicely in your cup or tumbler.
The Metal Straw Co aren’t boring either, they make their straws in all sorts of different colours, shapes and needs. Ever since they sent me the straws, I’ve been using them for pretty much everything I’ve had to drink, mostly from the bendable straw because I can take it out with me, and I’m the type of person that will only drink in a restaurant with a straw, so it’s ideal and helpful for me to have one that I can just chuck in my bag and have it not take up too much room.
I’ve been buying less
This one is a huge shocker because I love things. I love to buy new goodies, I love new clothes and I like having new things. I think it’s probably because earning my own money means that I’m able to just buy what I want and when I want, so I’ve picked up some really terrible spending habits that haven’t been sustainable nor well thought out. So, over the last few months I’ve made an effort to spend less money on things that I don’t really need.
*I’ve been trying bamboo tissues
Also, toilet paper and wet wipes. The Cheeky Panda sent me a huge box full of their bamboo tissues, toilet paper and wet wipes and I’ve been making good use of them! I really like this idea because it’s definitely a more ethical approach which isn’t a hard change to make either, all of the packaging is made of recycled materials which you can continue to recycle but the toilet paper comes in a paper bag so that they’re using as little plastic as possible. The Cheeky Panda are also the first tissue distributor to be sold in the UK which is vegan friendly, this is a massive accomplishment that such a brand exists; hopefully more will follow.
I’ve been using Vegan Friendly makeup
I went through my makeup bag a while ago and I was pleased by the lack of none-vegan friendly makeup but I still had enough of it to want to use it up, get rid, and find safer alternatives. So, I did.
I’ve done my research and know which brands are vegan friendly and which aren’t and whilst I’m sad to see how many brands aren’t vegan friendly, so many are which is such a satisfying feat – I was sickened to see what happens when makeup is tested on animals thanks to a Twitter thread a while ago and I haven’t thought twice about ditching makeup which is tested on animals ever since.
There’s also a few things I’d like to improve
I’ve been cutting out Pepsi and Coca Cola lately because I’ve been dehydrated and whilst I’d like to say that I’m happy to have cut out the plastic bottles, I’ve gone to bottled water which feels a bit redundant. I’d like to purchase an eco cup hopefully soon so that I can fill it with my beverages rather than relying on plastic bottles. I also feel like I need to cut down on how much fast fashion I buy, my wardrobe is full of clothes that still have tags on – it’s embarrassing and frankly, inexcusable.