*this post contains gifted products
One of the things I really want to focus on more in 2019 is being more eco-friendly.
I’ve always loved nature and animals, and I hate seeing how badly humans are harming both.
Blue Planet II has done so much to help show people just how bad things are getting, and I’ve noticed an increase in the number of people recycling, switching to sustainable packaging and just generally trying to reduce their throw-away items since it aired – which is fantastic!
The increased interest and accountability has meant that there are a lot more eco-friendly products available than even just a year or two ago; which means it’s a lot easier to switch to more eco-friendly products.
They can also end up saving you money too, as you won’t have to pay extra for things like shopping bags and take out cups!
Eco-Friendly Tip #1: Reusable Cup
I must have about 6 reusable cups, but I can guarantee that when I actually want to buy a drink after uni, I don’t have a single one on me.
That’s something I want to change this year; I’m thinking of investing in a Pokito travel cup, which folds down when you aren’t using it, so I don’t have to worry about it taking up too much room in my bag.
I used to have one on me all the time when I was an undergrad, as I’d take a coffee in with me to fight off the morning cold and keep me awake during 9am lectures.
But now I’m on my masters, we’re in a building that has a dedicated kitchen with tea/coffee making facilities on our floor; so I can just make a drink whenever I feel like one.
Don’t get me wrong I love it, but it does mean I don’t bring my reusable cup with me as often as I used to; a bad habit I need to fix.
Eco-Friendly Tip #2: Bamboo Toothbrush
Plastic toothbrushes are so commonplace that it isn’t something that I’d even thought about changing before now.
On top of being eco-friendly, they actually offer them as a subscription service, which is something that I think is a great idea – especially if you’re like me and forget to change your toothbrush as often as you should…
You can pick the number of brushes you need and how often you want them delivered, so it’s customisable to your needs and budget.
You’re also not stuck in a contract, so you can pause, cancel or change your subscription any time you like; something I hope more subscription services start to offer this year.
One of the main things I love about these is that they’re home compostable, so when I’ve finished with it and start on a new one, I can just pop it in my grandparent’s compost heap rather than throwing it in the bin.
Plus every time you buy one, 10p goes to marine life conservation!
Tip #3: Packageless Products
I’ll be honest, these are something I don’t use as often as I should.
I’ve been wanting to make the switch to packages products for a while now, but still living at home means that the bathroom is shared and things get lost or moved regularly.
I usually keep most of my toiletries in my room and just bring them in with me when I need them. However, I’ve always thought that would be a bit difficult with packages products, as they would still be wet and messy after use.
But when I popped into Lush just before Christmas, they mentioned that they have reusable tins available with a lot of their packageless products, which would make storing them after use so much easier!
I’m thinking of popping in and picking up some of their packageless shampoos up next week, maybe the Jason And The Argan Oil one as I’ve read some pretty good reviews about it.
Tip #4: Tote Bags
Not only are these great for the environment, but they also save you paying 10p every time you go shopping – win-win!
I’ve got a pretty big collection of tote bags, but my favourite has to be my Sheffield Futures Self Care Tote Bag; it’s a gorgeous black bag with a selection of cute white illustrations on it.
I use this one pretty much every day for work as its big enough to fit my 15 inch MacBook in as well as my iPad, portable charger, notebook, headphones and diary in.
Plus a few snacks and my water bottle too!
I also make sure to keep one my bag when I go out, which means I don’t need to buy a plastic bag if I decide to do a bit of unplanned shopping.
Tip #5: Organic Sanitary Products
I made the change to organic pads last year, and I’m so glad I did.
I have very sensitive skin, which means that the perfumes in traditional sanitary pads can irritate me quite badly, sometimes to the point of causing me physical pain.
Not what you want in that particular area!
I had to put up with this while growing up as there weren’t any alternatives available, and it was actually one of the main reasons I decided to go on the pill injection as soon as I could – I just couldn’t cope with having periods (and wearing pads) any longer.
I worked on a campaign for Time Of The Month last year, and since then I’ve honestly not used any other pads.
Not only do I not get any irritation at all from them, but you can’t even tell you’re wearing them half the time.
They’re 100% organic, cruelty-free and biodegradable, which makes them a lot more eco-friendly than traditional period products.
They’ve just started to be sold in most Tesco stores, or you can sign up to get them delivered to your door on a specific day every month.
I love this idea as I’m always forgetting to buy some when I’m running low and can guarantee I’ll have to make a late-night run to the shops to pick some up.
I’m blaming it on not having periods for so long, rather than how bad my memory is these days!
What are your favourite eco-friendly products to use?