How To Make The Change To A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

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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! 

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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.

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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. 

But last month BlueRock were kind enough to send me a sample of their bamboo toothbrushes, and I can’t imagine going back to plastic ones now! 

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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. 

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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!

Sheffield Futures Self Care Tote Bag

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.

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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. 

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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? 

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  • Julia says:

    I love this post! I’m trying to be more eco-friendly in 2019 too and these provide some great product suggestions. I actually have a collapsible cup already by stojo and they are the best because they take up so little room in your bag! Lovely photos, I’ll definitely be getting some of the packageless lush products!

  • Rachel says:

    Obviously, the biggest thing you can do to be more eco-friendly is to cut out/ back on meat and animal products, especially red meat. I also use reusable food-storage products. I don’t think I used a single Ziploc bag in 2018 (mostly because as a student I couldn’t be bothered to buy any, haha!). I also didn’t know this until recently but you can return Lush containers for a free product once you return 5! Maybe I’m just behind on the times…

    Rachel ||

  • Jade Marie says:

    I didn’t include that because not everyone can do that for things like health reasons (myself being one of them) and it’s not something I’d ever promote, as I believe it’s a very personal choice. Yeah I’ve known about that for a while – it’s such a fantastic incentive! 🙂 I thought it was pretty common knowledge but I might edit the post to include that, in case there are people out there who don’t know about it 🙂

  • Jade Marie says:

    I definitely want to pick one up as traditional cups can’t always fit in my smaller bags, which is annoying! And thank you 🙂

  • This is such an inspirational post I feel more people need to be aware of. Like yourself I am trying to take a bit more care with the products I use and how I dispose of them from this year forth. Before now I am ashamed to say I didn’t really think of the waste I was producing but once you become aware and take note it is definitely shocking. You have some great tips here to start people on their way. I think using a fold down cup is a great idea as space in people’s bags is always an issue.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Kate x

  • Great post and something I’ve been thinking about a lot too. I never go to coffee shops or anything like that so I never end up purchasing plastic cups / lids. I also don’t have periods, so I don’t have to worry about waste in that aspect either at the moment! But I really want to invest in a bamboo toothbrush 🙂 xxx

  • this is such a helpful post! I’ve gotten pretty good at being a refillable water bottle most places and even using it at home so i don’t go through as many plastic bottles! I’ve also been thinking of switching to a menstrual cup instead of your typical sanitary products. feels both cost efficient and eco-friendly xx

    mich /

  • Great post! I have two reusable cups that I use for my tea in the day and then I have a big water bottle to get me through my work days as I’m on the phone a lot for my job so it is very much needed haha. I need to get myself a bamboo toothbrush, I’ve been meaning to get one for ages. And yesss tote bags, I have quite a few but they’re great, so useful for shopping 🙂

    Chloe xx

  • Such a thought provoking post, and yes I agree with all of these excellent ways to reduce our impact on the planet, I love tote bags I’m never without them now. Going to look into bamboo toothbrushes thanks xx

  • I love how reusable/eco-friendly products tend to save you money over time while also looking much prettier than their disposable counterparts. Bamboo toothbrushes are so luxurious feeling too. Love this post, thanks for sharing!

  • Kirsten says:

    Lush is so great with sustainability!

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