Trying to make a difference…

I’ve been debating whether to write this blog post as the moment you start talking about something like you’re opening yourself up to a world of criticism. On the other hand though by choosing to write this blog post, I’m hoping to help at least one person understand that doing the smallest of things can have the biggest and positive impact on the environment.

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been kind to the environment to the best of my ability, this is probably through partly laziness and not being educated enough about what sort of life I was leading had impacted the environment. 10 or even 5 years ago things like this never really came up in conversation as much as they do now. As a family we try to have conversations about what else we can do as whole in order to help the environment. I’m very lucky that I have such open minded parents that will go that little bit further.

It has recently become much more wide spread and easy to gain information about what we all can do in order to make a positive difference for the environment. I can only see this as a positive but it doesn’t help me not feeling guilty at how ignorant I’ve been all these years and how much waste we really generate as a human race. Me and my mum were both shocked whilst watching a recent TV show that aired on BBC one entitled War on Plastic which just goes to show how much excess plastic we have in our day to day life. It just so unnecessary and unneeded.

I thought I’d share what small changes I’ve started to make in my life in the hope to become more sustainable and eco-friendly. If it’s this easy and budget friendly for even me to do than more people can do it for sure.  I don’t want to appear that I’m doing good and need praise for switching a few things in my life because let’s face it I need to do more but I’m glad I’ve taken the right steps in the right direction in order to help.

Ditching those face wipes and switching to muslin face cloths.

This is the first thing I did a few years ago and I haven’t looked back since. My skin has thanked me as well as hopefully the environment. I used face wipes for ease and also through lack of understanding about what else I could use. It became apparent though that using face wipes weren’t doing my skin any good and I was breaking out even more than usual. So whilst I stopped using face wipes for the good of my own skin, my continued use of muslin face cloths has reduced my environmental impact less.

I really enjoy using the Liz Earle cloths that cost under £5 for a few and last for ages so you won’t be needing to repurchase frequently. I just chuck mine in the wash with the rest of the light washing and they’re as good as new after.

Swap those cotton pads for 90p for reusable ones for £2 that don’t go in the bin.

Along the same line I’ve ordered myself some reusable cotton pads that you wash in the washing machine and reuse. These will be much better for environment than the single use cotton pads I regularly use from places like Primark and Boots. If something as simple as this switch can make such a positive impact then why wouldn’t I. Cotton pads make such a good tool for taking over eye make-up and I’m hoping switching to the reusable cotton pads will prove just as effective if not more.

Bottled shampoos and conditioners are so last year.

Moving onto hair which is something that I like to take care of and is probably the biggest culprit for single use plastic as I tend to go through quite a few bottles. Me and my mum decided to invest in a solid shampoo and conditioner in the hope of obviously saving the environment and limiting our use of single use plastic but also saving ourselves some money. Having used it already a couple of times I can really tell the difference of not only the natural good ingredients but also the good I felt using it knowing I’m not adding to the problem of single use plastic. The solid shampoo and conditioners we ended up getting were from Lush and last up to 80 washes which is around the same size as two big bottles of normal shampoo. My hair has never felt so good after using any other shampoo and my hair lasts a lot longer between washes.

Bamboo toothbrushes are the way forward.

Whilst we’re on the subject of being in the bathroom, this is a fresh as it gets as I just picked up a bamboo toothbrush from Tiger for £2 which I’m so looking forward to using and saying goodbye to my plastic crappy one. I like the feeling of knowing that with every brush of my teeth I’m helping save the environment whilst it doesn’t really end up effecting my life as I can still go about doing normal stuff.

With every sip make a difference.

Moving onto consuming liquids and probably the most popular and easiest thing for people to do. Reusable cups and reusable metal straws both of which are so easily accessible and make the world of difference. I find reusable cups always make a cool present too and there’s so many nice ones around with cute slogans or designs. It’s so easy to pop that reusable cup in your bag and when you’re fancying a coffee whip it out and not have to use a throw away cup from the shop. Most shops are also offering incentive in the way of money off your coffee or extra loyalty stamps in exchange for using a reusable cup so there’s really no reason not to.

Metal straws are one thing that most people are aware of and the impacts they have on wildlife and the environment in general. Having done a beach clean up it is shocking to see how many straws had been washed up on shore. I actually really prefer using metal straws too as I find the drink it much colder or hotter and they don’t bend or crumble. They’re so inexpensive and easy to take with you whilst out…much better than those stupid paper ones places insist on using.

As far as other aspects of my life in terms of being more environmentally friendly are concerned I’ve tried to make a conscious effort of reducing the amount of fast fashion I purchase. Investing my money into clothing items I know are going to stay in my wardrobe for years to come and will be worn over and over again. Not only is this impacting on the environment in a good way but also helpful on my bank balance. I’m trying to get another thrill that I used to get from buying clothes and knowing that I don’t need to have nice to new things in order to be happy and be a successful blogger.

Well this blog post ended up being a lot longer than I thought I would be. I hope this proved somewhat helpful and educational to at least some of you. I know I’m still going to be hypocritical to a certain extent as I can’t be perfect but the changes I am making is a step in the right direction so that’s got to count for something.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and reading my latest blog post. Be sure to come back next week for a brand new post.

Until next time,

adoseofapril x

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17 thoughts on “Trying to make a difference…”

  1. First: You are the flat lay queen! Loooved the imagery throughout this post!
    Second: I’m with you, I’ve been trying to reduce my plastic use this year but I’ve been worried about posting about it too much because like you said, you’re opening yourself up to criticism. I still live at home so changes such as shampoo bottles etc are harder when you’re not the main shopper, but I’ll be moving out soon into my own apartment and I’m going to be doing my best to make purchases that are eco-friendly. Loved the idea of the bamboo toothbrush too!

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    1. Aw thank you so much! What a title to have haha. I’m really trying to improve with my blog photos so it means a lot that you took notice. I’m so lucky that I haven’t had any criticism with this blog post so far which just goes to show making a change has to start somewhere and people must appreciate that. Good on you for starting too.

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  2. I thought this post was amazing to be honest, I’m the same! I haven’t always been kind to the environment… at all. But lately with it being such a hot topic I’ve really started to make changes and although small ones, every step is a good one!

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  3. love this post! I’ve been making small swaps too and my mum has just got me some solid conditioners from Lush for my birthday – really excited to try them x

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  4. It’s great that you’re doing your bit to help the environment! I definitely need to order myself some metal straws and some reusable cotton pads…it is definitely a lot kinder to the environment to use less disposable items x

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