Swaps for a Low Impact Lockdown

Swaps for a Low Impact Lockdown

It’s been a long while since my last post – lockdown has thrown me off a little bit and I’m spending all my free time playing Animal Crossing (oops). I’d been intending to make some more swaps and I thought what better time to support small zero-waste businesses than during lockdown. Right now would also be a great time for you to start making little changes to the everyday products you use, so here are a couple of products I’ve tried out recently (plus you can give my previous posts a read for even more sustainable swaps here, here and here).

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Your best is enough

Your best is enough

Last year I wrote a post about ecobricking (read it here if you fancy). I became quite obsessed with saving plastic from being dumped in landfill. Up until a week ago, I’d accumulated the most immense pile of plastic – I wish I’d took a photo because I was practically wading through it as it sat on my bedroom floor. Knowing I had overwhelmed myself with a responsibility I couldn’t maintain, I separated a manageable bag full of plastic and threw the rest away. Of my planned posts, this wasn’t one of them but I know now how important it is to emphasise the importance of choosing your battles. I’d been trying to tackle the plastic waste produced by a household of five students. This was a totally unrealistic goal (especially with the amount of uni work I’m swamped with at the minute) and it took up until now for me to realise this.

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More sustainable swaps

More sustainable swaps

Let me start by warning you that this is going to be a long one. So this post is pretty much a follow on from my previous post Replacing Everyday Disposables because in the last couple of months I’ve made an effort to swap out more everyday essentials for sustainable alternatives. It’s almost been a whole month since my last post because I wanted to make sure I’d had enough time to give all the products I’ve bought a try, and decide whether I like them or not. I’ll start by admitting that sustainable, natural products are expensive. This is often because the companies producing them are small and they don’t choose to use the cheapest ingredients or materials, instead they sustainably source them from ethical producers. However, in my efforts to move towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle, I’m buying less stuff. My definition of stuff mostly includes endless new clothes, since that used to be where most of my money went, but also all the unnecessary things I used to think I needed. Money that would have otherwise been spent on all that stuff is now free to be used to make sustainable swaps.

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