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Becoming Less Wasteful

I've been reading a lot about eco-friendly living recently.

Green beauty, ethical fashion, creating less waste in everyday life... it can all seem a bit overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. One thing I know for sure is that I'd like to be less wasteful. 

Fortunately, this seems to tie into a minimalist, cruelty-free, vegetarian lifestyle. Minimalism is about making sure everything in your life has purpose and value, which makes you less wasteful because you consider any purchases carefully.

Being cruelty-free and vegetarian means I'm aware of how my consumerism affects animals in particular, but now I'm starting to think more about the environment and the earth  what can I do to reduce my impact?

(The Vegetarian Society have a really interesting leaflet about going vegetarian or vegan for environmental reasons  you can order it here.)

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I was brought up to recycle and finish everything on my plate so no food is thrown away, something I'll freely admit I don't always manage. The more I've researched eco-friendly living, the more I've realised how many changes can be made to your everyday life beyond the basics  things like buying loose fruit and veg and not using the plastic bags the supermarket provides to store them in. Things like taking a flask to work, or bringing your own cup to Starbucks when you buy coffee. Things like keeping a reusable water bottle with you instead of a plastic one.  

As with any lifestyle change, I feel like it's best to start in a slow and steady way. Do what you can, work your way along from there, and suddenly it doesn't seem quite as overwhelming. So that's my plan  to think carefully about what I'm throwing away and make more considered choices as a consumer, one step at a time.

I've just started using a recyclable razor and a recyclable toothbrush, both from Preserve, and there'll be a blog post about this brand and why I love them at some point in the near future.

In the meantime, here are some eco-friendly links I love:


What are your thoughts on eco-friendly/zero waste lifestyles? Do you have any reading/YouTube suggestions? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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