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?
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:
- Soph’s Choices: YouTube channel about minimalism, zero-waste, veganism, and wellness.
- Greener Living Charlotte: YouTube channel documenting Charlotte’s zero waste journey.
- Not So Quiet Grrl: Nadia is currently doing a series about being less wasteful in everyday life.
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, 26, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin. Always thinking about my next meal.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!