Okay, story time with Beth:
A few days ago, being the diligent student that I am, I decided to buy myself a new notepad in preparation for all of the dissertation work I’ll be doing. Then, being the eco-warrior badass that I am, I wanted to get one that was made out of recycled paper. Because when you have the opportunity to save the trees, you take, ya know? However, being the impatient shopper that I am, I needed to be able to get it through Amazon Prime so that I could use it the next day at the library.
The only option that they had that ticked all of those boxes was this hippie-dream by Rhino who, as well as saving the trees, are dedicated to bringing rhinos back from the brink of extinction. It was perfect. But it was also an add-on item. Naturally, the only logical solution I could find was to spend the necessary £20 on other products to make me eligible for putting the £4 world-saving notepad in my basket. In my defence, the whole thing gave me the push I needed to finally invest in some of the eco-friendly home essentials I’ve had my eye on for months. Seriously, I wrote this ‘conscious living wishlist‘ all the way back in July.
Treat yo’ self and the planet, ammirite?
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This stuff is miraculous. I’ve only had it for a few days and I already can’t imagine my life without it. Or at least I can’t imagine wrapping up my leftovers without it. Made from cotton coated in beeswax, it’s an eco-friendly alternative to cling film or tinfoil that can be washed off and used again for about a year. After that it begins to biodegrade, unlike plastic alternatives which could stick around for decades.
When the sheets come into contact with your hands the beeswax becomes slightly warmer, meaning that it sticks to itself. I promise that it works. Plus, it looks a hell of a lot prettier than cling film.
Reusable Cotton Rounds
These beauties were actually on my Christmas list and, thanks to my Dad who is endlessly accommodating of my hippie needs, I’m now lucky enough to own them. A reusable cotton round and some coconut oil is an absolute match made in heaven when it comes to makeup removal. I just use some beauty blender cleanser to rinse them out before I put them in with my normal clothes wash and they come out looking brand spanking new.
Recycled Fabric Tea Towels
As someone who is soon to be leaving student life behind me, I feel like I need to invest in grown up things. These fancy tea towels are my first step to doing just that! They’re made from recycled denim and cotton clothes and, as well as looking simply lovely hanging in my kitchen, they’re pretty sizeable. And that can only be a good thing for doing grown up jobs like drying up, right?
Reusable Produce Bags
I have wanted some reusable produce bags since I first started this whole “caring about the planet” thing. It physically pains me every time I fill my shopping trolley up with plastic bags and cartons. So, honestly, I’ve never been so excited to buy vegetables as I am now that I have these bad boys.
I invested in a set that contains an array of sizes, meaning that they’ll work for everything from garlic to potatoes. I’m also pretty sure that they would work perfectly as laundry bags and I am an absolute sucker for a multi-use product.
Back to story time: I actually forgot to take my new world-saving note pad with me to the library the next day. But, on the plus side, my sandwiches were all nicely wrapped up without a piece of plastic in sight!