Back at the beginning of 2017 I made the resolution to become more aware of where my money goes. At the time, that mainly meant not funding animal testing and shopping as locally as possible, but since then I’ve become even more aware of the ways that I can improve my rather shitty consuming habits.
Now, let’s get one thing very clear: I’m definitely not a vegan, zero-waste goddess who goes litter picking in her free time. However, I am making changes one small step at a time. And that’s what’s important. When you suddenly become aware of how much convenience is put on a pedestal in our society, it can actually seem a bit overwhelming and you might feel like you have to change every aspect of your life immediately. That’s great if you can do that, but if you have to take things a bit more slowly that’s also absolutely fine.
I for one am focusing on being a better person than I was last month, instead of judging myself on other ethical bloggers. So, this lil’ wishlist post is both an excuse for me to get excited about some of the things I can invest in to be less wasteful and also a reminder that, right now, I do still have some rather wasteful habits. Hey, I’ll get there eventually!
On Earth Day I wrote a post about the small changes I’ve been making, including no more to-go cups or plastic straws. Well, I bloody miss straws. They make drinking approximately 10x more fun. These stainless steel ones seem like quite the investment and I would certainly look like the life and soul of the pre-drinks if I get them!
After you’ve fallen down the conscious living rabbit hole, food shopping can seem kind of like a plastic-wrapped nightmare. There is literally unnecessary packaging everywhere. Unfortunately, not all of us are able to shop in bulk. So, I’m just trying to make small changes where I can. In this case that means buying loose produce and putting it into my own bags, instead of expecting the shop to do it for me.
Although I’ve recently stopped wearing makeup on a daily basis, when I do I usually remove it with coconut oil and cotton pads. It’s something I didn’t even think about before. Now I hate the fact that I have to throw them away, even if they are organically sourced. These reusable ones seem like a great alternative, even though it will mean a bit of a habit shift.
On the one hand, I’m a student who can’t afford to be wasting any leftovers. On the other, I cringe every time I have to use cling film to wrap up the half of a falafel pita that I didn’t eat. That, my chums, is why I need beeswax wrap in my life. Since these sheets are reusable, they are a lot more sustainable and mean that you won’t be contributing to plastic pollution with every snack.
You don’t need to hear me drone on about how much I love the silicone wonder that is my menstrual cup any more than you already have, so I won’t bore you. However, I am excited to one day invest in some reusable sanitary towels for days when I don’t feel like living the cup life or when I want a bit of extra security at night time. I’ve heard great things about Earth Wise Girls, so I think they will be the first I try.
Listen, I know that I can get free tote bags if I go to pretty much any student convention ever. But there’s just something about these that fulfils my dream “eco-warrior princess who is also effortlessly chic” aesthetic.
One of the biggest steps I’ve made toward becoming a more conscious consumer in 2017 has been learning about the fashion industry in all of its prioritising profit over people glory. Taking a long hard look at my wardrobe and figuring out just how unethical it is now means that I buy most of my clothes in charity shops. As a student, I don’t really have the money to be splashing out on slow fashion pieces just yet, but when I do, this t-shirt by Free People is the first thing I’m buying.
Lush is one of the few shops that I haven’t chosen to stop supporting since making this transition, thanks to their strict no-animal-testing policy and the fact that they encourage people to recycle their pots in-store for a free face mask. However, not having waste at all is better than recycling. So, whilst I am not a zero-waste queen, I am making a conscious effort to buy more naked cosmetics. Next on my list is the Karma scented shampoo bar and the Rub Rub Rub shower scrub, to replace my usual pot of Ocean Salt.