Yep, you read that right, mother trucker.
I have launched a podcast! That means that you’ll now not only get to listen to me banging on about sustainable living on here and on my Instagram stories, but straight into your ear holes, too. How lucky are you, right?
I am seriously excited that this little adventure of mine is starting to materialise and that I can finally share it with the world. Or at least a small proportion of the world! You’ll get all of the info about the podcast in my first, teaser episode where I introduce myself, the show and my own journey to more ethical living.
Give it a listen and, if you enjoy it, please leave me a review on iTunes and tell all of your pals about it. It would mean the absolute world to me.
Hello and welcome to Everyday ethical: A podcast about all of the small ways that we can be more sustainable, without the pressure to be perfect. My name’s Bethany Austin and I’m an ethical lifestyle blogger who talks about everything from slow styling to cruelty free cleaning.
This is my first ever episode of my first ever podcast, so I thought that I would take the opportunity to introduce myself what I do, and what you can expect from me.
Let’s dive in…
I love talking about myself! But this episode is going to be a bit of a one-off just so that you guys can get to know me a little bit. I want to talk about my own journey to more sustainable, ethical and environmentally friendly living, to help to put this whole “podcast” thing into a bit of context for you.
So, first things first, who the hell am I? If you don’t follow me on my blog or any of my social media channels, firstly, why?! And secondly, hi! It’s nice to meet you. My name’s Bethany, or Beth, I’m 22 years old and I have three main passions in my life: Firstly, writing, usually through my blog. Secondly, saving the world. Duh. And thirdly, chocolate oat milk, which is probably the biggest of those three passions to be honest.
If you followed me online for any amount of timed you’ll probably know that I started my foray into the blogging world as a fashion blogger. It was back in 2012-year-old disco pants and Look magazine and I basically decided that I wanted to use my blog as a way to become the next editor of Vogue. Well, clearly that didn’t happen at least not yet…I’ve always been ambitious, can you tell?
But whilst I was running this fashion blog of mine and trying to make it into this huge earner for me, I was on a waitressing wage budget of £3.79 per hour. So anything I bought had to be cheap as chips. I would search the H&M sale rails and buy as many items as possible for as little money as possible. I just wanted to have a blog content I wanted to be able to put OOTDs together constantly, I didn’t want to be a Lizzie McGuire outfit repeater and basically I just wanted to be able to keep up with the big fashion blogger names out there who just seems to have an advert replenishing wardrobe.
And do you want some real honesty? I would sometimes buy pieces of clothing knowing that I would never wear them again after the outfit that photo because they were ill fitting or they were like what actually able to do up at the back but I need in my outfit of the day photos you wouldn’t be able to see that. And obviously I am not saying that that is what all fashion bloggers do. By no means! I’m just saying that that’s how I responded to being within that online space.
And I’m telling you this this information about myself and his background story because I think it proves the point perfectly that we all have to start on an ethical journey somewhere. Very few people were born into a situation where I grew up you know zero waste vegan completely cruelty free. So when I say that I’m an ethical lifestyle blog and podcast are just know that this is on a Judge mental space because I was literally the least ethical shopper possible. And do you know what? I am still completely imperfect. If you make the steaks I’m not completely zero waste I’m not vegan yet, so this platform is as much a space to give tips as it is to talk about my own journey.
So how do I go from fashion blogger who spent all of her tips from waitressing at H&M to an ethical lifestyle blogger who is trying to do better in every area of colour? Well, fast forward a few years, to blog changes, and a hell of a lot of holy shit type regulations, and I realised that I needed to change the way I was sleeping. not just in terms of the way that I was consuming fashion but in terms of the way I was consuming literally everything. I went through a phase of about three months probably two years ago now where I was just watching documentaries and reading articles and finding out all this information about how the ways that I was living in many areas of my life would negatively impact thing not just the planet animals and other people my scarily.
And I didn’t know what to do with this new knowledge. I held onto that information for quite a long time before I made any changes the reason being that I just didn’t know where to start it felt hugely overwhelming and I felt like there was so much I needed to do That it will just be easier for me to ignore it and pretend that everything is fine.
And at some point I told myself to get my shit together. I decided to say “fuck it” to being perfect and just try to be better. That’s when my blog became my ongoing journey to being more sustainable and ethical. Nowadays I talk about how I’m becoming more eco friendly and I try to be honest about it if I mess up too.
I want all of my online platforms to be a place that people can come to for advice on living a more ethical and sustainable life, but that also except that it’s a journey and none of us are perfect in any of these respects. And I also wanted to create an online space that was aware of the fact that being eco-friendly and more ethical isn’t necessarily easy, granted it’s totally worth it of course it is, but making these ethical shifts are definitely a slight ball like. There is no denying it.
So basically I wanted to create this podcast as a way of talking to all of my imperfect people out there that want to make changes in their life but don’t know where to start. Those people that like me a couple of years ago I felt massively overwhelmed by all of the info online. I’m not going to talk about how you need to go from steak-eating, Topshop loving non-recyler to someone who wears only second-hand hemp clothing, sources all of their food locally and uses a menstrual cup. Fuck that. Should we just try and be better, together, one step at a time, instead?
In each of my episodes, I’m going to talk about a different areas of our lives and give you some options for how to make it more sustianable: I’ll give you the lazy girl options, the options for people just getting started, the option for the people who are quite far into their journey and are ready to commit to something bigger. I want to bust some myths: I don’t want you to think that you have to own a Mooncup or always remember your 10p shopping bags in order to makee a positive difference. This isn’t about shaming your habits, it about providing you with a little bit of guidance – gudiance that I very much could have used two years ago – on how to make changes, and a bit of direction on where to start.
So, I hope that you stick around, subscribe and tell all of your pals about this new adventure of mine. Look forward to honest eco chatter as well as some interviews with amazing and inspiring people who are way more impressive than me. I’m really really excited about this.
Until I speak to you soon, goodbye!