Small Sustainability Swaps to be more Sustainable – and still chic!
One of my favourite, most useful YouTube videos from the past year has been my How To Be Eco Chic video; as I shared tips on small changes you can make to be more sustainable, without compromising on a stylish and luxurious lifestyle. These little changes that I’ve been making over the past year, I would say have actually improved the convenience and functionality of my day to day business, and I have to say in 2019 it is absolutely NOT acceptable to be seen with a single use plastic water bottle or disposable coffee cup, in fact anything that is single use is something that you should look to swap out.
It may surprise you how easy these swaps can be, here are a few of my favourite ways to live a more eco friendly lifestyle…
Ditch the Single Use Plastic
The easiest eco-switch you can make is to ditch single use plastic. I like to stay hydrated throughout the day, so by having a reusable water bottle in my bag, I ensure I always have something to sip on, but without having to reach for a disposable water bottle. My bottle of choice is from Larq, a brand I first discovered on Instagram, and a product that has been essential for me throughout the Summer months. It’s pricey – a lot more than most ‘highstreet’ water bottles you can buy, but let me tell you why it’s worth every penny. The Larq bottle, as well as looking chic and keeping your water ice cold all day, actually utilises U-LED technology to clean the bottle itself, as well as removing 99.9999% of bacteria from your water. I took the bottle with me to Cambodia and Laos on our travels this summer, and was able to switch on ‘Adventure Mode’ for ultra bacteria zapping, so there were no nasties in my drinking water. As long as the water you’re filling the bottle with runs clear, the Larq bottle can make it safe to drink.
The lid of the Larq bottle can be quickly and easily charged, but you only need to do this every 6 weeks or so, and then every two hours, or upon a press of a button, your water is cleaned.
Shop the world’s first self cleaning water bottle here – photographed here in Granite White.
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Eco Chic Homeware Swaps
In the house we’ve made a few other swaps, including switching to more eco friendly cleaning products, and buying top ups for our cleaning products, soaps, and even food from bulk food stores. Our aim is to reduce what we put in the bin, and ultimately land fill, so by taking pouches (dust bags from shoes and bags work well) to bulk food stores and buying packaging free rice, pasta, oats etc means we don’t need to be buying products in plastic bags. We’ve also purchased an Eco Egg, which is filled with mineral balls that clean your clothes for up to 100 washes, without the need for a liquid or tablet detergent.
Top up on Tupperware
As well as ditching the plastic packaging, Tupperware is a great way of reducing the plastic you might consume at home as well as when you’re out and about. When you’re conscious of reducing plastic at home, you’ll find yourself making more food from scratch, and instead of using cling film or foil (single use!) then keep your food fresh in Tupperware – which also makes for a great lunch box to take your Dahl, Shepherds Pie, or Soup to work for lunch! Use re-usable Beeswax wraps instead of single use cling film, and Stasher reusable bags instead of plastic bags to seal foods like onions, fruit, and frozen berries etc in the fridge and freezer.
Shop my favourite Eco-Home swaps below!
Buy less, buy better
Something that’s become somewhat of a catchphrase on my YouTube channel within fashion videos is to Buy Less, but Buy Better. The clothing industry is a huge polluter, and fast fashion is a big problem in the industry. It’s far more eco-friendly to buy second hand, and get more wears out of the clothing you already own. Did you know the average person only wears an item of clothing 7 times? Instead, look after the lovely pieces you already own; invest in a steamer, and a bobble off to make your clothing look as good as new, and take pieces to the tailor to make alterations and amends. Look to invest in a few, classic quality items each season if you want something new in your wardrobe; my favourite retailers for quality include Reiss (such as the dress and boots worn here!) Karen Millen, Club Monaco and other premium retailers. On designer sites like NET-A-PORTER, look for the ‘Net Sustain‘ option, where the luxury retailer has already checked through brands credentials to ensure they’re producing items in a sustainable way.
Thank you to Larq for sponsoring today’s blog post.