Little Changes I've Made To Help The Environment

Monday, 6 February 2017

I've been wanting to do a post like this for a while now, but never got round to writing it for some reason. I've tried to make a few changes to my lifestyle over the past couple of months, especially after christmas. Just some little things that are really easy to do that help the environment.

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1. Recycling
This is something so easy to do yet so many people don't do this. I've always recycled but when coming to uni, especially the start of this academic year I got a bit lazy with it. But now I'm much more aware, I check every package before chucking it in the bin and I'm even more aware when I'm buying products. For example, if something comes in a paper bag rather than a plastic container I'd pick the product packaged in paper.

2. Microbeads
There have been a few bloggers that have done some wonderful posts about this so rather than rambling on I'll just link you to their posts.. (Thumbelina Lillie) (Makeup and Beauty.com) They've put it better than I could anyway! But to summarise, lots of beauty/skincare products such as face wash, body wash and toothpaste have this little plastic balls in called microbeads. They're really bad for the environment, because they just go straight down the drain and into the oceans and lakes and are really harmful to marine life. It's really easy to check your products before you buy them, because there are so many great alternatives out there. Since reading up about this, I've stopped buying these products and there are so many great alternatives on the market! Read makeupandbeauty.com's post for more detail on this! But to summarise, #banthebead

3. Eating Less Meat
This point may be a little controversial. I admire people that are vegan, I think it's really great that they have the will power to stick to it and they're really doing their bit for the environment. I'm not at a stage in my life where I'm ready to make the commitment to become vegan, and as much as some people might not like to hear it, I enjoy eating meat and diary products. But with that said, I've been trying to eat healthier and more plant based. At least 3/4 of my meals a week are plant based. And I'm really enjoying it, I'm happy with this medium, between doing my part and trying to eat less meat but also where I can indulge and have my lovely Sunday roast and a chocolate bar when I fancy it.
If you're wanting to try some plant based recipes then Niomi Smart's 'Eat Smart' cookbook is fantastic, I've been trying lots of her recipes lately.

4. Finishing Products before buying new ones
I used to be really bad with this, especially with makeup. I'd read someones blog post about all the new beauty products, run out and buy them and stop using my current products. Then never finishing them, not only was it wasting money but we should all remember to use up our products before opening something else, especially because makeup has a shelf life too.

5. Always carrying re-usable bags with me
When the carrier bag charge came in, it never bothered me. I'd still do my shopping as normal just purchasing 2 or 3 carrier bags with my weekly shop. Until about 3 months ago when I realised I had so many carrier bags I was never going to be able to use them all (I never throw them out, unless they're broken) So I started folding 3 or 4 up and putting them in my handbag, so if I ever pop into a shop to pick something up I have one ready so I don't have to purchase another one.

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I hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe got a bit of inspiration to tweak your current lifestyle to make it a little more green! Are there any tips and tricks you have to become more environmentally friendly? I'd love to know, either leave a comment or tweet me @EmjaneMac

With Love; Em x

4 comments

  1. Love this! I always try to finish products before I buy more and always have a reusable bag on me. Loved this post. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  2. It actually made me feel good because I do some of these just naturally, I'm not vegan but I eat vegan/vegetarian meals for most of my meals in a day and my whole family has always recycled, it seems odd to me that people don't!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  3. One thing I've started doing is collecting things for www.teracycle.com , you can send your empty beauty supplies to them and they'll recycle it and donate 2 cents to a charity of your choice. It motivates me to actually finish my products instead of letting them accumulate.

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