Environment and Ethics

I try to make positive lifestyle changes so that what I do in my day-to-day life doesn’t cause harm to people, animals or the environment. I’m definitely not perfect, and I still have a lot to learn, but I thought it would be helpful to record in one place all my attempts at being more ethically and environmentally friendly. Take a look around if you want to see what I’ve been up to, or have a go yourself!

Vegetarianism

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I am a vegetarian primarily for animal rights reasons, but cutting meat or animal products out of my diet is also really good for the environment! Everything I cook is either veggie or vegan – feel free to have a browse of my recipes.

Second hand clothes

Buying clothes second-hand is  good for the environment (Yay! Recycling!), and it means that you’re not supporting bad sweatshop working conditions. I love vintage shopping, and I love rummaging through charity shops and car boot sales to find hidden gems. Here are a couple of my best outfits!

british museum 1green and yellow 2

Also see Robin Hood’s Bay, Mint and Denim, Clown Colours, Purple and Fur, Dreamcoat, Stripes and Lace.

Upcycling

Another way of updating your wardrobe or home furnishings without using up resources or supporting slave labour is to alter clothes or items that you already own. This is also SO MUCH FUN! Check out some of my upcycling tutorials,

Rug 6Upcycled Tassel Rug

Chelsea 1Upcycled Backless Dress

Also see Fabric paint 1, Fabric paint 2, Jam Jar Lanterns, Tie Dye Trousers, Dip Dye Jumper, Lacey Boxes, Tie Dye T shirts

Ethical high street

Upcycling or buying second-hand is great but sometimes you need some new undies or a great fitting pair of jeans, and for that it’s nice to buy new. The high street has a horrific reputation for treating their workers badly, so I try to stick to shops that treat their workers as they should. Both M&S and H&M have a good reputation for sustainability and good working conditions, and People Tree guarantees that their clothes are ethical and sustainable, so these are my go-to high street shops. Here is one of my favourite People Tree outfits.

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Chemical Free

We buy so many products which are full of chemicals that can be harmful to the environment and to us. Lots of these things can be replicated easily using natural ingredients, such as..

Massage oil

Homemade massage oil

natural dye 2Natural Dye

Also see Homemade Bubble Bath.

Let me know what you think! Comment or email me, I’d love to hear if there are changes you’ve been making to minimise your negative impact on the world.

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4 thoughts on “Environment and Ethics

  1. I’m not a vegetarian but I’m big on the environment. Recycling everything and using Ecover cleaning products. I wrote an article for work recently about an American company who 3D print environmentally friendly clothing. Appalatch they’re called – hopefully it’ll catch on it t’ UK.

  2. Hi Jess! Love this page, Ive been thinking more ethical and environmental friendly lifestyle but still in process of making the changes. Lovely to see someone living by those principles and having fun doing so! xxxx

    • Thank you! I’ve been meaninig to update this page for a little while, but it’s definitely been fun and rewarding making ethical / eco changes to my lifestyle. Although, I’m still learning and I’ve got a long way to go!

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