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!
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!
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,
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.
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..
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.