Earlier this year I wrote some words about the green changes I was planning to make for 2019, and as the year rapidly comes close to the end *gulp* I thought I’d pop back on and give you an update. Some things have been really easy, others not so much, but like many people I’m doing *my* best, to do *my* bit and hopefully everyone else is doing the same and all the individual contributions will add up.
Let’s start with the easy ones. First up I swapped out shower gel bottles and have returned to using soap. I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this one out, but durrrr! Soap is either usually not wrapped at all, or when it is it often comes in a cardboard box which can be added to the cardboard recycling. This has been a super easy swap and I’ve enjoyed exploring the world of handmade soaps – lots of great options, costs about the same as shower gels and is surprisingly easy to travel with as well in a soap tin.
We also finally found a local milk delivery which has been brilliant! We now get our milk in glass bottles, delivered to our doorstep, that are then taken away by the milkman and used again and again and again. We also get a box of eggs as part of the delivery and I love that it’s all super local – our milkman actually lives in the next street from us so I think we’re first on his delivery round!
I’ve also discovered a really great brand called Beauty Kitchen who have a return, refill, repeat system, that is cradle to cradle. They’re also made with 100% natural ingredients, are vegan, cruelty free and have zero plastic inside. I’ve tried a few things now and have loved every single product. I can return the packaging to my local Holland & Barratt store and I’m excited to do that very soon with the empties that I have gathered up.
Definitely the most successful switch of the year beauty-wise has been the re-usable make up remover pads. They’ve been washed every single week, are still going strong and show no signs of wear or tear at all. I’m glad I opted for black ones as I definitely think that’s helping to keep them looking as good as new.
As with all good things, there’s been a few things I’ve really struggled with and I want to be open and honest about them. I’m still yet to find an eco-solution to sanitary products. I’ve tried several different options now and they are just not working for me. Without sharing too much information, the feel of them is just never comfortable and it makes me self-conscious and unhappy during a time when you really want to just feel the best you can. I’m curious to try the period underwear but they are so expensive and the last couple of months just haven’t allowed for that kind of spend. I’m going to give them a try for the new year and I’ll feed back as soon as I’ve done it!
I’ve also found replacing make-up products not that straightforward. The formulas, the texture and more often than not the end result are just not as good. It’s a bit of a vicious circle I think when you try to become more sustainable as it inevitably means trying lots of different options that are not always right first time. But then you don’t want to just throw it away as that is so wasteful. If anyone has any solutions to this, please feel free to add some comments below because I would love to know how you have gone about finding eco-makeup solutions.
Transport-wise I’ve been using the bus to go to work since the end of March and it’s working out really well. I still use our family car but the commute by bus has been a good switch. It’s more environmentally friendly and it’s also a lot more purse friendly – I save £84 each month by not having to pay for parking, insurance and petrol!
Overall, it’s all been a really good start and I’m excited to see what else I can switch moving forward. I know there’s LOTS of other things that can change and I’m making the changes as and when they become possible and sustainable to me.
A couple of brilliant websites that I’ve come across that have been amazing are Plastic Freedom and Earthwise Girls. Beth from Plastic Freedom is AMAZING and I can highly recommend following both her and the Plastic Freedom account on Instagram.