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- Plastic Free July – take the challenge!
As with anything plastic-free and low waste, the key is preparation! That’s why we’re not waiting til July to tell you about this challenge. We’re telling you what it’s about now so you can prepare to take the challenge! Plastic Free July, is literally what it says on the tin! It’s a global challenge that asks you to take part in ditching plastics for the month to help reduce the impact to our lands and seas and be part of the solution to the plastic problem! The movement has inspired over 250 million people in 177 countries to go plastic free, so if you are new to plastic free this is a great month to get helpful content and community support of other people trying to start kicking their plastic habits. You can sign up to the challenge online at www.plasticfreejuly.org where you will receive helpful emails (but not spammed!) about different tips and tricks to reduce your plastic waste, and also content which helps inspire you on some of the basics to removing everyday plastics from your life. We love, love, love this challenge, because it helps you start a healthy habit and gives you a short target of just 31 days to consider everything you would normally purchase in plastic! Better yet, once you get to the end of the 30 days, this new mindset will help you start a long term habit of removing plastics from your life whether it’s going plastic free at work, school, home or in the community. Feeling like you might struggle to ditch every plastic? Don’t worry, we know starting a new habit can be hard. This isn’t about failing in the first week because you need to buy something you find essential which is plastic, and then you can’t complete the rest of the challenge. Instead it’s about asking you to question if there is an alternative, and if there is, purchase that instead…..or try go without! If you do find yourself needing to buy something plastic…..don’t give up…..just keep asking yourself at every purchase……do I really need this or can I go without. Why not try it with a friend for a bit of support? Ask your friend to sign up to the challenge too so you can discuss what works and what you find hard. As always you can reach out to us here at B & Sea via our contact us form or DM us on insta for any plastic-free support and tips too! You can also check out our other blogs for helpful content to help you love a plastic free, low waste and sustainable lifestyle. And if you need any plastic free products, check out our plastic free online eco-store for some awesome plastic free alternatives. Plastic Free July – Be part of the solution.
- 18 easy ways to live a sustainable life
To live a sustainable lifestyle, first you need to have a really good understanding of what it means to live sustainably. Sustainability is a lifestyle. It’s something you should practice everyday by making changes to your everyday habits that help reduce your demand and consumption of earths resources. Choosing to live sustainably in one area of your life is helpful (i.e refilling water bottles), but if you are still practicing unhealthy habits in another (i.e purchasing plastic water bottles from the servo and refilling for a few days) this can counteract your sustainable choices. That’s why it’s described as a lifestyle. It’s about recognising your impact and making conscious decisions in all your life habits and consumer purchases. For people new to living sustainably, don’t worry, this is like any lifestyle change, such as joining the gym, it’s not something you change overnight. Instead it’s about taking small steps everyday to help you form healthy habits, until that healthy habit becomes the new norm for you and it stops being a conscious effort and starts being your go-to sub-conscious choice in ethics. When I first started choosing sustainability. I found it hard at times. I’d fall off the track…..leaving my water bottle or lunch at home and end up purchasing lunch on the go or a drink from the shop which made me feel like I was failing. When in fact, I wasn’t and neither will you. At that point in my life I was habing to learn a new habit and unlearn a lifestyle of convenience. “It doesn’t matter if I leave my lunch at home, I can just buy sushi at lunch”. Along my journey, I decided that if I did forget my lunch or my water bottle, that was my fault for being unprepared and the planet shouldn’t suffer for my lack of preparation. I’d find a local café and ask for a sandwich preparing without the wrapping (yep, straight into my hand…..because that’s all that was going to happen anyway right?!) or drink water from the tap at work or a drinking fountain (because the quality of water from the tap is no different to what I’d buy in a bottle). Recognising alternatives or “how would I survive if I couldn’t buy this” is a huge step towards living a sustainable life. But it doesn’t stop at forgetting your lunch……there are sooooooo many ways to live a sustainable life to create an all-rounded wellness for you and the planet. Here are our top tips to live a sustainable lifestyle: 1. Always be prepared – Preparing for the day / week ahead allows you to foresee what lifestyle habits you’ll need to break in the upcoming time ahead and not get caught short or having to rely on unsustainable purchases 2. Bag Life – Take a spare bag with you EVERYWHERE! Just incase you do need to purchase something. I usually have my backpack with my at all times so I’m never caught short! Also remember to take your own bags for your food shopping. 3. Plastic free veggies - If you do need to purchase from the supermarket, only purchase foods not wrapped in plastic. Purchasing unwrapped fruit and veggies is usually a sign of local produce meaning you’re supporting local farmers (stickers will usually tell you if it’s not local) but also…..since when and why do cucumbers need sheathing?! 4. Buy at bulk food shops – Taking your own containers and refilling from farmers markets and bulk food shops helps you remove a HUGE amount of packaging waste from your life. You can also save money purchasing food this way vs the supermarket! Buying in bulk also helps you stock your pantry with a selection of staples…..which leads to our next point…… 5. Cook your own food – Ditch the lunches-to-go and takeaways. Not only will the help you lead a healthier diet and save you money, but you’ll also ditch any extra packaging that it comes wrapped in (and dare we say it the plastic!). now we know everyone likes a tasty treat every so often – google fake-aways to curb those cravings for takeaways! 6. Layer up – Having your house warm is a luxury…..but we warm our houses up so we can walk around in less clothes. How counterintuitive! The uneccessary energy usage contributes towards climate change and higher utility bills. The solution….wear a sweater or a couple of extra layers (hello thermals!), get a couple of blankets and throws for your house too so every room is snuggly! 7. Switch it off – Make sure you turn off lights and electrics if you are leaving a room. This includes turning items off completely, leaving them on stand-by still uses energy. Go super sustainable and switch items off at the plug when they aren’t in use. Learn to adore natural light, open the blinds fully before reverting to switching on a light. 8. Ditch the plastic – And any other unsustainable product for that matter. Even plastic which can be recycled is still not worth buying (check out this blog post to find out why). If you need to purchase something, consider is there a plastic free option. Choosing to go plastic free is a great step forward to a sustainable life. 9. Low waste life – Try to reduce the waste in your house. Where possible, buy items unpackaged. Get a compost bin. Reduce how much you send to landfill or plastic recycling centers. Reuse what you can, reduce your consumption of uneccessary items, repurpose items when you no longer have use, resell if possible and when there’s no other option…..recycle it. 10. Consider your transport – Fall in love with that old bike in your shed again, or purchase a second hand one. This helps reduce the emissions from cars and completely removes the need for petrol/ diesel saving you money and saving the earth. If public transport or car-sharing/ car-pooling is an option, take it up, and if you do need a car….make sure it’s got a great energy rating and low emissions…..or even consider an electric or hybrid! 11. Say no to fast fashion – If you can buy it at the high street retailer for $10, how much do you think the living wage or working conditions are for the person who made it? Fast-fashion is the need to consume unethically made items and keep up to date with the latest season…..instead check out second hand shops like Recycle Boutique and purchase quality items second hand, whilst they might not all be from ethical brands, purchasing second hand helps drive down the consumer demand for new fast fashion manufacture. 12. Love slow-fashion – Sure ethical clothing brands may seem more expensive….why? Because they are made to a higher quality, designed to last longer, and provide more ethical and sustainable materials, pay rates and environments for workers. Skip the latest full wardrobe of fast fashion, and replace with a few items from ethical brands which will still be in season…..every season. 13. Upcycle – Whether it’s a piece of furniture you were going to throw out or an old pair of jeans, learn some new skills to have a bit of fun with! Paint that old set of drawers that didn’t fit your new décor and give it a new quirky look. Or learn some basic sewing skills such as “visible mending” to upcycle those worn out jeans. 14. Go paperless – Notify and sign up to paper statements with your bank and utility companies. Regardless if it’s on your computer or coming through your door, it will still have the same info….the difference…..less trees cut down or print production needed to tell you the same info. 15. Say no to receipts – If you can get it emailed instead of printed, do so. If the cashier asks you if you need a receipt, tell them no. Not only does printing receipts have the same tree + print issue as the point above, but receipts also contain hidden plastics in the film of them – they aren’t just paper! 16. Indoor plants – Use indoor plants to help clean the air in your house. They are also a great way for you to consciously learn about impacts to plants eco-systems and what happens when we don’t look after them…..and helps you appreciate the larger ecosystem we call earth. 17. Sustainable beauty – Try replacing your plastic container beauty routine by making some of your own or choosing reusable products, or purchasing from refillable and ethical brands such as Zao. Use shampoo, conditioner and soap bars to ditch the plastic bottles and support local artisans. 18. Love the outdoors – Some once said to me there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. How true right! Regardless of the weather, get yourself outside, bathe in the sun, jump in the puddles, enjoy every element earth has for us!
- Is going plastic free and low waste more expensive?
Whenever I talk to people considering going plastic free, the key question that seems to come up, is how expensive is it to be plastic free and will they be out of pocket. So if that question is currently on your mind, this blog will help bust some myths on being plastic free. So the first thing to understand is that starting a plastic free and low waste life is centered around consuming less. Not more. Plastic was actually originally marketed as a luxury to throw away! That’s right, post World War 2, companies actively advertised to get the nation hooked on disposable items….it was a new cheap item that could be purchased, thrown away……and then replaced. Not only did this mean that generations got brain washed with disposable items being a luxury, it also meant consumers had to purchase more to keep replacing the item they were enjoying throwing away!! Crazy right! That systemic brain washing has filtered through further generations and we now rely on a consumer industry where we expect to pay “cheap” over and over and over…..so we create waste over and over and over……and are we actually saving money in the long term if that’s the case? 1. The upfront cost of purchasing plastic free items can seem overwhelming. I remember purchasing my first plastic free reusable water bottle years ago and couldn’t justify the cost of $40 for a water bottle….but after some deliberation I realised it would only take for me to purchase 1 plastic water bottle every week for 20 weeks before buying disposables was more expensive – I still have the $40 water bottle I purchased more than 5 years later. 2. You don’t have to buy everything brand new. Sure you might want to kit yourself out with some mason jars, bottles, etc etc…..but check out thrift stores, or ask friends and family for items they no longer use. 3. “Expensive” is relative to your current lifestyle habits. If you already live quite a minimal lifestyle, the chances are you won’t notice a huge difference in your outgoings, however if you life quite a disposable life where you constantly purchase plastic, you may notice a slight peak in upfront costs, but you should notice a cost saving long term!! 4. Leading a minimal, low waste lifestyle is nothing new! People were living without plastic for centuries before you read this blog post…..and guess what…..people survived! And our grandparents……they were all about zero waste! They made do with what they had, they reused what they could, they saved left overs, they only bought what they needed……and then plastic adverts came along and corrupted everything! If you’re about to throw something away when it still has a potential use, think to yourself……”what would nanna do?” 5. There are some things that will cost more, for example “fast fashion” is cheap manufactured clothing where workers are paid pitifully, if you’re accustomed to purchasing cheap clothes because you like to keep up with the latest season fashion, you will notice a difference in expense if you chose to upgrade to more ethical brands and still want to keep in the season trends. Ethical brands don’t cut corners in manufacture and ensure they produce quality items instead which will be more expensive. We recommend upgrading your next purchase to more ethical brands over fast fashion, but to make them last through the season, try purchase items that are timeless and will carry through any season trend In summary, the chances are that going plastic free and low waste should save you money but there will be upfront costs and compromises to be made in changing your consumer habits!
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- how to clean reusable makeup pads | B and Sea
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