Easy Sustainable Swaps Guide From Sustainable Living Influencers
Looking for sustainable swaps to our day-to-day life can sometimes feel overwhelming, not knowing where to start, which brands to trust and what is even out there that is a much better alternative to the environment. This is why we reached out to some of our favourite sustainable living influencers to find out more about their favourite easy eco swaps perfect to be achieved by everyone.
Nikki writes about easy eco swaps for everyday life on her wonderful Instagram at @bathgirlgonegreen.
"The one piece of advice that I’d give people trying to live a more eco friendly life, is not to be too overwhelmed. Just find some easy swaps that suit you and your family and take it one step at a time.
I chose to focus on reducing plastic to start with. I looked at our plastic recycling after 2 weeks and we had lots of milk cartons and yoghurt pots. So I switched to making our yoghurt and buying milk in glass bottles.
Lots of eco friendly swaps will be more expensive to start off but I’ve found that things are made to last and so you save in the long run. "
"For those starting out on their sustainable journey, I’d suggest doing a ‘bin audit’ to begin with to work out where the majority of your waste is coming from - e.g food packaging, cleaning spray bottles, bathroom products etc. After that, try and tackle an area at a time so it isn’t overwhelming.
Product wise, I think the easiest swaps for beginners are dissolvable cleaning sachets. You put these into an empty spray bottle, fill up with water, shake, and you have a new cleaning spray without the need for a new plastic bottle.
Compostable sponges for washing up and cleaning, plastic free body soaps instead of bottled shower gel and reusable cotton pads instead of single use ones are some of our favourite swaps too! They’ll save you money in the long run and are earth-friendly."
Emily writes about clean beauty, conscious living and second hand outfits on her Instagram. Find her at @ecowithems.
Reducing single-use items is one of the simplest sustainable swaps. For example: taking a reusable shopping bag/ reusable water bottle out with you for the day. If you know you are planning on stopping for food, take your own cutlery, your own keep cup, you own tissues/napkins. Think ahead for the day “what will I need?”, “do I already have it?”, “And can I take it with me?”.
Kate provides amazing tips on how a low waste lifestyle can save you money on the long run as well as our planet. Discover more about her journey at @kate.goes.low.waste.
DIY swaps are one of the easiest ways to switch to sustainable and natural alternatives. We love this fantastic DIY Rose Water recipe with just 2 ingredients from Kate. Perfect for a bit of self care ahead of the weekend!
“Rose water is amazing for your skin. It soothes skin irritation, reduces redness and also helps balance the PH of your skin. It has a positive effect on acne and it also helps to hydrate your skin, so great to use as a moisturiser. Plus it smells just divine.
Making your own rosewater will cost you less than £2/200ml and about 30 minutes of your time. Plus I don't even have to mention all the pros such as: ⠀
- You know what is inside - so no chemicals, no perfume, no nasties - only the good stuff⠀⠀
- It is 100% VEGAN ⠀⠀
- Not tested on animals
It’s important to make sure your roses are organic and edible (chemical-free & pesticide-free). You can also buy already dried rose petals. When choosing specific roses, go for English or French roses, those ones are the best.
You can use it as a toner or a face mist by adding it to a spray bottle. It feels really nice on skin, especially in summer. It is completely chemical-free, as we are using just distilled water and organic rose petals. Nothing else.
How to make one?
- Remove the petals from the stems. Use 1 cup of fresh petals or 1/4 of dried ones.
- Add petals to a large pot and top with enough distilled water to just cover it. Don't add more water otherwise you will dilute your rose water. Use 1 and 1/4 cup water for dried petals or 2 cups for fresh petals.
- Over medium-low heat bring the water to a simmer and cover.
- Let simmer for about 20 or 30 minutes or until petals have lost their color and are pale pink.
- Strain the mixture to separate the petals from the water.
- Discard petals and place the water in a clean glass jar to store. Use a glass jar for a toner or a glass spray bottle for a face mist.
The shelf life for infused rose water is short. You can keep it at room temperature up to seven days, refrigerated up to 2 or 3 weeks. Keep it away from sunlight. You can also make one as a present for your friends or loved ones.”
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