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Earth Day 2021: My planet-friendly journey since last year

Rebecca Preedy | Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe Contact Rebecca

This time last year I posted my first Earth Day blog, discussing my favourite plastic-free products. It’s been a whole 12 months since then, and in that time I have made so many more changes to my life in the hopes of making a positive impact on the world around me. This year I want to share what I have been doing in the last 365 days to help reduce my carbon footprint, and hopefully this post will inspire more people to start considering what simple swaps they can make to help save the planet.

Natural Beauty

Last year, I had begun making swaps in terms of the health and beauty products I was using in a bid to make my routine plastic-free. I am still using the Shine On shampoo bar, but I’ve stopped buying it from Amazon, and instead use Switch and Ditch. Amazon’s carbon emissions in 2018 were around the same as the entire country of Norway, so this year I will stop buying from them and start using more carbon conscious companies.

Last year I was struggling to find plastic free deodorant and body soaps that didn’t irritate my skin. Since then, I have used AOTEAROAD deodorant, and We Love the Planet deodorant, both of which have been much better on my sensitive skin! I still haven’t found the perfect body bar for me, as the one that was best for my skin came, disappointingly, wrapped in a plastic Jiffy bag. Hopefully this year I will find my perfect match. I’m hoping to find a solid body lotion this year that helps. In terms of facial moisturiser, I have switched from Pure Chimp to My Little Eco Shop, since their moisturiser leaves me with less of a greasy residue throughout the day.

Another change I have made to my health routine this year is using a menstrual cup. I was sceptical at first, but since I’ve started using it, I would say it is one of my favourite switches! It saves so much packaging, and also saves me so much money. For anyone who is considering using one, but isn’t sure about it, check out Put A Cup In It on Instagram for helpful advice and tips.

Conscious Clothing

Since last Earth Day, I’ve become painfully aware of the impact that fast fashion is having on the planet. I have therefore been buying any clothes second hand, making use of charity shops and selling apps. Not only is this better for the environment, but it also works out a lot cheaper too.

Climate-friendly Kitchen

Last year I hadn’t started making eco-friendly switches in my kitchen… but that has changed! Since I’ve been back in Leamington, I’ve started using the Zero refill store. Now I buy my oats, rice and pasta with no packaging, and I’ve been repurposing jars from my normal shop as containers. I’ve also started bulk buying my tea from Clipper, who sell packs of 250 teabags with no plastic packaging, and no plastic glue in the bags themselves. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet found an economic plastic-free ground coffee that tastes good, so that will be one of my kitchen goals for this year. I’ve also been making an effort to make my diet more carbon conscious. Although I am a pescatarian at uni and not vegan, I have made the switch to plant-based milk which was honestly not as hard as I thought it would be. I’ve still got a long way to go in the kitchen, but I can see improvements already!

Hopeful household

My housemates are also making efforts towards saving the planet, which has made my life a lot easier this year in terms of making my household more sustainable. We’ve been using a laundry egg for our washing, which I supplement with a few drops of essential oil to keep my clothes smelling extra fresh. We also bulk buy our toilet roll from Who Gives A Crap, which comes in paper packaging. In terms of wastage, we applied to the council for a food bin, and since the recycling banks in Leamington have been removed we have been stashing our tetra-packs and plastic bags until one of us can take them to be recycled from home.  

Considering that this time last year I had only focused my efforts on making my toiletries plastic-free, I am really proud of how far I’ve come in terms of my clothing, kitchen and general household. It can take a while to work out which switches work best for you, but in the end it is so rewarding to see less waste. I hope my journey continues along the positive road it has been travelling, and that post inspires some of you to make small changes to your lives that will have a lasting positive impact.

Becca.

Rebecca Preedy | Ancient History and Classical Archaeology with Study in Europe Contact Rebecca

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