Choosing to live a more ethical lifestyle can feel overwhelming at times when we are surrounded by ads offering improvements in every aspect of our lives.
Whether you are thinking about how much plastic you use and the environmental impact it has, or what the wage of the person who made the outfit you are wearing today was, there are numerous steps you can take to face these dilemmas.
Feeling the Spring air gives us an uplift to finally see the days getting a little longer it is time to organise ourselves, brush off the cobwebs and look at how we can get rid of some old habits and spring clean our lifestyle,
It’s all about making smart choices to live a conscious lifestyle. Here are a few simple ideas for you when trying to live more ethically this Spring.
Ethical and vegan Shopping
Spend your hard earned money with companies and brands that share your values and ethos, it is important to look for Fair Trade Certified companies and smaller independent brands. Only buy products when you really need them and check out second-hand shops for adding to your wardrobe. You can even make some money by buying and selling, clear out your wardrobe and sell everything you have not worn lately. There are so many great apps to help you achieve this.
When you decide to buy a new product, take a good look at how it has been made, purchase products that will last, it may cost you a little more but in the long run you will save.
All vegan gifts and ethical clothing on MettaLife have been made kindly for us and our environment.
A great place to start is to take a look at your daily routine.
Many of us will have a morning and evening routine, everything we do, we do without thinking. Stop and think about what impact this has on the environment.
Here I have listed changes you can make – try and choose 2 or 3 a week, this will have a sufficient impact for you and your environment over the year.
1. Wherever possible, try to buy furniture and homeware that is second hand or made from upcycled/recycled materials.
3. Wherever possible buy your homeware and vegan gifts from smaller independent brands, it means so much with every order they receive.
When you buy your special vegan presents from MettaLife
You are supporting 2 small ethical businesses
The brand and MettaLife – So, Thank you.
4. Avoid plastic. Especially in the kitchen, try to look for swaps to replace cling film and plastic cleaning products. Take a look at our selection of reusable gift ideas and bamboo washing up brushes
5. Keep your home full of fresh air and fill your home with plants to keep the air clean.
6. Look for eco-friendly gifts made from organic, sustainable and natural products.
7. Find where you can recycle your old makeup.
8. Look for products in reusable packaging like glass, or sustainable, biodegradable packaging
9. Declutter – Clear through areas of your home slowly, make lists of what you need so that you don’t throw things away that you might find yourself needing later, donate items consciously and try to host clothes swaps and garage sales to give your items to a good home.
10. Clearing one area of your home at a time, making it smaller makes it much more achievable.
11. Moving your money into an ethical bank or building society is a great idea, look for ones that don’t invest in the fossil fuel industry.
12. Try and buy local and seasonal groceries. Look out for farmers markets or allotments where you can buy produce that was grown locally and did not travel far to get to you.
13. Try and take more public transport or cycle instead of driving.
14. Decrease your meat and dairy intake – The best thing with this is to try and change your perspective on cooking.
If you are used to making ‘meat and two veg’ recipes and you try to replace the meat/dairy portions, you are going to find that a whole lot harder. Instead look for different types of recipes like casseroles, stews and soups that combine protein elements in different ways.
15. Make your own milk alternatives with nuts.
16. Do not feel the need to go out and buy lots of vegan leather/fake products and get rid of what you have. Vegan alternatives aren’t always best for animals, as buying plastic based fibres will have larger knock-on effects on eco-systems which put more wildlife at risk.
17. If you have a garden, try and make it more bee-friendly.
18. Swap throw away sanitary products for reusable sanitary pads.
19. Invest in a reusable water bottle, never purchase water in a plastic bottle.
20. Buy a reusable coffee cup, take with you when you are out and about
21. Always have your reusable shopping bags with you so never to use a plastic carrier bag.
There are so many more, but this is a great start, just enjoy yourself and I hope this list will help you get started.
Please let me know how you get on