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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. Spring is finally on its way, what better way to celebrate than by doing a little spring cleaning to your lifestyle, ditch some old habits and try to incorporate sustainability into it! It’s all about living a conscious lifestyle and making smart choices. Here are some simple changes you can make in your daily life to start living more ethically this Spring.

Shop Ethically

As a customer spend your money with companies that aligned with your values and ethos. It is important to spend money smartly. Look for Fair Trade Certified companies and purchasing artisan-made goods are two things that you should be looking for. Only purchase items you really need when you need it and incorporate second-hand shopping into your wardrobe. Make some money out of your old clothes through buying and selling, clear out your wardrobe and get rid of everything you have not worn lately. There are lots of apps to help you do this. When you do buy a new product, check how it has been made, purchase items that will last. Sometimes it will cost you a little more but in the long run you will save more than just your pennies. Every product on MettaLife has been made kindly for us and our environment.

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 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 materials.
  2. Buy textiles that are made from organic or natural materials and are dyed with non toxic dyes. There is some wonderful towels and bedding on MettaLife.
  3. Try to purchase homeware from smaller artisans, designers and makers, both supporting small business and avoiding exploitation. 
  4. Avoid plastic. Especially in the kitchen. Look for swaps – wax wraps instead of cling film, ceramic/metal baking supplies instead of plastic, unpaper towels and bamboo washing up brushes
  5. Buy eco-friendly and ethical cleaning products 
  6. Keep your home full of fresh air and fill your home with plants to keep the air clean.
  7. Look for products made from natural, non-toxic, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients.
  8. Buy only cruelty-free beauty products
  9. Find where you can recycle your old make up. 
  10. Try to find products in reusable packaging like glass, or sustainable, biodegradable packaging
  11. De-clutter – 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.
  12. Clearing one area of your home at a time, making it smaller makes it much more achievable.
  13. Look at good storage options for your things, store your items so that everything has a place. we can get stressed because our things end up everywhere. Giving everything a proper place to be stored out of sight will help.
  14. Move your money into an ethical bank or building society that does not invest in the fossil fuel industry.
  15. 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.
  16. Try and take more public transport or cycle instead of driving.
  17. 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.
  1. Make your own milk alternatives with nuts.
  2. Don’t go out and buy a bunch of vegan leather/fake products. 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. The good news is that there’s been development in this area, so opt for plant based alternatives.
  3. If you have a garden, why not try and make it more bee-friendly.
  4. Swap throw away sanitary products for reusable sanitary pads.
  5. Invest in a reusable water bottle, never purchase water in a plastic bottle.
  6. Buy a reusable coffee cup, take with you when you are out and about
  7. Purchase bamboo alternatives to plastic toothbrushes, hairbrushes and makeup brushes.
  8. 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 x