Sustainable living swaps

To continue with my sustainable living, I have kindly been sent some items to share with you. I have spoken about becoming more suitable quite a lot recently and abut the items we can use to protect our environment. 

Health and beauty

We use them everyday, but a toothbrush is something that isn’t wonderful for our environment. Made completely of plastic and something that should be changed monthly. So in our house that’s 48 tooth brushes per year that we are throwing away. It’s now possible to use wooden eco-friendly brushes, they might cost a little bit more but in the long run they will help the environment. These little wooden brushes come from The Humble Brush. and lovely little eco friendly company. I have been using mine for a couple of weeks and I’m really happy with the way it cleans my teeth and the condition it still in.

Cleaning between your teeth is also really important to your oral health. But floss and the interdental brushes add up to the landfill pile, The Humble Brush also have a great range of eco-friendly interdental brushes. I have tried them and I like them, they do feel slightly different but the more I use them the more I like them.

shampoo bar

Shampoo is something we use every day in our house, I have to say I do try not to wash my hair daily as I don’t think it is always a good thing. I also use it sparingly, but even so each month we use at least one bottle of shampoo and one of conditioner. For a long while I have been reading about using a shampoo bar, I’m so pleased I did. I love it, it took a few goes to work out how best to use it. But I found wetting it with nice hot water and the rubbing around my hands to gather a lather I was able to then use that for my hair.

It leaves my hair really shiny and soft, I have to say I was shocked at how much I like these Shine Shampoo Bars. I think I will last a lot longer than my standard bottles of shampoo. I do feel like I might want to add some conditioner which is something Shine don’t make.

sustainable makeup

Make up is a big one for me, I do love to wear make-up and I generally buy the pricey items. However I don’t wear tones of make-up and I’m far from being the next greatest make-up artist, but I like it. When lavera offered to send me one of their eye shadow palettes I was keen to try it out. I often find that when I try out something new it just isn’t quite a good and what I would normally choose. I was wrong about this, the eye shadows are all neutral colours and are highly pigmented that you don’t need to use too much of them. They are also long lasting I’m impressed with them.

Removing make up can be a challenge, sometimes I find that I end up using 4 or 5 different cotton pads to remove it. Which over a week or a month really adds up not only in cost but in the amount of landfill we are filling. EcoPanda make fabric makeup pads which come in a bamboo pot and with a little string bag. You use them to remove make up and them pop them into the bag and wash them. They work really well, plus they wash fabulously as well. I will not be buying cotton wool pads again.

Natural World products are just amazing, I was sent these samples and they smell amazing. They are made with all natural ingredients, are paraben, phosphate free, they only thing is they come in plastic bottles. However they are cruelty free and suitable for vegans. These will be living in my overnight bag for all of my trips.

Getting personal

I have been wondering about changing my sanitary products for a while now. I don’t like the how much waste they produce and how long they will in landfill for. I had a long conversation with my sister in law on holiday, she is now using a menstrual cup and loves it. So when I was offered some modibodi period pants I was keen try them out.

I did read lots of reviews and was quite unsure about them, what if there was a smell, what if they leaked. But I didn’t need to worry, they are comfy, not odours and no leaking. I really like them, I would need to buy a couple more pairs the first outlay would be high but over a few months the money I would save on disposable items would out weigh the costs. I know they can be worn alone, with nothing else, but I think I might wear mine along side a cup if I buy one.

sustainable intimacy products

YES are a company leading the way in sustainable intimacy. I mean it might not be something I had thought about before, but they work we have had lots of fun trying them out. YES have a range of different products depending what you are looking for, organic lubricants, vaginal moisturisers and intimate washes.

Have you made swaps to more sustainable product? My next plan is to look at the what items I use in the kitchen.

 

*I have been sent products to start my sustainable living journey.*

Living more sustainably………food!

Becoming more eco friendly isn’t just about changing your energy supplier or recycling. There is so much more that you can do and that include with your food. So here are some ways you can live more sustainably by make some changes to the food you buy and eat.

freshly dug up home grown carrots

Living more sustainably

Of course grow your own. Its something that has been around for a long time, right back hundred or even thousands of years. People would only eat what they could grow. Now people might not have the space or the time to grow everything, however you could start with something small. Maybe a single plant and see how they get on. We have gone from growing strawberries to having a large vegetable patch growing a lot of our own veg.

Sounds simple but don’t waste food. I know that I’m terrible for doing the food shopping and not planning out meals out properly. Which often leads to us having excess food in the house, but with careful meal planning I will be able to reduce our food waste and also our food bills.

Eat less meat, my hubby will hate me for saying it but from the research I’ve been doing it shows that cutting down on the amount of meat you eat is on way to be more environmentally friendly.

When it comes to having food waste, instead of putting it in your bin then compost it. It is great for the gardens but also helps the environment but not having extra going into landfill.

Take food with you from home each day, make sure you use re-useable containers. This was you save money on ready made items and also on the packaging.

Ensure you take water bottles with you everywhere, it again saves on plastic bottle and save your bank account.

If you would like some more ideas on how to live simply then Yaya at My Dreamality has a lovely post for you to read.

Let me know how your family is planning to become more stainable.

Broadband, oh broadband ………

Hands up if you use broadband in your home? I mean who doesn’t right? Well my Hubby’s 95 year old Grandmother doesn’t but that is the only person I know who doesn’t. In our house we have iPads, iPhones, MacBooks, smart TV’s, sky and an xbox, and sometimes they are just about all using our broadband at the same time.

Working desk, macbook, note pads, phone and lamp

We have recently moved house, and one of the things I really looked into was the broadband available in new house. We couldn’t get fibre in our last house even though it was only a 10 minute walk into the town centre, crazy! It was so bad somedays that we would actually switch the wifi off on our phones and use 4G as it was faster.

Finding the best broadband for us

Running my blog from home, I have to make sure I always have internet access, and now we have fibre woohoo! Not only do I want the best broadband I also want the best value broadband. Sometimes that isn’t easy to find, with your first 6 months at this cost, then it goes up or an 18 or even 24 month contract that you just know your contract costs will change.

When we moved house, we were already in contract with Sky, who provide our TV, landline and broadband. So they came with us to the new house, but with fibre. What I like about Sky is I get everything included for one cost per month. However I have many friends how now just stream via Netflix or Amazon Prime, so they pay a much lower cost and then ensure they have great broadband.

I always try to make sure we are getting the best value for money, the more I save on our bills the more I have to put towards holidays. Travelling with the children is so important to us, so any saving I make make is a bonus.

Could business broadband be for us?

As I run my blog from home, I have been looking at business broadband. I have to ensure that it’s cost effective for us but is also something that is suitable for the whole family. It’s something I will look at when our contract with Sky finishes in about 6 months time. At the moment with business broadband I could get it for only £16.50 which really is value for money. I would then need to look into other options for the TV, would I cope with only Netflix and Prime? I’m not too sure to be honest. I might have to look into the simply sky TV package to go along with them.

What do you have in your home?