Hello everyone, thank you so much for coming along and reading my new blog. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Jillian, the owner of The Little Green Larder, a zero waste shop in Dundee. Today I’m sharing with you my top 10 easy tips to living a greener and more eco-friendly life.
1 – Shop at a zero waste store
Ok, so I might be a little biased as I own a zero waste shop (The Little Green Larder), but one of the reasons I opened the shop is because I wanted a place like this to shop but there weren’t any options where I lived.
Shopping in a zero waste shop is amazing. It’s great for the environment as you can buy so many different items packaging free. It reduces food waste as you can buy as much or as little as you like instead of a large packet where half ends up in the bin. I also think shopping in an eco shop is fun as you get to weigh everything out and choose the exact products you would like.
2 – Carry reusable straws and cutlery
It is easy to think that one straw will not make a difference, however millions of people thinking that really adds up. Grab a metal or bamboo straw and some bamboo cutlery and carry them in your bag with you so that you can say no to disposable ones easily.
Of course, there are some people who need to use a disposable straw for medical reasons and we would never judge that.
3 – Buy loose fruit and veg
Fruit and vegetables are so clever, they make their own packaging meaning we really don’t need to put them in plastic bags! These past few years I have found it so difficult to find fruit and veg that isn’t in plastic that I mostly gave up with supermarkets. Shopping locally in greengrocers and zero waste shops puts money back into your local community instead of big corporate companies.
4 – Switch to a soap bar
Switching to a soap bar instead of shower gel is so easy and cost effective. Bars of soap last so long and they can be bought with no packaging or compostable packaging. Try to avoid any that are wrapped in plastic as that defeats the purpose.
My favourite bar soap is Smelleez. There are so many amazing scents and it comes packaged in compostable materials. My favourite is Parma Violet, and right now I am using Bakewell Tart! I pop my bar into a bamboo soap bags which means I won’t drop the bar, and you can even put in all of your little scrappy bits of soap so that they don’t go to waste. (You can get these in The Little Green Larder).
5 – Use what you have
One of the worst things you can do is throw out all of your plastic and buy wooden/ metal replacements for them. Yes, buying these things is better for the environment, but only when you need them. If you have plastic tupperware use it, if you got a takeaway use the containers for your lunch. Finding a second or third purpose for the things that you already have prolongs their life meaning you don’t need to buy new yet.
6 – Eat less meat
Now, I’m not going to get into a big debate about meat. If you eat it, why not try 1 meat free meal a week, then 2. It is better for you and the environment and nowadays it’s so much easier. Plenty of restaurants have varied veggie and vegan menus now and the food is super tasty.
7 – Walk, cycle or catch a bus
Yes, I have a car and yes, I drive places but I also love walking. If you are just nipping around the corner or in to town why not choose an alternative mode of transport? I really want to get back into cycling so watch this space guys!
8 – Switch to eco friendly beauty brands
Not all of you know that I was in the makeup industry for 12 years before I opened the shop. I specialised in bridal hair and makeup, however I also worked commercially on photoshoots, film and theatre. One of the reasons I gave up makeup was the sheer amount of unrecyclable waste in the beauty industry.
Nowadays I don’t wear too much makeup, but when it’s a special occasion I love to use Love The Planet makeup.
Love The Planet is award winning plastic free makeup that is cruelty free, palm oil free, vegan friendly and just amazing. It is a mineral makeup and has foundations, concealers, powder, blush and eyeshadow. The translucent perfecting powder is amazing and I also love the pink blush!
9 – Buy second hand
Second hand doesn’t mean second best. You can get lots of amazing good- as-new things in charity shops, car boot sales and vintage fayres etc. This month I am blogging about second hand September to show that second hand fashion can be fun! Click here to read more
10 – Stop buying drinks in plastic bottles
Plastic bottles drive me mad! Parks, beaches and the streets are covered in them and hardly any of them end up recycled. The best thing to do is carry a refillable water bottle and just top up from a tap, or buy cordial or squash in glass bottles and use that to fill your refillable bottle. If you want a fizzy drink opt for a glass bottle or can and ensure you put it in the right recycling bin. Why not use a reusable bottle like these amazing Jedz bottles. They keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours.
I would love to know your top green living tips. Leave me a comment and let me know what you do at home or when you are out and about to lead a more eco friendly life.
The Little Green Blogger