The twenty something files – sustainability without the scary

Totally wanted to start by saying DO NOT but cartons of wine, buy glass bottles instead but I honestly can’t think of anyone I know who buys cartons so I think we’re safe there. No one panic.

I don’t know about you but in the current world of recycling, sustainability and planet saving talk it’s hard not to feel a little bit overwhelmed, guilty and panicked about the fact you can’t afford an electric car or that 100% organic cotton T-shirt. From food, household, cleaning products to fast fashion it’s enough to make you hyperventilate. I’m in my twenties and I’m currently trying to find out who I am and make sure I have enough clean pants at all times. Pass me the paper bag…

Just the other day I brought a linen dress. I felt good when I brought it because it was a natural fabric and I believe the brand I purchased it from was pretty ethical. With all that in mind it cost me a small fortune but assuming I don’t buy myself a lot, I have made the decision I will buy the best I can afford. This is an area I’ve decided I’ll think more about and I’m not always going to get it right. For example if I do leave my water bottle on the train one day, I don’t intend on letting my skin become as dry Gandhi’s flip flop, I’m going to be buying another.

With people constantly talking about the big changes that need to be made by well, yesterday, it can be hard to see where you can make a difference but a few little changes in your daily routine can make you feel good and sometimes benefit your bank balance so you can try and end the month with more money than me (if you’re left with two pounds you win). Mother Earth will thank you and David Attenborough will love you so it’s just got all the wins going on.

Let’s bring it back to your home, uni dorm or hole in the ground. What can be done inside your little space to help towards the larger end goal. Here’s a couple of things I’ve traded out that maybe you could too. Once you’ve mastered your three? Add in another. You know you want too…

Anti-bacterial wipes

Damn I loved cleaning with them things. That was until I found out they were 98% plastic or something crazy like that! I now clean the bathroom with white cloths and stick them bad boys through the wash. It’s great having one less thing to buy and I don’t have to empty the bathroom bin as much. YEAH.

Have a mass declutter

Recycling/gifting your old things that don’t bring you joy anymore is a great way to count stock. Knowing exactly what you own and love stops you from over buying things you don’t need or already have. I know exactly what is in my wardrobe and exactly what pieces I want to add to it throughout the year. Give it a go, you might find something you already love and put that ASOS basket back into cyber space. When you start trying to live with less it becomes a tiny bit addictive.

Natural deodorant

After finding a lump in my breast a few years ago I really started questioning what I was putting under my underarms every day. I had a biopsy and luckily it was a false alarm but I decided I’d try a more natural approach to deodorant. I also still suffer with eczema sometimes so I thought what the hell maybe it’ll help! It didn’t actually help the skin problems drastically but it works just fine and comes in a glass bottle so yay.

Please let me know your little swaps or sustainability attempts!

Lots of love,

K x



    • mindmovementandmalbec
      July 11, 2019 / 6:27 am

      Thank you ☺️ Aww me too! When ever I go round the girls I’m like I’ve got this up for grabs haha. Yes agreed, I would fight for my shampoo..

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