Woahh. I still have so many photos to share from Spain! And I have so many new photos too! And so many exciting posts! These photos are photos from when we took a stroll on the coast of L'Escala - super windy day but so worth it. Moving on...
A few days ago it was Earth Day and this year focus is on reducing plastic pollution. Since I'm posing about on the coast in these photos, I thought it was relevant enough to bring this up, as that's where a lot of the waste ends up going. There are beaches in the world that no longer resemble beaches, because all the plastic and other waste has taken over the coast.
Me and my friend Kaori were just discussing a few days ago how plastic talk is not sexy on the internet, as it's easier to live in denial about the impact we are having. And I get it. We're all human, and sometimes we just want to enjoy life without worrying or thinking. However, there are really simple things you can do which require almost no effort, and making them your habits will drastically reduce your own plastic waste.
So here goes, 5 random things me and my boyfriend do to reduce our plastic usage:
- Unless I have a backpack or a big shoulder bag on me, I always carry a tote bag in my bag in case I end up needing it. I have somehow collected quite a few cloth tote bags either from vegan festivals or my old job at Deliveroo and they're all really nice! If you fold it up it takes no space at all, even in a small cross body bag or your coat pocket. Next time you go shopping for food or clothes, just refuse a bag and use your own. You can of course do the same with existing plastic bags that are in your home. The point is to refuse any new bags.
- Carry a reusable water bottle with you when you're out. You don't even need to buy a special one! For example, a while back we bought some fancy juice in a 1L glass bottle and after drinking it I washed the bottle, so now my boyfriend uses that for water when he's out. Also, same applies for reusable coffee cups if you're a coffee drinker. Lots of cafes actually give you a discount if you bring your own cup.
- The bathroom has a lot of options in terms of replacing plastic (I might even do a separate post at some point). For shampoos, why not try Lush shampoo bars? Lush also have naked shower gels, which are basically their classic shower gel in a solid form without the packaging. One of them lasts the two of us at least 2 months, it's really good. Also for laundry, we stopped buying detergent and all that stuff in plastic packaging, instead I use soap nuts. I even got my mum hooked on this stuff! The small box I bought will last us 130 washes, and it was less than £10 so very cost effective. And finally, get yourself a bamboo toothbrush!!! Me and my boyfriend have used them for years and so do some of our families now. They last for ages and are so nice on your teeth, I can never see myself going back to plastic ones.
- Buy loose fruit & veg!!! I know you have heard this before. But I can't reiterate this enough. Just place the items carefully in your shopping basket/trolley and use the self checkout if you feel weird about it. If you need to weigh them before and don't have a self checkout, make sure to put the scanning sticker on one of the items and put them next to each other on the conveyor belt. This morning I saw a man take a bunch of loose bananas into one of those small plastic bags and it made my blood boil. So unnecessary.
- Purchase a set of glass or stainless steel straw, as well as reusable cutlery that you can bring with you when you go out. Also, this is such a nice gift to someone!!! I could have really used this when I lived in London as I made occasional visits to places like Pret A Manger, where I always got a bunch of plastic cutlery for my soups or salads.
I wore: Zara trench coat, Oysho bag, Soludos espadrilles, The Kooples scarf, Quay Australia sunglasses