Conscious/Ethical Everyday Swaps

13 Jun 2018

I've been trying to make some small everyday swaps over the last couple of years to live as consciously as possible, minimising the amount of plastic I use and always recycling at home & elsewhere if I can. I thought I'd do a post on small things that are easy to do/change that are more ethical & conscious for the environment.
I recently saw on Instagram the launch of "The Ethical Box" and for their first box, they created a starter kit for a more conscious, ethical lifestyle (this box inspired this blog post!). I already use a bamboo toothbrush but there were a few other items in the Get Started Kit that would come in handy so I bought it! Included in the box is; a reusable coffee cup from Ecoffee, a 100% biodegradable bamboo toothbrush from F.E.T.E, a pack of four steel straws with cleaner plus jute carry pouch, (ideal for popping in your bag for a day out) and a 100% organic and fair trade cotton Tote Bag with The Ethical Box #ConsciousConsumer phrase on it.
I really like the contents of the box and think it's a great way to start making everyday changes in your life. I love the coffee cup (although I only drink tea, not coffee...yuk!) and I was in need of a new toothbrush. The straws are an amazing idea and I definitely could've done with those on our honeymoon as our hotel didn't have straws due to the damage they cause to sea creatures & our oceans.

I tried to use a menstrual cup for my periods but unfortunately I didn't get on with it that well. I find them tricky to use and also a bit of a pain when you're out and about so I went back to my trusty TOTM Organic tampons. You can subscribe to get a monthly delivery through your door which is really handy. The tampons come with card applicators, wrapped in paper so there's no excessive plastic use and the cotton used is organic.


Another swap for my periods is using the "Fab Little Bag" tampon bags. I admit I used to flush them but now I use these as it's so much better for the environment. They are biodegradable, can be opened one-handed and you can buy small packs to keep in your handbag for when you're not at home. "Our mission is to stop pollution caused by flushed sanitary items, to turn awkward disposal into a fab experience and to break down the taboo around periods while we’re at it!" - Fab Little Bag. I've signed up to their subscription for £2.99 a month (20 bags) and you get a 1 month free trial & there's a 10p sign-up fee.

Who Gives a Crap (great name!) are a toilet roll company who make 100% recycled toilet paper and 50% of their profits are donated to help build toilets. I signed up for a free trial and received a box full of a mix of their products; toilet roll, kitchen roll & tissues which are all scent, dye & ink free. They have a premium range of toilet roll which was super soft and comparable to the likes of Andrex. Their normal range isn't quite as soft but it is still very good quality and soft.

To get £5 off your order, sign up via this link. 48 rolls for £31 instead of £36, making it around 65p per roll. I've signed up to receive 48 rolls every 16 weeks as it's only Paul & I in our house.
I was sent a gorgeous rose-gold metal razor personalised with my name from Friction Free Shaving which I featured in my Green Beauty Honeymoon post but unfortunately I accidentally left it in a hotel room in New York (doh!). I really wanted another so I bought myself one when I got home and had it personalised again. It's a great way to save on disposable razors every month. Friction Free Shaving are a monthly razor company who send you four heads each month that can be swapped onto the razor each week. In June you can get 25% off (£6.75 instead of £9) and FREE engraving (worth £5) with the code JUN25.

One thing I haven't photographed as it's on its way in the post is a reusable water bottle! I just won a bottle from Verd which is the most gorgeous rose gold metal bottle, I will share a photo once it arrives! You can order on Amazon.

Amber

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