I’m regularly asked about my recommendations for those wanting to live more sustainably. By now I’m sure you’re aware of the environmental emergency we’re entering: we face irreversible environmental and global damage within the next 15 years if drastic action isn’t made.
While I’m by no means an expert, I have successfully made a few switches in my life over the past two years and finally feel like I can share some ‘findings’, tried and tested, with you.
KeepCup Brew – Cork Edition
KeepCup has been a mainstay in my life since I worked for Arcadia back in 2013. Our office had a Fashion Footprint initiative and as part of that, they encouraged us all to pick up a KeepCup for £5 and we’d receive a discount from the staff canteen. A dream!
In 2017, I invested in a new KeepCup, their KeepCup Brew – Cork Edition. And it is easily my most-used item. I’m a big fan of coffee and a big fan of dog walks, so this is my failsafe companion day to day. The design is stunning and it’s easy to clean. While on the go, I carry a small canvas bag (the drawstring ones you get free with an Aesop purchase!) to store it once I finish my drink and then rinse it at the first chance I get.
Two years later, my KeepCup is in pristine condition. The cork band is good as new, the lid is perfect. I honestly couldn’t recommend it more.
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Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Leggings
Next, my beloved Girlfriend Collective workout leggings. I have a pair of these in black and in pink, and they’re constantly worn on rotation. I initially discovered the brand on Facebook where there was a simple post stating they were giving their leggings away for the cost of shipping. And now I own two pairs, so there’s that.
Not only are they incredibly flattering and keep you ‘in place’ while you’re throwing yourself around a gym room, they’re kind to the environment as well. Each pair is crafted from recycled plastic bottles in Taiwan, which was once known as Garbage Island but is now a world leader in recycling. You can read more about their slow production process here.
Two and a half years later? My Compressive High-Rise Leggings continue to be worn all the time. I wear them on flights, in the car, at the gym, on a dog walk… You get the idea. Quality wise, they’re washed around 2-3 times a week and haven’t shrunk, lost shape or colour, or changed much at all. They’re squat-proof, and the high-rise fit is incredible.
They’re pricey but I’d say they’re 100% worth the cost and you really will adore them.
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Stainless Steel Straws
When I asked my brother for a set of metal straws for Christmas 2017, he looked at me in bewilderment but I still unwrapped a shiny set of six on the 25th. And since then, I… haven’t used them all that often. Bet you weren’t expecting to hear that!
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge straw user, but I gathered that having the option to use my metal one is good. I pop it in the same canvas bag I carry for my KeepCup and mostly use it when I’ve ordered an iced latte, but even then my tumbler comes with a reusable straw. If you struggle with mobility though, then these are an absolute dream.
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Kinder Beauty Box
Last week I shared a post all about my experience receiving the Kinder Beauty Box and I’m over the moon that it was so well received! I spent much of the latter half of the week responding to queries and I can confirm the box is completely vegan and cruelty-free, plus the box itself is recyclable. You can read more in the post itself.
At the heart of it, Kinder Beauty Box is a brilliant way of getting yourself familiar with some luxury, existing and discovery vegan beauty brands though. And it’s a great feeling knowing no bunnies were harmed in the making and testing of the products.
Subscribe to Kinder Beauty Box here.
My final recommendation of the month is Kabloom! Admittedly I haven’t given mine a real test run yet, but I came across the company through a targeted Instagram ad. Their Seedbom is a compostable ‘bomb’ containing targeted seed mixes that not only elevate your garden spaces with beautiful blooms, but are designed to benefit pollinating insects and help to conserve butterflies.
Like I said, I’ve only just planted mine so haven’t reaped the rewards yet but these are SUCH an incredible idea.