Reposted from my store blog HERE
The environmental crisis is one of (if not) the biggest our generation will face. I think the biggest reason I have reservations about having children of my own, is that I have serious concerns about what quality of life they would even have in decades to come.
Species are dying off at a rapid rate, oceans are overfished and polluted, poisonous gases are pumped into our air whilst our green spaces (which turn carbon dioxide into oxygen) are being destroyed.
There’s so much to fix and it can feel seriously overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin. But big changes start with small steps; start 2018 off right with 10 simple ways to reduce your environmental impact.
Did you know a single plastic bag can take anywhere between 10-1000 years to decompose in the environment? You can’t recycle plastic bags and they’re actually a horrid invention. When left, animals can eat them or get tangled in them – often resulting in death.
A great way to cut plastic bags out of your life is to buy cotton or calico tote bags. They’re super strong (so no more bags snapping on you from an overloading cashier) and they’re reusable.
I used to forget them all the time, so now I keep one folded up in the pocket of each of my go to bags and jackets. I think I’ve had to get one plastic bag in the past 2 months since, so it’s deffo a trick that works.
I’ll be honest, I’ve only got onto this one recently but I was actually shocked when I saw how long it takes for sanitary products to break down.
A single tampon can take 6 months (not including plastic applicators) whilst sanitary pads can take 500 years due to their use of crude oil plastics. Women have approximately 456 periods a lifetime according to a study – which can cost over £18,000. So not only are periods wrecking the environment (and great knickers everywhere), but they’re wreaking havoc on our bank accounts too.
I think I speak for earth and women everywhere when I say, fuck you Aunt Flow. But fear not, there are alternatives! THINX is a underwear brand that offer period proof pants (they literally hold 2 tampons worth!)
Image from www.shethinx.com
Sure spending $30+ on a single pair of pants seems steep (especially when you’ll need a few to see you through the period), but long term you’ll be saving a ton of cash and can sleep better at night knowing hundreds of used pads aren’t hanging out in a landfill somewhere until 2517 (ewwww).
Second up, is a period cup; these bad boys are literally cups you put inside which you can rinse, clean and re-use. I’ll admit, this one doesn’t seem like something I’ll try just yet but I’ve heard a lot of great reviews. I think once you get past the initial hesitance, they’re actually great. Have you tried any of these or even something not mentioned? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments!
Use rechargeable batteries for anything that requires them, as batteries take 100 years to biodegrade in the environment.
Another thing to do is use timer plugs. I was absolutely criminal at leaving my iPhone plugged in and falling asleep with the tv on when I got my first flats – which definitely resulted in some savage bills and major guilt about wasting energy. For the low price of £3, you can buy a timer which turns everything that should be off at a certain time. You’ll find your energy usage will drastically drop – resulting in lower bills and all around less self hatred.
Got clothes you don’t want to wear anymore? Donate them to your local charity shop or eBay them. It’s true what they say – one mans trash is another mans treasure. I’ve actually found some of my favourite pieces on eBay and in charity and thrift shops.
As well as buying second hand, do your homework on brands you shop with. ‘Eco friendly’ and ‘conscious’ are buzz words that have been thrown around a lot this year, even by huge high street stores. But what they don’t tell you is that although their fabric may be slightly more environmentally sound, their production methods certainly are not. This includes using labour in countries where workers are not fairly compensated and factory regulations are relaxed.
There’s a lot of great pioneers for the sustainability movement, like Reformation and Stella McCartney. But those brands aren’t exactly accessible to everyone. Ultimately, investing in well made pieces of clothing will save you money and cut down on waste.
A great way I realised this was with my denim. When I was younger I would go through at least 5 pairs of jeans a year; bought for about £30 a pair on the high street. They would always be misshapen on the knees or be coming apart at the seams within a couple of months. Eventually I started investing in a good pair of Levis (new and vintage). It’s now been 2 and a half years and you know how many pairs i’ve bought? 2. They set me back £80 a pair (£160 total). Had I continued my previous buying pattern over those 2.5 years, I would have spent £375 on over 10 pairs of substandard jeans. In the long run i’ve saved £215 and a lot of trips to the charity shop!
When you realise how long things take to break down, you’ll definitely think twice about tossing your trash in any old place. I have also sworn off tinfoil since finding out it does not biodegrade at all, which is a shame but I mean, who can justify it.
Paper, cans, glass, fabrics and most plastics can all be recycled. If you go through a lot of packaging (I know I do as I have a business), pay for extra recycling bins on your local councils website. We have 2 brown bins and 2 blue bins because my studio is at my house, it takes up garden space but honestly it’s worth it.
How long does it take to break down:
Cigarette Butts – 10-12 years;
Monofilament Fishing Line – 600 years;
Rubber-Boot Sole – 50-80 years;
Foamed Plastic Cups – 50 years;
Leather shoes – 25-40 years;
Milk Cartons – 5 years;
Plywood – 1-3 years;
Painted board – 13 years;
Cotton Glove – 3 months;
Cardboard – 2 months;
Styrofoam- It does not biodegrade;
Nylon Fabric- 30-40 years;
Tin can- 50 years;
Ropes – 3-14 months;
Waxed milk carton- 3 months;
Aluminum cans- 200-250 years;
Train tickets – two weeks,
Canvas products – 1 year;
Batteries – 100 years;
Lumber- 10-15 years,
Sanitary Pads – 500-800 years;
Wool Clothing- 1-5 years;
It’s freezing cold and the festive holidays are upon us. Wrap up, hit the lights and delve into my personal television favourites.
A lot of people are claiming this to be similar to Stranger Things, but honestly this is much darker and explores some really heavy themes. I don’t want to give to much away but all i can say is i watched the whole series back to back in one day (that’s 10 hours straight) and it had me asking WTF aloud at least once an episode. If you’re into gritty dramas, science fiction and horror – this is well worth a watch. (Netflix)
I stumbled upon this by accident but I was utterly gripped from start to finish! The story is about a young mother who randomly murders a stranger during a visit to the beach with her family. The mystery doesn’t revolve around who did it, but more so why. I honestly didn’t see the ending coming and I’m preying for season 2. This is now on Netflix for those wanting to watch it in the UK.
Currently still watching this but I’m thoroughly enjoying it! This limited run Canadian series follow a family torn apart after their youngest member disappears whilst doing his annual birthday treasure hunt. Long buried secrets are brought to the surface as the family desperately tries to uncover the mystery surrounding that the disappearance.
I’m a self confessed serial killer obsessive (but not in a ‘writes to murderers asking them to marry me’ kinda way). I’ve always been interested in what drives a person to commit such horrific acts of violence, and this was really the perfect show for me.
The series is based on the early career of John E Douglas – the OG criminal profiler who created the system in which law enforcement now use to understand (and categorise) the behaviour of violent criminals. He talked to some of the worst in history; including Ted Bundy and Dennis Rader, so you can expect some pretty twisted conversations throughout. If you’re into the macabre and a great 70s soundtrack – look no further.
Stranger Things 2
I binged this within a day and my only complaint about this season is it ended far too soon. Good soundtrack and a classic fight between good and evil.
(Also just date me Steve, I promise I’ll always appreciate you and your 80s haircut.)
I don’t usually watch ITV because it tends to be tack, but I really enjoyed this series and I’m glad it will be back. It follows the story of a woman who wakes up after a date with a seemingly nice successful guy only to accuse him of sexual assault. The story twists and turns and will have you not sure who to believe until the very end. A really great thriller.
The Killing Season
This came out a year ago but I really enjoyed it and I’ve been waiting on season 2 to come along (fingers crossed) since. Two documentary film makers travel along inner sections and state lines to investigate a string of disappearances and killings, theorising there could be more active serial killers than originally thought. This is really dark but a totally gripping watch.
A re-enactment show that isn’t tacky; it’s basically investigation discovery meets True Detective (season 1). Each episode interviews retired detectives who talk about the worst cases they ever worked on and it’s true what they say; reality really is stranger than fiction. They have an array of decent actors in the stories, including Michael Madsen from Kill Bill. My boyfriend and I watched season 1 and 2 together (and we both cried at the last episodes of both seasons). They save the absolute worst for last and still to this day it makes me (a hardened horror and true crime obsessive) feel uneasy.
Oh Elliot, how I’ve missed you. If you’ve not seen this series, then stop what you are doing. Get season 1 up immediately and binge up to where we are now (season 3). It’s so spectacularly shot, the characters are complex and as a whole, it has more twists than a 90s M. Night Shyamalan blockbuster. You won’t be disappointed.
Okay I’ve been getting all dark so it’s time to lighten it up – I don’t want anyone getting seasonal depression because of this list.
Vice Principles is that beautiful balance between making you want to hit your own head against a wall because it’s so unbearably cringeworthy and just straight up hilarious. It follows two vice principles and their power struggle to become top dog at North Jackson High. It’s got great plot twists and writing throughout. I promise you’ll enjoy it if you liked Eastbound & Down.