• Emily Costello

Introduction to Sustainable Swaps

Plastics, plastics, plastics.

It seems you can't escape them.

From the tiny fragments endlessly washing up on the beaches, to the masses wrapped around our food in supermarket aisles - it's not hard to see that our world is drowning.

Like many of you I'm sure, I have become increasingly aware of the climate crisis. Perhaps the most concerning part, is that we are responsible for the damage. This isn't new information. We've been warned about the damage for years. However, trying to live more sustainably is no easy task! Plastic is cheap and easy, and big companies are driven my profits. Whilst there are lots of small businesses (and some big) making sustainable products, it does require a little bit of effort on our part.

Maybe you've just watched a David Attenborough documentary on Netflix and sworn to yourself you were going to adapt your diet this year. Or maybe you've come to the realisation you want to cut down on plastics, only have no clue where to start. From my experience, trying to change a lot all at once is daunting and many new habits are difficult to stick to.

I for one, definitely fall into this category! At least once every day, the despairing thoughts about the state of our planet slip into my head, and yet, I do nothing about it, because this 'throw-away living' is what our generation are used to. The times that I did go all out and tried to change have failed miserably, simply because I took on too much at once. Remember - small change is still change! If everybody decided to simply swap out their plastic toothbrush, 3.6 billion of the non-degradable brushes would avoid being dumped into the sea. What a start that would be!

I've decided to play my part. It's time to do this seriously or nothing will change - only this time, I'll have you (my lovely followers) to hold me accountable.

Every other week I will be doing my research and swapping out a non-sustainable or plastic item that I use everyday. I will then review and provide information on these items, so that if you feel you'd like to, you can follow along with me! How much easier would it be if we did it in small steps together :)

If you are looking for the cheapest option out there, or the absolutely best product for your hair - I think that mindset needs to be changed. Unfortunately, as it stands, simply the best products (or ones you are used to) are damaging the planet. It's a sacrifice. Sacrificing your norm for something new, and then sticking to it. However, I really do feel it is a worthwhile one that makes you feel satisfied that you are making change and playing your part!

So, who's with me?

Join along with me on my journey to living more sustainably!

- Emily

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