Who doesn’t like drinking liquids with straws? They’re fun, nostalgic, have great colours and shapes, and make sure you don’t spill anything on your clothes. So what’s not to like? It seems from health and environmental perspective, many things.
Unlike the common misconception, drinking with straws is not good for your teeth, some even would argue it’s worse that without them because the liquid shoots straight at them. Think about it, when you drink with a straw do you feel the liquid around your teeth? I do! Sucking motion we do with straws is similar to that of smokers when they smoke and has similar consequence – wrinkles around the mouth. In addition, you might wonder why you feel gassy after you’ve drunk your drink with a straw, although, part of it might be because of the actual drink you are drinking, part of it is the air to gulp when drinking through a straw.
I use straws rarely, so I am not that afraid of these consequences. Straws can still be fun and in some situations very useful. However, the big problem I find with straws is their disposable nature. Disposable plastic straws, as you can imagine, are not great for the environment. Most common plastic straws are made from polypropylene, which as an oil derived chemical. Many straws are made of plastic that is recyclable, but it is not mentioned on the packaging or anywhere else how or where to recycle them, so most of them end up in the landfills and the ocean.You’ve probably seen the pictures of videos of people pulling a straw out of turtles nose, in addition, bigger marine animals eat them and die of the plastic in their stomachs.
Although straws are not the best alternative when drinking any liquids, I think there should be some fun in our lives, and if straws can bring that little bit of fun occasionally then why not use them. But as I want to live a more sustainable lifestyle I now opt out for reusable straws, which there are now many options of from Amazon, Etsy and many zero waste stores. You can choose from glass, metal, silicone and bamboo. Eco-straws has many great alternatives!
Do you like drinking from straws?
The Trouble With Charity – This post pointing out the trouble with companies using charity as a bandage on all the problems they are causing in a world is on point and a very interesting and intelligent read which will provide you with a new viewpoint.
How To Have The Confidence To Wear Whatever You Flipping Want – Cynical Duchess writes about her experience of body positivity, self-confidence and how to feel better about yourself in a beauty controlling society.
How To Overcome Your Fear Of Sharing Your Blog With Friends And Family – A post that not only provides you with tips for telling about your blog to friends and family but empowers you to speak and be proud of what you want and like.
The Myth of Size Small – An article empowering women to think outside the size box and rather dress to look great, whilst explaining one theory why women want to dress in a size small.
Is Ethical Fashion Elitist – Questioning whether it is fair to expect everybody to afford ethical fashion.
Do you have any articles to share write them in the comment box below?
May was full of amazing and exciting Instagram pictures and it was quite difficult to only choose these few here from all the amazing ones. It was also quite funny to see which pictures I was more drawn towards, such as office pics, home decor, illustrations, the beauty of female body and beautifully colourful pics.
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Minimalism and capsule wardrobes have been a trendy topic for quite some time now and although, I don’t really want to restrict my wardrobe by a number I do like to follow some of the principles such as wearing garments more than once #30wears. For many, however, it seems to be difficult to make a capsule collection no matter how much they would like to. People don’t have the time or know how to curate items that would work together or find garments that would last the test of time. If you recognised yourself here, or just became interested then read forward about Honest Rosie. And if you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is you should check the Honest Rosie blog for an explanation.
Honest Rosie is a brand that has readily curated a 6 piece capsule collection for you. All the pieces work well together and they are so carefully designed that with just 6 pieces you are able to create 30 outfits! Sounds impossible, but the pictures are here to prove.
In addition, Honest Rosie is trying to run everything sustainably and ethically. They are big advocates for fair labour showing videos of the women who make the garments, pay fair wages and raise awareness about environmental issues and working conditions. The garments are made out of pre-consumer, upcycled fabrics.
The collection includes a blue vest blazer, a white shirt tunic, a white jumper, a blue button-down blouse, a light blue skirt and a dress in one and a pair of light blue trousers. So most of the garments are versatile and can be worn in many ways, which is absolutely amazing! The colours work well together and if you don’t want to buy the whole collection you can buy just one item that will definitely complement your own wardrobe. I hope to see in future that they will bring out some other colour variations as well!
When I heard about the brand they had just finished their Kickstarter campaign and earned much more than they were aiming to. With such a great idea I am not surprised! At the moment they are in the process of manufacturing the garments and I hope they will soon be available for sale! They are definitely striving for transparency and I wish they will share their location and how they supply their materials.
To check out their website visit here and definitely visit their Instagram account, where all the pictures in this post are from!
Have you heard of Honest Rosie before? Do you want to have a capsule wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below.
If you have followed my blog for longer you know that I occasionally post about my travels and that I do love travelling. Travelling, unfortunately, can often be a burden on the ecosystem and we rarely consider what the carbon-emission of our practices during our holidays is. Why should we abandon our hard learned values when we travel? Well, we shouldn’t. And although travelling sustainably sounds like it is a lot of effort when the only thing you want is to relax and enjoy yourself, it does not really have to be that difficult.
“Sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. Indivually, each of the these choices makes only a small difference. But collectively, becoming more coscious about these little things can have a huge impact.” Greenglobaltravel.com
- Consider using other means of transport than flying if possible.
- If you have to fly, then use IATA member airlines or pay the small fee that supports carbon reduction projects. Most airlines should have this and the fee is not large.
- When renting a car opt out for a hybrid or electric car. Although, remember to research first how easy it is to use in your selected travel location.
- Use public transportation rather than a car.
- If you are staying in a hotel you might want to consider the following things: what percentage of the hotel’s resources are local, is there sustainable site development, do they have schemes for water savings and energy efficiency and so on. Utilising local resources helps to invest in the local economy and by being energy efficient you are leaving a smaller footprint on the place you visited.
- Consider using AirBnB. Although some renters are definitely doing it as a profession, it is still an accommodation where you are quite in control of your footprint by making your own food and controlling the heating and aircon.
- Stay with friends. Of course, this is not always possible, but when it is I usually do stay with friends or family. I am in the lucky position that I have family and friends scattered a bit all over the world.
- Couchsurfing can be a great experience. You can meet new people, it is economical and environmentally friendly. Make sure you stay in a place that has good reviews of the person so that you feel safe!
- Take into consideration the local people, their laws and their culture. By doing even a little bit of research you can find out if there are restrictions on how you should be dressed or whether animals are sacred including much more.
- Do not litter. You can take a bag with you to collect your trash and throw them into a bin.
- Opt out for a shower instead of a bath, and take short showers.
- Support the local economy. Find out what foods are good for the local economy and items that are locally made. Restrain from purchasing and eating endangered species (turtle eggs, shark fins, ivory).
- Do not buy water bottles, but rather bring your own that you can fill. You will save money with this as well!
- Do not use a hotel laundry, but rather pack with you items that you can wear multiple times and can wash in the sink and dry quickly.
- Switch off any electric devices when not in the room.
- When in a hotel leave the “Do not disturb sign”. There is no need for the room to be cleaned every single day with all the chemicals.
- When walking stick to marked trails. It will be safer for the environment and for you.
- If you bring your own try to use biodegradable soaps and shampoos.
- Do not touch coral reefs, they are fragile.
- Find out what practices are harmful to the wildlife and avoid them. Such as hands-on encounters with animals (elephant ride).
Travelling is about experiencing something new so try to be open for it. Keep your eyes open, learn from your experience and meet new people. That is the best about these trips!
You can find more about sustainable travelling from Greenglobaltravel.com, Green-Tourism.com and Sustainable Travel International.
Do you have any additional sustainable travel tips?
I’ve been meaning to tell you about the Boodle for way too long. I mentioned it the first time in December in my gift guides when I bought one of their t-shirts as a present for my boyfriend. I knew the cute and quirky animal themes is something that he would like. And I wasn’t wrong. The t-shirt is organic cotton, which not only makes it clean of toxins and sustainable, but also soft to wear. Since Christmas, the t-shirt has been worn often and washed as often. It has kept it’s print excellently and the fabric still seems as though it is new.
Like this wasn’t a reason enough to write about the brand, there is actually more. The brand, founded in 2010 by a Nottingham Trent graduate Bethan Buss, is always trying to make everything in a sustainable way. Their garments are made out of organic cotton or recycled materials, their inks are eco-friendly where possible and the paper and card they print on is 100% recycled. And no wonder. As Bethan is inspired by animals, nature and adventures, what better way to celebrate that than making sure you are producing sustainably and not harming the environment!
The brand concentrates on screen printing their adorable animal prints on various items including clothing for women, men, kids and babies, greeting cards and art prints. In addition, they sell mugs and absolutely beautiful chalkboards. I am obsessed with this whale one. Unfortunately, I already have a cat chalkboard at home. Does a person need more than one chalkboard in their house?
If you got interested in the brand (why wouldn’t you) you can check their charming website to learn more about them, check their shop and their blog.
The last pics are from the Boodle website.
Have you heard of Boodle before?
There are times when the inspiration comes from the weirdest places. This time I was scrolling through the Kickstarter page looking if there is anything interesting there. And in the midst of all the other projects, I found the OneSqin project which moved me and made me really want to backup their project. Let me tell you a little bit about it!
OneSqin is not a charity, but as they say, rather “a business that channels purchasing power towards social change”.
“The first health and beauty brand donating 100% of profits to provide life changing education for girls in need”
This project, or rather a business, is about empowering girls who live in poverty. The company sells organic tampons, organic t-shirts and 100% natural al purpose skin cream, and with the profits they help the girls. All their products are sustainably produced, carefully researched and cruelty-free.
Buying from OneSqin you provide the girls in poverty with a chance to stay in school, access health services and delay marriage and childbirth. This will assist the girls to grow up into independent women, who can support their families and their local community and build a future away from poverty.
As you probably realised this is a Kickstarter project that can be backed up until 8th of June. So plenty of time to put your money into something great! There are a lot of options to choose from, which can reward you as well as the company and the girls. The Kickstarter is to help the business launch and to see what else they have in mind. So go back them up, I sure will!
Pics are from the OneSqin Kickstarter page.
What is inspiring you this month?