My Sustainable Journey In April, May and June

This really should’ve been something I post monthly, as I’ve had a bit of a blogging slump this post was one of the ones that struggled. In spite of the slump I still consciously did monthly concentrate on changing different things in my life for a more sustainable life. The previous time I wrote about my sustainable journey was in March when I was planning to get rid of the junk mail that I receive. Unfortunately, it is something that I would’ve really had to tackle on many sides and I often forgot to make the effort only woken up by ever more junk mail that I received. So I will make the effort to work on it in July!

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SUSTAINABLE APRIL

As I planned to do in April, I did get the rechargeable batteries. However, I haven’t needed to use them yet. There is no point of taking batteries out of the devices that are using them now, and I will rather finish those batteries and recycled them. I have a few new single-use batteries still in the cupboard which I can save for when they might be needed and slowly change to the rechargeable batteries when any equipment shows signs of needing them. I will be writing more about them once I’ve used them and see whether they are actually better than the single-use ones.

This did wake me up to the fact that I rarely use batteries. There are only a few devices that I have with batteries and the only time I use batteries more often is during the winter for fairy lights, or for toys that cats use. Other devices that use batteries actually last a long time. So ones they need replacements I can start using my rechargeable batteries.

 

SUSTAINABLE MAY

For May I set myself to make my coffee drinking even more sustainable in the house as it’s slowly been going that way. First I got us an AeroPress, which although is plastic is a product that lasts a long time and has parts that can be changed. I got us a hand coffee grinder by Hario that also has parts that can be changed. And a couple months ago we accidentally broke the glass bowl from it. Instead of having to buy a whole new grinder I could go on to Hario website and just order a replacement bowl. This made me REALLY excited!

With Percol introducing compostable packaging for coffee I have been excited to reduce the amount of waste I produce from my coffee drinking, and am happy to see that there are other companies as well that are changing their packaging! I use Percol coffee with a French press. But with AeroPress, my daily coffee is usually small batch locally hand roasted coffee which I get from my local independent coffee shop. Lately, they changed the packaging in which their coffee comes. Instead of ordering a lot of big bags of beans, they now order tubs that they reuse. So now I can go with my own tub or an old coffee bag and get the same coffee beans in my own packaging. So exciting!

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SUSTAINABLE JUNE

For June I set myself to make sure my existing phone will last for longer, and I wouldn’t have to be buying a new one all the time. One day I suddenly noticed that a back corner on my phone was chipped. I hadn’t realised that one of the panels on the phone was made out of glass and hadn’t noticed it breaking. However, now for my safety and safety of the phone, I had to get a phone case. Instead of getting yet another plastic covers (yes I do have a collection of old phone covers for my old phones from over the years) I decided to try Pela case, which is compostable phone case.

So far I had been hesitant about it because they have to ship all the way from the USA, and they are fairly pricey. I received my case a couple of weeks ago and was instantly in love with the little penguin on the back. The feel of the case is flexible and it was really easy to put on the phone. Unfortunately, the fit is not snug and it comes right at the edge of my screen protector which makes it crawl under the screen protector and dislodging it a bit, making me having to set it over the screen protector over and over again.

What is great about it though is that I feel a lot more secure with my phone now. I am not afraid that it will break any minute now, and it feels secure in my grip as well. I am sure that the case will protect my phone from any more damage and therefore keep it in use for longer, and after I am finished with it I can compost it. Hurray!

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OTHER

MORE LOW WASTE PRODUCTS

I’m slowly getting more lower waste products. This month I replenished on the deodorant that I’ve loved using, which is in a cardboard packaging, and on the toothpaste tablets. I also got bamboo and cotton cue tips for when they are needed. I’m still to figure out how to dispose of these products.

 

BUYING FROM ETHICALLY SOURCED COMPANIES

I don’t buy clothes often and am always on the lookout for ethical fashion companies where the price is correct, the sizing is correct and they match in some ways with my values. In April I found a jacket from Seasalt Cornwall that is suitable for different situations and is great for Spring Summer season, or under a coat in Winter.

 

FASHION REVOLUTION FANZINE

I was late to notice the fourth fanzine by the Fashion Revolution team, but I am even more excited about this one as it covers crafts and artisan making. I had just started to have more questions about that so this will become handy! Check it out here.

 

PERIOD PANTIES

I got myself to try out ModiBodi period panties. I am so excited about not having to use single-use pads any longer!

https://www.modibodi.com/

 

SUSTAINABLE JULY

As I still didn’t manage to sort out my mail, I really need to work on it in July. The one thing I have been doing is collecting all the mail that I do not need that we receive, which does give an insight into how much is actually coming through our mailbox.

I will finally be looking into getting a guppy friend. It’s more than time for it!

 

What are you planning to change in the month of July?

With love,

Lii

 

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My Sustainable Journey In February

My Sustainable Journey In January

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My Sustainable Journey In March

As I wrote, in the previous post, March was too busy of a month for me and I didn’t have the brain capacity to handle the month’s sustainable task that I had set upon myself so I will move to do it in April, hopefully, I have more time now. I still want to do 12 changes this year and will be setting two sustainable challenges for this month.

I might not have made the changes I was planning but I did work on others. After reading the Turning the tide on plastic I became more conscientious about how much plastic I use and how I dispose of it. I started checking what type of plastic I use and recycling it in a proper way (not all yet, but it is a work in progress). I chose a non-plastic option when possible and reused some when possible. I don’t believe I am doing enough yet, but I have managed to get my fiance more into it now as well and I smile when I notice him checking for what type of plastic he is processing and how he should process it.

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TURNING THE TIDE ON PLASTIC

Written by Lucy Siegle, turning the tide on plastic provides tangible actions that you can do to reduce the existence of plastic in your life. It talks through the invention of plastic and how it was invented to be the environmental solution, but how it’s been turned into a pest on the planet and on us. How, although, all plastic, in theory, is recyclable, most countries do not have the capacity to recycle it, or there is no incentive to recycle certain plastics. It does also talk about how not all plastic is bad and it is serving an important function in many industries and rather discusses what plastic we should be getting rid of.

“Meanwhile those manufacturers and retailers who gain most by pushing plastic into our lives are getting away with taking little responsibility”

“Because it is me and you, through our taxes, who fund 90 percent of the collecting, sorting and disposal of recycling of most of the plastic waste that flows into the country, while the manufacturers,brands and retailers pick up the tab for just 10 per cent.”

It discusses how those who are to blame should be made responsible, how you can pressure them to be responsible and what are the steps to get rid of the disposable plastic in your life that you don’t need and our planet doesn’t need.

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SUSTAINABLE APRIL

I will be looking into receiving no or at least less mail that is unwanted and not needed.

I want to look into getting rechargeable batteries. It’s unbelievable we don’t’ have them yet as we have been talking so long of getting some so it will be my task in April. Obviously, I still need to be conscientious about the amount of electricity I use as well.

 

What sustainable changes did you make in March? Let me know in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

Pictures are from Unsplash from John Cameron and Simson Petrol.

 

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My Sustainable Journey In February

My plan for February was to find a toothpaste that creates less waste and is still good for my health. Originally I wanted to change my toothpaste after I’ve read several posts about fluoride and how it can have a bad effect on our health. There are a few fluoride free toothpaste options but most of them are in plastic tubes, which does not help when I want to create less waste. So far I’ve quite like toothpaste from Ecodenta, especially their charcoal one, as that is fluoride free (not all natural toothpaste will be fluoride free). I did try some from Georganics, but found the glass jar not as convenient especially when I was really tired. (I might try some of their other products though in the future). At the beginning of February I ordered some fluoride-free toothpaste tablets from Society zero, which I wanted to try, but then I had to get my tooth fixed and fluoride toothpaste was the only thing that was working for me for a couple of weeks. So I’ve only been trying the toothpaste tablet for a week or so, but so far I quite like them. I think I’ll have to try them for longer to be sure and possibly try some toothy tabs from Lush and other Georganics products to find the product that I am the happiest with health wise and waste wise.

If you want to read more about fluoride and decide for yourself if you want to have toothpaste with it you can check the following articles F Toxins, Curiosly Conscious, Georganics. There most certainly are many more articles and most of them will explain two different sides of pro or con fluoride. The one thing that I found out is that fluoride in small amounts is great for your enamel but otherwise not too good for human health, and the fluoride used in toothpaste is often industrial based by-product, which circularity in mind is great, but I am not sure if we should be using that in our bodies.

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No Logo

In February I also finished the book No Logo by Naomi Klein. The book is not an actual sustainability book, but I found that helps with understanding the world, how it works and what drives it – all things that affect how we can change it to a more sustainable one. It talks about how brands are everywhere, even where we don’t think they are, how much influence they have on people, their decision making and what they trust or don’t trust. It also uncovers the secrets these brands have and would rather not let their customers know about them. What strikes me is not how influential the brands are on customers but even on governments and their decision making.

It also discusses in extent how brands, although try to market diversity, in real life hope for and try to achieve less diversity because their products will be easier to market to a bigger group.

The book is quite old, written in 1999, and I believe many of the companies mentioned have changed their ways. Nevertheless, it shows what brands have been doing, what they might be doing, and how they try to achieve the maximum profit by investing their money in things that they think matters.

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March

There is one thing I am constantly getting annoyed about and that is junk mail that we get in the mail. Nevertheless, of trying to sign off from any mailing lists many surrounding companies just want to bombard us with adverts about their menus, new stores or community groups. And although, I know sometimes there is good behind what they are advertising I am the one who has to dispose of all that mail. In Finland, we could just write that we do not accept junk mail and we could be free of this mail, in the UK it doesn’t quite work that way. So I am going to look into the junk mail problem in March. Wish me luck!

 

What sustainable did you do in February? And what are your plans for March?

With love,

Lii

 

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My Sustainable Journey in January

This is a new thread which I hope will help me to become even more sustainable and hopefully inspire some of you to do changes with me. I started January fairly easily by calculating my carbon footprint.

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Calculating My Carbon Footprint

My carbon footprint – 4.56 metric tons of CO2e. I did this calculation based on my habits in 2018. Although the numbers don’t actually make a lot of sense to me what does is a comparison; The average carbon footprint in the UK is 6.5 metric tons, so I know I am below that. I also know the world target it 2 metric tons which is way below of my usage. The number of flights I took in 2018 amounted to 1.41 metric tons, which is quite a lot, but I offset this by not having a car and using mainly public transport to get around. Also, I don’t fly quite so much every year, but living away from your family in a place from where it is hard to get to them by any other means than flying does make this number higher than it would otherwise.

Now that I know what my footprint is I can work on lowering it. The problem is that the majority of my footprint comes from gas and electricity in my household which amounts to 1.28 metric tons for just me and that I cannot change in a rental flat. Although I know that part of the energy I get is from wind power I don’t know how big amount it is and therefore it cannot be calculated into this. In the future when I move I hope to change this! What comes to shopping I don’t shop much, mostly just what I need, food and occasionally some extra items. However, I do know that I could live more eco-friendly.

What I did notice about this calculated it didn’t take into account your recycling and other waste habits, nor where or what type of produce you shopped for. It does suggest that to lower your carbon footprint you should not buy fruits and vegetables that are not in season, however, in the calculation, it doesn’t take this into account which could either lower or grow that CO2 emission.  It also doesn’t take into account packaging in any products, water usage nor whether you have pets in the house. All of these are minor things, but they do add up. Nevertheless, it provides with a suggested number of what your footprint is. If you want to calculate your carbon footprint you can try THIS calculator which is free to use!

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Zero Waste Tries

I tried few zero waste products in January; bamboo toothbrush, zero waste deodorant and zero waste dry shampoo. The bamboo toothbrush was okay. I didn’t mind the bamboo handle, which I’ve heard complaints about. However, it doesn’t work as well as my electric toothbrush at keeping my teeth clean, and the bristles could be designed to get into every crevice. If the bristles could be designed better I think it would be a great alternative to regular plastic toothbrushed, but I hope the industry will start designing eco-friendly electric toothbrushes as they are superior to your own health! I quite liked my zero waste deodorant by Kutis, I didn’t feel any smell on the days when I used it, nor any sensitivity. But like with many natural deodorants I started feeling itchy after few days of use. Nevertheless, it is a great deodorant for not so sensitive armpits. The zero waste dry shampoo by Kitenest I love! It takes time to get used to using it, but it is awesome and you get a lot in this package!

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In February I am planning to finally find myself some natural and zerowaste toothpaste. If you have any recommendations please let me know in the comment box below!

All pictures are from pexels, first and last by Min An.

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What sustainable have you done in January?

With love,

Lii

 

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Sustainable News of August 2018

Climate Change

Earth At Risk Of Entering ‘Hot House’ State From Which There Is No Return, Scientists Warn – One of the possible futures for our planet if we are not rapidly doing something to prevent it.

Rising Heat Will Cost The Poorest Countries Billions Of Dollars A Year – Heath exhaustion doesn’t happen to only us living in Europe or the US where we are not used to such warm temperatures, it also happens to those who are used to them.

Hotter Climate Means Hungrier Insects Will Munch Millions More Tons Of Crops By 2050 – The one thing we didn’t even think about climate change.

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Social

New Passport Checks For Families Are Sexist, Backward Step – In a modern world where we think we are moving forward with feminist issues we stumble upon new ones when legislations fight other crimes.

Why The World Needs More Female Leaders In Health Care – Whilst they occupy the most roles in health care females only have a small portion of leadership roles.

Reversing Burundi’s Pregnant Schoolgirl Ban Is Not Enough, Activists Say – Although a great start as the girls will have greater potential to earn a better living for their families in the future, it is still not concentrating on sexual exploitation.

Diversity In Sustainability – Addie writes with great enthusiasm and good points why sustainability should matter to everybody, not only white women.

This 9-Year-Old South African Author Has a Message We All Need To Hear – It’s so inspiring to see young children to take such initiative and show their enthusiasm to learning and bettering themselves as well as others lives!

Fake Foods Are Threatening South Africa’s Most Vulnerable People – Yes you read it correctly, fake foods or counterfeit foods are allegedly being sold around South Africa to the poorest population with serious health implications.

How Bikes Helped Cut Malaria Deaths by 96% in This Zambia District – As simple a thing as bikes can help poor nations and communities to get access to health and other services.

Air Pollution Is Destroying Your Intelligence, Study Finds – So we should probably do something about it.

 

Plastic

Iceland Is The First UK Supermarket To Sell Plastic Free Chewing Gum – And by this, they do not mean the packaging but the actual gum that you chew. Who would’ve thought that it is even legal to have petroleum-based substances in our consumables? Now you definitely don’t want to swallow it.

Decomposing Plastic Revealed As Hidden Source Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – It shouldn’t come as a surprise.

UK Plastic Pact Is Central To Forming A Circular Economy – In the mids of all the plastic fears this article tells about a pragmatic approach to tackle the plastic problem. Although, it discusses the circular approach it still doesn’t pinpoint how customers will be involved in it, or how they will make sure no toxic chemicals will be left in the recycled plastics.

This Is The Single Greatest Cause Of Ocean Trash – Lately, we have been hearing about cigarette buts and there is a reason behind it. Maybe it would be time to regulate this.

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Recycling

Down With Upcycling? – With so many companies using waste products to make new products are they just using new sources of materials or are they thinking of the whole lifecycle of the product until the end?

 

Food

EU Households Waste Over 17 Billion Kg Of Fresh Fruit And Vegetables a Year – That is an astounding number and we all should start checking whether we actually eat all of the fruit and veg in our households.

Glyphosate Found In Breakfast Cereal In the US – Also found in the UK (especially in bread) as farmers keep using the pesticide before harvest so it is more likely to stay in our food. Buy organic to keep away from the carcinogen and if you want to help affect change in this in the UK you can donate money to Soil Association.

 

Fashion

France Is About To Ban Stores From Throwing Away Unsold Clothing – The idea is that the stores could give the clothes to charities and although this would be a great idea, I don’t think the volume of clothing that would go to charities would do good for either of the industries, I can almost see history repeating what happened to fashion outlets. It is important to do something about the volume of clothing that is thrown away by retailers and brands, but I am not sure if gifting them to charities is the way to go forward.

Why This Factory Is Making Its Factory Wages Public – An excellent initiative that will hopefully be shared by many other brands and bring even more visibility to this problem. Although, I don’t think it should only be factory workers wages, everybody in the company and the supply chain to provide a proper comparison.

Everlane Is Launching ‘Clean Silk’ In a Move Toward Greater Sustainability – The company’s plans are great and I am impressed with how they are reducing harmful chemicals from the production, however, not sure why there was no talk about using peace silk, only organic, which would’ve made the silk even more sustainable.

Shoppers Are Buying Clothes Just For The Instagram Pic, And Then Returning Them – This article talks about a deep-rooted problem in the fashion industry to which Instagram, OOTD and a new outfit for each pic are a fuel. If clothes can be even more disposable than before how can we ever change the fashion industry?

Adidas Launches FW’18 Collection Made Of Recycled Polyester, Organic Cotton – It’s great to hear that the brand is making changes to their ranges, however, this range is designed by Stella McCartney, I would like to see them changing completely to more sustainable materials!

Stella McCartney Evasive On Unsold Stock Issue – For a company that supports sustainability I am surprised and saddened that it is not more transparent on their own supply chains.

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Ecosystems

Effects of Overfishing On Ocean Health – This describes very well the different problems overfishing has on marine life and it’s ecosystems.

Why Are Elephants Important To African Ecosystem – Although I’ve always thought they are important I never quite knew how important they are! Let’s save them all!

Climate Change’s Latest Casualty: Cute, Tiny Puffin – Unfortunately with the ocean animals are finding it harder to find their food and have to travel longer to get to their source of nutrition.

Scientists Just Discovered A Coral Reef Off The Coast of South Carolina – And it needs to be protected against oil and gas industry!

Top Performing Microbes Could Be Key To Sustainable Agriculture – Taking an example from nature at it’s best!

 

I think I might need to start doing these weekly as there are so many links to go through. What do you think weekly or monthly?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of July 2018

July has been the hardest month of the year. It started with grief and it didn’t get much better. Every one of us faces times that are not so easy, but finding little things that make you happy will show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is funny to think that the beginning of July was so warm, as now it is fairly cold in Scotland. It is a relief, even though throughout winter I know I will be wishing back those warm summer days.

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New coffee shop – I don’t go out a lot for coffee or food, but cooped up in my house all day working makes me want to get out every now and again. I already have my favourite spots in my local area and am happy when a new great place opens up. Space speciality coffee has a great coffee selection, amazing cakes and beautiful and instagrammable interior!

Seagull babies – There are two seagull babies on the roof of the house I see from our window and this week we’ve been seeing them learning to fly. It is absolutely adorable seeing their clumsy tries but eventually succeeding. I could spend hours just looking at them in amazement!

The Wonder – I’ve been reading the book by Emma Donoghue, the one who also wrote ‘Room’. She is an amazing writer and I can’t seem to be able to put the book down!

Sustainable period – I finally got myself a menstrual cup and I can’t wait to have a try!

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Campaigns

A zero-waste shop into Edinburgh – The crowdfunding for a new zero-waste shop that is based on community interest and using profits to support oceanic cleanup and on the local environmental project. It sounds great and especially if you are based in Edinburgh I recommend supporting them!

Team Waveney walk for water – A team of friends and their children have decided to walk for water to raise awareness of the hardship women and children face when they do not have access for clean water easily like we do. They want to mirror the walk to understand the hardship, raise awareness and raise money for those communities. This is an amazing campaign and an important issue to be talked about. I really recommend supporting it!

Support a Not-for-profit Zero Waste Glasgow – A campaign to support a stall which raises awareness of zero-waste in Glasgow and to reduce plastic waste. An important campaign, especially for Glasgwegians!

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Reading

The Important Truths About Zero Waste – An article by Considered Life that delves into why zero waste is important and what it is we should actually be concentrated on to make our lives more sustainable. Also helps you feel more content with the progress you are doing and doesn’t blame you for getting there little bit at a time. Excellent post, which I really recommend everybody to read!

Zero Waste Near You – This post is excellent if you want to find zero waste shops in your town in the UK! I found out that there already is one such shop in Glasgow, another coming soon and one zero waste shop for paints and other products as well. I will have to check them out soon!

10 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself During Your Period – Some excellent tips that will definitely help you and make you understand your body better during your period.

Bee Saving Paper Could Bring Bee Population Back From The Brink – A new type of paper which is infused with a certain type of glucose which helps provide bees energy and with UV lights that attract their attention, could actually help the bees have food and last longer. This amazing creation is also full of seeds that will flourish into flowers that bees will want to eat. Truly a paper that you will want to through into nature!!

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Media

Excitedly expecting The Favourite – This short teaser trailer had me completely hooked!

memory: no. twothousandsevenhundredandtwentyfive – A beautiful short video by my friend that portrays grief. Made me cry and I believe would make anybody who is going through grief. It is beautiful, sad and content at the end.

 

What were your happy moments in July? Any little things you want to share?

With love,

Lii