Living More Ethically

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Almost 4 years ago I vowed on this blog to go cruelty-free. I wanted to stop using beauty products that are tested on animals. I'm not saying that I don't slip up upon occasion but I feel like I have succeeded with this goal. But that was years ago and I feel I've gotten a bit complacent about the choices that I make. Can I really consider myself to be cruelty-free if I buy jeans for exactly that are made through sweatshops? Or am I really helping the world if I throw away rubbish that could be recycled? I've set myself some resolutions of things that I'd like to do to live more ethically. These aren't new years resolutions. These are rest of life resolutions. And generally, talking about it publically on the internet holds me accountable to it. So tell me off if you need to!

Look into whether the tea that I am drinking is Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Over the last year, I've really gotten into drinking tea (it would appear I am now finally living up to the British stereotype. Which poses a new question of ethics for me, where is my tea coming from. So I'm aiming to only try and buy tea that's Fairtrade or rainforest alliance certified as these are tags that I can trust. This means the tea that I buy for my home but also asking serving staff in cafes if it isn't stated on the menu. 

Stop using plastic bags when buying loose fruit and veg.

I very rarely buy bulk bags of fruit and vegetables. As I'm only cooking for myself, I never get through them in time before they go off. So I buy loose fruit and veg. But most stores offer plastic bags for you to put these in. In reality, they aren't really needed and one thing I want to to do is to stop using them. Two sweet potatoes will be totally fine getting put into my basket, then shopping bag and finally put in my cupboard without the protection of a thin, non-recyclable plastic bag. 

Use plastic containers rather than sandwich bags when I can.

Similarly to the previous point, sometimes I freeze foods or pack my lunches into plastic bags. Despite having a pretty impressive collection of Tupperware and reusable plastic containers. Sometimes it's a space thing, sometimes it's a laziness thing but I really would like to try and stop using plastic bags as much and utilise the alternatives. 

Be more conscious of how much food I throw away. 

As much as I hate to admit it, I can be really bad for buying food that I don't eat. This year I'd like to get back into meal planning in the hope that I can reduce my food waste. This will hopefully benefit my back balance but is also more environmentally friendly. When I was in my first year of university I used to plan my meals a week in advance and it was much more efficient in terms of food waste but also how often I went shopping.

Consider the ethical implications of the clothes that I buy

This is the hardest one, mostly because it's the one I know the least about. One of my favourite bloggers, Jen from Tartan Brunette, talks a lot about ethical fashion and it's really gotten me thinking about where the clothes that I buy off of the high street actually come for. Whilst I don't want to make grand promises, I do want to keep ethics in mind when shopping. I very rarely buy new clothes these days (oh how times have changed) but when I do I'd like to make better choices.

Oh yeah, and if I could remember to turn the bloody oven off once in a while that would be great too.

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  1. Lovely post. I really want to try to live more ethically and support local businesses and purchase more things made in the UK. But it's so difficult!!

  2. Great post! I too am going to live more ethically finding bags and accessories that donate to a cause or are recycled, def going to take part in earth hour too this year, Gandhi said "be the change you wish to see in the world" and I think we need to now more than ever :) x


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