Mid Year Sustainable review 2019

At the start of the year I wrote about my sustainable resolutions for 2019. Here, I take a mid-year review and see where I am at and what I need to improve on.

So, we are already half way through 2019. How this has happened I do not know! As for most of us, the time is flying by, so I wanted to take stock of where I am at with my sustainable goals and to establish what I need to do to get where I want to be.

Reducing my dairy intake seems to have improved but it still has a long way to go.

I am still eating cheese (my major weakness) but I have found great soft cheese alternatives that are great on toast and sauce recipes. Violife and Tesco’s own brand are pretty good. Oat milk from Oatly is the best alternative to dairy milk in tea, you can honestly hardly tell the difference. Coyo yogurts have also been a big hit. I switched from making my porridge with milk to good old tap water which is helping the environment and saving my pocket.

My attempt at eco-friendly periods is going pretty well.

I took up the subscription service from TOTM for organic sanitary items which work just as well as conventional materials and I’m putting less chemicals into my body. I have just purchased some Flux ‘period pants’ from Acala Online, I’ll let you know how I get on with these, I am hopeful they will work as described, limiting the need for traditional sanitary products.

Having recently watched ‘The War on Plastic’ on BBC1, its really made me re-address my single plastic use, particularly regarding the food I buy. I do have an organic fruit and vegetable delivery from Riverford most weeks, but I haven’t managed to get into the habit of making my own lunches when I am on the road, so this is something I really need to work on. I am also going to start to take my own reusable pots to the supermarket and visit the fresh deli counters instead of pre-packaged options. I am going to try allotting a set time a week per week to plan the meals ahead to further lessen waste.

Bathroom Swaps are the most simple and easy to stick to.

Solid shampoo, conditioner and a good old fashioned bar of soap work just as well as plastic encased alternatives.

Maintaining my sustainable style journey I think is my most successful resolution to date.

I haven’t been perfect and have made two high street purchases this year but the other handful of clothes I have purchased have all been from sustainable brands such as Nude Ethics and preloved and pre-used sites such as EBay. Discovering new sustainable brands is great fun and keeps enjoyment in fashion without turning to the fast fashion brands.

 

I think its really important to keep positive and to understand that nobody in this day and age can be perfect.

We are going to still use some single use plastics and we may need to buy some high-street items. What is super important is that you don’t let one purchase derail you and that you always make the most sustainable decision when purchasing when you can and the option is available to you.

Remember that even the smallest changes have an accumulative affect in improving our environment and overall wellbeing.

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