Podcast, Sustainable Living

[001] – A Sustainable Life – the Podcast!

Yes, that’s right, a podcast!
I’m SO excited to get this out there – it feels like this podcast been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to get on some of my sustainable living heroes as guests, and to chat with you each week about all things sustainable living and hopefully inspire and motivate you to think about the small changes YOU could make that would make a big difference.

Hear more about my ‘sustainability journey’ – what got me started, and how I ended up here, in this inaugural episode of A Sustainable Life!

General ramblings

A Sustainable Life

The eagle eyed amongst you (!) might have noticed a whole new look to the site.
Well, not quite a whole new look just yet – there’s still lots of tweaking and changing to be done, but there’s a whizzy new header, and some new colours, which counts as a whole new look in my book!

What do you think?
Do you like it?
It’s only taken me about 3 years to finally arrive at the place where I feel like I really know what I stand for and where I’m going. And the new ‘brand identity’ (as the marketing bods call it) is a reflection and a celebration of that.

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...Fashion, Sustainable Living

Easy Alternatives to Fast Fashion

Fast fashion feels like it’s everywhere, and it’s easy to think that the fashion industry has always been this way but it is actually a relatively new phenomenon:

We are consuming 400% more clothes now than we did just 20 years ago (that’s the late 1990’s!)

And that increase in consumption comes at a cost:

  • The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet, second only to fossil fuels
  • It is responsible for 3% of total global CO2 emissions
  • 150 billion items of clothing are made each year, and in the USA 36kg of clothes per person are thrown away.

The cost of clothes has come down hugely in recent years, and sadly clothes are now sometimes seen as disposable – some people quite literally buy cheap High St clothes with no intention of ever washing them and wearing again – they buy them to wear once and then throw away.
But as cheap as our clothes now are, someone somewhere is paying the price.
And in the case of fast fashion, it is the garment workers, and the planet, that suffer.

The good news is that because we all need to wear clothes, we have the power to create change by making different choices about the garments we wear and buy and there are actually lots of easy options for side-stepping fast fashion and not contributing to the demand.


SHOP YOUR WARDROBE
How many items do you have in your wardrobe that you’ve hardly ever worn?
How many items do you wear regularly?
You might be surprised to find things that you had forgotten about lurking at the bottom of your drawers, or pushed to the back of your wardrobe.


SHOP SECONDHAND
Check out your local charity shops, vintage shops, and even jumble sales to see if you can find the things you need or want to fill the gaps in your wardrobe.
If you’re looking for specific brands then eBay is a great option – just remember to tick the ‘used’ box under ‘Condition’ in the sidebar on the left hand side.


SWISH OR SWAP
Swishing is basically a fancy pants name for a clothes swapping party.
You can have a look on sites like Swishing.com to see if you can find anything local to you, or get a few friends together and run one at home!

There’s some tips for running your own swish right here.


RENT
Livia Firth recommends that when we’re thinking of buying a new outfit we ask ourselves “Will I wear this 30 times?”

And if you won’t, then don’t buy it.
I don’t know about you but I really don’t venture out to posh events and weddings very much anymore, so I’m unlikely to get 30 wears out of a posh frock. In which case, renting from a dress agency might well be the answer.
There’s some renting resources here from Love Your Clothes.


SHOP ETHICAL
Fast fashion has a massive impact both on the planet, and on the people who make our clothes.
This is good advice from Vivienne Westwood:

There’s a Sustainable Fashion Directory in my membership community (do come and join us!) or have a look at this one on The Good Shopping Guide.

There’s a handy cheat sheet below – you might want to take it out shopping with you if you struggle to resist your fast fashion fix!

Which of these do you already do?
And which ones would you be up for giving a go?
Do leave a comment below and let me know 🙂


PS. If you’re looking for some more support and resources specifically around sustainable fashion, you might like to get your mitts on the replay of our Sustainable Fashion Masterclass from my Sustainable Living Hub, which comes with a free mini e-book that summarises the main points and take-aways
for just £5

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Activism, General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Plastic Pick-up and Promise for Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up on the 22nd April and the focus this year is to ‘End Plastic Pollution’.
Earth Day has been running since the 22nd April 1970 and it’s “mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide” with more than a billion people now taking part each year!

I wanted to come up with something that we could all do collectively to really make a difference this Earth Day and after posting in my Facebook group for ideas, this is what I’ve come up with:


It’s super simple:

1) Do a 10 minute litter pick in your local area, on your own or with others
2) Post a picture of what you collect on social media – use the hashtags #EarthDay2018 and #sustlife (so I can find you!)
3) Make a pledge – pick ONE thing you can do reduce your use of single-use plastic.
If you’re struggling for ideas, check out the tips below:


4) Come and share your pick-up picture and your plastic promise in the comments here or in the Facebook group!

With over 20k people following the blog on social media, we really could collectively make a big difference – will you join me?

 

 

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General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Promise for the Planet for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the biggest movement to protect the planet, and last year over 9 million people in the UK alone took part by switching off the lights for an hour to show their support for the planet.
This year Earth Hour is asking us all to go above and beyond the symbolic gesture of turning out light’s out to show our support for the planet  and asking us to “Make a Promise for the Planet”.

It’s a great way to remind us that our support for the planet can be demonstrated each and every day in the choices we make and in our actions, and that our actions matter.

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