Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, despite how often I moan about the cold and how busy it is. I love that you can almost feel magic in the air. I love Christmas lights and festive drinks and precious time off with loved ones. Jamie and I often try to take festive trips in December, which aren’t complete without gingerbread lattes and marshmallow hot chocolates. If there’s one thing I dislike about the festivities though, it’s the notorious, and disposable, coffee shop red cup. With my Kambukka reusable mug, festive drinks on-the-go don’t secure me a place on the naughty list.
Planet Friendly Living
To some, the term ‘eco-friendly gifts’ is somewhat of an oxymoron. We have consumerist mindsets, trained to seek out shiny, new gifts, usually guarded by walls of unnecessary plastic. Sustainability isn’t an overly festive concept, but it’s desperately needed. We can do our bit by shopping locally and buying more eco-friendly gifts where possible. If you’re sceptical then I hope that this gift guide will show that sustainability doesn’t have to compromise on quality.
As I become more environmentally conscious, my decisions require more consideration. Beauty products are a weakness of mine, but I’m regularly discovering great eco-friendly beauty brands like RINGANA. Becoming more conscious of the environment doesn’t have to be all-consuming, but every switch towards ethical practises helps.
‘Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.’ – Howard Zinn.
It’s almost impossible to be unaware of the global climate strikes that are currently underway. The world is rightly hearing calls for an acceptance of responsibility, immediate and drastic positive change. And whilst we know that larger changes may need to come from high up, I’ve been making small changes of my own, so that moving forward, I contribute less to the mess we’ve already made. These are a few of the beauty swaps I’ve made to leave a smaller environmental footprint.
The Natural Wellness Box is a wellness and beauty service offering a variety of subscription options. A new, themed, collection is released bi-monthly. The boxes include 5-7 full size products: Luxury skincare, supplements and healthy snack products. Everything featured is Vegan and CF which is a lovely bonus for me but particularly amazing news for those who are vegan.
SKN-RG’s ethos is one which I can fully get behind: visible proven results via clean beauty. Their Evolution Alpha serum launches on Monday 1st April, so I’m here to give you a weeks notice in case you wanted to be first in line!
At the end of last year, I participated in ‘No Plastic November’. I’m a little late in sharing how I got on but really wanted to continue to implement changes and learn a little more beforehand. I soon learned that a no plastic month was near impossible, considering how little preparation I had done. Despite the set-back and the feeling that I’d already failed throughout Novembers first supermarket trip, I was determined to cut down as much as possible. Since November, I’ve continued to make changes and have considerably reduced my plastic waste. Here’s how you can reduce yours too (in order of difficulty, beginning with the easiest).
NEEK Skin Organics, An Introduction
Unless you’re a brand new reader, you may know that over the last few months I’ve been on the hunt for eco-friendly brands. Cue NEEK: an ethical skincare company from Australia, who popped into my e-mails at just the right moment. A brand that I can fully get behind, NEEK utilise natural, active ingredients in their cruelty-free and vegan beauty products. They also post out their recycled and recyclable packaging in plastic-free, compostable satchels. Their environmentally conscious moral stance reflects my own, only upgraded to vegan too. For the last month or so, I’ve been using the following two products. Here’s how I’ve been getting on: