Five Things I have Purchased Over The Past Few Months To Be More Sustainable

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I’ve been trying to become more sustainable. I thought it would be a really good idea to put together a post on some of the things I have purchased over the past few months to be more sustainable! I thought this post would be really helpful for people that want to become more sustainable but can’t think of things they can get.

Any items that were kindly gifted to me will be labelled with a * and all opinions are my own.

  1. Bamboo Toothbrush

I brought a Bamboo toothbrush a couple months ago and it’s definitely something I’m going to carry on re-purchasing. I’ve found that a bamboo toothbrush lasts a lot longer than a usual plastic one. Even though a bamboo toothbrush is more expensive than a regular toothbrush, it is definitely worth it in the long run! I’ve seen quite a lot of places sell these at the moment so they can easily be purchased, I have seen them in Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

2. Reusable Water Bottle

If I were to suggest anything, I would 100% recommend you purchasing a re-usable bottle. This is such a simple change but makes such a difference. Single use plastic is something that is really affecting the environment so making a small change to a reusable bottle minimizes how much plastic is used. Additionally, buying and using a reusable bottle can be money saving, this is because you are not repeatedly purchasing a new plastic bottle everyday. For more info, here is a site that provides 10 reasons to use a reusable water bottle. If you are interested in purchasing one of these bottles, I’d 100% recommend Chilly’s bottles but if you are looking for one on a budget, nearly every store are selling them at the moment!

“Switching to a reusable water bottle would surely decrease the oil used, greenhouse gasses emitted, and bottles thrown away, reducing pollution threefold. Aside from environmental benefits, reusable water bottles have many other advantages over disposable ones.”

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3. Metal Straws

Straws aren’t something I tend to use a lot but I know a lot of people do so making that change to using a metal straw rather than a plastic straw is so beneficial. I tend to take a metal straw in my everyday bag just in case I need one. For example, if you are going to Mcdonald’s and your going to get a drink, I will always use my mental straw over a plastic or a paper one. I also know a lot of people that really hate the paper straws so I always recommend purchasing a metal one just in case! I brought mine from Primark, I think I got 5 with a cleaning brush for only £2.50 which was such a steal considering I’ve seen them for so much more elsewhere.

4. Reusable bags

Purchasing reusable bags is such a lifesaver for when you are going shopping. The price of plastic bags is always on the increase so taking reusable bags with you saves you that extra 20p on top of your shopping. I also find that reusable bags last a lot longer than plastic bags and if you are buying a lot of heavy shopping, a reusable bag is a lot better for this. When I go shopping, I will always take my backpack and I will also bring a tote bag where-ever I go, this is what works best for me.

Additionally, stores like Sainsbury’s have started selling reusable vegetable bags which I think is amazing. I hate when all the vegetables come in plastic so I will try my best to buy what I need in singles rather in a pack and just place them in my reusable vegetable bags. This is also a money saving hack! For anyone wondering, the bags are 30p each, again from Sainsbury’s and they are very sturdy and I can tell they will last me a while!

5. Reusable Cotton Pads*

I’ve talked a lot about these on my blog before but I just think they are so handy and they are something I use daily. Mine were kindly gifted to me by the brand Welve and they work so well at removing my makeup. They are priced at £9.99 which can be seen as quite expensive but they save you money in the long run. Within this pack, you get 21 pads so the whole pack will last you around a month and when you have used them all, you simply put them in the bag they came in and place them in the washing machine and let them dry and you can carry on re-using them! I use mine both morning and night to apply my skincare so they are 100% worth the money.

Those are the Five things I have purchased over the past couple months to be more sustainable. Something I have noticed from writing this post is that some of the items are a bit of an investment but in my opinion, I think they are totally worth it!

Do you own any of these items?

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