I love discovering new sustainability-focused companies who make eco-friendly products. A few months ago I purchased a (second hand) new phone and needless to say I needed a cover to go with it. After perusing plastic-free options I found the Canadian company Pela! They produce 100% compostable phone covers and screen protectors all while donating a % of every purchase made to Ocean Cleanup, an organization working to clean our oceans.
I love my turquoise cover for my iPhone and you can find all different varies for different models here! You should probably buy a screen protector while you’re at it as you get one half-off after buying a cover. There are a lot of colours and designs to choose from.
The material is very soft to the touch and it looks exactly like it does in pictures. Supporting companies like Pela and purchasing other eco-friendly products is a great way to start changing your habits and wasting less. We all vote with our money, so make sure your vote counts by supporting companies whose values align with yours!
My little dog Arne insisted on being in the photoshoot. He is the perfect combination of cute, cranky, and photogenic!
As boring and somewhat unnecessary as I find shaving, I do own a razor and occasionally enjoy the feeling of smooth legs. When it comes to shaving you should only do what feels right to you. But if you do shave, you should own a zero-waste razor.
Normal plastic razors are bad for the environment (plastic, duh) and are often of poor quality. Gillette tests all their products on animals and their razors are no exception. Think about a shaved rabbit next time you shave your armpits… it’s not a pleasant thought.
On my quest for the perfect steel razor I found THE PERFECT solution by Leaf Shave! It has a beautiful, sleek design that is very handy and easy to use. My shave went by quickly and left my legs feeling sleek and smooth. I’m a sloppy shaver and am not especially thorough, so it helps to have such a flexible, aerodynamic razor. It’s very easy to use all over your body (my boyfriend has a permanent beard he only trims, but I know they sell these for men and would assume they work great).
The razor comes with blades and when they’re used up you can order more online; a wonderful way to use less plastic! I am ecstatic that I have effectively eliminated those wasteful trips to the beauty/drug store from my life!
They come in six different colors- Rose Gold is my absolute favorite.
I’m really inspired by the Zero-Waste movement. I think it brings awareness towards the consequences of our consumption. We should all be cognisant about how much plastic we use and make a serious effort to change our habits.
Here are some useful tips:
ALWAYS carry a water bottle around. Plastic water bottles are horrible for the environment and although they can be recycled, they don’t always make it there. You’ll also save money by never having to pay convenient store prices just to hydrate yourself.
Carry around a tote bag or a foldable bag. You never know when you’ll have to shop and bringing your own bag protects the environment and your wallet. I have a little foldable fabric bag that takes up very little space. Here are some cute options.
Bring your own tumblers to coffee shops. If you frequently get your caffeine buzz from a cafe you can eliminate plastic waste by bringing your own consumption vessel. Keep in mind that even though many paper cups say they are recyclable, the glue used to hold together is not.
Bring your own cutlery everywhere (like the BattleGreenbox set I wrote about here). You’ll never have to use a plastic spork again!
Think about investing in a bag with lots of storage room. Why do people need a separate bag for their smartphone? The smaller the bag, the likelier you are to buy plastic bags at the store (this is easy for me to say as I’m not into popular fashion and am always carrying around my old Fjällräven backpack). Always say no to cashiers, baggers, and salesmen who try to pack your things!
Stop buying books and start going to the library. Going to the library is so relaxing and will leave you with a more peaceful, grounded outlook when you leave. Plus, by not buying books you’ll be saving space, money, and trees.
If you have to buy groceries with packaging, make sure it’s recyclable. If you have to choose between canned beans or beans in a cardboard container, go with the cardboard because it is easier to recycle.
I hope you can use some of these tips. Share your own in the comments!
My love for the environment has led me to develop some greatnon-waste habits this year.
Plastic cups, cutlery, and straws are extremely wasteful andcause great harm to the world around us. Many of us have seen the viral pictureof the turtle with a straw through its nose. Due to the massive amount ofplastic in our oceans, an alternative to copious consumption of disposableplastic is an ultimate necessity for the eco-systems of our planet.
Trying to further my no-waste journey, I bought this littlecute set from BattleGreenBox. The set consists of fork, knife, spoon, straw anda straw cleaner. It comes with a little bag so it can fit directly into yourpurse (or man-bag, back-pack, what have you). Also included is a stringshopping bag that’s perfect for buying vegetables without packaging. The wholeset helps me reduce waste so much that I rarely leave home without it.
It costs around 130 kr (around 20 USD). They also offerother great combination sets if you want to get the ball rolling towardsreducing your waste contribution.