Sure, it ain’t easy being green, but it doesn’t have to be difficult either. While the idea of ditching meat, going plastic-free, growing your own vegetables, or making your own eco-friendly cleaning products may seem as impossible as buying a tub of vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and not finishing the whole pot, you can make your life a whole lot easier if you just give yourself a little time.
Yep, you can even use this time to utilise what our mama internet has given us. She may be mother nature’s modern and more tech-savvy sister, but she certainly knows her stuff. That’s because the World Wide Web is full of amazing people who have already made these changes, done their research, and are now willing to share their sustainable knowledge with the rest of the world.
Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to some of the best eco-bloggers that this wonderful planet has to offer, and I asked them to share the one piece of advice that they would give to anyone who wants to go green. Their responses? Well, let’s just say that my mind has not quite recovered…
There are so many ways to make green changes in your life, and Wendy from Moral Fibres is ready and willing to give you the 411 on just about everything you need to know about a sustainable existence. From blogs on ethical underwear to natural cleaning products, Wendy wants to prove that sustainable living can be for those that are hip, and not just those that are hippies. Whether you want to get clued up on the negative effects of fast fashion or whether you want to know all about plastic-free ideas for the bathroom, this lady has it all. She even has a tip for those wanting to become more eco-friendly:
“I think the easiest way to start going green is simply buying less stuff. Overconsumption drives many of our environmental problems, and simply by buying fewer things, is one of the greenest things you can do. Before buying new clothes, I always ask myself do I really need this? The chances are I probably don’t – in the UK we buy 1.72 million tonnes of brand new fashion every year, and throw away 1.5 million tonnes of clothing every year.”
– Moral Fibres
As you can probably tell by the name of this awesome blog, Mia is all about making moves to ditch single-use plastic and to live a more sustainable lifestyle. However, Aim Plastic Free is not a guide on how to become 100% plastic-free while berating anyone who accidentally puts recyclable plastic in the wrong bin – because even Mia herself knows that this can be difficult in the modern world. It’s her aim to offer honest and achievable advice on how to drastically cut down on plastic waste, and to showcase the fact that small changes can make all of the difference in the long run. Her biggest piece of advice? It’s a good’un:
“Avoid single use plastic. Single use plastic is made primarily from fossil fuel-based chemicals and is meant to be disposed of right after use, often, in a few minutes. These are plastic items like bottled drinks, chewing gum, bags, straws, food cartons, cutlery and food packaging.
Unfortunately, it’s estimated only 10-13% of plastic items are recycled around the globe. The rest ends up in landfill or worse, in waterways, the sea and nature. Animals are eating plastic and suffering. And if we eat those animals, we’re eating plastic. The future will tell us the full result of this ingestion on our bodies.
The solution is in our hands, but we need to act now. We can create a better system with a few simple lifestyle changes. For example, instead of buying bottled drinks, bring a reusable drinks flask/bottle instead. This will save money, depending on the plastic-type, prevent microplastics and toxic leaching from the plastic bottles, and if it is bottled water, end the scam. Otherwise, the next thing we know is we will be paying for air!”
– Aim Plastic Free
Chayce is the wonderful eco-blogger behind This Blemished Life, and this lovely lady first started her green journey after welcoming her daughter into the world. Now the mother of two children, she has made it her mission to live as sustainably as possible in terms of what her family eats, what they buy, how they live, and how they do their bathroom business. Yes, she’s your go-to-gal when you’re looking for info on cloth nappies. As someone who embraces a zero-waste lifestyle from Monday to Friday, Chayce knows that making green decisions is more of a process than an instant life change. She says as much in her awesome piece of advice:
“Don’t overwhelm yourself. Take it slow. Make one small change and once it’s routine make another.“
-This Blemished Life
As if being an eco-blogger couldn’t be any cooler, Natalie from The Zero Waste Doc is also a full-time NHS doctor. Because of this, you can probably imagine that she’s pretty busy – but that’s exactly what makes her blog so special. She’s all about bringing sustainability options to those who tell themselves that there just aren’t enough hours in the day, as you just need a few moments to make these sustainable changes in your life. Focusing largely on zero-waste living, The Zero Waste Doc can provide you with a full medical report on the green journey that’s coming your way. Check out her piece of advice:
“My one piece of advice would be to make your own lunch: ‘on the go’ lunch items in the UK generate almost 11 billion items of packaging waste a year, and by making your own lunch it can dramatically reduce waste and save yourself some money. I just make double portions of whatever I cook for dinner and eat that the next day. Simple!“
-The Zero Waste Doc
Innes from Aboderie is another green eco-blogger/mother who has the ultimate low-down on cloth nappies, making your own sling baby carriers, maternity wardrobe options, and more. Her blog focuses on her family’s journey to a sustainable and handmade home, and while we don’t think that anything could come close to the beauty of her Instagram page, her wise words on motherhood, DIY creations, interior design, and sustainability will certainly give you some amazing ideas on how to make your own home life more eco-friendly. So, what’s her piece of advice?
“Going eco-friendly doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Sometimes the environmental problems we’re facing can seem so huge that we can’t possibly make a dent in them, but the reality is that even small changes add up over time. By making small steps every day, we can make a real impact in the long term.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to start, just start! Pick one or two things that you know you could do pretty easily, like going meat-free for one meal a week or walking to the shop rather than driving. If you keep making tiny changes, pretty soon you’ll find you’re living very differently and it won’t have felt like much effort at all!“
You probably don’t need us to tell you that Emily is all about living an eco-friendly lifestyle, right? Just the name of her blog will tell you that. Aside from this amazing name, though, the EcoFriendlyEmily site is perfect for those who want to learn more about minimalism, sustainability, veganism, social justice, and more. From delicious vegan chocolate chip banana bread recipes to easy eco-friendly swaps, this blog really does have everything. As if that wasn’t enough, Emily is also the proud founder of the @ecofriendlybloggingclub – an Instagram community that features some of the best eco-friendly creators that the internet has to offer. Why not check it out, along with her epic piece of advice:
“My number one tip for going green is take it slowly. This is a lifestyle change not a trend, so it will take time to discover new things and make them work for you. Having a positive mentality towards the environment is so freeing in so many ways. It helps you let go of stuff you don’t need (mentally and physically), it gives you a deeper understanding about how our actions as humans are making positive and negative changes and it brings people together as we all have a common goal.
Everyone can do their part big or small, as long as you are doing something then that’s a good start. In my personal life, I have gone green by going vegan, taking public transport, reducing my plastic consumption and not shopping fast fashion / favouring independent stores.“
Focusing on eco-friendly alternatives in life doesn’t mean that you have to put your own health and wellbeing on standby. In fact, Beth at Toasty believes that they can both be mutually beneficial. This blog is all about living ethically, while also making sure that your mental and physical health is blossoming at the same time. She offers wholesome, easy-to-follow advice that allows you to make your eco-journey as simple as possible, meaning that you can focus your attention on living more sustainably without feeling like you’re completing another chore on your to-do list. Check out her blog, and check out this amazing piece of advice:
“Don’t think that you can’t make an impact with small changes. You can – the people around you will see that you’re doing things differently and ask questions, which has a ripple effect.“
As you can probably tell by the name, Sally from Wild & Green loves the natural world. With a strong focus on wildlife and conservation, this blog is all about living sustainably so that our wonderful world can flourish without too much human interference. Wild & Green covers everything from how to embrace a greener Christmas to how to tell the difference between some of the most beautiful birds that this planet has to offer. Sally certainly knows her stuff, which is why her piece of advice will help you along your way to living a greener life.
“For people starting out on a journey to be more green, my advice would be to pick out some basic rules. If you try to do everything at once it will be overwhelming. Give yourself two or three basic rules that you feel you will be able to follow. For example, that might be banning yourself from eating beef or refusing to use plastic straws. If you break a rule, that’s okay just try again the next day and the next. Once you’ve mastered those, add some more rules over time and build it up step by step.“
– Wild & Green
Besma is the leading lady behind Curiously Conscious, and there’s no doubt about the fact that she has wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable lifestyle. She’s been at the top of her eco-friendly blogging game since 2014, and has branched out to focus on sustainable fashion, clean beauty, low-impact lifestyles, her travelling adventures, and just about anything else you could possibly want from an eco-blog. This makes her an incredible advocate for the cause, and it seems as though she’s more than willing to showcase her Curiously Conscious lifestyle so that others can learn and make their own moves into a sustainable existence. As if that wasn’t enough, Besma is also the founder of the digital community, Ethical Influencers.
“Start by looking at your personal habits. How could you improve them, in a way that better supports other people, and the planet? Is there a more sustainable alternative available? If not, why not? Can you ask the industry to do better? Can you couple that with activism? Raise your voice online? Write to your political representative?
Sustainability is about caring for people and the planet, and our individual actions make up part of that, but also know that our voices, actions, and votes can – and will – make positive change. And remember to enjoy the journey too!“
If you were worried about going green and making those first few sustainable steps before, then we hope these top tips have come in handy. After all, these eco-bloggers know their stuff, and their pieces of advice are perfect for anyone looking to venture into the world of sustainable living. So, why not give them a follow on social media and give their blogs a read? You know you want to…