10 SIMPLE SWAPS FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE LIFE

In today’s TALA Talks, sustainability and slow fashion journalist @harrietemilyprior shares her simple swaps and suggestions to help you live a more sustainable life. We also hear from some of the team from TALA HQ with their top tips!

Taking a step back from our hectic day-to-day lives during lockdown has offered us all the opportunity to consider how we can help the environment by living more consciously. The first thing to remember is that it is simply impossible to get it right all the time, but the tips and tricks below are easy to implement and make a real difference.

  • Let’s start simple: ditch the single-use water bottles and coffee cups. With an estimated 8 million tons of plastic entering our oceans each year, it really is time to invest in a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Shop the TALA water bottle here!

  • Cut down on meat and shop local: avoiding meat and dairy is the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth. And let’s face it, with such good alternatives now readily available, it’s never been easier. Also, get up to scratch on what’s in season, support local farm shops or even grow fruit and vegetables at home.
  • Switch to sustainable period care: women have around 500 periods a lifetime, equaling approximately 9,000 tampons or sanitary towels. Most of the mainstream brands are wrapped in plastic (and let’s not get started on applicators). Brands such as Flo and TOTM make it easy to have a plastic free period.
  • Boycott fast fashion: voting with your money is one of the most powerful ways to make a difference. With environmental corners constantly cut in the name of money, not only is the process of making fast fashion detrimental, but the majority of clothes ultimately end up in landfill. Do your research, be critical of brands, support sustainable business and don’t be afraid to rewear, borrow and shop second hand.
  • Ditch the makeup wipes: made of non-biodegradable plastic fibres and a cocktail of chemicals, makeup wipes are bad for your skin as well as the planet. Opt for reusable options, such as TALA’s leaf mini face cloth.

  • Cut down on plastic: try to buy fruit and veg that’s unwrapped, invest in reusable cutlery and beeswax wraps and always decline plastic straws. It’s almost impossible to avoid entirely, so make sure to recycle what you do use. 
  • Upcycle in your own home: whether it’s a gin bottle you transform into a vase, or old jars you use as storage containers, get creative and work with what you’ve got available. Live by the mantra: fix it, don’t throw it.
  • Be energy conscious: you know the drill, turn off appliances when you’re not using them, switch the heating off when it’s sunny outside, and research eco-friendly energy providers such as Bulb and Octopus Energy.   
  • Plant a tree: with deforestation happening at an alarming rate, you can make a small difference by planting a tree either in your own garden or donating to a charitable initiative. Also, switch your web browser to Ecosia to plant a tree every time you search, and don't forget to plant your TALA tags!
  • Buy a filter bag: Every time you wash your clothes, tiny microfibres release and enter our oceans and fibre filter bags help to prevent this. Shop TALAs fibre filter bag here.

Here’s what some of the TALA team do to make a difference:

Grace, TALA founderUse Kilner jars & a glass sippy cup or sustainable bottle to carry around all the time! The bottle will keep you hydrated and you can buy no-waste options to put in the jars - your kitchen will look super organised too.

Sarah, TALA Business Manager: I used to use food delivery services to try and cut down on my food waste, but the packaging always felt very excessive! Now I try and shop local and always carry my TALA tote bag to avoid single-use plastic when grabbing my groceries.

Verity, Grace's Talent Manager:  I have started ordering an Oddbox to stop produce going to waste and reduce single-use plastic. It also helps me be far more inventive with my cooking!

Ally, TALA Creative Lead: My top tip would be to try to cut out as much dairy and meat as you can, as a vegan diet is one of the most impactful ways to reduce your footprint on the Earth. From saving greenhouse gases to minimising your water use, the list is endless.

Most importantly, know that with every small step you take, you are making a difference. Celebrate the small wins, spread the message to encourage others to do the same and don’t beat yourself up if you get something wrong and. For more eco tips, follow my Instagram @harrietemilyprior. Together we can make a real difference.