Welcome to my interview series, “A greener way of life”, in which I talk to fellow green lifestyle & beauty bloggers to find out more about how, on a day-to-day basis, they manage to lead a green lifestyle. From making more ethical shopping choices, ditching plastic, to growing their own veg, these uber-conscious bloggers can teach all of us a thing or two about making a positive contribution not only to our planet but also to those around us. They say that ‘grass is greener on the other side’ and in the case of these lifestyle bloggers, it probably is 🙂
First to open up about her lifestyle is Victoria from the Thimble End blog.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
Hi, I’m Victoria; former teacher, keen sewist and mum of two girls. I’ve been blogging about sewing since 2013, but now I focus more on the sustainable aspects of sewing and putting together an ethical wardrobe. I also write about generally living a more eco-conscious life.
What does a ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ lifestyle mean to you?
For me, living a green or sustainable lifestyle means making decisions based on wanting to have a positive impact on people and the environment. It’s about considering where our food comes from (we’ve even recently taken on an allotment plot to grow our own!); where our clothes come from; recycling and reusing things where possible and switching to products that are better for the environment.
Why is it important to you and your family?
We only have one earth and we need to take care of it. My daughters are 6 and 4 years old, and I worry about what the planet will be like when they are grown. I also don’t think any of us should be exploiting others for anything we consume, and I want to instil that in my girls.
What everyday actions do you currently take to help you achieve that sort of lifestyle?
I try to buy organic (preferably local) food where I can and I’ve switched various personal care and household cleaning products to ones that aren’t laden with chemicals. Recently I’ve been thinking more about our clothes, and so I’m buying with more care and less often.
What other green initiatives would you like to implement in your household?
At the moment I’m looking into switching to a green energy supplier and I’m on a waiting list to open a bank account with Triodos. I also want to make sure we’re recycling (or reusing) everything that we can.
How do you teach your children about looking after the environment or leading a greener kind of lifestyle?
My girls are both very interested in the natural world around them, and always have been. We spend a lot of time outdoors and are members of a local wildlife trust, so this leads to plenty of opportunities to talk about environmental issues. At the moment, my eldest is obsessed with bees, so we’ve been researching them and watching documentaries! They’ll both be involved with maintaining our allotment as well.
After I recently watched The True Cost, I’ve had a few conversations with them about where our clothes come from.
What 5 top tips would you give to someone who wants to lead a more conscious, greener and zero-waste lifestyle?
- Start by making small changes! You don’t have to be all or nothing with it.
- Look into switching your energy supplier.
- Plan meals so that you’re not creating food waste by overbuying.
- Avoid single use plastic, such as straws.
- Use a reusable coffee cup instead of takeaway cups when you’re out.
And what are you doing to reduce impact on the environment?
If you’re a green lifestyle and/or beauty blogger and you’re interested in being featured in my interview series, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.