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 🙂
This week I’m chatting to Izzy from the The Quirky Queer blog.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
I’m Izzy, from the “Friendly Activist” blog The Quirky Queer which is focused on ethical fashion, sustainable travel and whatever else I feel important enough or awesome enough to write about. The site features everything from ootd (“outfit of the day”) posts, travel diaries, features of amazing brands and people, and more serious articles about what’s happening in the world. I also have a “lists” section on my blog comprising of three lists, which are mini directories of ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free brands that I love, as a way to help people make that change towards a more conscious lifestyle. I want to show people that ethical living can be affordable and doable as someone who is both a student and has an alternative sense of style. I spent my time at Uni and home between Nottingham and Cardiff, and am currently studying for my Bachelors in Astrophysics which means finding time to blog is sometimes a challenge, but I try my best.
What does a ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ lifestyle mean to you?
For me it means being conscious and making an effort to have a less negative impact on the world around you and the environment via your consumption. It doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect but there’s that desire to improve and learn.
Why is it important to you?
For me I want to live in the world knowing I’m having more positive than negative impact on it. Through consumption, we (especially in the West and First World) have a massive impact on the rest of the world by the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and everything else we use, and many people don’t realise what a big impact it really has. I want to be able to live my life knowing that I am not exploiting others, animals, and the environment just for the sake of clothing or slightly more convenient living.
What everyday actions do you currently take to help you achieve that sort of lifestyle?
I live a plant-based vegan lifestyle so refrain from consuming any animal products, I don’t shop high-street and mainly buy clothes second hand or from ethical/sustainable brands, I also use public transport or walk pretty much everywhere I go. Plus when I travel, I try and make sure to shop locally and support tour companies who are committed to sustainable practices. Plus, I try my best to stay away from one-use plastics, such as straws, wet wipes etc.
What other green initiatives would you like to implement in your household?
It is harder as a student with a tight budget but I would love to buy my food a lot more locally and packaging free, and also cut down a lot on the plastic I use and waste I produce. I also want to make sure 100% of the products I use are environmentally friendly and vegan like my deodorant, soaps, washing powders etc.
What 5 top tips would you give to someone who wants to lead a more conscious, greener and zero-waste lifestyle?
- Do your research: it’s a lot easier to be greener and more ethical if you’re inspired and educated about it so read up and learn.
- Take it slow: I feel like it’s easy to get discouraged if you launch in and go completely green overnight (though this might work for some people), it’s much easier if you take it a little bit at a time and implement new practices into your routine bit by bit.
- Go easy on yourself: you will make mistakes/forget about things and it will probably discourage you but don’t be too hard on yourself. Changes take time to implement and everyone makes mistakes here and there; you grow and learn from them.
- Find places locally to shop: Not only is this better for the environment generally but if you find a physical store to buy products in it’s a lot easier to see what you’re getting and there’s often people there who can help if you have any queries.
- Don’t give up! Making lifestyle choices can be difficult at first but once you get used to the changes you’ve made, you hardly notice them, they become second nature. So no matter how discouraged you become, just keep trying and eventually you’ll reach your goal (and this doesn’t just apply to living more consciously).
How would you define your natural skincare/ beauty routine?
I would say I don’t really have a skincare regime at all, other than taking my makeup off and washing my face so if anyone has any recommendations, I would 100% be open for some.
Who do you look up for advice?
I don’t really have anyone specific but tend to google products that are vegan when I’m looking for something new or look for recommendations of bloggers/friends that I know are vegan.
What are your 3 natural skincare/ beauty must-haves?
I don’t really have a beauty routine so don’t have any “must haves” apart from dry shampoo, I usually use the Lush lime and grapefruit one because I could just sit and smell it all day!
What about YOU? Have you considered leading a grener lifestyle?
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.