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 🙂
In this interview, I’m delighted to talk to Bryanna from the blog The EcoLogical.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
My name is Bryanna, and five years ago I took my first step into the world of green living. I began learning about the effects of synthetic chemicals on our bodies and our environment, about the devastation plastics and PPCP’s were causing around the world, about food waste, overfishing, GMOs… To be honest, I was completely overwhelmed, but my journey started from there.
While still living in the United States, I did what I could to lead a clean lifestyle, but it wasn’t until moving to England that the majority of changes took place. I haven’t bought bottled water in five years, have completely switched out my beauty products for cruelty free and all natural options, buy organic and local as often as possible, and have recently started the process of changing over household cleaning items to eco-friendly substitutes and limiting my involvement with plastics.
I have learned so much, and I started my blog to share that knowledge with others. The ecoLogical is my space to express my passion for green living, and to write about cruelty free, vegan, and natural beauty, ethical subscription boxes, and the ‘big’ issues facing the environment. I like to think sharing my thoughts on The ecoLogical also helps keep me accountable, as I have a community around me to correct me when I am wrong and even guide me towards additional ethical changes.
What does a ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ lifestyle mean to you?
To me, a green lifestyle and a sustainable lifestyle are inextricably linked. It means to limit one’s negative impact on the planet, to protect our natural resources and environments, and to be aware of the limitations of our surroundings. And there are so many ways to do this! Limiting fuel consumption by walking or cycling (or even public transport), reducing your energy usage by switching light bulbs and making sure everything is switched off when not in use, eating less/no meat and animal byproducts, ditching plastic, shortening showers. You don’t have to take them all on at once, and you don’t even necessarily have to do them all, but every change helps!
Why is it important to you?
Because we should not be powers of destruction. I feel we have a responsibility for our actions, and I want to make sure I do my part to help maintain the health of the only home we all have, Earth. Sounds a bit silly I suppose, but that’s a big reason why I have made so many changes in my life.
What everyday actions do you currently take to help you achieve that sort of lifestyle?
We try to live by the 5 Rs in all areas: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle. The main ‘refuse’ we are working on at the moment is plastic, and I have recently invested in a zero-waste starter kit from LowToxBox to help kickstart new habits. I also have switched us over to soap nuts for washing clothes, and have been trying out shampoo and conditioner bars, powders, and cubes to minimize on excess packaging.
What other green initiatives would you like to implement in your household?
I would LOVE to be able to get solar panels, but the expense is just a little out of reach for us at the moment. Realistically, the next move for us will be beginning gardening, and finding more sustainable fashion. We both already do the majority of our clothing purchases at charity shops, so we are reusing, but it would be great to find new affordable (and fitting) options every once and a while as well that are natural fibers and ethically made.
What 5 top tips would you give to someone who wants to lead a more conscious, greener and zero-waste lifestyle?
- You don’t have to take it all on in one go! Phase products out slowly as you finish old ones off, and don’t just throw away all those plastic containers you have sitting in the cupboards for new bamboo ones. Not only is this counter intuitive, the costs really add up! By transitioning at a slower pace, you have time to let these changes become habit, and you really help your wallet.
- When you start buying new items, just do some quick checks based on your personal guidelines. For example, if you are going cruelty free, do a quick search to make sure the brand is truly CF and not just ‘against animal testing,’ or if you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint you can check both where the product is coming from and where the ingredients are sourced from.
- And remember, it isn’t a matter of who is ‘greenest’ – just do your best and keep at it!
How would you define your natural skincare/ beauty routine?
At the moment, a bit all over the place to be totally honest. When I am on top of things, I have a full set skincare routine for both morning and night plus a weekly mask, but lately I have been rushed or exhausted most days. I make sure to always do the bare minimum of cleanse, tone, and moisturize, even if it is just with a (biodegradable) face wipe and a bit of facial oil. I mean, skin is the largest organ, so I want to make sure I take care of it.
And in terms of makeup, most days it is just a little eyeliner, mascara, a neutral eye shadow, and if I am feeling fancy (meaning that I remember it exists) then lipstick. However, I have recently been playing around with my makeup more and more, since I have somehow ended up with a whole lot of it!
Who do you look up for advice?
I have so many ethical bloggers that I admire, many of which I mentioned when I wrote my Sunshine Bloggers tag. I also adore watching Angie’s (aka WhippedGreenGirl) DIYs on YouTube, and while not really a green vlogger, Lisa Schwartz (Lisbug) as she often talks to her audience about the importance of using natural products and about self-love which I think is really important in terms of promoting change outside the green community.
What are your 3 natural skincare/ beauty must-haves?
My ride or dies right now are:
- PHB Mascara
- Awake Organics Green Tea + Detox Face Mask
- The Innate Life Rose Hair Elixir
Thanks Bryanna for sharing your tips. And what are YOUR tips for leading a greener kind of 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