A greener way of life

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 🙂

A greener way of life

This week, it’s turn for my fellow green beauty blogger, Evelyn from We Were Raised by Wolves.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog

My name’s Evelyn and I study Environmental Science and Social Policy by day, and blog by night! I’ve always been obsessed with skincare and beauty in general since I was a teenager, so I set up We Were Raised By Wolves a few years ago to try and meet likeminded people. Unfortunately, in my field of work, it’s still very male-dominated, so my blog is a fun and relaxed way for me to share my thoughts on products that worked for me, as well as being able to be part of an exciting and wider community online. My blog covers a range of beauty related topics from skincare to pampering to everything in between and features a variety of different brands (not just green ones), both big and small. I really love supporting smaller, independent brands who don’t have huge advertising budgets, so you can often find these in my ‘Introducing’ series.

What does a ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ lifestyle mean to you?

For me, it’s about not taking the environment that we live in for granted. Everything around us is there to feed and nourish us and provide us shelter etc, but we must use the earth’s resources sensibly and help to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Living a green and sustainable lifestyle helps to ensure this will happen and the more people who do it, the better for all of us!

Why is it important to you?

When I first starting studying Environmental Science, I decided to take an optional Philosophy module alongside it and came across this quote which has stayed with me ever since:-

When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money”. 

It’s apparently an old Native American proverb that was shared down within their communities for generations to remind people to respect the environment and not let personal greed get in the way. It rings so sadly true today and summarises why I feel the way that I do. If we destroy everything around us, we will destroy ourselves too.

What everyday actions do you currently take to help you achieve that sort of lifestyle?

The biggest action I’ve done is to say no to owning a car, so I rely on public transport and my own two feet to get around, which cuts my carbon footprint considerably. I don’t have children or anyone who relies on me, so it’s been fairly easy for me to do this. I try not to waste food, but if there is any, I compost it for my garden and I’ve been trying to grow my own fruit and veg this year, which has been an interesting challenge! At the supermarket, I buy organic when I can afford to, which isn’t always easy on a student budget, and I try to only buy food that’s locally sourced (or at least produced in Britain) and in season to cut down on unnecessary air miles.

Despite being a beauty blogger, my personal consumption isn’t too bad I think, as living on a tight budget forces you to only really buy the essentials. I love finding bargains in charity shops and a lot of my clothes are vintage or second hand. However, I do receive a lot of products to test out for my blog, so I’m certainly no saint! I recycle as much as I can and I’ve switched my household’s energy supplier to a tariff that uses renewable energy – it’s actually cheaper than the one we originally had from British Gas!

What other green initiatives would you like to implement in your household?

I would love to look into getting solar panels if/when I ever have my own house and really get started on growing my own fruit and veg, and learning more about that.

Evelyn - We Were Raised by Wolves

What 5 top tips would you give to someone who wants to lead a more conscious, greener and zero-waste lifestyle?

1 – Really think before you purchase anything. Do you absolutely need it? Will you definitely use it? Cutting down on unnecessary consumption will not only save you loads of money, but it’s much better for the environment to not create the ‘waste’ in the first place.

2 – Go vegetarian or vegan. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was a teenager and I’m currently experimenting with veganism. I don’t think many of us will be able to afford to eat meat in the future if the population continues to grow at the rate that it is, so it’s always good to get a head start!

3 – Educate yourself. Read about what’s happening in the world and think about issues like climate change, fracking, deforestation, pollution etc. Talk about them with your friends and family – listen to their opinions and share your own. Get some books out from your local library on topics that interest you and find out more about them. If you’re not into reading, there are loads of environmental documentaries available on Netflix and Youtube. The more you know, the more you’ll want to change your current habits.

4 – Buy organic/local / fair trade where possible. One of the easiest ways is to vote for what you want with your own money. For example, if you want to live in a pesticides and GM-free world, every single organic product that you purchase will help to move closer towards this. Even if you only swap one item from your shopping basket to an organic one, you’re still making a difference and telling supermarkets and companies what you want.

5 – Go outside and enjoy nature with your family and friends. Surround yourself with trees and green spaces whenever you can, and really stop to appreciate the beauty of our planet. Think about how sad it would be if everyone was just concreted over to build more houses or shopping centres. Appreciate what you have near where you live and fight to protect it at all costs because once it’s gone, it could be lost forever.

How would you define your natural skincare/ beauty routine?

My natural skincare routine changes all the time as I love testing out different products for my blog, but this morning I used:-

Balance Me Restore & Replenish Cream Cleanser, Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Defense Moisture Mist, Antonio Burrell Bright & Light Eye Cream, Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Booster Serum and Herbfarmacy Calming Face Cream.

I love using face masks once or twice a week and really enjoy a good old pampering session whenever I can!

Who do you look up for advice?

I follow a lot of green beauty bloggers who inspire me and introduce me to new organic and natural brands. There are far too many to name all of them, but some of my faves are Ana Goes Green and Amber from The Natural Bee, plus I love watching Youtubers like Pick Up Limes.

What are your 3 natural skincare/ beauty must-haves?

1 – Lipbalm! I always, always, always carry lip balm with me everywhere that I go. I have a lot of favourites, but I’m currently loving the balmKind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm.

2 – A good multipurpose product. I swear by Weleda Skin Food because I can use it on any dry areas like cuticles and heels, and I sometimes use it as a seriously hydrating face mask if my skin is feeling parched.

3 – A beautifully scented body lotion. There’s something incredibly comforting about applying a luxurious body lotion after a long hot bath and then slipping into a cosy dressing gown or PJs. I highly recommend Antipodes Joyful Hand & Body Cream which smells just heavenly.

Apart from her blog, you can also find Evelyn on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

So many great tips from Evelyn – which one resonates the most with you? 

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 alex@thatbutterflyeffect.com