Reuse, reduce and recycle | How are we trying to be eco-friendly

Hello everyone! Alice here! What’s up?

In our talking video we said that we are trying to be as much  eco-friendly, as we can. We decided to develop the subject, as it is incredibly important one to speak about.

There are things, which are “trendy”, like listening to old music or eating vegan, which sometimes is ridiculous and kind of annoying, but the latest “trend” on being eco-friendly is something different. No matter how many people do that just because it’s popular, it still has impact on the planet, on all of us, and I’m more than happy to hear that even those people who I don’t like do something good for all of us 😀

Awareness about importance of being eco-friendly didn’t come to me the first time they told us about segregation of garbage at school or the first time I saw a special container for used batteries. I can’t also tell the exact moment when it came, but I’d say I started to think more about it more or less since I started studying in university. People are much more concerned about ecological problems in Poland, than in Ukraine.

Norwegian waterfall

I don’t say that I’m totally eco-friendly, but I do my best and I want to improve.

What do I (and Olya lol) do and don’t do to be eco-friendly?

  • Garbage segregation

There’s not much new to say here. In Poland they have 4 containers: for food waste, plastic and packaging, paper, colorful and white glass. I am not happy with it as they mix categories a bit, but still better, than in Ukraine.

  • We are trying to (and partly are succeed) not to buy plastic bottles and coffee to go.

In winter we managed to cut the amount of plastic bottles we bought and we set a goal not to take coffee to go. We enjoyed coffee breaks at the cafe together, instead of taking coffee to the tram or used thermo-cups. In summer it’s harder as reusable water bottles are not enough for the day, it’s hotter and tap water is not good to drink in Poland.

  • Reusable metal straws instead of plastic ones

Olya ordered them on amazon. Firstly, it was awkward to take them out of your bag in the cafe and to ask not to give me the straw, but we got used to it 😁

  • Menstrual cup instead of tampons and pads

Sneak peak: we made a video about cups and it’s already live, we are working on the subtitles right now 🙊 Well, tampons and pads are not recycled in any way. They consist of several different materials, which don’t dispose. So, if you are a woman and you have period, and have been using pads or tampons, all of them which you have used during last 20 years, still exist somewhere. Menstrual cup, apart from being eco-friendly, also saves tons of money, as you have to change it every 5-10 years and is way more comfortable for the organism. If you don’t use it yet, I strongly recommend it, it’s like not having period at all🤷🏼‍♀️

Now I use pads only during first few hours of my period, so it’s already a big cut. It happened few times that I leaked, therefore I don’t think that I can not use them at all, but using 1 instead of 12 pads is a good result! And also I almost stopped using daily pads, I keep my hygiene using bio degradable wet wipes few times a day.

  • Not using plastic bags

It’s been already like 7 ???? years since my Mum started using cotton bags for shopping, and I myself started using them as soon as I started doing shopping myself, since 2014. I am using plastic bags from time to time, when I don’t have other options only, though. And I always use them several times. My dream is to sew (or rather Olya to sew) lots of small cotton bags and to use only them, for things on weight. Luckily, lately governments started to be more concerned of a plastic pollution and started some actions. In Poland they made obligatory higher prices for plastic bags, including price for recycling into it.

  • Using eco-friendly shampoos and stuff.

I’m common with Yves Rocher, they have a green point products which they claim are natural and eco-friendly. I use their shampoos and shower gels. I’m not as eco-friendly with other stuff, as it’s hard for me to find something I like therefore I don’t change it that often. I’m willing to, though and going to try new things in nearest future.

I used to use aerosol antiperspirants, but since I learned they are bad for the atmosphere, I switched to sticks. It was hard for me, I hated it firstly, but soon I found the one which I liked and I am fine with it now, for 3 years already.

  • Using second-hand clothes

For some people it sounds gross, but actually I don’t see anything bad in this. Of course I buy lots of new clothes, it goes for most of my stuff. Although, me and Olya switch clothes quite often and not only we save money by not buying new things every now and then, but also we don’t waste that much of it. Apart from that, Olya’s mum has a superpower to find very cool stuff in the second hand shops, so I ask her to buy something for me too 😀

Plans for improving it:

  • Research on cosmetics and home cleaning tools which are eco-friendly
  • Total swith to reusable bags, cups and bottles
  • Sew cotton bags
  • Using bamboo toothbrushes and silk floss
  • Find an alternative to the cotton pads

 

Bellinzona, Switzerland
Are you eco-friendly? Tell us in the comments what do you think and what do you do, so maybe we can work on ourselves a little bit more!

Alice xx

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! I see where I’m from a lot of shops and cafés are encouraging people to reuse their cups, and if you bring in your own reusable cup you get a couple of cent off! So, I’m tryna do that now!

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  2. janefrith50gmailcom says:

    People are so much more aware of recycling and cutting down on waste these days, which is such a good thing. We especially make an effort not to use plastic bags when shopping, but it still shocks me that supermarkets use so much needless packaging. For instance, why do they wrap cucumbers in plastic film? Pointless!

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    1. kabelsalad says:

      Absolutely agree with you. Unfortunately there are still some things we cannot control.

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  3. I buy quite a lot of second-hand stuff, clothes mostly but sometimes furniture if it can be refinished.
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  4. great post here! I think this is super important and although, i’m sometimes not the best I do try when I can x

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    1. kabelsalad says:

      thanks! We are not perfect either, but it definitely worth to try. xx

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  5. Poky Little Wanderer says:

    Great post and ideas! Our area has separate bins for recycling, I take re-usable bags shopping with me, have re-usable steel straws, use a menstrual cup, and a lot of my clothes are 2nd hand. We can all do better, and it’s great to see people trying!

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    1. kabelsalad says:

      I’m so glad to hear that! Indeed, we can all do better and I’m so happy to see other people trying too! ❤️

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  6. Oh my gosh, I love the message of your post but I have to say that I love your writing style just as much. You come across as knowledge but funny and it is refreshing. I too am trying to make the effort in being more eco-friendly. But I have to draw the line at the menstruation cup. My good friend and I have this discussion a lot. She is a big believer in it but I just can’t get past having anything “up, in there.” I love your other ideas though. Very good read! 🙂

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    1. kabelsalad says:

      Thank you, I’m very pleased to receive such comment 😊
      It’s really not a big deal, felt way safer with “something up there” being a cup, then a tampon, frankly speaking😅 Plus, it’s a bit wider than tampon so obviously it can’t go too up. It’s up to you of course, just my personal opinion after using 😅

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  7. Every little bit counts! Good job on putting in the effort!

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  8. julietlylillyrose says:

    For me, cosmetic products are the hardest to become more eco-friendly. They’re is so much excess packaging to them now. In regards to fashion, I generally thrift most of my clothes or save up for a piece at an ethical fashion store.

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    1. kabelsalad says:

      True. However a lot of cosmetic brands try to be more and more eco friendly and ethical these days, which is definitely a great thing.

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