Low Waste Eco-Friendly Transitioning Tips

You’d think that saving the planet would be the job of a superhero. If that’s true, we are all superheroes. It’s everyone’s job to save the planet.

I’m not asking you to go out into the world and save civilians or do the job of the police. I’m asking you to be more considerate of the planet.

I asked on Twitter for people to send me some tips for saving the planet in smaller steps and I thought that I would share them with you all, here on my blog.

Recycle Your Empty Inhalers

If you’re asthmatic or know anyone that is, you can recycle your used inhalers. Simply click here to find your nearest drop off point. Mine is the chemist that I use regularly so this should be pretty easy.

Recycle Your Used Tassimo Disks

If you have a Tassimo coffee machine you can actually donate your used disks by clicking here. You can find your nearest drop off point by searching your location. Unfortunately, my nearest location is over an hour away but I’m hoping that they expand in the future and open more drop off locations.

Swap your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo toothbrush

I will admit that this kind of toothbrush is slightly more expensive but it will be worth it in the end. They are better quality then a regular toothbrush and you can recycle all of it at the end of it’s last use. It’s definitely worth looking into. You can even buy them on Amazon and I know that they sell them in Superdrug too.

Shop second hand

If your local town is anything like mine, then it should have quite a few different charity shops. We have everything from Cancer Research, BHF and Cat’s Protection. We also have some smaller, less known charity shops too. I prefer to shop at the smaller ones but I do shop a little in all of them. I love a good charity shop haul. If you want to know more about second-hand shopping then I did write a post which you can check out.

Donate your unwanted items

Leading on from charity shops, you can donate your used items to them instead of simply throwing them away. Unwanted toys, clothing and even furniture can be donated to charity shops these days. If you have a large amount of stuff, more charity shops will come and collect it from your home too which is a great help for people who don’t drive.

Freecycle

Have you ever heard of Freecycle? It’s similar to an online store except everything is FREE. If you have something you need to get rid of but you don’t want to sell it on eBay or anything similar, you can donate it on Freecycle. This is great for people who don’t have much money. You can also request things and people can email you if they have the thing ready to be donated. It’s great for low income families and it’s a great service that you should all definitely support.

Use Shampoo Bars

I only heard of these recently but they are life changing. You can buy them from Lush and you can probably get them from a few other places too. They are relatively cheap, come with no packaging and they make your hair feel amazing. Definitely worth trying.

What small steps are you taking to save the planet?

Top Tips For Buying Second-Hand Clothes

There are plenty of reasons that someone would want to shop second hand. Maybe you are buying things for yourself or maybe you are buying to sell on and make a profit?! Either way, there’s a few things that you should consider buying spending your pretty pennies on those items.

If you’re looking to start shopping second-hand then check out your local charity shops, car boot sales, eBay and even Facebook marketplace. So, if you plan on hitting those places then here’s my top tips for you so you can grab yourself a hidden gem.

Perseverance

This is probably my number one tip. Sometimes, clothing items can be put back in the wrong place in charity shops which means that it’s worth checking every single rail in the shop if you’re looking for a complete bargain. You’ll find men’s in the women’s section and kid’s in the men’s section. It just happens in charity shops. That is why you really need to search through every item on every rail.

I often find that when a customer uses the changing room in a charity shop, they just dump everything on the nearest rail when they are done. This is where you’ll find those hidden gems. Of course, people don’t want to buy horrible, over-used items so if you look through things that someone else has already tried on, you’ll find some good stuff.

Check for imperfections

If you’re looking around a shop and find the perfect item, you’re not going to notice that little hole at the bottom. Charity shop staff and volunteers try to go through all the clothing and get rid of the not-so-good stuff but sometimes, they miss things. Snags, tears and holes in the fabric are big things to look out for as these may not be obvious straight away.

Other things to look out for are broken zippers, stains, missing buttons and alterations (which are sometimes good and sometimes not). If you’re looking to resell then you want your clothing item to be in pristine condition.

If you are buying clothing for yourself and you are handy with a needle and thread, take into consideration that you could repair an item yourself if there is an imperfection. Small tears in fabrics such as cotton, linen and denim can easily be repaired with a few quick stitches and means that you don’t have to leave that item you fall in love with on the rail.

Keep going back into the shops

To get the absolute best of what your local charity shops have to offer then keep on heading back. New clothes will always be coming into the shop as they receive donations and stock rotate. Popping into the shops regularly will also mean that you’ll get to know people and they might even offer your further discount or let you see items that haven’t even reached the shop floor yet.

Have fun!

The most important thing about second-hand clothes shopping is that you have fun. It’s not meant to be tedious, it’s meant to be fun. You’re getting a bargain and also supporting a great cause. What’s not to love?!