If you didn’t already know, this year I bit the bullet and started my own hashtag over on Instagram. No prizes for guessing what it is! In the spirit of keeping it real, I named it #ecoconfessions. A place where we could all share our sustainable living downfalls, slip-ups, celebratory moments, and general progress.
As it’s nearing the end of 2019 I thought I’d reflect on my top 10 #ecoconfessions of 2019. To see all of this years confessions, head on over to my Instagram and check out my story highlight.
Call me biased, but first #ecoconfession is one of my own. Not in a “look at me I’m so amazing” kind of way. Simply because it serves as a reminder for when I’d just had the idea for it and gave it the go-ahead. I was super nervous that nobody would ever use or join in with it, but they did! Long story short, believe in yourself and just do the thing.
Izzy’s post caught my eye earlier this year when she made the switch to shampoo bars. It always seems like a daunting change to many, but it couldn’t be simpler! She even wrote an accompanying blog post with her tips and tricks for making the transition as smooth as possible.
Sophie addresses the importance of sustainable fashion and ethical underwear in this #ecoconfession. As well as a nod in the direction of body positivity and self acceptance. 2019 truly is the year of self love and ethical fashion – and this post is a testament to that!
While I didn’t create as much #SecondhandSeptember content as I would’ve liked, I had a great time enjoying everyone else’s. Particularly that of Loz, a sustainable living and mindfulness blogger based in Milton Keynes. In this post she addresses the fact that charity shops aren’t always the go-to for second-hand clothing. Her recommendations include some of my faves such as Depop and eBay.
Another one from Izzy! This post all about reef safe sunscreens came to my attention this summer when she partnered with Green People for a product giveaway. Aesthetically pleasing and informative – all the best parts of a great Instagram post in one.
Bethany talks about her unsustainable laundry habits in this post – of which I’m also guilty. Some changes are harder to make than others. I find that cleaning/laundry products are the worst culprits for this. When a cleaning routine works it can be hard to want to deviate. But be more like Bethany in the sense that she knows what she could do to improve, but is taking it at her own pace. None of us were eco warriors from birth, after all.
The magic happens within the little changes. I love Chloe’s philosophy in this post, instead of constantly beating ourselves up, we should be celebrating our wins. No matter how small. It may be something as simple as purchasing ethically made clothing, or making small dietary changes to better the environment. Nobody’s perfect, we can only do our best.
Buying second-hand may not always be an option available to us, as Meg shows here. Life has a funny habit of getting in the way when it’s most inconvenient, but it’s not the end of the world! So yes, sometimes that means buying a plastic umbrella once in a blue moon. We all have those days.
No matter how many reusable bags, bottles, or cups we buy, the food shop will always present a new challenge. Particularly if you’re shopping for meat and/or dairy substitutes. Cee highlights the difficulty of trying to go plastic free during the weekly shop – an almost impossible task. Especially if you have a busy schedule and sometimes need to rely on pre-packaged meals. The struggle is real.
Events such as weddings and christenings can often see an onslaught of plastic confetti flying through the air. But not always… as Sarah shows off with her fantastic homemade dried flower confetti here. All natural, biodegradable, and plastic free! Eco-friendly alternatives don’t always have to be complicated or expensive.
And there you have it! I had such a great time looking back at all the #ecoconfessions from the couple of months. It seems crazy that a tag I started back in May now has almost 80 posts! Each and every post teaches me something new or gives me a spark of much-needed inspiration.
Here’s to #ecoconfessions 2020! I can’t wait to see what the new year brings.
What’s been your favourite #ecoconfession of 2019? Let me know in the comments below!
I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.