How To Save the Planet by Shopping

5 sustainable companies I am most excited about right now!

In honour of plastic free July, I am sharing 5 brands I have used in the past year that have made me passionate about cutting down on my impact on the planet.

1. The Last Straw

I stumbled across this company at Selfridges London and splurged £12 of my student loan on a metal reusable straw. The reason why it appealed to me so much, is the straw comes in a handy keychain and is retractable, so you can easily travel with it. It lives in my handbag and because of the case you don’t need to worry about not being able to clean it immediately and spoiling your bag.

Photo from laststrawofficial.com

Switching to a non-plastic, reusable straw is one of the easiest ways to reduce the need for single use plastics, which as more people are becoming aware, often end up in our landfills and oceans.

2. Coconut Bowls

Coconut Bowls runs one of my favourite instagram accounts to follow. They regularly post recipe inspiration for smoothie bowls and nice cream, which looks tempting enough without the boho aesthetic of their bowls. The bowls themselves are made from discarded coconut shells, giving them another life and making aesthetic serveware for your kitchen. They also have bamboo cutlery, a recipe book and bundles of everything you need for a bulk plastic-free shop.

I have a discount code if you’re interested in getting a bowl of your own. Once becoming a customer of Coconut Bowls you can opt to become an ambassador and share your own unique code/ link for others to shop. You don’t need a million followers to be an influencer for the people in your own life!

USE CODE: 09CA2A8C for a discount on your purchase

3. Pangaia

Now this one I almost feel guilty for recommending. Pangaia is a sustainable clothing brand that uses materials like Seaweed fibre and plants a Mangrove tree with every purchase. All of which is very commendable. However, there is a catch. Compared to your standard fast fashion, high street store, Pangaia clothes come with a hefty price tag. My hoodie and track pants from their recent Ocean Collection came to a total of almost £300. Ordinarily, I would not even consider paying that amount as it is definitely not within my budget. But in a quarantine, COVID-19 world, where I had not left my house in 4 months (stopping me from accepting every single invitation for a meal or drinks out…) I found the spare cash.

Wearing Pangaia tracksuit in “Pacific”

So this luxury brand may not be for everyone but if you can afford it and manage to bag something before they sell out, I would recommend investing. The material feels incredible and they seem to bring out new colours and collections frequently. Not to mention, their clothes are made to last longer in between washes saving you both water and hassle.

4. Stasher

Stasher bags were once just a figment of my Pinterest dreams. I received two rose quartz snack bag sized Stashers for Christmas and am desperate to grow my collection. I can’t think of a better alternative to Stasher bags, since you can freeze them, boil them, use them on the go and they don’t only serve their purpose for storing food either. I often use a Stasher for loose things in my bag such as headphones and makeup.

The extensive range of colours and sizes and bundles is almost overwhelming and I am convinced that everyone could benefit from buying at least one Stasher bag. If the price seems off-putting, I suggest calculating how much money you would potentially spend on single use ziplock/ sandwich bags in a lifetime and compare that to the one off purchase from Stasher. It definitely made me think twice!

Photo from Stasherbag.com

For a first time buyer I would recommend one of their Trio Bundles to get you started stashing. Pictured above is their Ocean Trio.

5. Depop

Depop is a an app used for buying and selling clothes. It may be slightly controversial. You have to overlook the Brandy Melville Cult, selling old used stock for four times the price. Since learning a shopping hack for depop, I have reduced my shopping from fast fashion brands almost entirely. I think of a store I like to shop at, then simply search it on depop, adding “with tags” if I want something brand new. This stops you from contributing to the company directly but still allows you to get what you want. Often you get it for a lot cheaper this way too.

If you’re hoping to make money rather than spending, I have also been using Depop to sell clothes for years and have made over £500 from clothes I no longer like or wear. The only downsides are the Depop and PayPal fees but if the item is in good condition you can usually make a fair bit. Lots of people have had success starting a business or side hustle on depop too. If you have a decent thrift store or charity shop near you, why not bulk buy some vintage bits and list them on depop.

My best depop find has been a Vintage Champion Japan spell-out jumper for £45. Cheaper than buying a new one at Urban Outfitters and a much more unique piece.

If you try any of these brands for the first time I would love to hear your thoughts!

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