This summer's hot new trend is sustainability – we’re calling it now.
Here at Innermost, we want to make a conscious effort to bring sustainable practices into our lives wherever possible, and we’re urging you to do the same. Many people put off switching to sustainable alternatives because they can be expensive – and we understand that. Many alternatives can be on the pricier side – but not all are, it’s just about where you look.
It’s also about thinking of these changes as an investment. Small changes everyday are one of the few things we can do as individuals to make a difference to the environment and our planet. It can be a bit overwhelming when you first decide to make the change, but there’s no time like the present – so why not start today?
This inspired the Innermost team to devise their top five tips for switching to sustainable this summer. Need some inspiration? Let’s go…
Choose reusable itemsWater Bottle
If you haven’t already got on the reusable water bottle hype – you’re missing out. Plastic water bottles are one of the most prevalent items that are found washed up on beaches, filling landfills and cluttering up your home. There are some great reusable and sustainable alternatives, including the Chilly Bottle, The Ocean Bottle and Flasky – just to name a few. You can even use these fot hot drinks - win win for the coffee and tea lovers out there.Reusable Hand Sanitiser
The new daily essential, hand sanitiser is now up there with remembering your keys, phone and wallet when you leave the house. Unfortunately, the huge demand for hand sanitiser within the last year has meant that the supermarket shelves have been plagued with single-use plastic bottles - so it’s time to make the sustainable swap.
Purdy & Figg have launched a new absolute travel essential: their portable, luxury hand sanitiser. The product comes in a range of fragrances including Citrus, Wild Woody and Floral, so there's a fragrance for all tastes. Made from natural essential oils and recyclable glass, you can also buy multi-packs of three, as well – so you and your friends can match.
If you can't decide on a scent, you can also get a multi-pack with one of each. That's not all - they have 250ml refills available with a dedicated programme to ensure you are always topped up - staying sustainable has never been so simple. How neat is that?Cleaning Products
When you think about it, it’s a little bit crazy how many different cleaning products we collect, don’t you think? Wouldn’t it be easier to have one or two reusable bottles that stop that under-the-sink clutter, cut down your use of plastic bottles and help the environment, too? We think so.
Spruce refillable cleaning products are a great way to achieve this and look stylish, too. All you need to do is add water, and the refills and products are even sent right to your door – so there is no excuse for not making the swap.
Swap to sustainable brands
If you’re anything like us, you’re always on the hunt for new gym clothes… oops.
There are a great range of sustainable and vegan gym-wear brands that enable you to make eco-conscious choices when it comes to your fitness fashion, and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed by them. Two of our personal favourites include Contur and TALA – both British-based sustainable workout brands from London, making waves with sustainability. We love.
Need to refresh your swimwear wardrobe ready for the warmer months? Why not choose a sustainable brand?
If you need some inspiration, why not check out Boden? Based in London, Boden Swimwear are made from some really out-of-the-box materials – even including discarded ocean fishnets. The brand designs pieces to fit all tastes – including bikinis, tankinis and full suits.
Making small dietary changes is probably the easiest and most pocket-friendly ways to make a sustainable difference. Swap your dairy milk for a delicious alternative such as oat or almond milk, or perhaps eliminate meats from your diet. If that’s too drastic, try cutting meat or dairy for one or two days a week – every little helps.
The Health Protein
If you’re working on a fitness goal, there’s a good chance you’re probably taking protein supplements. Going vegan doesn’t mean that this has to stop. The Health Protein is a great vegan alternative to whey proteins and is really yummy, too!
Ban single use plasticsUse Alternatives To Straws – If Possible
Whilst most of us have eliminated straws or switched to a paper or metal alternative, it’s important that we remember to do this! Single-use plastics such as straws are hugely detrimental to our environment – especially animals. Stay conscious of this when out and about, at the pub or in a restaurant, and bring your own reusable alternative if you can.
Whilst this isn’t possible for everyone due to a range of factors, if this is a swap you can make – we definitely encourage you to do so!Shampoo Bars
Switching to shampoo bars is a great way to eliminate all those plastic bottles that collect in your bathroom. Long-lasting, organic and great for your hair, our personal favourite are The Little Soap Company's shampoo bars. Fragranced with essential oils and formulated with only natural ingredients – these are kind to your hair and skin, as well as the planet.
Ditch the car
We all know that driving is bad for the environment – so where possible this summer, it would be great to either arrange a car share with a friend or colleague, or even better: ditch it all together! With the warmer summer weather and lighter evenings, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the sun without the need of a car: maybe go for a walk or take a bike ride.
Be A Host
Soon, we will be able to host our friends and family in the comfort of our own homes and gardens – so let’s make the most of it! Encourage your pals (if local) to walk or cycle round to your place and host drinks or a BBQ. If that doesn’t scream summer vibes, we’re not sure what will.
Make Use Of Public Transport
If you are travelling somewhere to enjoy the weather and celebrate the opening of bars and restaurants again (yay!), consider taking public transport options like trains and buses to reduce the use of personal vehicles where possible.