Eco warrior Q&A: Megan Elizabeth
Twenty-something Megan Elizabeth has been blogging since 2014 on her eponymously named blog, Megan Elizabeth Lifestyle.
At the start of 2019, the veteran blogger decided to tackle environmental issues and committed to five New Year’s eco resolutions.
These included switching to reusable bags and bamboo toothbrushes, picking up one piece of litter a day, having shorter showers, and switching off lights and appliances when not in use.
Today, we chat to the University of Leeds student (she studies Linguistics and Phonetics), about her journey to live more sustainably, her interest in ethical fashion, and what her eco goals for the future are.
You’ve been blogging for some time, but have only started addressing environmental issues this year. What prompted you to start writing about sustainability?
At the end of 2018, I made a definitive decision to pursue a more sustainable life. I’m guilty in that I was one of those people who always said I would change their lifestyle, but never did.
However, I made it my New Year’s resolution this year to alter my lifestyle and stick to it. Since doing that, I have discovered more about the environment and what being eco-friendly truly means.
After I started to change aspects of my life, I realised how easy it was and not as time-consuming or expensive as most people assume.
I decided to start sharing my journey and tips that I had picked up. Sustainability is now a great passion of mine and I have not looked back.
Tell us about the eco-friendly resolutions you made at the start of the year. Have you stuck to them?!
For the most part, yes! I’d been using a reusable bag for a long time anyway and I’m not one to spend ages in the shower. I have since made more advanced eco-friendly changes to my life as well.
I will admit that I need to get better at picking up litter though. Annoyingly, the places where I see the most litter here in the UK is on the side of major motorways and dual carriageways, which aren’t safe places to stop.
What other changes have you made in your life to live more sustainably?
Over the past few months, I’ve been switching my beauty routine over to a more sustainable one.
After I ran out of single-use cotton pads, I bought some reusable cotton pads and use them now, as well as washable cleansing cloths. I’m also choosing more natural beauty products, whether that be vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil free, etc.
My family have also just switched to soap bars rather than bottled liquid soap.
Cleaning is another area I have focused on improving. I have swapped single-use washing up sponges to reusable cloths and bamboo brushes.
In a bid to reduce plastic waste, I’ve started to look at creative ways to reuse packaging. I planted some flowers in old plastic milk bottles which went down a treat on Instagram! We also have our own mini herb garden at home and are attempting to grow our own carrots (albeit currently not very successfully).
I’m also buying a few more bits and pieces from my local zero waste store. Zero waste shops are great for sustainable products and you are helping independent businesses at the same time.
What would you like to focus on next?
I’m now working more on fashion and my shopping habits. The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters and fast fashion is a major issue. I’m trying to create a capsule wardrobe using the clothes I already have. I haven’t bought any new clothes for a couple of months which I’m quite pleased about.
When I shop for clothes, I’m going to think seriously about whether I really need it. I used to be an impulse buyer and always got seduced by the sales, but then I’d get items home and realised I often didn’t actually like what I’d bought.
If I do need to buy something, I’m going to look for more sustainable clothing companies and also try to buy second-hand to give clothes a longer life, rather than adding to the amount being thrown away.
What are some tips you can offer our readers for sourcing eco-fashion online and on the high street?
Online platforms such as Depop or eBay are good if you are working on a budget. Likewise, charity shops on the high street are great for this.
I recently did a collaboration post with a company called Project Cece in Europe. Project Cece is basically a search engine for sustainable and ethical brands, and is a great starting point to discover more eco labels.
I’m increasingly discovering sustainable brands from eco bloggers that I follow too.
Who are some other eco-conscious bloggers that you follow?
I follow a lot of eco-conscious bloggers now, but there are three who I always come back to include Besma from Curiously Conscious, Bethany from Bethany Paige Austin and Elen from Welsh Wanderer.
What book are you currently reading?
Guilty here, I’m not. My love for reading comes and goes. If you have any book recommendations please send them my way!