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I don’t want to condone tyranny or anything but don’t let anyone steal your power.

Lily Bass 27th February 2022

Is there such thing as a Sustainable Influencer?

Lily Loves 28th November 2020

The Problem with Greenwashing

Lily Loves 13th December 2020

The Truth Behind Ethical “Slow” Fashion Myths

Lily Loves 22nd January 2021
  • I don’t want to condone tyranny or anything but don’t let anyone steal your power.

    Here’s a scenario: you’re going about your day as usual and your phone pings with a notification from BBC News. You are mildly shocked to find that it’s not another political scandal. Instead, your eyes are scanning the headline: ‘Breaking News: A power cut is coming. Will any of us survive it?’. You find yourself pondering what this means for mankind: no heating, lighting, oven, fridge, kettle, etc. I mean, that’s tough and everything, you think, but it’s not the end of the world. At least you still have – wait. Hold up. Does that mean…No…Wi-Fi? A long silence commences. Your eyes widen in disbelief. You put your hand to your forehead. You emit a highly dramatised sigh. Your knees begin to buckle and, just like that, there you are: passed out with your entire body sprawling flamboyantly across the floor. You regain consciousness and are immediately struck by the revelation that you need to seek instant, top priority assistance from your local GP. Surely that’s not normal, right? You grab your phone to book an appointment but before you’ve even made it to Google you get a notification that someone called sexysteve495 has commented on your latest Instagram photo. You panic as you realise Sexysteve495 has posted ‘send nudes’ followed by a series of eggplant and fire emojis that you must now urgently delete before your grandma asks you if you’re sure ‘this Steve with the six-pack in his profile pic’ is definitely ‘the one’. 1 hour later and you find yourself desperately trying to keep up with an escalating Twitter feud between Piers Morgan and, well, any celebrity to have ever existed (like, ever). 2 hours later and you’re knee-deep into a heated debate with your friends about whether a viral internet dress is black and blue (wrong) or white and gold (correct). 3 hours later and you have a fleeting thought whilst trying to beat your record on Fruit Ninja that you should probably get back to booking that appointment. But, wait…isn’t the NHS totally inundated right now? Like, completely flooded? Yeah, that’s what I thought…I should just leave it for another time.

    This is how I imagine (in perhaps a concerning amount of detail) the worst-case scenario could have gone when Storm Eunice caused a power cut for all the houses in my village last night. However, besides the obvious inconvenience of having to wear a coat around my house and driving to my nearest city in search of some breakfast that didn’t consist of cereal with warm milk, I found the power-cut – if only for its natural removal of WiFi – oddly refreshing. It was like a forced digital detox, launching me into the moment, the present, the here and now, as they say. Even though I pride myself on having a relatively low screen time and would not consider myself overly reliant on technology, it nevertheless made me realise how much time I waste each day aimlessly scrolling on my phone when I could be doing things I genuinely enjoy or completing jobs that technology ultimately distracts me from doing. I suppose if I’ve learnt anything from Storm Eunice it’s that 24 hours with no WiFi is surprisingly invigorating, and maybe we should all reserve a day every now and then for a scheduled digital detox.

    That being said, now the Wifi’s up and running, who’s up for signing a petition to cancel power cuts? Power’s great. I love heating, I love working ovens and most of all, I love not having to use up all my 4G, okay, Storm Eunice? Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know? In fact, nothing will grow on trees anymore if you keep blowing them all down.

    source:lookaftermybills.com

  • Hello Fresh – is it worth the hype? (Review)

     You’ve seen it on Instagram. You’ve watched it advertised on the t.v. You’ve heard it raved about by friends and family. Hello Fresh – the meal kit delivery service that offers weekly shipments of recipes and fresh ingredients to your door – has got its name well and truly known in recent years.

    Hello Fresh is marketed as the solution for those who enjoy cooking a variety of tasty and nutritious meals from scratch but don’t want to waste precious time grocery shopping and meal prepping each week. Each box will prep you with the correct portion of ingredients, seasonings and sauces needed for each recipe so that you can get straight to cooking and avoid unnecessary food waste. There is a 31 meal menu from which you select 3-5 recipes per week (for 2-4 people) and can either choose each meal yourself or allow Hello Fresh to pick for you, making each week a surprise. You can cancel your Hello Fresh subscription at any time, or simply skip a week if you won’t be in.

    The concept of Hello Fresh sounds amazing – I mean, who would turn down receiving fresh ingredients with new and exciting recipes each week and saving time grocery shopping and meal prepping? But, could Hello Fresh be a little bit too good to be true? Is there a catch? 

    As if almost by fate, a 60% off voucher for Hello Fresh arrived in my recent delivery of Vogue Magazine, prodding me to discover the answer to my last question: is Hello Fresh worth it?. With a 60% off code, I managed to save over £40, paying just £26 for a box including 5 recipes for 4 people, which would normally cost £67.99 with delivery. This worked out at about £1.30 per meal which is incredible value for the food of the promised quality. However, without a discount code, that each meal averages at around £3.24 (excluding the £3 delivery cost) and so it is worth noting that you are paying a premium to have the benefits of avoiding time spent grocery shopping and planning out a variety of nutritious and tasty meals. However, even full-priced, compared to other popular food box services, Hello Fresh is very moderately priced. The price also seems reasonable when you consider that the ingredients promised by Hello Fresh are naturally more expensive, fresh vegetables, natural yoghurts and sources, herbs, garnishes, etc, and lacks the added preservatives present in a lot of store-bought food: 

    My Hello Fresh Box arrived at half 9 in the morning. The box was sealed tight and every item was packaged well for delivery, the meat came armoured in bags of ice-cold water and in its own separate insulated bag (which succeeded in keeping everything cold). Overall, I was super pleased with the delivery process and I have to praise Hello Fresh for how effectively they packaged everything.

    On your first box, Hello Fresh preselect all of your meals, and any other box you order afterwards you can select all of your meals from their monthly menu. Admittedly, I found the website a bit misleading as it seems to indicate that you can ‘select your meals’, and they don’t make it clear that this doesn’t apply to your first box. Here are the 5 meals that Hello Fresh picked for me:

    Meal 1: Mango Chutney Glazed Spiced Chicken Breast With Cumin Bulgur Wheat and Roasted Carrots

    Ingredients: red onion, carrot, natural yoghurt, mint, garlic, ground cumin, chicken stock paste, bulgur wheat, pasanda seasoning, chicken breast, mango chutney

    Verdict: This was one of my favourite meals of the box – the flavours were delicious and the mango chutney added a nice touch. All of the ingredients were fresh and of high quality. The recipe was easy to follow and the entire meal took me about 40 minutes to make. Would definitely select this meal again!

    Meal 2: Thai Larb Style Pork Salad with Sticky Rice
    Ingredients: Jasemine rice, baby gem lettuce, cucumber, ginger, garlic, mint, lime, salted peanuts, pork mince, thai style spice blend, ketjap manis, soy sauce, honey

    Verdict: I absolutely loved this, and so did my entire family! It was nice to get a Thai recipe like this that we wouldn’t typically make for ourselves. The sticky rice was made by mixing the rice with honey, lime and soy sauce, and this is definitely something that I’ll be making again in the future as it was delicious.

    Meal 3: BBQ Sausage Cheeseburger With Slaw and Wedges
    Ingredients: Potato, pork and oregano sausage meat, panko breadcrumbs, spring onion, lime, coleslaw mix, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, seeded burger bun

    Verdict: This recipe was incredibly simple to make and tasted very flavoursome. The coleslaw, with its creamy freshness, acted as a nice balance to the BBQ cheesiness of the burger. 

    Meal 4: Colcannon Cottage Pie

    Ingredients: Potato, kale, beef mince, carrot, onion, garlic, spring onion, cheddar cheese, red wine jus paste
    Verdict: I didn’t actually eat this meal (because I was sick of meat by this point – I don’t usually have it!), however, my family really enjoyed this and mentioned how delicious the flavours were.


    Meal 5: BBQ Sausage Skewers With Cheesy Chips and Rocket Salad

    Ingredients: Wooden skewers, potato, bell pepper, red onion, honey mustard sausages, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, honey, cider vinegar, rocket
    Verdict: I decided not to add the cheese to the wedges for this meal as I didn’t really think that it was necessary! My family really enjoyed this meal, not only because it was something that we wouldn’t normally make but also because the flavours were amazing (particularly of the honey mustard sausages). However,  I was slightly disappointed that this box contained two meals with ‘sausage’ meat because I’m not a great fan of sausage and it would also have been nice to have more variety. 

    Pros:

    – offers a variety of flavourful, nutritious and easy to prepare meals

    – reduced-calorie, quick and easy and vegetarian options are available

    – fresh, good quality ingredients and easy to follow recipes with  generous portion sizes

    – convenient and time-saving

    – reduces waste

    – flexible subscription

    – moderately priced/ cheaper than competitors

    Cons:

    – doesn’t meet all dietary requirements 

    – no meal plans for stricter diets like vegan

    – £3.99 shipping fee

    Hello Fresh is a great option of you want a moderately priced meal kit that provides a variety of fresh ingredients for you to make appealing meals with easy cooking methods. If you value convenience and want to save time meal planning but still have a budget, it is certainly worth considering. However, if you

  • Your one stop solution to dry skin

    Dry skin can be genetic, however, it is becoming increasingly more bought on by environmental stresses, such as pollution and free radicals. This compromises the skin’s barrier, which allows water to escape, causing dryness and a loss of the skin’s natural glow. 

    Fortunately, Dermalogica has released a new product: the  Melting Moisture Masque – an extremely moisturising mask that helps to restore dry skin by transforming balm into oil. 

    This may sound like any moisturiser to you, and so this is when I should tell you what makes the Melting Moisture Masque so unique. Many moisturising products are solid at room temperature, however, for better absorption of their actives into the skin’s surface layers, they should melt. This is exactly what the Melting Moisture Masque does; it’s MeltingPoint Complex allows the product to be activated by the skin’s natural heat, generating a satisfying melting sensation as the masque penetrates the skin’s surface layers to deeply nourish and hydrate. The MeltingPoint Complex also provides a vitamin-rich, buttery texture to the masque which transforms from balm to oil upon contact with the skin.
    The heart of the Dermlaogica Melting Moisture Masque’ uniqueness also lies in its ingredients. Plankton Extracts allows the skin to be soothed and guarded against the drying effects of pollution, whilst Linoleic acid nourishes and Vitamin E helps to protect against the skin-damaging free radicals surrounding us on a daily basis.
    The masque is so deeply hydrating that only a pea-sized amount of product is required, and the effects are so long-lasting that it is recommended to use the Melting Moisture Masque only once or twice a week.
    The final result? Smooth, intensely hydrated and glowing skin. When I want to achieve the ultimate summer glow, I like to pair this product with the Dermalogica Vitamin C Serum. Warning: if you do try this combination of products, you will immediately go to skincare care heaven. Use at your own peril…

    How to use Melting Moisture Masque 

    ApplyDispense and apply a pea-sized amount onto clean skin. Press and hold the applicator and release once the ideal amount of product has dispensed. 

    Massage: Spread and lightly massage evenly into the skin focusing on areas of intense dryness.

    MeltAllow the masque to melt into the skin to help restore and protect skin’s lipid barrier.  

                                 


  • Want to live more sustainably? Here’s your A-Z guide

    Becoming an eco-warrior is as easy as ABC…

    Avoid single-use plastic

    And, where possible, avoid plastic altogether (you’d be surprised at how much ‘100% recyclable’ plastic doesn’t end up fulfilling its optimistic fate). As a replacement for single-use plastic, try to purchase items in biodegradable packaging or, ideally, with no packaging at all. However, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t avoid plastic in every situation. Remember: it’s impossible to be perfect in a world dominated by industries that aren’t yet willing to mirror the public’s desire for progress.

    Bamboo is your best friend

    If Bamboo had a middle name, I’d put all my money on it being ‘sustainable’. If you’re considering making some plastic-free product swaps then say hello to bamboo – the perfect material for toothbrushes, dish brushes and much more. Growing 1-4 inches per day, bamboo is about as renewable as it gets.

    Source: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com

    Cow’s milk alternatives

    Plant-based milk has a lighter environmental impact than dairy in terms of land and water use, as well as greenhouse emissions (cow’s milk is aproximately 3x more emissions-intensive than plant-based varieties of milk). Fortunately, there are a plethora of excellent substitutes for regular cow’s milk, available in pretty much every supermarket.

    The two most popular and versatile cow’s milk alternatives:

    •  Oat milk (my personal favourite – great for cooking and baking)
    • almond milk (most common nut milk, a slight marzipan flavour but an overall neutral flavour)
    For more on alternatives to cow’s milk, check out the 16 best milk alternatives.
    Image source: shutterstock.com/Julia Metkalova

    Ditch fast fashion

    The fast fashion industry is probably more synonymous with climate change and ethical issues than any other industry. The very word ‘fast’ mirrors the willingness of these retailers to flippantly discard materials; their chief objective is to continuously churn out cheaply manufactured clothing in order to keep up with weekly fashion trends. Ditching fast fashion is possibly one of the best decisions that you can make for the environment, and – thanks to the abundance of affordable second hand and vintage retailers – it’s a decision that also doesn’t entail that your future fashion purchases have to come at a high economic cost.

    Source: pixelpool.com

    Efficiency is key

    Aside from the more costly green energy schemes, there are many low-cost investments that can improve the efficiency of your home and, in turn, improve the sustainability of your household. This can simply be done by switching to LED light bulbs, conserving water by turning the tap off when brushing your teeth, installing a water-saving showerhead, washing only at full load and buying more energy-efficient appliances. 

    source: greentechmedia.com


    Follow ‘sustainability’ bloggers and social platforms

    This guide will give you a basic outline of the steps you should consider in order to live more sustainably. However, for more in-depth information on environmentalism and for a regular supply of innovative sustainability tips, there are myriad sustainability bloggers and pages on social media to follow. 

    Check out:The top ‘eco’ influencers and bloggers we should be following

    Source:econsultancy.com

    Gardening

    What better time than spring to throw on your gardening gloves and get digging. With the average mature tree absorbing around 48 pounds of carbon each year, we could all do with spreading a little bit more greenery around.

    source:www.gardengatemagazine.com

    How about a plant-based diet?

    Going plant-based is arguably one of the best things that you can do for the planet. This doesn’t have to mean cutting out meat from your diet altogether, but perhaps limiting your consumption of it to once a week. 

    Why is the agricultural industry contributing towards climate change? Why go plant based? Check out: 10 reasons to go plant based

    Invest in eco-friendly technology

    How about investing in eco friendly technology? I’m talking green energy (e.g renewable electricity), electric cars and even solar-powered phone chargers. None of this is cheap, but if you’re in the financial situation to afford more eco-friendly tecnhnology, it is worth considering.

    source: blueandgreentomorrow.com

    Join a local environmental club or discussion page

    Maybe your town or city has a local ‘clean up’ project or perhaps a discussion forum on Facebook? Do some research and see if there’s anything you can do for your local community. If there are not currently any environmental groups in your local neighbourhood, why not create one? Alternatively, there are more generic ways that you can get virtually involved in environmental discussions and discover new sustainability tips (Brightly, available on the App Store, is a great example of this).

    source:opensecrets.org

    Keep an eye out for greenwashing

    When making a conscious effort to live more sustainably, it can be easy to fall into the trap of greenwashing (where companies project vague and misleading information or design their packaging in earthy hues to paint a greener picture). For more information on the problem of greenwashing and how to avoid it, you can check out my blog post on it here.

    source: flymalaysia.org

    Less is more

    As a general rule, buying less and cutting out unnecessary purchases is good; conscious consumption is paramount for a sustainable lifestyle. This isn’t to say that you should go full-on Marie Kondo and discard everything that’s not sparking joy, but instead to reflect on how much you want or need something and whether this justifies its environmental impact.

    source:inc.com

    Make product swaps 

    If you haven’t previously paid much attention to whether the items you use most often throughout your daily life are sustainable, then now is the perfect time to question ‘is it reusable?’ when deciding whether to buy a product. When I say products that are not reusable, I am typically referring to commonly disposable things: face wipes, plastic toothbrushes, plastic bottles and straws, etc.

    Fortunately in this eco-age, there’s a generous choice of sustainable products beginning to emerge onto the marke to challenge some of the less planet-friendly alternatives that currently dominate shop shelves. 

    source:goodhousekeeping.com

    No to silence

    Disappointed in the efforts towards sustainability that your local council or supermarket is currently making? Use your voice. Reach out by sending an email or letter to outline the issues you’ve identified and suggest methods that they could take to improve them. Nothing could result from it, but then again, so might everything.

    Source: blog.knudge.me

    Order from local businesses 

    The reduction in waste and product miles is at the heart of local businesses. They also tend to use more locally input materials which are often sustainable and renewable. Offering more support to local businesses is undoubtedly a step in the right direction with regards to sustainability. Besides, in these times, local businesses need our help more than ever. 

    source:wordstream.com

    Pack light when flying

    When the travel industry springs back to life and our passports have finished gathering dust, the message for sustainable travel is simple: pack light. The more luggage you bring means the more fuel that the aircraft requires, therefore, the most sustainable way to fly is to pack light. Plus, how often do you end up wearing that ‘what about if I suddenly get invited to a movie premier?’ outfit anyway?

    source: tortugabackpacks.com

    Quarantine

    For those of us that are still in lockdown, now is a great time to read up on sustainability, climate change and the environment. In 2021, we are spoilt for choice with books, articles, podcasts, films and documentaries surrounding the topic of sustainability, and there are even a number of free and paid courses that you can register for if you’d like to learn about a specific area of sustainability (e.g fashion or sustainable management).

    For more on how you can devote time to learning about sustainability in quarantine, check out this post.

    source: connexionfrance.com

    Recycle 

    You’ve heard of the three r’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. So far in this guide, we’ve covered ‘reduce’ and ‘reuse’ with the ideas of conscious consumption and switching to renewables, but what about recycling? Well, I’d suggest giving the recycling guide for your local council a  read since, although rules generally remain the same, the district that you live in could have varying recycling rules to elsewhere. 

    For extra information, visit: 7 tips to recycle better

    Source: Getty Images

    Shop for local and seasonal produce

    Cutting down on food miles is key for a more sustainable future. To achieve this, we should aim to buy more locally sourced produce that hasn’t been on a tour of all seven continents just to make it on our plate.  Additionally, ensuring that the produce we are choosing to buy is in season is equally important; it takes vast amount of energy and resources to create the conditions needed for out of season produce to grow. Unfortunately, in some cities, it can be a challenging task to find locally sourced and seaonal food, so it is worth doing a little bit more research into how you might be able to achieve this.

    For extra info, visit: How to eat more seasonal and local food

    source: ebootwithjoe.com

    Try meal prepping

    Meal prepping is a great sustainable lifestyle tip if you often gravitate for meal deals or shop-bought lunches when on the go. Meal prepping puts emphasis on preparing homemade meals in advance, and in bulk. Meal prepping is a great solution if time is an obstacle in allowing you to consume home-cooked, nutritional meals and it also prevents unnecessary packaging being wasted. 

    sources:goofhousekeeping.com

    Use natural cleaning products

    One thing we’ve all been using a lot of this past year (and hopefully also before!) is soap. The soap and body wash market has seen a 194% growth in sales amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The problem, however, is that the majority of soaps, detergents and cleaning products come armoured in single-use plastic packaging, and so the question of how we can keep clean whilst conforming to our environmental morals naturally arises. The answer is simple: plastic-free cleaning products. To make a start, you can find a selection of eco-friendly dishwashing soaps, dish brushes, cleaning chemicals and dishwasher tablets on Friendly Turtle, and browse through the incredible scents of The Washclub’s handmade and plastic-free soaps and shampoo bars.

    Veganism

    Going vegan can be a major lifestyle swap, especially if you’re not already vegetarian. Therefore, veganism is definitely something that, if you choose to pursue, you should do a significant amount of research on to ensure that you are getting all of the sufficient nutrients your body needs (something that veganism is entirely capable of achieving, but may require more careful meal planning and preparation in doing so). For a comprehensive guide on veganism, check out this link.

    source: theconversation.com

    Walk more

    Of course, there will inevitably be some places too far away to walk to, however, if you find yourself regularly opting for your car in situations where it isn’t needed then consider only using your car/public transport for destinations that are outside of walking distance.

    source:www.self.com

    X…  turns out that finding a relevant link to sustainability that begins with  ‘x’ is harder than I initially ‘x’pected.

    Yoga

    How does yoga relate to sustainability, you ask? At the beginning of your transition into a more sustainable lifestyle, you may find yourself vulnerable to caving into retail therapy compulsions. Yoga is a great remedy for this – reminding you of what values are really important in life (which hopefully includes the health and happiness of yourself and the planet you live on over the new Spring 2020 Zara collection). Furthermore, in an age where we are seeing the devastating effects of climate change more than ever before, yoga can act as a calming retreat from those dealing with eco-anxiety.

    source: nytimes.com

    Zen

    Hopefully, you are feeling a little bit more zen after reading this A-Z guide (and maybe from implementing the yoga from the last step!). Feeling a moral duty towards sustainability can certainly be stressful, especially when it feels as though sometimes you are fighting this eco-war alone. However, if there’s anything that you take from this guide, it should be that what matters the most (more than whether you can tick off 1 of these ideas or all 25) is that you are making an effort towards living more sustainably. That you should be proud of.

    source: Ryanmillar.com

  • Turtle Bay At Home

    {PR meal – thoughts are all my own!}

    Have you been craving the rich flavours of Turtle Bay’s fiery jerk chicken and sweet plantain? Missing their legendary cocktails and juicy playlist which transports you to the white, lively beaches of the Caribbean? Perhaps you’ve been yearning for the buzz of a restaurant on a Friday night to give you the best possible embrace into the weekend? I know I have.

    Image Credit: www.fusiondna.co.uk
    Image credit: www.fusiondna.co.uk

    Image Credit: www.fusiondna.co.uk

    However, thanks to Turtle Bay’s At Home Menu and Spotify Playlist, you can recreate the classic Turtle Bay social feel and indulge in the warmth and flavours of the Caribbean straight from your sofa. Whether you crave their notorious jerk chicken, aromatic curry, comforting soul food, or, a classic burger with a Jamaican spiced twist – Turtle Bay has you covered. With some impressive vegan options, too (even a devoted meat-eater’s head would turn to the vegan curry with fresh aubergine, sweet potato, blistered tomato and coconut cream in Jamaican curry sauce), nobody has to miss out.

    What’s on the menu?

    From jerk and west Indian curries to burgers, soul food and Bay Bundles, Turtle Bay’s At Home Menu offers a range of meals to satisfy everyone’s cravings. There is also an impressive array of tempting starters and sides available to accompany your meal (in fact, they’re all a little too tempting, so if you want some help narrowing down your options I’d recommend the sweet plantain and Caribbean dumplings!). 

    What Turtle Bay locations are currently open and what times are they open?

    • Bristol Broad Quay
    • Chelmsford
    • Ealing
    • Nottingham
    • Southampton

    Wednesday – Sunday

    2pm-10pm

    Service, ordering and collection

    Ordering from Turtle Bay was simple; I just had to call them (you can find the number of your local branch on their website), place my order and collect from the store at my preferred time. My phone completely shut down midway through ordering and the waiter called me back super promptly  – my first insight into how friendly the customer service is at Turtle Bay. My second insight also came at the expense of my embarrassment; turns out I’m completely incompetent at opening restaurant doors and need personal assistance in doing so (my server was super understanding and possesed a very admirable talent of making people feel like less of an idiot). My unique door-opening incapability aside, the ordering and collection process was easy, the food was packaged tightly and it remained hot during the trip home. 


    The Food

    I opted for one of the four available ‘Bay Bundles’ – the Share The Love Bundle for Four – to treat my family on Valentine’s day. This bundle costs £50 and includes 4 mains (half jerk chicken, BBQ Babyback Ribs, Trini Chicken Curry and Curry Aubergine), and plenty of sides (2 portions of Coconut Rice & Peas, Spiced Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Sweet Plantain and Sunshine Salad). 

    Left to right: BBQ Babyback Ribs, Trini Chicken Curry and Half Jerk Chicken

    Aubergine Curry 

    Trini Chicken Curry


    BBQ Babyback Ribs

    Spiced Fries (I defenitely had way too many of these – so, so good!)
    Sides: sweet plantain and sunshine salad

    Summarise the food in one sentence? It seriously tasted as good as it looks. My favourite was probably either the Aubergine curry (the perfect combination of flavours and just the right amount of sweetness) or the Trini Chicken Curry (who knew that tangy mango was curried chicken’s partner in crime?). I didn’t have any of the ribs, but going off my family’s verdict, they too were just as delicious – ‘tender pork’ and ‘flavoursome sauce’. 


    Overall, I am really impressed with the Turtle Bay ‘At Home’ experience – the ordering and collection was both quick and simple, and the food was beautifully cooked, spiced and flavoured. If it’s the restaurant atmosphere you’re craving then, of course, it’s not the same as being in the buzz of one of Turtle Bay’s restaurants, however, the Turtle Bay Spotify playlist certainly does a good job at making the at-home experience feel as close to the restaurant’s iconic Caribbean social feel as possible.


    Have you tried anything from Turtle Bay’s ‘At Home’ menu? Let me know in the comments!

  • Relax & Unwind: Night Routine for Lockdown

    Okay, so there’s not much that the world seems to be agreeing on right now. However, this is one sentence that is universally guaranteed to receive an internal nod upon reading: developing routine is absolutely crucial to our daily lives in this ‘stay at home’ era. For many of us, it seems as if time rolls into one indistinguishable mass of days and weeks. This is why it’s important to establish a morning and nighttime routine to allow your day to flow smoothly, but with the distinction and structure necessary to avoid the feeling of not being able to decipher between today and yesterday. Below is everything you could possibly need in a night routine to relax and unwind. I don’t do all of these steps religiously each night, but having a flexible range of activities in mind to choose from is great for adapting your routine depending on your mood that night. If a morning version of this is something that you’d like to see follow this post, let me know in the comments – otherwise, enjoy!

    My Night  Routine: Favourites

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  • The Truth Behind Ethical “Slow” Fashion Myths

     2020 wasn’t all bad. In the fashion realm, observers witnessed a substantial shift in consumer behaviour. One study by Mckinsey claims that “64% of shoppers decreased their spending on clothing and footwear during the pandemic”. Was this partly because lockdown made consumers feel that there was no need for extra fashion purchases since there was nowhere to wear them? Of course. But, that’s not where it ends. The recent and increasing exposure to environmental issues surrounding fast-fashion has also altered the way that many consumers view the industry, as well as influencing their personal morals towards fashion, ethics and sustainability; “57% of shoppers agreed that they had made significant changes to their lifestyle to lessen their environmental impact” states McKinsey. However, there are a few myths around ‘slow’ fashion that are preventing people from making that much-needed leap towards a more sustainable future. 

     

    “I HAVE TO SPEND LOADS OF MONEY TO BE SUSTAINABLE”

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  • The Problem with Greenwashing

     Companies have a history of spending more money advertising their products as ‘green’ than on actually implementing sustainable materials and ethical practices into making them. This is called greenwashing, and it’s a problem.

    Source: Eluxemagazine.com


    Why? Because consumers are tricked by misleading information and vague terms into thinking that they are making a conscious purchase. We see greenwashing everywhere as businesses know that being green sells (research shows that 66% of consumers are willing to pay more for a product if they know it comes from a sustainable brand), however, it is not often reported.

    Greenwashing can also be executed more subtly – making it harder to be called out for. For instance, you may see products in earthy tones (e.g green and brown) or with pictures of nature on them, and come to the conclusion that they are natural and sustainable.

    How to avoid greenwashing?

    • Trust your intuition: If you’re questioning if a product claim is ‘too good to be true’, or seems unbelievable, steer clear for the time being and do research into the credentials.
    • Research: Invest time in doing your homework on certain products and their manufacturer. Dig deep and you’ll find every statistic you could need to assess a company’s carbon footprint and ingredients. Note: if you’re struggling to find a lot of information easily, what you’re looking for probably isn’t sustainable (if it was, the company would be more eager to display their sustainability efforts with customers).
    • Be selective: Get to know and create a list of individual retailers that you know you can trust.

    Checking Legitimacy

    If a product is marketed as sustainable, then this is relatively easy to confirm and fact check yourself. Just lookout for the following:

    • Packaging: Less packaging and no plastics.
    • Materials: recycled/renewable materials e.g. fast-growing bamboo.
    • Longevity: designed to last, be reused, or recycled.
  • Is there such thing as a Sustainable Influencer?

     

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    With the climate crisis progressing, it’s no wonder why influencers today are opting to go down the eco-conscious and sustainability route. However, can a ‘sustainable influencer‘ really exist? Or is the term just paradoxical? Can the two contradictory words go hand in hand together?

    Short answer: it depends.

    Firstly, it’s dependent on what we mean by the very term influencer; there’s the Oxford dictionary definition with regards to marketing – ‘a person with the ability to influence potential buyers of a product or service by promoting or recommending the items on social media’ – or there’s the broader sense of the word (simply a person that influences another). Let’s say we mean the first use of the term ‘influencer’ (which is perhaps the most used with regards to social media). If the influencer is advertising countless products, regardless of how ethical and sustainable the products being promoted may be, the very process of advertising feeds into consumerist culture – which, of course, contradicts the ethics behind sustainable living. However, if an influencer is recommending sustainable alternatives to less sustainable products that you already use, this is a positive thing as you would be buying that product anyway (the only difference is that you’re saving on harmful materials). In this sense, with sustainable product promotion and advocating a clear message of avoiding unnecessary extra consumption, sustainable influencing works and delivers a positive environmental impact.

    Here are some sustainability influencers and Instagram platforms (with a positive impact!) to follow:

    @impactforgood


    @climatecrisis.eco


    @going.zero.waste


    @myjourneytosustainabilty


    @thezerowasteguide


    @brightly.eco