I get it, life is crazy. We all get busy and on the flipside, we can all be a little lazy. There is definitely a preconceived turn-off to ethical life that I hear often, but today we are going to combat those worries! Ethical life does not have to be hard work. You don’t have to sell all your non-organic clothes to buy a solar power generator and swap in your home for a trailer…although that would be cool, let me know if you do that…
The purpose of my blog is to show you that a journey to an ethical life is a lot easier than you think…and so to kick it off, here are 5 lazy ways that I have become more ethical.
Here’s the thing… lazy, in some ways, is just another word for being practical … efficient… smart. Setting things up once so that for the rest of your life it’s smooth sailing. Not all of these will be for you, but if you follow a couple of these steps I bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be smugly thanking yourself a few months from now, you smart-lazy son of a… Let’s get on with the list.
So you’re in the shops, let’s say you’re making a classic spaghetti bolognese… You have so many choices these days and most of these choices are covered in plastic… but out of the corner of your eye, you spot a packet in cardboard! Sweet sweet recyclable cardboard! Straight in the basket it goes! Next up you are in the meat aisle, you’ve ethicalised (it’s not a word but I’m sticking with it) your spaghetti, how could you possibly do that with meat? Well my friend, try substituting minced beef with kangaroo. It may seem a little more expensive but gram for gram it is a healthier meat as it is high in protein and iron, and has an incredibly low fat content. Plus kangaroo is the most ethical red meat you can buy. For one, kangaroos cannot be farmed and therefore are as free range they come. Plus, Australia is actually culling kangaroos (because kangaroos have no natural predator aside from humans and their overpopulation is damaging ecosystems and farms). This may seem a bit cold but if an animal must be killed I would much rather use all of it as opposed to killing it and disposing of it. There are negatives of course; kangaroos are hunted therefore on the odd occasion, they are wounded rather than killed, which can lead to suffering and/or a slow death. If you want to opt for a meat-free dish; I can recommend Linda McCartney’s vegetarian mincemeat.
Whether you are trying to be more ethical, or healthy there are so many ways you can substitute and play with food. If you would like to know how to make an easy and delicious vegan dessert, check out my banana bread recipe here. Shopping is one of the best ways we can ‘vote’ for a more ethical life. If big brands see that we refuse to buy a product because it is covered in plastic, or contains dairy, or because we know that the animal had an awful life then they will listen. They will listen and they will change not because they have become better or worse brands… but because they want your money. Sure that sounds heartless but it is the truth. I have heard too many people say they don’t think they can make a difference, who don’t realize the power they hold every single time they do their groceries. These changes take time, but they are worth it.
Switching your superannuation
I believe this is a strictly Australian thing (so if you are not from the land of hopparoos then be my guest and skippy to the next one…get it…i’m sorry) where your pension can be given to a company who will invest it on your behalf, to increase the amount you end up with when you retire. However, a lot of these companies invest in businesses that do not help the environment. They are likely to invest in gambling, coal, oil, tobacco… Things that carry a big reward but will also harm the world we love. It is worth researching different companies to see where they will invest your money. I decided on joining Australian Ethical, which promises to be competitive, just like other superannuation companies, but they will only invest in companies that help improve our world: such as clean energy, medical, recycling, and education. Check them out here if you are interested, and they have a great phone line if you want to ask some nitty-gritty questions!
Using a subscription box
This is a bit of fun, but also a way to discover new brands. I have tried vegan beauty boxes from Flora & Fauna, The Vegan Kind and Good Green Box. They all have different delivery frequencies, prices, and of-course products! There’s a tonne of other cool boxes you can try out. I am interested in trying out The Socially Conscious box next, as this has a wide range of boxes and isn’t purely focused on beauty. It is on the expensive side but you still get a good deal on the products inside and you also get to try products made by charities and businesses doing good. If you are in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane or Sydney there is also a monthly box from The Cruelty Free Shop which looks delicious!
I also love a company called Who Gives A Crap, a B Corporation that makes toilet paper, tissues and paper towels. The beauty of WGAC is that you bulk buy everything. Currently, I own 8 rolls of paper towels, 12 boxes of tissues and about 80 rolls of toilet paper. I’m set for the next few years and none of it was packaged in plastic! The seriously great thing about WGAC is that they donate 50% of their profits to building toilets so you can help your bum, and other peoples at the same time (seriously, some of the worlds worst issues is access to toilets and sanitation facilities). You can order some products individually or subscribe for a good deal (and then unsubscribe right after at no cost which is what I did because I knew I would not need the service that soon… 80 rolls man)
Subscribing to a service like this also means that instead of going to the store (i.e. getting up and moving… UGH) to replace things like toothpaste, lip balm or loo roll, you will already own an ethical version! HIVE FIVE TO THAT
There’s an app for that!
There is an app for everything these days, and ethical life is no exception. You can use apps like HappyCow to search specialist restaurants and cafes in your area, and it not only has reviews but also a really easy to follow key that tells you if the place has vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free options etc. There are also apps to help you find ethical fashion such as Not My Style (in the UK), and Good On You. Personally, I use Good On You when I know there is an item I need, for example, trainers, and I am unsure what brands produce ethical shoes. All I did was search ‘trainers’ and I was shown a list of all the brands and their ethical ratings, with the best ratings at the top. (Etiko ranked the highest FYI, and I shall be purchasing a pair from them when the time comes.) If you would rather not purchase new items then there are so many treasures to be found in charity shops, thrift shops, facebook marketplace and there are even clothes swaps like this one in Australia you can get involved with!
When I’m not listening to crime podcasts, I’m listening to ethical podcasts! My favorite is called Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press, who interviews knowledgeable and inspiring people on their experiences relating to fashion. This could be about fair trade, plastic, waste, sustainability, personal experiences in sweatshops, anything! I am yet to listen to an episode that hasn’t taught me a lesson and made me feel both depressed and inspired along the way. I would love to hear your favorites too! Podcasts are great as they can fit into a busy schedule. You can listen on your commute to work, in the bath, or if you are like me a podcast helps you concentrate, so just put on your headphones for an hour and get sh*t done!
Want another lazy way to be more ethical? follow me on Instagram. I am forever sharing tips on ethical lifestyle and I never recommend anything I haven’t personally tried and tested! All you have to do is use your thumb and scroll on through 😉 wahoo
I hope you enjoyed this post! let me know what podcasts you guys listen too & if you have any other lazy suggestions below.