The Eco Products That Have Changed My (Ethical) Life

An Interview with Ethical Lifestyle Guru Emily Waddell of Honest Consumer.

Going eco isn’t easy, and yet it’s one of the top things we all must start doing as consumers. That’s why we reached out to our friend Emily, a fellow ethically-minded shopper to dig up some dirt on how she manages to live an eco-friendly lifestyle - without breaking the bank!

Note: For Emily’s MUST-HAVE eco products, stay tuned and keep scrolling!

I think the reduction of consumption by using reusable items helps simplify ethical living. For example, I’m able to wash and reuse my beeswax wrap to save food which means I’m purchasing less at the store and sending less plastic to landfills.

The lack of eco-conscious practices from businesses can be overwhelming sometimes and slow down my attempts to live ethically. When I go to the grocery store and notice all the plastic packaging it frustrates me that businesses aren’t doing more to be eco-conscious.

To combat these challenges, I do what I can by bringing my own bags and produce bags to the grocery store.

I also write tips, tricks, & guides on my conscious lifestyle blog, The Honest Consumer , in hopes that it will inspire consumers and businesses to make more conscious choices. Technology and innovation have so much potential to help consumers reduce their environmental impact.The next few years will be a defining moment for technology and innovation given the current environmental situation. Hopefully more solutions are discovered. Note: For a look at my absolute favourite brands that give a damn, keep scrolling!

In 2019 I furthered my knowledge on recycling and learned how composting is what we should all be striving for. While recycled is obviously better than sending things to the landfill, composting and not creating waste in the first place are more eco-friendly solutions.

Yes, when I first started my ethical and eco-conscious consumer journey I was very focused on finding conscious brands online because it is hard to find socially responsible brands at a shopping mall or regular store.

While I still do the occasional online shopping for ethical clothing brands, now I’ve also increased the amount of local shopping I do. I’ve made friends with a few local business owners through farmers markets and other events. For example by shopping local produce stands that don’t use plastic packaging this helps support the local economy and reduces what I’m sending to the landfill.

The ethical and eco-friendly lifestyle can be overwhelming. I would say start by valuing what you have. If you then feel that you’re ready to start shifting your consumer habits pick a single item, like coffee.

Find a fair trade coffee brand that uses eco-friendly practices and make the switch there. That one change helps ensure farmers are getting paid fairly and makes a difference. Overtime the small changes will add