Red's eco-columnist Armelle Ferguson shares her summer sustainability hacks of the month.
Whether you've already embraced sustainable fashion or are in the lookout for 100% natural beauty products, get inspired by her advice below.
I love RaÍz Atelier’s Piño Tan sandals. Made of vegetable-tanned leather, the platform sandals are both comfortable and chic at the same time. It also feels nice to know that they can even be composted when I can’t wear them anymore - all I need to do is to send back my pre-loved RaÍz pieces, and they’ll take care of the rest.
I love all-in-one products. Not only because they are practical, but also because they save me a ton of money. And when, like the Q+A Squalane Facial Oil, they are 100% natural, cruelty free, alcohol free, fragrance free and vegan friendly, I am completely seduced. Made from olive oil, Squalane is a magic product that can be used from head-to-toe. I’ll use it on my dry hair, to keep my feet moisturised, to give my face a quick rejuvenating glow, and to soothe any seasonal sunburn.
While looking for a new speaker to enjoy my summer playlists, I realised how difficult it was to find something that was completely free from harmful plastics and toxic chemicals from all the electronic parts. And while I still haven’t found the perfectly sustainable option, I found Marshall’s Willen portable speaker to be a good contender. This speaker’s rugged build is PVC-free and 60% of the plastic is post-consumer recycled from used electronics. It delivers on the promise of a more sustainable approach while retaining a sleek, elegant design.
For a fresh, healthy and 100% eco-friendly snack, I love to make my own ice lollies. All it takes is your favourite smoothie recipe, and a set of trusty Onyx reusable popsicle moulds. Here's my favourite recipe:
2 very ripe bananas
2 cups of ripe mango chunks
2 cups of pineapple
1 cup of kiwi
A handful of spinach
1/2 a cup of plant-based milk
Simply blend the ingredients and pour into the moulds. The hardest part of this recipe is to resist the temptation to touch them before they’re done setting.
But after eight hours in the freezer, you’re good to go!
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