A sustainable check-in...
If you've picked up the latest copy of Irish Tatler, you'll be aware that our focus this month is sustainability - and more importantly; how #onesmallchange can lead us to live more consciously and help save our planet.
We're not here to scaremonger, nor to place blame. We understand it's a huge topic that can seem very overwhelming, so we've broken the topic into bite-size chunks ranging from fashion, beauty, food and lifestyle edits that we hope you'll connect with.
Much like the magazine, we at irishtatler.com are hoping that the content we share online over the next few weeks will prove to be educational, but also functional and instructional. Easy, applicable ways to charge up your sustainability efforts when it all feels a little too much.
From quitting fast fashion to becoming vegan and breaking up with plastic, we at Irish Tatler are proving that we practise what we preach by committing to the #IT30DAYCHALLENGE.
Here's how the Irish Tatler team got on this week...
Amy Heffernan, Editor, Irishtatler.com
It's not that I was nervous starting this challenge, but part of me was terrified that necessary investigating on the topic would mean uncovering some less-than-eco-positive info about brands and/or products that I love.
Would embarking on this ethical beauty challenge ultimately end up with me throwing out my extensive skincare and makeup collections, to start over with planet and people-friendly alternatives? Eeeek.
Thankfully, that's not how my first #IT30DayChallange week went. Turns out lots of brands I already had in my makeup bag were reasonably ethical-focused; my Kat Von D brow pomade, Glossier Boy Brow and IT Cosmetics CC cream - all committed to the cruelty-free cause.
With word of my eco-endeavours spreading, (big S.O. to PR pals in the Publicity Loft), I was sent an exciting new makeup collab with Spanish beauty brand 3ina and Penneys/Primark -which is 100% Vegan and uses recyclable plastic packaging in the range.
Next week, I'm going to shun my makeup O.G.s in favour of a full face of 3ina and my skincare collection is up for some scrutiny too. Baby steps.
Sarah O'Hegarty, Editor, Irish Tatler magazine
The first week has been mixed. I guess I should prelude this with a confession: I broke the rules on the first day by hitting buy on an & Other Stories online purchase. Eeek.
I guess it's good to get it out of my system, right? In the meantime, ever remorseful, I'm mentally adding leopard print bucket hats to my favourites list. Heaven help me...
Ellie Balfe, Editorial Director
So, one week in my slightly improved practices at home has passed.
I can't say it hasn't felt like a hassle, but I have been diligently washing out hard plastic containers for the green bin, and doing the squish test on soft plastics to ascertain their position in either green or black bin (squishy = black).
I am also (guiltily) placing my Starbucks coffee cups in the non-recycle bin whilst vowing to get a proper keep cup and water bottle for my journey to the office. I'm nowhere near doing it 'right', but I'm focused on it, and I maintain that mindfulness is the first state of change.
Next week, I am going to look at my bathroom recycling practices and clothes waste. A lot done, more to do, as the saying goes!
Stacey Malaniff, Social Media
Trying to be green by avoiding plastic is like trying to be cultured when you're abroad by not going to McDonald's; the convenience and familiarity of it all is just too tempting. So I can't lie, I have slipped up a couple of times in this first week of my Zero (single-use) Plastic challenge.
One slip up was out of sheer absentmindedness when I bought a Happy Pear microwave dinner (the height of wannabe vegan luxury and laziness). The second was when I over-stocked my corn tacos at Saburrito and resorted to using a plastic fork not to waste the extra guac I had begrudgingly paid for. Lessons learned: be more mindful and keep reusable cutlery with me. I know, I have read the blogs and cutlery is ALWAYS one of the first steps to going zero waste; cutlery, a straw and a tote bag - all of which are still on my 'to buy' list.
Where I have been successful is with completely cutting out plastic bottles by being more diligent with filling my own. So now when I leave the house for work, my mental check-list sounds like: 'Keys? Yep. Phone? Yep. Water? ahaa look at me thinking ahead'. I think before this challenge is out, I'll have a lot more added to that list. Stay tuned.
Emma Blanchfield, Content Creator
Forgive me, father, for I have sinned: I ate dairy.
I think I may have been slightly over ambitious when embarking on this new vegan lifestlye. The entire premise for the #it30daychallenge, the current issue of Irish Tatler and theme of irishtatler.com this month is one small change. Small - a word I grossly overlooked. The fact is that going from a diet that consisted of meat and dairy every day to one that consists of neither is a BIG (not small) change.
I blame my love affair with pizza for my downfall. I had gone several days without pizza and no exaggeration but my body was shaking. I caved and ate 6 delicious slices of Margherita pizza. But rather than immediately going down the dark spiral of hating myself for eating cheese, I instead chose to commend my efforts. Okay, sure I was weak and ate cheese but I easily could have asked the kind man on the phone to send a pepperoni passion my way but I didn't.
Seven days later and while I'm struggling to be entirely vegan, I have succeeded in being vegetarian - and surprisingly, I'm actually enjoying it. Vegetarian Thai Green Curry, Mushroom bolognese, M&S Vegetable lasagne are amongst the highlights of meals I've made this week.
Oh and before you '@' me: A recent study found that the most sustainable diets according to the study were vegetarian diets, with lacto-vegetarianism (abstaining from meat and eggs) occupying first place. A vegetarian diet produces fewer carbon emissions than a meat-based diet, a chicken breast takes over 542 litres of water to produce which is the equivalent to filling up your bath 7 times and by eating solely vegetarian food for a year, you can save the same amount of emissions as taking a small family car off the road for 6 months.
I'm not saying I'm through with veganism for good, but for now, vegetarian is the way.
Check in this time next week to see how the Irish Tatler sustainable challenge held up for week two. And don't forget to join in on the good 'clean' fun and use our hashtag #IT30DAYCHALLENGE, so we can follow to see what small changes you are making.