We love spring - the anticipation of warm nights (okay, at least warmer nights), longer days and an opportunity to start afresh. If you’re feeling like switching up some old habits and subbing in more eco-friendly ones ones, look no further - we've compiled our list of recommendations for more sustainable listening, wearing and eating this spring...
We’re always on the lookout for a new podcast to plug into on our commute or while working out. ‘Switch’ is a brand new podcast where co-hosts Lydia and Ashna open up the conversation on sustainability, connecting real people to topics they care and are curious about “without the jargon or B.S.” (which we love!).
Having both worked in the sustainability industry with purpose-focused businesses, they wanted to use what they know to create a podcast that makes low-impact living more accessible. They chat about all things sustainability-related and how they intersect with daily life - from eating out, to what to wear, to the latest technology and more. And they also bring in guests doing cool things for people and the planet - including Toast Ale, The Cheeky Panda and, of course, your very own Atlas & Ortus - keep an ear out for our founder Evie’s episode!
If you can’t get enough of sustainability podcasts, another good one is ‘Mothers of Invention’ - a podcast on feminist climate change solutions from (mostly) women around the world. There is also ‘Sustainababble’, a weekly comedy podcast about the environment “for and by the confused”. Hosts Ol and Dave are supposed to be experts in how to save the planet - but they don’t always feel that way...
Let us know what you enjoy listening to - we’d especially love to hear your thoughts on Switch’s Atlas & Ortus episode (coming soon!).
Fast fashion? Over it. Slow down in style for SS19. The Keep Boutique is a beautiful curated selection of ethical fashion for women. Its mission is to seek out and promote brands with integrity, whilst ensuring that style comes first. It’s about reigniting an appreciation of quality, craftsmanship and sustainability - selling clothes you will keep. They have both a website and a shop in Brixton Village. We are tempted by their summer dress collection but, luckily, we don’t need to feel bad about it.
We also love The Third Estate, which sells well-made, stylish products for men and women. All the products are free from any animal ingredients and meet high social, labour and environmental standards. They work with innovative, ethically-minded brands which are manufactured under fair labour conditions overseas whilst also supporting UK design and production. Consumption is an inevitable part of living and we love that The Third Estate’s focus is to support informed and positive shopping, and positive living in general. Mostly loving their slick summer shirt collection right now.
A long, lazy brunch is always welcome. If you’re based in London there are loads of options - but one of our favourites is The Good Egg, a neighbourhood restaurant started by three friends. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus celebrate the cuisine of Tel Aviv’s street food stalls and the flavours of the Middle East. Their focus is on high quality ingredients sourced from sustainable and ethical producers and they were highly commended by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) for using more veg and better meat in their menu. If you’re looking for sustainable restaurants when eating out, check out the SRA’s directory - it’s really useful.
If you’re cooking at home, we’ve got three tips for making your grocery shop as sustainable as possible, whilst also being affordable and simple.
1) Organic produce saves and absorbs CO2
The strongest feature of organic farming is its reliance on fossil fuel-free and locally-available production - it works with natural processes. Moreover, organic farming produces fewer emissions, thanks to the diet given to livestock and generally having a reduced amount of animals. Organic doesn’t have to be expensive either - often it’s just a few pence more, or not at all.
2) Seasonal foods cost less (for you and for the environment)
Imported or greenhouse-grown fruit and veg are not friendly for the planet, and they’re more expensive. Seasonal products impact less on the environment, are richer in nutrients and leave your wallet richer at the end of the month - win-win-win. Here is a useful chart on what produce is seasonal when in the UK. In May, seasonal food gets really colourful, with peas, carrots and cherries coming into season, along with aubergines and rocket. New potatoes arrive, and sardines and pollock too.
3) Local food is kinder to the planet
Food products coming from far away require complex supply chains and long-haul transportation, which means they’re less sustainable. A short food supply chain is means there’s a short distance between producer and consumer - reducing transport, packaging and costs - all good for the environment. Head to your local farm shop to find local produce, or look out for ‘Grown in UK’ in the supermarket, to ensure a short supply chain.
We hope you find our tips helpful - but we'd love to hear yours too! Comment below or tweet us @atlasandortus to tell us about your sustainability tips this spring - perhaps they’ll feature in one of our future blogs!
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