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Recent Favourites #2 – Sustainability Edition

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Climate Week. The perfect time to share a few sustainable products, companies, influencers and initiatives that I am really excited about!

I’ve not been writing much recently, partly because I’ve just been through a very lengthy flat purchasing process (yay!) and partly because I’ve not been feeling terribly inspired. Today however, I’m feeling really inspired by the favourites I’m sharing below, because they all contribute to reducing our impact on the environment. Reducing my impact is something I’ve been learning a lot about lately and I want to share all the great solutions I’m finding with as many people as possible!

WWF KeepCup

After my beloved KeepCup went missing at the office, I started using some old reusable plastic cups we had lying around at the back of a kitchen cupboard for a few months. It was never really the same – I love the feeling of having a glass cup, actually seeing the liquid, and of course the KeepCup design is pretty great too. So I was delighted when I was given a WWF KeepCup at a recent work event! It’s perfect when I’m in a rush to get to a meeting but need that morning cup of tea.

About KeepCup: Not only is KeepCup WWF-approved, it’s also a B Corp (this means they’ve been certified independently as having a positive impact on the planet) and a 1% for the Planet member (this means 1% of sales goes back to environmental nonprofits).

About WWF: it’s a fantastic charity and whilst it’s known for protecting endangered wildlife and habitats it has recently shifted its focus towards the climate emergency. Buying products from its store helps it to do great things like lobby governments to take action or plant seagrass to capture carbon.

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@TaniaJoyofJane

I’ve recently become glued to every one of Tania’s Instagram stories. I love seeing all the delicious vegan food she cooks and it’s really inspired me to make more of an effort to eat plant-based meals. She also posts tips on how to live more sustainably, from buying second-hand clothes to making your own hemp milk! She recently published a free guide to going plant-based which I’m currently absorbing. Other highlights from following Tania’s stories include seeing her cute rescue dog Nemo jump into rivers and excitedly munch on kale!

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Deliciously Ella – the podcast

When I first started eating more veggie meals I turned to the healthy recipes on Deliciously Ella’s website for inspiration. What really kept me going and made me more determined to ditch meat was listening to her podcast. Ella and her husband Matthew invite experts to discuss different topics with them ranging from imposter syndrome to looking after your gut health. The first episode I really loved was actually not food-based, it was all about sleep, with scientist Matthew Walker unpacking some of the main points from his bestselling book Why We Sleep. Other episodes I’d recommend include ‘Veganism and climate change’ and ‘Food waste and climate change’.

Oddbox

This one is only for Londoners, but it’s definitely worth a mention. In the UK, an estimated 3 million tonnes of produce gets wasted before it even leaves the farm – isn’t that crazy?! Oddbox helps to reduce this problem by taking fresh fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste and delivering them to households around London. This produce is perfectly edible, tasty and even exciting if you ask me, but they are either surplus or have been rejected due to the standards supermarkets have regarding colour, size and shape. I was a bit apprehensive at first because you don’t know exactly what’s going to be in your box and I wasn’t sure it would be good value for money, but actually we got more than I expected and it was all delicious! Plus, the packaging is minimal, and plastic is only really included when surplus produce has already been packaged with supermarkets in mind or when it’s needed to protect certain items like spinach, for example.

Use my referral link to get £5 credited to your account after you sign up.

Too Good To Go app

Another great way to combat food waste, and save money too, is to use Too Good To Go to buy leftover food from local businesses at a discount. A lot of restaurants, bakeries and shops are signed up so it’s definitely worth checking it out! (Lola’s cupcakes, hello!!) In most cases you get a great discount but you don’t know exactly what products will be in the bag they give you.

Olio

Another app fighting food waste, Olio lets you share food you’re not going to use with your neighbours, and pick up some free bits from people nearby. We used it when we were moving out and had to empty our fridge and it was great. I’ve also used it to get some free focaccias from a local bakery.

allplants frozen meals

If you’re up for eating more vegan meals but don’t know where to start or are a bit short on time, allplants is a great option. They deliver hand prepared, nutritionist-approved, frozen plant-based meals to most of the UK. Perfect to have in your freezer when you get back from holiday or when you’re feeling too lazy to cook (like me tonight!). I just had the moussaka and it was so flavourful.

Use my referral link to get £20 off allplants! At the minute they are also planting a tree in Zambia for every person that I refer – another reason to give them a go 🙂

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The Source Bulk Foods

If you are looking to reduce your single-use plastic consumption, finding your local bulk food store is a great thing to do. The Source Battersea is my nearest store, though there are quite a few others around London and other cities too (The Source are in AUS, NZ and SG too!). Going there is such a treat to me – they not only have staple foods like pasta and oats but also treats like chocolate covered almonds, energy balls, fresh nut butters and kombucha on tap. I just gather all my tupperware containers into a bag before I go and then fill them with all my favourite foods.

Woah, that’s more than I had intended to share but I just kept thinking of great sustainable initiatives I’ve been seeing/trying recently! Let me know what you think of these in the comments and please tell me if you’ve seen any others worth sharing.

MSc Strategic Marketing Graduate, Imperial College

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Imperial College Marketing Graduate

 

Imperial graduation at the royal albert hall

 

Graduate from Imperial College Business School

Royal Albert Hall Imperial college graduation

Graduate from MSc Strategic Marketing at Imperial

 

So, I have now officially graduated from the MSc Strategic Marketing course at Imperial College Business School. After nine months of working at a marketing agency, I finally got to go back to South Kensington and wear the (very impractical) robe! The ceremony was beautiful, held at the very impressive Royal Albert Hall, and it was fantastic to see some friends after what seemed like such a long time.
I want to talk about my experience at the Business School in order to help people who might be wondering whether to go for this masters. At this time of year, I think a lot of people will either be applying or will have received an offer already.
For me, it was a great year; I learned so much, loved what I was doing, and made amazing friends from all over the world. Before studying at Imperial I knew that I wanted to study marketing, but what I didn’t realise was how much I would learn about the subject. One of the best things about the course was how practical it was. If you enjoy essay-writing more than group projects, it isn’t for you! It really helped to prepare me for the world of work thanks to professors who are actually active in the marketing industry and many group projects and presentations. Unlike other masters that I had considered, this one was very up to date, focusing on digital marketing rather than outdated theories (don’t you worry, we did also study some old but essential theories of marketing!). We were also fortunate enough to have guest speakers visit us from brands like Google, Amazon and Magnum (everyone craved ice cream after that one).
I think I was much more prepared for job interviews after a year at the Business School. I definitely wouldn’t have landed a job in SEO without it! In fact, according to Imperial’s website, 98% of students on my course were employed after 6 months – that’s more than a lot of universities can say! The best thing about the course is really the students though; you get to meet people from different corners of the world, with many people moving from China, Thailand or the USA to study at Imperial.
I would be very happy to share some more tips for anyone considering the course. Feel free to get in touch!

 

Liebster Award Nomination

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I’m excited to have been nominated for a Liebster award by Hannah Sundae and Flashes of Clarity! Thanks for the nomination, it’s nice to feel like I am slowly becoming a member of the blogging community. I had never heard of the award before, but I think it’s a lovely way to welcome new bloggers and help each other! 

The rules of the Liebster Award are:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator (in my case there were two sets of questions so I’ve picked my favourites!)
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them
  • Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs

I’ve answered a mix of questions from Hannah and Ari:

1. Tell me about the best place you’ve ever visited.
Iceland, my mother’s home country, is the most beautiful and inspiring place I’ve ever seen. It has  amazing volcanos, geysers, waterfalls, hot springs, and rather eccentric people. I definitely need to write a post about it!

2. Fruit or veg? 

Veg! I think I could live without fruit, but I feel really unhealthy if I don’t have any veggies. I like to add pan fried courgettes or onions to every meal I cook! It would be really hard to give up mangoes, blueberries and strawberries though.

3. Where would you most like to visit? 

I am dying to visit Japan! Tokyo looks amazing. I went to Seoul in South Korea last year and that was so much fun, but I think Japan would be even more fascinating. I would do so much shopping there! I bet I would go all Hello Kitty-crazy and then regret buying lots of kawaii stuff as soon as I get back to grey London.


4. What is your favourite genre of books?
 I don’t really have a favourite genre, but a couple of books I’ve really enjoyed recently are Thinking, Fast and Slow by behavioural economist Daniel Kahneman and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (role model!).


5. Choose 5 songs/pieces of music to relax to. 
I’ll do better than that! Here’s my ‘chill out’ playlist on Spotify – it’s the perfect soundtrack to a long, relaxing bath. It features Icelandic artist Sin Fang, one of my favourites.


6. Jeans, leggings or skirt/dress? 
Never leggings! I probably wear jeans the most out of laziness, but I love wearing skirts! My jeans are all from All Saints, and my favourite skirts and dresses are from Sandro.

7. Do you prefer the country or city? 
I’m a city girl, no doubt about it! I love living in London as well as travelling to other cities like Madrid, Milan or Singapore. I get bored after too long in the countryside. The one exception is the countryside in Iceland – it is so beautiful and is packed with interesting wildlife!

8. Which car would you most like to own/drive? 
I keep lusting after Nissan Figaros. They are pastel coloured cars that look old and retro but are actually from the 90s. Here is one I posted on my Instagram when I went to Columbia Road flower market.

9. What is your biggest accomplishment?
Going to Zambia when I was 16 and teaching local kids aged 4 to 19 english and geography was a huge challenge. It was not an easy task but it was definitely very rewarding and it’s an experience that I will always cherish.

10. Which extinct animal would you bring back?
Probably a dinosaur, and not one that would eat me alive. Triceratops would look pretty cool!

11. Who are your favourite bloggers?
Wishwishwish, whatoliviadid, Garance Dore.

I nominate the following lovely bloggers for the award – they all have under 200 followers, either on Twitter or on Bloglovin, so please pay them a visit!

Emily from Ahem, It’s Emme

Beth from Bethelouise

Claire from Technicolour Dreamer

Faz from Living Like a Parisienne
Bell from Bell Santiago
Lauren from Gabbing Ginger
Hannah from Hannah Gets Hench
Carolyn from Stylish Memories 

Here are the questions for my nominees: 1. What’s your favourite recipe? 2. If you could learn any skill, what would it be? 3. What’s your favourite film? 4. What country would you most want to travel to? 5. What is the best place you have ever visited? 6. What is your all-time favourite beauty product? 7. What is your biggest accomplishment? 8. What is the weirdest chat-up line you’ve heard someone use? 9. What’s a book that you would recommend? 10. Who are your favourite bloggers? 11. Share a blog post that you really enjoyed reading recently.