How To Take Steps Towards Ethical And Modern Living

Over the years, the ethical lifestyle has been prodded at, joked about and portrayed in film and TV as something only “hippies” partake in. But what happens beyond the stereotype? There is a real environmental crisis happening, and we need to overcome the way ethical living is portrayed and actively take steps towards bettering the planet. But do you know how to take steps towards ethical and modern living? I didn’t for a long time until I decided to do some research. Here’s what I found.

Ethical Clothing & Fast Fashion

For many mass-produced clothing stores (like Primark for example), clothing is made in countries that exploit young workers. Their wages can sometimes equate to 10p (or less) an hour, which is so shocking and appalling that it makes sense to try ethical clothing when you can.

Of course, Primark offers cheaper options clothing-wise, and not everyone can afford more pricey ethical brands. Unfortunately, it’s just the way in which the world works, but if you can afford something a little more ethical, then check out brands such as People Tree and Komodo, who offer fair trade organic clothing.

Alternatively, why not try and make your own clothes, or make your own mark in the world and try your hand at Organic T Shirt Printing? Many inks can harm our environment, which is why printing with special ink that doesn’t contain toxins is a great way to help our environment.

Choosing Ethical Homeware

Now, you may think that ethical homeware is hard to find, and you’d be right. Not only this, but a lot of items can be pricey. However, sites like Natural Collection and Nkuku offer some amazing statement pieces for your home that are ethical and part of the fair trade agreement.

Alternatively, there are other ways to embrace a more ethical way of living, and that’s by ensuring that your home runs efficiently. For example, choosing LED lighting over traditional light bulbs can save money on your monthly electrical bill, and takes a lesser toll on our environment.

Vegan & Ethical Make-Up Choices

There are so many Vegan makeup brands on the scene at the moment, and it’s so good that there are many more embracing vegan formulas. Up until a few years ago, vegan and ethical makeup products where pretty much unheard of, and I’m so glad that this is changing! Popular brands like Jeffree Star and Spectrum all offer beautiful vegan products. I’m currently in the process of switching out my brands for more vegan-friendly formulas!

Now, obviously making an ethical change can be daunting, not to mention pricey, but small changes over time can make such a great impact. I really think it’s important to swap items when we can and take baby steps to greener living.

On a budget? Read how to incorporate smaller changes into your life here!


  1. Bryony

    February 22, 2020 at 11:13 am

    There is so much we could all do to live that little bit more ethically, I want to try and buy more of my clothing second hand rather from retailers x

    1. ginakaydaniel

      February 24, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Same, I just wish that thrift stores had more plus-size options! x

  2. Courtney Fulton

    February 23, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Thanks for this post! I think it is a challenge because the less sustainable option is usually the cheapest, but it really does pay off in the long run. My wardrobe is a mix of some more expensive clothing from ethical brands that I’ve had for years, and then items from local thrift stores. I think it all balances out in the end to be about the same price.

    1. ginakaydaniel

      February 24, 2020 at 9:25 am

      I know, it’s so annoying and especially when you’re low income! I think it’s just important to take steps when we can, and it sounds like you’re already doing that which is so good 🙂 x

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