In partnership with Ford
2020 is a year that will be remembered for many things – one of the most positive of which has got to be that it’s shown us many of us the value of appreciating what we have, and that aspiring to living more consciously today is one of the best ways to lay a bright new path to tomorrow. As Ghandi famously said: ‘be the change you wish to see’. What are you waiting for? From hiring that new-season wardrobe to driving electric, these six easy lifestyle changes might just be the inspiration you need to get started.
First it was an embrace of all (or most) things vintage, now that ripple effect has extended further out. Even just a couple of years ago, clothes hire tended towards high-ticket designer items for the occasional showy blow-out. These days it’s fast becoming a mainstream trend – a growing number of online outlets are showcasing an ever-wider range of product to suit every lifestyle and market. If you do want to own, go pre-loved. Even the big high-street retailers are getting on board with resale, making it easier than ever to sell as well as buy.
You’ve got the reusable water bottle, coffee cup and straw – great. But what about the rest of your day-to-day lifestyle choices? From cosmetics to body lotions, perfumes to detergents, refillable is definitely a thing. Look for eco-friendly pouches and zero-waste packaging if you can. And yes, it’s ok to just buy the refill and decant into something you already have. Extra marks for that, in fact!
In recent decades, liquid soaps may have become the go-to for most of us. Finally, the pendulum is swinging the other way. Filling your bathroom with pretty bars of coloured soaps is an easy and effective way to wave goodbye to excess packaging and pump dispensers that remain widely tricky to recycle. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try cooking up a batch of the handmade soap yourself. Could be your new side hustle right there.
Yes, it’s better to store items in lovely glass mason jars that have been lovingly (factory) made for just that purpose. Better still, wash and reuse any existing glass jars you own. Yes, recycling anything and everything you can is the right thing to do – better still, though, is to reduce the number of items needed to be recycled in the first place. The same goes for anything you can recycle (including plastic tubs with lids).
Simple fact: a lot of older furniture is better made from better materials than much of what’s available new these days.Another simple fact: it’s often horribly old-fashioned and (in the case of wooden items) horribly brown. There are simple ways to transform them however –whether that’s a lick of paint, replacing doors, or swapping out the dumpy legs on an old table with a sleek metal pair. Not confident to do it yourself? Look online to the growing number of craftspeople willing and able to do it for you – often with a great deal more imagination and skill.
Electric cars have come a long, long way – with greater battery life, and more options than ever to choose from, they’ve come into their own with versions to suit every kind of driver. Ford offers various levels of hybrid and fully electric motors, from the electrically-assisted mild-hybrid (MHEV) Puma to the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Kuga all the way up to the fully-electric Mustang Mach-E – making it easier than ever to both find and switch to the electric vehicle best suited to you and your lifestyle.