Earth Day: 5 Stylish Hacks To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

When it comes to cutting down on your carbon footprint, it can be hard to know where to start. We’re big believers in the value of doing lots of small, positive actions every day, all of which build up into real change over time. It also doesn’t have to be difficult or dull – in fact, our suggestions involve copious amounts of chocolate and champagne. Here’s just a few ways to make your life a little bit more low-carbon.

 

BE SELECTIVE WITH MATERIALS 

 

…or let the growing number of sustainably-sourced brands do it for you. Dagny founder and creative director Christina Castle founded her line for women who want to dress ethically without losing their sense of style or fun – her motto is “shop responsibly, misbehave later.” She sources surplus fabric whenever possible to cut down on fabric production, and partners with an ethical, women-owned and operated factory to make beautiful, unique dresses and separates.

 

 

DAGNY

Dalia Floral Dress
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DAGNY

Sophie Pink Blossom Shirt
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DAGNY

Chloe Dress
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CELEBRATE RESPONSIBLY

 

Think it’s hard to find a low-carbon bottle of fizz? The good news is that it’s much easier than you’d think, with some of the world’s most famous champagne houses making low-carbon production a priority. Veuve Cliquot, Krug, Moet et Chandon and Dom Perignon are all Positive Luxury #brandstotrust, which means they have passed our strict criteria for ethical, sustainable production practices.

 

KRUG

Grande Cuvee
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VEUVE CLIQUOT

Rose Grande Cuvee
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MOET ET CHANDON
Imperial Champagne
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MAKE YOUR HOME A HAVEN

 

When you’re next shopping for your home, rather than buy imported products which have been shipped or flown in, make the most of the luxe, local homeware companies which are emerging from the UK. We love Penrose Products, who only use British alpaca and wool for their super-supportive luxury mattresses and pillows. They strive to limit waste by using every bit of fibre and fabric, and all products are “Vegetarian Society Approved” because all animals return to the paddock after shearing.

 

PENROSE PRODUCTS
Alpaca Wool Mattress Topper
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PENROSE PRODUCTS

Alpaca Wool Pillow
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PENROSE PRODUCTS
Alpaca Wool Duvet
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HOLIDAY WITH HEART 

Travelling generates CO2 – but there are ways you can offset it, and also help support the communities where you’re holidaying, by choosing conscientious travel companies. Soneva Fushi in the Maldives is dedicated to creating the most relaxing, luxe getaway possible – think an observatory to watch the stars from, homemade picnics on the resort’s three deserted islands, and an open-air movie theatre – while also supporting local staff and the environment. The resort has constructed and funded local schools and science laboratories, and everything from the island’s fallen timber to driftwood is re-used to help cut carbon. 

 

LILLIPUT & FELIX

Aphrodite Swimsuit in Tropical
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PASSAVANT & LEE

Weekend Bag
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KARMOIE
Origami Sunglasses
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STOCK YOUR SHELVES WITH SWEET – AND KIND – TREATS

 

It’s also possible to make your kitchen cupboards a home to lower-carbon treats by shopping with companies which work to reduce their air miles. Luxury British chocolatiers Rococo purchased a small cocoa farm (nicknamed ‘Grococo’) so they would be able to produce their own fairly traded, organic chocolate. They’ve cut carbon production by recycling over 50% of their waste and by sourcing locally. Rococo’s beautiful packaging makes for perfect gifts, and the prettily wrapped bars taste so good, founder Chantal Coady was awarded an OBE for services to chocolate…which is an achievement if ever we heard of one.

 

TO’AK CHOCOLATE

2015 Rain Harvest Dark Chocolate
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TO’AK CHOCOLATE

Islay Malt Single Cask 
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ROCOCO
Chocolate Box 120g
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Discover and shop more #brandstotrust here

 

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Olivia Gagan