My Reusable Life: Erica Watson
What’s your go-to reusable item?
My Frank Green reusable coffee cup. I also received a Frank Green water bottle for Mother’s Day this year as my very long-standing previous water bottle didn’t last being dropped for the 1000th time!
Your top tip for never leaving home without it?
It’s always with me!
How do you try to be a conscious consumer?
Even though I try to be really conscious of what I buy, I still find myself falling down a rabbit hole of online sales. These days I tend to do a lot more window shopping! Before I buy something I ask myself, do I have anything similar in my wardrobe already? Will I wear it a lot eg, at least 30 times, and do I really, like, really, really need it. Most of the time I come to the conclusion that I don’t! I also try to buy things that are great quality or made from natural materials as they generally last much longer and won’t go out of style.
The best eco tip you’ve heard?
Start small when you’re making changes because all of those small changes add up.
Favorite eco brand?
I really love Koala Eco cleaning products. They work so well, smell great and they also donate to 1% for the Planet. They also use recycled packaging.
Small or big - what’s your current eco aim?
To be a bit more consistent. I’ve found with Covid-19 I’ve dropped the ball a little bit with things like plastic bags and recycling my soft plastic as I’ve been having groceries delivered and not heading to the store. That being said I always try to use that plastic for other things and while it’s not ideal it’s better than it ending up in landfill straight away.
Your favourite place to buy fresh produce or package lite food…
I live in Canberra and have been using a local company that has amazing mixed fruit and vegetable boxes. They’re huge, generally plastic free, and have curbside pick up so it’s very convenient. It also means we’re eating what’s in season and makes me think outside the square when it comes to cooking. I also like the Source Bulk Foods, they have an amazing treat section. I especially love their yoghurt nut bars!
What eco alternative are you thinking about investing in?
I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel with my makeup so the next thing I’ll be investing in is some beautiful Uncover up Foundation from RMS.
What did ISO make you realise you could live without?
I wasn’t the kind of person who found ISO ‘relaxing’ or the best time to rehash their favourite hobby. In fact, at times I found it incredibly stressful, especially with two very active young children. Eating out was one of the main things we stopped doing and instead we’d cook meals at home that were a bit more fun, like getting the kids to help make pizza dough from scratch or trying to replicate things like In-n-Out burger sauce or cooking over the coals of our fire pit instead of just using the bbq. It became a bonding experience for all of us and we also knew exactly what we were eating. Even if the recipes were a bit naughty, we could substitute things for better ingredients!