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Tips for Living a Greener Life

Whether you’ve chosen to go green to help the environment, to save money, or just see how easy it is, every step you take towards a greener life is one that helps the world.

If you’re just starting out and want some sustainable living ideas then here are a couple to get you started:

Step 1: Switch it off

Energy conservation is very important to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electricals on standby will use up energy. Try to remember to switch off your appliances and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!

Step 2: Recycle everything

Most of us already recycle daily but there is always room for improvement. You can recycle almost everything, from batteries to paper to cars. Before you throw it away, take a minute to find out if you could recycle it instead.

Step 3: Cut back on plastic

Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, we can do our little bit to change this. Try using a reusable bag when doing the food shop, buy your fruit and veg loose and instead of buying bottled water use a reusable flask.

Step 4: Use LED light bulbs

Not only do LED light bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, they’re far more efficient too! This means that you’ll be using less power and having to replace your light bulbs less frequently.

Step 5: Buy local

From clothes to food, the closer to home these products are made and bought, the less carbon is created with their transportation. You will also be supporting the local economy which will encourage more local businesses to open and you will have more local items to choose from.

Step 6: Compost

Make sure to compost foods that are out of date rather than putting it in the bin. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill which will decrease the build-up of methane gas.

Step 7: Grow your own

Growing your own veg can help you save money and cut down on your carbon footprint. Maybe you don’t have much garden space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home and offer plenty of space for herbs and small vegetable patches.

Step 8: Plant some trees

Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to living a greener life. Without a stable ecosystem, things start to fall apart. Making sure that we’re planting more native trees to replace those that have been cut to make room for developments is something that more people and businesses need to do to protect the environment and improve air quality. Here at Méid Denim we are planting trees as part of our initiative so for every pair of jeans bought at Méid Denim we plant a tree.

Whether you’ve chosen to go green to help the environment, to save money, or just see how easy it is, every step you take towards a greener life is one that helps the world.

If you’re just starting out and want some sustainable living ideas then here are a couple to get you started:

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It’s time to declutter your wardrobe!

Let’s be honest with the weather changing and still being stuck indoors it’s the perfect time to declutter your wardrobe and create your perfect capsulate wardrobe!

We have pulled together our top tips to help you declutter and transform your wardrobe so it’s Méid for you. 😉✨

Step #1: TAKE IT ALL OUT. Take everything out of your wardrobe and throw it in a pile on your bed or floor. Yes, everything! Look at all the space you have in your wardrobe and in the words of Marie Kondo “Let’s spark some joy”!

Step #2: FIND THE REST. We all leave clothing around our homes (like jackets, shoes, and jumpers…well we do, exposing ourselves here!😂), let’s dig all this out and add it to your clothing pile, this can include;

  • Out-of-season clothing
  • Coats/ jackets
  • Clothing in drawers or presses
  • Underwear, socks, bras
  • Scarves/ hats
  • Pj’s, activewear, loungewear
  • Shoes

Step #3: GO THROUGH THE PILE. How much of that do you actually wear?! Hold up each piece. Do you currently wear and love it or will you wear it at least 20 more times? While doing this, any piece of clothing where you think ‘yes, I love it!’ goes back in the wardrobe. Anything that you hesitated about or are unsure of goes into a maybe pile. You can put your obvious no’s into a donation bag.

TOP TIP: Don’t hold onto something because you once loved it or it used to fit your lifestyle. Work in the here and now – what do you love NOW? What works for you NOW?

Be strict with your socks, underwear, and bras, they have a shelf life (socks, underwear and bras generally have a lifespan of six months to a year, but with bras they can last 180 wears). Use this as an excuse to treat yourself to ones that make you look and feel amazing!

Step #4: TRY EVERYTHING ON IN YOUR ‘MAYBE’ PILE. Instead of asking ‘how does this look on me?’ more importantly ask yourself ‘how does this make me feel?’

Step #5: FINALISE YOUR CLOTHING. Your favourites should be back in your wardrobe and your ‘no’s’ ready to go out the door. If anything jumps out to you that doesn’t go with your new decluttered wardrobe add it into the no pile. Try and look at your maybe pile and see does it with any of your new wardrobe ask yourself “could I team this piece with other pieces from my wardrobe?” if it’s a yes keep it, but if if not it goes in the no pile.

Step #6: HANDBAGS. Now do this with your handbags, bag packs, and clutches. Remember, what do you really use? Which ones do you love? Keep those.

TOP TIP: Get rid of handbags you no longer use. Make a little money by selling them online and put that towards one you really love.

Step #7: SHOES. Now it’s time to tackle your shoes. Be brutal. As you hold up each pair, ask yourself:

  • Do you still wear them?
  • Do they work with your new wardrobe?
  • Are they in great condition? If not they go in the no pile.

TOP TIP: Once you have organised your new wardrobe, try out outfits or put outfits together on your bed and take photos. You can save these photos in an album on your phone so getting ready will be so much quicker and your outfits will always be chic! Plus any piece you can’t fit into an outfit can go into the no pile.

Step #8: DISCARD. Anything that ended up in your no pile you can donate or resell.

Step #9: ENJOY. Take a step back and enjoy your new wardrobe!

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Méid By You Cocktail

As the weather is starting to get warmer and we are coming into a bank holiday weekend, we wanted to dedicate this week’s blog post to our signature cocktail.

The Méid Margarita

We put a fruity twist on the classic Margarita by making it strawberry. Why not have a refreshing Frozen Margarita to get us in the summer mood…

Méid Denim’s Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Recipe and method below: Serves 2

110ml of Tequila

55ml Orange liquor (Triple sec/Cointreau)

Juice of 1 Lime

200g Frozen/Fresh strawberries

Ice

1 tsp of sugar

Sugar/ Salt and limes to garnish

Blend all ingredients together and pour into a wine glass or cocktail glass.

Optional: Rub lime juice on the rim of each glass and dip the glass in sugar or salt. Garnish with a lime slice

Tip: Keep glasses in the fridge or freezer to keep your margarita cold.

Enjoy🍸

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Denim for Good!

Through the Tree-Nation platform they aim to bring a technological solution to the problem of Deforestation, responsible for about 17% of all Climate Change emissions. With 85% of all terrestrial species living in tropical forests, whose existences are intrinsically bound to the forests, their habitat, we care to restore and preserve the biodiversity to help avoid a mass extinction.

As part of our sustainability program at Méid Denim we are planting a tree in your name for every order made on our website, you can even visit our Méid Denim forest and check on your tree and even virtually plant it! How amazing is that?!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fzBfDBv3kAThanks to Tree-Nation’s reforestation and conservation projects we help restore forests,
create jobs, support local communities and protect biodiversity.