How To Save Money + Reduce Plastic Waste In January

Monday, January 22, 2018
2018 is the year that I want to start to become more responsible and conscious of the items I'm buying and using; I also want it to be the year that I reduce most of the plastic I use. The world's plastic consumption and waste is shocking and the pollution as a result is something that needs to be tackled on a global scale but until then I'm making small changes in my own life to help minimise my input.

Steamer Trading recently sent me a couple of fantastic, high quality goodies that not only help to save money in the long term but also help to reduce plastic waste. In addition, they can help you to prep meals, stay hydrated and as a result, glow and feel healthier in 2018.

*Black + Blum Thermal Food Flask (£30, Olive)
Let's start with the food flask which is BPA free, perfect for work or school and it can keep food hot for 6 hours and cold for up to 8 hours! The spoon strap is made from vegan leather and it's perfect on for on the go. We have so many plastic containers which isn't the best idea so this food flask might be the answer for a durable food container and one way of reducing our plastic consumption.

I love the design of the food flask, the quality is amazing and I love the little ladle-like spoon that comes with it. I've only used it a couple of times so far for my vegan 'New England' chowder which is from the Isa Does It cookbook. It does keep food hot for hours and it looks great too! If you are looking for a re-usable non-plastic food container then check out this fantastic food flask from Black + Blum.

Making lunches at home can be so much cheaper and healthier than buying pre-made lunches each day! Also they are usually covered in plastic so why not reduce your plastic consumption, eat a little healthier and save money by meal prepping and making your lunches or snacks at home for work, school or days out!
*Black + Blum Eau Good Filter Water Bottle (£20, Blue)
For the past couple of years I have been drinking bottles of flavoured water which are made of plastic but I made the change from the beginning of this month to stop buying disposable plastic water bottles and to use a bottle that can be re-used over and over again.

This bottle isn't your regular water bottle as it's BPA free and it is composed of stainless steel and natural cork. I adore the unusual design of the water bottle as well as the cute cork stopper. It is large and fairly heavy when filled so it might not be the most ideal to travel with but if you are like me and struggle to drink enough water then this is great as it has a huge 800ml capacity and due to the natural charcoal stick which you secure within the water bottle, you get filtered, nicer tasting tap water. To get the full filtered benefit you should leave it filled for between one and eight hours but I drink it before then and throughout the day.

Since using this water bottle and a couple of others I was kindly sent over the past couple of weeks, I haven't bought or used any disposable plastic water bottles and I have been drinking so much more water than normal - even up to 2,400ml each day which is incredible for me!

I cannot recommend these two products enough as not only do they look amazing but they are super practical, environmentally friendly and they can help you to save a little money, eat healthier, drink more water, prep meals and help reduce the amount of plastic you buy.

To get 20% off the entire Black + Blum range, use the code: BEAUTY20 on!

Have you bought anything from Steamer Trading? Are you trying to reduce the amount of plastic products you buy? 


  1. These look so cool! I much prefer glass over plastic!

  2. That flask sounds really good! Ed works in a school and doesn’t usually take much in for his lunches - this would be perfect for him x

  3. It's SO cute! I love the look of the food container, I am sure I would use it all the time! :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  4. I love the look of the water bottle! I'm trying to reduce my plastic waste too and recently bought a HydrateM8 water bottle - having one water bottle is so much easier than buying plastic water bottle every week!

    -Charlotte x

  5. The flask looks perfect for taking warm soups to work!

    Vanessa x |

  6. I haven't heard of this brand before but both products are great. I think everyone is trying to reduce their plastic consumption! xx


  7. After seeing all the stuff on the news recently about plastic, I am determined to change this in our house x

  8. All such great ideas and I need a flask so thanks for saving me time :) x

  9. Loved this! I think people always grudge paying the money for things like this but it's an investment really!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  10. It's soo important to cut back on our personal plastic waste, it's something I'm trying harder to do this year xo

    Char |

  11. I love the thermal cainster-as a person who loves soup for lunch this will be a great addition in my life! Great review x

  12. The thermal food flash sounds so cool, I love how you can store food in it! xx

  13. I really need to reduce my waste this year too


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