Friday 12 March | Zoe Lumsden

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, bassoonist Zoe Lumsden is committing to making more sustainable choices at home.

For 100 Days of Green Nevis (and beyond!), I am committing to more sustainable choices at home. Here are some of my tips to share…

Shampoo bars – not only are these zero waste, but I find they last longer than a bottle of shampoo, so are arguably better value for money as well as much better for the planet. A bonus is that they are also very light – much lighter than bottled shampoo, so ideal for packing or popping in a rucksack for any travels you undertake. Lush have a mega selection.

Mouthwash tablets – these are pretty handy and remove the need for a plastic bottle of mouthwash – the ones I’m trying are from Wearth, where you can also get hold of refill packs that come in biodegradable packaging. It is always worth looking at where your packaging is coming from as well as the product itself – so for instance, absolutely go ahead and get yourself a bamboo toothbrush – if it comes in packaging that is as environmentally friendly at the product itself, that’s of course even better still.

Natural deodorant(s) – much like the shampoo bars, these last much longer than an aerosol spray deodorant – I’d recommend these from Scence (plastic free and compostable packaging), or Wild (compostable refill packs).

Thanks to other members of the Nevis team sharing many green ideas, I’ve also had my attention drawn to smol products – plastic free laundry tablets and cleaning spray tabs. Get Home Things also sell a couple of cleaning spray refill tablets – you can buy a glass bottle too, but if you already have an empty plastic spray bottle at home, hold onto it! And just get your hands of some of the refill tabs – you only need to add water, and the little packets they come in are also biodegradable.

These handful of swaps to more sustainable products are small but going along steadily. I hope to discover more home products sustainability hacks as we go through the Green Nevis 100 Days, and I hope these have offered some inspo to anyone also looking to be more environmentally friendly at home.

P.S – my final tip – whogivesacrap loo rolls – the packaging is totally plastic free, and has the best vibrant and quirky designs!

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.