Monday 3 May | Zoe Lumsden

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

We first heard from Zoe on day forty of the campaign. You can read her post here.

We are now well into our 100 Days of Green Nevis, and I’m certain that the sustainable choices I’ve made at home will stick with me far into the future. 

It is completely worth recognising that actually having access to greener or more sustainable alternatives can be a barrier to making environmentally friendly choices – the availability of alternative products can hugely depend on where you live and the cost of the products, although I’d say this is slowly but optimistically looking up. Some more standard shops are now stocking shampoos without plastic packaging – Boots stores often now have Garnier shampoo bars, as well as Eco Warrior and Faith in Nature varieties. They are also stocking bamboo toothbrushes as standard, as well as mouthwash products in plastic-free packaging. Hopefully as greener products become more widely available, people will be encouraged to try them and adopt them into their life at home and when travelling.

A gentle piece of encouragement to finish up – living sustainably is a process – you won’t always get it perfect, but you can take steps to reduce your individual impact and have an open awareness to how everything that we do has an environmental impact – we have a choice if that impact is negative or positive. Focus on what you can control and the difference you can make through your choices.

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 

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.