The sentence, “This is a zero-judgement space, and I hope you enjoy your stay” from the “about” section of Positively Loz says it all: Loz is a sustainability and self-care blogger whose feed is filled with all sorts of uplifting positivity and bright colour. It’s hard not to feel inspired by her content! Interviewing her was an absolute joy and I think her incredibly in-depth answers, from genuine personal reflection to her hot take on green washing, make for valuable reading!
What do you think about the portrayal of sustainability in the media that you see, whether that’s news, celebrities, social media…?
I think this is a really interesting question considering our current social climate. Sustainability, eco-
friendliness and veganism have all seen a surge in popularity in western society over the past year or
so. Whether this is because we are finally listening to the scientists that are telling us climate change
is real, or because Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion have made such an impact, it means that
people are finally starting to question whether their choices are damaging or improving our planet.
And, of course, the media and many celebrities and brands have jumped on this popularity. On the
surface, this seems like a good thing. I mean, the more people become educated on the
consequences of their actions the better, right? However, as with any trend, capitalism seems to
have dug its claws in.
Take the new Billie Eilish x H&M ‘sustainable’ fashion line for example. Apparently ‘all the clothing
has been made from materials sourced in a more sustainable way’. But that doesn’t necessarily
mean they are sustainable. Especially when H&M are one of the worst fast-fashion brands out there
at the minute. In my opinion, if a fashion brand has a specific ‘sustainable’ line, you’ve got to
question what makes the rest of their clothes unsustainable.
Brands like this are jumping on the sustainability trend, but instead of actually changing their
destructive habits, they’re ‘greenwashing’, or pretending to be more sustainable than they actually
are. And fans of H&M or Billie Eilish who don’t know this believe they are doing something to help.
Not only is this just plain morally wrong, but it means that those who actually want to help are
actually contributing to more damage to the planet. Sustainability shouldn’t be a trend, it’s
something that we desperately need to become in order to save the Earth. Unfortunately, H&M
aren’t the only brand or big company that have started greenwashing (think the new ‘vegan’ options
from Burger King and KFC).
On the other hand, some celebrities, brands, and different media outlets are actually promoting real
sustainability, and that is amazing. As I mentioned before, Greta Thunberg has been a huge voice for
the planet, and her speeches have opened a lot of people’s eyes both in person and online. And
social media is a great place for those interested in living more sustainably to meet like-minded
people and exchange tips and tricks too, which can’t be faulted.
What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability means making the most of what you already have. There’s a common aesthetic
if you type ‘sustainability’ into the search bar of Instagram or Pinterest. It’s all metal lunchboxes and
glass jars full of lentils and couscous, and yes, that’s all great. There’s no single use plastics, or
environmentally damaging products. But that isn’t really what it’s about. Sustainability is about not
over-consuming, and living in a way that doesn’t do damage to the environment. Re-using those old
plastic take-away tubs in the back of your kitchen cupboard, and messily stitching patches over the
holes in old jeans. It’s making sure you make your choices based on what will benefit both you and
the planet simultaneously. And it’s just about caring for yourself, others, animals, and the people
who will inhabit the Earth long after you’ve gone.
What’s the hardest aspect of sustainable living for you?
It’s being able to make sustainable choices when my health makes it difficult. Struggling with IBS means I’m constantly trying to work out what I can and can’t eat, so as much as I’d love to survive on
package-less food products from my local Refill Store it just isn’t feasible when half of them make me bloat and cramp up. Or, if I’m having a bad mental health day and the only way I’ll eat is if I order
a take away because I can’t bring myself to leave my bed to cook. It’s a work in progress, but I’ve
found that sometimes your health does have to take a front seat to sustainability, and it’s best not to
beat yourself up over it.
The guilt is real just generally too, if I’m honest. If I forget my reusable water bottle and need to buy
a plastic bottle of water, I’m guilty for the rest of the week. But, it’s good to remind yourself that
you’re still trying, and even the little things are having a positive impact on the planet. One plastic
bottle isn’t going to cause the universe to implode, and as long as you remember your reusable one
next time, you’re all good.
Have you tried to talk friends/family into living more sustainably, and how did it go?
I’ve never tried to convince anyone to live more sustainably, but I’d hope they would see what I’m
doing and at least think about trying to be more sustainable. I live with my partner and he has been
nothing but supportive, never questioning any changes I want to make to our habits. My mum likes
to call me the Greta Thunberg of the family and has been a little more difficult to convince, but she’s
definitely taking it on board and is supportive too so I’d like to think she’s made some improvements
too. She was never that unsustainable to begin with though, always recycling and having her own
reusable water bottle and travel mug.
I don’t like the idea of forcing anyone to do something, but I try to share my knowledge and
sustainable changes with everyone in the hopes that they too try to live a little more sustainably.
Even just one swap to reusable face wipes or something is enough to make a small change.
Do you think technology, social media etc. helps or hinders self-improvement?
I definitely think it depends on the person! There are some great resources online that are easily
accessible and teach so much which is fab, and there are lots of communities out there that have
been created to boost and support each member. However, social media can be a really toxic place,
so if you’re prone to comparing yourself to others online, for example, then it can actually really
hinder you. I think, if you use it well, you can definitely use technology and social media to boost
your self-improvement, but just be wary of the spaces and things that can be more negative!
“If you always stick to your safe space, you’ll never reach new heights. And the further you step outside of your comfort zone, the wider it becomes!“
Do you think it is important to push yourself out of your comfort zone?
Oh, 100%. I think that trying new things that might be scary is one of the best things for self-
improvement. If you always stick to your safe space, you’ll never reach new heights. And the further
you step outside of your comfort zone, the wider it becomes!
In a busy modern world, how do you find or make time for self-care?
Honestly, I really struggle to! I’ve been really struggling with stress recently which has taken its toll
on both my physical and mental health, so I’ve had to start looking after myself better. I try to relax
with a bath and a book at least once a week, and my partner and I like to go for a lot of walks in the
mornings before work, especially in the winter when it’s dark by the time I leave the office! We’ve
also started scheduling in one self-care day a month to make sure we’re definitely taking care of
iPhone or Android?
I’ve always been an Android gal to be honest! I’ve never liked how if you have one Apple product
you’ve got to have them all if you want to connect them in any way!
Audio/e-book or physical book?
I like both! Audio books and e-books are fab for travelling, on the train, or if you’re going away,
whereas if you’re at home, cuddled up on the sofa with a blanket and a glass of wine, a physical
book wins all the way!
Night out or night in?
Again, I do like both, but my nights out are a lot less frequent than my nights in! I’m 23 now and it
takes me longer to recover from a night out than it did when I was a fresher! And my hangovers are
a lot worse, so I’d much rather spend a chilled night in with my partner, some friends, and a bottle of
wine and nibbles! I only get a craving to go out-out once every couple of months or so.
I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading those answers! It’s so nice to hear from someone who is so passionate about their cause! You can find Loz here: