Inspiring a plastic-free nation and the small changes we can make

Sheenagh, the founder of Green Island is on a mission to inspire the nation to live a more plastic- free life. Her business, Green Island, creates a range of stylish, high-quality but reasonably priced range of products which help people make the switch to a more plastic free life.

We were lucky enough to get the chance to speak to Sheenagh about her inspiration, favourite products and tips on how to live more sustainably!

What inspired you to start Green Island?

It was during my yoga teacher training in 2018 that I had the idea of starting a sustainable business. I was surrounded by all of these amazing people who really cared about the planet and the footprint they were leaving behind. It all came so naturally to them. I began looking at ways I could reduce my plastic consumption which led me to researching different brands and their products. There were lots of companies out there with huge ranges of products, but I could not find one that had all of these products under one brand. It started with me saying to my yoga partner, “I really want to do this myself”. She told me I could, and I should and so Green Island was born.

What are your favourite Green Island products at the moment?

This is difficult because I honestly use all our products almost every day. The silicone ziplocks are always full of frozen fruit or leftover veggie chilli in my freezer. The silicone stretch lids I use on everything. You can always find a half-cut melon in my fridge with a stretch lid wrapped around it and I use the smallest lid for Barney’s tins of dog food which works great to lock the smell in. Our makeup remover pads are a firm favourite too. I love that they don’t end up being stained because they are black so they still look good as new each time I use them.

Do you have any advice for someone looking to lead a more sustainable lifestyle?

Just start with one thing at a time. Don’t try to change everything all at once. Have a look in your kitchen or bathroom at the products you use on a daily basis and see if you can switch one. Maybe start using a bamboo toothbrush when your old one needs replacing. Stop using cotton wool pads and try reusable make up remover pads. Use bars of soap instead of plastic bottles. Switch out the plastic ziplocks for some reusable silicone ones. Just one change can make a huge difference. The first change I made was to a reusable water bottle and I can honestly say I have never bought a plastic bottle of water since.

When grocery shopping go for the loose fruit and veg as much as possible and always bring your reusable bags. Meal plan for a few days or the week ahead so that you don’t end up with lots of food waste and get composting!

What can we expect to see next from Green Island?

Now that we are settled into our new warehouse that we moved into at the beginning of February we are back to working on some cool new products. This is my favourite part of the business. Designing, creating, and looking for new ideas to help people live a more plastic free life. We have a few in the pipeline that should be out in the next couple of months. I’ve also been working on a re-brand of our packaging which is exciting. We have always tried to keep it to a minimum but lots of our stockists are actual bricks and mortar shops, so we need to provide them with better packaging options for their shelves, labelling and hygiene reasons. Of course, everything is always recyclable.

If you haven’t already, go check out the range of Green Island products here we can’t recommend them enough! Photo credit: @greenislandco

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