Hello! Welcome to the home of CAE Lifestyle….
I’m Charlotte Emily (Charlie), the 19 year old behind it all. I am passionate about all things health, for both myself and our Earth. I have found out some quite scary things, and feel that everyone should know! So here I am, having set up CAE Lifestyle to spread awareness and share information on ways to better ourselves and our planet, with the aim of dedicating my life to trying to fix this problem.
How passionate am I? Very! I’ve recently published an ebook with an equally passionate friend on the most pressing current issue – Plastic.
SO WHERE DID THIS ALL START?
Well really, it’s many events that all mixed together over actually, a long period of time. It seemed that only one major event, a health scare in my family, was what kick-started it all. However, when I think back, it’s been building up for a while.
We are always bombarded with how we as a species are damaging our Earth, which was very evident during my education. Doing Geography at A-Level, made the problems more evident than ever with full topics on human impact on the Earth.
During the same time, there was the health scare. After taking on the advice of doctors with no avail, we turned to other professionals. A family friend, specialising in nutrition, first opened our eyes to alternative diets. We took some on board, but of course, it requires total dedication from everyone to completely change that aspect of our lives.
I have grown up watching documentaries about our Earth; watching it degrade over the years as a result of human need (or do we dare say greed…). Then programmes on waste started to pop up, companies making reusable products, and then plastic started to drip in. With that very subject showing up in my Geography course, it really showed just how widely spread (and well known!) this issue was.
It was my initial interest that led to me looking into plastic in particular. It was the question of ‘If chemicals in the water can harm animals, then how can it not also impact us?’. And so it began.
WHAT DID WE FIND THAT WAS SO LIFE CHANGING? (CLICHÉ, WE KNOW!)
We’ve surely all heard of chemicals leaking into the water supply that harms the wildlife, but have definitely all heard of plastic killing marine wildlife. I wanted to know more – more impacts, more detail, what’s currently being done to tackle this and what more can be done.
This is a crucial word in all of this. I dedicated months to research – research that really has completely changed the way that myself and my family live. Through it all, I simply became angered. Angered by the industry, by how we are being lied to, how by trying to help we are actually adding to the problem, and how we can stop it all. Yes, there is a future for our Earth! There are things that are being done – conservation, product development, material compound research. But not enough.
It was through this process that my passion really developed and showed itself. I mean, I admit it’s got to the point that I just rant the whole way around the supermarket. Not just because of the impact on the Earth, but also on our health. In amongst the research, there was a direct correlation between the alternative diet foods, and the amount of waste (particularly plastic). This was evident when we all started to look. And there’s the other point that’s also crucial.
WHAT DID WE DECIDE TO DO ABOUT IT?
Despite what we had been told by our nutritionalist friend, it was the addition of the plastic problem that really gave us that extra nudge and motivation. Pretty quickly after this, it all started to ‘fall into place’. We decided that we needed to reduce our plastic consumption – both as consumers and users.
Deciding that we didn’t want to be ‘controlled’ by big businesses, we took our friend’s advice, and my family has adopted the vegetarian/vegan lifestyles- I am vegan, in an attempt to forge & follow our own path. By doing this, we have noticed how much easier it can be to buy products with little or no plastic. We are fortunate to live near some very good zero waste shops that also offer reusable and alternative packaging options.
The self-care products have also been affected. No more plastic where possible! By doing this, we I am also using natural products – products that are better for my health as well. Result! As a family we are also doing some of our own things, like turning my mum’s wedding dress into fruit and veg bags for example. Extreme I know, but now it has another use!
WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH ALL THE INFORMATION THAT WE NOW HAVE?
Sharing it! I am primarily blog based, as a simple way to share what I find. I enjoy writing reviews on products that I find – products that are natural, recyclable, or contain no plastic for example.
With some members of my family more into this lifestyle than others, we believe we are facing the challenges that most families face. So I aim to write blogs on what myself and my family are using, and how we can ‘merge’ between essentially, two different lifestyles under one roof.
However, as plastic is such a large problem, myself and my equally passionate friend went one step further and wrote an ebook! We weren’t planning on it, but I had so much information from the months of research, that we felt that we had a responsibility to share it.
Throughout it all we were bombarded with endless contradictions making it seemingly impossible to find the facts. But what was clear, are the lies and confusion we are fed. Once we’d found what we believed to be the the facts, we thought of putting it all in one place so we could tell friends and family. But we realised that we shouldn’t just share it with people we know, everyone should be able to learn it. It took us months to find out what we now know (and I’m still learning) and some people simply don’t have the time to compare research papers and endless articles to find the truth – something we should be getting anyway!
So ‘Living In A Plastic World’ was born.
An ebook that shows the journey of plastic – from its creation to being a saviour, through its abuse and problems, to the misconceptions and alternatives. We went right back to the start, to see where it all went wrong – and there are a few very disturbing things that were discovered in regards to when the impacts of plastic were actually discovered, for example.
We will all undoubtedly have different opinions as to what plastic is. Our aim is that, through putting all the (we believe) relevant information in one place, readers will be able to form theirs. I think it’s important that we all understand the consequences and risks of the way that we are currently living, but we need the information to do that. I hope that our book helps.
Want to know about it in more detail? Read this blog!
‘Living In A Plastic World’
I hope that we can inspire you to make a change, as well as showing you just how easy it can be to make a positive impact for both yourself and our Earth.