img-20161021-wa0004Hi, I’m Ellie.

I decided to begin this blog for a few reasons. Recently I finished a year of taking on personal challenges and blogging about my experiences (https://elliesyearoffear.wordpress.com). It was an empowering and valuable undertaking, which really helped me grow into a better version of myself. When it came to an end, although I felt pretty darn proud of myself, I also felt sad. I had loved writing and was going to miss it.

Lots of people said that I should keep up blogging and I wanted to. I just wasn’t sure what my focus should be. My year of fear had been incredibly introspective and I wasn’t sure how much more I could talk about myself, and who on earth would want to read it? I wanted to move the emphasis away from myself and look outwards. I want to write about things that are important and really matter. So that’s what I’m going to do.

screenshot_2016-10-30-12-07-42-1Hi, I’m Lucy.

I have always liked to try my best to make ‘eco-friendly’ choices, however, the moment I truly started considering the environmental impact of my everyday choices was during a visit to The Eden Project.

At The Eden Project, I saw an amazing seven-metre tall sculpture made from electrical waste by artist Paul Bonomini. Named the ‘WEEE Man’ due to the fact it represents the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment the average UK household throws away in a lifetime. You can read more about WEEE Man here: http://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-here/giant-sculpture-made-of-waste

The sight of this made me reflect on not only consumer choices but also on what was important in life. After reading ‘Zero Waste Home’ by Bea Johnson, I have been slowly adjusting my lifestyle choices to be more sustainable and really enjoying the process of simplifying.

Most importantly, my lifestyle mindset is now really focussed on having memories and fun experiences as opposed to lots of possessions.


Better Bristol and Beyond is an on going project, following our personal journeys towards a ‘better’ lifestyle. We define better as:

  1. Happier
  2. Healthier
  3. More sustainable
  4. More ethical

By focusing on these things, our aim is to leave a better footprint on the earth, not just a carbon one.

We must be totally upfront though – sustainable/ethical living and wellbeing are new ventures for us. We’ll be trialing different things, blogging about them and probably getting lots of things wrong! If there are any experts out there, we’d love you to help us. We’re on the lookout for contributions from anyone and everyone who is interested in a better lifestyle. Please get in touch if you’d like to write a guest post.

Thanks for joining us on our journey.

Ellie & Lucy