How to Begin Your Eco-Friendly Journey!

Hello friends!

I hope you are having a wonderful day! Today, I wanted to talk about something that I feel very passionate about, how to be more eco-friendly. It’s been quite some time since I’ve started to make more sustainable, cruelty-free (animals and people!) lifestyle choices to be kinder to our planet and all living things on it. It not only makes me happy knowing I’m doing something good for the planet, but it also sets an example for others around you!

Now, I don’t know about you but I’ve seen some zero waste living videos and those can seem quite intimidating! Though becoming zero waste is amazing, it’s not the most realistic choice for most families. However, it is very easy to start being aware of what’s happening on our planet and taking small, but impactful steps, to be more sustainable and eco-friendly!

Be Knowledgeable

Before you start making any adjustments to your life, it’s important to know what you’re talking about because some people are probably going to question it (I’ve heard so many say climate change is fake) so it’s crucial that you can back yourself up. Don’t believe climate change is real? Nasa and 97% of published climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming and climate change. I recommend watching documentaries on Youtube, Hulu, or Netflix to learn about the impact of commercial industries on our planet and how it’s actually increasing the issue of climate change.

In addition, there are so many scientific reports and documents to go through. One of the reports that helped me become informed was the FNCA (Fourth National Climate Assesment) which summarizes the impact of climate change and industries every year in the United States and how its affecting third world countries.

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(sources are at the bottom of the post!)

Declutter & Choose Plastic Alternatives

One of my favorite bloggers, Lauren from TrashisforTossers, says the first step to changing your plastic possessions is to look throughout your house and see where you have the most purchases. For me, that was my bathroom. I first started by throwing away old, expired makeup that my hoarding self had kept, and then I slowly finished my good products. Once I had finished a product in plastic, I would no longer purchase it and try to find some better alternatives! The most common alternatives are glass, paper, aluminum, stainless steel, reusable recyclable plastic, and bamboo.

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Find Eco-Friendly Brands & DIY

Being more eco-friendly can actually mean saving a lot more money. In fact, there are so many natural ingredients that work more efficiently than extremely complicated chemicals that you don’t know about unless you’re a chemist. Pinterest is where I find all my treasure recipes and everything I have made from there has really worked! Making my own recipes actually inspired me to create my own little shop, BiotifulGoods.

If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, there are also some amazing companies out there that support our planet! One of my favorites is Lush. I love their facial cleansers and toner bars as they only come in minimal paper packaging. In addition, though their masks and other products are filled in plastic, if you return five of those cups, they return them back to their labs to clean and reuse and you get a free mask! I love all the charity cups and how transparent this company is!

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Brands mentioned:

LushAxiologyThe Mineraw

Also, check out Package Free!

Volunteer & Donate

Volunteering and donating are two great ways to help out. Services like beach cleanups and missions are things I’ve always wanted to do with friends. Going to protests, writing letters to your senator or representatives, are also great things to do. This shows that you are concerned and want to help with what is happening in your country!

Donating is also an amazing way of showing your support! Find an organization you feel represents your desires as there are so many that focus on things like deforestation, marine life, and child labor safety regulations. For example, I have stopped purchasing makeup that includes the mineral mica, as many children from India are pushed illegally into unsafe mines and are extremely underpaid. Instead, I plan on donating the amount of money that I would spend every month, say on lipstick, to an organization that fights this illegal labor. Every month I plan on donating to a different organization I feel passionate about.

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Well, there you have it, everyone! This post ended up being a lot longer than what I expected it to be, but I am very proud of it! Those are the things that I’m slowly implicating into my life and I hope you can too. Even taking the smallest steps can make the biggest changes in the long run. I hope you all enjoyed this post and I think I might make this a series. Let me know if you would be into that! Anyways, feel free to let me know how you felt about this post, and let’s have some discussions in the comments! Have a nice day or night everyone!

Gros Bisous,

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Sources of my facts:

https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/

https://www.birdsofeden.co.za/1-in-10-animals-and-plants-will-be-extinct-by-2050_article_op_view_id_113

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170719140939.htm

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/just-90-companies-are-blame-most-climate-change-carbon-accountant-says

 

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7 thoughts on “How to Begin Your Eco-Friendly Journey!

  1. I absolutely adore Lush as well! I live for Snow Fairy at Christmastime and some of their scents are positively gorgeous.
    Some really great tips here and I love how you’ve linked up the sites you got the facts from to back yourself up!

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  2. I’m so happy you posted about climate change! Another alternative to plastic toothbrushes is actually using miswak, which is this branch that you bote and rub against your teeth lightly. I’d really recommend you to look it up, because of its benefits.
    I’ve never actually met someone who said that climate change isn’t real, but most of the people around me definitely are not very mindful of the environment.
    Another way to combat climate change is to plant trees. They filter the air, shade and make the area cooler, help make sure that the soil stays firmly in its place and doesn’t erode, and groups of trees can help slow down floodwater too. (Trees are awesome. Nature is awesome)
    Another thing I’ve learnt about that can be really useful to not only the environment but humans as well is Permaculture Gardening, which is basically copying the natural way that forests are formed and manipulating it with your own trees so that there are more fuits/veggies, but you don’t have to take care of the “food forest’ once its established. It becomes a self sustaining kind of cycle, which is very cool! I actually talked about it in my own blog post too!
    Again, thanks for sharing this, and I hope more people start actually CARING about our world!xx

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    1. Oh my gosh, thank you for your comment! I know some people who believe the earth is naturally heating up and humans don’t need to do anything about it because it will cool down naturally. I don’t understand how they can believe this with so much facts countering that belief! Also, I was actually looking for a good toothbrush alternative other than bamboo because I read online that some species were endangered, do you know anything about this? Premaculture gardening sounds really interesting, I’ll have to look into. Thank you again for reading, I really appreaciate it!

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      1. you’re welcome ❤ omg it must be such a struggle talking to people like that! I feel for you. Some people just want to hold onto their beliefs and stay ignorant. My advice would be to just ignore them but still be public about your environment saving goals and actions and share them with friends.
        I didn't know that certain bamboo species were endangered. Bamboo does tend to grow really fast, so idk about that. Still concerning though, like every other instance of a species gettung endangered and ruining the natural balance.
        Permaculture is so interesting I'm trying to convince my parents to let me try something similar in our garden! We need more posts talking about the environment, tbh.So than you for writing this! 💕

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  3. I’m currently running down my supply of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel and am going to switch to bars/soap from Lush instead. As you say, zero waste would be super difficult but if everyone cut down that would help 😃.

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