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!
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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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.
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!
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.
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!
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