In honor of Earth Day I think a lot of folks expect a post on my favorite “earth day beauty buys”, but since GBT is already fully dedicated to the conversation of eco-friendly beauty, I thought it would be an interesting twist to reveal some of my sustainable habits.
Eco-friendly lifestyle tips or as I like to say, “tree hugging with flair!”
As I began writing this, I realized that a few of the things I do may not be useful to you at all (unless you are a makeup artist and/or want to bring suitcases with you to the grocery store). However, I kept writing and soon realized that these habits are not that wacky. They can be easily adapted in other ways.
So I hope it will inspire more creative ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and keep giving a darn about our planet. Well, let’s just begin, shall we?
Whenever I can I bring my own “disposables” with me.
I can’t tell you how good it feels not to throw plastic forks, napkins and cups into the trash all the time!Reusable (organic) pouches from Snack Taxi, a spoon/fork/knife combo from Light My Fire, and a cotton napkin are all lightweight and easy to toss in a bag — as long as I remember. It’s a habit that still needs some reinforcement.
I’ve even become “semi-famous” at fashion week over the years for my SnackTaxi obsession.
I prefer to bring my own organic, healthy snacks to work, planes, trains and even regular daily travel, rather than relying on the usually dismal, unhealthy selection of food/drinks if there are any.
I’ve often thought to myself as flight attendants pass by with the snack/beverage cart that it’s a rolling feast of diabetes, disease and death. (If you haven’t noticed sometimes I can be a tad dramatic, but it’s not far off from the truth, now is it?)
Bringing food that isn’t promoting pesticide crops, factory farming or GMOs, which also helps keeps my energy going for hours on end — well, that’s the epitome of sustainability.
Bags, Bags, and More Bags!
Living in New York City means I’m a heavy user of public transportation and I walk a lot. That’s totally in-line with an eco friendly lifestyle.
That also means that when I grocery shop I have to carry everything I need on my person – like a mule. It’s super glamorous.
Some of my favorite lightweight bags to keep in my purse are the BAGGU Reusable Shopping Bags. It’s stunning all the times they come in handy and it feels so good when I can say “No” to yet another paper or plastic bag from a store or restaurant.
Sometimes it’s a major challenge to buy food after working all day with my supplies in tow, but I make it happen by using my makeup bags as grocery bags!
Notice below the asparagus in my carry on. No one in NYC even looks twice at this. I am totally normal.
Speaking of plastic bags….
It would be ideal not to use plastic bags at all, and I commend people who are able to avoid doing so entirely.
I wash and reuse my plastic bags until they have holes and really do need to be thrown out. It’s amazing how many uses I can get out of one bag.
Spending a dollar more on a box is totally worth for the more quality, durable plastic bags that hold up much longer. I can’t tell you when the last time I bought a new box of baggies was – probably at least two years ago!
Digression: I have this weird memory of an Oprah show (at least 15 years ago) in which a husband was confronting his wife about being overly cheap and used the example of her washing ziplocs as gasp-worthy proof for the audience. At least that’s how I remember it. Did anyone else see that? It makes me feel weird about washing bags even to this day. I’d like to think now she would be praised for her earth consciousness.
It’s important for each of us to appreciate the eco-friendly steps we ARE making for a healthier self and planet, while gently introducing more ways to be better than before.
There are so many more eco friendly lifestyle tips I could share, and I’m curious about your eco living tips. Please tell me what you do (especially if there’s a wacky factor) in the comments below! Oh and Pin this graphic below so you can remember where to find the article again.