SAY NO TO PLASTIC:
This topic includes a mindset of keeping your food clean, but also reducing waste for the earth. BPA free is a good place to start, but plastic is still full of synthetic chemicals that can leak into our food, especially in any sort of heat. Plastic creates so much unnecessary waste and can only be recycled once.
WHERE TO BEGIN: Replace all food storage with stainless or glass and purchase a glass or stainless water bottle.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET: Think twice before using that plastic straw when eating out or purchasing cases of plastic water bottles.
GET RID OF FRAGRANCE:
Oh fragrance...this is a big one. According to the FDA, brands do not have to disclose what is inside the ingredient "fragrance" or "parfum." That one ingredient alone can contain hundreds of toxic chemicals. In short, avoid at all costs...but it's all about progress and it is not realistic to replace and go through all your products overnight so...
WHERE TO BEGIN: Spray your perfume on your clothes before putting them on. Do not spray directly onto your body.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET: Start reading the labels on any new products you purchase. If "parfum" or "fragrance" are listed as an ingredient find a safer alternative.
PURCHASE WITH PURPOSE:
This is one of my favorite topics. In a society that is run by two week trends and fast fashion it is easy to buy a top with the intention of only wearing it once. It is the cost on our world after you toss that garment that is hurting our planet. Third world countries are being overrun by landfills of clothing, the hands that make those trendy pieces are treated poorly, are underpaid and we are creating more textile waste over time. For more on this topic watch the documentary The True Cost.
WHERE TO BEGIN: While it may not be possible to only support sustainable brands, the next time you purchase a clothing item ask yourself "Will I wear this at least 30 times?" Having a leaner closet has helped me stay true to my personal style. It is easy to fall into trends that come and go and lose your own sense of style and taste.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET: This is not just for clothing. Take this way of thinking into any category you purchase. Do your research on the company behind the product and question them if need be. I have become so passionate about finding brands that I love to support and are doing good for you and our world. It makes the shopping experience that much more enjoyable knowing you are voting with your dollars and supporting something good. Give yourself permissions to splurge on that one item you know you will wear or use over and over again. In the long run it will save you time, money and frustration.
*Images by Grace-Made Design