Simple Sustainable Changes to Make in Beauty, Style, & Lifestyle

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As we come to the end of Earth Month, I’m feeling super inspired to start making changes in my daily routines. This is in part thanks to the new Netflix series, Our Planet (which I highly recommend) and some seriously awesome internet folks like @riyahtaylor, @cookiecat.herine, @clothedinabundance, @thegoodtrade, and more. Making more sustainable choices can totally feel overwhelming, difficult, and even expensive - and to be honest, not every choice is going to work for everyone - but that doesn’t mean we can’t try! I’ve been looking for things I could reasonably change about the way I live my life and so far here are the ones I’m feeling good about:

Beauty

  • Only buying what you need: This is a habit I’ve struggled with as long as I’ve been into beauty. It’s so easy to get sucked into the next new, hyped-up product. As of now I’m only buying makeup/skincare/etc. when I’ve run out of something and need to replace it.

  • Switch to eco-friendly brands: Getting into “clean” brands is one thing, but right now I’m focusing more on choosing to support more eco-friendly brands when replacing something in my routine. I just switched to Playa for haircare because they focus on minimalism and have a recycling program for their bottles! For makeup I’ll be looking to brands with refillable packaging like Kjaer Weis. And in general I’ll be seeking products with sustainably sourced and vegan ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, and companies that make conservation efforts.

  • Love bamboo!: Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials out there because it grows so quickly and easily. You can find bamboo toothbrushes, hairbrushes, and even makeup brushes (my favorite brushes are EcoTools!). I even use bamboo storage boxes for organizing my makeup and skincare.

Style

  • Switch to eco-friendly brands: Luckily a lot of companies now exist for attaining sustainable style, and some bigger companies are even starting to work on incorporating sustainable practices. From now on I’ll be looking to companies like Everlane, Reformation, Cuyana, and Amour Vert to fill my wardrobe.

  • Try thrifting: Buying secondhand is cheap and eco-friendly, but admittedly not always easy depending on your size! I wear around a 10 and it can often be a bit of a struggle to find things that fit in typical thrift shops. Still! Sites like Depop, ThredUp, and theRealReal are making things a bit easier these days.

  • Switch to natural materials: I’ve been trying to do this anyway because I have allergic reactions to clothes, but materials like organic cotton and linen break down better than plastic-based materials over time. I’ve also been seeking out clothing with non-toxic dyes, fewer preservatives, and pesticide-free, for my skin health and for the Earth!

Lifestyle

  • Reusable containers are the way to go: My family is big on straws and recently switched to metal ones. We’re lucky that in our area we mostly are only given compostable straws when out and about, but I honestly prefer the metal ones and they’re pretty affordable! I’m also loving the idea of using Stasher bags for carrying and storing food and mason jars for bulk foods.

  • Local produce: If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with great local produce, it’s an awesome thing to take advantage of. I love shopping at the farmer’s market both for getting to support and know my local community. I’m also working on growing some of my own food - it would be such a dream to have a big vegetable garden one day.

  • Thrifting home decor: Infinitely easier than clothes shopping, thrift shopping for home decor is so much fun and you can really find some gems. It’s a great way to avoid your space looking too cookie cutter and it’s more eco-friendly than getting stuff shipped from big box stores.

  • Switch to digital: As much as it pains me, I’m trying to buy fewer paper books and magazines. Making more use of my Kindle is space-saving, money-saving, and tree-saving!

  • Check your eating habits: I’m currently working on eating less meat and trying to only eat fish that’s been sustainably caught. I already didn’t eat a ton of meat, so it’s pretty easy to dial it back in favor of other proteins (and save money at the same time!). Avoiding meat and dairy is a small way to make a huge change when it comes to your environmental impact, and while it’s not feasible for everyone it’s a good thing to think about!

Obviously there are so many more tips out there that can work for you and your lifestyle, these are just a few I’ve been both working on and considering! For more inspiration I highly recommend checking out websites like The Good Trade, The Organized Home, and the folks I mentioned up above. And if you need motivation Our Planet is an incredibly informative place to start.

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