I’m so excited for April because my birth month shares space with my favorite celebration: Earth Month. Earth Day is April 22nd (coinciding with the March for Science, see you there, LA!) and I believe that it’s one of the most important days we observe as Americans. Really, we give one day to earth–and let’s be honest, it’s mostly school kids giving that day–when supporting this place we ALL live should be engrained in our daily routines.
These days, scrolling through the news for even a minute causes me such distress. I’ve always been passionate about our environment and lately I’ve been grappling with a sense of helplessness over this fight that I hadn’t experienced before. A sense of urgency. Finally, I’m realizing, that the only way to help is to dive in and get to work. It’s definitely overwhelming, so today we decided to roundup simple, totally doable ways to be more eco friendly. Remember, the little things are the big things!
1. Not so sure how exactly to cut out plastic? Here are 8 plastic items you can stop using right now from Sarah Wilson. These are the most simple things you can quit, and I guarantee once you start being more mindful of them the bigger habits won’t be so difficult to change.
2. Read up on how to go rainforest free with your clothing. I was fascinated to learn how many clothing materials contribute to deforestation. Make it a point to avoid these fabrics. If your favorite retailers are using, write a letter to urge them to use eco-friendly alternatives instead.
3. While we’re on the subject of deforestation, let’s talk about palm oil. This guide in Selva Beat is a great place to start. When I first learned about all the disadvantages of palm oil, and the fact that it’s often hard to trace in your products, I was blown away. But after doing research (and I still have so, so much more to do), I’m empowered to choose better products when I see this on a label at the store.
4. Second Hand Susie has a regular series on her blog called one small change where she offers quick tips toward a more eco friendly lifestyle. Read through her posts to get inspired about everything from reducing food waste to swapping out your kitchen sponges.
5. If you’re overwhelmed by getting started, cali vintage’s recent eco-friendly home roundup will lift your spirits! It’s important to share each other’s ideas and successes, and encourage one another to make those small steps forward.
Lastly, shop from conscious shops in our ethical shopping directory! (Of couuurse!) We currently list 35 small businesses that make sustainable products and processes a focal point of their brands. Not only that, but these are businesses that don’t have massive budgets or huge profit margins. It’s very easy for a small business to cut sustainability efforts in order to become successful, but we’re so happy to say that all of the brands in our collective go the extra mile to support our earth.
What’s one small change you’ve made recently, or are going to start now? Find more ways to be eco friendly with our tips for zero waste living.