April 18, 2018 4 min read
It’s cool to be kind. Kind to ourselves, kind to each other and kind to the environment.
More and more people are realizing that their spending choices and daily habits greatly impact our planet; from the decision to bring a reusable cup to work to saying no to using plastic bags. Each decision matters.
It’s important to remember though that it’s about progress over perfection, because it’s true. Making ethical and sustainable swaps in your day-to-day life is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s equally as wasteful to toss all of your belongings because they weren’t sustainable to buy new sustainably-made ones.
In the spirit of that, we wanted to introduce you to some easy eco-friendly swaps you can make in your life going forward (plus, there’s an awesome giveaway at the end to help get you started!).
Swap for leggings made with
BPA-free recycled water bottles
A lot of athletic apparel is created using a blend of polyester, which is a non-biodegradable synthetic material. Inner Fire’s sustainably made leggings and athletic apparel are created from upcycled BPA-free recycled water bottles - so you can feel good (and look good) when you’re in downward dog.
Swap for a plastic-free
water filter made of charcoal
Avoid using single-use plastic water filters and opt for this eco-friendly version instead. Made from sustainably harvested oak branches that have been slowly carbonized, it easily returns to the earth once it’s done being used. Each product is 100% natural and shipped using recycled paper stock and compostable clear sleeves made from wood pulp.
Swap for reusable, plastic-free
food wrap made from beeswax
Ditch the single-use plastic wrap and try this eco-friendly alternative instead. Abeego’s beeswax food wrap is all natural and returns to the earth once it’s no longer usable. Abeego was created to simulate the same protective, breathable barrier that foods naturally have, which actually helps to preserve them longer!
Swap for a phone case made of
compostable plant-based material
Pela phone cases, aside from being really cute, are made using an innovative plant-based material that’s formulated to break down 100% in a composting environment, making them completely zero waste. They’re made in Canada, shipped using plastic-free packaging, and donate a portion of their annual sales to 1% for the Planet. Win-win-win.
Swap for a pair of rainboots
made from natural rubber
Synthetic rubber is unsustainably made from petroleum (i.e. fossil fuel). Alice and Whittles, however, uses natural rubber from farms that are certified and audited by the Fair Rubber Association to make their collection of rainboots. They pay a premium for each kilogram of rubber that they purchase because that extra money supports the living and working conditions of each farm community, as decided by the community themselves. They also only purchase rubber tapped from sustainably grown forests.
Swap for reusable Ziplock Bags
made from silicone
An eco-friendly alternative to plastic ziploc bags, these reusable 100% pure silicone bags are made without the use of BPA, BPS, phthalates, and any other dangerous chemicals. They can also be safely used in the microwave oven, refrigerator, toaster, and freezer.
Swap for shampoo and conditioner
made without harmful chemicals
Shampoos and conditioners are often laden with parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates and other harmful chemicals that have no business being in products we put on our bodies. Joyous Health has worked really hard to create a shampoo and conditioner free from all of that! Her recently launched shampoo and conditioner is GMO-free, vegan, artificial fragrance free, paraben-free and completely biodegradable.
Swap for reusable
bamboo paper towels
Over 3000 tons of paper towel waste is created everyday. Bambooee helps combat that with their reusable bamboo towels that are durable, super absorbent and machine washable up to 100 times.
Swap for nail polish
made without toxic ingredients
The majority of nail polish sold in pharmacies and supermarkets contain multiple toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you. In addition, although this information is often silenced, many nail polishes contain ingredients from animals. For example, the bright red pigment of the cochineal insect, or the guanine crystals from fish scales or chameleons, are sometimes used to add luster and shine to cosmetics. BKIND’s nail polish is made using all natural ingredients, making it harmless for both the environment and your body.
To help get you started with some greener swaps, we’re hosting a giveaway with some of our favourite eco-friendly brands! Enter below for a chance to win. Read full rules and regulations here.
Swap for a t-shirt made from
sustainable Modal and Bamboo fabric
It can take 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt. Our staple basic, the Nomadic V-Neck, is made using both Lenzing Modal® and bamboo, which are both eco-friendly and sustainable resources that are grown without the use of pesticides (plus they’re ultra-soft!). So, you get the same wardrobe basic you love without the harmful effect to the environment.
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