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Friday, April 22, 2011

Show Your Mother Earth Some Love: Tips on Being More Eco-Friendly!

Hi everyone!

So as I said in my previous post, it's Earth Day! I love when it comes around because it gives people a day to remember that we need to appreciate our home, because more often than not, the other days of the year are spent hurting it in numerous ways. Many people aren't even aware that April is actually Earth Month! It's kind of a sad thing to see but doesn't change it from being the truth.

Anyway, I figured since we are taking a look at these things today, I would like to share some tips on how to integrate it into your everyday life! I have been such an Earthie since I was a little kid and sadly lost touch with it a few years ago but I've been pushing more and more lately because it really is such an important thing we ought to care for more. I used to even get called "Hippie" or "Flower Child" by friends! Not so much anymore, but those were nicknames I was proud to have so I'd like to earn them once more. Perhaps you all may not strive for such but you definitely should strive to do a little more for our Mother Earth whenever you can. Now, I'll stop with my lecture and jump into the purpose of the post:

Shopping and Clothing/Accessories

  • The easiest way to help out is instead of opting for paper or plastic, go for reusable! You can find so many at any store that suit your personality so you can carry your purchases in a cute bag you can use time and time again. Also, if it breaks, you can recycle it!
  • Eco-friendly clothing can be quite expensive though they are becoming easier to find. More and more department stores try to carry at least one eco-chic line. Before a lot of organic clothing used to be very bland but now you can find dozens of great pieces for your wardrobe that will help the environment! Ex: Bibico for Modcloth (they also carry a few other brands that have a few pieces); Urban Renewal at Urban Outfitters; Conscious Collection at H&M.
  • Accessories are easiest pieces you can integrate with out spending oodles for it. Just search online at different stores of your choosing to find green accessories from jewelry to headgear to even shoes! Etsy has grown rapidly in the past few years in popularity and features numerous options, not solely accessories, that are not just from recycled materials but also help to increase Fair Trade.
  • If you can't afford new, go vintage! Go to thrift stores, vintage stores, and flea markets for older items and give them second life. This way, instead of many synthetic fibers causing problems in piles by not decomposing, they continue to be worn again and again. Feel free to do the same with your own clothing by donating them to such places or to any place you know they could be put to good use.
  • I suggest visiting this post by blogger Giorgia a.k.a. Beautiful with Brains, who dedicates her blog to the topic of beauty and gave some really excellent tips in this aspect. Also, seeing as I don't do much in regards to beauty, I do suggest subscribing to her. I've been following her blog for a while and she does a great job!
  • Adding on to her list, you also have the option of using products free of animal testing. Whether you support their actions or not, PETA offers 3 excellent lists: Companies that don't test, Cruelty-Free Companies by Product Type, and Companies that do test. They also provide information explaining why a company is on a certain list so you can determine for yourself how that is so.
  • When it comes to your cosmetics, try opting for products that you can use in more than one way. A nice pink lipstick can double up as blush. Instead of using solely eye primer, get a face primer. There are also products that carry the intent of being used in more than one way but feel free to get creative! Just be sure you abide by what compliments your skin tone best.
  • In regards to skincare, you don't always need to buy what you think you need. You can make a scrub, moisturizer, cleanser, anti-wrinkle cream, under-eye cream, and so much more simply with ingredients you can find within your house or obtain with a trip to the supermarket or grocery store for much cheaper. A few sites to get you in the right direction are Skin Care at Home and Beauty Tips Online. YouTube videos can also provide some excellent insight.
  • WATER!!! Self-explanatory.
  • As some of those sites will explain, diet does affect your looks so check out healthy options that suit your tastes. Altering to a healthier diet won't work on its own so be sure to balance with exercise as well.
  • If you'd rather buy products, look for mineral, organic, or vegan options. Sephora provides many options to choose from.
  • As many of the links will say, sleep also matters! Do your best to rest and you'll look your best!
More Online Sources
There are quite a few bloggers who dedicate themselves to developing a greener lifestyle. With green having its moment in fashion for the past couple of years now, it's definitely a huge hit in the blogosphere as well as all over the Internet! Here are a few worth checking out:
Of course there are so many ways outside of fashion and beauty to go green, which is why I added the additional sites because a lot of them cover EVERYTHING! So do check them out and try them out in your own life. It isn't that hard and so worth it.

Are there any things that you already do to help the planet? Anything you want to start trying? Any tips you'd like to share?

Hasta Luego and Enjoy the Rest of your Earth Day/Month!

Little Luna

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