New year, new you, same Earth 🙂 With the welcoming in of the new decade, many start to jot down their New Year goals.
As I sat down to evaluate my own goals and ambitions I started to think about what conscious effort I could make to start reducing my waste and focusing on putting better products into my body.
Sustainability can be a daunting word to many, and it could mean a heftier price tag as well.
But as I started to think about what sustainable products I could use daily to eliminate some of my footprints, I realize there are small things I’m doing and that others can be doing as well.
Sustainable products aren’t always new
Using what you already have is actually a great way to get into a daily sustainable lifestyle.
Recycling old boxes or containers for storage, or even repairing some clothing that had some wear or tears on it are both great options for starting to reduce and reuse.
Before going out and buying more sustainable products, use what you have first and then take it to the next step!
Sustainable products include what goes in and on your body
By no means am I perfect in this. I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian (though I don’t eat a lot of meat).
However, being conscious of where my food comes from and how much I consume is how I implement a bit of sustainability in my life.
When going out to grocery shop bringing reusable produce bags and other bags that can be reused is a great first step in bringing sustainability into your everyday life.
Another way to be sustainable conscious in a busy world is to use your own water bottle on the go, and a water purifier at home.
This eliminates the need for multiple plastic water bottles but doesn’t sacrifice the taste of water.
Sustainable makeup and body products
Now, this can be a bit tricky to navigate, and once again by no means am I perfect at this.
When I say sustainable makeup and body products I more so refer to products that are not tested on animals (cruelty-free), and free of harsh chemicals such as parabens/sulfates.
If you are looking for in-depth on what chemicals should and shouldn’t be in products as well as sustainable ethical makeup products check out Everyday with Madi Rae.
She is a great resource for sustainable makeup and body products.
Another way that I do to eliminate waste and be more sustainable daily is by using a reusable Norwax cloth as my makeup wipe.
Such a small step but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Not only has my face cleared up from using this cloth, but I no longer buy makeup wipes (which has saved me HUNDREDS a year).
Sustainability doesn’t happen overnight
With everything that’s disposable and at our fingertips it’s definitely hard to be more aware of what we consume or what we put into our bodies.
Being more sustainable doesn’t happen all at once, but taking small steps each day can make a big difference.
Eventually, it will become easier and easier to be more conscious.
My hope is that giving small steps like the ones explained above can help inspire to take more conscious sustainable steps.
I’m continually working on all this myself, but I felt with the new year/decade no better time to tighten up the notch than now.
As always, happy writing and if you have any questions feel free to message or DM.