Spring is here! Every April, our thoughts turn a little bit greener, as Earth Day reminds us to embrace our beautiful planet and take care of it. From tweaks in your beauty regimen to adjustments around the house, here are some ways to celebrate the earth, every day.
Use chemical-free shampoos and conditioners. Avoid products with words you can’t pronounce—namely sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate and formaldehyde (yes, formaldehyde!). Stick to natural shampoos and conditioners. It’s better for your health and the environment.
Make your own beauty products. Did you know you can blend your own conditioner and create your own face mask using products from your garden or pantry? Check out our blog on how to do it.
Leave the car in the garage. This week, make it a goal to walk or bike, rather than driving. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), by skipping two car trips a week you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by two tons per year.
Shop local. When you put your dollars into independently owned businesses, that cash is more likely to stay in the community. Plus, if those dollars happen to be going to a farm-to-table business, whether it’s a restaurant, dairy or garden, you’re enjoying local, seasonal food, rather than a meal that traveled hundreds of miles to get to your plate.
Watch your water consumption. Water has a sneaky way of adding up. For every 10 minutes in the shower, for example, you could be using up to 25 gallons of water. A leaky toilet could waste 200 gallons a year. Be mindful of the water in your house, and conserve it whenever you can.
The less packaging, the better. Our landfills are filled with plastic and cardboard waste. Try not to add to it! Opt for products with minimal packaging.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. You’ve heard it before. Now, make an effort to do it just a little bit better.