Leading a more earth-loving lifestyle involves being conscious of decisions we used to not care about. It can be overwhelming as everything we do seems to involve trash. The most throwaway facts of our life are made of complex systems that demand so much from nature. The smallest actions lead to a big toll on our environment. On the flip side, the seemingly minuscule adjustments mean we are working our way to a bigger impact.
It also may not produce wide-scale solutions at once, but the personal steps we make give us immediate results. Less trash can mean significant savings. A smarter approach to products leads to discoveries that become part of our Holy Grail list. When we usually put more thought into actions we used to do out of routine; there’s some refreshing and invigorating about it. Moreover, abstract ideas become more concrete when we translate them into tangible factors in our day.
Here are four ways to make our lives a little bit more earth-friendly.
1. Re-think the life of your clothes with Jaden Smith and Emma Chamberlain
Jaden Smith, Emma Chamberlain, Marcus Rashford, among other personalities, are the faces of Levi’s “Buy Better, Wear Longer” campaign. Here, you get to learn about how re-work thrifted clothes along with the practices Levi’s is following to address sustainability. Levi’s says of the efforts, “…by driving ambitious climate and water action and by investing in materials and technologies such as Cottonized Hemp and Organic Cotton, and scaling Water<Less manufacturing, Levi’s is working to reduce our own natural resource footprint and help deliver a more planet-friendly apparel industry.”
If you don’t have a reusable bag for your errands yet, you better get one. Choose something like Bagsey PH, a local brand that offers foldable carry-alls in cute designs. The bags may look adorable, but they’re tough. They can carry up to 20 kilos. Plus, they are made with ripstop nylon, and 40 percent is recycled, so every bag is made of around three PET bottles.
National Geographic‘s report on the pollution from menstrual products might shock you: “In 2018 alone, people in the U.S. bought 5.8 billion tampons, and over the course of a lifetime, a single menstruator will use somewhere between 5 and 15 thousand pads and tampons, the vast majority of which will wind up in landfills as plastic waste.”
Compound that number to women all over the world, and you’ll get a harrowing idea of what’s in our landfills. The tricky part is how to balance comfort with a sustainable approach. If you’re not the menstrual cup kind of girl, there’s Nala Woman. The brand carries pantyliners, menstrual pads, and tampons that are made of NALA GOTS-certified Organic cotton. This means it will only take three to five years to decompose, a much better option to the usual counterparts that can take up to 500-800 years to biodegrade.
I’ll admit that the reason I first loved For Keeps Daily is the relaxing scent of lavender found in their Unwind variant. It was so fresh; it didn’t give me that “manufactured” scent. You know what I’m talking about: when the scent has the hint that it came from lab more than from the real deal. As I looked through the brand’s story, it made sense that the smell got me hooked. For Keeps Daily commits itself to create responsibly sourced, all-natural, biodegradable, cruelty-free, and environmentally friendly products. They also operate on a circular economy, so the products support local artisans.