2019 has come to an end, which means it’s time to reset and rethink our intentions for the decade ahead. Making the decision to live an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be a daunting resolution that you give up on mid-way through the year. There are tons of small, fuss-free changes you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you live greenly.
Follow the rabbit
Currently, up to 200,000 animals suffer under animal testing. An easy way to lead a more conscientious life is to simply buy cruelty-free. All you have to do is follow the rabbit – an official set of certifications that verify a company doesn’t test on animals. You can find the pink, cruelty-free bunny on all Sky Organics products!
Use facial cloths not disposable wipes
Not only are facial cloths great for the planet but they are cost effective and multi-purpose. You can used them to remove makeup or wipe away moisture during a workout. Unlike makeup wipes you don’t need to buy new ones – just wash and reuse.
DIY recipes are not only cost-effective but helps reduce consumption and ultimately, needless waste. We recommend starting the new year with our most popular DIY, a leave-in hair serum for all hair types and then working your way up from there!
Multi-use beauty = less waste and less $$$. Our multi-purpose favorites include our Organic Castile Soap that effectively cleanses the body and household surfaces without the harsh ingredients, and our raw Shea Butter that can be used to moisturize dry skin on the face and body.
Eat less meat
Un-fun fact: Raising livestock — cows, pigs and chickens — generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all cars, trucks and automobiles combined. On top of this, the land needed to raise these animals contributes to deforestation. For those who are unable to go full vegetarian—that’s okay! Even going meat-free a few days a week (#meatlessmonday, anyone?) or even a couple times a month makes a difference.
Canvas bags not plastic
By now everyone knows plastic does more harm than it does good. Canvas bags are a great way to limit the amount of plastic in your life and better yet, they’re multipurpose. Use them to store your makeup, carry your groceries, or just tote it around as a cute purse.
Making compost helps turn your trash into treasure. Composting keeps waste from piling into landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a great guide on Composting at Home.
Who doesn’t love going to the farmer’s market? Buying local tends to be cheaper and products are more conscientiously grown – often without pesticides and other harmful toxins.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This one is a no-brainer. Reduce, reuse, recycle isn’t just about sorting through your trash. There are many different ways to recycle and reuse like shopping for clothes at a thrift store and using ceramic plates instead of disposable plastic ones.
Offset your carbon footprint
Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases you produce doing various activities. For instance, if you drive to the grocery store to buy food – using a car creates a carbon footprint. To offset this footprint, you need to calculate the amount of greenhouse gas produced in a year (don’t worry there are online calculators that does this for us), and then donate however much is needed to balance out your impact.