Everyone benefits from a styling tip here and there. Why not kill two birds with one stone and see how you can be more environmentally conscious and improve your style at the same time? With the increasing urgency placed on reducing climate change, we should all be thinking of what we can do to help. Making small changes in your day to day lives are an easy place to start. It may be hard to imagine, but all the small things add up. Making eco-friendly choices regarding your clothes, skincare and home décor are easy places to start.
Your clothing is the most obvious illustration of your style. Show your friends and family how much you care about the environment by choosing eco-friendly materials.
The easiest way is to have a quick look at what materials your clothes consist of. Synthetic materials are non-biodegradable and take a long time to decompose. This results in long term pollution, particularly harmful to marine life. A 2011 study found that the washing of polyester and acrylic fabrics releases plastic microfibers that end up in our oceans. So, it’s best to avoid synthetic materials where possible.
Browse your local op shop or clothing markets for second-hand clothing. With the recent revival of op-shop culture, you’re sure to find some unique gems. You might even find some good quality, designer clothing. Don’t be afraid to add your unique signature look to the clothes you find – an embroidered patch here and there is a great way to upcycle old clothing. Your friends and family will be left wondering where you found such stylish clothing.
So, bolster your wardrobe with stylish second-hand clothes, and show how much you care for the environment at the same time.
Make-up and skincare
Beauty products and packaging contribute heavily to landfills. Everything from foundation bottles and lipstick tubes to shampoo bottles and soap packaging add to the problem. Take the time to choose more ethically and sustainably sourced beauty products. Although they might be pricier, you’ll feel better for playing your part to help the environment.
Look out for sustainable emblems on the product packaging. The Leaping Bunny logo certifies that there was no animal testing on the product. Emblems such as Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance are also indicators of sustainable sourcing. Naturally sourced skincare products also tend to be less harsh on your skin. So, not only will you be helping the environment, but your skin will thank you in the long run.
If you’re remodelling your home, ensure that the materials you choose are environmentally friendly. Choose wood and paint suppliers that pride themselves on being sustainable. If you’re hiring a construction company, invest in a business that cares about the environment. Although this might be slightly pricier, you’ll feel better knowing you’re doing your part to help the environment.
Reduce emissions with indoor plants. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas. Your indoor plants will help to clear the air, replacing carbon dioxide with oxygen – a literal breath of fresh air! On top of this, plants can absorb harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene, often found in cleaning products. Vertical planters are a great stylish and space-saving option, allowing you to have multiple different plants within the same space. Not only will you be helping the environment, but your home will have a rustic and natural feel, and can even add a splash of colour your living space.
Follow the tips above and start making small eco-friendly changes to your life today!
About the Author
Cloe Matheson is a freelance writer from Dunedin, New Zealand. She collaborated with various sites and writer on a range of topics including home, travel and health. Cloe enjoys spending her quiet time sitting outdoors with a cup of coffee.