Beyond the Metal Straws: Eco-Friendly Tips for the Long Run

Being eco-friendly is no longer just a trend, which means big lifestyle changes are underway for those of us who are looking out for Mama Earth. Reducing your carbon footprint comes down to everyday decisions about food, clothes, and hobbies. There are countless ways that you can be more sustainable. Here are a few to get you going.

Opt for Sustainable Denim (It’s Not an Ad. It’s Just True)

Jeans are essential to almost everyone’s wardrobe, but regular denim production involves a lot of water and chemicals. When shopping for jeans, look for styles made from sustainable fabrics like recycled and organic cotton, and jeans that have been upcycled from existing materials. Not only is this manufacturing method easier on the planet, but it also tends to lend a vintage look and is typically more comfortable.

Watch Your Food Miles

One of the best things you can do for the environment is to buy local and in-season produce. Think farmers’ markets, small groceries, even your neighbor's garden will do! When you shop from farmers in your area, you’re helping cut emissions from transportation and supporting your local economy. Plus, in-season produce tastes better, is typically organic with fewer pesticides, and is cheaper – there is really nothing to lose!

Be an Outfit Repeater

Fast fashion may be cheap but comes with the environmental cost of cheap fabrics and unsustainable production methods. Instead, invest in a few high-quality, responsibly made pieces that will last you years. Have a couple of go-to fits you LOVE – one or two denim looks you can wear on repeat. This takes the guesswork out of getting dressed, supports an eco-friendly lifestyle, and lets you embellish with accessories and makeup.

Single Use No More!

Non-biodegradable materials like plastic take hundreds of years to break down and even longer in landfills or other enclosed spaces. Those materials then release harmful toxins into the air as they disintegrate over time, which can lead to air pollution and adverse health effects. Plus, when these materials end up in oceans and rivers, marine life can mistake them for food, and –well– the end of that story is not pretty.

Easy Things You Can Do:

  • Opt for no utensils when getting take-out. If you’re having lunch in a park (how lovely), try to bring your own cutlery.
  • BYOB (bags) to the grocery as much as possible, and if it’s just a few items and you don’t need need NEED a bag – carry it. 
    Tip: Leave a bunch in your car, so you’re never without!
  • Buy in-store as much as possible and when you do shop online, shop brands that use biodegradable, eco-friendly packaging.

It’s simple, not easy, to be more sustainable in your daily life. From researching eco-friendly clothes to carrying your groceries because you forgot your reusable bags, we won’t lie to you – there is a level of work that goes into being more green.

Like anything, being more sustainable is a habit, and the more you do it, the easier it gets. Plus, the payoff of cleaner air and a healthier planet is well worth the work.

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