As most of us make attempts to clean up our diets and be a little kinder to the atmosphere in the process, it’s also important to consider the products we’re putting on our bodies and bringing into our houses. Today’s post, as part of an attempt in Greener Living as a Blogger in Fashion. It is all about the easy alternatives you can make to “green up” your buying and dressing attitudes. Not only shop less in the “fast fashion” retailers and building wardrobes with items for multiple seasons, but it’s also important to take care of them using gentle laundry surfactants without harsh chemicals. And after reading this article, I would love to hear about any of your greener tricks and ideas in the comments!
Now here are the 10 steps to make you sustainable blogger:
We all know about organic foods, but did you know that fabrics can be natural as well? Check the tag and look for items made with organically grown cotton like fleece, terry, sherpa, and velour.
Be the best local
While it also makes for a leisurely way to kick off the weekend, shopping at your area farmer’s market is also one of the best things you can do for our planet. Did you know that conventional food can travel upwards of 1,500 miles before it gets to your plate? All that shipping uses tons of natural resources, contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Farmers market food is brought shorter distances and is grown using earth-friendly methods.
Reuse and reduce waste
When it is about recycling, it’s not always just about separating out your paper and plastic. It can also mean a washable travel mug for your morning coffee, cloth napkins instead of paper ones, rechargeable batteries. You get the idea!
When you buy fewer new clothes, you will be forced think more profoundly about each purchase you are going to make. Do I need this? Is it something that will age well and can be worn again and again? Having fewer clothes is greener, and makes your closet so much more accessible and zen.
Care for clothes with natural products
It used to be difficult to find chemical-free laundry detergents that were also powerful enough to remove stains; but ever since I started using Seventh Generation’s detergent a few years ago, I discovered that it is possible for a detergent to have it all. These new Laundry Packs remove stains while being EPA Safer Choice Certified and free of optical brighteners, dyes, and VOCs. This means they’re better for the environment, and they provide peace of mind that your detergent is safe for the whole family, too.
We can all agree that the juiciest peaches pop up in June and July and the crispest apples can be found in September and October. Purchasing foods that are in season means you’re more likely to be eating locally grown food that hasn’t been genetically modified.
Purchase items in bulk
…and say goodbye to excessive packaging waste. You might not need to buy large amounts of every item on your grocery list, but buying in high volume makes a lot of sense for those things you find yourself using day after days such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, and razors.
There’s nothing greener than buying something secondhand. Next time you’re in the desire for a new dress, why not hit up a vintage shop for a change? You might find something amazing, and you know no one else will be wearing it.
Shop the perimeter of the grocery store
Typical grocery stores place their produce, meats, and dairy items on the perimeter of the warehouse. All of the packaged and processed foods live on the inner aisles. So next shopping trip, shop the outside borders first and then work your way in. The result will be healthier and more natural food choices and less wasteful packaging!
Keep reusable bags handy
Always have a few reusable bags in the trunk of your car. So if an errand pops up while you’re out and about, or you have just enough time to hit up the grocery store, you don’t have to drive home to grab your bags.