9 Easy Steps For A Zero Waste Kitchen

The kitchen is a household hub for the creation of waste. If you are trying to live a more sustainable life, you may feel overwhelmed by your kitchen habits.

Vegetable scraps, spoiled leftovers, and all of that food packaging; where do you even begin?


Turning your kitchen zero waste simply requires you to change your perspective on food and make a few easy household product swaps.

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To live sustainably, we need to only use what we need to be less wasteful. In a world of excess, this may seem like a foreign concept, but it really is easy to employ.

Think about this:

Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste.

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If you just open your mind to being a little more conscious about your consumption, you are already well on your way towards living a sustainable life.

In addition, I would like to share with you some easily adaptable tips to transforming your very own zero waste kitchen.

1. Baby Steps: Reusable Bags

We all know that plastic bags are bad for the environment, yet a lot of people still use them.

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Get this:

It takes at least 500 years for a plastic bag to fully degrade in the landfill.

That is, if they even make their way to the landfill! Often times, plastic bags end up in waterways and can harm wildlife.

Do not fret:

It is beyond simple to incorporate reusable bags into your daily life. Keep them in your car or get one that folds up and always have it in your purse. Think ahead before leaving your house in the morning.

Do you plan on going grocery shopping after work?

Don’t forget your reusable bag!

If you already are dedicated to reusable shopping bags and want to take it a step further, try eliminating plastic produce bags from your life.

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EcoRoots Reusable String & Produce Bags (15$ – 25$)

My favorite alternatives are the EcoRoots String Bag and their set of Cotton Produce Bags.

2. Buying in Bulk & Avoiding Packaging

For some unknown reason, many companies love wrapping their food products in an excessive amount of packaging.

Here’s how you can avoid it:

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Buy in bulk! Many health food stores allow you to buy items like pasta, granola, rice, beans, and other grains in bulk. Some stores even sell bulk dish soap, shampoo, and other products like that.

What does this mean exactly?

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It means that the store has large, unpackaged containers of each item. You can bring a reusable bag, jar, or container and take as much or as little of the product as you want.

It’s easy:

You just pay by weight!

Buying in bulk is a such a simple way to avoid packaging waste and it tends to be cheaper than it’s pre-packaged cousin.

It’s so worth it!

3. Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

Have you ever thought about the packaging waste created by cleaning products?

Besides generating waste, many household cleaning solutions contain chemicals that are actually toxic to yourself and the environment. Ah!

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Here’s an alternative:

Sure, there are eco-friendly, nontoxic cleaning products on the market, but to be a true zero waster, why don’t you try a do-it-yourself solution?

If you follow any sustainable living blogs, you probably have seen DIY recipes for toothpaste, dish soap, etc.

One of the easiest recipes to start off with is your very own non-toxic all purpose cleaner.

Here’s how to do it:

Get a glass spray bottle and fill it halfway with water. Fill the rest of it with white vinegar and then add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil.


You are ready to clean up any mess and did not even have to combat any packaging along the way. Also, the glass spray bottle can be reused over and over again!

4. Swapping Disposable With Reusable

Always think about how you can swap single-use products with things that can be reused.

Remember, reduce, reuse, recycle!

Here’s an idea:

How many napkins do you think get thrown into your garbage each year?

paper napkins

Consider replacing napkins that you dispose of with reusable napkins that can be washed.

It may seem more expensive up front, but investing in some quality napkins is more cost-effective over time since you will not have to constantly keep buying more.

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It may seem insignificant, but swallow this:

If 50% of the United States population used one paper napkin per meal three times a day, over 164 billion napkins would be used in a year. If that does not bother you, think about the 11.5 billion gallons of water it takes to produce all of those napkins.


5. Changing Perspectives: Zero Waste Kitchen Products

Our kitchens are chock full of products.

Plates, napkins, cleaning brushes, sponges, cutlery, appliances, etc. If I were to offer you a sustainable solution to every single kitchen product, this blog post would never end.

Take note:

Having knowledge about materials is integral to making your own sustainable decisions. For instance, plastic should be avoided at all costs.

Plastic production emits greenhouse gases and it takes hundreds of years to break down in landfill.

Have you noticed more eco-conscious brands carrying bamboo products?

Here’s why:

Bamboo is a low impact, eco-friendly material. It is very regenerative and requires no pesticides, fertilizer, or irrigation to produce. In fact, it fully matures and is ready to be harvested in just 3-5 years.

bamboo utensils

There’s more:

Unlike plastic, bamboo biodegrades once you are done using it. When purchasing products, always consider the material. If it is made from something natural and can be composted once it’s life is over, then it is a better option than plastic. Try to stay away from synthetic materials.

Some good examples of awesome, eco-friendly kitchen products are the EcoRoots Wooden Dish Brush and Loofah Sponge.

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EcoRoots Wooden Dish Brush & Loofah Sponge (8$-11$)

The handles of both of these products are made from wood and the scrub part is made from loofah or sisal. These are both plant-based materials that are 100% biodegradable and compostable.

6. Shop Local

Food is the star of the show when it comes to your zero waste kitchen. You may be wondering:

How do you make your food consumption more sustainable?

As a species, humans have become increasingly distant from our food sources. We go to the grocery store, pick up what we need, and rarely ever think about the amount of water, energy, or time it took to get it on the shelf. Wasting food means wasting those resources.

First off, buy only what you need and really try to avoid throwing away leftovers. Secondly, shop local!

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Here’s why:

Not only does shopping local help support your local economy, but it is great for the environment! Sometimes, produce comes to us from the other side of the country. It travels miles and miles, burning gas and emitting a ton of carbon monoxide along the way.

If you shop local, the produce is coming from a nearby farm, meaning it has to travel less to get to you. It saves a bunch of resources and therefore is more sustainable.

7. Earth-Friendly Food Storage

Now that we have our local produce, how do we sustainably store all of that yummy food?

My pre-zero waste kitchen was equipped with plastic containers, single-use zip bags, and saran wrap. Ew! Yeah, I was that person.

It was super easy to change my habits once I became aware of all the great sustainable alternatives there are out there.

For every single-use plastic product out there, there is a reusable alternative.

Here are some of my favorites:

Replace saran plastic wrap with reusable, beeswax wrap. Many of the ones available come in really cute patterns and designs. You could even make your own beeswax wrap!

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Bee`s Wrap (18$)

Instead of using those single-use zip bags for snacks and leftovers, switch over to a reusable silicone solution. These are much sturdier than their flimsy, cheap predecessor, so they can be used over and over again!

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Reusable Silicone Bags (8$)

My all-time favorite sustainable food storage product are mason jars. They can be used to store food, pickle veggies, or even just be used as a cup. They are so multi-functional and can be used a million times over again.

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8. Not All Waste Is Created Equal

There are three main waste streams: compost, recyclables, and trash. Keeping all of our waste organized and separate is an important step into making sure everything is disposed of properly.

Always check with your local waste management department for guidelines on how to deal with your waste. Every town has different rules and programs.


You want to try to compost as much of your waste as you can. Most people keep their compost in a bucket and bring it to a facility, but you also can start a compost pile in your backyard.

Why does it matter?

Composting transforms waste into a nutrient-rich material that can be used to generate new plant life. In doing so, it prevents the carbon emissions that would have emerged if the waste was sent to landfill.

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Next is recycling. Again, check your local regulations. Some places allow you to mix all of your recyclables, while others ask you to sort it out by material. One of the most important rules in recycling is to always make sure the waste is clean before you place it in the bin.

Here’s why:

If your container is still full of food, chances are the facility is going to have to send it to the landfill instead of being able to recycle it. Bummer, I know, so be sure to rinse!

The last and final option is trash.

You really want to make sure that this is your last resort.

Are you sure it can’t be composted or recycled?

If you are avoiding packaging and purchasing reusable products, you probably aren’t generating that much trash, anyway.

Avoid the landfill at all costs!

9. Goodbye To Single-Use

Single-use coffee cups and water bottles need to go and here’s why:

16 billion coffee cups that are not able to be recycled or composted are used each year. That’s nothing compared to the 480 billion water bottles that get used annually.

reusable over disposable

However, this does not mean that you have to say goodbye to your favorite local coffee shop.

Just start using reusable cups/mugs/bottles! It is really quite easy once you get the hang of it.

I hope now that I broke down some alternatives, you see how obtainable a zero waste kitchen truly is.

Here’s some take away tips: shop local, avoid packaging, and swap disposable with reusable. You got this!

9 Zero Waste Skin Care Products That I Use

There’s no doubt about it:

Taking care of ourselves is important.

In an age where self care is celebrated, we all have our own products, rituals, and routines that help us unwind from the stresses of life.


Have you ever thought about how your beauty routine affects the environment?

Chew on this:

120 billion units of plastic packaging are produced every year by the beauty industry alone.

Wow! That is a frightening statistic, but do not fret. You do not have to abandon your self care routine or continue feeling guilty about taking care of yourself.

Think about this:

What if I told you that for every beauty product you love, there is a more eco-friendly alternative out there? You are not alone in this journey!

I am here to help.

Today I will be sharing my top nine zero waste skin care products with you.

Zero Waste Skin Care

So, what exactly is a zero waste skin care product?

It simply means that instead of using plastic packaging, they use materials that have a lower impact on the environment. The material must be recyclable or compostable.

Typically, this means using glass, cardboard, or bamboo.

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Not all products that consider themselves “zero waste,” are the same, however, often times these products are also cruelty-free, all natural, and do not use toxic chemicals.

Okay, let’s get to it:

Here is my top zero waste skin care products:

1. Earth-Friendly Face Lotion

If you are a sucker for cute packaging, it will not take much to convince you to try the Yay For Earth Zero Waste Face Lotion.

It is organic, all-natural, and comes in the cutest reusable jar with adorable illustrations.

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YayForEarth Zero-Waste Face Lotion (25$)

This lotion has some amazing properties but also is gentle enough to be used everyday. Once you try it, it will become a staple in your everyday routine.

Check it out:

Olive oil moisturizes your skin and gives your face a beautiful glow.

Shea butter is anti-inflammatory and calms the skin.

Beeswax is anti-bacterial, leaving your skin healthy and clean. Lastly, pomegranate seed oil has wonderful anti-aging properties.

The Yay for Earth Zero-Waste Face Lotion works great on all skin types and a little goes a long way. You only need about half a pea size per application to get the full benefits, so the two ounce jar will most likely last you a few months!

2. Simple Solutions: Argan Oil

If you are not on the oil train yet, you should totally hop on with the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil.

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (49$)

My favorite thing about this product is how straight-forward it is.

No additives or extra ingredients, just 100% pure Argan Oil.

Never heard of it before?

Here’s the scoop:

Argan Oil is extremely moisturizing. In fact, it’s nature’s richest source of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. The best part is that it can be used head to toe!

It’s great for the skin, hair, and nails.

Since Argan Oil is so pure, it does not need to be used everyday.

I usually use it if I am having a spa night or if my skin feels super dry in the winter. Once you put it on, you will feel it deeply hydrate your skin and bring it back to life.

This oil will also give your skin the most beautiful, dewy glow!

3. Package-Free Facial Soap

If you are looking for a completely zero waste, natural alternative for daily facial cleanser, look no further than the EcoRoots Shea Rose Clay Facial Soap.

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EcoRoots Zero-Waste Shea Rose Clay Soap (10.5$)

This soap is plastic-free, cruelty-free, all natural, and vegan.

What more could you ask for?

I love how mild, yet powerful this soap is. It is great for all skin types and could also be used on your whole body.

Smells light and flowery, but it’s properties are strong. The soap is infused with mango butter, rose hip, French pink clay, and creamy coconut milk.

Wait, there’s more:

Since this facial soap comes as a bar, there is virtually no plastic packaging.

However, EcoRoots only uses biodegradable packing materials.

Finally, a zero-waste daily facial cleanser for all skin types!

4. Zero Waste Lip Balm 

Who likes chapped lips or sending trash to landfill?

Uh, no one.

That’s why I know you are going to love Rosebud Perfume Co.s zero-waste strawberry lip balm.

The sweet smell of this lip balm will keep you reaching for more.


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Rosebud Perfume Co.`s Zero-Waste Lip Balm (8$)

Rosebud Perfume Co.’s mission is to create simple, affordable products that are effective. They do not miss the mark with this product, that’s for sure.

My favorite part about it is the ultra cute vintage-inspired tin can packaging that is 100% recyclable or reusable.

Sometimes I feel like lip balms force you into an endless cycle of reapplying, but this strawberry lip balm is different.

With just one application, your lips will feel hydrated for hours. It also has a very subtle tint that makes your lips look fresh and healthy.

5. Ethical Shea Butter Hand Cream

Say goodbye to cracked, dry, and overworked hands.

L’occitane en Provence’s Shea Butter Hand Cream works wonders.

L’occitane en Provence’s Zero-Waste Shea Butter Hand Cream (29$)

This hand cream usually ends up becoming a lifetime staple product for anyone who tries it.

Here’s why:

Shea butter is rich in fatty acids and has been used by women for centuries. Spring honey soothes the skin, leaving it soft and silky.

Sweet almond oil is high in omega oils which helps nourish dry skin and bring it back to life.

It’s really impressive how transparent L’occitane en Provence is about the ingredients they use. While many other industries exploit the areas in which they source ingredients, this companies seeks to empower.

They ethically employ over 10,000 women in West Africa to process their shea butter using environmentally-friendly methods.

6. Reusable Cotton Facial Rounds

This may be a product you would not initially think about when crafting your perfect zero waste skin care arsenal, but once you try it, you’ll be hooked.

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EcoRoots Zero-Waste Organic Reusable Facial Rounds (10.95$)

Are cotton pads or cotton balls part of your skin routine? Have you ever thought about how wasteful they are?

No need to worry.

EcoRoots came up with a great concept: organic reusable cotton rounds. It is so simple.

Apply zero-waste face moisturizer, lotion balm, face oil, or vegan toner to one of the round pads and apply it on your skin. You could also use these cotton pads to remove makeup or wash your face!

Once you are done, wash the pad and use it again!

Ten come in a pack, so you won’t constantly have to be doing laundry. They are made from a mixture of organic cotton and bamboo, so they can be composted after their life is over.

7. Refillable Body Lotion

If you haven’t heard about Plaine Products before, you need to keep reading. This company provides return labels with all of their products so that they can keep reusing bottles and create less waste.

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Plaine Products Zero-Waste Body Lotion (27$)

How genius! Oh, and everything is non-toxic, cruelty-free, and vegan.

I would like to bring attention to one product in particular: the Rosemary Mint Vanilla Body Lotion.

This stuff is god sent. It smells so so so good. The rosemary and mint give it a refreshing kick while the vanilla soothes and calms.

Also, the lotion has some aloe and rose hip oil in it so it is extraordinarily hydrating.

I use this lotion every night after I shower. Over time, you will notice a positive improvement in your skin’s texture and appearance from using this great lotion.

8. Reef-Safe, Plastic-Free Sunscreen

It’s pretty ironic that so many people use sunscreen that contributes to the plastic pollution of the ocean while swimming in the ocean.

Sadly, many sunscreen lotions on the market are also extremely harmful to coral reefs.

Raw Elements reef-safe, plastic-free sunscreen wants to change that.

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Raw Elements Zero-Waste Sunscreen (19.99$)

This SPF 30+ all-natural formula will keep your skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays. It also can be used on both your face and body.

The tin it comes in is recyclable/reusable, so you do not have to feel guilty anymore about taking care of your skin.

There’s more:

This sunscreen is water resistant beyond 80 minutes, so you do not have to spend a lot of time reapplying.

Nourishing vitamins, minerals, and extracts are included into the formula to moisturize your skin as you enjoy the great outdoors.

9. Biodegradable Deodorant Stick

Skin care usually bring moisturizing, exfoliating, and cleansing to mind, but what about sweating?

No one likes to smell bad from body odor, yet many of us now fear deodorant because of the toxic chemicals many brands often include in their product.

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Soap & Salve Zero-Waste Biodegradable Deodorant (15.95$)

Fear no more with the Soap & Salve Biodegradable Deodorant stick. I have seen many “natural” deodorants in stores, however, they often are still cased in plastic.

I love this product so much because it is plastic-free, chemical-free, and prevents me from smelling bad.

They have two varieties to pick from non-scented and tea-tree/lemongrass.

Both have coconut oil and baking soda which both have antibacterial properties to help neutralize underarm odor.

Organic cornstarch is also used to absorb perspiration. For a baking-soda-free alternative check these natural deodorant creams. Learn more about deodorant cream here.

It’s great! 

Zero-Waste Skincare Products

I hope now that I offered some great alternatives, you will see how easy and affordable it is to convert to a zero-waste skin care routine.

Take care of yourself and the planet!

I Tried This Shea Moisture Soap [My Full Review]

In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about shea moisture soap.

We all take at least a little bit of pride in our skin, especially if we have a daily skincare routine. Keeping up with our skin is not easy, it takes time and dedication to maintain healthy skin.

That’s why we put so much effort into researching the products that go onto our bodies. Coconut oil, moisturizers, creams, and lately shea butter. We’re all familiar with coconut oil, and there is no telling what is included in the moisturizers and creams, but you may be wondering:

“What is shea butter?”

Shea butter is an all-natural vitamin A cream that has been proven to be an exceptional moisturizer, along with having remarkable healing properties.

Shea butter is best for your skin when it is 100% natural and pure, rather than bleached.

It has been used to improve skin conditions like blemishes, eczema, dermatitis, and wrinkles. It has also been used to treat allergies, sunburns, frostbites, and common insect bites.

Shea Moisture Soap

What is shea butter?

Shea butter is the fat that is extracted from a nut from an African Shea Tree.

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Natives frequently use shea butter for cooking in a similar way to using coconut oil. It can be mixed with different oils to serve different purposes. Shea butter melts at body temperature, which allows it to absorb quickly into the skin.

The best feature of shea butter is that it is an all-natural additive. Used in cosmetics such as moisturizers, salves, and lotions, rather than a manufactured chemical.

There are so many uses for shea butter and shea butter products. You can use it in its pure form as a face and body moisturizer. Or after sun exposure to replenish the moisture in your skin. It is good to use alone or in a salve to ward off pregnancy stretch marks.

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You can use it as a wrinkle remover and under-eye bag-reducer. It is an excellent solution to dry noses during colds and the flu. It also help scars repair through collagen production.

Some even claim that it helps with cellulite. It also has properties to help moisturize your lips and can be used by itself, in homemade lip balms, or you can spice it up and use it in a homemade shimmer lip balm.

It is no surprise that with all these skin benefits that shea butter is also used to create facial soap, all the benefits with way fewer chemicals.

Although shea butter soaps are not 100% exclusively shea butter because of their sensitivity to temperature, it includes enough to continue boosting your skin health. Shea butter products are gentle and unbleached, making it perfect for everyday use on our overly sensitive faces.

My Personal Pick

I’m all for all-natural products, particularly those that replace chemicals that affect my skin.

Your face is one of the most sensitive sections of skin on your body and making sure that it is cared for properly is essential. So it should be no surprise that I went all out in switching up my skincare routine to fit in a shea butter facial bar.

My first pick:

Shea Rose Clay – Facial Soap by EcoRoots

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I chose EcoRoots because of the transparency of the ingredients included and the guarantee of an all-natural product.

Their soap also contains coconut milk, mango butter, rosehip, kaolin clay, and an essential oil blend for scent and extra nourishment.

EcoRoot’s products are vegan, USDA organic, cruelty-free, plastic-free, and zero-waste.

Additionally, their facial soap is safe for use not only on your face but on your entire body.

The Trial Run

Facial soap use is pretty straightforward, but it always helps when switching to a new product to have some basic guidelines or instructions.

EcoRoots includes the instructions on their website and said first to use warm water to create a lather in clean hands, then to gently massage the lather over your face using circular motions, and to finish off, rinse with water and pat dry (assuming with a clean towel or rag).

Even though shea butter is all-natural, there is still that slight risk of being allergic.

Day one consisted mainly of me using a small portion on the backside of my hand and checking after a couple hours to make sure I wasn’t having any type of bad reaction. Thankfully, everything went well, and nothing awful happened.

That meant I was in the clear to start my new routine.

I started using my new facial bar every morning and every night.

It took about three weeks to see the full result (you’re going to have to push through those first few breakouts, give your skin time to purge), but it was undeniably worth it. My skin was in perfect bliss.

The Overall Payoff

My face felt amazing and smelled amazing.

It’s that satisfying feeling of washing your face is that feeling of being refreshed without your skin drying out.

Shea butter definitely accomplishes this and does so effortlessly. It provides a long-lasting layer that keeps the moisture in and prevents your face from drying out or becoming irritated throughout the day.

I couldn’t stop feeling my face, which probably won’t help prevent any future breakouts, but it was worth it.

So, what’s the bottom line?

Shea butter is the best natural alternative to regular skin products.

All-natural eco-friendly alternatives to daily use products don’t only save our environment, but also protect our skin and health.

Natural products are almost 10x better for our bodies than manufactured products and also reduce the risk of having an allergic reaction.

Why put harmful chemicals into our bodies when there is a perfectly suitable natural alternative? Why not only use products that we know are great for our bodies instead of using a product and hoping for the best? Next time you’re shopping around, ask yourself:

Is this something that should really go on my body?

The Benefits of Using a Neem Soap & Shampoo Bar

Neem soap is typically made of neem oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and other natural ingredients.

neem soap

If you’ve never heard of neem oil, don’t worry, you’re not alone. What you should know is that neem oil is good for your skin.

Neem oil comes from neem trees, easy enough to remember. These trees, often called Indian lilacs, grow in tropical and semi-tropical regions of the world.

neem soap

Many can be found in India, but they also grow in Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh. And about twenty-three other tropical-climate countries.

Lucky for those of us here who need it, neem soap is easy to find online.

Neem oil and soap are said to have ancient healing properties, especially when paired with tea tree oils.

neem soap

It is healing and soothing to the skin, treats acne, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral, to start.

When used in your hair, it’s also very helpful for soothing an irritated scalp, getting rid of dandruff, and psoriasis.

neem soap

If neem soap is used correctly, it helps treat that pesky acne that just keeps creeping back up. It also helps to fade marks left behind by acne that has come and gone. 

When using it on your face, rub the bar between your hands to lather. Gently cover your skin with it, rinse, and pat dry.

No chemical treatments or peels are necessary. No sitting in the bathroom with your face covered for a full hour.

It’s easy to use, and in addition to helping get rid of your acne, it won’t dry out your skin, and it’s very mild if you use the right one.

My favorite is the EcoRoots Neem Soap Body & Hair Bar, which you can purchase here.

It’s a really great price for the benefits it offers, especially if you consider the fact that this is essentially two products in one!

As an extra added bonus, the ones that are available from EcoRoots are vegan, cruelty-free, free of chemicals. Totally zero-waste, and they come in plastic-free packaging.

They also offer a lot of other great zero-waste products if you try out the neem soap and like what it does.

In addition to treating acne, neem soap and leaves can also be used to treat other skin diseases, like psoriasis. It won’t cure the condition, but it will help you control and treat the symptoms so that it’s easier to live with.

In some cases, it works so well that people claim to be cured for a time. These skin conditions are caused by genetics, but also by infections, and low immune systems.

neem soap

The natural healing properties, along with being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, allow it to treat these conditions in every direction, every symptom, and every day.

Since it naturally smooths the skin, it’s good for moisturizing and immediately eliminates a lot of the itchiness and irritation that comes with skin dryness.

Because of its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, the soap is also really good for normal, healthy skin, too.

I was a bit hesitant to use a soap bar in my hair at first, but the varying benefits of this bar can’t be understated.

You can use this bar as a normal shampoo by rubbing it in your hair, or rubbing the wet bar between your hands until you have a lather.

Smoothing the lather through your hair, massaging it into your scalp, and rinsing.

neem soap

As an anti-inflammatory, neem soap not only helps you remove dandruff, but it also helps you prevent it from reoccurring by moisturizing your scalp.

Neem soap

is a natural and effective way to battle dandruff, as opposed to specialty shampoos with really long lists of impossible-to-read ingredients, many of which only made my dandruff worse.

It will also help to enhance the health and texture of your hair, as an added benefit, and it’s much less expensive than all of those crazy expensive coconut oil and chemical hair masks that your old friends from high school are peddling on Instagram.

On the other side of the discussion on neem soap, many people do have their concerns. Some argue that neem soap may make their acne worse.

Much of treating your skin depends on your skin type and the soap type. It’s also important to be sure that you’re using your treatment properly. Any scrubbing or misuse of a product will likely make the acne worse, and soaps can sometimes strip natural oils from your skin, so the product may help for a few weeks but then the acne may return.

neem soap

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and what works for some people may not work for others, but since neem works for so many, it is certainly worth a try!

Neem oil is also said to have a strong smell, so it’s important to buy a neem soap that has a lot of other different (but still natural) ingredients that have strong scents that can overpower the smell.

neem oil

Unfortunately, the sulfurous smell of neem oil can’t be removed, since the components that make it so effective are the same ones that cause the smell, but it can be masked.

The good thing about buying neem soap in a store or online is that most manufacturers are already aware of the scent, and they use other ingredients to cover it up so that it never becomes a problem for their consumers.

neem soap

If you do your research and take the time to find a good neem soap, you can find one that does exactly what you need it to for your particular type of skin and hair.

The good thing about neem soap, in general, is that it’s good for many different types of skin: dry, oily, flaky, and sensitive, to name a few.

EcoRoots, in particular, makes great, zero-waste products that don’t leave anything, including a fresh, great scent, missing for their eco-friendly shoppers, and their neem soap and shampoo bar is one of my favorite finds.

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Neem Soap (12.99$)

I highly recommend trying it out for yourself.

The bar worked wonders for the skin on my face, which is usually a blotchy combination of dry and oily, and dandruff that I’ve battled with for years.

The anti-inflammatory bar helped with the slight bags under my eyes, and the soothing, natural ingredients calmed the blotchiness while evening out the moisture level.

neem soap

If you suffer from any of the issues that I’ve discussed here, visit EcoRoots online and try out the neem soap, then tell your friends what you find!

For other zero waste shampoo alternatives, check my article here.

Zero Waste Produce Bags [my review]

When my EcoRoots zero waste produce bags arrived in my mailbox, I was secretly hoping that I had no fruits or veggies left in my fridge so I could run to the store and try them out immediately.

You may be wondering why I was so eager to start using these zero waste produce bags or why you should even care.

In the United States, 100 billion plastic bags are used each year. Besides creating a huge waste problem that is detrimental to marine life, the manufacturing process alone is extremely toxic and harmful to the environment.

8% of our oil resources goes towards the production of plastic bags and each one is typically only used for an average of 12 minutes.

I gave up single-use shopping bags awhile ago, but whenever I was getting groceries, I always found myself reaching for one of those silly plastic produce bags.

I always felt as though I had no other option, but now I do!

Bringing some zero waste produce bags into my life seemed like the next logical step in my journey towards living more sustainable and maybe it is the next step in your’s, too.

Even though there are a few different reusable produce bags on the market, I decided to go with the EcoRoots brand because I liked the company’s philosophy and their product set. They started when they realized how much consumerism is negatively impacting the environment.

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Their mission is to create long-lasting products that minimize the creation of waste. Naturally, the packaging of their products is completely recyclable and plastic-free.

My zero waste produce bags arrived in a cardboard box, which I ended up shredding and adding to my composting bin. You could also recycle it if you are not on the composting train yet.

The produce bags are sold in a set of nine and have two different types, mesh and bulk, in various sizes.

The mesh bags have holes in them and are best used for produce, such as apples, oranges, and broccoli. There is a small, medium, and large bag and you get two of each size.

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The bulk bags are solid and are more for items you would get in bulk, such as pasta, coffee, and rice. There is only one of each size of the bulk bag in the set.

After receiving my bags, I had to wait a few days to use them. Luckily, the week went by quickly and it was finally Saturday, which meant it was farmer’s market day!

I woke up, had a cup of coffee, and packed my produce bags inside of one another. I then threw them into my reusable canvas bag and walked a few blocks from my house to the market on a gorgeous summer morning. The market was bustling.

The smell of fresh bread and the sight of produce satisfied my senses. Using my produce bags was easy and fun.

Before you knew it, my bag was full of beautiful, local fruits and veggies.

I really like that there is different sized bags because it just seems to make sense. For instance, the small bag is great for strawberries and the large one is best for a bushel of kale.

The small details of the EcoRoots zero waste produce bags is what really makes them a solid product.

Each bag has a stainless steel drawstring cord, so it is easy to secure them closed.

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They are made of organic cotton and are completely machine washable.

They are super durable but are also 100% biodegradable if you ever wanted to get rid of them (I am not sure why you would).

Each bag also has the tare weight written on a tag, so your food can be accurately weighed.

I have had so many cashiers and fellow shoppers compliment me on them. It is a great gateway conversation into informing others about the plastic problem and how they can easily live more sustainable.

Since using them at the farmer’s market, I have also brought my produce bags to the grocery store and my local food co-op, which works just as well.

I tend to just leave them in the trunk of my car so I have them whenever I need them.

I really love having both styles of the bag.

The mesh bag is great because it makes it super easy to rinse your produce right inside of it.

Personally, I use the bulk bags more at the store than the market because that is where I stock up on coffee, grains and beans.

I have recently been thinking about buying more bulk bags because three sometimes is not enough and I just use them so much.

zero waste produce bags

They are great! Besides being perfect for produce and food, these bags are awesome to have in your life for other reasons.

When traveling, I sometimes use one of the medium ones for my toiletries.

A few months ago, I was moving apartments and these bags came in super handy when packing random, small miscellaneous items. My friend has the same set and she sometimes uses them for her kid’s toys.

The possibilities for these zero waste produce bags are endless!

If you get the EcoRoots reusable produce bags, I am sure that you will find even more reasons to love them than what I have already mentioned.

The mesh and bulk options just make it so easy to sustainably purchase your food.

I love the material, sizes, and style of this product. I just can not recommend them enough.

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EcoRoots Zero Waste Reusable Produce Bags Set of 9 (25$)

If you started using only reusable bags, over the course of your lifetime you would have saved 22,000 plastic bags from reaching the landfill.

Would you be willing to give up single-use plastic bags to lessen your impact on the environment?

Zero Waste Shaving [My Favorite Safety Razor]

Like all routines, I don’t put much thought into shaving. Even though I might not shave every day, I should’ve noticed how many razors I was throwing away.

It’s amazing how much damage something as simple and small as a disposable razor can do.

Think of it this way, the EPA estimates that 2 billion razors are thrown out each year.

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How many of these razors are yours? How many do you go through each week, each month, each year?

Considering you can’t recycle these in the U.S.A, it’s a pretty safe assumption that they’re stacking up in our landfills and our environment.

So What Do We Do?

For me, It was easy to see that a step in the right direction consisted of me changing my routine and I needed to find a perfect replacement.

One method I attempted previously was signing up for Harry’s, a shaving club that provides you with a razor handle and sends razor heads monthly (or whenever you request).

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The problem was that the blades only lasted so long, I went through an average of 6 blades each month. They rusted and dulled to the point where they did more damage to my skin than the hair I was attempting to remove.

Therefore, it was on to the next idea. Reusable safety razors.

Safety razors are not a new idea, but they are not overly popular especially for use in those very sensitive areas where one mistake causes pain for the next week.

Taking a leap out of our comfort zone to try something new when it affects our body so intimately is hard, even when the change would be better for the Earth and better for your skin.

The Switch

I’m not one to start using a product without doing any research, and that goes double when the product affects my skin.

I avoided large scale stores (aka WalMart) and looked through a few options on Amazon, but ultimately I decided upon this Rose Gold Safety Razor from Ecoroots.

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It was exactly what I needed. Stainless-steel double edged eco-friendly safety razor with plenty of instructions… it also didn’t hurt that it was Rose Gold, my favorite color.

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My Zero Waste Shaving Experience

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No offense to the people who already know how to use safety razors, I don’t have the steadiest hand and the initial trial was a slow process.

Holding a heavy metal object was somewhat intimidating at first, making the first couple passes on my legs annoyingly slow.

Tip #1, only shave downwards. I did the mistake of going both ways. I do not recommend.

When I ordered my zero waste razor, I also went ahead and added on their Organic Shaving Soap which was extremely helpful when shaving. It made my legs feel soft and smooth after the shave.

I couldn’t stop rubbing my legs, the difference was amazing.

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No razor bumps, no dry skin, no cuts. Probably the most successful shave I’ve had in a while.

Although the blades still need to be replaced, they last much longer than ones on plastic razors.

They suggest changing your blades after 7 uses, and as the blades have a high-polish finish to protect from corrosion, they last much longer than plastic.

Make sure to keep the razor in a dry place and rinse it after every use, you want to make your razor last.

For more information about EcoRoots Safety Razor check their article here.

As for the used blades, take them to your local recycling center where they will get put with the stainless steel recycling, or if you don’t feel like making the trip, you can mail them through the Albatross Blade Take Back Program.

You don’t need to mail each individual blade, keep a blade bank instead. A jar or piggy bank that you put all your used razor blades in. Once it’s full, take or mail them for recycling.

Metal Vs. Plastic

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And the winner is…. Metal. Not surprised? Me neither.

The struggle with usual plastic razors is how easily they break or bend while shaving.

I for one have cut myself way too often to have any REAL attachment to a little pink plastic thing. Not only do the razors fall apart, but they don’t work.

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How many times do you have to go over that one line of hair left on your leg just to get a few leftover strands? Too many. It should be one and done.

The difference in weight alone makes the switch worth it.

The safety razor has some extra weight to it, as expected, and it feels like I have more control when shaving. I don’t fear the drifting of my hand because I’m more aware of what I’m doing.

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EcoRoots Rose Gold Safety Razor (32$)

Now, in consideration of looks, the safety razor takes the cake.

Rose gold will forever be my go to color and this razor fits right in. 

Was It Really Worth It? Heck yes.

I am not all about the money, but I’m not against saving some.

This switch was definitely a budget friendly one in the long run.

On average we spend almost $20 for a nice disposable razor with a few blade refills. With the plastic free safety razor you spend the initial $32 and you’re set for the next couple of years.

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You might shave twice a week, so you might go through a blade each month, maybe two. The disposable razor only lasts for a week before needing having to replace the blades.

This means that zero waste shaving is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your bank account.

Now, if you’re really trying to be eco-friendly, not shaving at all is an option that is 100% zero waste.

I personally don’t have the ability to go without shaving, it would make me uncomfortable and part of being waste free and eco-friendly is being comfortable enough to keep up with it.

Just being aware of what products you’re using and what they’re doing to the environment is perfectly fine, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

It’s all about the little steps.

What’s stopping you from switching?

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12 Zero Waste Makeup Brands [my favorite ones]

In today’s article, I will go over my favorite zero waste makeup brands,

Let’s begin:

It is very apparent that there is a global waste problem, but not a lot of people are bringing attention to it. On average, individuals generate around three pounds of non-recycled, non-composted trash each day.

This trash is going straight to landfill, and when you think about how many people there are in the world, you can imagine how quickly this all adds up!

Before you get too upset, let me tell you one thing: you possess the power to easily lessen your contribution to this problem.

There is a rising amount of buzz on the zero waste movement, a sustainable lifestyle that nearly eliminates the creation of waste in one’s life.

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In fact, many zero wasters can fit all of the trash they have generated over the course of several years into a mason jar.

It may seem extreme, but all it really takes is a little extra thought regarding your consumption habits and seeking more sustainable alternatives to your everyday essentials.

Quitting trash-making cold turkey is difficult, and I will not deny that.

However, it is very easy to start introducing more sustainable practices into your life at a gradual pace.

Remember when you learned about reduce, reuse, recycle as a child? Well, zero waste folks are really just pros at that basic model.

It is about saying “no” to things that will eventually end up in the landfill  and “yes” to products that can be reused for years to come, recycled, or composted.

It is best to take it one step at a time when making long-lasting habitual changes.

Focus in on one area of your life and think critically about how your choices are affecting the planet. Some topics to consider are food, personal care, and cleaning.

Today, I am going to focus on make up and tell you how to make your daily routine more eco-friendly.

Once you slowly tackle all these different areas of your life, you will be living zero waste in no time!

One added perk of pursuing a more eco-friendly lifestyle is that by incorporating more products made from natural ingredients into your life, your health will benefit.

There is a misconception that if a store is selling a product, that automatically means that it is safe for consumers.

However, studies have shown that on average, women are exposed to 168 chemicals a day just by using personal care products.

These hidden toxins often times create reproductive issues, alter hormone levels, and cause cancer. Yikes!

When shopping for beauty products, you may notice that some brands advocate that they are cruelty-free. Even if you are not an animal rights activist, there are legitimate reasons why this is worth caring about.

If a company fears that something they have added to their product may be harmful to humans, then they will first test it on rabbits or mice. If they were putting their customer first, they would not even consider using potentially toxic chemicals and would just use natural alternatives.

The easiest way to avoid chemicals and products tested on animals is to take full charge and make it yourself.

One really easy solution you could incorporate into your beauty routine is a DIY makeup remover.

There are a few different recipes that you can find online, but my personal favorite is super simple: 3 tablespoons of witch hazel and 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil. It is all natural and will make your face feel refreshed after a long day.

If you are not one to make your own products, no worries,

Here are some of my favorite natural, cruelty-free and zero waste makeup brands that are on the market:

1. Axiology

Axiology is a company that provides beautiful lipsticks and lip liners. Their mission is ensuring that every product is 100% “evil-free”, which means that all of their items are vegan, natural, and cruelty-free.

They use post-consumer cardboard packaging and aluminum applicators can both be recycled. Their shades are really gorgeous and their branding is spot on.

Sometimes, I wish that their selection had more to offer than just lip colors, but their dedication to lip care has really set them apart from other companies. 

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Overall, Axiology’s lip products are eco-friendly, high quality, and come at a very fair price point.

2. ZAO Organic Makeup

Unlike Axiology, Zao Organic Makeup can be your one-stop shop to beauty care and make-up.

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They offer face cleansers, eye shadows, lipsticks, brushes, and more.

My favorite thing about ZAO is that they offer a replenishment system, so you can buy a refill to pop into your bamboo case or applicator to replace it. Not only is this better for the environment, but it makes it less expensive to restock your favorite products when they run out.

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The only caveat is that some of the refill pods use plastic.

ZAO Organic’s website says that the plastic they use can be recycled and that they are currently working on solutions that would completely eliminate plastic from their product.

3. Elate Clean Cosmetics

Elate Clean offers a bunch of “conscious beauty” products that are cruelty-free and sustainable.

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All of their packaging is made of bamboo, which regenerates after being harvested and also is biodegradable.

They sell their palette compacts separate from their actual eye shadows. Which allows you to create your own palette and refill as you use them up.

One thing that I am on the fence on about Elate is that they say that if you follow a zero waste lifestyle. You can contact them and they will pack your order using less packaging, which is great.

However, I sort of wish that it was within their mission to minimize packaging for all customers. Not just those who ask for it.

4. Tata Harper

If you are looking to really indulge yourself into some great skincare products,

Tata Harper is the place to go.

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Their price point is a bit higher than many of the other companies mentioned, but the quality makes it worth it.

My absolute favorite thing about Tata is that they do everything themselves at their farm in Vermont. All of their manufacturing happens there and they even grow some of their own ingredients.

I really appreciate that they sort their collection according to common skin concerns such sensitive skin, discoloration, blemish prone, etc, because it makes it easy to find what you need.

Another plus is that all of their products are packaged in glass, which can be easily recycled or reused.


Although ILIA is a nature-conscious brand that carries a wide range of makeup, I have a special place in my heart for their lipsticks.

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They have gorgeous, highly pigmented shades that go on so smoothly. I also love their color hazes, which can be used on your lips, cheeks, or eyes. All of their packaging is made from either recycled aluminum, glass, or recycled paper, which is all recyclable.

ILIA is super transparent about their ingredients and lists everything they use on their site.

6. Fat and The Moon

Fat and the Moon is my personal favorite on this list. Their approach comes from an herbalist perspective. So they really understand how to use the healing powers and properties of plants in their products.

Their makeup, or “adornment” section as they like to call it, is not huge, but they have so many other general self-care products that you never even knew you needed.

They also have an amazing toiletries section that has great sustainable alternatives to your everyday essentials such as:

toothpaste, deodorant, and shaving cream.

Everything is all-natural and their packaging is super cute. I could not recommend Fat and The Moon more!

7. Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis is a very glamorous makeup company. Even though their branding feels very high fashion, their price points are affordable and they are very environmentally friendly.

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They also have a refillable system, which minimizes waste.

They also are certified organic in Europe, which holds more weight than a similar certification in America or Canada. Europe is more strict which means that Kjaer Weis legitimately uses all organic ingredients with no questions asked.

8. Antonym Cosmetics

Antonym is another company that utilizes bamboo as a sustainable packaging material.

My favorite products from them are their blushes because the way they are made makes them look like marbled art pieces.

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All of their other products are really great and are all made from natural ingredients.

They have a long list of impressive certifications including Ecocert (natural and organic ingredient certified), FSC (sustainable paper production for packaging), leaping bunny (cruelty-free certified), and a vegan certification.

9. RMS Beauty

If you love minimal design, you are going to love RMS Beauty. Their packaging and branding is all very clean and minimal.

All of their products are made to protect you from the harm of synthetic ingredients.

They also mention how some manufacturing processes, even if they are with organic materials, can be toxic, so they do not use these. RMS Beauty products are classics that you can feel good about using. 

10. URB Apothecary

URB Apothecary is definitely another one of my favorites on this list.

Their founder is really interested in the healing capabilities of plants, so all of their ingredients are meant to enhance this belief and use botanical to help you.

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Everything is all natural, free of chemicals, and cruelty-free. Aside from their wide array of beauty products, they have a small section of home goods as well.

You can tell that the company has a good eye for design based on their packaging and curation of products.

11. Couleur Caramel

If you are looking for amazing French beauty products, Couleur Caramel should be your destination.

They believe in a mutual respect for their customer and the environment because you should not have to feel guilty about your beauty routine.

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The only drawback is that their website can be a little hard to navigate and shop on, unless you speak French.

There are some American companies that carry this brand, like a eco-beauty supply store called Ecco Verde.

12. Vapor Beauty

Vapor Beauty is an amazing source for great skincare products.

They try to blur the line between makeup and beauty because their foundations, primers, and concealers contain ingredients that help calm your blemishes.

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One of my favorite parts of their website is their “clean swaps” section where they take popular, non sustainable zero waste makeup products and they suggest their alternatives.

I find this to be a super useful tool for someone who is transforming their beauty routine.

Using more sustainable, natural, cruelty-free products can transform your life, and that is why I hope you will consider trying some of the beauty brands I mentioned.

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Even if you do not decide to go fully zero waste, a little more consciousness about your consumption habits can go a long way.

Consider transforming your beauty routine to make yourself feel better because looking and feeling beautiful does not have to come at the cost of destroying the planet!

What is your favorite low-waste makeup routine?

My favorite online vintage & second hand stores

I love finding hidden gems in second hand stores. Nothing like finding a vintage one-of-one from a small thrifty boutique.  What makes it even better is when I know I’ll get it for a great price. 

Most people in the world wear second hand clothes so why not look for some ‘hidden gems’ for yourself right? 

Believe it or not, there are wins across the board for wearing thrifty clothes

I have saved tons of money visiting websites of my favorite thrift shops.

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There’s plenty of high-quality clothes and of sustainable material.  The prices for second hand clothes are much more reasonable. 

Shockingly, there has been 10 million tons of clothes that have ended up in landfills in the previous year.  The average American throws away about 80 pounds of clothes every year alone. 

It’s very beneficial to shop for secondhand clothes because you are saving the environment while saving in your bank account at the same time. 

Resale shopping saves so many unique, good quality clothes from being wasted. 

Most clothes casually thrown away aren’t even recycled in any way.  That explains why the vast amount of clothes the population wears temporarily ends up at landfills.  

It’s more to resale shopping than just saving the environment for discounted prices on clothes. 

You’ll be sure to find high-quality vintage items from even the smallest of second hand stores. 

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You’ll be proud to support small businesses that have one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll fall in love with.  Regular clothing stores never have those exclusive, vintage pieces that you happen to find in the small secondhand businesses we support. 

Let’s continue to do that as we’re contributing to eliminating waste in our environments and supporting those businesses that stand behind that same cause.

Here are my favorite vintage and online second hand stores:

1. ThreadUp

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On ThredUp’s website, thredup.com, you can search through a wide range of designer styles for a fraction of the price.  They have great sales and many different search options

You can make money by sending any clothes you no longer use for resale.  They can give store credit, a prepaid gift card, or send money via PayPal. 

According to their website, they only accept less than half of the clothes they receive based on ensuring high-quality resale items.  How’s that for guaranteed quality without spending a pretty penny?

2. Etsy

Searching vintage items on etsy.com is very convenient too.  Many different sellers have individual items for a variety of brands. 

You can even find vintage designer brands for lower prices than some competitors.  There’s no limit to what you can find on Etsy

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Find a few sellers who are more your style and likely have secondhand items you’re interested in.  Save them in your favorites on Esty and now you can access their inventory much easier.

I found this amazing seller on Etsy by the profile name of ‘rawsonchicago’. 

They have an average five-star rating with lots of great reviews. The fabrics have great quality, and everyone loves the fast shipping

The clothing is worth every single penny.  You’ll find great one-of-ones from rawsonchicago on Etsy

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Visit etsy.com/shop/RAWSONCHICAGO and see why other resale shoppers like myself rave about this seller.

3. Ebay

ebay.com has been around for years and it is very similar to Etsy. 

There are tons of search options from searching by the brand, type of clothing, size, color, and more

To get a look at what’s secondhand, simply apply the ‘pre-owned’ filter in your search options. 

I recommend finding some go-to sellers when shopping on eBay and save them to your favorites too, just like Etsy.  Narrow your search so it’s much easier to browse through. 

4. Adored Vintage

Is an online boutique where I can find many different vintage items.  The coolest part is how you can search their vintage items by era.  

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Adored Vintage has styles going back as far as the 1910’s!  Talk about an overflow of one-of-one pieces. They provide product descriptions explaining each piece’s physical condition along with the photos of course. 

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I could appreciate that since Adored Vintage is an online boutique and it’s not the same as an in-person shopping experience.  It’s a plus when any online second hand store does this. 

But when viewing each product, there are sustainable care directions provide as well.  What a way to preserve amazing clothes with a lot of history. 

Imagine the way we can make an impact on the environment if we preserve clothing and they continue to last for decades.  

Check out adoredvintage.com, a cool business I found on Instagram

5. Boheme

To my ladies who love Bohemian style clothes, Boheme is great place to grab your secondhand threads

They sell more than just clothes for women and children, but also household items and accessories

Boheme has vintage one-of-ones and the clothing has great quality

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If an item is a little more worn, Boheme notifies you in the product description when viewing the item.  And yes, the price will be even cheaper. 

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Check out bohemegoods.com to catch all your Bohemian vibes.

6. Na Nin’s second hand store

Secondhand items are great to buy at Na Nin’s online store. 

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They provide product descriptions of flaws of the pre-owned items they sell but encourage to contact them via email if any other questions and concerns arise. 

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For Na Nin to be an online store, they establish great trust with their customers.  The products are preserved well and made of quality fabrics.  If you’re a silk lover, they have plenty of those items in their secondhand collection

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Go to shopnanin.com and see what this small business I found on Instagram has to offer.

7. Ochre

Is another small shop on Instagram I absolutely love. 

Ochre is a small resale store that has some quality vintage items for very cheap prices.  They don’t have a large collection, but you may find an item worth looking at. 

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Ochre sells other items too like books and mugs which are also vintage

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Supporting small businesses that prevent wasting clothes makes me a proud resale shopper. 

See Ochre’s unique pieces at ochreshop.com.

8. Depop App

Want to do some thrift shopping on an online store that has somewhat of an Instagram feel?

No problem.  Download the Depop app and see for yourself.  If you go to depop.com, you can have the app download link sent straight to your smartphone. 

You set up your shopping profile based on your interests and clothing sizes.  From there scroll down the timeline of products and get a product’s description in the post when you click on it. 

It’s a different experience shopping with Depop but it’s a great way find those sellers with unique, pre-owned clothes.  Depending on the seller, you can even get free shipping on your discounted items. 

How cool is that?

9. Poshmark

Poshmark has the social media feel also.  You can shop poshmark.com as you normally would do in another online store.

But when on your personal homepage when logged in, you’ll see a timeline of people posting about items for resale.  The search options are great, and the network of sellers is huge.  Find the perfect designer item too as there are so many brands to search through.

Secondhand shopping can be beneficial in several ways. 

Wasting clothes is an unnecessary environmental threat.  There are some cool styles out there just waiting to be brought back to life. 

I’ve given you a rundown of my favorite online second hand stores and you should give them a look if you’re not familiar with them. 

Great second hand stores have those ‘hidden gems’ that we can’t let end up in a landfill wasting away

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Let’s continue to enjoy our eco-friendly hobby and collect those high-quality, vintage one-of-ones.

Sustainable fabrics are great to look for. 

Search for fabrics made of organic cotton, industrial hemp, organic wool, soy cashmere or silk, and other fabrics that contribute to helping the environment.

Organic cotton has no toxic chemicals or synthetic material in it.  Over a quarter of the world’s pesticides are used in conventional cotton alone (Spector). 

Clothing made of hemp is very sustainable.  As you may know, hemp is a renewable natural resource.  That’s money well spent in a thrift shop for lasting fabrics.

Other fabrics like organic wool, Tencel, and soy cashmere or silk are good to look for on the clothing racks also. 

Organic wool does not contain toxic chemicals and is a highly renewable fabric.

Tencel is a fully biodegradable fabric.  It might be a little harder to find a Tencel piece in the secondhand shops.  However, check it out if you come across any Tencel pieces. 

Soy cashmere and silk can be a good choice because soy fabrics are made from soybeans or even genetically engineered. The fabric being genetically engineered helps decrease the use of natural resources. 

Keep all these eco-friendly fabrics in mind when shopping for new threads.

What’s your favorite online secondhand and vintage shops?

10 Zero-Waste Bathroom Essentials [my favorite swaps]

Today I will go over my best swaps for a zero waste bathroom,

Let’s jump to it:

Over the years, we’ve all become aware of the movement to reduce the use of plastics in order to protect the environment.

300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year.

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Of that, only about 9% is recycled, and an estimated seven million tons end up in the sea each year.

These numbers led me to make some changes in my lifestyle.

I set out to find low-impact, plastic-free products to replace the damaging ones I’d always used before.

These are products that will help prevent further damage to the environment, but there are other reasons you can feel good about making these swaps, too!

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Here are my favorite swaps, 10 zero-waste bathroom essentials:

1. Ditch the disposables for a long-lasting safety razor

Approximately two billion plastic razors are thrown away each year, according to the EPA.

Since they’re not recyclable, most end up in landfills. Instead of filling your garbage bin with one-time-use pink plastics, try out a reusable safety razor instead!

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EcoRoots Rose Gold Safety Razor is plastic-free, comes in recyclable packaging, and includes five stainless steel replacement blades.

It’s easy to use, great color and design, high-quality and leaves you feeling smooth.

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EcoRoots Zero Waste Safety Razor (32$)

If cost is your concern, don’t let that deter you. It comes with five replacements, and each blade will provide you with about seven uses.

When you consider how much it would cost to buy 42 disposable plastic razors, that price will easily exceed the cost of one safety razor. This was one of my favorite swaps.

Safety razors look better, work better, and they are more cost-efficient over time.

2. Swap out your old, plastic toothbrush for one made of biodegradable bamboo

Over five trillion pieces of plastic toothbrushes are currently floating in our oceans.

One billion are thrown away each year, in just the U.S.

Plastic toothbrushes take hundreds of years to decompose.

Do we really want our great, great-grandchildren pulling pieces of our old Oral-Bs out of the ocean?

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Instead, consider switching to an EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush.

They have a nice, simple design, are biodegradable, come in plastic-free, recyclable packaging, and unlike other bamboo toothbrushes, they’re about the same price as a regular toothbrush.

They also have natural, anti-bacterial properties.

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EcoRoots Bamboo Toothbrush (14.90$)

Our great, great grand-children can spend more time zooming around on their hovercrafts instead of scooping chunks of old, plastic toothbrushes out of the path of our ocean’s marine life.

As an added bonus, the bristles are surprisingly soft.

3. Use shampoo and conditioner bars as a substitute for traditional plastic bottles

According to Johnson & Johnson, more than 552 million shampoo bottles may be ending up in landfills every year.

The number thrown out in the U.S. alone each year could fill 1,164 football fields.

Shampoo and conditioner bars are plastic-free, made with more natural ingredients, and quite honestly, they’re more fun to use.

They’re also much easier to travel with than those little bottles that get squashed in your luggage and leak on your clothes.

If Ariel in The Little Mermaid had to use shampoo and conditioner to achieve that perfect, silky style, these are the ones I’d imagine she’d choose.

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Zero Waste Hair Care (10.50$)

EcoRoots makes shampoo and conditioner bars that are vegan, palm oil-free and SLS- free. They also last for 50+ washes, they’re color-safe (another plus for Ariel), cost-effective, smell great, and their website has different bars based on your favorite scent!

4. Replace your single-use tampons with menstrual cups and reusable underwear

In one day in 2015, The Ocean Conservancy collected 27,938 used applicators and tampons on beaches across the globe.

When flushed, they end up in our oceans. When disposed of properly, they sit in a landfill.

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In addition to being eco-friendly, menstrual cups and reusable underwear give you the freedom to live life on your own terms, not your tampon’s timeline.

The Mahina Cup, made of high-quality silicone, is safe, easy, and protects you for twelve hours.

It’s also cost-effective, and will save you about $250 per year.

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Mahina Cup Menstrual Cup (42$)

Alternatively, THINX makes reusable underwear that looks and feel like normal underwear, but absorb two tampons’ worth of liquid.

Thinx (34$)

They’re made of moisture-wicking material that controls odor and bacteria.

I alternate between the two, depending on how much protection I need and what activities I have planned for that particular day.

5. Look for plastic-free toothpaste and floss instead of plastic tubes and containers

In the U.S. each year, 32 million pounds of plastic waste is attributed to floss containers and 26 million to toothpaste tubes.

If you’re not interested in making your own toothpaste to keep in a jar by your sink, I recommend trying Davids

Davids Toothpaste (9.95$)

It comes in a recyclable metal tube, but what I like even more than that is that it’s made with natural ingredients.

Regular toothpaste tubes are covered in long, unpronounceable words, many of which have questionable effects on your health. Davids makes a natural toothpaste that you can feel good about.

It’s better for the environment, better for you, and it’s not tested on animals like most regular toothpastes are.

For a sustainable floss option, Lucky Teeth makes bamboo floss that comes in a cute little refillable jar!

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Lucky Teeth Bamboo Floss (9.99$)

Their floss is biodegradable and vegan, and contains charcoal and essential oils to keep your teeth sparkling clean without any harsh chemicals.

6. Let reusable facial rounds take the place of single-use cotton balls

Surprisingly, cotton production accounts for 16% of insecticide releases across the globe.

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Cotton beats out all other crops in the amount of chemical pesticides required to protect from insects and other pests. These insecticides can leak into the ground and pollute surrounding groundwater.

A well-placed jar of single-use cotton balls may look like a cute bunch of bunny bottoms, but they may contain traces of chemicals that are bad for your skin.

EcoRoots makes organic reusable cotton rounds without harsh chemicals.

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EcoRoots Reusable Facial Rounds (10.95$)

They’re more sustainable than single-use cotton balls, biodegradable, come in plastic-free recyclable packaging, and they’re just as soft.

7. Use sustainable, plastic-free toilet paper as a fill in for toilet papers wrapped in plastic

27,000 trees are cut down daily just to make toilet paper.

Each individual American will use the equivalent of 384 trees in toilet paper in their lifetime.

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Deforestation has a major impact on wildlife and ecosystems.

Regular toilet papers are also wrapped in plastic, which ends up in the ocean, like many of the other pre-swap products on this list.

Who Gives A Crap makes toilet paper without trees, they offer free shipping on most orders, and they donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

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Who Gives A Crap 100% RECYCLED TOILET PAPER (30$)

Their products come individually wrapped in paper rather than plastic. They offer toilet paper made of 100% recycled materials, and one that’s made of, you guessed it, bamboo. Those pandas are really onto something.

8. Cut out aerosol shaving cream containers and let shaving soap bars smooth your skin

The EPA has warned that emissions from hydrocarbons and various other gases increased by almost 60 percent between 1990 and 2009.

Hydrocarbons are another source of harmful greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.

Many shaving cream containers are made with recyclable materials, but because of the use of hydrocarbon propellants, many recycling centers won’t accept them.

Rather than buying plastic or metal shaving bottles, I recommend trying out a shaving soap bar, like Tierra Mia Organics.

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Tierra Mia Organics Shaving Soap (4.99$)

Their shaving soap bar contains cocoa butter and coconut oil, lathers well, and gently exfoliates.

It costs about the same as a name-brand can of shaving cream, but a little goes a long way. Its natural ingredients like goat milk and Vitamin A make it great for sensitive skin, too!

9. Remove plastic-tube-contained chemical deodorants from your life and try out a biodegradable, natural deodorant stick  

Recent medical studies have revealed that a large number of parabens (one of the main ingredients in regular deodorants) were found in over 70% of women with breast cancer.

The aluminum in deodorants is also a water pollutant, damaging ecosystems, and marine life if it ends up in the ocean.

The tube itself that deodorant comes in is usually recyclable, but not all of its component parts. So, like the aerosol shaving cream cans, deodorant tubes may not be accepted by all recycling centers.

Meow Meow Tweet makes a deodorant stick that not only has a really fun name, but is also free of harmful chemicals, and comes in biodegradable packaging.

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Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant (14$)

My favorite is the lemon eucalyptus & rose geranium, but it also comes in lavender bergamot, grapefruit, and cedar spruce.

They’re made with essential oils, and plant and mineral powders, so you can feel good about meow meow deodorizing!

10. Shift to recyclable, natural lip balms from conventional plastic lip balms

The EPA estimates that about 30% of waste discarded by the public consists of packaging and containers, including the ones used for your favorite lip balm.

Unless your favorite lip balm is Burt’s Bees. They offer a free mail-back recycling program if curbside recycling isn’t available for many of their products.

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Burt`s Bees Lip Balm (4.99$)

They also use recyclable materials for 89% of their primary packaging.

The lip balm itself is made with 100% natural ingredients like beeswax, peppermint oil, and vitamin E!

Confession: Burt’s Bees was my favorite far before I started on my eco-friendly journey, and I’ve been recommending them for years, but the recycling program is new information to me, so it just makes me love them even more.

If you’re concerned about your impact on the environment, the ocean, your own health, or all three like I was, I’d recommend trying these products out and achieve a zero waste bathroom.

Pick the ones you think would have the biggest impact, or try them all.

Some may cost more up-front, but they’ll save you money in the long run. To me, this is just choosing quality over quantity.

Find what works for you and will also help make the world a little bit better!

Once you find your favorites, share them with your friends and family, too.

What is your favorite zero waste bathroom swap?

How to embrace natural living – [Easy 10 step guide]

Today I want to talk to you about natural living,

Have you ever wondered how to increase your overall health and your impact on the environment?

Do you care about your well-being and want to make an impact on your body as a whole?

If so, it may be time to learn how to embrace natural living.

Living naturally can significantly benefit both your health and the environment.

Just by making a few simple and conscious changes in your life, you can embrace natural living and start making a more positive impact on both yourself and the planet.

What Does Natural Living Mean?


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When you think of the words natural living, it is likely that you are confused about what this vague statement means.

In general, living naturally involves getting back to the basics.

Natural living goes back to the roots of humans by avoiding everything that is not naturally and ethically made on Earth.

Why Should I Embrace This Change?

By including green habits and nature as a part of your everyday life, you are more likely to experience greater physical and mental health benefits.

Not only will this benefit you, but it will positively impact the environment as well.

Aspects of natural living include avoiding chemicals and excessive waste and adding more sustainable habits in your life. If you do this, you will not only be happier, but you’ll reduce your impact on the planet.

Here are my 10 Steps to embrace natural living:

When you have a guide to tackle transitioning to natural living, the process could not be easier!

Here, you can follow this detailed guide in the best ways and steps to take to begin living naturally.

Let’s start!

1. Change Your Diet Habits

We are what we eat and we all know that a healthy diet is an important part of our lives.

Switching what you eat to organic, naturally grown foods, you can avoid putting unnecessary chemicals into your body.

The best way to do this is to shop from the farmers market or local food markets and to look for USDA labels.

These labels indicate whether the food you purchase is organic or naturally grown without pesticides.

Additionally, by focusing less on meat and eating less processed foods, you will reduce your own carbon footprint impact.

Just by reducing or removing animal products from your diet, you are saving the world of its horrendous water waste.

Statistically, it takes 53 gallons of water to produce a single egg, 468 gallons of water for a pound of chicken, and 1,800 gallons of water for a pound of beef.

Compared to this, growing a pound of crop or fruit only uses an average of 15 gallons of water. Because we only have a small amount of drinkable water available on Earth, it’s important to conserve it.

Keep this in mind the next time you reach for the meat instead of healthy vegetables! Consume responsibly and support the farmers.

2. Avoid Purchasing and Using Plastics

One of the major issues that humans contribute to on the planet is the amount of waste they produce.

When landfill builds up, the lighter waste tends to become airborne and make its way into our oceans.

For reference, there are currently five oceanic gyres of plastic that are twice the size of Texas floating in our oceans.

These plastics release chemicals into our water, and they also create harm to animals who mistake them as food.

When digested, plastic can lead to death from starvation and chemical poisoning. To prevent this, using less plastic will help the ecosystem.

In order to use less plastic, you can avoid purchasing foods, such as fruits or vegetables, that are wrapped in plastics.

It helps to buy in bulk or to purchase loose products, as you can customize how much you need and waste less. Additionally, be sure to bring your own reusable bags to the store when you shop.

This allows you to forego using tons of plastic bags that could end up in landfills polluting our fragile environment.

3. Recycle and Compost

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Just by recycling, you can efficiently conserve materials. Recycling involves re-purposing used materials into new products instead of tossing them away.

This can be done with any material, especially plastics. One example of recycling is composting, which involves using your food and paper scraps to create dense soil.

Compost, made of 100 percent organic matter, can save you water because natural matter absorbs up to 5 gallons per pound of compost. This means that compared to traditional soil, you’d be using less water to contain moisture for your plants.

To start composting, collect your food scraps and paper waste in a container.

Things that you can put in a compost pile include sawdust, pine needles, dried grass and leaves, shredded cardboard and newspaper, greens tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable waste, and weeds or flowers.

Some things you should avoid putting in compost include ashes, dairy products, diseased plants, seed-bearing weeds, and either human or animal waste.

Make sure to chop the pieces into small chunks and add them to brown and green plant material.

Keeping this moist and turning the mixture will ensure your compost will form properly.

4. Consider Ethical and Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

There is often a hidden truth behind many of the beauty products you may use.

Companies tend to test their chemical composition on innocent animals.

During animal testing, laboratories either place drops of these compositions into animals’ eyes, or they’ll shave a patch of fur off the animal and topically apply the cosmetics.

In more extreme cases, force-feeding takes place. These can lead animals to get extensive rashes, have organ damage, internal bleeding, blindness, convulsions, and even death.

Protect animals by avoiding beauty products that have been tested on animals.

Some brands that test their products on animals include NARS, L’Oreal, MAC, Maybelline, Revlon, Lancome, Burberry, Almay, and many more.

Instead, check out eco-friendly and ethical beauty alternatives like Axiology, Lilah B., Josie Maran, ILIA, Kjaer Weis, Antonym Cosmetics, Elate Cosmetics, RMS and Tata Harper.

5. Avoid Fast Fashion Companies

A big issue in the clothing industry involves fast fashion companies.

This is not a common or known topic, and conditions are often hidden.

Fast fashion means that inexpensive clothing is produced rapidly and unsustainable in order to produce high turnover rates for faster sales.

In the process, a lot of water is wasted, excess clothing and carbon emissions are created, making our environment less stable.

Rapid consumption of apparel and the need to deliver on short fashion cycles stresses production resources, often resulting in supply chains that put profits ahead of human welfare.

Statistically, 12.8 million tons of clothing are sent to landfills each year in the United States alone.

The more clothes we make, the more waste we contribute.

Additionally, these fast fashion workplaces are expected to lead to a 60 percent increase in current levels of carbon dioxide emissions. The more excess carbon in the planet, the more greenhouse gases erode the ozone layer.

Examples of fast fashion companies that lead to this issue include H&M, Bershka, Guess, Forever 21, Topshop and more.

Instead, stick to sustainable stores like People Tree, Patagonia, Reformation, HARA the Label and Everlane.

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These companies provide their workers with good working conditions, sustainable and ethical fabrics and they focus on improving the environment rather than harming it.

Check the documentary “The true cost” for more info in this niche.

6. Consider Purchasing Second-Hand Clothing

If you purchase clothing from a second-hand or thrift store, you are minimizing the amount of clothing that are sent to landfills every day.

One of the best ways to help the environment is by reducing the amount of garbage waste you produce and send to landfills, and this can easily be done by reusing materials.

Getting hand-me-downs, shopping at thrift shops, and using fewer materials will ensure that your carbon footprint is smaller.

An alternative to purchasing clothes is to rent them.

There are plenty of online stores that offer you to rent and return clothes for a scheduled amount of time.

Doing this allows you to use a fashion item for an event and return it, saving you both money and waste.

Check out Rent the Runway for an ethical and sustainable company that does this.

Did you know that the fashion industry itself creates 20 percent of the world’s waste?

When you shop at second-hand stores, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll meet some people with similar interests and save the environment while doing so!

7. Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is a new trend that’s going around the United States.

The idea of minimalism preaches that simplicity and freedom are more important than material possessions.

By minimizing the number of materials you have, you will declutter your house and your life.

Additionally, doing this means you create less waste in the world.

When you have fewer products, you’ll contribute less to landfills when its time to toss them out. This will reduce significantly your waste since you’ll be throwing out less.

To start living a minimalist lifestyle, it’s best to declutter what you currently have.

A tip to do this is the five-second rule. Take an item and take five seconds to determine if you’ll use it soon. If you will, put it in a keep pile. If not, create two separate piles – one to donate and one for recycling.

The recycling pile should only contain products that are so badly worn out that nobody else could get good use from the item. This allows you to reduce your possessions while donating or recycling what you don’t need.

This rule works with things you’re looking to purchase as well.

If you see a product that you’ll get good use out of, get it. If you think for five seconds and determine that you’ll only use it once or twice, don’t purchase it.

The key to minimalism is to buy less and to be less impulsive with the items that you do want to get.

Living a minimalist lifestyle will improve your quality of life, as well as your environmental surroundings.

8. Spend Time in Nature

Because people are beginning to rely more on technology, people often forget to spend time outside.

Spending more time in nature, such as going on a picnic or hike, will make you healthier.

Studies conducted by the University of East Anglia have proven that if you expose yourself to nature more, you reduce your risk of type II diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and even premature death.

In order to ensure you lead a healthy, meaningful life, getting outdoors is the way to do so.

Some ways to spend more time in nature include going on more walks, having outdoor picnics, meditate or even doing any work you may have to do outside.

If you find yourself riding in your car or using useless amounts of electricity inside, take a walk or a bike ride instead.

Not only does this give you the health benefits of spending time outdoors, as mentioned above, but it helps the environment.

9. Drive Less

The less you use your car, the more you reduce your environmental impact.

For every gallon of gas burned, a car produces 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other various global-warming causing gases.

This means that about 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases come from driving alone.

Another option is to carpool or take public transportation. This, while still contributes to pollution levels, makes it so that on one tank of gas, multiple people get to the same place.

This saves each individual person from using copious amounts of gasoline, which would produce insane amounts of pollution.

Opting to walk or take a bike ride will reduce your carbon footprint on the planet significantly.

10. Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated is one of the most important features of life.

Your body is made up of cells, and each and every one of those cells needs water to function properly.

Certain functions that would be inhibited if you were to drink less water include your bodily waste production, muscle output, and the ability for your blood to carry oxygen.

The long-term benefits of drinking lots of water and staying hydrated include having proper bowel and kidney function, having clear and smooth skin, and your eyesight can even improve!

Some tips on how to drink more water include always having a reusable bottle of water handy.

If you have water, you are more likely to drink it rather than purchasing something that you don’t readily have.

Get a reusable water bottle that you love.

Whether that be because of the pattern it has or the shape, a fun water bottle will encourage you to drink more liquids.

The more hydrated you are, the better your body will perform, so be sure to drink up!

Embrace Your Natural Living Today

When you live naturally, not only will you be saving yourself from health issues, but you will be helping the environment and world around you as well.

For a healthy, beneficial way to live life, embrace natural living, one step at the time in the right direction for a sustainable future!