I’m in the market for a new bed. My old one is not conducive to a good night’s sleep, has never been comfortable and really sags. I’ve done a lot of research on this — after all, I’ll have to live with the purchase for a very long time — and one of my final contenders is a Hästens bed. I like that it is custom, handmade and created from the finest, all-natural environmentally responsible materials like eco-friendly hypoallergenic horsehair, organic flax, sustainable Swedish pine, and pure, premium cotton, and I really love that it is incredibly comfy so it would be an ideal choice that’s good for me and the environment.
With Earth Day coming around again, it’s a good time to take note and make educated choices about how each and every one of our decisions affects us as well as the environment. When you realize that small decisions can add up to big change over time it just makes sense to do your part and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Use green cleaning products that won’t harm the environment or your family.
- Ditch the paper trail and use e-vites for invitations and e-bills for monthly expenses instead of hard copies.
- When possible, walk, ride your bike, use public transportation or carpool instead of traveling alone in your car.
- Recycle glass, paper and plastic and donate or give away anything that can be shared instead of tossed.
- Green your beauty routine by choosing and using eco-friendly products. Here are 5 great ones to try:
OGX Bamboo Fiber-Full Shampoo and Conditioner ($8 and up) comes from a brand that’s committed to reducing their environmental impact and increasing transparency. These haircare products are paraben and SLS-free, contain exotic active ingredients, and are packaged in eco-friendly bottles manufactured from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. I’m loving the fresh and spicy Bamboo Fiber-Full line, formulated with actual bamboo fibers, which attach to hair strands to help create a thick, full, and voluptuous head of hair. The line also includes a thickening fiber cream and thickening root booster.
Yurrku Australia Tamborine Cleanser ($28) is part of the recently launched line that infuses all products with wild-harvested super fruits and nectars that have been used by indigenous Australians for thousands of years for sustenance, healing and protection from the elements. Sourced from the outback and rainforest regions of Australia and harvested directly by Aboriginal tribes. This foaming facial cleanser gently cleanses, brightens and encourages cell turnover. It contains caviar lime to exfoliate, desert lime to even out your complexion, lemon aspen for antioxidant protection, and watermelon, kelp and green tea too soothe and calm.
Clean Reserve Fragrance ($90) blends raw ingredients that are ethically harvested and manufactured in a facility that uses 100% solar energy. The cap is made from certified sustainable wood sourced from Spain, the glass bottle is 100% recyclable and all the scents are delectable. Try the Terra Woods with Madagascar Vanilla that’s sustainable and harvested from ecocert plantations.
Tammy Fender Spontaneous Recovery Crème ($165) is a pure, organic, custom-blended, all-in-one cream-serum-oil fusion and nourishing, protective salve. You can expect instant results and long-lasting protection thanks to a blend of cell-regenerating Organic Rose Hip, reparative Helichrysum, soothing Lavender, and skin-saving Matricaria.
Dead of Night Perfume Oil Necklace ($249) is the most beautiful way we know to wear your fragrance. Its has a warm, sensual vibe with green top notes and also includes hints of Jasmine, Rose, Amber and more. It’s handcrafted in small batches from a sustainable plantation in Southeast Asia, where no raw materials are exploited in the fragrance creation process.