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April 22, 2015 marks the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, an event celebrated around the world. This day helps raise awareness and give support for environmental protection, but you don’t need to wait for Earth Day to make a difference. The little things you do now can add up to big changes for you and the environment.
HOWÂ TO LEAVE A SMALLER FOOTPRINT:Â
BUY LOCAL AND EAT ORGANIC: Local foods use less fuel for shipping and organic foods don’t depend on pesticides or treated fertilizers which can be harmful to the environment and your health.
COMMUTE SMARTLY: Carpool,Â use mass transit, bike or even walk if you don’t have to travel far. Do your weekly errands all at once instead of heading out multiple times. You’ll save cash and cut down on pollution to boot.
GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER: There’s much you can do to live a more sustainable life and if you want to go whole hog the world will thank youâ€¦but the very least you should do is:
- Switch to energy efficient lightbulbs.
- Turn off your lights and unplug unused chargers and appliances when not in use. In the market for a new appliance of some sort? Purchase one with an “energy star” label on it.
- Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products like vinegar or choose products that use less plastic in packaging or are biodegradable.
SAVE A TREE: Reusable items are environmentally friendly. Give up paper and plastic for earth-friendly reusableÂ coffee mugs, bring your ownÂ shopping bags and alwaysÂ use reusableÂ water bottles and lunch sacks instead of the throwaway options.
RECYCLE: Everything Â you own does not have to be brand spanking new. Some of my favorite purchases have been from estate sales, thrift and antique stores, Craigslist, Freecycle and Ebay. Before buying anythingÂ new see if you can find it elsewhere first.
BE A QUITTER: If you’re still smoking it’s clearly because it’s one of the hardest habits to break. You already know that it wreaks havoc on your health and makes you look old years before your time but it also releases toxic chemicals into the air. Go cold turkey, wean yourself, use hypnosis or try e-cigarettes. Do whatever it takes to kick this bad habit!
InÂ honor of Earth Day you’ll also want to experience eco-friendly, organic, sustainable orÂ natural products proving once and for all that green products can more than hold their own against the more mainstream varieties:
Eco Tools Complexion Collection BundleÂ ($25) are made withÂ recycled aluminum ferrules,Â Â sustainable bamboo handles and super-soft cruelty free bristles.
Sustainable Youth Elasticity CreamÂ ($100), part of a new andÂ revolutionary anti-aging skincare collection, contains the proprietary ingredient alastaÂ®, aÂ potent extract derived from inside the leaf of the Aloe Vera plant. ThisÂ lightweight daily moisturizer works toÂ restore your skinâ€™s elasticity and increase firmness. It’s formulated withÂ natural ingredients rich in antioxidants as well asÂ organic essential oils that are sustainably harvested from around the world.
Zoya Nail PolishÂ ($9) is formaldehyde and toluene free so itÂ won’t harm the environment. It’s long-lasting, toxin-free and available in more than 300 of the most gorgeous shades imaginable.
Dadiâ€™ OilÂ Â ($12) is a non-greasy, easily-absorbed treatment oil for the nails and skin made from certified organic Avocado Oil (high in Vitamins A & D, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (with anti-inflammatory properties) and Jojoba Oil (a powerful antioxidant and moisturizer). More than twenty essential oils make up itsÂ beautiful natural fragrance.
Cricket Centrix Q-Zone DryerÂ ($180) utilizes ionic technology to cut down drying time and conserve energy plus it’s ultraÂ quiet so it reduces noise pollution as well. Ceramic and tourmaline helpÂ lock in moisture and shine for healthy, gorgeous hair.