April 22 is Earth Day worldwide.
You don’t want to hear me ranting about Earth Day. Every day should be Earth Day not just today alright? So lets make it a practice to be Earth friendly whenever we can not just to be “in” on one day of a year.
Now that I’ve gotten it out of my system, here are some eco friendly practices you can follow and products I like and use and where you can get them. Do note that I have only listed products I have used and like. There are loads more out there so feel free to add your favourites in the comments.
1. Carry Reusable Eco-friendly Bags to reduce plastic bag use
Be it the RuMe bags or the new RuMe All, I like this brand of reusable bags as they aren’t only sturdy yet compact, its made in a fair trade factory. I gave some away for Christmas last year. I hope the recipients liked them too! A lot of resources are used to make plastic bags and the indiscriminate throwing of plastic bags everywhere is bad for the environment and for animals. Whilst plastic bags aren’t the only way to help save the environment and the Earth, its one of the best ways to start. You can get RuMe bags from tinytapir.com. You can of course use any bag you like – the idea is to reuse and/or recycle 🙂
2. Use your own boxes and containers to pack food
Wherever possible, I try to use my own containers when I pack food. Many hawkers in the city are quite used to it these days. Just make sure if you use a plastic container, that it is BPA free. I usually use Lock n lock boxes and if they come with a pretty lunch bag set, all the better! In the alternative use stainless steel tiffin carriers like our parents or grandparents used to. Whatever you do, try to stay away from styrofoam boxes and plates. Styrofoam never biodegrades and its not safe to be ingested even accidentally.
3. Use bath products that are kind to the environment
There are lots of different types of natural or organic bath soaps around. Some bath soaps that are natural or organic are not only good for our skin, they are also kinder to the environment – less chemicals in our waterways. I have used the Soapy soaps, Yuan soaps and Indochine Natural soaps. All work well for me but there are lots more out there too. Indochine Natural has a new body wash for those who prefer using body washes.
4. Use skincare products which are kind to the environment
I may not be the biggest fan of organic skincare but I’ve had one brand work well for me – Madara Organic skincare. Every product I’ve tried from the line has been great for me and does not cause me any allergic reaction. A bit more pricey than other brands but my concern is that it works for me. Get yours from BodyBar Skincare.
If you prefer something more easily accessible, L’Occitane has a new organic cream – Ma Creme Nature – a cream you make only when you need it. There are lots more other brands in this category of course.
Where possible I use products that have the Ecocert certification. EcoCert is a body that not only certifies a product as organic but also its environmental respect along the production line, from fair trade practices to the factory emissions and sustainable development. Its a package deal not just the product.
5. Use cloth menstrual pads
Ah something not every woman will do. I sometimes don’t too. But whenever I can, I try to use cloth sanitary pads not only because its better for the environment, its better for me too.
6. Buy less bottled water
Bottled water takes energy to process and the plastic bottles uses energy to manufacture. So where possible, buy less bottled water and carry your own. Its not hard to boil your own water at home and carry it out in a plastic bottle of your own. All it takes is a little planning. You save a fair bit of money in the process too! 😉 Ditto if you usually buy coffee from cafes or coffee shops. Bring your own insulated coffee mug – most household brands make one.
There is one more – if you enjoy burning scented candles, try using organic soy candles. They cost more, but burn longer with less soot to pollute the air which is better for everyone in the long run. My favourite? Dirt Candles by far! I have picked up more scents in the little scented tea lights version. Love em!
I might be less consistent with my skincare and bath and body use (there are many non organic non EcoCert products that I like unfortunately) but I’ve been pretty consistent in the rest of my Earth friendly practices that I have mentioned here. At least I try to make the effort one way or another every day of the year instead of just on April 22 or during Earth Hour.
Over to you. What is one Earth friendly practice you’d like to share or some alternative products you’d like to share with us?