Happy belated Earth Day, everyone! As an Eco-blogger and lover of all things green, Earth day is so much fun for me and the people I surround myself with. But I feel like the vitality, beauty, bounty and care of our Earth is something that should be celebrated every day, so I decided to wait and release this post after the official Earth Day festivities. In this word of fear mongering, misinformation and trends, the word “ECO” is often thrown out at every turn, and it’s frequently nothing more than a sales tactic. So, how do you make your life more Eco-friendly? It’s a lot simpler than you might think.
Here are 3 easy ways to be a more Eco-friendly soul!
1. Reduce waste!
Bring cloth bags instead of plastic. To the grocery store, to your fridge, for snacks and lunches, etc! A great way to do this is with GoGo Bags. Founded by a North Vancouver Mother by the name of Anahita Sharvini, GoGo Bags are handmade fabric food storage bags made with locally purchased fabric and double-stitched to prevent crumbs from collecting. Zipper free, with an easy fold-over closure, these amazing food storage solutions are available in a wide variety of adorable fabrics. Anahita started GoGo bags as an environmentally sound solution for her children’s waste-free lunches. Tired of plastic that was full of chemicals and didn’t keep things fresh anyway, Anahita began making her own snack bags, lunch bags, mesh produce bags, even toothbrush bags, designed with an artisanal flair and plenty of heart. I have a sandwhich bag, snack bag, toothbrush bag, produce bag and lettuce bag, and can attest to the fact that these really do keep freshness and cleanliness intact. I use them for my daughter’s pre-school snacks every single day, and they are so easy to wash. They’re way more fun than plastic, and obviously a million times more Eco-friendly! I’m hooked. I feel SO much better using these Eco-friendly and beautiful reusable products. They are so durable, so cute, and such a simple, no fuss, no muss solution.
Other ways you can reduce waste? Reuse bottles (buy glass over plastic whenever you can),go thrift shopping, use products with minimal packaging and buy refills!
2. Give your wardrobe an Eco makeover!
The fashion industry is notorious for employing unethical practices, using toxic chemicals in production, and leaving a hefty waste trail. But many fashion houses and designers are conscious and caring of the environment and the people who wear and the people who make their clothes/footwear!
LNBF (review/pictorial coming soon)
Salts Clothing (check my archives for an existing pictorial/review!)
Synergy (review/pictorial coming soon!)
Whiskey Dog Wares (check my instagram @shesoeco for the existing pictorial!)
Cocoze (check my archives for an existing review!)
Gaim (review/pictorial coming soon!)
Sole Rebels (review/pictorial coming soon!)
Miik (review/pictorial coming soon)
Sprout Watches (review coming soon, check my instagram for the existing pictorial!)
Avatar Imports (review/pictorial coming soon)
And I need to talk a bit about Green Embassy, because I met the designer/founder at Vancouver Fashion Week and she has touched my heart and soul so deeply.
Designer/artist/farmer/Veterinarian (and the list goes on like you wouldn’t believe), Zuhal Kuvan-Mills designs and produces timeless, stunning Haute Couture pieces with the most thoroughly Eco approach I’ve ever seen. This woman goes way beyond the norm with her love and passion for animals, the environment, and true, honest slow fashion. She runs an NASAA-IFOAM Organic Certified Farm and GOTS certified studio in Perth, Australia where she does the washing, hand cleaning, carding, spinning, embroidery, and more. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills lives and breathes Eco, from first thought to final stitch, from farm to fabric. She crafts beautiful dresses, coats, skirts, etc. As if all this weren’t enough to crown her a true Eco Queen, she is also an organic textile designer and inspiring multi-media artist who focuses on human and women’s rights in her thought-provoking, astonishing art. A powerful and inspiring figure, this compassionate and talented woman is going to create major change in the world.
Below, photos of Green Embassy’s Earth collection taken at Vancouver Fashion Week, March 2014 by Suki Love
3. Go green with your beauty routine!
Y’all know this is a HUGE one for me. I’m obsessed with beauty brands that have an awareness of the earth and safe ingredients found in nature. For me, it comes down to one thing: Knowing that my skin is my largest organ, I don’t want to put things I can’t pronounce on it, especially when up to 70% of what goes ON, goes IN. Like, straight into the bloodstream.
It’s not a myth. It IS real. And as if the health dangers aren’t cringe-worthy enough, how about the fact that the chemicals in the makeup and skincare that makes you look so pretty now will actually accelerate the aging process (seriously! your skin doesn’t LIKE chemicals. It’s not MEANT to withstand chemicals day in and day out), and can cause acne and other skin problems? Lastly, these harsh chemicals and wasteful packaging are doing nothing good for the environment either. I use cruelty-free, toxin-free, eco-friendly brands whenever I can. The best part? There is a whole world of makeup and skincare/bodycare out there that HONESTLY performs. My skin has never looked better since I switched to green beauty products. It’s easier than you think to make the switch.
Here is a list of my favourite green beauty brands. All of them care, all of them craft their products with Eco-conscious hearts, and all of them fill their cosmetics and skincare with non-toxic ingredients. Are they all perfect, organic formulas? Some are, some less so. But they all meet my standards of clean enough to use daily or clean enough to use on a semi-regular basis. Some do contain ingredients here and there that I typically avoid, but it’s not about being a hundred percent clean a hundred percent of the time. It’s knowing the risks, and most importantly, educating yourself on the ingredients and figuring out what you’re comfortable with and what works for you. What you’re adamant about avoiding (for me that’s parabens, Japanese Honeysucke extract, mineral oil, petrochemicals, sulfates, FD&C dyes, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, grapefruit seed extract, and more, but I don’t want to make this post all about that, because I have more stuff to write about).
My list of beloved green beauty brands keeps on growing, which is a great thing, because it means the market is expanding and allowing clean beauty products more time in the spotlight.
Delizioso Skincare – (Canadian!) Faves: Vanilla Buttercream pressed eyeshadow palette, Lip and Cheek Stain in Nude Rose and Dewy Raspberry, Creme de la Creme lipsticks in Tart Pomegranate, Guava Twist, Lychee Crisp (you MUST try these lipsticks) Mangosteen Acai Face Cream with SPF 30
TASTYFACE Organics – Faves: Peppermint white chocolate shave cream, Blood Orange Vanilla body butter, Rosemary Aloe Toner, Vanilla Mint Daily Moisturizer, Coconut Vanilla Cream Cleanser
Vapour Organic Beauty – Faves: Stratus skin perfecter, Atmosphere Soft Focus Liquid Foundation, Siren Lipstick in Au Pair, Aura Multi-use blush in Spark
Pure Anada – (Canadian!) Faves: Tinted Moisturizer, Pressed blush in Strawberry Field and Bronzed Clove, Natural Mascara (this mascara is AMAZING), Fruit Enzyme Exfoliating Cleanser, lip gloss in Icy Pink (this brand is super clean, and very affordable!)
Ecco Bella – Faves: FlowerColor Lipstick in Cafe Au Lait, Pink Rose, Lip gloss in Peace, Pleasure, FlowerColor Natural Mascara
RoseMira Organics – Faves-: Moisturize Me Restorative Cream, Bella Rose I-Renew eye cream, Roses in Bloom hydrating toner, See me C Serum
Deep Steep– Faves: Brown Sugar Vanilla Sugar Scrub, Rosemary Mint body wash, Glossy Deep Conditioner, Peppermint Foot Spray
Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques – Faves: Creme foundation, creme concealer, Chablis lipstick, Love lip gloss
Red Apple Lipstick – Faves: Lipstick in New York, Mix & Mingle, Firefly, eye shadows in Twinkle taupe, Voodoo, Sancastle
Just Pure Minerals -Faves: lipstick in Merengue, Aruba, Natalia, Pinkie Swear, Ruby, eye shadows in Engagement ring, Pop the question, Coffee, 24K gold, fairy princess, blushes in Girly pink and Plum
Carina Organics – Anything from the Nature’s Blends line. This haircare is incredible.
Sappho Cosmetics – (Canadian!) Faves: Liquid Foundation, Tutz blush
Sante– Faves: Coverstick, Eyebrow pencil, Soft Cream Foundation
Logona– Faves: Lipstick in 01, 02, 03, Double lip pencil in 03 (Berry), Liquid Eyeliner No.1 (black)
Celtic Complexion – Faves: Celtic Complexion Creme, Winter Skin Balm Bar, Youth Infusion Serum
Authentic Skin Remedies – Faves: Enrich Nourishing Lipid Serum, Balance Seawater Facial mist, Replenshing Intense Hydration Masque
Trust Fund Beauty – (Canadian!) -nail polish, 5-free, cruelty-free- Faves: Made of Money, Do you know who my father is? Pretty in Kink, Virgin??
HANA Organic skincare – Faves: Eye oil, Lavender grains, Luxe Serum
Josh Rosebrook– Faves: Active Enzyme Exfoliator, Hair Spray Firm Hold
The All Natural Face – CRAZY affordable! – Faves: Diva Styx in Dusty Rose, Creme Brûlée, Milk, Cream Blush in Dusky Rose, Peachy Rose
Pure Fusion Cosmetics – (Canadian!) Faves: ALL their eyeshadows are amazing!
I could keep going and going, but this is getting really lengthy and I want to give some relief to those brave souls who are still with me here.
Listen, as a certain frog once said, it’s not easy being green. But it doesn’t have to be arduous, either. Start small. Do what you can. Every little bit makes a difference.