When people think of going “green” they often envision a life of crunchy, deprived living where you can only eat saw dust and your wardrobe consists of one potato sack. Okay, we’re exaggerating just a little, but really, times have changed! With so many great socially responsible options, it’s never been a more exciting time for fashion and beauty. The best part is you don’t have to be over-the-top about it. It’s not necessarily about being “all or nothing.” If everyone makes a small change here and there, the collaborative effort can make a big difference. As you know, we’re big advocates of moderation. We believe it’s entirely possible to be fully satiated AND responsible. So here are a few ways you can go “green” all while being healthy and fashionable! Really, it’s a win-win situation. We promise.
[pictured above: Stella McCartney’s Eco-Friendly Sunglasses]
Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
Ditch the disposable plastic water bottles. Not only are they bad for the environment, but studies also show that the plastic contaminates the water in the bottle. Opt for aluminum of stainless steel.
Eco Vessel Boulder Triple-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Screw Cap, $22
You’ll obviously save tons of money on gas, cab, and public transit expenses, but you’ll also get in better shape AND help reduce your carbon footprint. If your schedule impedes you from working out, walk to work! If you’re really motivated, throw some light weight ankle weights on for extra fat burning and toning.
We love leather as much as the next fashionista, but let’s face it, it’s not eco-friendly. Try mixing “vegan leather” into your wardrobe. Vegan leather is a better quality, more durable version of “pleather” a.k.a fake leather. It looks and feels similar to real leather but it’s less expensive and eco-friendly. Many higher end brands are utilizing it more and more -making the options endless and fashion forward! Some of our favorite brands that offer vegan leather are Eva Franco, Big Buddha, Melie Bianco, Tibi, Stella McCartney, and Free People.
Big Buddha Luna Cross-body Bag, $49.50
Opt for Conflict Free Diamonds
When it comes to ethical world issues diamond conflict is often overlooked. We often don’t think about where our diamonds come from, we just want them as big and sparkling as possible. But there’s a cost for those big, beautiful rocks. Often in the form of child labor and violence. If you’re in the market for diamonds there are several companies offering conflict free diamonds including Tiffany & Co.! You can also check out Brilliant Earth, Zales, The Blue Nile, and Ben Bridge and Jewelry Pot.
14k Rose Gold Conflict-free Diamond and Morganite Ring, $320
Shop Socially Responsible Brands
Help support socially responsible brands! Companies such as TOMS, Warby Parker, The Body Shop (and of course Style Fox!) all give back and reinvest in social good. There’s no better combo than great products AND social responsibility.
Toms Women’s Correa Flat Sandal, $54
This is a biggie. Fur sourcing practices are horrific. There’s no other way of putting it. Avoid fur at all costs! There are tons of cute faux fur options. There’s simply no reason to wear real fur. End of story!
Faux Fur Headband For Women, $18
Switch to Natural Cleaning Products
Toxic cleaning products pollute the water and planet. It’s easy and cheap to switch to eco-friendly cleaning products. Many large brands such as Palmolive, Mr. Clean, and Method offer green products. Or if you’re really motivated you can make your own cleaning products using common, natural ingredients!
The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself, $10
Add More Fresh Fruits, Whole Grains, and Veggies to Your Diet
In other words, reduce your meat consumption! We know a lot of people don’t want to entirely give up meat, so try it from a health standpoint. You’ll fill up on naturally healthier foods and as a result you’ll likely have more energy and may even drop a few pounds after decreasing your bacon and burger intake. Try juicing and snacking on raw treats such as cacao and almond butter which are both delicious and satisfying! You won’t even miss meat after trying delicious almond butter and homemade juice.
Jem Raw Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter, $11.29
Black & Decker Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor, $29.99
Turn off the Lights in There, Baby
We know Rihanna likes all of the lights on, but really, turn off the lights! Make a point to turn off lights, air conditioning units, etc. when you don’t need them. Not only will you do the environment a favor but you’ll save tons on your electric bill! And then you can spend that extra money on shopping. Obvs!