I’ve always tried to be aware of my footprint on the world – from my diet to my trash to my consumerism etc. It can be…overwhelming for a lack of a better word, but worth the fuss, I think. Since becoming a mom, it’s actually amplified – I have a tendency to not just read labels, but to scan them with certain apps to measure toxicity. I research companies and their social impact before purchasing something as simple as say, deodorant. I buy shower gel from independent brands that advertise building schools in Africa vs. brands that have marketed to me my entire life. The millenial crush, from a commercial standpoint, is a brand who tells you your purchases are more than what you’re taking home –they pay it forward, they do good down the line that justifies you buying whatever xyz is.
Wellness, awareness, self-care, whatever you want to call it – I’m borderline obsessive. Just this week, I was sitting on the couch massaging my collarbone fascia when my husband looked at me and said “I think you’re getting a little crazy with all of this.” But in a world where you have such finite control, why not control the things you buy, the brands you support, the missions you encourage? I’ll rant about non-toxic, organic, natural, cruelty free vegetarian life another day – for now, let’s talk about how you can reduce your waste, support humanity, and quit supporting systems and industries that don’t think about the future.
Accessories that go the distance. Right off the bat, I want to address the mentality that more is more – in the sense that having more items is the secret to happiness, success, Instagram fame, whatever. Minimalism is chic. The environment is chic. Practicality is chic – don’t believe me?, look at the recent resurgence of Birkenstocks. Accessories like this Apolis bag can be used in a variety of ways, I use it as a beach bag, a work tote, hauling farmer’s market goodies, even as a baby bag from time to time. It’s large and roomy and has a pocket for my keys and cards. Done.
Consignment is hot. In today’s digital world, the consignment finds are endless. What’s crazy is that for the same price of a new slipdress you might wear a handful of times from a fast fashion boutique, you could score a great gently used (or even new with tags) designer piece. Take a break from scrolling your Instagram feed and check out apps like Poshmark, The Real Real, and eBay for designer finds on the cheap. Plus, you’re not supporting the fast fashion industry – read all the bad juju coming from the stalwarts of instant gratification here. With that said, at this point, we’ve all got a few fast fashion items – try to wash them on delicate and make them go the distance, then modify your shopping habits for the future.
Reusable wares that cut down on single use trash. Nowadays, you can find travel sets of reusable silverware (even chopsticks!), straws, coffee cups, water bottles, and more. Buy products packaged in glass or recycled cardboard vs. plastic, ditch the makeup wipes for remover liquid and reusable makeup pads. Evaluate your daily products and start researching where you an make some eco-friendly swaps.
Remember no one is perfect. Try as you might, there will likely be a time where you have to use disposable goods, you’ll shop fast fashion on a trip when you forgot to pack a sweater, you’ll use makeup wipes in between trying new products. No one is perfect. These things happen. But, when you make a conscious effort to monitor and adjust your habits, these moments will likely happen less (you’ll be habitually prepared), and you’ll know better next time (because life is a lesson).