We love Earth Day because it inspires us to make green resolutions that we can keep year-round. To celebrate, we’re taking a look at our daily routines and making small changes that we can stick to. Here are five ways you can go eco, without sacrificing your style:
1. Shop smarter
You’re going to buy beauty products anyway, so why not put a portion of that budget towards environmentally responsible brands? Start by reading product labels carefully. We’ve detailed eight of the most common eco-friendly seals and what they mean so you aren’t flying blind.
2. It’s in the bag(gu)
Not so fun fact? Americans use an estimated 102 billion plastic shopping bags each year—or more than 500 per consumer. Rather than adding to this astronomical sum, snag one of BAGGU’s handy, reusable totes. They fold up to fit in your pocket, come in snazzy colors and will last for years.
3. One girl’s trash is another gal’s DIY project
Rather than tossing empty Birchboxes into the recyle bin, use it to stash keepsakes or display your ring collection. Get crafty with these fun and surprisingly easy DIY projects. (You’ll be happy to know that Birchboxes are 100 percent recyclable and made with sustainably sourced materials.)
4. Don’t (plastic) bottle it all up
Like a bridge over troubled water, KOR’s sleek, reusable Aura Water Bottle will rescue you from thirst and—just as important— that mountain of plastic bottles growing on your desk.
5. Walk the walk
Now that the polar vortex has finally dissipated, walk or bike to work. Aside from saving money on gas and reducing your carbon footprint, it’s a great and easy way to squeeze in a daily sweat sesh. If your commute is a little too far to test this out, arrange a carpool with your coworkers.