Hola earth fam! Living an eco-friendly, ethical and chemical-free lifestyle is not only good for the planet, but also for your health, happiness and well-being. In this article, we will share some of the best tips and practices that you can adopt in 2023 to reduce your environmental impact, support social justice and avoid harmful substances in your daily life.
Food and Nutrition
What you eat and how you eat it can have a huge effect on your environmental footprint, your health and the lives of other beings. Here are some tips to make your food choices more sustainable and ethical:
- Eat more plant-based foods and less animal products. Meat production is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet, responsible for massive amounts of water use, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and habitat destruction¹. Animal products also contain hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals that can harm your health. By eating more plant-based foods, you can reduce your environmental impact, improve your health and save animals from suffering².
- Buy organic, local and seasonal produce. Organic farming avoids the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and GMOs that can damage the soil, water and biodiversity. Local and seasonal produce reduces the need for transportation, refrigeration and storage, which saves energy and reduces emissions. Buying organic, local and seasonal produce also supports small farmers and local communities³.
- Reduce food waste and compost your leftovers. Food waste is a huge problem that contributes to climate change, landfills and hunger. In the United States, nearly 40% of edible food goes to waste⁴. You can reduce food waste by planning your meals, storing your food properly, using up your leftovers and donating excess food to food banks or shelters. You can also compost your food scraps, which turns them into nutrient-rich soil that can be used for gardening.
Fashion and Beauty
The fashion and beauty industries are also major sources of environmental and social problems, such as water pollution, textile waste, human rights violations and animal cruelty. Here are some tips to make your fashion and beauty choices more eco-friendly and ethical:
- Buy less, buy better and buy secondhand. The fast fashion industry produces cheap, low-quality and disposable clothing that ends up in landfills or incinerators. The production of these clothes also consumes a lot of water, energy and chemicals, and exploits workers and animals. You can avoid fast fashion by buying less, buying better and buying secondhand. Choose quality over quantity, invest in durable and timeless pieces, and shop at thrift stores or online platforms that sell pre-loved clothing.
- Choose natural, organic and cruelty-free cosmetics. The beauty industry uses a lot of synthetic ingredients, such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates, that can harm your skin, health and the environment. Many cosmetics are also tested on animals or contain animal-derived ingredients, such as lanolin, beeswax and carmine. You can avoid these products by choosing natural, organic and cruelty-free cosmetics that use plant-based or mineral ingredients, avoid harsh chemicals and do not harm animals.
Home and Business
Your home and business are also places where you can make a difference by adopting more eco-friendly, ethical and chemical-free practices. Here are some tips to make your home and business more sustainable and socially responsible:
- Use renewable energy and energy-efficient appliances. The conventional energy sources, such as coal, oil and gas, are finite, polluting and contribute to climate change. Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydro, are clean, abundant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can switch to renewable energy by installing solar panels, buying green electricity or joining a community energy project. You can also save energy by using energy-efficient appliances, such as LED lights, smart thermostats and low-flow showerheads.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle your waste. The average American generates about 4.5 pounds of trash per day, which adds up to 254 million tons of waste per year. This waste ends up in landfills, incinerators or oceans, where it pollutes the environment and harms wildlife. You can reduce your waste by avoiding single-use items, such as plastic bags, bottles and straws, and opting for reusable alternatives, such as cloth bags, metal bottles and bamboo utensils. You can also reuse items that can serve multiple purposes, such as glass jars, cardboard boxes and old clothes. You can also recycle items that can be turned into new products, such as paper, metal and plastic.
- Support ethical and eco-friendly businesses. The businesses you buy from or work with can also have a significant impact on the environment and society. You can support ethical and eco-friendly businesses by choosing brands that have a positive mission, such as protecting the environment, empowering communities or promoting social justice. You can also look for certifications or labels that indicate the business meets certain standards, such as B Corp, Fair Trade, Organic or Cruelty-Free.
These are some of the best tips and practices that you can follow in 2023 to live an eco-friendly, ethical and chemical-free lifestyle.
By making these changes, you can not only reduce your environmental impact, but also improve your health, happiness and well-being.
And please, feel free to inspire others to join you in this journey and create a more sustainable and compassionate world for all. 😊