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Everyday Sustainability

We need to act sustainably, now more than ever. So many everyday habitual actions over the generations have been depleting the earth’s natural resources, and contributing to pollution, either directly, or through the support of companies with unsustainable practices. With little changes in different areas of our lives can make all the difference, for our generation as well as future ones!

Food

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  • Eating less meat would be ideal, but eating organic locally sourced meats is also a good option! First of all, the animals are generally treated much better, living a happy and healthy life. Secondly, you will be supporting a local industry, and not a huge corporation that thrives on mass production, treating the animals terribly, and that contributes to a massive portion of atmosphere’s pollution.
  • Eat more fruits and veggies, avoiding pesticides and GMOs. Not only is this better for your health, but won’t be supporting the companies that genetically modify their produce, and load them with chemicals.
  • Eating seasonal foods is also a great way to support local farmers!

Home

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  • RECYCLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE and compost if you can.
  • Use natural home cleaning products. Chemicals in cleaning products are very harmful to you and the environment. Firstly, our skin absorbs upwards of 60% of what it comes in contact with, so even when you don’t intend to come in contact with, for example the bleach you clean your shower with, it is still being absorbed into your body. Secondly, what we clean with goes down the drains and thus back into our water systems. Putting chemicals down our drains puts chemicals into the ecosystem, harming plant and animal life.
  • Use washable rags/towels instead or paper towels, a little change that makes a big difference!
  • Tote bags are your best friends!! No need for plastic bags.

Beauty

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  • Try to stick to using as many clean and natural products as possible. The same goes here as for with cleaning products. You don’t want harmful ingredients and chemical to be absorbed into your skin, or  to be drained into different water systems, thus effecting their ecosystems. Staying natural is better for you and for the environment!
  • Opt for products that have refillable or glass packaging. With refillable packaging you’ll generate less waste, and glass containers are great for re-use.

* Kjaer Weis products use refillable packaging!

Fashion

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  • Buy less, but higher quality pieces, that you know you will not get tired of. This way your clothes will last you longer, and you won’t be throwing anything away!
  • Thrifting is a great option because instead of supporting big fast fashion corporations for cheaper clothes, you are supporting a smaller industry, and giving purpose to a clothing item that may have otherwise been thrown away.
  • Keep an eye out for some eco clothing brands. There are many new emerging eco clothing brands with sustainable practices and recycled materials! They are also super stylish.

Transit

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  • Use public transportation, and if you have the option, stick to trains! Anything to reduce carbon gas emissions right?!
  • Another great option is biking. It doesn’t harm the environment, it gives you a workout, and it is fun!

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I know this may seem overwhelming at first, especially when reading everything at once, but its all about little progressive changes!

Feature photo courtesy of Just Interior Design