With Earth Day right around the corner (it's on April 22), we're taking a close look at the brands we buy and how they affect the environment. The idea is to make simple, eco-friendly swaps when possible and take the time to study up on the companies that make our everyday products. If you're hoping to do the same and start investing in more planet-friendly products, we have a collection of tips and tricks and a number of eco-friendly brands for you to shop.
Earth Day is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to take a good look at the more wasteful products you use in your everyday life, like plastic toothbrushes, paper coffee cups or single-use straws. They may be small, but if you use enough of them, your environmental impact adds up.
For many people, Earth Day is a time to reflect on how we interact with the world around us. You might volunteer to clean up your local park or lobby for environmental protection. If your Earth Day activities include looking for ways to lessen your carbon footprint, you may want to take a hard look at the products you buy throughout the year. If you're not careful about what brands you purchase in the clothing, home and tech categories, you could be contributing to problems from water contamination to energy waste.
More and more, we're paying attention to where our personal belongings come from. From our clothing to our bedding to our skincare products, we've been taking a closer look at how the ingredients and processes used to make them can affect the people around us and our environment.
If you want to live a more environmentally friendly and healthier lifestyle, take a look at the everyday objects you use. A good place to start is your water filter and water bottle. Nonprofit organization The Water Project estimates that only 1 in 5 plastic bottles are recycled, resulting in US landfills being overloaded with about 2 million tons of discarded plastic containers. Plastic bottles take over 1,000 years to biodegrade, and if they're incinerated, they can emit toxic fumes into the atmosphere.
When is Earth Day, you ask? This year, it falls on April 22 — which means now is the perfect time to reflect on how you affect the environment and what you can do to contribute to a healthier planet. One great way is to invest in brands that follow sustainable procedures when they manufacture their products.
There are more and more organic offerings in the beauty industry. At the core of this is the fact that studies have shown millennials are more willing to pay extra for sustainable goods over ones that aren't. Anything to lessen our carbon footprint, right?