8 Low-Commitment, Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions
By: Monica Weintraub
by Kira Cook
We’re all about sustainability in fashion, but what we wear isn’t going to solve our planet’s environmental issues alone (though the textile/clothing industry is the second biggest polluter after oil). There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint on this blue and green ball we call home. Here are five quick and easy steps you can take to help set back the climate clock.
Instead of continuously purchasing small plastic bottle filled with cleaner after small plastic bottle filled with cleaner, consider visiting a refill station of a zero-waste facility to fill the empty bottles you currently have (or in more durable, long-lasting new ones) with soaps, shampoos, household cleaners, and ingredients to make your own cleaners. In Los Angeles, visit Highland Park’s new SustainLA refill station or search refill stations near you.
Making the switch to toxin-free (and cruelty-free, while we’re at it) makeup is just another element of being a conscious consumer. Rather than just arbitrarily buying from big name-brand makeup companies that have been around forever and have a large enough consumer base that they don’t yet feel compelled to go toxin-free, invest in your skin and well-being by choosing better. Luckily, an amazing resource is out there for exactly this purpose. The Cosmetics Database, which is run by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) enables searches from over 75,000 products, and each one is assigned a safety rating from 1-10, with explanations of ingredients and studies on possible health risks.
Dental floss seems like such a small and even arbitrary thing to bother changing habits towards, but get ready for this terrifying statistic: if everyone in just the U.S. flosses their teeth daily, every year the empty floss containers fill a landfill the size of a 6-story high football field. Yeah. We’re aghast, too. Enter, stage right: Dental Lace – the only fashionable, refillable, eco-friendly dental floss, and is 99% zero-waste. Comprised of 100% mulberry silk, the floss is biodegradable and it comes rolled in a refillable, small glass container. Sorry, but now there’s really no excuse not to floss.
The CDC estimates that around 45 million people in the U.S. alone wear contacts. Just as in dental floss (above), those tiny plastic packages add up if you multiply them daily, and times 45 million. Because these packages are considered too small by mainstream recycling plants, they are filtered into general waste.
Bausch + Lomb has established a program for recycling not only disposable contact lenses themselves, but more importantly for the top foil and plastic packaging that house the contacts. Bausch + Lomb combined forces with TerraCycle (a company that specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle waste). Print a free shipping label at BauschRecycles.com or drop off for free at your eye doctor’s office!
The modern traveler has a lot of opportunities to make better, greener choices for how to see new places. Here are two quick and easy ways to travel green: