*This post is sponsored by prAna and Avocado Green Mattress however, all products mentioned in the post are those that I believe in and personally use. This post also Includes Amazon affiliate links which do not alter your cost any, but give me back a few pennies if you buy something I suggest.
What does it mean to be green?
Being green has so many different definitions and encompasses many different areas. Overall being green means leaving behind a smaller environmental footprint in order to protect our planet. You can do this by eliminating certain products, conserving resources, reusing and recycling when you are able, and being smart about what you buy/consume.
What does it mean when a product say it is green or eco-friendly?
– inflicts little to no harm on the environment
– made of environmentally friendly materials
– free from harmful chemicals and compounds
– does not deplete the environment during production and transportation
– has multiple purposes and a long shelf life
– reduces the environmental impact of the building it is used in
– it creates a healthy environment in that building
Be warned – natural products shouldn’t contain any synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, or ingredients from petrochemical. However, they are not necessarily made using green practices.
So what are a few simple ways you can begin to go green?
5 Simple Ways to Go Green –
1. When you Shower –
The Yes To… Line available at most drugstores is as affordable as it is amazing. Their products are free of nasty toxic ingredients and contain at least 95% natural ingredients. In addition to that they are free of parabens and made with recyclable materials.
I personally use, and love, the Yes To Cucumbers Color Protection Conditioner + Shampoo and Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Warming Facial Scrub.
2. As You Get Dressed –
prAna offers organic, sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp items. Not only that, but prAna prioritizes giving back to communities all over the world. prAna lets you feel good about the clothes that you wear.
Plus, prAna’s items are perfect for any journey. All of the designers create and test all of prAna’s clothing based on their own love for outdoor activities. However, while prAna clothing is made to accommodate any adventure, the items are first and foremost mindfully made in order to support fair trade and sustainable practices. prAna actually has only one core belief, and that is to give back more than we take from the world.
Here I am in the prAna Aya Sweater and their Kara Jean. Use code APF17BA to save on all prAna purchases.
3. Putting on Your Makeup –
Try out Pacifica Beauty! This vegan and cruelty-free company began as a natural fragrance line but has expanded over the years to include a full line of cosmetics, perfumes and skincare products. Pacifica Beauty focuses on formulating innovative, safe and sustainable products that have helped to bring natural beauty to the mainstream. I personally use both their Pacifica Island Life Mineral Eyeshadow Palette and also their Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color and LOVE them!
4. When You Are Out Shopping –
BYOB takes on a whole new meaning – bring your own bags! Not only is it environmentally friendly as you are not wasting plastic bags, but the bags you bring yourself also hold up better and can carry more. That means no more worrying if your heavy products will fall through the bottom and less trips from the car to the house. I personally use the Bekith Set of 6 Reusable Produce Bags bags for my produce and then Earthwise Large Insulated Reusable Grocery Bag Shopping Hot Cold Thermal Cooler w/zipper closure to pack up all my groceries.
5. Going to Bed at Night –
Even your bedroom can be a green friendly place thanks to companies like Avocado Green Mattress. Avocado Green Mattress makes non-toxic, eco-friendly mattresses and pillows that are better for your health and the planet. They are made from natural and organic materials including: 100% natural Dunlop latex (tree-tapped, similar to maple syrup), natural wool, and organic cotton and totally non-toxic. Going green in the bedroom is a great way to start your green journey because we spend one-third of our lives in bed – it is a great place to take a huge step forward in “detoxing” your air and home.
Avocado mattresses provide critical support where you need it. (We offer two levels of firmness – Standard and Pillow top.) They are breathable and sleep cool. Both of these ensure a better night’s sleep. Plus, they offer a risk-free 100-night trial (with free pickups!), a 25-year warranty, and free shipping anywhere in the USA. (Our mattresses are handmade in California.
I personally have some Avocado Green pillows that I love and sleep with every night. Try them out yourself using the Discount code SquareZero20 for 20% off all pillows. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer expires 12/31/17.
Let me know –
In what ways do you try to be green?
Have you tried any of these products?