1. Introduce eco-friendly and non-toxic products to your beauty routine
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Most conventional beauty products involve a toxic mix of preservatives and chemicals used to cut costs and lengthen a product's shelf life. Look for companies that use responsibly sourced non-toxic and organic ingredients. Even better, many clean beauty brands such as Kjaer Weis, Aveda and RMS offer refillable and eco-friendly packaging.
2. Think before you shop
When out shopping, think quality over quantity. Fast fashion companies harm the environment through their use of harsh chemicals in the manufacturing process and unsustainably-sourced materials. Look for brands with a social consciousness that value environmental protection and social empowerment. Resist throw-away culture this year by investing in well made, classic pieces that will last for years to come.
3. Say no to plastic
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One of the simplest ways to reduce our carbon footprint is to avoid using take-out cups, water bottles, and plastic shopping bags. Whenever possible, avoid buying heavily packaged foods at the supermarket, especially fruits and vegetables! Get yourself a big canvas tote for shopping, a reusable coffee mug and a pretty glass water bottle. Companies like KeepCup offer really cute barista grade cups that can be customized to your preference.
4. Swap out harmful household products
Many of us forget that the products we use in our homes can be just as harmful as what we put on our bodies. Everyday items like laundry detergent, dish soap and window cleaners are made from harsh chemicals and abrasives that affect both our health and the environment. Eco-friendly cleaning products use natural ingredients like essential oils, and are just as effective as conventional products. Look for brands like Method and Seventh Generation at your local supermarket for some great affordable options. Or follow in your grandmother's footsteps and try cleaning with vinegar! It works on pretty much everything, and costs next to nothing.
5. Reduce consumption of animal by-products and go vegan a few days per week!
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The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined! More and more experts are now stating that adopting a vegetarian, or better yet, a vegan diet, is the best way to curb emissions. Aside from the environmental and ethical reasons for going meatless, a vegan diet can significantly reduce our chances of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
6. Get creative!
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Last but not least, get your craft on! Recycle old forgotten clothes and other items into fun DIY projects. Not feeling particularly inspired? Cut up old t-shirts and fabrics to use as cleaning rags, and donate old items to a charity or textile recycling program when they can't be reused. Still need a push? We've got a really cool article coming up that will teach you how to colour your old white sheets a beautiful dusty rose using avocados. Now we've got your attention!
So what are you waiting for?? What are some conscious resolutions you want to make for 2018? Let us know in the comments below!