‘Tis the season of giving, but unfortunately it is also the season of wasting. In the U.S., an extra 25 million tons of garbage is generated between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. With all this waste and the ever-constant message to consume products, it can be a difficult time to navigate and choose sustainable options.
When I look up sustainable activewear, I lust after the beautiful pieces that would surely make me feel like I was living my best life of farmer’s market shopping, green smoothies, and yogi flows (Indigo Luna collections, be still my heart!). Sadly, my entry-level work salary does not give me much room to invest in these pieces, as much as I want to. Continue reading “Thrift Treasures: Activewear”
This Travel Tuesday, I’m going to be talking about conscious travelling, and the growing industry of voluntourism. We all want to travel with a purpose, and some of the most rewarding travels are ones where we give back. However, voluntourism can have its setbacks, and it is crucial to be mindful of our actions and their impact on communities around the world.
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There is no denying it: plastic is a people problem. Since the 1950’s, plastic has grown to encompass our lives, so much so that we don’t even realize the amount of plastic we consume on a daily basis. Did you get an iced coffee on your way to work today? Plastic. Did you buy a snack from the vending machine? Plastic. If you look at the tag on your clothing, does it say polyester? Plastic. It seems inescapable.
As I continue on my journey to sustainability, I’ve had to take a hard look at my shopping habits, particularly in fashion. I started to do my research and discovered the hurtful impacts of fast fashion globally, particularly in impoverished countries. Fast fashion is detrimental from all aspects: economically, environmentally, and ethically. Read more about the issue here. Once I learned about the negative impacts, it was like taking the red pill in The Matrix; I couldn’t be ignorant to my choices as a consumer. Continue reading “10 x 10 Challenge: Re-Loving my Wardrobe”
When is comes to creating a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle, many people do not think about the decisions they make in the workplace. Besides being home, a majority of our time is spent at work. The everyday choices we make in our work environment could have a bigger impact on the planet than we may think. This year I have begun to cultivate a more conscious work lifestyle, from how I get to work to what I eat during lunch. Here are my essentials for a more conscious, less wasteful work life: Continue reading “7 Eco-Work Essentials”
Ever since I watched “Aquamarine” as a girl, I dreamed of the day that I would visit the Great Barrier Reef. Eleven years later, with a SCUBA certification and living in “nearby” Fiji, I finally walked off the plane into the humid landscape of Australia. Continue reading “Travel Tuesday: Australia”
In case you haven’t noticed, I am a firm believer in an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. While I’m not perfect, I have been working towards making more conscious choices in fashion, food, and everyday actions. Because this lifestyle has just started to receive some recognition, I definitely needed some help along the way. I took to Instagram to find accounts and blogs that would inspire me, give me tips, and help me become more educated on the subject. Here are my favorite people that I have learned from, and have helped me with my steps toward sustainability. Continue reading “My Favorite Eco-Blogs”
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This trip was the escape I needed. With four months of working through the busiest time of the year and trying to cross things off on an infinite to-do list, I knew I was nearing my breaking point. As someone who recharges through travel, this trip couldn’t come fast enough. And when it was finally time to board my flight to Caye Caulker, I couldn’t have been happier.
As I return from my trip to Belize, I am reminded once again the importance of sunscreen. My skin is fair, and a short amount of time in the sun can cause me to become severely sunburn. As my friend laid out in the sun becoming a golden bronzed goddess, my time was spent cowering in the shade, a towel wrapped around my whole body and a big hat for good measure.
While sunscreen is an essential part of my daily routine on and off the beach, it is important to also note what is in our sunscreen. There are two types of sunscreen that can be used: mineral and chemical. The difference is in the ingredients. Continue reading “Steps Toward Sustainability: Reef Safe Sunscreen”