Tag: environmentally friendly

Committing to Ourselves & Our Planet

I am watching BBC’s Planet Earth and it’s so inspiring. It reminds me why our planet is precious, why it matters to conserve it and make sure that the animals and wilderness we have separated ourselves from still have room to thrive and live just as we have room to live.

It would help so much if we made a little less garbage, consumed less and supported companies with bottom lines that consider the environment. There are so many small changes that we can make that contribute to reducing our footprint and that can slowly change the culture and view of the family and friends (ultimately, society) around us.

Here are four commitments I want to renew:

1. Use reusables. I am so lucky in that I can completely avoid the use of disposables in food shopping. I live near a Bulk Barn and have access to reusable containers and bags for all of my other shopping needs. I even have reusable mesh produce bags, so I can easily avoid plastic bag use forever.

2. Only buy what I will love and use. This one is so important in the overall change even if it’s not obvious. Maybe we cannot all afford to buy ecologically manufactured clothes and shoes, but we can improve our footprint simply by becoming more discriminating. I want to renew my commitment to only buying clothes and shoes I love, feel confident in and can really use.

3. Follow a plant-based lifestyle. The benefits of veganism for the planet and animal welfare and also for our health are numerous. I encourage everyone to please give learning about a plant-based lifestyle a chance. When you are ready to start (you don’t have to commit to following it 100% of the time–I am not there yet), check out the Eating Guidelines for Vegans from Dieticians Canada.

4. Reduce all types of waste. I have read many statistics about food waste and they are all very sad.This site estimates that the average Canadian household wastes $28 of food every week. Even if you’re happy to give up $1456 in a year, imagine all of the change you and a block of houses in your neighbourhood could affect if you simply saved that money and invested it in something you believed in instead. You could fund a project like The Ocean Cleanup, and make a creative and practical solution for cleaning our oceans from plastic debris viable. Now imagine if we reduced waste in other areas too: self care products, cleaning products, electricity, gas. What ideas, solutions and dreams could we fund with that money?

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Derma-E Mineral Sunscreen

“When did the bees last send you an invoice for pollination?” -Warren Bader

Honeybees, bumblebees, wasps. We are seamlessly carried on the backs of tiny yellow others. They are the insect pollinators that work so tirelessly fertilizing the fruit, seed, and vegetable plants across the whole world. Yet it’s easy to forget them. In my flowerless urban setting, the buzzing sound of a bee is a rare gift.

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But…as selflessly as bees give to the earth, there is another category of hard workers that gets even less credit: phytoplankton. They are too small to be seen with our eyes, but they live across the surface of the seas, and they create over half the oxygen in the air.

So with an eye for doing better, I took note of this ocean safe facial sunscreen by Derma-E. I have been wearing a moisturizer with SPF on most days for years. Nano-particle sunscreens and chemical (as opposed to mineral) sunscreens have been found to damage everything from coral reefs, phytoplankton and other marine organisms.

Check out Do Sunscreens’ Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways? on the National Geographic website.

Derma-E’s Natural Mineral Sunscreen is a non-nano particle zinc oxide sunscreen. It’s likely safer for our bodies and the environment, and unless you sweat too much or go in the water, it can last for many hours (more than chemical sunblock).

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It’s also oil-free and non-greasy, and after weeks of nearly daily use, I can vouch that my skin loves it. It offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with added vitamin E and green tea extract.

Unlike some other non-nano zinc oxide sunblocks, it does not leave a white film on my olive/yellow-toned skin. (But if you have a darker complexion, check the reviews on their site before ordering.)

It’s tricky to find conscious products to replace conventional ones. Have you ventured outside your cosmetics aisle to look for something better lately? The risk is finding something you don’t love—and you might; this was my second try.

I hope that today you remember you are endlessly supported by countless others. Sometimes others as tiny as phytoplankton making the air in your lungs from a faraway ocean, or a bee buzzing in a southern day’s hot sun pollinating the crop of the plant on your plate.

That’s love in my books.

[Readers, I know the voice and style in this post is different from that of my others. I’m trying something new. Thoughts?]

Dainty Clothes from Deadstock Fabrics Made in California

Christy Dawn is a clothing company that creates dresses and other garments from the leftover fabrics of larger fashion houses. Using “deadstock fabric” that may have otherwise been tossed can save a lot of water (from textile production). All their clothes are also made in California by people paid a living wage.

I love the idea of this company, but I’ve yet to find a dress or shirt that truly speaks to me. They add new designs frequently, so I’m faithfully waiting for the right one.

These are my favourites at the moment, in order:

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  1. The Lennon Dresschristydawn3

2. The Farrah Blouse

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3. The Juliette Dress

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4. The Winslet Dress

Most are priced between $150-200 USD with the exceptional dress (such as the Winslet above at $390) coming in a little higher. If you are interested they are also hosting a “25 Days of Christmas” contest on Instagram, where they give away a different dress each day. Find that here.

I am thinking I would love the Juliette Dress if the bodice were a bit more fitted, if it were  a bit shorter (mid-shin), and off-the-shoulder. In essence, feminine and dainty, but with just a hint of added sensuality. The Winslet and Lennon dresses on the other hand are gorgeous as-is, but I’m going to wait a little longer.