Everyone is jumping on the green bandwagon these days. Yes it is a bit trendy right now, but don’t underestimate the power of the green movement. Yes I can spend a little extra to buy phosphate-free detergent and feel proud that I’m saving our aquatic ecosystems, that’s easy. But there are more impactful ways to make a difference that require some initial coordination and could shake-up your daily routine, but once you’ve got your routine down you’ll be well on your way to becoming an Eco-gay. Here are some simple ways to look great, feel good, and help the planet out while doing so.
The Three R’s
Reduce: This one is quite a simple concept, but seems to get misunderstood in the context of our never-ending quest to accumulate more stuff than the Jones’. Well, it doesn’t matter how much the Jones’ have, but WHAT they have. Quality over quantity is a crucial lesson to learn early on. Instead of buying four shirts from your favourite multinational retailer that will likely fall apart after one or two seasons, invest in a nicely tailored, great quality shirt that you’ll look great in and will last you longer than all four combined. Better yet, buy from a local menswear boutique or designer for a one-of-a-kind peice and support some homegrown talent by buying clothing that didn’t have to travel 10,000 km to get to you.
Reuse: STOP! Yes, it’s true, those jeans make your body look weird and always have which is why you have only worn them once. I know I should’ve told you to take them back when you showed them to me the first time, but I was being supportive when you really wanted to pull off that ‘look’. Thank god you’ve come to your senses. Anyway, DON’T THROW THEM AWAY! There are plenty of people of various shapes and sizes that can pull that look off. To make a bit of that wasted money back, you can sell them to a local consignment store. Or even better, there are plenty of local charities and organizations that accept clothing donations like Covenant House that will gladly accept most undamaged peices of clothing and provide it to people and youth that need it most.
Recycle: All you need is another bin under your sink. Seriously, that’s how easy it is. When you go to throw away your opened envelopes, cardboard packaging and empties from last night, just put them in the bin next to the garbage. Then when they are full, take them out at the same time. It’s not more work if you’re doing the same amount of work that you would’ve done taking out your garbage (and hopefully you do that too). You’re making a huge difference by redirecting hundreds of pounds of waste from landfills per year. Once you have the system down, it’s so easy you’ll wonder why you never recycled before.
Whether we like it or not, green is the new black. Let’s embrace it. If we all do our part by making our lives a little greener, we can actually live happier, healthier lives and keep that diva Mother Earth happy. We do not want to piss her off; girl is FIERCE.