With Earth Day right around the corner, we felt it was the perfect time to discuss reducing your carbon footprint by making your self-care routine greener. There are things you can do on April 22 and every day following it to improve how you consume products and make an imprint on the world. Here, we’ll discuss the many things you can do to protect the planet while still taking excellent care of your needs.
Read below for ten ways to make your self-care routine greener one step at a time.
#1: Invest in a refillable water bottle and prioritize hydration.
Ditch one-use plastic in favor of something you’ll love to carry and use all the time. A pretty water bottle helps you achieve your hydration goals.
#2: Buy a journal made from recycled materials and jot down your thoughts and goals.
Improve your physical and mental health by journaling regularly. It’s a safe way to be one with your thoughts and even keep track of important events and goals.
#3: Explore Meatless Mondays by eating a plant-based diet only at least once a week.
Visit a website such as AllRecipes or The Food Network for inspiration. Then, purchase the ingredients to make one of the recipes on the site.
#4: Ditch commercial cleaners for homemade cleaning products.
Vinegar and baking soda are inexpensive and effective cleaners. They’re also much better for the environment than anything you can buy in a bottle at the store.
#5: Use both sides of the paper for printing and jotting down notes.
A form of self-care is being a good steward of the money you have access to today. One way to save cash and the planet is to use scrap paper before shredding it or recycling it.
#6: Learn which recyclable products your city accepts and start sorting your trash.
It makes you feel good to be a conscious consumer. Caring for others is a big part of self-care, and being physically responsible for the items you purchase from start to finish is empowering.
#7: Purchase skincare and makeup products that are cruelty-free and have minimal packaging.
You can look and feel beautiful while caring for the planet. Select products with a mission that you agree with today.
#8: Walk or bike to work whenever possible.
You don’t burn any fossil fuels that way. You also stay in shape by fitting extra exercise into your routine.
#9: Grow your own food.
Enjoy fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you’ve grown yourself. Try container gardening on your porch or balcony if you don’t have a yard.
#10: Spend at least fifteen minutes a day soaking up the sun in a beautiful, natural environment.
Get your Vitamin D and take a break from technology. Sit in silence and take in all the sights, sounds, and smells around you.
In celebration of Earth Day, there are things you can do to make your self-care routine more eco-friendly. Feel free to try the ideas on the list or come up with your own. There are so many ways to make yourself feel good without harming the planet in any way.
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