It is good to be aware of the environmental issues we face on a daily basis, and think of ways we can positively contribute to our planet. If you are looking for more ways to be eco-friendly, here are our top 5 suggestions:
If you don’t have a recycling bin already, it’s time to get one! Be sure to separate all materials that are recyclable and compostable and be cautious as to what you throw in the garbage. It’s best to use as many paper products as possible (example: paper straw versus plastic straw). You can review the recycling guidelines in Ontario here.
2. Use less energy
If and when you can, be mindful of how much energy you are using. Turn off unnecessary lights, use more natural light, take shorter showers, unplug unused electronics, wash laundry in cold water, hang dry your laundry, etc.
3. Opt for Biodegradable
When you can use or purchase things that are reusable or better yet - biodegradable, this is a great option. Biodegradable refers to the ability of things to get disintegrated (decomposed) by the action of microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi biological (with or without oxygen) while getting assimilated into the natural environment. It is good practice to keep a compost in your household and discard compostable / biodegradable items in this.
By the way, did you know that our signature line sheet masks are all biodegradable? They are perfect for placing in the compost after use!
4. Reusable - bags, packaging, etc
Next time you are at the grocery store, be sure to bring your own reusable bags instead of taking plastic ones! Plastic waste is one of many types of wastes that take too long to decompose. Normally, plastic items take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. But plastic bags we use in our everyday life take 10-20 years to decompose, while plastic bottles take 450 years. Anything that you can reuse and put to better use is way better than throwing it away.
For example, our new wash off mask cylinders were made for re-purpose. Go ahead and use them as a makeup brush holder or a pencil / stationary container!
5. Borrow instead of buy
In addition to reusing instead of throwing away, it’s also good to borrow instead of buy. Buying something new means more waste. A list of items you can consider borrowing are things like tools, suitcases, air mattresses, dishes, folding chairs and tables, a printer or even sports and camping equipment. This saves you money and space as well!