Since its introduction in the 1950s, we've developed a rather toxic relationship with single-use plastic — both literally and figuratively speaking. To celebrate #PlasticFreeJuly, I'm sharing some simple (and easy) things we can all do to break up with single-use plastic for good.
Over the last year, I've swapped out several of my go-to cleaning supplies with more sustainable options that are (mostly) plastic-free, longer lasting, and either biodegradable or recyclable. I cannot express enough how easy AND inexpensive it is to switch to a less wasteful cleaning routine. To help you get started, I'm sharing five zero waste cleaning essentials that I use on a regular basis.
The holiday season can be a wonderful time to support the growing number of small businesses and companies that are helping to make the world a better place. That's why I've rounded up several conscious gift ideas – from responsibly-made, handcrafted goods to products that make it easier to live more sustainably – so you can give a loved one (or yourself) a gift that does good this year.
Let's face it: it's easy to get caught up in all the consumer-driven fuss of fall – stocking up on sweaters, drinking PSLs on the daily, buying every pumpkin-cinnamon-apple scented candle you get a whiff of – all of which challenge the concept of living more simply. Thankfully, there are ways to appreciate autumn intentionally – instead of falling back into old shopping habits.