Yes, we all are aware and have said, “There is just not enough time in a day” and we don’t have any extra time to do anything. Now that this has been acknowledged please continue reading. The world’s population will reach 8 billion by 2020, a staggering number that affects all of us. Since we only share this planet for an extremely short amount of time with our fellow humans and nonhuman animals it is our social responsibility to be conscious consumers. It is as simple as the old sayings REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE and understanding the principle of Supply and Demand.
In the world of beauty this can present a challenge since we all want to keep up with the latest and the greatest. This of course is fine, but eliminating waste and doing your research on the companies you are purchasing from is necessary to make a difference. Educating yourself on the brands you are supporting is important to know not only if the products are good for your body, but whose pocket your money is going into. Learning where your products are made, who they are made by, what they are made of and how they are made allows you as a consumer to make an educated decision prior to purchasing. Good companies will listen to their customers and make the necessary changes to deliver what the consumer wants. If the demand for a product is not there or lessens then the supply will deplete or better yet, be adjusted to meet the desires of the purchaser. As consumers this is how we hold the power to cause change.
This is easier said than done which is why I recommend starting with your current beauty regimen. Try to steer clear from lines that use a ton of packaging. Ask brands about a recycle program like Beauty Blender. If they don’t have one it may give them the idea to start one. After investigating you may find wonderful things about the products you use daily and share this positive information with your peers to aid in generating sales of the product. On the other end of the spectrum you may find appalling information about the company and decide to take action to hold the company accountable! You can write their CEO a letter, post your concerns on their numerous social media sites or simply discontinue your use of the product.
We all count! Check out one of my favorite ways to stay connected with what’s going on in our world at The Big Picture. Just like our negative actions have an impact on the world so will our positive efforts. The time is now. I have listed additional tips to decrease human activity’s negative impact on the world here:
- Say no when asked if you would like a receipt (Less paper=less waste and less deforestation).
- Bring silverware with you to work that you can use and keep at your desk instead of wasting plastic cups, straws, forks, knives and spoons—I need to do this!
- Buy or make your own grocery bag to bring to stores instead of using their plastic or paper ones.
- Invest in a re-usable water bottle made from recycled materials and a filter to attach to your faucet instead of buying plastic water bottles (Less plastic= less harmful emissions that deplete our ozone and litter our oceans).
- Buy local: Made in the USA decreases the energy used to ship the product and supports our workforce (Farmer’s Markets are such a fun adventure!) Check out 100% made in the USA brand Philosophy’s perfect for summer self-tanner.
- Try to decrease your intake of animal products—limit meat to one meal per day for starters (Farm animals are the #1 producer of Methane gas, not to mention they are sentient beings and are so adorable).
- Carpool, bike, walk, run, swim, skate board and roller blade your way around the world!
- Turn off the lights and make sure you switch to energy efficient light bulbs, turn off the TV and unplug appliances when not in use.
- Don’t wrap gifts—or wrap them with old magazines!
- Thrift Shop!
Until next time,
Grazie Belle Donne!