Going green takes little effort but leaves a big impact. By Dawn Chen
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When it comes to living green, recycling is probably the first thing that comes to your mind – and that’s great! Recycling reduces waste, minimises pollution and helps to conserve energy and natural resources. But there’s much more you can do beyond recycling.
Choosing to live more sustainably isn’t difficult, but makes a big difference in the long run. You’ll be cutting your exposure to toxic chemicals while leaving fewer ecological footprints. This is something that Pernilla Ronnberg, founder of organic skincare brand Estelle & Thild, lives by.
“When I founded Estelle & Thild, I wanted to create a sustainable business that could make a difference. I had learnt how the beauty business contributes to damaging the environment by adding chemicals and toxins to products to enhance textures, scents or to extend shelf life. So, it was important for me to create products that gave great results, yet were safe for our bodies and the environment,” she says. Here, Pernilla shares five easy ways to go green.
Go slow with fashion
Choose quality over quantity when it comes to fashion. Make sure you purchase products that are sustainable in production and where factory workers have good rights and working conditions. Choose materials and designs that you love and that will last, to minimise waste and excessive spending. And if you get tired of a garment, donate it or recycle!
Respect your body and treat it well. Nourish your body with nutrient-rich organic produce without pesticides, hormones and GMOs. Minimise excess exposure to chemicals – chemicals that might not even have been tested for their toxicity.
Choosing organic is not only good for your personal health but also planetary health. Organic farming keeps workers, soil and water healthy and clean.
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Eat your greens
Adopt a healthier diet by including more greens on your plate. The fibre and nutrients in a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will boost digestion and your immune system. A greener diet will also contribute to a more sustainable planet as animal farming produces higher greenhouse emissions than other industries. If you chose to eat animal products, chose wisely – organic and free-range are your best options!
Green your beauty routine
You can make your beauty and skincare routine more eco-friendly by limiting toxins in the products you use. Make sure you read your labels – just as you would with food. Do your best to avoid sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), parabens, aluminium (in deodorants), mineral oils and other artificial ingredients like synthetic fragrances.
Revamp your cleaning cabinet
Just like the food we eat and the skincare we use, the products we have in our homes affect our bodies and the environment. Harsh cleaning products are high in chemicals that can linger in our homes for days. Choose more environmentally friendly ones that won’t irritate your skin, lungs or immune system. (Also Read: 7 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Your Cleaning Products)