Let’s welcome in the arrival of spring with some eco-friendly inspiration. Known as the season of new beginnings, what better time to introduce sustainable living? Nature begins to come to life as temperatures slowly rise, farmers and gardeners plant their seeds, greenery buds, and blossoms, and animals come out of hibernation. It’s a great time to level up your sustainable living game, or even get started for that matter, to help save the planet. From sustainable swaps to low environmental impact ideas, this guide offers you five eco-friendly tips that don’t cost the Earth.
Sustainable Living in Spring
As of January 1, 2021, Hawaii became the first state in the US to ban the sale of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Why? Because these harmful chemicals are detrimental to marine ecosystems. Admirably, Hawaii has taken a stance to preserve our oceans and marine life, and we as consumers have the power to follow suit. With a little research, you may discover that your go-to sunscreen brands contain the aforementioned ingredients that contribute to coral bleaching. Hawaiian Tropic, Nivea, Avene, Neutrogena have sunscreens on the market with these toxic ingredients so be sure to read the labels.
Sunscreens can also contain certain preservatives that are toxic to us and the planet. Avoid parabens including methyl paraben and butyl paraben, or phenoxyethanol. Your best bet is to go for paraben-free products as parabens are believed to disrupt hormones and even trigger the growth of tumors. But enough of what we shouldn’t use, and onto what we can use. Thankfully, there are coral-reef-friendly, innovative brands like Raw Elements, Coola, Madara, or Bioderma. Of course, these are just a handful; there are plenty more sustainable brands out there. Be sure to do your research with marine ecosystems and your health in mind. For more in-depth info on the benefits of natural beauty products, click here.
What better time to invest in solar-powered products than the arrival of spring? As temperatures rise and we spend more time outside, consider investing in some solar-powered products. Though not all of us can afford to install solar panels to power our homes, thankfully many other affordable, useful products utilize solar power. Why not enjoy the spring vibes outdoors with some fairy lights to brighten up your terrace, garden, or window sill. You could even invest in a solar-powered grill or cooker for some extra outdoor ambiance. But it gets better. Solar-powered phone chargers, fans, and compost bins are just some of the incredibly innovative sustainable products on the market. Make the most of the spring sunshine and go solar-powered.
Grow Food or Plant Flowers
As the winter frost comes to an end in the northern hemisphere, spring is the perfect season to harvest. Grow vegetables like peas, potatoes, green onions, green beans, cilantro, radishes, carrots, beets, turnips, lettuce, spinach, kale to name a few. Many of these can also be grown in autumn too. Research the best foods to grow in spring in your country or region as climate plays a big part too. If you’re looking to brighten up an outdoor space, why not plant some flowers? Daffodils, tulips, pansies, violas and, primrose are great examples of flowers to plant in springtime.
Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning enables us to rid our wardrobes and drawers of unused items, and leave the place sparkly clean in the process. Take any unwanted items of clothing and footwear to your nearest clothing bank, while toys, books, decorative items, and games can be donated to a local charity or even sold online.
In terms of leaving your home spick and span, invest in washable cloths for dusting and cleaning down surfaces and sides. Washable or compostable cleaning products promote a zero-waste, low-impact way of life. For the best cleaning products, go for natural, eco-friendly alternatives. Avoid chemicals and opt for ecological brands, free from toxic ingredients detrimental to our eco-systems and health.
What better way to vamp up your wardrobe than through sustainable shopping? Visit second-hand or vintage stores for some sustainable purchases. For those based in the UK or the US, check out Depop for low-impact shopping. In Spain, Wallapop is a great platform to buy or sell items including clothing and accessories.
Spring represents new beginnings, making it the perfect season to introduce some sustainable practices to help save the planet. Sustainable living doesn’t mean sacrifice or spending a fortune. Instead, it involves conscious choices, eco-friendly alternatives, and sustainable rituals. In short, opt for natural, chemical-free products that don’t damage our eco-systems or health. If possible, invest in solar-powered products; make the most of renewable energy sources. Celebrate the warmer temperatures by growing some veggies or planting some flowers. Last but not least, enjoy sustainable shopping by investing in second-hand, sustainable items. What is your go-to platform for second-hand items?