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1. Knowing What’s In Our Clothes
Polyester, nylon, rayon, and other synthetic fibers are all very damaging to our environment in different ways. Polyester is straight-up plastic fiber, whereas other materials like viscose and rayon are chemically-processed wood pulp that not only contributes to massive deforestation, but also requires crazy amounts of chemicals to create fiber as an end result. It’s very, very difficult for anyone, including myself, to make conscious choices when the clothes we want are so cute, but it’s just one step in the right direction.
When I find cotton clothes, I just feel so much better about buying. Cotton is so much more sustainable than synthetic fibers, and it’s natural too. It breathes and results in (I think) better looking and better quality clothes. Once you start looking into the environmental impact of synthetic fibers, it’s hard to turn back. Check the labels on the clothes you buy, and start making the choice to go for more natural fibers, like cotton, wool, and silk.
2. Knowing What’s In Our Feminine Health Products
Next topic of discussion: our periods. We complain about them, take steps to make ourselves feel better, and just generally slog our way through that week waiting for it to be over. But something I’ve been thinking about lately is how we take care of our bodies during our periods, not just how we feel or what hurts, but what we’re using to manage our periods. Specifically: tampons and pads. That’s where Seventh Generation™ Feminine Care comes in.
Guys, it’s really important to be mindful of what you’re putting in your bodies: food, beauty products, and feminine hygiene products all included. Seventh Generation™ Comfort Applicator Tampons are different in that they’re hypoallergenic, chlorine-free, and organic cotton. They have plant-based plastic applicators rather than ones made from petroleum, and the cotton is Certified Organic. I got all of my new feminine care products from Target, in the feminine care aisle. Pro tip: Check Cartwheel for money saving offers!
What’s in our tampons and pads is probably something we never even think about, but it’s time to think about it. The Seventh Generation™ label “Free & Clear” means the product does not have any sort of fragrance, whether natural or artificial.
This outlook on our tampons and pads is definitely something I feel strongly about, especially since most feminine care products do not have any ingredients listed on their packaging and are not required by law to do so. Seventh Generation™ not only lists their ingredients but are also fighting to change this law. We really do need to start thinking about what’s in these products we use so heavily, especially since women, on average, use about 11,000 tampons in a lifetime. Shouldn’t we know what we’re using?
3. Cutting Down on Waste: Even In Small Ways
It’s an uncomfortable issue, but one that bears discussion. We throw out a LOT of stuff we don’t have to throw out. Sometimes, recycling isn’t enough—reducing waste is the first step. It’s Red Cup season now and everyone loves that, especially me! But those cups are actually close to impossible to recycle. Instead, you can buy your own glass to-go cup and bring that to your cafe to fill. Some shops even have reusable cups for $2, and you can even get a discount if you use it.
Other ways to cut down on plastic waste include cutting down on using plastic cutlery, especially on a daily basis. Instead of getting plastic cutlery while you’re getting lunch during your workweek, bring a set of silverware from home. Next, bring tote bags with you when you shop for groceries or other places they give you plastic bags. You can even buy bags for your produce, instead of using the ones on a roll you find at the supermarket. Use glass lunch containers instead of plastic ones (mine are airtight and travel in my purse without leaking at all)! And, of course, always recycle when you can’t reduce.