This week’s Friday Favourite’s post is all about my number-one eco-friendly products. These can be zero-waste or natural.
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I have always felt the works of environmentalists to be important. In high school, I was fortunate enough to listen to David Suzuki give a speech at St. Lawrence College. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen when I watched An Inconvenient Truth, and last year when I watched Netflix’s Cowspiracy.
When I became vegetarian the first time, back around 2013, I learned about the environmental impact of the western diet, which consumes a lot of animal products. If your interested in learning more about how our eating habits contribute to global warming check out the book Diet For A Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis At The End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappe.
Now scientists, environmentalists, animal activists and celebrities are shedding light on the harmful consequences of our plastic consumption.
So it has become ever so important to talk about this issue and educate people on ways they can be more eco-friendly. We only have one planet right? One planet and one future.
I am constantly learning and incorporating new methods into my life and the resources listed below are some of my favourite ways.
FAVOURITE ZERO-WASTE PRODUCE BAGS
These 100% natural cotton, washable and reusable produce bags have completely replaced plastic produce bags. I have two small ones and one large one which is usually enough when I go to the grocery store. If it isn’t I just choose not to bag it.
FAVOURITE ECO-FRIENDLY NATURAL DEODERANT
If you have been following me on Instagram then you probably know I recently (like two days ago) switched over to a natural deodorant from the Canadian brand Routine. This deodorant is stored in a glass jar and if you live near Calgary, Alberta, you can return the jars and get it refilled. So eco-friendly! The deodorants are also made with natural ingredients such as beeswax, baking soda, oils and butters. They have vegan options as well.
FAVOURITE ECO-FRIENDLY NATURAL TOOTHPASTE
Green Beaver is a Canadian company that makes natural self-care products such as toothpaste, deodorants, soaps, hair care and more. I have only tried their toothpaste which is baking soda based and don’t contain the harmful chemicals such as SLS found in regular brands. I have tried many of there flavours and so far the Spearmint, Frosty Mint, and Green Apple are my favourite.
FAVOURITE ZERO-WASTE GROCERY STORE
Nu Grocery is a zero-waste grocery store located in Ottawa, Ontario. They opened last year and have become a huge resource for environmentally conscious residents of the city. As the first and only zero-waste store in Ottawa, it was much needed! They carry everything from fresh local produce, bulk food, eggs, milk, self-care products, and zero-waste resources. The staff is amazing and friendly and you should definitely stop by if you’re in the area. If not check Google to see if there are any zero-waste grocery stores nearby. As the movement catches momentum more and more will be popping up, I’m sure of it.
FAVOURITE ZERO-WASTE COFFEE METHOD
If you have not made coffee in a french press before they work by pushing the grinds down to the bottom of the canister so you can brew and pour your coffee without the use of a filter. They take a little bit getting used to. You have to let the coffee sit in hot water for three or four minutes before pressing the grinds down and the coffee is usually a bit stronger than other methods. Bodum is probably one of the more well-known brands that produce presses for both coffee and tea. I own one in orange and like how I can make coffee without creating any waste beside the coffee grounds (which can be composted or used as a scrub).
So there you have it, five of my favourite eco-friendly resources I personally use. There are obviously many more I want to get and try out. Bulk bags, menstrual cup and safety razor will probably be my next purchase.
If your new to the idea of zero-waste living check out Zero Waste Nerd’s ’30 Days to Zero Zero Waste Challenge’. She has broken down different ways you can reduce or eliminate waste as a monthly challenge, but you don’t have to do it in 30 days, you can try one and move on to the next when your ready or just pick and choose what works for you and your lifestyle.
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