Eco-friendly products aren’t a new concept, and I am sure we’ve all seen them at some point, but I am seeing more interest and buzz about the subject of sustainability lately. Yay!
Whether you are starting now like me or have been on your journey to a more sustainable lifestyle for some time, I’ve got some fun ideas for effective self-care for you!
Let’s get into it! First up…
1. Audio Books and Podcasts
Gaining popularity, the audio listening trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It fits well into the current fad (okay, let’s hope this is more than just a phase) of eco-friendliness because you are not using any physical resources when you listen to a book.
When purchasing printed literature, (although I love a good book and the smell is heavenly for some reason) we are attributing to unnecessary waste of the earth’s materials.
So, here’s a couple of things to look into:
Audible, the largest book-listening format, offers a free 30-day trial. This includes 1 free Audiobook, 2 Audible Originals, and 30% off additional purchases. After the trial, it’s just under $15.00/month to use!
My favorite option, podcasts are mostly free! Listen anywhere podcasts exist – Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.
My current favorite podcasts: This is a new one for me – Criminal (if you enjoy 20-30 minute true-crime stories), The Grind & Be Grateful Podcast (if you want inspiring, actionable life advice), and Sierra Unfiltered (if you love body posivitity and relatable twenty-somethings).
If you still love the feeling of holding a book in hand, check out the most under-used resource: your public library!
2. Lush Bath Bombs
Or any bath bomb you can purchase that doesn’t come wrapped in a load of plastic. Regardless of if Lush uses 100% sustainable ingredients in its products, we can all agree that beauty products purchased naked, without packaging is a step in the right direction.
Want to take it to the next level and make your own bath bombs? Check out 25 DIY Bath Bomb Recipes.
Something about a good bath bomb just really sets the tone for a relaxing self-care sesh.
3. Go Thrifting
Fast fashion is second only to oil as the earth’s largest polluter. Honestly, just reading that sentence gives me chills, and not the good kind. Read more of the facts here.
How is it that something like buying new clothes is wreaking the most havoc on our planet? Something we as people, as consumers have complete control over…
Stores like Urban Outfitters, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy… the list goes on… these stores use sales tactics to get us to keep buying and buying. Purchasing so many things that are sh#t quality that we don’t need.
Deep breaths here, my mother nature lovers. I have some amazing resources for you to inspire your journey to sustainable fashion…
YouTubers to follow for thrifting inspo… Alexa Sunshine 83, Jessica Neistadt, Seamingly Sarah, Carrie Dayton.
Just look up thrifted clothing on YouTube or Pinterest and be inspired!
Also, I had to include my Pinterest board of thrifted outfit ideas! Check it out!
What’s cooler than having an outfit you will most likely never see anyone else wear? Indiduality. Sustainability. Self-care. Retail therapy. All in one!
4. Get Outside
Okay, could I really have a self-care blog if I didn’t think the number one self-care “hack” was to get outside more?
Nothing is better at grounding us than a nice walk in nature.
One thing I like to do is visit new trails in my area whenever I get a chance. It’s even better if you live somewhere that has a nice trail in walking distance – bonus points for saving gas!
I’ve used this app many times to find trails near me whether I’m looking in my area or somewhere I’m traveling to.
Check out the AllTrails website here or look up the app!
5. Write (or really, type!)
How many journals, notebooks, pens, markers, etc. have you bought and used for a while, then completely forgot about or lost? Oops. Guilty here.
A lot of us really enjoy our “me-time” and use journaling or writing as a form of self-care.
The truth is, I’m pretty sure most of us have phones and computers that are capable of housing our thoughts if we type them out.
For me, this blog is totally a form of self-care, and I generally do all of my brain-storming on the computer.
No smart phone or computer? Prefer to physically write? That’s okay. Check out these Eco-Friendly Notebooks.
Please before you go purchase any new eco-friendly items, use up your current ones first! 🙂
If you are interested in blogging, check out these free resources: 6 Sites Where You Can Blog for Free
All together, sustainable self-care is self-care that you are going to use that does not put much of a damper on the environment or its resources.
I challenge you on your next self-care day (or twenty minutes – let’s be honest) to choose sustainable options. Together we can make a difference.
Ok, that sounded as cheesy as I meant it to. But, really if we all choose more sustainable options when practicing self-care or just going about our daily lives, we will see a change.
Want to see a part two to this post? Leave a comment below letting me know your sustainable self-care ideas and they may be featured in the next post!