If you haven’t already noticed, we take Earth Month very seriously around here. And while we love the convenience of subways and Seamless, there are so many little things that we can collectively do to make a difference—because we’ve only got one Mother Earth after all. Ahead, you’ll find some tips to bring a little eco-friendliness into your life (and it’s way less work than you think).
GET SMARTER WITH DELIVERY
Let’s face it—we love convenience, and we’re never going to stop ordering delivery services. But with services like Seamless, our trash bins become filled with takeout boxes, plastic bags, napkins and utensils. Take a mindful approach to delivery—reuse those plastic containers for when you meal prep, have leftovers or just need a container to store your stuff. Plus, with Seamless, make sure you’re checking the box that says, “No plastic utensils or napkins, please” when you’re at home or have access to silverware.
Aveda knows the importance of being green, and that’s why we love purchasing the litre size of our daily must-haves. Litres save money and plastic—and if you can’t live without the Shampure or Rosemary Mint aroma—TBH, you might as well.
That’s right—bring your own bottle. (Water bottle, that is.) Our tap water is totally safe to drink. This applies to your coffees, too—they might stay warmer (or colder—it’s almost iced coffee season, folks) if you bring your own thermos. Too many plastic bottles and cups end up in our landfills and oceans—and think about how much coffee and water you actually drink in a day. (If you’re like us, it’s probably a lot.) Most coffee shops will give you a discount if you bring your own cup, anyway. It’s an easy way to save a few bucks and make a big difference.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MARKETS
You know the ones you walk past, bursting with fresh fruits and veggies. Next time, stop and smell the produce! Supporting your local markets and farmers is key to making the local community grow. (Once you taste that fresh, local flavor—you’ll never step foot in a grocery store produce aisle again.)
USE DRY SHAMPOO
Save water and your hair. If you cut just three minutes from your usual shower time, you’ll save an average of six gallons of water. Take it a step further by incorporating dry shampoo in your hair care routine. Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo revives hair, absorbs excess oil and leaves you feeling refreshed. You’re doing your hair a real favor—excess shampooing washes away the natural oils your hair needs to keep its softness and shine.
Vingage Levi’s are so in, and we’re definitely here for it. It takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make just one pair of jeans. Instead of making a beeline to Soho for some new spring denim, stroll into the vintage shops of Brooklyn and beyond—in most cases, you’ll find a pre-loved pair that’ll get you on the best-dressed list in no time.
A crisp $5 bill during Earth Month can get you a few really cool things: the usual candle, flower seeds and canvas bags—but also be entered to win a free hair cut from one of our participating stylists. All donations will go towards Earth Month initiatives, because our world always needs a little extra loving.