Simple Steps To Conscious Living
The steps to sustainability can be simple. Conscious living begins with being informed, making wise choices, and being empowered to affect change. Together we can change the world.
Look for USDA certified organic, non-GMO verified, and fair trade labels. Become informed about petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and other known toxins in conventional products and opt for ingredients that nourish your body and the planet.
Choose FLOSN fresh, local, organic, seasonal, non-GMO, to support a healthy food system. Get to know your labels! Seek out bar codes on produce starting with the #9 (USDA Certified Organic).
Support ethical designers using natural fibers, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and tencel. Buy from your nearest consignment store or start a thrift shop on campus. Upcycle, swap and share to reduce your impact.
4. ZERO WASTE
Pack your own zero waste kit including a reusable bag, stainless steel coffee mug, food container & thermal bottle, metal straw, bamboo utensils and mason jars so you can buy in bulk.
Turn the faucet off when brushing your teeth or washing your face. Take shorter showers (5 minutes is great) and wash your clothes in cold water. Do laundry when you have a full load and use detergent that doesn’t pollute.
6. CLEAN GREEN
Use brands disclosing all ingredients, USDA Certified Organic labels are great! Try DIY: mix water, vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice in a spray bottle to for an all purpose cleaner. Check the internet for other DIY recipes with ingredients from your cupboards.
Get items you need, when you need them, without purchasing new. If you are living with one or more roommates coordinate bringing shared items and reduce the amount of stuff you have in your space.
Bring items from home, upcycle, buy second hands, made with sustainable materials, and items that last. For bedding look for organic cotton or hemp. Try a solar powered desk lamp or phone charger!