Unplug your blow dryer
after using it. Appliances
like this suck up energy
even when they're off,
so you'll save energy an...
Install a low-flow shower
head. You can save up to
750 gallons of water a
month (meaning a
cheaper H2O bill) and
new versi...
Take a canvas bag with
you shopping, and not
just to the grocery
store. You'll use less
plastic bags.
Precycle (as in recycle before
you buy) by looking for
products with less packaging.
If you're feeling ambitious,
send an ...
Always look at any
containers you have to
see if they can be
recycled, even your
beauty products,
before trashing.
Try some eco-friendly beauty
products as alternatives to
your standard products; you
may even like them better.
Aveda uses...
Look through your current stash
of beauty products and check for
these ingredients:
Diethanolamine, 1,4-Dioxane,
Formaldeh...
Try an organic mouthwash
instead of your regular one.
Many mouthwashes contain
formaldehyde and sodium
laurel sulfates whi...
The next time you buy a
toothbrush, try to find one
that's recyclable. And re-use
the one you're done with by
using it to ...
Skip dryer sheets when doing
laundry. Most contain harmful
chemicals. Instead, put a few
drops of your favorite essential
...
Find out if your lipstick has lead in it.
Install energy-efficient
light bulbs in your
bathroom (and
anywhere else in your
home that you can).
You'll save energy an...
Try mixing hydrogen
peroxide and baking
soda for an eco-friendly
whitening toothpaste
(just don't swallow it
and rinse aft...
Do your kids have lice?
Instead of using an
expensive and potentially
toxic lice shampoo, try
using a spoonful of tea tree...
In the shower, shut off
the water while
shaving your legs and
you can save 300
gallons of water a
month.
Try using a sunscreen with
physical blockers (like zinc
oxide or titanium dioxide)
instead of a chemical one.
Many sunscre...
Steer clear of antibacterial
products that contain Triclosan,
because bacteria are becoming
resistant to these products an...
Find out which brands are
committed to producing safer
products.
Switch from a petroleum-
based lip balm (which is
made from oil, a non-
renewable resource) and
try one made from
beeswax ...
Are you allergic to a variety of
products? Try using fragrance-
free options. Currently, the
FDA allows brands to classify...
Turn off the water
while brushing your
teeth and you can
save 25 gallons of
water a month.
Didn't like the peach blush
you bought? If you can't
return it, don't throw it out.
Give it to a friend or mix it
with oth...
Don't just toss last-
season's nail polish in the
trash. Take it to a
hazardous waste disposal
so it doesn't get into
grou...
Can't recycle that
moisturizer bottle? Try
reusing it to store
other products or
things around your
home.
Keep a bucket or large
bowl in your shower
to catch the water as
it warms up. You can
use it to water plants.
Instead of buying chemical-filled
products, try natural homemade recipes.
Find a salon that uses proper
ventilation and green beauty
products to protect yourself
from harmful chemicals.
Chemicals ...
Try buying organic produce
and meat whenever you can
(or skip the meat entirely),
you'll help lessen pesticides in
the env...
Try using eco-friendly
makeup brushes (ones
made with sustainable
bamboo handles and
animal-free bristles).
Buy less. Sure, it's fun to
have a different lip gloss for
every day of the week, but
buying only what you need
or use reg...
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Green Tips For 30 Days and 30 Ways

  1. 1. Unplug your blow dryer after using it. Appliances like this suck up energy even when they're off, so you'll save energy and money by unplugging.
  2. 2. Install a low-flow shower head. You can save up to 750 gallons of water a month (meaning a cheaper H2O bill) and new versions of them still feel luxurious.
  3. 3. Take a canvas bag with you shopping, and not just to the grocery store. You'll use less plastic bags.
  4. 4. Precycle (as in recycle before you buy) by looking for products with less packaging. If you're feeling ambitious, send an e-mail to your favorite brands and ask them to use less packaging.
  5. 5. Always look at any containers you have to see if they can be recycled, even your beauty products, before trashing.
  6. 6. Try some eco-friendly beauty products as alternatives to your standard products; you may even like them better. Aveda uses many natural ingredients and limited packaging and there are plenty of organic beauty brands.
  7. 7. Look through your current stash of beauty products and check for these ingredients: Diethanolamine, 1,4-Dioxane, Formaldehyde, Hydroquinone, Thimerosol, Toluene, Parabens, Petroleum and Phthalates. All are known to potentially harm your health and the environment.
  8. 8. Try an organic mouthwash instead of your regular one. Many mouthwashes contain formaldehyde and sodium laurel sulfates which aren't good for you or the environment.
  9. 9. The next time you buy a toothbrush, try to find one that's recyclable. And re-use the one you're done with by using it to clean around the house, or even brush your eyebrows (just wash it thoroughly first).
  10. 10. Skip dryer sheets when doing laundry. Most contain harmful chemicals. Instead, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a cloth and toss it in with the dryer load for clothes that smell great and aren't coated in chemicals.
  11. 11. Find out if your lipstick has lead in it.
  12. 12. Install energy-efficient light bulbs in your bathroom (and anywhere else in your home that you can). You'll save energy and cash.
  13. 13. Try mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for an eco-friendly whitening toothpaste (just don't swallow it and rinse after using).
  14. 14. Do your kids have lice? Instead of using an expensive and potentially toxic lice shampoo, try using a spoonful of tea tree oil poured into a spray bottle of water.
  15. 15. In the shower, shut off the water while shaving your legs and you can save 300 gallons of water a month.
  16. 16. Try using a sunscreen with physical blockers (like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) instead of a chemical one. Many sunscreens contain chemicals that can be harmful to you and the environment.
  17. 17. Steer clear of antibacterial products that contain Triclosan, because bacteria are becoming resistant to these products and stronger bacteria are developing. This can lead to worldwide health problems. In most cases, soap and water is just as effective.
  18. 18. Find out which brands are committed to producing safer products.
  19. 19. Switch from a petroleum- based lip balm (which is made from oil, a non- renewable resource) and try one made from beeswax or shea butter instead.
  20. 20. Are you allergic to a variety of products? Try using fragrance- free options. Currently, the FDA allows brands to classify many ingredients (some of which are known irritants or allergens) under the term fragrance.
  21. 21. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and you can save 25 gallons of water a month.
  22. 22. Didn't like the peach blush you bought? If you can't return it, don't throw it out. Give it to a friend or mix it with other colors to create a whole new shade (try this with nail polish and lip products too).
  23. 23. Don't just toss last- season's nail polish in the trash. Take it to a hazardous waste disposal so it doesn't get into ground water and harm the environment.
  24. 24. Can't recycle that moisturizer bottle? Try reusing it to store other products or things around your home.
  25. 25. Keep a bucket or large bowl in your shower to catch the water as it warms up. You can use it to water plants.
  26. 26. Instead of buying chemical-filled products, try natural homemade recipes.
  27. 27. Find a salon that uses proper ventilation and green beauty products to protect yourself from harmful chemicals. Chemicals from aerosol hairsprays, hair dye, perm solutions and nail polish can all be dangerous.
  28. 28. Try buying organic produce and meat whenever you can (or skip the meat entirely), you'll help lessen pesticides in the environment and be healthier. And better overall health means you'll have better-looking skin and hair.
  29. 29. Try using eco-friendly makeup brushes (ones made with sustainable bamboo handles and animal-free bristles).
  30. 30. Buy less. Sure, it's fun to have a different lip gloss for every day of the week, but buying only what you need or use regularly saves packaging and products from ending up in the trash.
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