As a the founder of Mod + Ethico balancing both my start-up, my full-time gig in advertising, AND with a baby on the way, I am always seeking life hacks to save time. The great news is that these hacks not only save time, but also precious natural resources, cut-down on energy use, and minimize waste.
Some beauty & lifestyle tips, good for you and the planet:
- Wash your hair less often. I grew up in humid Virginia, where I avidly washed my hair daily for most of my life. I have since trained my hair to go longer stretches between washes. The benefit of washing your locks less: accelerate growth, maintain hair health, and clearer skin. Eco-reasons to love washing less? Saving water (saving 2.1 gallons of water per minute saved) and energy from skipping the blow dry. Other reason? Time. I save minutes in the shower and even more substantial time blow-drying. This means I get extra snooze time on days when I skip the wash. Help stretch time between washes with dry shampoo. I have tried several over the years, from salon quality to drug store brands, and right now I really like L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo. I plan on trying this DIY Dry Shampoo for its eco-friendliness and minimal ingredients.
- Make-up removal & facial cleansing. Opt for natural DIY makeup removal and facial cleansers. Here are some fabulous ideas from Wellness Mama. Rinse with a washcloth which is washable and reusable, reusable biodegradable eco cotton pads by S.W. Basics, or opt for biodegradable cleansing wipes such as Klorane Make-up Remover Biodegradable Wipes.
- Freshen clothing without washing. I have researched ways to extend time between dry cleaning and washing – saving time, water, and energy.
- Use mixture of vodka, water, and a few drops of lavender oil. A theatre wardrobe expert claims the mixture works beautifully, and I have to agree. Get a giant bottle of cheap high proof vodka, mix it in a spray bottle with water. The ratio should be about 60%-70% vodka. Spray it on the clothing, or . The vodka dries odorless, kills bacteria and helps remove icky smells. (Reddit)
- Freeze your jeans. Save water, and help preserve the vibrance and integrity of your denim by forgoing frequent washes and throwing them in the freezer once a month. The recommendaton comes from Levi’s VP of Women’s Denim Design Jill Guenza. (Elle.com)
- Kick petroleum-based products to the curb. Petroleum found in your beloved lip balm is sadly a by product of the petroleum industry. I have also been told by my wedding makeup artist that petroleum-based lip balms can further dry out your lips. I have not found concrete evidence supporting this claim, but I always prefer to opt for more natural and sustainable options. Lately, I am loving 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Shea Moisture. I use this to hydrate dry patches on my cheeks, my chapped lips, very lightly at the ends of my hair to protect from heat, and on my body post-shower in lieu of lotion. Since I just started my third trimester, I am liberally using coconut oil (with vitamin E) on my belly to hopefully prevent unsightly stretchmarks. So far so good.
- The 30-wear minimum rule. Invest in capsule pieces you truly love, that are versatile, and can stand the test of time. The average article of clothing is worn just less than 5 times, and are kept for less than 35 days, and produce over 400% more carbon emissions per item per year than garments worn 50 times and kept for a full year. Bonus benefit, you will tap your own creativity to pull together new outfit ideas and feel good doing it. (Forbes)
Versatility is key, I put great use to this beautifully Chicago-crafted vegetable-tanned Horween leather moto jacket by Production Mode ($750). While $750 may sound like quite the investment, if I consider how often I style this jacket with an outfit, my cost per wear in just the past year – at least 30 times – is just $25. However, I will get a lifetime of wears out of this jacket. When you buy fast-fashion pieces for relatively a relatively inexpensive price, let’s say $50, and you wear it 4 times, then this jacket ends up actually costing you quite a bit more per wear. I style this jacket with anything from boho shorts to black jeans, dresses, and everything in between.
These little changes can help simplify my lifestyle, and I feel like I am making steps to minimize my carbon footprint. I reflect daily on how I could do more. The great news is that these changes not only help keep our planet a little cleaner, but my sleep has improved by saving time, my skin has improved since adopting a new routine that is more gentle, and my sanity is spared by cutting down on laundry and my beauty regimen so I can savor a slower lifestyle as I await the arrival of my little one and balance my career.
– Candice Stewart Collison, Founder & Owner modandethico.com