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Technology reinvents itself daily. It seems that every day a smarter phone, or a faster computer, or a sleeker car, or a more interactive toy is released and scooped up by the masses. Product’s are releasing so fast, our current technology becomes old instantly and then we are stuck with a not so exciting product that we no longer want. Many of us throw it all away. In the past three years alone, we at Lydony have had 4-5 cell phones. We’ve held onto them, but they are wasting away in a drawer. We can cut back on this waste by donating these unwanted items. Thrift stores, Craigslist, Salvation Army, and many many mobile apps now let us connect our used goods to other. So what are the best things to donate?
- DECOR: We all have ideas to make our houses stand out and look different. Clocks, paintings, art, souvenirs, holiday decorations.. but our tastes change quickly. Colors, shapes, and sizes go in and out of fashion. When you fall out of love with your interior design touches, why not offer them up to others?
- MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: The gift of music is one of the most wonderful gifts you could give another person. A new instrument such as a piano, a guitar, or a saxophone can cost upwards to $1,000 and more. Many of us run out of time as we grow older to play and enjoy our instruments that we once adored, so why not donate them? Yes, you may run downstairs to the basement to play the instrument once every couple of years, but it’s not likely.
- BOOKS: Kindles are great and cut back on trees needing to be chopped down for paper. But so do used books. When you’re done with a book, does it really need to sit on your bookshelf? Donate your book to others to cut back on paper and to also give the gift of a great story to someone else.
- FASHION: everyone donates their clothes. But not all of us donate our clean and new clothes we never wear. We wear our clothes once and then wash them… but sometimes we make a bigger offense and we wear our clothes once and then toss them! Remember to donate your unwanted shoes, shirts, suits, purses, wallets, pants. Vintage clothing never goes out of style.
- CARS: Cars may grow to have a lot of problems, but throwing out a car is one of the most damaging things you can do to the earth. Many of us keep cars for only 2-5 years, when we should be aiming to keep our cars for 10-15 years. Yes, it’s tempting with amazing new models that come out every year, but it’s best for the environment (and your wallet) to buy used.
- BABY FASHION: Even though when you are waking up every morning at the crack of down, childhood feels like it takes forever, it really doesn’t! While your newborn is inching through the months and eventually years, they are tearing through lots of clothes that really are not worn for that long or for that many times. Pass your baby clothes (and maternity clothes) to your family members and friends. This goes for toys as well.
- FURNITURE: although I don’t think we’d ever buy a used bed or couch, we love walking into restaurants and bars and people’s homes with vintage reused furniture. Just like clothing, furniture tastes and styles are constantly changing but vintage always adds a bit of character to an otherwise bland room.
- EVERYTHING: Really, anything you own can be sold on Craigslist or donated to a thrift store. Rather than sending your unwanted goods to a landfill, if you don’t want to hold onto it and try to go on Antiques Roadshow or Pawn Stars some day, you might as well donate it to those who might be interested
Among others like the similar sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), these toxic chemicals can be harmful to your health in various ways from causing skin irritation to skin damage to liver toxicity. All the more reason to seek out healthy organic options to use on your body.
When it comes to organic collections for your hair, skin and body John Masters Organics is our top choice. John Masters uses all organic ingredients that meet specific guidelines such as ingredients harvested in an eco-friendly manner, no GMO’s and no sodium lauryl sulfate. Personally, we recommend the Bare Collection. Combining chamomile and white tea extracts, the shampoo within the collection is fragrance-free and we can attest leaves your hair feeling great.
Find John Masters Organics at a retailer near you or order online where ground shipping is free within the U.S.
Aside from the trendy new color of the season, do you think about what chemicals you are putting on your nails? Regular nail polish is full of many harmful chemicals. Now, thanks to brands like Scotch Naturals, there is an eco-friendly, non-toxic solution.
Unlike many other nail polishes, Scotch Naturals is 3 Free. If you don’t already know, 3 Free refers to the three ingredients used in most nail polishes – dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde. While many brands are just now starting to change their formulas, Scotch is not only 3 Free but is also free of ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals. It is also cruelty free, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, gluten free, and vegan. So the next time you go to get your nails done, think beyond the color and make a healthier choice on what you choose to wear.
Can’t find Scotch at your local nail salon? Click here to find out where you can purchase it near you and bring it along for your next mani/pedi appointment.
This past weekend we attended our first wedding to officially kick off wedding season. With all of the planning involved, all of the family involved, picking a menu, picking a dress and tuxedo, choosing the bridal party, bachelorette/bachelor parties, the last thing most couples are thinking about is how to make their wedding greener. But a wedding is a great way to showcase to your family and friends your values.
PAPER: Between Save-The-Dates, invitations, RSVPs, ceremony programs, menu cards, and thank you notes, weddings require a lot of paper. Creating a website with all of the pertinent info is one way to cut back on lots of correspondence. Using recycled paper cuts back on paper waste. When trying to eliminate menus, buffets or stations cut back on the need for a menu while also giving all the picking eaters options for food. Another alternative that is becoming more and more popular is going paperless with invites with website like Paperless Post. Even celebs like Julie Benz are going this green route.
JEWELRY: Engagement rings and wedding bands last a life time. By using family jewelry or vintage jewelry, you can cut back on using vital earth resources.
DECOR: Flowers are an important way to decorate for your wedding. If you have the time, growing your own flowers will ensure you have organic flowers. Making sure you purchase organic flowers through a local florist like Veriflora will cut back on pesticides and chemicals harmful to the environment. Also take into consideration soy candles, recycled paper for confetti, and recycled water for vases. Lights play an important part in the ambiance, make sure you are using energy efficient bulbs. Vintage decorations make a big statement and give a nice touch.
SKIN/HAIR CARE: A bride and her wedding party love to get dolled up on for the special day. Using organic and green makeup proves to be beneficial.
LOCATION/TRAVEL: Picking a central location for guests is key in cutting back on unnecessary travel. Help your party guests figure out carpooling and overnight accommodations to prevent unnecessary pollution, energy and gas usage. By keeping your reception venue and ceremony venue close together, you cut back on unnecessary travel during the two events. Try to pick locations that are green friendly, look into Eco Resorts and venues. Weddings can be as small as 10 people or as large as 500. Either way, a lot of waste will be produced, and it’s nice to know your location will take care in disposing of the waste properly. Also, consider using hybrid or electric powered limos and car service for you wedding party transportation.
CLOTHES: With many more eco couture options available these days, you can look into a wonderful eco friendly dress or tuxedo. If not? Look into vintage. When you’re done, make sure to recycle your clothing option.
MENU: The food options are endless at weddings, and family and friends can be picky eaters. Try to keep the food sourced from local vendors, make sure it’s organic, and make sure if you are goign to offer meat that the animals were farmed ethically. Think organic when choosing your wines and alcohols. An open bar is always exciting, but try to convince your bartenders to encourage guests to continue to use the same glasses all night to cut back on water waste while washing dishes.
REGISTRY: You can show your guests how serious you take green, by picking green options and eco friendly products in your registry. If you receive a lot of gift cards, make sure to recycle them after they have been depleted.
FAVORS: Favors are typically a good gag for a brief moment, then everyone aside from your family typically throws them out. Our friends this past weekend had a great idea and asked everyone to vote for 1 of 3 charities that our friends would in turn donate to lieu of party favors. If you are going to give favors, think something green like small plants, plant seeds, soy candles, organic soaps, and feel free to put use recyclable or reusuable gift bags for the party favors.
During one of our recent hotel stays we were happy to find a hotel going the extra eco mile by supplying bath products from Terra Pure.
Terra Pure has not launched in retail stores yet, but they are available through hotel samples for now. They offer soaps, body lotions, shampoos, and conditioners that are made from natural and organic ingredients and packaged with recycle paper and 100% soy based ink. The fact that they are organic and their packaging is eco friendly is great and as an added bonus the products made our skin soft and smelled great.
Hotels can prove to be highly wasteful as some guests will stay for one night, use all the products once, and then trash the products. Sheets and towels will be washed after one use. Small eco steps made by hotels moving forward can make all the difference. We recommend you scoop these bath products up and use them on all your hotel stays and go a step further by suggesting them during your next hotel stay.
What we love even more is the rapidly growing green glamour that has taken over the award show season this year. We previously wrote about it for the Grammys and now it is the Academy Awards turn.
Between the Green Carpet Challenge and the Red Carpet Green Dress organizations, there is a record number of attendees wearing eco-friendly clothing tonight. From Meryl Streep to Missi Pyle, who is wearing the winning design from Red Carpet Green’s third annual sustainable couture competition, it is great to see so many celebrities greening up the red carpet.