It's the most consumerist time of year and it's easy to get swept up in the crazy buying frenzy but that doesn't mean you can't give meaningful gifts that live up to your values this festive season. Our first suggestion is to eschew gift giving altogether and just enjoy each others company over a good meal but sometimes it's expected or your want to show your appreciation and gratitude to a loved one. We help you out by rounding up some of our best eco-friendly and ethical gifts for every person in your life.
In my haste to purchase (I had run out and was quite busy at work so I wasn't paying attention!) I didn't read that this cream cleanser contains coconut oil. Fellow acne suffering friends will know that coconut oil is not normally great for this skin type. In the past, I have broken out from cleansers that contain this ingredient. It is comedogenic, meaning that it has a high tendency to block pores and usually has a rating of 3-4 (0 is the best, 5 is the worst). That being said, coconut oil is packed with vitamin E, proteins, lauric, capric and caprylic acids (known for their anti-fungal properties) and the oil used in this cleanser is organic; meaning it's more likely to retain all those goodies.
What we buy has a big impact on people, animals and the environment but it can be quite difficult to be sure if what you’re buying is ethical. How are you supposed to know if a product has been tested on animals or a garment has been made by a person who hasn’t received a fair wage? Luckily there are some great organisations doing all the hard and important work for us.
Jennifer is someone who is truly committed to the cause. She lives and breathes sustainability, talks the talk and walks the walk, all that. Her enthusiasm and passion is endless (I watch on in awe - we need to work out a way to bottle that energy!); I’m so grateful we have people like her spreading the message of ethical living and sustainability.
Life is full of conflicting priorities. If you’re anything like me you have a to do list that could rival the length of the Great Wall of China and no matter how hard you try it doesn’t get smaller. Time and motivation is your enemy. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, bombarded and suffocated by all the things we should be doing. To be completely honest, feeling like it’s all too hard is the main reason I fail at a lot of things. Adopting a greener lifestyle included. I’m going to share some of my strategies and ideas that help me stick to my convictions.
I adore traveling. It gives me a feeling of anticipation. It pushes me out of my comfort zone. I feel things I don’t normally in everyday life. Travel can also be mundane, frustrating and uncomfortable, yet I still go back for more. As an adult, nothing can recreate that feeling of experiencing something new in a childlike manner the way that travel does. Whether it’s fully immersing yourself in another culture, going on an extreme adventure or just relaxing poolside, travel does wonders for your soul. Over the years, I have started to be more conscious about my impact on the destinations I visit and how I can be a better traveler and give back to these amazing places. I now try to incorporate eco-tourism into my travel plans.
I met the lovely Sam through a Mindful Boss Lady meetup in Melbourne about six months ago (if you a mindful and a boss lady, I highly recommend becoming a part of the Facebook group here, it’s a great bunch of supportive, knowledgeable women). I was instantly taken by her bubbly personality, infectious sense of humour and stylish outfit. She is one cool chick. She is also whip-smart, incredibly motivated and passionate about sustainability, particularly fashion
A whole week dedicated to sustainable and eco-fashion. Pretty damn cool. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, the woman behind the organic haute couture label, Green Embassy, and organic textiles, Atelier Zuhal, has taken her passion for sustainable and slow passion to the world stage by creating Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA), debuting from 23rd to 27th November 2017.
How great is the 'gram? That's Instagram for the uninitiated. Who would've thought a humble little photo sharing app would become such a brilliant conduit for building communities of like-minded folk. What we have noticed is the sustainable/zerowaste/green living community growing at a rapid rate, particularly on Instagram. So many clever, generous and caring 'greenies' sharing their journey of living a life that is considerate of our planet. It's a very supportive community, inclusive of each person's own way of living. Part of our purpose at Urban Granola is to share these individual's ideas and perspectives in the hope that we can learn and even adopt some of those practices into our own lives.
Our first Insta friend is from the lovely Anita from @rocket_science.
The Garage Sale Trail started out as small community initiative for the local Bondi Beach community back in 2010 and has morphed into a massive Australia-wide movement. It takes the simple and humble concept of a garage and ramps it right up across 150 locals councils to promote sustainable activities such as reusing and recycling.