Earth Day was Wednesday, of this I am well aware (I celebrated out on beautiful Vero Beach, enjoying nature. More to come on that soon). Every year on April 22, the world celebrates a day of activism and promise, and everyone uses buzzwords like green, eco-friendly, organic and natural. You know, words that make you sound all knowledgable and caring and stuff. And on April 23, 24, and afterwards? Many of us slink back to our bad habits, buying plastic water bottles and products with too much packaging, and not thinking for a second about our carbon footprint.
IMO, Earth Day should be every day. And it CAN be, if we put a little effort into changing our ways. So I missed Earth Day itself, but I’ll make up for it over this weekend. I’m gonna focus on other fashionable items to get you ecochic from head to toe!
I really try to be green-minded when I go shopping. The days of multiple plastic bags are O-V-E-R, and some fancy grocery stores don’t even offer plastic as an option! These days it’s all about BYOB – bring your own bag. But here’s the dilemma. I forget to bring my reuseable shopping bags ALL the time. It drives me nuts! I’ll be in line at the supermarket when it hits me – oh damn, all my bags are in my pantry at home from the last grocery run. Bellas and fellas — that problem can be solved thanks to ChicoBags.
Made of a parachute-like material, ChicoBags fold into a neat little pouch that easily fits in your purse or your pocket, and they unfold to a sizable shopping bag. The RePete is made from 7 plastic bottles — 99% recyclable content. Stick two or three in your purse and you’re good to go to the grocery! Chico Bags cost as little as $5 for the original bag, comes in all kinds of colors, and if you’re really looking for an eco-chic, environmentally friendly way to get your shop on, check out the Hook N Go. It carries 70 pounds, and will make you the star of the farmer;s market for sure. I think it’s ideal for big-city bellas who tend to walk to the grocery store.
Other super chic shopping bags on my radar? It’sLasTik bags are stretchy, charitable and chic. Manufactured in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina survivors, the company provides work to residents and is dedicated to supporting local charities. Besides the good-for-society-and-the-environment part, they’re made outta spandex, come in crazy colors, and are so fly! So let’s say you’re the kind of diva who wants to go grocery shopping with a shiny gold metallic shopping bag. You can, and it only costs $14.99. There are SO many cool colors and patterns. I love Mother Earth, a swirl of blue and greens, and purple haze.
Beauty companies are getting down with the eco-chic reuseable bags too — you can get green on the go with Sephora’s reusable limited-edition shopping tote, available April 20th through April 26th online. All you gotta do is visit Sephora’s Facebook page, send the Sephora Pretty Planet Shopper gift to your eco-chic friends and family, and use your special promotional code for one free bag. Sephora’s also got Tarte’s Be Good To Your Mother (Earth) bag, which is a $62 value deal that contains three gorgeous 24.7 lip sheers.
Are you down with the reusable bags, bellas? Plastic is so yesterday! How do you roll when you go shopping?