Watercolor illustration of North and South America, on Earth. Picture courtesy of Elena Mozhvillo of unsplash.com

Products to Guide You Into Becoming a Cruelty-Free Consumer

On Earth Day, it’s especially important to embrace our environment and continue to advocate for issues that threaten it. But, to really protect our mother earth, lifestyles changes in not only how long you shower, or what car you drive are crucial to give future generations the green light (quite literally). Below are steps to becoming a more eco-friendly consumer not just today, but every day with these products.

Three bamboo brushes. Picture credits to Sara groblechner of Unsplash.com (unsplash.com)



Brush With Bamboo-

Pretty much everyone owns a toothbrush, but if everyone brushes with bamboo, we’d be brushing with bristles that use 0% fossil fuel and 0% petroleum and producing 30% more oxygen into our atmosphere as well as consuming CO2 more than any other plant.  Additionally, Brush with Bamboo creates not only an eco-friendly environment for consumers, but they ensure good working conditions for their Chinese based workers and make sure to plant another stalk after taking one down. Plus, no Pandas are starved of their food in the process as Brush with Bamboo uses Moso bamboo, which isn’t one of the forty-two species that the cuddly bears eat! And if this product hasn’t sold you yet, it’s biodegradable!


Vegan or Recycled Bags, Clothes, Etcetera

A  self-explanatory way people can become more green is by recycling whether that be anything from containers to clothes. For everyday life, try shopping with recycled tote bags that don’t derive from natural gas or petroleum. As for clothes, repurpose your old clothes and take up upcycling as a new, very expressive, creative hobby! Or go to a local thrift store (just be cautious of where, because in more impoverished areas, the residents already have limited options for clothing). Thrifting not only reinforces recycling, but is also a great way to steer clear of fast fashion

Green Hope Students Lauren Summerville and Maggie Bowersox at local thrift store, ‘Thrift 2 Gift’ to shop sustainably. (Shea McIntyre)

Switch to Reusable

This next product (or plethora of products) is something so easy and applicable to all elements of life. USE ALL REUSABLE PRODUCTS. If it’s been difficult to make the switch from plastic to paper straws, reusable plastic is a step in the right direction! 

Local business’ in-season strawberries packaged and for sale at Farmers Market in early summer. Picture courtesy of Vincent Balderas of Unsplash.com (unsplash.com)

Buy In-Season

Support not only local businesses, farms, and the environment, but also support your body and health by eating food according to the season. When eating something in-season, antioxidants are at a higher level because of greater sun exposure. In-season eating allows for less food-mileage, or the environmental strain needed to transport/move a product to somewhere. Plus, seasonal fruits and vegetables are less likely to be genetically modified as they’re freshest right after harvest. Finally, flavor is at an all time high when eating during the correct season. April, in North Carolina, means strawberries, nettles, pea greens, and garlic scapes are in season on top of year-round items like beets, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, sage, etcetera.

That’s all the tips for being a better buyer on this Earth Day. Remember to shop sustainably!

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Products to Guide You Into Becoming a Cruelty-Free Consumer