Happy Earth Day! Eco-friendly living is always near and dear to my heart. Ever since I was a teen and read an early version of 101 Ways to Save the Earth, I’ve been conscientious of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Back then, when recycling wasn’t part of the regular trash pickup, I made my parents drive our recycling 20 miles to a center. (Never mind that the gas usage probably canceled out any good the recycling did. Oh well. I was well intentioned.) I always look for a chance to skip a plastic bag, love my Soda Stream and I even did a low trash month challenge.
But now…I have two kids in diapers, own my first car and regularly eat meals out of plastic containers from Trader Joe’s. My carbon footprint has at least quadrupled seemly overnight. But I’m still looking for ways to be kind to the earth. A few of the ways I’m still managing to squeeze that in:
No Nonsense Tights Recycling Program. I wish I had a number for how many tons of used panty hose and tights end up in the trash every year. But I can tell you nylon/spandex takes 30 to 40 years to decompose. That’s why you should take advantage of the NoNonsense Tights Recycling Program. They collect old tights—at no cost to you and any brand of hosiery—to recycle into park benches, playground equipment and more. All you have to do is go to NoNonsense.com/recycling to download a pre-paid mailing label and then send it off.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Each year, Kiehl’s donates 100 percent of its profits from a particular product up to $50,000 to Recycle Across America. This year it’s the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado with limited edition lids designed by Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q (shown above). And any time of year, you can take advantage of Kiehl’s Recycle & Be Rewarded Program where you get a free travel size product after you bring in 10 empty Kiehl’s containers to be recycled.
Back to MAC. When you return six pieces of MAC Cosmetics packaging to a MAC Counter or store, you get a free lipstick of your choosing in the Back to MAC program.
Lastly, I want to offer a plea to manufacturers from beauty products to food to kids’ products: Do you have to use so much dang packing? I’m talking about the cardboard that surrounds a plastic bottle of facial wash, the hard plastic shell that holds two avocados and the multitude of crap around a kids toy that practically requires a PHD in engineering to remove completely? The majority of that stuff is unnecessary and just ends up in a dump or recycling center. Thank you.
Go forth and be green!