1. A natural Thanksgiving tablescape. Rather than purchasing faux flowers or plastic trinkets to decorate your Thanksgiving table, try using natural elements. Small potted plants, fruit and branches create a rustic and welcoming table without ending up in a landfill. This year I plan to decorate with baby apples, air plants, fresh flowers and votive candles in mason jars.
2. Organic cotton layering tees. I think neutral long-sleeve tees are a fall wardrobe essential, but be sure to check the tag for the fabric content. Did you know that conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other major cash crop? Choose organic fibers whenever possible. I got this tee from H&M Conscious.
3. Moisturize with organic oils. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated during the colder, dryer months but many lotions and moisturizers are filled with harmful chemicals. Organic, natural oils are even more moisturizing without harming the environment. The Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil has been a god-sent for my normally oily t-zone (oily skin really does mean that you need more oil) and the One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Body Serum smells incredible when I spray it on my legs and arms.
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4. Snuggle up under a handmade blanket. Instead of cranking up your thermostat, you can cut down on wasted energy by setting it at the recommended 66° F – 62° F. Try using a warm throw while lounging at home. I’ve been lusting over these handmade chunky knit blankets from Etsy.
5. Invest in great quality leather boots/booties on Black Friday. Leather usually isn’t considered a sustainable material, but I believe that it’s better to invest in quality for select wardrobe basics – booties being one of them – than constantly replace the disposable versions. In the fall and winter I wear leather booties with absolutely everything, but they don’t seem to last for more than one season. Companies like rag & bone and Frye are known for their great quality guarantees, and even often have a preferred cobbler program so one pair of boots can be repaired when needed and last for years to come.
Do you have any other eco-friendly tips you’ve tried this month? Leave a comment below!