Get Summer Ready the Earth Day Way!
By: Bre Walt
It’s that time of year when we all get a taste of good weather and are reminded that summer is near. We break out our workout clothes, flip-flops and make-up to ensure when the sun comes out to stay, we’re ready to take advantage!
Given that today’s Earth Day, we thought we would share our favourite eco-friendly summer shopping tips!
As the weather gets warmer, it’s time to say goodbye to socks and shoes. One of our favourite online retailers is planetshoes.com. The shoes are made using planet friendly ingredients like polyurethane and have already become a hit with celebrities like Drew Barrymore, who prefers the Earth brand, and Eva Longoria, who wears the Yellowbox brand. Click here to see which celebrities are wearing eco-friendly footwear!
Planet Shoes has a large selection of sandals and active footwear, for all your summertime beach and workout needs.
We recommend this sandal from Earth. It’s cute, comfy and very eco-friendly. The sandals are cushioned with biofoam, made from 70% recycled materials. And Earth uses negative heel technology, placing your toes slightly higher than the heel, providing a comfortable incline that helps burn more calories!
Also, check out Simple Shoes for vegan, hemp and organic footwear. They have a small, but exciting line of women’s sandals to get you pumped up for summer!
With the socks coming off and sandals coming out of the closet, nails must look their best for all those prying eyes! Some companies have started manufacturing green nail polish that is water-based, not solvent-based like traditional polish. Hundreds of retailers across Canada are now carrying Suncoat water-based long-lasting nail polish and natural nail polish remover. Coat your nails with your favourite shade, minus the nasty chemicals and toxins found in ordinary polish that can harm you and the environment.
Removing your polish with Suncoat all natural removers will keep your nails from drying out, help you avoid the nasty fumes from regular nail polish remover, plus the remover is biodegradable. The earth will thank you for making this beauty switch.
Our other fave companies are Peace Keeper Cause-Metics, whose products are available online or from many Canadian retailers, and Spirit Beauty Lounge, with a line of non-toxic nail products that can be purchased online.
You can also check out your local health food or organic products retailer to find more earth friendly nail products.
Getting ready for summer with earth friendly clothing has never been easier. With the environment at the top of many people’s agendas, Canadian companies are sprouting up everywhere, carrying clothing made from environmentally friendly materials like organic cotton, hemp, soy, bamboo and more.
No matter the occasion, earth friendly wear is available from many companies, so you can be dolled up and feel good about what you’re wearing.
Efforts Hempwear carries hemp, soy, organic cotton and bamboo clothing. From evening dresses to under garments, they’re ready to make you an earth conscious fashionista.
We recommend their V-neck dress from Efforts, made almost entirely of bamboo.
Heading to the beach? We love the Kelly B couture eco-friendly swimwear collection, like their fun one-piece made from bamboo and organic cotton.
Getting in Shape
Perhaps the least fun part of getting ready for summer is getting our bodies back in bikini mode. But with environmentally friendly workout gear, we get a double treat. We can feel good about our bodily improvements, while also knowing we’ve been good to the planet.
The first step to a green workout is to get outside! Unplug your home workout machines and take advantage of your city’s walking trails, lakes, rivers and neighbourhoods. Shutting down the home gym for the spring and getting outside is perhaps the most important way that we can help the environment, while helping ourselves look great!
But, what will you wear on your green outdoor workout?
We recommend these organic cotton yoga pants from Gaiam.
Green products will have you feeling great about reducing your carbon footprint while at the same time, getting you closer to that bikini body you need for the lazy days of summer.