It’s almost Earth Day...why not take advantage of this opportunity to start fresh (and green)? Here are a few ideas we love for greening your spring.
Get your garden growing
Growing your own food can be one of the most rewarding and environmentally friendly activities we can engage in. Get started now and you’ll have fresh (and local!) veggies on your plate in no time. New to gardening? Check out Whole Living’s Beginner’s Guide to Organic Gardening.
Conventional wisdom says to wait to plant seeds outside until after the last frost—usually around Mother’s Day (check out the Farmer’s Almanac for planting recommendations by zip code). Whether you’re planning a serious vegetable garden or just a few herbs, start planning your plot with certified organic seeds from Seeds of Change (buy one, get one free in stores in April!).
Give your home a deep clean
Cleaning out your home’s nooks and crannies doesn’t require toxic chemicals—just a little elbow grease and some eco-friendly cleaning products from Pharmaca.
According to a 2008 story in US News and World Report, exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in some household cleaners can reduce lung function or increase the risk of asthma. Companies aren’t required to list the ingredients in their cleaning products and air fresheners, so you never know what hazardous toxins are lurking in there.
Instead, scrub the tub with Mrs. Meyer’s Surface Scrub, get mirrors sparkling with Seventh Generation’s Multi-Surface Cleaner, and throw the clothes in the washer with a Grab Green Laundry Detergent Pod.
Do a spring cleanse
“Dieting and cleansing is most effective during this time of year,” says Kate Brainard, ND. “Spring is a time of new growth and restarts, as your body is following the biorhythms of the planet.”
Help your body clean out the liver and gall bladder, as well as purify the blood, with a whole body cleanse. Start by incorporating some of the new fruits and veggies coming up, then get into a detox. Kate likes to recommend Renew Life’s First Cleanse, a simple 14-day cleanse that includes a morning and evening formula that target multiple organs all at once. While you’re cleansing, Kate says, stay away from complex carbohydrates, refined sugars and saturated fats, and drink lots of water.
Make over your look
When flip-flops and sundresses beckon, it’s time to integrate some fresh spring colors and trends into your makeup routine.
Cosmetics can be one of the most important areas to make sure you’re getting the cleanest products, since 60 percent of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bodies. That’s an astonishing number, especially considering people use an average of 10 different cosmetics or personal care products on their skin each day.
Rest easy with some of our favorite (non-toxic) spring trends:
All-in-one makeup kits: We love My Steppes from jane iredale, a three-step that includes complementary bronzer, blush and two shades of lip glosses. Available in Cool and Warm palettes. Perfect for slipping in the beach bag to go from day to night!
Colored eyeliner on the lower lash line: Pick up ZuZu Luxe eyeliner in brilliant colors like Iguana, Indigo or South Pacific. Line the lower lid with color, then soften the look by applying a corresponding eyeshadow directly on top of the eyeliner. Instantly brightens and adds flair for a night on the town.
Suggested ZuZu combinations:
Blue eyes – Slate eyeliner with Gem eyeshadow
Green eyes – Indigo eyeliner with Odyssey eyeshadow
Brown eyes – Ocean eyeliner with Ice Princess eyeshadow OR Tobacco eyeliner with Sahara eyeshadow
Lip and cheek stains: Another double-duty item to stash in your purse. Look for jane iredale’s Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain. This combination lip and cheek stain, filled with nourishing plant-based ingredients, naturally adjusts to your chemistry to provide just the right pink hue for cheeks and lips.
Stop into Pharmaca today for more great ideas about spring greening!