Today and every day, we should be mindful in our relationship with the planet. It’s our home, and we owe it the love and respect to preserve it for our lifespan and those to come.
Real talk – YOU can have a big impact on a greener future in the lifestyle choices you make every single day. You don’t need to redesign your life, but instead, start integrating small changes every day.
In honor of Earth Day, here are 5 easy and effective tips to improve your eco-footprint.
Ditch the car, ride your bike.
Biking to work or to run errands is something anyone anywhere can incorporate into their life.
Unlike a car, bicycles require zero fuel, no toxic batteries, and no motor oil. They don’t produce any greenhouse gas emission!
If you’re looking for more reasons to make the switch – or even to start small by biking one day a week instead of driving – your wallet is another great reason. From monthly metro passes to Ubers, to filling up your tank of gas – these costs add up, and the average Canadian spends $8K a year while those with a bike spend an average of $300.
No more dryer. Line dry instead.
Opting to line dry saves you money, energy, and makes your clothing last longer.
The average 2-person household spends more than $100 a year on electricity claimed by their dryer. If you go to a laundromat once a week and do two loads of clothing, you’re spending about $3.50 on the dryer. It seems small, but in one year that’s $182. That’s money that could stay in your pocket!
Ever wondered what lint is? It’s literally your clothing disintegrating. When you stop using a dryer, you’re conserving your fave clothes longer. You’re also saving the cost of replacing them!
10% of a home’s total electricity comes from the dryer. By line drying, you won’t only save money but you’ll help to save the planet by reducing fossil fuels!
Upcycle your clothes. Turn old stuff into new.
Upcycling is amazing! It makes for a creative, DIY way to reuse your clothes and give them a new life.
There are great environmental, social, and personal benefits. By upcycling, we stop producing new materials. Reducing new materials means we cut down on water pollution, air pollution, landfills, and greenhouse gas emissions.
DIY culture is all about creating. When you upcycle, you’re playing a role in a community looking to create something unique by way of recycling.
Some easy ways to get started are:
Adding lace trim
Using old clothing or fabric to make a headband
Making a new tote bag out of an old pair of jeans
Pinterest will be your best friend for all of these projects, and tons more.
Kiss plastic goodbye 👋🏼
If you stop buying plastic water bottles and instead refill a reusable water bottle or buy JUST WATER, you won’t be adding more plastic to our landfills.
You’ll reduce your greenhouse gas emissions because the production of plastic water bottles actually uses MORE water then it takes to fill the water bottles (insane). You’ll save money, too! Think about all the times you bought a drink on-the-go, when you could have had your own bottle with you.
Choose good materials. Our fave is bamboo rayon.
Our new Eco-friendly collection is here!
We’re focusing on social responsibility and sustainability more than ever before. It’s important for us to take care of our customers and the world we live in. We’re continually looking for ways to offer an eco-friendlier experience to our customers, and we want to continue reducing our carbon footprint by making smart choices in merchandise, packaging, and supply chain logistics.
We are thrilled to introduce Ardene Collective, our new eco-friendly collection! The assortment includes t-shirts and shoes, which are made of bamboo rayon fabric that is naturally antibacterial and pesticide-free. Our line is biodegradable, and nontoxic for minimal impact on the environment so you can shop consciously.
Why we chose bamboo
It’s a renewable resource and takes only one to five years to harvest, unlike hardwoods like oak that takes at least 40 years to mature before they can be harvested.
Bamboo also absorbs greenhouse gases and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than hardwood trees.
Bamboo requires no agricultural chemicals to thrive. Unlike cotton, bamboo sequesters nitrogen and cultivation does not add chemicals to the environment.