Tuesday, July 24, 2018

TALKING SUSTAINABILITY WITH BIOSSANCE


In the past few years (and more specifically in the past few months) I've started to consider my impact on the environment, specifically when it comes to what waste I produce. As a blogger, I tend to work in a more wasteful industry than most. PR packages that come in the mail often have lots of tissue and bubble wrap, and at the end of a busy week, our recycling bin is often full with cardboard boxes. There has been some improvement - some brands are getting better and I've happily watched the amount of filler and plastic packaging go down, all the while saving every single piece of tissue paper I receive to repurpose (seriously, I have a giant drawer of it). But there are still plenty of areas of my own life that needed to be looked at from the lens of environmental health, so today I'm going to talk about a change I've made gradually that is starting to become habit.







My inspiration for this post is my current partnership with my holy-grail skincare brand - Biossance. Because they think critically about not only their products, but the packaging as well, it helped me to think about the waste I create as an individual. Shopping, and particularly grocery shopping, was one of the biggest causes for waste production in my house. And while you can no longer get single-use plastic bags at grocery stores in LA, there were still plenty of things making it into the bin. Sure, I had bought reusable grocery bags years ago, but would often forget them, and walk out with paper bags full of groceries. An improvement over plastic, but still so unnecessary when the solution was just sitting in the trunk of my car, forgotten.  So I got good about using reusable grocery bags.

Once that was in the bag (so to speak) I started to look at what was actually going into the trash can when I unpacked those lovingly purchased groceries. I'm embarrassed to say, for a while, it was quite a bit. I tricked myself into thinking that by separating and washing all of my plastic and recyclable items and putting those in the blue bin that it wasn't so bad, but still - there was a lot of waste. Specifically those plastic bags you put your produce in, boxes of individual rice meals, plastic containers of pre-peeled garlic - it was a lot more than I expected.


All I have to say, is thank goodness for the internet. I don't think I would have even considered just how much plastic waste I was producing if it weren't for the mirror that is Social Media. I follow some amazing women online who have made it their mission to reduce waste and try to eliminate single use plastic from their lives. I started to take notes, and these were the solutions I reached:

Don't bag your produce at the grocery store // That thin plastic bag that is used to separate your tomatoes from your bananas? You don't need it. You can place your produce directly into your reusable bag and just bring it out at checkout. Give it a good wash when you get home, and ditch that thin plastic bag all together.

Skip the convenience items // It can be really appealing to buy a container of cut fruit or peeled garlic, but that plastic container it comes in is eventually going into a bin. Not to mention, those convenience items are oftentimes more expensive than buying a whole piece of fruit or bulbs of garlic. Please note - I still haven't been able to find asparagus without those rubber bands to hold it all together, but have found ways to reuse the rubber bands. Like shooting them at Eric. Baby steps, guys.

Buy in Bulk // If your grocery store has bulk options, always aim for those. I used to buy small bags of nuts, or boxes of rice meals, but they were so wasteful. I don't need a packet of spices and a pre-measured box of rice, when I can have a full spice rack at home and can just as easily have a large container of rice on hand. Take pictures with your cell phone of the item numbers (or write them down) so you don't have to take one of those little label twist-ties that's going to end up in the trash when you get home.

Get specific with your grocery bags // While I've always had grocery tote bags on hand, I never really thought about carrying smaller bags. Thanks to Instagram, I saw a tip about using lightweight cotton bags for purchasing bulk items. And even better, I saw the suggestion to repurpose clothing and purse dustbags for that purpose! If you have any lightweight and washable dustbags lying around, use those when you go to buy things in bulk. I say lightweight because they do weigh your bulk items, and you don't want to have to pay extra if possible. My favs are the ones pictured above from purchases at Doên. It's just a great way to reuse and you have to admit - it's a lot more visually pleasing than piles of plastic bags.




I'm so glad that I got to partner with Biossance to write this post, because they are one of my favorite brands. You guys have heard me talk about them in the past a lot - they produce some of my top must-have, holy-grail, don't-leave-home-without products. But aside from how much I love their products, what I love just as much is their commitment to what they call No Compromise Beauty. They've banned over 2000 ingredients from their products that other companies use that could either be harmful to human or to the environment, everything they make is nontoxic, and their hero ingredient - Squalane - is 100% plant-based rather than coming from shark livers. Save the sharks, y'all.

On top of their commitment to what goes into the products, they've also looked closely at how they package everything. They use recyclable components as much as possible like their outer cartons. They're actually made from sustainable sugarcane paper, which is a by-product of the same process used to produce their squalane. The inner cartons are fully recyclable because they don’t use foiling or coating that causes paper to not be recyclable. Just in the same way that individuals are thinking about how they can reduce waste, so is a large company like Biossance.



Speaking of Biossance, I'm so happy to introduce you guys to two of their latest products that I've added into my permanent routine. It's no secret that I sunburn SUPER easily. Always have, always will be sensitive to the sun. So because sunscreen is a daily necessity for me, I've tried a lot of different formulas. Plenty of options are greasy, make me breakout, or cause my makeup to just slide right off. Biossance's Squalane + Mineral SPF 45 is my daily sunscreen. It blends in easily, has a high SPF, and never feels greasy or heavy.

But what I really love about it? It's environmentally friendly too. I didn't know this until recently, but most sunscreens are dangerous for our oceans. They contain micro-plastics or nano minerals that end up in the water. In fact, Hawaii entirely banned chemical sunscreen ingredients oxybenzone and
octinoxate because of their effects on the ocean. Switching to a mineral SPF is a cleaner solution for the environment and this formula is coral-reef safe!

The other product I've added to my bi-weekly routine is their Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum. I'm new to the idea of using a retinol treatment, and in truth was scared of traditional retinols which can be harsh on sensitive skin. Biossance instead uses Bakuchiol, a plant-derived, non-irritating alternative to retinol. Plus, traditional retinol is often derived from animal byproducts, so I'm happy this is a plant-based alternative that is still powerful.

It works to plump skin, and help correct skin texture. As someone who dealt with breakouts in the past, finding something that is designed to help texture is huge. I've focused on redness reduction in the past, but a big concern for me lately has been texture, especially since I shoot so many photos. This is targeted to combat fine lines as well as rough skin, and so far I really like it. I use it after I wash my face, 2-3 times a week. And because it isn't a traditional retinol, there are no risks with sun-exposure, so it can be used during the day time.

I'm so happy to have partnered with a brand I genuinely love to create this post. They gave me the freedom to not just talk about their products, but to also share a way in which I'm trying to improve my own sustainability at home. Not many brands are open to having a real conversation, so I'm thankful to get to work alongside Biossance. I've been a fan for years, and have received so many messages from you guys trying out their products and falling in love too.

And since their Squalane + Mineral SPF 45 is a newer product, I'm excited to be able to giveaway a few of them here! I have 3 SPFs to giveaway, so to enter, simply leave a comment below with your IG handle, and maybe share a way you reduce waste at home! I'm not perfect and still have plenty of room for improvement, so tips are always welcome!



186 comments:

  1. love this! insta: mallorysmith13

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  2. your hair is getting so long, I love it! @honey.andthebee

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  3. I tried the Biossance samples because of your recommendation and I love them! Love this post!💚

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  4. Loved the post, and love Biossance!
    @katagories

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  5. Hi!
    My way of reducing waste is to thrift! And when something doesn’t fit me anymore or I don’t want it anymore i let my friends go through those clothes. I also have a bunny and it’s baby living in our backyard so I feed them the vegetables I’m not gonna eat before I go on a trip!
    @thriftingandgathering

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  6. Love the idea of vegan sunscreen! @adibamnolker

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  7. I’m yet to try Biossance, but am a lover of clean/green beauty and would be keen to try anything you personally use �� Your skin is so luminous and clear! @_deifiedaten_

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  8. @marychau
    I almost never throw away packaging because I can find a way to reuse them!!! But then I just have a pile of boxes in my closet all the time haha. They come in handy when I move apartments every year though!!!

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  9. I’m from Perth Australia and we have just started banning light weight plastic bags from the super markets. Definitely hard trying to get used to remembering to bring my owns bags! @capriciousbeauty

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  10. Love this post!! And I would looove one of these biossance sunscreens! @_elmac_

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  11. My skin needs something like this right now!! @rachelleyounie

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  12. What a lovely post, Courtney! Truly! SPF is so needed, and I'm so glad you are raising the topic of sustainable SPF. As someone who works in Oncology, SPF is a must (let's just say...I've seen some s**t). That SPF could be harming the environment really tugs at my soul! I'm glad that Biossance can provide something to support my cognitive dissonance :)

    The one eco trick I was taught that I'm trying to stick with is buying yogurt in bulk- I never really gave much thought to all of those small plastic containers, but they must add up! I also love seeing the cute metal straws that some bloggers have carried around with them, to reduce plastic straw usage (I personally mostly drink hot coffee/tea, so no straw needed).

    Instagram handle is @ReadingwithChampagne. Thank you for the opportunity, and again, GREAT post! :) xoxo

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  13. Love love this! I too want to cut down on the waste we produce. I was just saying to my bf that we need to start buying more at Bulk Barn for some of our groceries.

    And I am also really into the care biossance puts into their products. I have been using facial products that are free of a lot of bad things. Like Herbivore, and Drunk Elephant. The next company I was going to try is Biossance. I also don't really wear any makeup just my facial mist and facial oil. So a nice sunscreen would be so good.

    @purelytimeless

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  14. As a fellow redhead I always want to try out new sun creams and this one sounds amazing!

    @bramblingblog

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  15. Thank you so much for expressing about this important theme, reduce waste is crucial. I always talk about it with my
    Family and friends and suggest them ways to reduce the he waste we produce.

    My if name is ilianabriones, I really want to try biossance, I'm all about green and natural beauty care.

    Oh, sorry for my bad English, isn't my first language, I'm mexican.

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  16. This is such a great post! I've been making more of a conscious effort this summer when at the grocery store especially as well. I also tried bioessance's sample program after seeing you raving about them, and am saving up to have the real thing! I'm so impressed by this brand. IG: emmarion

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  17. We are able to compost our food scraps and pass the good stuff on to our plants in the garden. Less waste in the landfill, plus happy plants! Win win!

    @ashleigh__w

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  18. Luckily rubber bands are made from plants (rubber trees) and shoooouuuld be biodegradable. The trick is to reuse them until they start to dry up and break down, then compost them. That solves your asparagus problem!

    I’m so excited that biossance is thinking about their packaging and the environment. I’m trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use (because most plastics can only be recycled once or twice before they inevitably end up in a landfill) and finding skin care without plastic is so hard!

    @__emmacrawford

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  19. Love Biossance! Haven’t been able to try the products you’ve blogged about, would love too!!! IG: dianapacurar

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  20. I’ve been bringing in more useful things in my life , whether it be reusable bags, tumblrs for my coffee, less makeup on my face. Like you said those small baby steps will slowly make a huge difference! I like the idea of brings cotton bags for your produce I will start doing that now! :)

    IG: WILDD.FOXX

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  21. I love what you said about skipping convenience items! So many people tend to buy individual servings of snacks like mini bags of chips or little bags of cookies when you can buy the large bags and place them in reusable containers instead.
    I go ahead and separate out servings right after grocery shopping so it’s still just as “grab and go” as those individual bags! It helps a ton.

    @aemyers11

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  22. I love biossance and have been looking for a good nontoxic sunscreen!
    IG: kljewett

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  23. I love all your recommendations! Keep the blog posts coming! @laurenhayley13

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  24. Love this and Biossance! My baba is big on growing fruits and veggies in her own garden and I’ve picked up that torch in addition to composting. Fingers crossed I got her green thumb!

    IG: jessicabow

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  25. I loved this post! Some of your ideas were really original and I will definitely put them into practice from now on! Another very basic way to reduce waste when, for instance, removing your make-up, is to stop using cotton pads by choosing make-up removers like cleansing oils that allow you to remove all of it without producing extra waste. Very basic, but it's something!

    @n__rosemary

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  26. I’ve been wanting to try Biossance for SO long!

    IG:misskellyclare

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  27. I have ditched the plastic bags, and also make sure to properly store our food. We use use airtight reusable containers to store grains, fruit or cereal to make sure it doesn’t go bad quick! This is so important and I am happy to see that you are bringing awareness to it. I am a floral designer who works outside a lot. I hope that I can bring some sunscreen into my routine by a company who has the same values!

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  28. I really love the tips to be more sustainable at the grocery store. It’s something I’ve tried to improve on all the time since moving to LA. @meganmiller1901

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  29. Realizing how much plastic is in all our packaging can be pretty horrifying. Thank you for all the tips! I also try to shop at farmers markets as much as possible le since the growers tend to use less/more sustainable packing materials. :) @TheRowanHall

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  30. I’ve been using squalane recently and loving it! Next year I’m moving near to a no-waste supermarket, excited to use it! @indiamai8

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  31. Hi Courtney! I love that you write about sustainability in everyday life. I would also really like to read more about sustainability with regards to fashion and consumption! I guess you have a lot of tips on that topic too, as I noticed you are already doing a lot (like buying sustainable brands or second hand, altering/ repairing things, sell clothes you don't wear anymore). I really like your blog! Greetings from Germany! Insta: clarita.feliz

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  32. We always save tissue paper and even reuse wrapping paper (and sometimes reuse things like old maps or posters as wrapping paper to give it a bit of extra life). I make books and will use some of the pretty tissue papers I get from shopping to cover what I make.
    IG: @windandspindle
    Mary
    https://windandspindle.com/

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  33. One of my favorite ways to reduce waste was to stop buying bottled water and use a watch pitcher filter instead that's ecofriendly itself. I also like to use reusable grocery bags and buy in bulk when possible. I'm so happy that you're sharing this because I feel like a lot of people don't realize how much they actually do waste and this brings light to a very important subject! Also I'm very curious about Biossance, I've yet to try it. The green aspects of it makes it even more appealing! @brittanyfravel

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  34. My mom thought me to save my scraps for broth! With this, less trash gets placed in the bin which saves plastic bags from filling quickly. @ilgaz_h

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  35. I reuse my doen bags for produce, too! I love Biossance. The squalane oil has changed my skin in a way I never thought possible. Looking forward to adding some of their other products into my regimen! @alyssabasich

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  36. I receive a fair amount of packages too so I save all the packaging/boxes and reuse whenever possible. I also take a tote to the farmer's market so I don't have to use plastic bags. I've also been really into sustainable fashion after I've been learning tons about the industry (I just completed my BFA in graphic design and did my senior project on sustainable/ethical/transparent fashion practices)! @harleyperdue

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  37. Thank you so much for us post!! I think a lot of times people forget how much waste we are adding to our planet. I love seeing bloggers/influencers using their platform to inform others on even the smallest ways we can cut down on plastic use!! IG: stephh_nav

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  38. What a great and important post, and beautiful as always! One way I reduce waste is using a menstrual cup. If you think about how many tampons or pads plus their boxes/wrappers you use per period x 12 months x your period life, (just had my 20 year period anniversary lol) it's just so much. I have also switched to using natural/organic makeup like Pure Anada that uses minimal packaging, with reusable compacts. @smoochi.mane

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  39. I love saving all of my food scraps from my farmers market haul to make homemade bone broth every other month! Just freeze stems and ends and then toss them into the broth when it start to simmer!

    @paigekelleyyy

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  40. Such a great reminder to always try to do more!
    @beatricedejong

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  41. I tried Biossance on you're reccomendatoon and lived it!! Also love your blog! @melindasara89

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  42. The grocery store I order from uses paper bags and I always reuse them as my lunch bags! Baby steps as you say, but plastic bags are a no no for me. Also switched to bamboo toothbrushes! @juliediemaus

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  43. I have switched over to a few more sustainable skincare brands (innisfree), but I’ve never heard of biossance! Will definitely check them out. Also... loooove your reusable bags!! @katrinastacie

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  44. I have been wanting to try Biossance for so long! I love their the look of their products and what they stand for!
    IG: @ashleygummerson

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  45. Feeling so inspired by the articles discussion of reducing waste, and so grateful for brands like Biossance for thinking conciously in all that they do!
    @meagan.mcgill

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  46. I've been thinking a lot about this lately - you've given some great tips here. I definitely need to find something to buy those bulk products in! @jen_em

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  47. I adore Biossance! Their eye gel and their oil cleanser are two of my holy grail items, for certain. I have yet to try their SPF, it’s on my “must purchase” list. My husband and I are also trying to be better with our wastefulness. Our fave thing lately is repurposing jars of all kinds to use when we make homemade kombucha!

    @cheekywolf

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  48. It’s also so easy to shop for “wet” items in bulk if they’re available at your grocery store! Things like olives, peanut butter, fresh pasta, and oils and vinegars can all be put straight into jars or glass bottles. Just make sure to weigh them beforehand and note the tare directly on the container!
    ig: @dnhnsn

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  49. This is great. I recently bought a set of re-usable grocery bags on Amazon for groceries but still use the small plastic bags for produce at the store. This seems like the obvious next step to completely cut out plastic bags from my trips, so smart! Next is organizing pantry in glass or metal containers to recycle packaging when possible. Any difference makes an impact!!!!
    @norma10tori

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  50. I love that you’re taking steps to reduce plastic consumption! I’ve been taking my own re-usable bags to the grocery store and out shopping for the past several months, and finally got my sister and mom on board too.

    IG: goji_ro

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  51. Yessss! I love that sustainablity is become more mainstream. I’m working on reducing my food waste �� I’d love to have a compost bin, but I live in an apartment so I’m still figuring that out. @maridangerdavis

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  52. Yay to reducing plastic consumption! Using jars and tote bags (depending on the product) when grocery shopping is something I do, feels good to make such small changes! But every little step counts :)

    Also, that SPF product is calling my name. Need to try it! IG: maipatton

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  53. Sunscreen and vegan products are what I live for! @jessfortener

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  54. I love this so much! I’ve been only using vegan and cruelty free skin care and beauty products for about 2 years:) ig: umsry

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  55. There’s so much I love about this post! My husband and I have significantly reduced our use of plastic bags at the store. We just got back from Hawaii where they also do not provide plastic bags. And the awareness of reef safe sunscreen was everywhere. You have inspired me to try Biossance products and I truly love them. I too am a fair skinned red head so I definitely am interested in trying the spf! @rlynchang

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  56. Thank you for this post! I’ve really become concerned with environmental conservation and how we can protect our planet so these tips are really inspiring. My main eco-friendly mantras are ALWAYS carry your own reusable shopper bag, never buy bottled water, bring your own biodegradable coffee cup, recycle as much as possible and thrift/reuse/upcycle as much as possible. We don’t need to have new stuff allll the time and you can find or create some really unique bits just by scouting flea markets or fixing things. The little things add up and we could all help save this beautiful planet <3

    PS: I’m searching for my holy grail facial SPF because every one I’ve tried has broken me out :( would love to try this lush Biossance!

    IG @lilybrads

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  57. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been thinking of ways to reduce plastic waste too and I’ve implemented using glass containers,reusable shopping bags, and using a water filter instead of buying water bottles, but I’m definitely gonna step it up and add some reusable produce bag! @itskareene

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  58. It didn't really occur to me how big the waste problem is until I saw the "Waves of Trash" footage off of the Dominican Republic on Instagram last week. I watched that video while sipping my drink from a soda cup that I was definitely going to throw away. I'm starting small though and your tips are helpful to me (a newbie). Buying produce individually and using the "discarded" part of the item for compost. No more plastic bags and I'm switching to email-only receipts because I find myself throwing those away the moment I arrive home from the store. IG:@estrella5268

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  59. Biossance is great! I’m so glad that you get to work with brands you enjoy. I will definitely be adopting the idea of using reusable bags for bulk items!

    @catandralee

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  60. I travel a lot, but always refuse service in my room-- not only saving water on towels, but also energy for a vacuum (and the housekeeping staff)! For toiletries, I fill reusable silicon travel containers instead of buying travel-sized items, and try to use public transportation or walk when possible.
    @laurseum

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  61. I've been wanting to try Biossance for a while now! Also, will definitely be reading through this post for more ideas on how to reduce my waste! I'm like you, in that I often forget my reusable grocery bags at home :( But I'm getting better and would love to do even more to reduce waste!

    Instagram: asheroonie

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  62. I first started being conscious about the makeup I buy. So within the last few years I’ve actually accumulated an entire vegan and cruelty free makeup bag. I thrift way more then I shop at the stores. And purchasing local foods is way better! However not everyone has access or the funds to go to a farmers market. But it’s little things that really make a difference. Not picking up straws for your drinks to go. Like you said, just put your produce in the basket you really don’t need a plastic bag to separate everything. Starting a compost and just being aware of what you are buying is a good thing. This is all fairly new to me so I’m still learning, but it’s really encouraging to see so many people in social media also being waste conscious. Great post! @llaurenmagneyy

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  63. I love posts like this! I’ve been trying to reduce my waste buy using either metal mugs or mason jars for my drinks as well as metal straws! I’ve also purchased a set of bamboo untinsels that I bring with me to work so that I don’t waste a ton of plastic utensils. I found everything on Amazon for an amazing price. Also, if you use amazon try to order a lot at once so that it all comes in one box so you are wasting less plastic, cardboard, etc.

    I’ve also been order a lot of items in bulk, such a dried food items like rice & sugar. As well as making my own products like sugar scrubs and even sunscreen!

    @ronnalouise

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  64. This post is awesome! Love the grocery bag. Ig: @alexajadewarren

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  65. Great tips! Ig: @compassionate_universe

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  66. This is so incredible and inspiring :) @dorisdarden_

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  67. What a great post thank you for all your advises!! Make me think that I should change my habits!! ♻️♻️ @fiorellaescorihuela

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  68. It's so inspiring to see a successful fashion blogger talk about sustainability! It's so easy to get wrapped up in the consumerism bubble and forget about my impact on the earth. Thank you! @sarah_anne_lund

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  69. Love this blog post! I've been working hard to save up enough to make the switch to biossance. Im always on the lookout for products that are better for my skin and the environment. How long has the spf lasted you? @abi_speers

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  70. Love it! My ig handle is @lucysharks
    A great way to reduce waste is to reduce waste is composting! It will make your garden beautiful and your trash bin smaller, especially if you’re already recycling your plastic waste. Glass Bottles are another thing that’s easy to rinse out and keep, same with plastic tubs with lids (instead of buying more plastic Tupperware). Hope these tips help!

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  71. Love biossance! I agree, they make a GREAT daily sunscreen. It’s the only one that I’ve found is effective and feels nice on my skin. @maxartifex

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  72. Thank you for this article! Great advice. I always feel a bit sick when I see just how much packaging is going in the recycling bin! It's easy to feel like it's ok because you're recycling but it's really not!! I am so glad more brands are developing eco friendly packaging and trying to go plastic free as it seems like individuals can do as much as possible but the real big change comes from the big companies so they need to get on board!! :-) Have never tried Biossance but it sounds amazing! X @celtic_flora

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  73. I really need to be better on not using plastic bags at the store! I have began asking for paper bags but I can still do better! I need to get a cloth bag or something of the like instead! I love biossance and their mission behind their products! Love this post! @meglosti

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  74. Love to see this! Thank you for educating your followers on small ways to make a big impact - so so important. Dying to try Biossance 😍😍😍😍 @rachelrava

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  75. I love that you're talking about sustainability! I carry around a reusable coffee cup when I go to work or school to reduce waste. I haven't tried this but some people have said that you can use your own tupperware when ordering takeout. The cotton bag idea is great. I hate using plastic bags for produce but couldn't find a good alternative.
    @milamoss

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  76. Sustainable, nontoxic, and protecting skin from the sun?! 😍 Jackpot!

    IG: @bethwhite1106

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  77. I love biossance! Been wanting to try out their sunscreen for a while now :) @lil_squaash

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  78. I recently bought bamboo toothbrushes that are 100% biodegradable and feel better on my teeth than those darn plastic ones! @misslisard

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  79. This post is amazing! @lauramarazzi Would love to see another thrift post soon. Your style is phenomenal!

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  80. You’re so right! Even when you are cautious about the things that you recycle, still that’s even not close to enough!
    I’m on a paleo diet, so I don’t eat any prepackaged food, I buy almost everything in bulk (almost all of my food is vegetable), and I sew my own clothes, so I cut down on environmental costs. Still I think I have a long way to go, though!
    I will try to use the lightweight canvas bags that I’ve sewn for the veg and fruit I buy, cause paper bags are not a great solution either. Thanks for the suggestion! @pelagiedeparis

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  81. Love these grocery ideas! I shop local for my groceries in the summer as much as I can. Farmer’s markets make it so easy to buy fresh food, help local farmers and reduce waste by bringing your own bag. We keep a small garden of herbs to help cut down the need to buy pre packaged spices. Also reusable straws and cups are a must for my morning coffee/tea! @alpal49

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  82. I haven’t tried any of Biossance products but I’ll check them out. I do try my best to use eco-friendly skincare products that are also not tested on animals. And about using re-usable bags when grocery shopping, I’ve doing that more often but I forget to bring bags with me sometimes. Those light weight cotton bags are a fantastic idea. I’m gonna look into either making my own or buying some. I’d definitely rather use those instead plastic bags for small things. Thank you for this blog post. I learned quite a bit from it. :)
    IG: _giselle_was_here

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  83. at home, we use cloth napkins, steel straws, recycle the few items we purchase that aren’t zero waste, have a sweet chicken coop with lovely little ladies that give us eggs and happiness, and cultivate a healthy lifestyle with plants!

    @fussykitten

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  84. Your highlighting sustainability in skincare is so great since you have such a large following. It’s always encouraging to see bloggers who genuinely care about making healthier skincare known that actually works! At home, my husband is currently is adamant about recycling every single piece of waste. I have to get more with the program as I am the main cook. @ely.dia

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  85. Love this! ��♻️�� @hillarygeddes

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  86. Thanks for the tips. I’ve started taking paper straws everywhere I go. It’s disgusting how many of them end up in the ocean and do irreversible damage. Also I can’t give up coffee but I can take my keep cup!
    @midnight.toast

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  87. Great tips! And fantastic style. My ig @collittle

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  88. always on the hunt for a great sunscreen! @siggrett

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  89. Love biossance and have been working at reducing my waste as well! @timelesskristen

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  90. one thing that took me forever to do but that once I did I was really happy about was to cancel all my unnecessarily mail. To get my name off all those lists, and e-bill everything. Think about all the junk mail day by day and how much it adds up. It did take a little legwork and a good afternoon, but I'm so glad I did it. Love love how biossance partnered with you to have this conversation! @dreamywalkhome

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  91. Always carry your reusable water bottle with you! That's something I have learned and try to not forget every time I leave the house. Also reusable cotton pads, shampoo and soap bars and bamboo toothbrushes are a real game changer! I am loving this post and the positive impact it can have on others !:) have a lovely day ♥ iG: battlemyheart

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  92. I always wanted my kitchen to look like the kitchen from Practical Magic, so at some point I stopped buying packaged goods, and started putting everything I could into glass containers. I also try to get a lot of my produce from my own backyard. It’s seems to be more fun to cook when you’re pullling things from jars and off of vines. Love your dress by the way! @jadedodds

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  93. This was so wholesome and wonderful to read! I talk about sustainable options all the time and often am the one forgetting my bags for the grocery store. I have been trying to switch all of my beauty and skincare products to companies that care and work to reduce the waste on earth. Thank you for this post! @haleygfe

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  94. Visiting my family in Russia atm and its killing me seeing how no one here recycles plastic...I truly believe that the little impact I have on earth by recycling and living mindfully truly matters. @hella.darling

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  95. Definitely love any tips and tricks related to reducing waste. IG @gabbycolonna

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  96. I think managing waste and recycling is something not taken very seriously where I live. Shop employees often complain when you don't bag your fruit and produce în plastic (even when they're already in plastic net bags, like potatos and onions!) because they don't come pre-washed and "dirty" their workstation. Shopping in supermarkets is often discouraging because of this but luckily we have a lot of farmers markets that sell local fruit and produce where you can simply ask them to skip the bag and use your own. Another thing I have started to do is refusing plastic straws and I have stopped buying skincare products that contain microbeads, as they are not water soluble and we're basically just dumping tiny plastic beads into the water and it is very dangerous for fish. I try to recycle as much as I can but unfortunately in my city garbage disposal just ends up dumping everything in the same place even if it's collected selectively and I feel some of the city's "efforts" are just for show. Most often than not recycling bins are full and you have to either walk to the next one and hope it has room for your carefully separated trash or just dump it all together with the rest of the trash. I feel like a lot of people around here try to be more conscious about waste but are not backed up by city officials @seirees

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  97. I’m currently getting into the swing of reusable bags at the grocery store! IG @ohkreestin

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  98. I love love love Biossance products ever since you introduced me to them last year!! I love their samples program. It’s made me fall in love with their squalane and vitamin c rose oil. @cynthiadavis_

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  99. It was definitely a challenge getting in the habit of bringing reusable bags into the store but now it’s second nature. It’s crazy how much plastic waste can be generated from one grocery store trip. @sarahschoolhouse

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  100. Unfortunately the place I live is probably the most wasteful ever (China), but I do what I can for myself. I always bring a reusable bag with me, for groceries or whatever else, and I use a makeup removing cloth. I had no idea shark liver was used in facial products! I have sensitive skin so I like the idea of natural products. I see many bloggers advertising biossance and would love to try it! @selcouthshell

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  101. Great post, I love biossance too! I’ve been loving Baggu’s reusable bags. They’re made out of nylon and come with a little pouch so you can always have a reusable bag on you. I think I have like 3 in My purse at all times. No more using the excuse “I forgot my bag.” Plus they come in the cutest patterns. @thelovelylindsey

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  102. Hi, my name is Indri from Indonesia. I start concern to reduce waste not too long ago. Here in Indonesia, if you buy food and take them away, the seller always using a styrofoam and plastic spoon/fork. I'm quite busy and almost not have time to cooking myself so I always buy foods. I try to bring my own food box, cutlery, water bottle and even metal straw to reduce the using of styfoam, plastic glass, plastic spoon/fork and plastic straw. IG: @missindriii

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  103. Carrying a Keep Cup reusable coffee mug and metal straw with me everywhere has been a real game changer.

    IG: nacropley

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  104. Love this! Even simple changes make a huge impact on protecting the environment!
    IG: meghan_ruth

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  105. I love both of these ingredients separately and very excited about the possibility of getting them both in one bottle—talk about sustainability. I’m also a clothes addict so I always save the bags and tissue they come in to reuse to resell my clothes online! IG: shaebl

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  106. Love this! I always try to find a way to be thrifty, because there’s enough waste in the world as it is!
    IG: hungryshewolf

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  107. Doh! I have never thought to take picture of item numbers when buying bulk. That’s going in the memory bank pronto. I’m a lefty and I end up awkwardly trying to scribble down the numbers on those twisty tie things. Needless to say I’m not a fan of it. @chakazahn

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  108. Love the blog post! I've recently started using a retinol cream myself and it was super harsh on my skin! I was peeling like a snake after one use 😞 I've seen a lot of instagram post about Biossance products, but never looked into that much until now and it sounds like such a great, clean and safe line!
    desiderio.ashley

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  109. I’ve always wanted to try this! @rennuendo

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  110. This has given me so much knowledge to think on for living more sustainably. I got a little discouraged after a while of trying to be more responsible about my waste, but this article has given me a revitalized perspective. Thank you!

    @dearhaleynicole

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  111. Love love bioessence products!! I really enjoyed this post on sustainability!

    @jess_samantha

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  112. Great article - thanks Courtney! Plenty of ideas I still haven’t implemented, such as utilising the clothing dustbags for bulk purchases.
    I also still haven’t tried any Biossance products, and this post made me curious... I like the fact they’re an ethical brand and use plant-based squalane.

    @thelondonesque

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  113. Thank you so much for sharing Courtney! One way I try to reduce waste at home is by opting for reusable grocery bags rather than the traditional plastic bags. If I am given plastic bags, I store them in a drawer & reuse them rather than throwing them away. Definitely will be trying to implement your tips into my own home!
    My ig handle is @jackieon_

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  114. It’s hard for me to buy groceries in bulk just because my country is not that exposed yet to reduce waste. All you can see is plastic on the shelf. But I tried to reduce as much as possible such as bringing my own bag to grocery stores. It’s not much, but that’s all I can do for now. Ig: @irasuhami

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  115. When I make coffee at home I toss the used coffee grounds into the garden for the plants to use! @rachaelgordon

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  116. Loved this post ♡ I use reuseable cotton facial rounds and canvas bags to reduce my waste. My IG is @felicia_kal

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  117. We started shopping at a local place called Lidl. They’re goal is to create less waste so we bring our own bags (they don’t offer plastic). But I know I could be doing a lot more still! Thanks for the tips. I haven’t thought about some of these. @nataliemicheleharger

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  118. Some of my favorite sustainable products are: Reusable cotton rounds, glass/metal bottles and containers, metal straws and canvas shopping bags! I love what biossance stands for! And I really enjoyed this post. @laurenbeaubien

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  119. I learned a lot from the post! It really encouraged me to invest in smaller bags for my produce it’s definietly something I never thought about! As always thank you for sharing your tips and tricks! This one is a favorite! Biossance is amazing for standing by making this world a better place by using recycled packaging! @ohheyang_

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  120. This post was so helpful! I have some new ideas to try out, and I really need to be better about remembering my reusable bags!
    One small thing I’m doing is not using plastic straws anymore.
    @rachellryder

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  121. Great post! Well, we at home recycle everything, we are trying not to buy things with plastic or plastic on/in it. If you want some advices about "saving our planet" I have one: You are a big influencer, not every person on Earth cares about better and healthier future, but you can talk to a lot of human beings! And, well, everything is easier when it's done by more than just "some".
    Your big fan:
    IG: @x__lostdays__x

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  122. Dreamy little babe! I love your Edwardian dress and farmers market tips! That’s my favorite thing to do down here in Costa Rica and my freckles could sure use some or that mystic potion to protect it ��✨ @jacibaird

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  123. @oana_batrinu
    Great post! I'm glad that even tho you are a pretty big influencer you think about bigger stuff aka how much plastic has entered our lives. I try to use less plastic bags but unfortunately in my coutry it's very hard to do so; everything is whraped in "protective" plastic.
    Anyway, about the Biossance products - I also have light and sensitive skin that gets burned oh so easily and I've been on a hunt for a perfect sunscreen for ages.
    Hope you're well and good luck!

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  124. Thank you for sharing. You are lovely as always. IG: @christyhillier

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  125. I’m so happy that I found out about Biossance from you! I’ve been using the cleansing oil and vitamin C serum and loving them both. Also, just bought some stainless steel straws and reusable produce bags the other day! @laurenmaiaos

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  126. I’m obsessed with this entire post... from your honourable intentions to your integrity in partnering with Biossance! I love their oil cleanser, & I definitely wanna give some of their other products! Thanks for sharing this XO @redrachnyc

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  127. I would love to try the retinol one. And shark livers, really?!! I gotta check ingredients now.... @pretty_lil_blondes

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  128. Love this blog post! Sustainability is so importrant, especially now!

    @felicityoftheseas

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  129. I’m from Oregon and up here we’re spoon fed sustainability and ingredient checking from day one, but I love that people with such huge platforms (like your fine self) are using your powers for good and spreading consciousness to people who maybe haven’t thought about it as much and ensuring to talk about ethical choices in every day choices such as beauty products. You’re absolutely lovely! @madelinemadigan

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  130. You are stunning! Love this post. We always take a box with us to carry our groceries in and I always try my best to only use ethical/cruelty free products. I also love my ecoffee cup. Making the transition, bit by bit!

    @sevvasilike

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  131. Love the post girl! I've recently been trying the scene to reduce waste. Mainly I tried to cut out using soda cups on to go orders. Also a little healthier @kelsiream

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  132. Thank you for inspiring me to be more conscious about reducing waste and for sharing these awesome tips! @nikki.riker

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  133. You're inspiring me. I love your style it is awesome ! @beyza_karadogan1

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  134. You're inspiring me. I love your style it is awesome ! @beyza_karadogan1

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  135. It makes me so happy that people are talking about this such important matter! Looooved your tips to reduce waste and to be more conscious. I recently started using metal straws instead of plastic ones, besides other things you mentioned in your post.
    I look forward to try these products, only heard good things about this brand and makes me even more excited that they are environmentally friendly!
    Ig: thapastore

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  136. I’m trying to not use plastic bags at home or to store food. I want to get reusable bags.. similar to yours and some that seal up!

    I love that the squalane is plant based!
    @tarynxox

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  137. i loooove this post. sustainability is so important! i do my part by emphasizing the reduce and reuse stages of the cycle; i thrift, clean my closet out often and donate my clothes while they’re still in style, and stay mindful of the packaging of products i buy. lush and other companies with sustainable practices are my best friend!! my instagram handle is @mvanatter ��

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  138. I love your pictures! And I am a huge fan of vegan, plant based cosmetics. So it’s a good hint. ;) @slot_h

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  139. I’m studying climate change and sustainability so this post makes me so happy! Small changes like this do make a huge difference! I splurged and bought biossances moisturizer for my end of school year present-love the company’s clean ingredients and commitment to sustainability. This new product looks great too! 🌿😍🙌🏼
    @madelineruid

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  140. Never participated in a blog giveaway ,Alexandra
    IG: theblessedwillowgallery

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  141. I absolutely love the idea of using reusable bags for bulk items instead of the plastic ones provided. Using dust bags as well is a super interesting concept. Conservation and sustainability are tied so closely together, and even though big companies are the ones making the most pollution, we still have to do our part in the little things we do!
    @amandapttrinh

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  142. This post was so inspiring! Thank you for spreading this message, and making everyone more aware of their ecological footprint. I truly admire the way Biossance is practicing sustainability. I’m definitely going to be buying more products from them! @jaceewesolowski

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  143. Great ideas! I save all of the parts of vegetables that we don't eat (carrot tops, celery leaves, mushroom stems, etc.) And freeze it in a big bag. Once I have enough I make my own broth. Good way to decrease food waste. @ashleys_adventure

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  144. I love this new wave of waste/toxin free products. Makes me more excited for the future.

    IG: @kaylieacuna

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  145. It really is mind blowing how moving towards a sustainable culture really has to be a group effort! Humans, let’s get our shit together & stop hurting our home!!! A guilty unsustainable habit of mine is participating in the fast fashion industry, but the past couple of years I’ve been buying mostly secondhand from Poshmark, ThredUp or thrift stores so I’m getting better! IG: andrea_ivelisse

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  146. Loved reading your grocery sustainability tips! I'm currently trying to reduce my food waste--my biggest tips I have are reducing and reusing water from cooking (how much water do I *really* need for boiling pasta? Can I water my plants with it when I'm done, or use it to rinse my dishes?), storing produce in ways that make it last longest, then making a chart for what'll go bad first on my fridge whiteboard so I don't have to toss any fruits and veggies, and then freezing produce that is about to go bad and I know I can't use before it does! @springavalon

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  147. I love this post! Constantly thinking about ways to minimize or repurpose waste. I’ve started using unrecycleable paper waste to repurpose for cards with gifts or notes to friends. @aymeow

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  148. This is one of my favorite posts you’ve done! I’ve gotten good about remembering my reusable bags, but I still have so much room for improvement.

    instagram: scottbayli

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  149. I’ve ordered the sample based on your recommendation! I never put produce in those plastic bags. But! Trader joe’s Produce bags are biodegradable now, yay! Ig:courtdes

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  150. Thank you so much for sharing all of your environmental tips! I just moved to Portland and was shocked that they still allow single use plastic bags!!! Your tips to reduce waste are great...more people need to think and act like you!
    And thank you also for sharing more about Biossance and the work they are doing to save our planet. I am really struggling with my skin lately (dryness AND acne) and can’t wait to try some of their miracle products!
    IG: regan_dyer

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  151. I would love to try Biossance! Their products seem amazing and so good for the skin. My IG is @monicaloli. P.S. I love your style and you are a huge inspiration!

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  152. I'am glad to read the whole content of this blog and am very excited,Thank you for sharing good topic.

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  153. Helpful tips! Love this.
    Ig: vvendyness

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  154. Love this--it needs to be a bigger priority. Such good advice!

    @jamiebudai

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  155. After moving to Nashville I was in shock at how behind the reduce/recycle game they are. Recycling comes ONCE a month! And you even can’t put glass in the bin (��)!? Suffice to say we’ve been making a lot of trips to the recycle center and using the heck out of our reusable shopping bags. Composting is the next step but I’m a little scared of it!

    @recklessdaughter

    Ps:I knew I recognized those bags. Doen! I have repurposed them as travel bags for smaller items and baby clothing.

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  156. What a great post!! So informative! Thank you. Would love the chance to win Biossance sunscreen.

    Instagram is ykorrr.22

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  157. These are all great ideas. Thank you for sharing! IG:berenicehooper

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  158. I totaly agree ! It’s very important to think about all the plastic we produce and use. I’m trying to start zero waste at home, I have reusable bags and always take them to groceries. The next step is to buy reusable water bottles and takin with me a bamboo straw everywhere. Straws are the worst i hope that soon they will be gone. Also started to use a while ago a bamboo toothbrush it’s really good! I would love to try biossance, I’m a huge fan of bio and organic products ! For me product packaging is very important, it’s a big step to help our planet :) My insta: @juliapolkowska

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  159. Currently I am searching for sustainable brands to change my everyday life completely. One day I suddendly realized how ridicously wasteful our society is and how easy it is to change things up. Sadly the most people say to me „its a waste of time, the plastic is going to be produced anyway“ so most people just dont get the point and dont want to see why this is so problematic. I hope I can show others that there are great products and ways which are good for out planet. Its a long way to go, but when I read posts lile this I have hope for a better future :) @annidrhm

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  160. I’ve been reading and re-reading your travel journals on the UK as I’m going in a few weeks. Thank you for all of your recommendations!

    Instagram: @carlyhp

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  161. So excited to know this sunscreen exists! @kellystopsworrying

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  162. Thank you for this post! It's been my mission as well to live a more sustainable life and reduce my carbon footprint! The last two summers I have been an intern for an aerospace company who is adapting as many green solutions possible and it has impacted the way I see and live my life immensely. Also, just getting back from 4 months in Paris, you notice how little effort is put into living a less wasteful life compared to the us. Again, thanks for the post, you're a roll model in the community for posts like this! @gabbylescarbeau

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  163. Oops I didn't proof read.. CORRECTION, how little effort the us makes compared to European countries! @gabbylescarbeau

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  164. My coworkers and I (from LOFT and Lou & Grey) always talk about your blog and Instagram! I’ve offically turned most of them on to you! We love your ability to flow a color story seamlessly through daily life.. it’s magical. �� @sarahstemrich

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  165. I started using Biossance years ago when I got a little sample of the squalane + vitamin c rose oil (this is so long ago that they were still using their old clear and pinkish packaging) and I immediately fell in love with the results. It wasn’t until later when I finished my sample that I decided to research the company and fell even more head over heels with the brand and what they believe in.

    When I started following you, it was through a biossance post that I saw and now I have an additional reason to love Biossance so much! They made my skin beautiful, they believe in sustainable beauty that keeps our planet beautiful and alive, and they introduced me to you! I really enjoyed your post, thank you for always being an inspiration.

    ig: @isaidysd

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  166. Wow I absolutely love what this brand is doing! My skin definitely is in need of this. @ivonneexyz

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  167. I'm crazy about your dress, love it so much 😍😍😍 @lynh_berry

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  168. Wow I’ve been dying to try Biossance, so cool they have a sunscreen now! Love that you’re takin little steps to become more eco conscious ❤️ It really is a process. @courtneymauss

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  169. It’s great to see that you’re taking steps to eliminate the amount of plastic waste in your household! I’m just wondering- do you bring your own containers to purchase rice, flour, or grains? Overall, a great post! It really made me stop and analyze how much plastic I put into the landfill as a consumer. @itslavb

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  170. I do my best to remember my reusable totes when I make a trip to the grocery store, but also Target trips and more. I recently picked up some reusable produce bags. I'm a sucker for straws (: so reusable, metal ones are great!

    IG: ellejaiye

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