Living an Eco-Conscious Life
Yesterday was Earth Day and also the day I launched my collaboration with Catholic Relief Services. At the heart of our collaboration is the call to love our shared home by making a simple change (like using a reusable grocery bag) so that the environment entrusted to us can "bear fruit" for those in need. If you missed the launch, but want to learn more click here.
In his encyclical, Laudato Si', Pope Francis, urges us all to care for our common home,
"The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion…Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience." (#217).
Inspired by our Holy Father's call to action and Catholic social and moral teaching, I have made small changes throughout the years to live a more eco-conscious life. Today I want to share a few ideas with you!
Did you know that the fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for 8-10% of global carbon emissions? Not only that, the 'fast fashion' industry has other ethical concerns regarding how they treat their workers. My favorite resource for finding eco and ethical clothing is Good On You. They rate popular clothing brands and have a database for Ethical and Eco-friendly brands too! My favorite brands include TenTree, Pact, Alternative Apparel, Marine Layer, Levi's, and Will's Vegan Shoes. When I was pregnant with Gemma I LIVED in this maternity dress by Hatch.
VISIT GOOD ON YOU
Once I became a mom, I realized that kids go through clothes SO FAST. Gemma outgrew many of her clothes before wearing them a handful of times. This meant that most of her clothes were still in good condition by the time she was done with them. This had me thinking, why don't I buy used clothes for her that are still in great shape!? It saves money and doesn't support the 'fast fashion' industry. My favorite place to purchase used kiddo clothing is Kidizen.
REUSABLE GROCERY BAG
In partnership with Catholic Relief Services, our reusable "Bearing Fruit" tote bag allows you to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic bags. 50% of the proceeds go to support CRS's Lead the Way campaign to end world hunger.
REUSABLE ZIP LOCK BAGS
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us,
and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.
-Saint Francis of Assisi, Canticle of the Creatures