Whether you carry a purse, a man bag, a diaper bag, a briefcase, luggage, a lunch bag, a cosmetic case, a tote, shopping bags, or a combination of them, make sure you understand the impact of what’s inside, as well as what’s on the outside, too. Our collective bag power can tip market share to a healthier economy and a much healthier us.
BAGS WITHOUT THE BAGGAGE Regardless where you are going, be it the market, the airport, the beach, or out on the town, you can opt for something functional, fashionable, easy to carry, and made by good people in a “fair” way. These bags look so good and will serve you well because they are so good.
What to toss into your great bag?
TRULY CLEAN HAND SANITIZER Admit it, there’s something gross about rubbing germs around and using chemicals on your hands to kill them (where do you think the chemicals are going?). Alcohol kills both bad AND good bacteria and synthetic antibacterial (triclosan, for example) has shown it can lead to super germs… ick. Make sure you have the cleanest products on you to freshen you up while on the move.
HEALTHY, NUT-FREE SNACKS It’s always good to have snacks stashed in your bag, so you can eat healthy on the go…and quickly. It’s the very definition of fast food! But, consider what is in that package you are eating and sharing with others. What is the packaging made of, and where is it going after you eat it? Were you aware that Aspartame is only “approved” as a sweetener because people who place profits above human life and well-being are too much in charge? Many ingredients will soon be reclassified as toxic…don’t wait until it’s too late.
SUPER REUSABLES If you want to lift your eco efforts to the next level, try kicking your other wasteful habits, too. Reusable zipper bags are amazingly versatile, for one. What else will you stash into your purse? A set of reusable towels, a reusable water bottle? The possibilities and alternatives to what you already carry are endless.
CLEAN COSMETICS Is there mercury in mascara and lead in lipstick? Yes, but is it in yours? Too often, the question regarding the safety of our makeup arises. Don’t get caught in the debate. Just clean up your makeup bag with locally made brands, containing nothing but beautiful, clean ingredients. There are so many brands that are so accessible now, there is no excuse to not find new, safe favourites.
BYO-BOTTLE It’s so important to stay hydrated – it’s probably the single best thing you can do for yourself, so make sure you always have room in your bag for a reusable, non-toxic bottle filled with water, tea, instant drinks (organic cocktails, perhaps?!). This should be as natural as remembering to take your wallet when you leave your house.
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