Victoria is a great city to be in if you want to be conscious of your plastic usage and the environment. Many restaurants have already switched to compostable containers and straws, and there’s a city-wide ban on plastic bags. These are all great sustainability initiatives, but plastic makes its way into aspects of our lives we may not even be aware of. There are a few simple ways to cut down your plastic usage you may be overlooking. Check out our top ten plastic minimizing eco-living tips below.
Even with the ban on plastic bags in stores, we still see them everywhere. Plastic bags are used as garbage bags, sandwich bags and are still seen in some stores and restaurants. Bring reusable bags when shopping and always opt for non-plastic methods of food and product storage. Your sandwich does not need its own individual baggie.
Bring your own bottle
Nothing saddens us more than seeing plastic water bottles making their way into the marine and forest environment. Bringing your own reusable glass or tin bottle with you everywhere is so easy. Drinking water is part of a healthy lifestyle, and you should have water with you at all times. Having a reusable bottle with you is a great eco-living habit that saves you a ton of money. You can get water almost anywhere at no charge when you bring the bottle.
No more straws
Straws are on their way out in Victoria, BC. If you can’t stand the cardboard straws that are taking their place then get a tin, glass or bamboo straw and bring it with you. Having your own straw cuts down on waste. If you enjoy drinks that require a straw, having your own straw handy could be a must.
Ditch your gum
Gum is basically a plastic. That’s right, you’ve been chewing on a form of rubber. There are now natural alternatives available that are not made from synthetic polymers and are biodegradable. What’s good for you is often good for the environment, too.
Your laundry detergent and many of your household cleaners are probably in plastic containers. There are cardboard alternatives that are far easier to recycle and the products themselves are just as good. But make sure that the products inside the cardboard don’t have microplastics.
Microplastics can be everywhere. They are in gum, cleaning agents, beauty products and even clothing. Make sure microplastics never make their way into your life. Opt for beauty products that are sustainable and natural instead of harsh plastic beads for exfoliation.
Did you ever think about bringing your own glass container to a restaurant for any leftovers? It may sound weird but bring your own reusable container with you next time and cut down on plastic waste. Just make sure they do not give you plastic cutlery with your personal container. Many takeout places are switching to cardboard containers, but there are still many businesses serving takeaway in plastic and even styrofoam containers! Always ask what the takeout containers are made of and make an effort to supply your own containers. Choose glass and tin over plastic for your reusable food containers at home.
Kick plastic out of the bathroom
Ask yourself if you have disposable razors, a plastic toothbrush, or any products with microbeads in them. These are all simple things you can cut down on. Buy local soaps that are not plastic wrapped. Get a wooden or bamboo toothbrush and hairbrush. Invest in a quality razor that replaces blades rather than the entire head or system. Look into natural skin care and hair care products. Chances are that you can find products that come in glass or refillable containers. That way, you can avoid buying a new plastic container each time.
Support local businesses that care
Find local businesses that are aware of the impact they have on the environment. Support businesses that are banning straws, switching to cardboard packaging, supporting local vendors and cutting down on their plastic waste. Find grocery stores and salons that allow you to refill containers or are selling products in reusable containers made of non-plastic materials. Choose a hair salon in Victoria, BC that puts sustainability at the forefront of its business efforts and uses environmentally-responsible products and practices.
These may seem like simple changes to make now, but we recommend picking a few and making these changes slowly. Part of sticking with anything is being able to turn that action into a routine. We all forget our reusable bags sometimes. Making it a habit to always bring a reusable water bottle or coffee mug when you leave the house can take time. Be patient with yourself as you work to make your lifestyle more eco-friendly and sustainable. These are a few easy tips to help you cut plastic out of your daily life, but there’s always a lot more we can do.
Moisturizing is not something that’s for one gender alone. Men and women both have skin, but how we care for it differs a little based on the simple fact of facial hair. As the weather turns colder, your skin can quickly lose its natural moisture. Even though men should be moisturizing and taking care of their skin year-round, it’s especially vital in the fall and winter months. A skin care regime for most men can be broken down into six points.
Going against the grain is not recommended with most things. The same can be said for shaving — we don’t recommend it with facial hair. Going against the natural growth of your hair can cause unnecessary irritation to the skin. What makes it worse is when you shave the same area a few times and don’t use a proper shaving cream or treatment. To avoid damage to your already sensitive winter skin, get yourself a high-quality shaving cream, a good razor and shave with the direction of the hair growth.
Use a great cleanser to get rid of the dirt and grime from the day. Steer clear of bar soaps on your face and neck area. Bar soaps can dry your skin harshly and cause cracked and dry skin. Opt for a cleansing lotion for your body and a cleanser specifically for your face. Look for cleansers that are for hydration to help your skin to combat the cooler temperatures.
Exfoliating is a vital part of a healthy skin regimen for men. It is important to scrub dead skin away so that new, healthy skin can come to the surface. What’s important to note is that when men shave, they’re exfoliating the skin that comes in contact with the razor. Over-exfoliating can damage skin and should not be a part of a daily routine. If you do shave daily, make sure you use an eco-friendly scrub in the areas you do not shave once or twice a week. You can exfoliate with a loofah or scrubbing mitt on your body, but these are too intense for the more delicate skin of your face.
Cream is the one thing everyone thinks of when you say skin care. A good cream is a vital part of healthy skin care for men, but it’s not the entire process. In the cooler months and when the season changes, it’s important to moisturize skin more often. Put cream on when you get out of the shower and just before bed. If you want to find something more inconspicuous to use, opt for a scent-free body lotion. Keeping lotion at work can help with dry, cracked hands or hangnails.
Don’t forget your lips. Dry, cracked lips do not need to be a part of your winter. Get a good quality lip balm from a beauty or hair salon in Victoria, BC. Trust us, your smile will thank you. We suggest getting a few and keeping them in places you frequent, such as work or your car.
Just because you feel like the sun has gone into hibernation for the winter doesn’t mean that it’s gone. SPF is something we should all be taking into account in our daily routine all year round. The fall is a great time to get into the routine of putting on sun protection before leaving the house.
Diet and Lifestyle
Water, water everywhere, and you need to drink every drop. Keeping your skin hydrated in the cooler weather involves drinking it in as well as external care. Be sure to stay hydrated, and drink a lot of water this fall.
Warm showers are lovely, but they dry out your skin and hair. We aren’t suggesting cold showers, but a nice warm shower can help your skin and hair retain its natural moisture. A hot shower can be something you treat yourself to rather than a daily occurrence.
Knowing which products to use for your skin type can be a daunting thing. We recommend re-evaluating your skin each season change to see if it needs something different. Asking a professional at a beauty or hair salon what they think you need for your skin type can make your daily care routine much easier. Skin care for men is tricky because you’re also dealing with hair care. If you want to get a tailor-made regimen to use this fall, come in and see one of our specialists at our hair salon in Victoria, BC today.
Summer is a busy time. With festivals and longer days, we’re all filling our schedules with fun things to do. It’s easy to burn out with all these summer activities, though. Make sure you take some time to care for yourself and work on some personal development. Avoid the burnout and sunburns characteristic of summer with these summer self-care tips.
Take your workout outside
Summer is a great time to take your physical fitness routine outdoors. Instead of the stair master, enjoy a late afternoon hike with friends. Longer days means more time to enjoy the outdoors. Refresh your winter workout routine with some fresh air and fresh perspective. A new change of scenery can lead to personal development and new fitness goals. Try joining a team or a new summer sport and bring some energy and fun back into your fitness routine. If you’re more yogi, stretch out outdoors. Outdoor yoga is a great way to refresh your mind and check back in with yourself.
Take a Break from Social Media
Summer is the perfect season to distract yourself from the social media addiction a lot of us have developed. It’s a time to load up the car and get lost in a no service zone with friends. Plan an afternoon hike or a weekend camping trip and leave the phone in the car. Disconnect from your devices and reconnect with yourself and the world around you for a bit of a recharge.
Incorporate sun protection into your routine
Now that the sun is out, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses are part of the daily routine. It’s the perfect time to make wearing an SPF a daily habit. Find yourself a natural SPF that you love and start using it in your daily makeup routine. Just because we cannot feel the warmth of the sun’s rays in the winter doesn’t mean that harmful UV rays aren’t around in the winter.
Shop Local for your Produce
Shopping local can sometimes be difficult. In the summer, there’s a farmers market almost every day. Shop local in the summer and appreciate how good local fresh produce tastes. Summer’s a great time for barbecuing vegetables, tossing crisp salads and inventing new fruit smoothie recipes.
Revamp your look
You’ve just finished spring cleaning and revamping your home so it’s not crazy to want to revamp your look. Summer’s a great time to try something new. You can go as simple as a new shirt and a new all-natural shampoo or as drastic as a completely new hairstyle, a few new outfits and a new natural makeup routine. No matter how far you want to go, it’s nice to spend some time and money on yourself. You deserve a bit of pampering, and it can be fun to try something new in our looks from time to time.
Take time to rest
With all the plans and activities you’re sure to be participating in this summer, make sure to take some time to do absolutely nothing. FOMO (fear of missing out) may be a real thing, but sometimes you need a bubble bath and a night in. Make alone time a priority throughout the summer so that you don’t burn out before the fall.
We hope these helpful tips can infuse some summer sun into your self-care and personal development goals. Looking for an all natural salon to help you get that new summer look? Come see us. We’re a natural hair salon in Victoria, BC with two locations.