Green Your Day From Start to Finish

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We may celebrate Earth Day once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice sustainability on a regular basis. Here are some environmental tips from Giselle Achecar, Puerto Rican eco expert and founder of EcoRicoTV:

Morning

Consider your morning routine. When you get up and go to the bathroom, reduce your water usage by turning off the water when you brush your teeth. Get low-flush toilets and showerheads. Also, make sure to turn off the all the lights when you leave the room.

Beautify

Creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners and other personal care products have parabens, which are chemical preservatives linked to breast cancer. Organic products that are U.S. certified have gone through a tremendous amount of inspection. If you’re going to spend your money on an organic product, spend it on leave-on creams and moisturizers because you don’t want parabens to soak into your body.

Breakfast

Consider organic cereals because of the high incidence of genetically modified corn and soy in [certain brands], and know what the Dirty Dozen are, as opposed to the Clean 15, when it comes to fruits and vegetables that contain pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. 

Work

The two simplest tips are to take public transportation, car pool or buy a more fuel-efficient car. In the workspace, instead of having water bottles, use big water dispensers. If you’re in a small office, use paper products made of recycled, post-consumer waste. Finally, turn off all lights and computers at the end of the day.

After-work drinks

If you’re going to drink wine, think about drinking wine that is organic or biodynamic because it contains significantly reduced sulfites and has been farmed and produced in an environmentally sustainable way. I’d recommend wines from the Paso Robles and Mendocino County regions in California.

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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