Let's Talk About Ethics, Baby. Let's Talk About Eco-Friendly.

If you're anything like me and you're aware of the environmental crisis occurring around the world, finding new ways to be socially conscious and eco-friendly have become a part of your daily routine. 

Stop using plastic straws because they never biodegrade and take hundreds of years to break down. Check. Out with plastic water bottles and in with glass bottles. Check. Turn the water off while brushing my teeth. Check. Switch to reusable grocery bags, because just like plastic straws, plastic grocery bags never biodegrade and take hundreds of years to break down. Check. 

Unless you're financially able to install solar paneling throughout your house, I'd say we've gotten our home base covered. So, let's move on to beauty products. More and more brands are becoming vegan and cruelty-free. Which, again, if you're anything like me, you are on your knees thanking the gods- both supernatural and sacred, because there is nothing worse than falling in love with a lipgloss only to find out it's made from all kinds of toxic ingredients. And thanks to websites like Cruelty-Free Kitty my life (and yours now, too!) have gotten so much easier. Every brand imaginable is listed on this site as either vegan, cruelty-free, both, or none. 

Recently, I've been trying to find ethical clothing brands that sell more than basic apparel. A cute white shirt is definitely a basic clothing essential, but a girl only needs so many! I've been on the hunt trying to find ethical clothing brands that create stylish graphic designs, vibrant colors, fun patterns, and authentic distressed denim and by the graces of mother earth herself, I have finally found some all thanks to Sophie Zembra, founder of Antidote- a new shop in Wynwood Miami. 

Sophie stocks beautiful and creative apparel that is ethical in their own way. Some of the brands she sells are eco-friendly, socially conscious, vegan, and artisanal, so whether you're looking for handcrafted accessories, fun swimwear, trendy basics, or athletic leisure Antidote is everything you've been searching for. So if you happen to be in the South Florida area, stopping by Antidote is an absolute must. No worries- if you aren't you can order from their online store! 

We've gotten fashion covered, beauty, and home.. what else is there? Oh, yes, our workspace! I've found it easier going green at work than I have anywhere else. It's simple things like unplugging your computer when you leave the office or bringing your own coffee mug with you. Our own AWOM Lab has started implementing eco-friendly methods into our daily practices by upcycling and recycling paper and plastic materials used for all lab events and by supplying glassware instead of paper and plasticware to all lab members. AWOM Lab is officially going green and we hope you join us! 

It can definitely get bit overwhelming and certainly a little costly when starting off, so here are a few tips and tricks on how to go green on a budget!

Brittany Priore