As the snow begins to fall outside, I clutch my mug of hot cocoa and think of spring. Green spring.
Designers have already begun to roll out their spring lines for fashion and beauty. Australian model Miranda Kerr has recently launched her skin-care line, Kora Organics, in the U.S. (Finally!) So is it too soon to start buying? Perhaps…
Thoughts of a green spring have got me thinking about what I can do to be a little more green myself—fashionable, yet friendly to the environment. Is it possible? Yes.
But what about living green on a college budget? There’s no extra cash for pricey organic beauty products and clothing in my wallet.
Clockwise from top: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo and Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil, Now European Clay Powder, Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm and Nourishing Body Lotion, Earth Therapeutics Loofah Exfoliating Soap.
“I always look for organic or natural products, and also try to make my own,” said Holly Petrillo. A UW-Stevens Point professor in the College of Natural Resources, she often makes her own clothing and soap, and urges students to do the same.
Sam Martinez is an environmental programmer in Knutzen Hall on campus. Martinez puts on environmentally based programs for residents in the hall, and knows quite a bit about green living.
“I make my own deodorant, lip balm, hand salve, facial cleansers, mouthwash and toothpaste because it is easier than you would think and much more cost-effective,” Martinez said. “Plus, I can avoid a lot of packaging waste and nasty chemicals that way.”
Martinez does not limit herself to beauty products either. She has crocheted winter hats, mittens, and plans to sew a pair of buckskin slippers next. Continue reading