Entries in Eco Tips (17)



Hi Argan Beauties!

How cute is this little holiday gift? This little package of goodness is courtesy of my mom. Last Sunday, the LA Times printed some "wrapping paper." When she discovered that adorable picture of kids sledding on the other side of the paper, my mom decided to fold it over and make it part of her wrapping too. I'm obsessed! Do you have any fun eco wrapping tips? Do share!

With love and a bow on top,



ECO TIPS Save the Sea

Hi Beauties!

As a California girl, I’ve always had a great appreciation and respect for the ocean. But while I was living on the beach in Oahu before Rumi Joon was born, that love only increased. In honor of World Ocean’s Day, which was on Saturday, here are a few things you can do to keep our oceans inspiring and beautiful.

Know Your Fish: The U.N. estimates that 80 percent of the world’s fisheries are overexploited or depleted from overfishing. To keep our fish populations happy and healthy, do you research on what types of fish are in season and sustainable. For example, while at the sushi table, you should choose Ahi tuna over Bluefin tuna, a species on the verge of extinction due to overfishing. Also, try to choose wild Alaskan salmon over farmed salmon—farming causes excess pollution and contributes to overfishing.

Reject Excess Plastic: Floating on the water’s surface, plastic looks a whole lot like a delicious snack to many marine animals including birds, sea turtles and marine mammals. But plastic bags and the like can cause these beautiful creatures to choke or starve. Keep them safe by buying products with minimal plastic packaging and choosing reusable cloth bags over plastic grocery bags. Even better? Encourage your city to ban plastic bags at grocery stores. Now that’s change!

Seek Ocean-Friendly Makeup & Jewels: Say no to makeup made with shark-based squalene and jewelry made from coral. Both are linked to overfishing and ecosystem depletion. Instead, look for products with olive-based squalene and choose beachy baubles made from sea glass.

Let’s save the sea!




ECO TIPS Reduce, Reuse, Recyle, and...

I love the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. They are such an easy way to teach my kids how to be kind to Mama Earth. Recently, while perusing the Internet for new ways to make my office and home even greener, I came across two new “R’s” that I just had to share.


Refuse is all about saying “no” to products and practices that are harmful for our earth. One good example is refusing to use products that contain dangerous chemicals or those that are created using unethical manufacturing products. Another good one (that I’ll admit I’m not always great about remembering,) is avoiding single-use products like disposable plates, juice boxes, razors, shopping bags etc.


How fun is this one? Something that sounds so yucky is actually good for the planet! Rot refers to making the most of your “garbage” by composting, grasscyling, and mulching. Food and garden scraps don’t need to go in the landfill.

Can you think of anymore “R’s” for me to add to my list? I’d love to give Rumi Joon a few more to remember!

With love and many more R’s!

Images via: Better HomesPinterest via Garden Photos


ECO TIPS Decorating

Decorating your home or apartment can be a long and very personal process—after all, you want the way your house looks and feels to reflect who you are! But buying all your goods new can also take its toll on the environment. Think about your furniture! Remember all the crazy cardboard boxes it came in? The truck that delivered it? Not so great for Mama Earth. But believe it or not, it is possible to give the planet a breather while still crafting a splendidly unique ambience—one that really is, entirely your own.

Paint It: Before you decide to go crazy and redecorate your place, think about painting instead. Changing the paint on the walls can instantly reinvigorate a dull room. Instead of just choosing a new version of taupe, try green (make sure it’s non-toxic!) Green has been shown to instantly improve your mood!  

Mix Old & New: Instead of buying all new things, mix some old with new. Hit up flea markets, Salvation Army, Good Will and eBay for items that are vintage or used. Your home will have a more unique look—one that’s perfectly reflective of your taste.

Bamboo is Best: Have you ever planted bamboo in your backyard? The stuff takes off and spreads like crazy. Bamboo is resilient and grows very quickly, making it a great, sustainable material for homes. Consider bamboo flooring or furniture. And a little bamboo plant in a pot makes a cheerful bright green addition to any room.

Images via: Flooring, bench, room, brush


ECO TIPS Eating Green

The old adage “you are what you eat,” might seem cliché, but as scientists conduct more and more research on the effects of pesticides on the human body, it’s becoming apparent that the old phrase rings true. While it’s easy to understand the value of eating organic, it’s often expensive and difficult to implement the necessary changes in our own eating habits. Here are our quick tips for making eating green just a little easier on your wallet and your waistline. 

CSA Boxes Sad but true: eating organic can be seriously expensive. Our trick? CSA boxes! Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) is a great way to get local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly subscription, and you’ll receive a bodacious box of fresh veggies straight from the farm. The cost of a CSA box is usually far below what you’d pay in store. Search for CSA boxes in your area at localharvest.org.  Oh, and be sure to look for programs that partner with organic farms—not all CSA boxes have organic goods.

Avoid the Dirty Dozen If buying organic all the time just isn’t an option for you, prioritize your picks. The Environmental Working Group releases an annual list of foods that have the most pesticide and herbicide residue—if you can, you should only buy these foods organic. The list includes: apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, and potatoes. Check out the EWG website to find our which foods are the lowest in pesticide residue.

Grow Your Own There’s no better way to ensure what goes into your food than growing it yourself. Start your own little organic vegetable garden! There’s nothing better than a simple salad with fresh lettuce, sun-ripened tomatoes, and crunchy cucumber picked right from your yard. Yumm!

Images via: Pinterest, Style Me Pretty, Untangled Life


ECO TIPS Bedroom


What's better than snuggling up in your bed with a book, or sitting by your bedroom window with a cup of tea?In the spirit of making our quiet havens even more beautiful, here are our eco tips for getting your boudoir green and gorgeous. 

Bundle Up: Around this time of year, it can be tempting to crank the heat in your bedroom to make things a little cozier. But try putting a few extra blankets on your bed instead. Not only will it help keep your energy bill lower, studies have also shown that people sleep more deeply when the air around them is comfortably cool rather than steaming hot. 

HEPA Help: Think about it: you spend a huge chunk of your life snoozing away in your bedroom. So don’t you want the air you breathe while you snore to be the cleanest it can be? HEPA air purifiers can help—they pull impurities from the air and help prevent you and your family from developing allergies, asthma and sinus problems. 

Go Organic: You know how we love all things organic! Take a look at changing your bedding to an organic version. You spend a huge amount of time with your sheets and comforters, so upgrading to organic ensures that you aren’t breathing in toxins from your blankets as you sleep. We’re currently loving this organic cotton and linen set.  


Images via: Glamorous Chic, Elements of Style, Lovers in Vain


ECO TIPS Happy Holidays 


While scrambling to get gifts for everyone on our list before the onslaught of holiday parties, it’s easy to let our eco-conscious ways fall by the wayside. Here are our tips for getting things back on track while still enjoying the spirit of the season. 

Think Beyond the Gift Bag: Endless piles of crumpled gift-wrap makes us (and the trees) oh so sad. So what’s our solution? Eco gift-wrap! Try wrapping gifts in paper bags, newspaper, or old sheet music. Add some twine and a fresh piece of greenery and you’ve got a cute little package!

Get Smelly: We love all the wonderful scents of the holidays—fresh spruce, spicy cinnamon, warm cookies. Instead of spritzing something synthetic, scent your home the natural way by simmering cinnamon sticks in a few cups of water on the stove or placing a dish with a few tablespoons of vanilla extract in the oven at a low heat.

Decorate with Nature: Take inspiration from Josie’s Thanksgiving mantel decoration, and find things outdoors to decorate your house with. Try fresh evergreen clippings or a few pinecones as festive table decorations. Once you’re done with them, you can return your decorations to the outdoors, minimizing waste and consumption.

Images via:

House of Anais

Midwest Living

Goddess Place


ECO TIPS Bathroom

The bathroom just might be the most useful room in the house! But, it contributes to environmental degradation. To the rescue: a few tips for making your bathroom a little more chicological.

Green your toilet paper: Recycled toilet paper reduces the need for virgin wood pulp, which reduces the need to cut down trees. It's available at most natural grocery stores and many of the chains, too. Here's one of my favorites. 

Get into (tank-free or solar-powered) hot water: More than 10% of your energy bill comes from heating water for your steamy showers. Switch your water heater to a tankless or solar powered version. You'll put out a chunk of change initially, but you'll save energy and money in the long run.

Give your bathroom an organic makeover: Towels made from organic cotton, bamboo or hemp fibers are available everywhere from Pottery Barn to Bed, Bath and Beyond. My fave source, here.

With love,


Images via: Country Living, Honestly WTF, Modern Hepburn


ECO TIPS Recycling

Ok, so we all know we should recycle. But, sometimes, we just toss things into our recycling bins willy-nilly, thinking Hooray! I will recycle this! But, are the things we stick in that bin really recyclable? Here’s a cheat sheet to help you learn what can and can’t get another life.

Paper and Cardboard: You can recycle everything from junk mail to newspaper, as long as it’s clean and dry. Same goes for cardboard.  The key words here are clean and dry. That greasy pizza box? No way! Left your newspaper out in the rain? No can do.

Metal: You can recycle all aluminum, tin, metal, or bi-metal cans. Rinse them out too, to make sure you’re not sending a little bit of cat food or something into the machines. It might not be required in your region, but it’s still good to do.

Glass: We love glass here at JMC because it’s recyclable! This includes everything from your 100% Pure Argan Oil bottle to that empty jar of spaghetti sauce. Accidentally dropped your empty bottle of wine? That’s okay! Broken bottles are fine. But, not all broken glass is. Glass from mirrors and light bulbs is sometimes not allowed. Check your local sanitation department’s website to learn their broken glass rules.

Plastics: Now, here’s where it gets tricky. You know that little recycling triangle on the bottom of plastic items with a mysterious number inside? That tricky number identifies the type of plastic used in the container. Check out this link for more info on all the numbers. What can and can’t be recycled depends on your region. Numbers one and two are generally good—consult your local site for info on the rest. 

Images via: West Elm, Southern Living, Apartment Therapy


ECO TIPS Fab Floras

Fact. Fresh flowers actually improve your mood and chase away anxiety and depression. Plus, nothing instantly brightens a room like a beautiful bouquet or a pretty plant. Here are our tips for doing flowers the eco way!

Buy Local: Did you know the majority of flowers in the US are imported? That’s a huge carbon footprint for a few tulips! Ask your fave flower shop if they buy local. Chances are, they might have a mix of domestic and imported flowers at different times of the year. Buy what’s local and in season to keep your arrangement earth-friendly.

DIY!: Who cares if your flowers aren’t perfectly clipped, snipped and sorted. Pick your own favorites from what’s growing in your backyard and throw it in a vase! Or, if you don’t have a bunch of blooms in your yard, ask your florist for some of the leftovers from her arrangements. You might get a few crumpled petals, but you’ll have an eclectic mix of colors and textures that looks perfectly bohemian.

Be Creative: Don’t limit yourself to roses and ranunculus. What else do you have on hand? A few sprigs of dill or rosemary add delicate bursts of green to your arrangement and smell so yummy. Or fill a vase with kumquats before adding your flowers. Just don’t forget to compost your leftovers.

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Style Me Pretty

Oh Hello Friend

Delightfully Engaged