The Sustainability Shopping List: 8 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Consumer

How to Shop More Sustainably
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Claire Fountain—celebrity yoga teacher, personal trainer, and wellness expert—founded #TrillYoga with her unorthodox approach to break stigmas and stereotypes in the yoga and wellness space. Since getting into yoga for depression and anxiety, she has also been a mental health advocate beyond all her fitness endeavors. She has an ebook series called Built and Bendy that promotes strength training and flexibility, mindfulness, and leading your health goals from a positive place. She also happens to be a sustainability enthusiast—which is why we tapped her for her pointers on consuming more consciously.

In honor of Earth Day, my beloved THE/THIRTY asked me if I could share my conscious-consumer favorites. Since I was a teenager working in a co-op, I’ve been aware that food, products, and everything we consume are part of a greater ecosystem. From spending years writing about foodways and living on a farm to now being at the forefront of wellness culture, I’m always happy to share what I’ve learned.

Though it can be overwhelming to think about taking on a more thoughtful life, it really is a combination of the decisions we make every day. Each decision can have a positive or negative impact. We can decide how much we’d like to do and which methods or items work for us.

Here are some of my favorite items and ways to practice a more conscious lifestyle (be it natural, organic, sustainable, fair-trade, or all of the above). These are items that take into account waste, production, ingredients, company ethics, and more.