1. Get informed: Read the ingredients of products you use & find out what they mean. You can also read books by local authors. For Toronto I’d recommend Adria Vasil’s Ecoholic Home & Ecoholic Body.
2. Make your decision: Think about how green do you want to go? Some people are happy with paraben free while others focus on cruelty free products. Figure out what you are willing to accept.
3. Go slow: Unless you’re fabulously wealthy, most people find it hard to go green overnight. Pick an area of your life you want to start with. For me it was my personal care items (cosmetics, lotions, etc). From there I branched out, replacing an old item I’d finished with a new, eco-friendly item.
4. Get involved: Sometimes being eco-friendly can be difficult if you’re the only one in the family doing it. Try to get your whole family involved in being green. If you have kids, teach them what happens when a certain ingredient enters the environment & the consequences. Dimethicone for example is in many so-called green products but if it gets into water bodies where fish live it can be toxic to them.
5. DIY is your friend: Being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be costly. There are a lot of things you can DIY & some recipes are very simple. Plus you have the satisfaction of saying you made it yourself.