Best of the Web: 7 Ways to be Eco-Friendly Year-Round

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Happy Earth Day! In honor of the planet we live on, we’ve rounded up the best articles this week on how to easily tweak your daily routine to be more sustainable and budget-friendly. After all, the modern gentleman is the conscientious gentleman.

  1. If you live in California, you know we’re in a terrible drought. Fix leaks in your home to reduce almost 10 gallons of water per day per person. (USA Today)
  1. Go green with these easy, everyday tips, including adopting a dog and buying recycled. (The Bark)
  1. Can’t live without your Don Draper in place? Here are 5 ways to green your hairstyling routine. (Pomades Blog)
  1. Foodies rejoice – preparing meals in an eco-friendly way means you eat higher-quality food that’s healthier for you, too. (Tulsa World)
  1. Earth Day is a holiday that retailers celebrate by offering you enticing discounts. Get $10 off a $50 LivingSocial purchase and free technology, ink, and toner cartridge recycling at Staples, as well as many more deals. (Times Union Blog)
  1. Start – or continue – wet shaving. Doing so drastically reduces the amount of plastic you’ll be dumping into landfills. (Grooming Artist Blog)
  1. Purchase LED light bulbs that produce the same amount of light using far less wattage. Plus 8 more tips you may have not heard about here. (Huffington Post)

Whether you start with one change or several, it’s all incremental. And to help you along, the team at RoyalShave has curated an exclusive selection of our best natural and organic products. These are items that live up to the quality you’ve come to expect from RoyalShave while making a much smaller impact.

Check them out here.

Wishing you a dashing Earth Day,

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7 Organic and Eco-Friendly Products You Need for Earth Day

Earth Day reminds us to do something we should really be doing throughout the year – living sustainably and consciously. While there’s much good in planting a tree or attending an Earth Day event, there are also ways to incorporate eco-friendliness into your lifestyle.

We’ve scoured the interwebs to bring you the best in natural men’s goods. These pieces are simply sophisticated and designed to last you a very long time.

Read on for 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day in style.

Sprout watch

 

Sprout Light Grey Corn Resin Strap Multifunction Dial Watch

We can’t resist a good watch, and it just so happens that Sprout’s sleek grey timepiece is made entirely out of sustainable natural resources. A corn resin case houses a mineral crystal cover with bamboo dial, and the watch is water-resistant up to 165 ft.

Keen Slip Ons

Keen Timmons Slip-Ons

A pair of comfortable slip-ons in durable leather is an essential whether you’re at the office or on holiday. These Keen Timmons Slip-Ons are finished in velvety Nubuck leather that’s resistant to wear. But the footbed is where this shoe really excels – layers of recycled polyurethane, cork, and memory foam cushion the foot.

Some Keen wearers have said their shoes last for years with minimal wear and tear.

Patagonia Organic Cotton Shirt

Patagonia Men’s Long-Sleeved A/C Steersman Shirt in Glass Blue

The Patagonia Men’s Long-Sleeved A/C Steersman Shirt was manufactured to keep you looking dashing in even the harshest conditions. 100% organic, fair trade cotton wicks moisture away from your skin and is ultra light. This shirt can be packed snuggly into luggage without wrinkling, so it’s a favorite of travelers and outdoorsmen.

Tequila shot glasses

 

Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses – Set of 4

There are beautiful shot glasses, and then there are beautiful shot glasses that douse your liquor with extra flavor and nuance. Brett Cramer’s Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses add just a touch of salt to your tequila.

Salt is naturally anti-bacterial, so these shot glasses require minimal maintenance.You’ll have one gorgeous tequila presentation with these uniquely grained glasses, which are also 100% organic.

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Edwin Jagger Premium Shaving Cream, Limes & Pomegranate

We are always looking for ways to achieve a smooth shave without harsh chemicals. That’s why we’re thankful for the existence of Edwin Jagger Premium Shaving Cream, which is all natural and paraben free. This rich cream lifts whiskers for a clean shave, and leaves you smelling amazingly fresh.

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Le Kraft Refillable Cognac Leather Notebook, Small with White Paper

Never underestimate the power of the written word – especially your own. Of course, most of us are writing all the time on our computers, phones, and tablets. But there’s something to be said about the age-old art of writing in a notebook.

The folks at La Compagnie du Kraft have crafted an exquisite notebook carefully sourced from the company’s native France. The paper is made exclusively from waste pieces from saw mills, branches, and trimmings in the maritime pinelands of Gascogne. None of the paper is dyed, both to preserve the paper’s rich brown color and to prevent the release of CO2 (which occurs in the process of dying paper white).

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Natural vs. Organic

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Earth Day is April 22nd this year, and to celebrate we’ll be doing several posts over the next few weeks on healthy and natural grooming. With the average Joe spending 3,000 hours of his life shaving, it’s important to step back once in a while and consider your tools and their provenance.

The first issue we want to address: the terms “natural” and “organic.” They two get thrown around a lot in the skincare industry like they’re interchangeable – but we can assure you they’re not.

What is the main difference between natural and organic?

You’ll find lots of products that claim they’re “natural” or “eco-friendly,” but in the end only “organic” offers government-backed assurance that your products are grown and processed without toxic chemicals, synthetic chemicals, or antibiotics. Products labeled “natural” use these factors as guidelines rather than rules set in stone.

If you’re looking to green your grooming routine, organic is your strongest option, since it’s the most strictly regulated farming system. All organic products must comply with state, federal, FDA, and international food safety requirements.

In order for a product to be labeled organic, it must be subject to both announced and unannounced inspections by third party government inspectors. The inspectors get so detailed as to audit companies’ records of purchases, ingredients, etc. to trace production from start to finish.

Because organic products are highly regulated, choosing them over conventional products has been shown to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, including pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotics, and nitrogen fertilizers.

Here is a helpful chart from Organic It’s Worth It to compare the difference:

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Organic is also great for the environment.

Organic farming is sustainable, promoting soil health and species diversity while combating damage to water resources and even climate change.

One of the many practices organic farmers put in place to achieve environmental safety is using ecological methods of pest/weed control rather than synthetic pesticides. These synthetic pesticides deprive the soil of nutrients, damaging the ecosystem.

The conclusion?

Organic products offer you that extra peace of mind should you desire it. Opting for an organic shave soap or shampoo the next time you need to restock is an easy way to make your grooming ritual more environmentally friendly while knowing you’re getting the best quality available. That’s something we can tip our hats to.

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