April is all about Mother Nature and how she has impacted and supported the LGBTQ2+ community throughout the ages.
The natural world is represented by the green stripe on the Pride flag, and is perhaps the most universally binding element of the spirit of Pride. Nature gave us life, has helped us grow into the fierce kweens we are today, and allows us to stay on this beautiful blue marble of ours.
However, we need to do our part to look after Mother Nature as she has looked after us. Most of us recycle responsibly, are more mindful of our purchases, and think about our impacts on the world around us, but this can sometimes fall to the wayside during celebrations like Pride.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a complete guide to being eco-friendly this Pride. With a little effort and creativity, we can all get glammed up while being green!
One of the best ways you can do your part for the environment during Pride is bring your own reusable water bottle.
Pride is usually hot (in more ways that one), which means you’ll want to stay hydrated with plenty of water. This usually means you’ll be wanting a water bottle on hand to help keep you ready to party!
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill up at free water stations. If you don’t have a fancy water bottle, or you don’t want to lose yours, buy a plastic water bottle and reuse it throughout the festivities. Once you’re done, don’t forget to recycle it!
At the top of everyone’s hit list should be single use plastics and more specifically, telling them to sashay away.
Single use plastics are any kind of plastic product that is designed to be used once and then thrown away. Think straws, plastic cutlery, coffee cups, and disposable plates. While these things add momentary convenience to our lives, they can take hundreds of years to break down, and many of them cannot be effectively recycled.
This Pride, say no to single use plastics during your celebrations! Tell the bartender to hold the straw on that vodka soda, consider buying food that doesn’t require cutlery, and try and have your coffee at the coffee shop so you don’t need to take a disposable coffee cup.
Another way you can go green during Pride is to think about how you get to the party.
Pride shuts down large sections of Toronto and the Village so everyone can have a gay old time. This makes driving in a car not only bad for the environment, but for your sanity too henny! Say “Not today, Satan!” to that parking drama and hop on a bus, streetcar, or the subway!
Public transport is significantly better for the environment than driving a regular gas powered car, not to mention you’ll save some dollars too. Got a bike and a look that could survive a ride? Consider biking to the event and be even greener!
One of the best things about Pride is getting all dolled up, and there are ways to do that with Mother Nature in mind too.
Many beauty products are petroleum based, meaning they use oil to derive a lot of their ingredients from. This is not only bad for the earth, but when all the oil runs out, you’re gonna need to find a new foundation and we all know that sucks, can we get an Amen?!
With the explosion of vegan and cruelty-free lifestyles around, there are now plenty of eco-friendly makeup options available. Search for any that say they are naturally derived, contain no harmful chemicals, and aren’t tested on animals.
Another thing to try to avoid is glitter. We know, we know, everyone loves a bit of sparkle during Gay Christmas, but the little shards of plastic are actually super bad for the environment. Consider ditching the glitter for something else, or grab an Earth positive alternative!
As always, remember to dispose of your waste thoughtfully during Pride.
Recycling is one of the best ways we can do our bit every day to protect our planet. This gives plastics and paper another chance at life, and stops them from ending up in landfill. Ensure you are putting any recyclables in the correct bin when you’re out with your squirrel friends!
Caring about the environment is sexy, so share your efforts with others and get them involved too!
Post your eco-friendly lewks to Instagram, make public transport travel plans with others, and say no to straws when it’s your round at the bar, and everyone else will start to take notice. If we all work together, we can have the greenest Pride this side of Ireland, okurrrr!
Follow these tips and you’ll be doing your bit for Mother Nature while bringing it to the runway! Have you seen our announcement video for Pride 2019? Head to Instagram and Facebook and check out the video now!