Olivia Wilde Shares Tips for Living More Sustainably — Plus, Her Plastic-Free Skincare Routine

"Let's just be better, in little tiny ways, until it's a better world."

Sophie Hirsh - Author

Nov. 20 2019, Updated 5:02 p.m. ET

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The Harper's BAZAAR YouTube series Go To Bed With Me gives viewers an inside look at the nighttime skincare routines of various celebrities, having featured everyone from Serena Williams to Paris Hilton to Demi Moore. The latest episode of Go To Bed With Me is a special sustainability edition featuring Olivia Wilde, who not only shares her cruelty-free, non-toxic, and sustainable bedtime routine, but she also shares some of her favorite tips for living more sustainably.

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Instead of using chemical-laden products, Wilde opts for skincare from True Botanicals, a made safe certified company that packages its products in glass instead of plastic; plus, the entire company is cruelty-free, meaning it does not test on animals (and all but one of the company's products are vegan). Wilde has been the company's chief brand activist since May 2017, and in the Go To Bed With Me episode, she uses six True Botanicals products on her face.

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After showing off her skincare routine, Wilde brushes her teeth — using a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush made by The Humble Co and cruelty-free toothpaste by Dr. Bronner's

The actress and longtime vegetarian then shares some of her best advice for lowering one's environmental impact, proving that she really walks the walk when it comes to sustainable living.

Here are a few of Wilde's best tips:

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1. Meat Mondays

Instead of taking meat off your plate once a week, consider doing the opposite. "Do a Meatless Monday — or maybe just Meat Monday. Maybe you only eat meat once a week," Wilde says in the video. "We all know that's a huge contributing factor to global warming."

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2. Reduce Your Plastic Packaging

"I think in terms of packaging — it's all about packaging — just pay attention to the amount of plastic you use, especially with beauty products and everything in your bathroom," Wilde says. "It's just so much waste, so try to think about how to reuse bottles. There are a lot of companies that allow you to send your bottles back into be refilled, or you can take your soap back to the store to get refilled. There are ways that aren't that complicated to lessen your impact."

3. Do Your Research

"Research everything. There's so much information now. Before the internet, we didn't know what to do. Now, you can really find every bit of information you need," she advises. "It's just possible to find an alternative. It's not about sacrificing efficacy. There's things that work that actually lessen your impact."

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4. Shop Sustainably

"Recycle your clothes. Buy vintage," Wilde says. "I believe in reuse. I believe in everything we use and have having a story."

5. Take Baby Steps

To make each of these changes more sustainable for yourself (no pun intended), Wilde recommends taking baby steps. "Don't be hard on yourself, but just try. Take one step," she says.

"In the 1950s, they had to teach people to throw things away. There was a whole campaign, there were billboards that were like, 'Just toss it!'" she says. "If we had to teach people to be so wasteful, we can teach ourselves to be less wasteful. It just takes a shift in perspective. Let's just be better, in little tiny ways, until it's a better world." Hear, hear!

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