I found this company that turns billboards into backpacks, bags, phone cases, surfboard covers, etc. I support this notion 🙂
3 things I’ve learned to save the planet:
1. There’s beeswax wraps for your food instead of foil or plastic wrap. (You can also just put your leftover food in tupperwave or glass in the fridge.)
2. Mason jars are magic.
Apparently if you can bring them into the grocery store, weigh them empty, then add your bulk items and weigh again.
I’m super stoked my local Safeway has been adding bulk items.
3. You can rent an eBook from any library with the OverDrive app. Pretty nifty.
(Secret tip: if you download the book on a device, then turn off the WiFi, the library can’t take it off your device even if the book is due back in. Boom.)
Cool new YouTuber: Lavendaire
You can search the web but instead of Googling it, use Ecosia! They take 80% of their profits from ads and plant trees. How awesome is that?!!! Enough said. Go make it your default browser.
Do you ever feel like you want to save the planet and all the animals in it but there are so many other fuckers who are just out there fucking it up? Yeah, me too. Does it even matter if I buy this eco/vegan-friendly whatever product since we have such bigger problems in this world? Some days I would say, no, it doesn’t matter. But other days, I would shout a hells yeah! Since today is one of the quieter days where I feel like it doesn’t matter, I’m going to remind myself (and you, reader) that it actually does make a difference.
Think of it like in gaining or losing weight (or muscle). There’s a point where suddenly everyone is like, “Oh, you’ve lost weight” or “Look at that muscle definition.” While little ol’ you has been over here eating salads for months and trying not to eat the 17th cookie. You see you everyday, so there’s no difference. But every tiny minuscule choice that you make adds up and makes the body mass you are. This is a magical thing (and also annoying) ’cause you can make a difference with one choice at a time.
Same thing with saving the planet. If you choose to buy that product that is nice to the animals and doesn’t have a whole bunch of chemical crap in it, it’s telling the market that this is what the consumer wants. So when the factories and big companies make their plans for next year’s products, they know WE want to have less chemicals, more natural ingredients, and we would rather be nice to the creatures, not use them.
All this verbage is to say, make that choice, that small tiny little choice. Then when you make 17,000 choices a day, your sending messages out there and striding down a better path.
Concrete examples of things I’ve found at Target (who doesn’t love Target?!!):
1. Compostable trash bags
Shout out to my sister for finding these!
2. Seventh generation cleaning supplies
3. S.W. Basics (make-up/skin care)
5 ingredients or less, for everything!
This will change your life. How many times do you pee a day? Don’t answer that.
Since I’m chugging so much water a day (fun fact: you’re supposed to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces a day. i.e. 140lb, drink 70oz of water)
Anywho, if you end up peeing often throughout the day, you’ll end up washing your hands often as well. (Please tell me we all know you have to wash your hands after you use the restroom? Okay, good.) I stumbled upon this Ted talk about how to fold a paper towel. I’m not sure how I found it in the interwebs but lo and behold, changed my life.
1. Shake your hands after you wash them to get excess water off
2. Take ONE paper towel (only one!) and fold it in half. Science happens and now more water is absorbed because it’s folded.
Swap out this for that:
- grocery plastic bag FOR a mesh bag (or no bag)
Can your fruits and veggies not play nice with each other? Is that why they’re segregated? Why do they need a bag at all? You’re going to wash them before you eat them at home. Instead don’t use a bag at all or if you really want to contain them, use a reusable mesh one. Solution found.
- paper napkin FOR a cloth napkin
Cut up an old t-shirt or an old towel that’s falling apart, stick it in your lunch box and viola. Super easy! I found out that I really don’t make a giant mess at each meal, so why do I need a new paper napkin at each meal? I ended up using one cloth one for an entire week of lunches. Refolded and used new fresh corners when necessary and washed it with my clothes at the end of the week. Boom. Done.
- dryer sheets FOR static ball
We stick a dryer sheet in each load, everything is soft and magical. Okay, sure but then you throw away that dryer sheet every time. Then I went with no dryer sheets and air drying my laundry, now they’re a little crunchy. Next up, static ball (that’s super cute) and brings some air and fluff back into your clothing. Hurray!
The magical power of vinegar:
1. Add about a shot or two into your washer (along with your regular detergent) to help get rid of those odd smells that linger *cough cough gym clothes*
2. Mix with some water and clean your counter tops. No need for Windex or other serious chemicals.
3. Stop up the sink drain or bathtub, then add some vinegar and water and let it soak. It’ll eat up all the crystalized water.
It is magic! Super cheap too; like $2 for a gallon, which lasts basically forever.
Enjoy the magic for yourself 😀