I'm going to show you all how to live a Greener Life!
This is a super easy and fun way to help the environment by making small changes to your every day life, as well as reduce a HUGE amount of waste that we, as humans, create every day.
Did you know,
Plastic NEVER goes away? Over thousands and thousands of years, it just breaks down in to smaller and smaller pieces, never decomposing.
On average, every person in the United States creates 4.5 bags of trash each day?
All of which ends up:
- Being burned, which then creates Dioxins, which pollutes the air, causes cancer and other various diseases.
- Ends up in a landfill, which usually ends up over flowing, then ends up in our beautiful oceans, into our marine animal's stomachs.
(I'm sure you have all seen the whale with all sorts of trash in it's stomach </3)
I don't know about y'all, but that kind of stuff BREAKS MY HEART! I seriously love animals and our oceans, which takes up more than half of the earth, and has an abundant amount of beauty and natural phenomenon...
But what can we do to create a better planet?
Not only for our animal's sake, but for our earth, and our future? Maybe even our children's or grandchildren's future?
Here's some small steps and materials we can use in order to create less waste and create a more beautiful planet along the way:
Okay, this is a huge one...
How many of you buy plastic water bottles? How many of you order take-out food, and end up throwing away the cups, plastic ware, straws, containers. etc.?
I'm sure a huge majority of you do, and that's okay. BUT, there is a better way to live your life!
Tumbler's and Straws
Go ahead and buy yourself an RTIC or Yeti tumbler or some sort of reusable drinking bottle. This way, you can refill with water or any other beverage, and throw it in the dishwasher at the end of the day versus in the trash.
When you have reusable straws, you are cutting down on a lot of waste as well.
You can buy dishwasher-safe tumbler straws you can reuse for your drinking bottle, or with any other beverage. Plus, they usually come in really cute colors and patterns.
I bought mine from Target, and the brand is Bubba. It was $6 or $7 for a pack of 4; they are dishwasher safe and BPA-Free. Totally worth the money.
Say goodbye those wasteful plastic straws!
Similar concept for the tumblers and tumbler straws, start using Tupperware containers to pack your lunch or a small snack that you can wash later. Something that you won't throw out and can be reused for the next day or week!
Above, I bought this Tupperware from Aldi. 10-piece set for like $6, and they have small vents on the lids for heating food up in the microwave.
Also will say, most of the take-out containers you use when you order some to-go food, are reusable and/or microwave safe! You can also throw those bad boys in the dishwasher for some free Tupperware you can use over and over again (would recommend using the top rack in the dishwasher).
Time to break out mom's Tupperware and lose those Ziplock baggies!
This one was a huge hit for me, personally. Not only does this help reduce SO MUCH plastic waste, but they have ultra, cute designs for canvas bags or tote bags.
The one above is from Forever 21, was $1.90. Usually, all tote and canvas bags are under $3, and come in all different sizes and designs!
I use these to do majority of my shopping, especially for groceries or buying clothes.
TIP: Keep these in the back of your trunk, so you always have them on-hand if you decide to do some last minute shopping.
Now some of you are like: "oh brother, we have an overboard tree-hugger here.." or "this isn't going to make any difference..."
But let's try doing some math:
Let's say, theoretically, when you do some shopping at the grocery store, you end up using 10 plastic bags.
You then, start switching to using the canvas or tote bags instead for a month, and you go shopping once a week.
10 plastic bags x 4 weeks = 40 plastic bags saved
Now, let's say that you spread the word about using canvas or tote bags, or share this blog post, and it reaches and affects 10 people and they do the same for a month.
10 people x 40 plastic bags = 400 plastic bags saved
Now, let's say these 10 people do this all year round...
400 plastic bags x 12 months = 4,800 plastic bags saved
A very small change in your life or any one else's life can make a HUGE difference in the future. OUR future. Our planet.
REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.
Now, I know some of you have full time jobs, are a parent, or have a bunch of different things going on in your life... and there will be times where you forget your canvas bag, or end up buying plastic water bottles... that's okay, just try and RECYCLE!
Any plastic container, water bottle, aluminum can, wine bottle, etc. I clean and put in our recycling bin for the end of the week!
Also, my parents and I keep all of our plastic bags that we end up using and re use them for when we bring food or other items over to someone's house, or to hold our lunch, and keep re-using them until we can't use them anymore!
There's also amazing people like these ladies who quilt blankets out of plastic bags! Which is pretty dope if you ask me.
Talk about #environmentalgoals!
It's time to educate thyself! It's so easy. And also, kind of fun...
You can read books like eaarth: Making A Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben (which I have read and is absolutely LIFE CHANGING!) or Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye, the science guy... Which I am currently in the middle of reading.
OR, if you're not into reading, you can watch cool documentary's like Leonardo DiCaprio's Before The Flood which is AMAZING.
And Leo is definitely one of the sexiest environmentalists... ;)
You can also Youtube a bunch of information on how plastic is harmful to our environment and the overall process of our consumer society affects our planet!
Let's check out The Story of Stuff, which helps explain, step-by-step, how and why we are becoming polluted and how we become over-obsessed with STUFF:
Donate or Get Involved
It's as simple as donating to an organization that help's marine life or fights against deforestation.
Or you could simply clean trash on the side of the road, or help clean your local park or beach.
Start buying things that are made out of recycled materials, have biodegradable packaging, or compostable items, and/or switch to LED lightbulbs to save energy!
It's crazy what a little bit of research can do.
You can also buy merchandise that helps assist animals or our environment, like SandCloud.
They donate 10% of all their profit to protect marine life, and they have the CUTEST towels and shirts! Check it out:
What will YOU do to save our planet?
Peace and love,