hi! so today’s post is a little different (and if you don’t like hearing about environmentalism i’d tune out now).
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. It’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.
(for source, click here)
wow(!!!!), that number surprised me so so much. our oceans and earth, in general, is decaying because we don’t know how to take care of it, or we choose not to do what we can.
at this very point in time, there is not much we can do to reverse the damage, except wait for the beautiful future we have ahead. but no matter what, we should be doing everything in our power to reduce the amount of waste and damage that we produce. every. single. day. and i’m not talking about going out and volunteering to clean oceans, which is amazing but obviously, not everyone has that time. i’m talking about little things we can do, every day to reduce the trash we produce. it’s affecting us, the environment, our oceans, the weather, and even has a lot to do with our own health. the more trash that ends up in landfills, the more pollution there is. which in turn, can make us very very sick (especially people who live in big cities).
and i get it, plastic is here for good, or at least for now. but its disposable. it’s disposable! we use it once and then throw it away. According to the documentary Bag it, two million plastic bottles are consumed just in the United States, every 5 minutes, but less than 25% are recycled. if we used things that were more permanent, made out of different, durable materials, this world would be a much different place.
so today im going to share a few things i’ve switched out in my own life that produce less waste. you may not think you can make any kind of difference, but the truth is anything helps, we each use so much plastic, and there are very easy things we could easily reverse, or reduce. these also include reducing other kinds of waste and consumerism that goes on in today’s society.
here are a few tips:
- bring reusable cloth bags everywhere you go. to the grocery store, the market, even retail stores! plastic bags really really add up. i know we all think we need them for trash bins, but an easy swap for that is to make your own trash bags out of newspapers ( there are tons of tutorials on pinterest)
- go for reusable water bottles instead of buying plastic water bottles. bottles add up fast and by refusing to buy bottled water we are reducing the amount of plastic ending up in landfills
- if you’re a coffee or tea drinker, another easy swap is to just use a ceramic mug and bring it to your local coffee shop, and you won’t be using any plastic cups. you could also just brew your own coffee at home, which significantly reduces the amount of money you’d spend on coffee runs every day!
- go thrifting! i promise it is soo fun. some of the cutest things i own are thrifted. this doesn’t specifically relate to plastic but it does reduce the amount of waste we produce. and we also should think a lot more about where our clothes are coming from, they are usually from china, and labor laws are practically inexistent. which means we are getting our clothes from a country where people are treated very poorly and are hardly paid for what they do.
- going along with the last tip, try out minimalism. not even in the trendy way. i mean in the real way. get rid of the things you don’t need. stop buying everything you see on tv. we don’t need those things, we don’t need more clothes. truth is, nobody really cares if we repeat outfits or if we don’t own a lot of clothes. minimizing the things you own down to what is really essential gives you peace of mind. you also stop wasting money on everything you see because you realize you have everything you need ( which helps you save money=travel yay)
- use glass containers that you have lying around and either use them to store your food, instead of buying and buying plastic containers. upcycling containers gives everything a good use, which in turn- you guessed it- reduces plastic consumption.
- replace sandwich bags with a reusable lunch box, so that you don’t waste one every day. also reducing the number of times we eat out by bringing our own lunch not only saves us money but it also reduces waste.
- adopt a meatless monday. i’m not saying go vegetarian or to endorse a certain lifestyle. i just think once a week, or even every once in a while helps so much. the amount of water that is wasted through animal agriculture is alarmingly increasing, which is also worrying because we are depleting every source of water available.
- make your own beauty products! there is literally a recipe for everythingggg. yay for pinterest, it’s a lifesaver. its so easy and it usually includes things we already have at home. you can also upcycle any containers we have lying around so that we don’t have to buy any.
- buy in bulk. this reduces plastic consumption by so much because so many things we buy now are packaged. by buying in bulk, we reduce waste, we save money because bulk tends to be cheaper, and we can also bring our own glass containers to fill. just make sure you ask the cashier to subtract the tare weight of whatever container you bring!
- last tip: if you use any kind of plastic, please recycle it. make sure to choose PETE or HDPE plastics, which are the most commonly recycled plastics.
in the spirit of all things zero-waste, i’m sharing a homemade toothpaste recipe that i’ve been making for months now. it’s super easy to make and only requires 3 ingredients!
1/2 cup unrefined organic coconut oil
2-3 tbsp baking soda
15-20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil ( you could also use peppermint, lavender, clove, or orange)
the steps are pretty simple, just add in the coconut oil, and then the baking soda and mix it well.
add in 15-20 drops of eucalyptus oil.
and this is the finished product! thank you for reading this post/tutorial. see you in May 🌙