Please Recycle Conscious Consumers

Gross. 

Over 8 million TONS of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year. 

And 1 million new plastic bottles are created every minute. It’s not possible to think we can recycle all this crap without harming the environment. It has to end. #BanSingleUsePlastics

We must take responsibility for our actions. We have to evaluate what we are doing and find a better way to live symbiotically with nature. New plant-based sustainable materials are being developed every year, and if more people support these products, the demand for better and more sustainable technology will become the status quo. Conscious consumerism will have a substantial impact on the markets. 

Ideas For A Conscious Consumer:

-Support Biodegradable Alternatives to Plastic. Use Bamboo Toothbrushes, Sugar Wax Instead of Shave, Paper over Plastic!

-Be Wary Of Packaging Materials! Plastic and Styrofoam are terrible. Support brands who made the switch to sustainable packaging- like glass or cartons.  

-Avoid All Single Use Plastic and Let The Store Know You Don’t Support Single Use Plastics! 

-Shop at your local Farmers Markets and Co-Ops where you can buy in bulk and avoid packaging.

-Upcycle Your Trash. Make art out of your plastic trash. Keep it out of the ocean by using it for something else. 

 

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Ban Single Use Plastic

Every year, 8-14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the Ocean.

Single Use Plastic Bags have an average lifespan on 1000 years. They create toxic chemicals which pollute waterways and animals. Not to mention when they break down into smaller pieces, they are ingested by animals and fish, and us! Ban single use plastic bags. Support a cleaner world.

 

Follow The Isha Foundation to support incentives to ban single use plastic bags.

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Thrifting for Natural Fabrics

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Now that it’s getting colder, I want more to layer with. I haven’t been clothes shopping in a while!
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I put a special focus this year on reducing my impact on the environment and living more sustainably.
This trip I was looking for clothing made with ONLY natural materials.
 
When I found out the negative impacts of artificial fabric on the environment,
I began the process of clearing out all toxic / unnatural fibers from my wardrobe.
Polyester, Nylon, Rayon, and Acrylic are unnatural fabrics that contribute to global pollution. And … 

The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world.

Second only to oil.
Toxic chemicals from the materials that make our clothes are dumped into streams and the ocean, polluting our ground water and global water supply.
 
I love fashion. But the more woke I become, the more I understand the impact of cheap fashion on our world. I decided to update my habits to support a healthier vision of the future, based on the facts. I want to share what I learned with you!
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On this thrifting trip, I was on the lookout for natural fabrics.
 
and I found some amazing natural clothing.
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A gorgeous embroidered deep blue Thai Silk lounge outfit, with baggy pants I had been looking for.
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A cozy green wool jacket with buttons.
 
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And a graceful white cotton pullover.
 
I also decided to research natural materials.
I have mixed feelings about using animal products.
I avoid leather- except sustainably or second hand because vegan pleather is really really bad for the environment- plus some people eat cows and I would rather the whole animal go to use.
 
In my research I also learned that SILK involves killing millions of silk worms IN Their COCOONS to steal the material!
That hit me.
I love these blue silk pajamas, but I think I will avoid silk from now on.
 
The day after I researched this, a little cocoon popped up in my apartment!
 
I plan on making Malas soon- and the only options for sturdy string are Rayon (not so great for the environment) or Silk. I will have to meditate on how to do this one…
 
Wool and Cashmere can be taken from the animal without harming it, and actually helps groom the animals. Cotton and hemp come from plants, and are really my preferred material as long as they are sustainably sourced.
I can’t wait to finish cleaning out my wardrobe. I feel so much better in natural materials. 
xoxo
Passion
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3 Incredibly Easy Eco-Friendly Habits

When I realized
my habits
were responsible
for the pollution and garbage we see today,
I shifted to better choices

for the environment and myself.

Consumer trends have a huge impact on the market.
If no one buys a product, it will not continue to be made.
 
 
#SOLUTIONS is a segment of Cult Intuition for sustainable life made simple.
 
Today’s topic…
3 Easy Eco-Friendly Habits.
3 simple, eco-friendly habits to reduce your impact on the environment.
 
    The climate of our planet is shifting, our oceans are filling up with trash and litter. We play a huge part in this cycle. Instead of asking corporations to change, let’s change our habits and make the shift happen. The Earth is just as alive as we are- her consciousness more massive than our lil nuggets. Let’s honor this connection and treat her with care and respect. Here are 3 habits to help our mama.
 
1) Shop Local or At Farmers Markets
    Take weekly farmers markets trips versus ur grocery shopping experience. You save packaging waste by skipping grocery stores. And it saves money- I get better prices on organic veggies from my local farmers than at the grocery store.
 
If you can’t make it to the Farmer’s Market, try to exclusively purchase locally grown fruits and veggies. Freight shipping food substantially contributes to carbon emissions and climate change. 
 
 
 
 
2) Save And Reuse Containers
When I see thousands of ZipLoc bags and Plastic Containers at someones place, and see in the trash containers, glass jars, etc so much stuff they could use instead. I wonder- Why? Why make this waste? This waste is choking dolphins, it is filling landfills with mess that will never go away.
 
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When I realized how convenient it is to reuse containers, I started saving every container, glass jar etc. Glass is better for our health than plastic anyway.
 
Reusing containers makes me mindful when I buy food. Now I check to see if the packaging is recyclable. I don’t buy plastic food containers. I reuse plastic and paper grocery bags instead of buying trashbags. I up-cycle glass jars to store premade food, organize office materials, anything I can do with them.
 
It makes pre-making food much easier. Which leads us to our last tip…
 
 
 
3) Pre-Make Your Meals
    It might surprise you how much money and waste you save by making your own food. Super cheap instant meals comes wrapped in like 3 layers of plastic and cardboard. Thats a lot of trash going into the Ocean or a Landfill. Ditch the junk for a healthier self and Earth!
 
You are what you eat. Don’t be cheap or easy!
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    It’s really easy to Prep a week’s worth of meals- it just takes about an hour one evening. So Pause The Netflix or Bring It Into The Kitchen With You- because it’s time to get crafty.
Recipe Ideas for Recycled Jars:
    -Overnight Oats
    -Pastas
    -Salad
    -Curries
    -Soups
    -Chopped Veggies
-Nut Mixes
-Granola
-Tea
-Juice
-Fruit/Veggie Bases for Smoothies
 
Use your imagination with these jars. I’ve started making my own jam and salsa. It’s easy!
 
 
 
This is how I added these 3 simple changes into my weekly life.
 
I pick the food I want for the week before I shop. I usually have left overs if I am cooking for myself, and when i plan it out this way, my food lasts over a week. Most food we crave breaks down into the same or similar ingredients. It’s easy to tweak a preplanned meal if we suddenly crave something else that week. Also this is a good way to eat a balance of nutrients.
 
I go to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday or Thursday and pick up the food stuff.
 
I get home, and I chop up 5-6 servings of veggies and place them in jars in my fridge. I make a jar of overnight oats for breakfast,
and I blend a mixture of beets and carrots to use in my smoothies for the week. That’s breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared for.
 
This makes it easy to make a meal in a rush. And when I make food, I store the leftovers in jars.
 
It makes cooking at home easier- there’s no prep and I can slam foods together and make a delicious Curry Meal with rice and veggies in 10 mins flat.
 
I hope these 3 simple habits inspire you.
 
Like this blog? Spread the message on to your friends! Please share this post.
 
 
 
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Solutions: Thrifting for Sustainable Clothing

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Living that #NotMyPresident lifestyle anyone?

This blog mini-series is called Solutions. I’m going to show you the most effective and simplest ways to live a life of protest for the good our planet. By making tiny adjustments in our lifestyle, we can significantly reduce energy consumption and help stop climate change.

Today’s Solution is Thrifting!

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Outfit made possible by Goodwill

Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the top contributors to climate change? The fashion industry is also creating irreversible damage to our global water supply- from toxic dyes used to make clothing.

Did you know the US makes up the largest percentage of the global market for clothing?! As the primary consumers of this market, WE have the biggest impact on this pollution. Real change will start with us!

This lifehack is easy. Do not spend your hard earned money on cheap and quick fashion. Be educated of where your clothing comes from. Upcycle more. Donate or give away old clothing. Thrift. Shop local, handmade. Shop eco-friendly.

If enough people do this, we will inspire brands to find new, environmentally sustainable ways to produce their clothing.

Thrifting is a lot of fun. You never know WHAT you’ll find thrifting. There are always brands we love, in good condition and at a great price. People discover designer digs while thrifting all the time, you know.

Maybe your community hosts a monthly or weekly flea market. If you’re lucky, you’ll score some really sick vintage finds, or find new local art you fall in love with. I go to Melrose Trading Post on Fairfax and Melrose on Sundays, and I’ve scored some really unique handmade / vintage home goods, clothes, shoes and jewelry!

Last year, I decided to stop purchasing “new”, unless it was locally made, sustainably sourced, thrifted, up-cycled or handmade. The first couple of months were hard, but then when I got serious and focused on the intentions of my shopping actions, I started to manifest all of the furniture I wanted, second hand and as gifts! I haven’t looked back on shopping new.

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Pants by Thrifting. Sweater was gifted. Top is made from recycled water bottles.
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My most recent haul from Goodwill in Hollywood
I’d always wanted prismatic shoes. I found these thrifting.

The vibe of my wardrobe shifted when I minimized my stuff and started shopping with better intentions. My style is eclectic, it’s different- and I get excited to tell people how I find the clothes I wear. I give away clothes I don’t wear, I clear out my closet every year to local thrift stores, and I try not to shop that often. I like having a versatile wardrobe, with a few long-term quality handmade pieces.

Try this fun life hack for a couple months, I’d love to hear about the magic YOU discover! Tell me in the comments!

xoxo
Passion

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