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.
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.
The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world.
Second only to oil.
for the environment and myself.
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.
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!
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.
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!