ECOHACKS ~ Reduce plastics, adjust diet, all natural cleaning & within the community

Updated: Mar 31

I am very passionate (obsessed) with working towards a natural and sustainable lifestyle.

Below are some ideas.

These are things I practice (not perfectly).

I hope to spread the word to make a difference in other people's life because I have found positive impact in my own!

To reduce plastic I...

  • Save plastic bags from bread, paper bags and random wrappers from things so I don't have to buy bags

  • Use beeswax wraps and mason jars

  • Skip the thin bags at the grocery stores and opt for the brown paper bags at the mushroom section- I reuse these until there is definite residue lol

  • Bring tote bags everywhere just incase

  • Bring jars to bulk places / butcher / bakery to reduce wrapping- key thing is to go to the cash first to weigh your stuff to get the right pricing

  • Purposely skip brands that over-package.

  • Seriously say no to plastic water bottles.

To adjust my diet I...

  • Try my best to eat local and in season.

  • Certain foods I try to only buy organic, fair-trade, eco-smart, etc.. like crops that have a negative impact on the environment when bought commercial, or cause turmoil in the country where they are grown.

  • Try my best to avoid supporting directly or indirectly companies like Monsanto. A key thing to look for to avoid supporting GMO is buy organic, since legally something can't be both.

  • Shop at farmer's markets

  • Grow and compost my own food- will be blogging about this during the summer!

  • Attempt (lol) to not over-eat, or waste unnecessarily.

  • Support companies that put effort into reducing their packaging or using reusable materials.

About the evil Monsanto

What about GMO is so bad?

Within the home I..

  • Try to make all my own products like skincare, cleaning etc.

  • Bought the metal clothes drying racks from Walmart (or online) so I can skip the dryer.

  • Try to buy fabrics that last.. like wool, leather, hemp, cotton.. etc.

  • In the summer (I try my best) to skip the air conditioning and opt for the open window method. Maybe next winter I will try and seal my windows- anyone know some sweet tips for that?

  • Try not to run water unnecessarily ..

  • Organize recycling into plastics and paper and take note of brands that use unnecessary packaging

Cleaning I..

  • Use natural homemade cleaning solutions for counters, air fresheners, bathroom, floors etc.. This saves two ways: reduces the bottles and packaging and also no chemicals are washed down the drain / in the air.

  • Use locally made bars of soap or just water for washing.

  • Use bar soap for the dishes with a European abrasive plant cloth thing I got from a hippy store- it works!

  • Have sets of cotton / microfibre clothes for around house to forget the use of papertowels

Homemade cleaner recipes

In my community I...

  • Pick up trash in parks and on nature paths.

  • Support small businesses where possible.

  • Take public transit, bike and walk.

  • During the winter I shovel versus using a snowblower.

  • I use a push mower- lol

  • Recycle properly when possible.

Some cool things I have seen around the neighbourhood..

  • Impermeable driveways that allow water to absorb into the system instead of becoming runoff

  • Solar panels

  • Sharable libraries for book recycling

If you have some cool ideas, let me know! :)