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MY ECOHACKS - reduce plastics, adjust diet, all natural cleaning & within the community- TRY THESE!

Updated: Dec 30, 2023

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 lives because I have found a positive impact on my own!

To reduce plastic I...

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

  • Use beeswax wraps and mason jars. Changed to stainless steel tupperware.

  • Skip the thin bags at the grocery stores and bring tote bags everywhere just in case.

  • Bring jars to bulk places - just have to weigh first.

  • Purposely skip brands that over-package!!

  • Seriously say no to plastic water bottles. Will go thirsty versus buying a plastic bottle- or I ask to use someone's bathroom and just use my hands to drink water from the tap.

To adjust my diet I...

  • Try my best to eat local and in season.

  • Skip the industrial farmed meat, dairy and cheese. Opt for smaller local companies.

  • Learn about the crops that have a negative impact on the environment when monocropped or cause turmoil in the country where they are grown- e.g avocados, chocolate, coffee..

  • Try my best to avoid supporting direct or indirect companies that use GMO. A key thing to look for to avoid supporting GMO is buy organic, since legally something can't be both. Not eating processed foods is a good way to decrease GMO consumption.

  • Shop at farmers markets.

  • Grow and compost my own food.

  • Attempt to not overeat, or waste unnecessarily.

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

Within the home I..

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

  • Use metal clothes drying racks to skip the dryer in the summer.

  • Use wool dryer balls to increase the speed of drying in the machine and eliminate the single-use waste of dryer sheets.

  • 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.

  • Try not to run water unnecessarily, like leaving it running while brushing teeth.

  • 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. It's super easy to make with saline solutions, vinegar and essential oils.

  • Use homemade soap or locally made products that sell without packaging.

  • Use bar soap or biodegradable dishsoap with reusable scrubbie.

  • Have sets of cotton / microfibre cloths for around house to forget the use of paper towels

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.

  • Speak up when others act like idiots and litter around me.

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

  • Shareable libraries for book recycling

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



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