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.
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
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
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
Sharable libraries for book recycling
If you have some cool ideas, let me know! :)