Updated: May 25, 2020
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 from things so I don't have to buy bags.
Use beeswax wraps and mason jars.
Bring my own containers to our favourite take-out restaurants.
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 in case, and invest in cute cloth ones whenever I find them!
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. 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.
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 commercially, 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- will be blogging about this during the summer!
Attempt (lol) 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.
Bought the metal clothes drying racks so I can skip the dryer.
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, a.k.a make a huge stink about my family members that leave the water running when they brush their teeth!!
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. 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 for the dishes with a European abrasive plant cloth thing I got from a hippy store- it works!
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
Shareable libraries for book recycling
If you have some cool ideas, let me know! :)