Have you seen the recent video footage of human trafficking victims being sold for about $400 in Libya? Sisters, Brothers, Uncles, Cousins, Sons, Daughters taken from their homes and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The truth is our capitalist society needs cheap labor to keep up with the demands we have for cheap, quick, things. Our consumerism is a burden that weighs heavy on the backs of disenfranchised, stolen, overworked, and underpaid people. Then there’s the video of this Mother Whale carrying around the body of her calf who died because of plastic pollution for days. Our consumerism then goes on to harm the Earth and the defenseless animals who suffer because of our excess. At what point will we decide that enough is enough?
I am not perfect. I make mistakes. I am lax about recycling sometimes. I live in the Midwest where damn near all restaurant food and drinks come in Styrofoam and I still go out to eat even though I know Styrofoam is NOT biodegradable and is not going anywhere but instead will breakdown and choke up our water streams and animals. But. Enough.Is. Enough. I have decided that I can and WILL do more to make a difference or at least do better for my life. I am not here to make anyone feel guilty. Instead I hope you get inspired to make some simple changes for yourself and this planet.
- Buy Bulk . Things like beans, rice, pasta, nuts, quinoa
- Avoid plastic packaging, try to go for cardboard or reusable containers
- Ditch plastic bags, take your own bags to carry groceries
- Stop using tinfoil or plastic wrap – try beeswax wrap and using stoneware or silicon baking sheets instead
- Use real utensils and plates instead of plastic and paper utensils
- Use washable napkins instead of paper towels
- Mend and repair clothing you already own
- Buy second hand or do clothing swaps with friends
- Support ethical or small businesses
- Ditch fast fashion companies
- Ditch your most likely toxic bodywash for a unpackaged bar soap. Luxurious, exfoliating and sweetly scented soaps exist all over and are much better than the plastic bottles that are so heavily marketed.
- Switch shaving cream for coconut oil or bubbles from soap
- Depending on your hair, you can buy unpackaged bar versions of deodorant, conditioner and shampoo as well
- Get a reusable stainless steel razor if you shave
- Get a compostable bamboo toothbrush
- Get toothpaste or toothpowders in a reusable or compostable packaging
- Use wooden toothpicks or compostable dental floss instead of plastic versions
- Say NO to straws. If you need straws, try stainless steel or glass straws instead.
- Carry your own silverware in case your only option is plastic
- If you are someone who never finishes their food, take your own container to bring home your leftovers.
- Carry a cloth napkin to use.
- Bring your own reusable bottles for beverages like coffee or tea
- Make your own cleaning products
- Get things like appliances repaired, cleaned or try to sell them before tossing them out or replacing them.
- Get a washable air filter for your home
- Switch to reusable menstrual products
- Buy local
- Buy organic
- Learn to say No
There is a lot more we could be doing and I will add to this list as time goes on. I have written about different ways I am more eco friendly around the home, kitchen, bathroom . If you would like me to go more in depth on anything or share my cleaning product recipes or elaborate on anything else please let me know in the comments or on Instagram or Facebook.