I was sad to read about the storms that have hit North Carolina and Texas. Global Warming have caused these shifts and it reinforces the need to be mindful of waste. The waste we produce can negatively impact our planet such as the dying coral reefs in the Ocean.
I remember as a kid in school my elementary school taught us: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
I do admit I have been a heavy, wasteful consumer and guilty of buying toxic products that are harmful to the body and to the planet.
Since becoming more spiritual, I am currently learning how to be more mindful of what I consume. It is a different transition. Learning to produce less waste is harder than I thought it would be.
Things that I am working on shifting:
- Buying less products and using up everything that I have which saves money overtime
- Using biodegradable products once I am done with my Cleaning products or learning DIY recipes which is way cheaper. I used to think natural products were less effective but this is not true. It depends.
- Once I finish up my body wash, I will be switching to bars of soap to reduce plastic use
- Switching to bamboo toothbrush eventually but, for now I will disinfect (with vinegar or mouthwash) my plastic toothbrush as often as I can and for as long as I can to reduce buying.
- Using cotton material for towels. I found out microfiber cloth is made with plastic. When we wash it it releases tiny bits of plastic into the waters which affect our fish. If you are a fish eater, please be mindful of plastic.
- If you use a swiffer mop, use cotton towels to mop floors instead of swiffer sheets!
- Trying to cook more at home to avoid plastic containers and plastic utensils. Not all plastic is reusable and we already have so much plastic on this planet who knows when all the plastics will be reused
- Laundry- detergents have toxic chemicals for people and the planet. Be label conscious and seee what’s in your products before purchasing.
– Fabric softeners- I just found out vinegar is a great way to soften clothes and it helps whiten your whites without leaving a smell.
- Using less water if you can.
- Grocery shop with reusable bags. The Reusable fruit bags may add weight but I read the weight can be taken off at the register.
– Grocery shop for the least amount of plastic packaging if possible.
- Use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. There are so many pretty options at stores like Target.
- Buying clothing from second hand shops. I haven’t started this one yet. And beware of bugs. Wash the items as soon as you bring it home!
There are so many ways to reduce and reuse. There are many sources on the web to guide you in doing this. There are YouTube videos on this as well which kind of makes you guilty for not doing it sooner, but that’s okay!
Be conscious now! ❤