HAPPY EARTH DAY!
If you don't already know, April 18th-24th is also Fashion Revolution Week (in memoriam of the people who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza Complex Collapse in 2013).
Some goals of Fashion Revolution Week are to stop feeding into fast fashion, ask who made your clothes, and make conscious fashion choices. Not only is this going to reduce the exploitation of workers in developing nations, but it's also good for the planet. Score!
There's an Internet trend of buying an excessive amount of stuff (usually from brands that are cheap and not eco-conscious) and showing it to the world. Kids these days call it a "haul." XD
Here's my haulternative of clothes from resale shops. I was inspired by the Youtuber, My Green Closet. Shopping secondhand did not come naturally to me at first, but now I absolutely love finding unique and high quality items.
Top left: Savers $8, bought last week for spring/summer
Top right: local secondhand shop for a fraction of the original price, bought last spring
Bottom left: Savers $3, bought in winter (the sleeves are actually long enough!)
Bottom right: Savers $8, bought last week for spring/summer
Go beyond the re-usable grocery bag.
Don't get me wrong, using cloth grocery bags is AWESOME and reduces SO much waste. But why stop there?
If you think about it, disposables are really weird. Why would you buy something just to use it and throw it away? How many thousands of years did humans use and re-use and re-use and re-use something before it was no longer usable?
I challenge you to
bring your cloth bag to the mall
store a few bags in your car
have an open mind
bring your own chopsticks to the restaurant
use the bulk section in your grocery store
ditch plastic straws
bring your own thermos for a coffee
fill up your glass/aluminum water bottle
pack your lunch in tupperware
say "I don't need a bag for that, thank you"
get out of your comfort zone
do your research
and, of course, stop buying things you don't need, use, or love
Let's give the landfills a break, shall we?
"Globally [the livestock sector] is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases and one of the leading causal factors in the loss of biodiversity, while in developed and emerging countries it is perhaps the leading source of water pollution."
(Livestock's Long Shadow, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)
Bottom line: Eat more vegetables and less animals.
Watch Cowspiracy to learn more (it's also on Netflix).
Note: The FAO still considers animal products a nutritious food source (i.e. they aren't "biased" toward a plant-based diet). However, if you want to learn more about a plant-based diet, check out the links below.
Joyful Vegan (Advice for Earth Day)
Plantriotic (Podcast Interview)
NutritionFacts.org (Why Plant-Based?)
STOP BUYING STUFF THAT YOU DON'T NEED, USE, OR LOVE
Really, it's that simple. Here's why.
Let's consider the basic economic principle of supply and demand. As demand for a good decreases, the supplier will decrease the production of the good. With me?
Now let's consider how the Earth comes into play in this scenario.
NATURAL RESOURCE > PRODUCTION > DISTRIBUTION > CONSUMPTION > LANDFILL
If you want a more detailed description on what goes on during each process, check out The Story of Stuff.
Bottom line: Less useless stuff that is produced=less useless stuff that will be thrown into a dump. It's better for your peace of mind, your wallet, and the Earth.
If you want ideas on how to stop mindlessly consuming, check out The Minimalists.
(Also, they are screening their documentary Minimalism in May 2016, so find a theater near you to check it out.)
This time especially. The status quo is always the easier option. The easiest thing I could have done would have been nothing at all. But I got a glimpse of who I am when I am free. And I decided not to let go of it.
So, I ended a long term relationship, had to stop fostering my beloved puppy, quit two jobs, and moved back in with my parents. That might not sound like freedom, but I'll get to that later.
Did it work? Am I happy? With my decisions, yes. With myself? Well, that's what I'm working on.
Here's the plan. (I like plans. I also like lists.)
I will be posting, weekly, three things that make me happy. Why three? Cause I like that number. Hopefully, I can give you some inspiration, too.
I will also be writing about the choices I am making on a daily basis that serve my health, the health of others, and the health of the Earth. That is, mental, spiritual, physical health.
Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!