Let's go Zero Waste for Earth Day!
& all year long
Zero waste doesn't need to be complicated, it doesn't even need to be zero waste, just less waste. Consuming less, producing less, buying less, and making more are incredible ways to help the environment and your own body, so let's look at some easy ways to go zero waste.
Bring a reusable water bottle and reduce your use of single-use plastics.
Bring reusable grocery bags when shopping or ask for paper instead of plastic when grocery shopping - this will help to reduce your use of single-use plastics even further.
Use mason jar storage, Tupperware, and Stasher bags instead of zip-lock bags. Also, use beeswax wrap instead of plastic wrap.
When hiking or taking walks bring a trash bag to pick up trash around you. I always do this on hikes, walks, and trips to the coast - don't just walk past trash! Pick it up when you see it - leave your surroundings better than how you found them.
If you're not vegan or vegetarian, try to go Meatless Monday! Even consuming one less meal with meat in it a week is extremely beneficial to yourself and the environment. It's easy - follow some of the recipes on this site or in my book!
These five simple guidelines will help you reduce your use of single-use plastics, consume less, and reuse more. I also want to leave you with simple recipes and homemade swaps that you can make in order to DIY your food, household cleaners, and more!
These swaps are honestly so easy and I make them in the van - so if you're not a van-dweller it'll be even easier, no excuses!
I like to keep habit building, social justice, and activism simple enough for anybody to try and succeed at, thus the lists of five. These lists provide you with 15 steps that will bring you closer to cutting down on waste and reducing, reusing, and recycling.
This Earth Day, head outside and pick up some trash, even if it's just around your local neighborhood, remember, everything we do every day sets us up for our future.
I want to leave you with this journal prompt:
What can you do today to better the future of our planet and its inhabitants?
Go deep, sit alone for ten minutes, and think about this question. What can you do today and for the rest of your days to help better the future of our planet and its inhabitants? Thinking about the future doesn't need to be 50 years or 100 hundred years ahead, we can better the planet while we are here to enjoy it, we can better it for those who come after us as well.
Remember, we only have one planet and the concept of "colonizing Mars" is stupid (honestly, you suck Elon Musk, Grimes can do better).
Love you all forever,