Want to get on the fast track yourself towards the Eco-Life? We’ve gotten skinny and outlined our top 3 places to start thinking about making change, each action packing maximum impact for the punch.
Prep for the day:
The fact is, Americans use a lot of plastic. And now that China and India are no longer recycling our plastic waste, the problem is… well, pilling up. And it doesn’t take long for plastic litter to become plastic pollution, poisoning our waterways and earth. To stop trash in its tracks we must prevent it in the first place. So how have I been able to curb my Single Use Plastics (SUPs) consumption? By planning and prepping for each day.
Organizing may take some extra time on the front end, but will make the days stress free as most of the decisions have already been made. By anticipating where you’ll be and the resources available, you can create your own Eco-Life kit to make it easy to refuse SUPs:
First start by thinking about how you go through the day.
Where do you cave and buy a plastic bottle of water?
When might you accidentally end up with a straw in your glass?
When asked “Paper or plastic?” how do you answer?
Things to skip:
single use napkins + paper towels
Things to bring:
Utensil Kit. Our utensil kits are antimicrobial, durable, compostable and toxin free.
Cloth Napkin (…and hankie!)
Stainless Steel Water Bottle + Thermos. Know when and where you have the opportunity to refill!
GreenToGo subscription. For that occasional meal out that you just can’t finish. Donate $25 to non-profit Don’t Waste Durham and receive a one year subscription to the East Coast’s premier reusable food container service.
Tote and food bags for shopping trips. Go the extra mile and shop the bulk + produce sections with reusable glass jars and skip film wrapped products.
Things to consider:
Packing lunches in reusable packaging, such as Durham Original Food Bags + stainless steel bento boxes. How many uses from each product until they pay for themselves?
SLOW YOUR ROLL
Fast Fashion is considered the second greatest polluting industry in the world. From production to consumer, nothing about Fast Fashion is remotely good for us or the planet. It is most basically defined as rapidly, mass produced and low quality clothing, sold at a price point low enough to allow the average consumer access to current trends. This fast fashion industry is guilty of creating a toxic soup out of our most precious water supplies and modern day slavery.
Take a double take. Slow Fashion is the future, and luckily, we don’t have to wait for the future to enjoy it — it’s here and now, so let’s go ahead and show you how:
Preloved Fibers: If you have time, shop consignment, vintage and secondhand first. Even better — borrow something from a friend! Not finding what you need? —>
Earthly + Organic: Browse for organic, USA and fair trade made. Look for fabrics such as Tencel, Modal, hemp and organic cotton — they have superior sustainability status with complete bio break down and reduced water usage for manufacturing. We love Eco Vibe Apparel + Groceries Apparel. All of The Durham Originals tees are made to order by Groceries with organic and recycled materials.
Shop local markets, such as The Patchwork Market, to find unique vintage, up-cycled and handmade gems.
Why wouldn’t you choose versatile, high quality pieces that can be worn over and over again? Higher quality may cost more on the front end but, with reduced consumption, how does the math work out on the back end? What do you really need? What is practical and comfortable? Does it fit well? Who is benefiting and who is suffering from my purchase?
Work your way through this checklist when you consider buying a thing, and you’ll have a major assist at staying true to your conscious, saving gobs of money and gaining some clarity from a life less cluttered with trends.
Further fast fashion reading.
PRACTICE WHAT YOU EAT
Be a part of the growing community of people cutting their carbon and water footprint in half by choosing one plant based meal per day (yes, this is possible, even with just with one meal - !). You’ll be one in a tribe of many who are saying “no thanks” to one of the top greenhouse gas emitting industries, the leading water consumer and polluter, animal agriculture.
The benefits of the v+ diet just keep adding up — by substituting meat and dairy with plant based options we can collectively steer the American diet away from being the number one driver of deforestation and cause of ocean dead zones, and towards one of compassion, health and a thriving Earth.
And to me, that is something to get excited about. What a huge opportunity we have to change the course of our culture and live our lives aligned with the health and wealth of ourselves and the Earth!