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Monday, April 22, 2019

Earth Day

You may or may not know that I'm well on my way to becoming a hippie. I think that I may have already gone this way eventually (some of my favorite books have some heavy environmental themes, and let's be real, books are basically my best friends), but having a husband that is environmentally conscious enough to literally walk our recycling to the recycle bin (about a half mile away) when we lived in our apartment that didn't have recycling, would be enough to push just about anyone this direction. 

Whether you're a hippie or not, or whether or not you even believe in global warming, I think that we can all agree that there are some things that are better for the environment than others. I don't think caring about the environment means you have to stop living your life the way that you like to live your life, or that you have to make drastic changes. I do think that we can each tweak a few things to be a little better and small things add up. 

Here are some things you can consider to help the environment:

1. Learn what is actually recyclable.

2. Shop small/local/ethically/sustainably made.
3. Consider Cloth diapering (or even just following the recommendation on the box to empty the contents of your disposable diaper into the toilet).
4. Use Menstrual cups instead of tampons or Thinx underwear instead of pads. Here is a quiz to find out which kind of cup you might want to try.
5. Buy metal straws to use over and over.
6. Use reusable grocery sacks. Here is a link to those produce sacks it seems like everyone has.
7. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
8. Use environmentally safe cleaners such as Branch Basics or Supernatural Clean.
9. Buy from the bulk food section instead of prepackaged. 
10. Buy seasonal produce.
11. Walk more places and carpool or combine trips when you can.
12. Buy reusable food sacks instead of a single-use snack, sandwich, or freezer bags.
13. Buy organically grown food.
14. Buy items from thrift shops or goodwill whenever possible.
15. Be aware of any local or federal legislation concerning the environment. Vote. For whatever you believe. If you want to educate yourself about the issues or how we affect the environment, my husband found these links.
Debunking Global Warming Myths
How Businesses are Responsible for most of the harm
This Changes Everything Book
We have 11 years to change

Honestly, the biggest and best thing I think that we can each do for the environment is to shift our mentality. To think first of what will last longest, that we can get the most use out of, instead of just doing whatever is most convenient. I decided not too long ago that I was going to do my best to do what whatever was the best choice in a given situation, instead of what was most convenient. Would it be more convenient to just throw things away? Yes. Would it be the best choice? No. I don't think that you should beat yourself up for what you aren't doing. There's a lot that we aren't doing. There's a lot that I'm not doing. That's ok. I think that if we all pick one thing to change, it will make a difference. Once you've got that down and it's a normal part of your life, pick something else and add it to what you're already doing. I think you'll be surprised how easy it is once you've made the shift. So far, I am only currently emptying my baby's diapers into the toilet, and I bought a menstrual cup (which I never got the chance to use before I got pregnant). Everything else on the list is things I'm either working on or planning to work on. 

I am so grateful for this beautiful earth that I get to live on. I want to take good care of it, as well as I can at least, just like I want to take good care of my body. I hope you learned something today! I'd love to hear any other tips you have to help take better care of the earth! Drop them in the comments below :)

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