For as long as I can remember I have always had a deep connection to Mother Earth. As I got older I become more aware of the dire need to take care of her in my everyday. I believe little actions can have a great effect on her outcome. A quote I always come back to is, “We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children” - Native American Proverb. A wonderful truth that helps inspire me to continuously do better.
I by no means live a zero waste life. I indulge in the occasional smoothie from my local juice bar, buy from Amazon and get Earth unfriendly packaging, buy foods that come in a plastic container, but I am aware of what is necessary and keep trudging forward.
A few everyday, easy changes can have a positive outcome.
Swap out the grocery store bags for more eco-friendly reusable bags. Find at our local thrift store or buy new.
Eat local, organic and seasonal produce. My husband and I enjoy going to our Farmers Market on Thursday (bring our own bags) and loading up on a beautiful abundance of food. By supporting small farms we are helping the local economy, reducing carbon footprint of the food source and typically the food taste so much better!
Stop fast shopping. This means no longer partaking in trendy stores where their overseas employers aren’t paid a fair wage. This is a huge topic this is not often talked about but when we buy cheap, fast clothing the longevity is cut short and will most likely end up in a land fill. Plus, I no longer want to give my money where young kids are treated poorly and don’t get a fair pay.
No more straws. Say no at the restaurants and invest in metal or glass straws to use everyday at home. I swear our smoothies taste better when we use our metal straws.
The saying is true, “someone’s trash is another’s treasure.” Thrift or shop second hand when possible. It’s a more sustainable way to fill your home with beautiful belongings and to obtain a wardrobe that many others won’t know. I get more compliments on my thrifted scores than anything else.
While this all can be an adjustment, making small changes now are needed for helping our Earth repair.