Trying to incorporate sustainable practices into your life can be difficult if you go full force and try to make a bunch of changes fast. Many people making small changes is the most effective way to make these practices become routine and effective.
I began wanting to become more sustainable once I began learning the harsh impact of the simplest decisions I was making on a daily basis. For example, plastic water bottles can take up to 100 years to decompose and thorughout the process can spread harmful chemicals into our drinking water, animal habitats, & the soil our food grows in.
Once learning more about the impact of plastic water bottles I knew I had to make a change in order to benefit our world. I purchased a reusable water bottle and have not looked back since. Of course here and there I forget it at home, but nobody expects you to be perfectly sustainable. It's about making small decisions that can slowly turn into lifestyles or habits and most importantly, inspire & inform others. Having a reusable water bottle also makes drinking water easier and more accessible, helping you live a healthier life.
Reusable Water Bottles
Another simple change is weaving out plastic products. This may seem impossible but once you do your research and become intentional with your purchases, you'll notice the many things that are available plastic free.
Plastic bags are so 2020, such a simple decision can make such a large impact on our environment. Obviously the best option is a reusable bag which I always carry in my purse and in my trunk, but sometimes you just forget. Opt to find small compact-able bags, leave a reminder on your phone, or just ask for a paper bag. I love to repurpose my paper bags into gift wrapping paper when I forget my reusable bags.
Compact Grocery Bags (perfect for your purse)
*OR be very sustainable & use what you have at home or make a bag out of old clothes and textiles**
Take a look into your bathroom and count the amount of products that are made out of plastic. It's basically unavoidable when you walk into a drugstore or any supermarket, everything from skin care, hair care, feminine products, cleaning supplies, and even oral care. I could go on for hours with the amount of products we could be converting to, but I'll keep it simple for now with my favorites.
Hair & Skin Care
Eco - Friendly Cleaning Supplies
EssentiallyHaven Essential Oil Cleaner
Once you begin to do the research and learn the impact of the simple little things that you had no idea about, will you really become intentional with your purchases. Eco - friendly products are much more abundant on places like Etsy, Thrive Market, Grove Collaborative, Made Trade, & BLK + GRN