It's Earth Day today! Happy Earth Day, dear friends!
In honor of our planet, I thought I'd write a little something on sustainability and my journey to going green.
A little disclaimer, I know my lifestyle isn't perfect, but I am trying my very best to do my part and I always say it's a slow journey to a big lifestyle change. It's not something that just happens overnight.
I just want to show you what I've been currently doing and using in the hopes of doing my part and making Planet Earth a better place to live in.
🌱 Reusable utensils
I try to bring my own utensils so I don't have to use plastic ones when I eat at dining halls! I'm lucky that my schedule this quarter lets me eat lunch at home, but
🌱 Metal straw
I own two: a regular sized straw and one for bubble tea! When I'm in a situation where I forget my straw, I always remind the waiter at the restaurant to not give me one for my drink.
🌱 Reusable tumbler / cup
I. love. coffee. I really do. The least I can do to help the environment is to bring my own reusable cup whenever I buy coffee out. I own two: a yellow Starbucks cup that I also use for milk tea, and a spill-proof jug that I use when I'm busy getting to my classes!
🌱 Cloth facial squares
To replace disposable cotton pads! I made these myself with old cotton t-shirts. I also used old towels to make exfoliating pads!
🌱 Refillable face oil
I've started making my own skincare! For moisturizer, I usually make my own face oil blends with a carrier oil and essential oils. I've really saved on buying skincare products and honestly, it's been better on my skin too!
🌱 Bamboo toothbrush
I recently made the switch to a bamboo toothbrush and I'm glad because the wood will decompose once you're done with it!
🌱 Reusable shopping bag
This is possibly the easiest switch you can make. I carry around a bag with me all the time, just in case I do buy something. Plus, it's super neat cause you can fold it into a tiny little pouch so it doesn't take up too much space in your bag!
🌱 Mesh produce bag
I started bringing this to my grocery trips just to avoid using the little plastic baggies they have at the produce section.
🌱 Reusable cloth pads
Your periods can be disposable-free too, ladies! I've been using cloth pads since August of last year, and I'm so impressed with how much less my period waste is.
🌱 Shampoo bars
I have to admit, I was a little bit hesitant about shampoo bars at first because I've had experiences with natural shampoo where it just made my hair feel sticky and dry. Solution: apple cider vinegar rinse before using shampoo bars. It really helped the transition to natural shampoo. (And my hair is still soft and clean!)
🌱 Bar Soap
Instead of throwing away multiple bottles of body wash, a bar of soap works just as good and also contains less plastic! Also, I just feel cleaner when I use bar soaps. Is it just me?
That's my current sustainability kit! It's not perfect, and I still have a lot to learn, but I am very proud of myself for the choices I've made to make the world a better place! What are you doing for Mother Earth?
P.S. I also just uploaded a new Coffee Chat on my youtube channel! Go check it out! 💚