Our world is full of disposable, single-use plastics. From the oceans and waterways, to the side of the road, to our local stores and even in our home it can often feel impossible to try and kick the plastic habit. However, there are a ton of reusable plastic alternatives that can help you weave this into your lifestyle one step at a time. Speaking from experience, I can personally attest to the fact that awareness is key and simple actions truly add up, but like so many things, the first step is often the hardest and biggest obstacle to overcome.
So, if you are looking to cut back, here are 5 of the best reusable plastic alternatives to single-use, disposable plastics used in your everyday life.
ONE DAY WITHOUT PLASTIC
SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2018
This Earth Day 2018 on Sunday, April 22nd join me and many others by going entirely plastic-free. Grab your reusable bags, mason jars, coffee tumblers and ditch the disposables, people! Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats to our environment and a problem that we absolutely have the power to solve. The number one thing to do? Stop using single-use plastics. I can’t think of a better time to start your new habit than on Earth Day.
To get you into the spirit and help you kick the habit, I’ve rounded up five plastic alternatives that you can start using right now. As a bonus, when you pledge you can be one of *TWO* lucky winners to snag a hat and tee from Recover or a backpack from Parkland. These two incredible brands are transforming recycled plastics into everyday products like apparel, bags and accessories. Check out this video from Parkland to learn more:
BAGS FROM BOTTLES from Parkland Design & Manufacturing on Vimeo.
Having sustainable habits and living an eco-friendly lifestyle is, like any endeavor, hard to do if you aren’t constantly learning new things. To stay updated, I have a roster of sustainability podcasts that focus on nearly every aspect of green living so that I’m always feeling inspired and motivated to keep going even when it gets hard.
Let’s be honest friends, sometimes you feel pretty alone in this thing (re: the girl in the corner freaking out over the styrofoam plates at a family dinner) and it helps to have likeminded people who are just as enthusiastic and passionate about these topics as you are. So, podcasts? Yeah, that’s a huge part of green living for me.
To get you started, I’ve rounded up the best sustainability podcasts with everything from story-driven narratives, interviews, to lighthearted conversations and advice, to the downright nerdy science that you need to know (my favorite).
If you’ve ever been to a bustling farmer’s market, tote bag in hand, and walked up and down the lanes past vendors with an abundance of fruits and veggies, handmade goods and food, you know that a community market is a special place.
To me, it’s become an essential part of my routine in which I can establish a greater connection to my food, the land it was grown on and the people who grow it — a relationship that has sadly faded into the background of sterilized produce and the fluorescent-lit aisles of a modern grocery store. When I don’t make it to the farmer’s market, food shopping becomes a completely different experience. Connecting food to faces is an undeniably powerful way to help us appreciate the love and hard work that goes into it and the process as a whole. Especially in today’s world, this is a vital connection that cannot be lost.
Homemade nut milks are surprisingly simple and straightforward to make. You can use virtually any nut and almost all of them are interchangeable, for instance, I’ve successfully made almond, hazelnut and cashew milk using this basic recipe. Read More
Here’s an important reminder: We live in an aquatic world.
About 71% of the earth is covered in water and 96.5% of that water is held by the oceans. That means more water than there is land — shocker, right? In this watery world, our health is intimately linked to the health of our oceans. The ocean and its inhabitants do a vital task of absorbing most of the CO2 in the atmosphere that we and other lifeforms can’t take in and turns it into oxygen, spreading around excess heat that would otherwise kill off most of the ecosystem and allow disease to spread.
As the atmosphere gets warmer (ahem, global warming) it’s more difficult for the ocean and marine life like coral and other plants to photosynthesize CO2. Thus, the ocean’s acidity levels rise and upsets an already fragile ecosystem that’s more necessary to the health and stability of the entire planet than we humans care to admit or even know. Read More
Here at The Basic Goods, I write, share and create all different kinds of content.
Whether it’s an interview, a DIY or a featured shop, each piece underscores the importance of making sustainable and conscious choices. That’s why I’m taking a moment to say that the heart and soul of this blog is all about taking action.
If you’re reading this, you most likely have the ability to make powerful and impactful decisions that affect the environment and other people — seen and unseen. But let’s be real, we can’t assume that homemade bread or buying a reusable water bottle will solve our most crucial problems. The real power of these everyday things lies in shifting our perspective and being willing to change . As Yvonne Chouinard says in his film, 180 degrees South, simple living is more complicated than living fast. Read More
Something I learned about myself in 2017 is that I do not like to (and cannot) sit still. For me, regular movement means I’m happier, healthier and feel more energized overall. However, I find myself sitting for long periods of time on the computer or traveling in a car way more than I’d like. After a while, things start to hurt, crankiness sets in and…well…it all goes downhill from there.
Maybe you can relate to this. Most of us do because as a sedentary culture, we are starved of the regular, nourishing movement that our bodies and minds need to be well. As a yoga instructor and lover of movement (motion is lotion! Is that weird? I’m sorry) I prefer to do a few easy and rejuvenating poses at home or in private to tune things up.
The poses below are simple, accessible and go a long way if you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes to be on your mat. Since the holidays have just come to a close, chances are you feel a bit burnt out and tight like I do right now. So, hopefully you’ll appreciate the simplicity of these poses. Remember to focus on your breath and meet yourself where you are. There’s no need to try and change a thing. Just breathe.
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Can I be totally honest with you? I have some really cool friends.
The kind of friends who have an impeccable eye for style and design and carry around vintage shopping secrets so good that they can’t even tell you. They are the kind of friends who oh-so casually run an amazing vintage and handcrafted shop with products that people at Urban Outfitters would die to get their hands on, plus, they are just the loveliest humans on the planet. Sigh.
So, you can only imagine how delighted I am to have Amanda and Stephanie of Sojourn sharing their holiday picks on The Basic Goods (very) and before I give them the floor, a note about vintage.
Oh, the holidays. Whether or not you are excited by this season, one thing is certain, it moves fast. Despite my best efforts to slow down, I typically find myself drowning in a sea of wrapping paper, gift receipts and Christmas cards that leave me feeling a little ill about the amount of waste created — and, let’s be real — money spent (will I ever learn?).
This year, I’m planning ahead by embracing the chaos and getting creative. Throughout the month, I’ll be posting some of the best eco-friendly solutions and gifts that make an impact but since it’s the holidays, this will be some extra-special content (think: giveaways, giftables + more) that I hope you will use, love and share with others. Read More