You guys, the more I travel, the more I fall in love with our planet. Just in these past few months alone, seeing the piercing blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and it’s inhabitants, and the cliffs and uneven grounds that have formed in Ireland because of natural disasters and movement, I’m just in awe. We cannot re-create our natural landscape, no matter how hard we try.
That being said, I’ve been extra-conscious of my carbon footprint. Now by no means will you find me recycling everything properly or being sustainable 24/7, but I really am trying. I’ve noticed for me, the easiest way to go about making a long-term change is to start small. I’d like to make this a regular conversation here, every now and then adding simple ways we can help our planet. If you’ve got any suggestions, leave them below, but first let’s start with plastic elimination. I’ve always tried to minimize my plastic…use? but have been way more on top of that goal now.
Reusable shopping bags and tote bags
Everyone talks about this, I know. But it’s really a good one! Planet aside, think of the convenience: if you’re someone who has to walk blocks to complete errands, these even actually hold up better and are easier to manipulate!
This one is a little more tricky when you’re walking or driving, but if you trust yourself, next time your order a to-go beverage, skip the lid. Imagine the decrease in plastic if we all did this! Along these lines, keep a real set of cutlery, plate, glass, mug and bowl in your office. You may have to wash them, but that’s better than throwing all of that stuff out multiple times a week.
PS. you see a lid in the image above because I was driving. As a New Yorker, I drive maybe eight times a year and definitely don’t trust myself behind someone else’s wheel with a lidless (orange) drink!
Stainless steel straws
When Eco at Heart reached out to me about trying their new reusable stainless steel straws, I was so happy. The straws are a little bit thick, so they’re great for smoothies and specialty beverages, and they’re also very easy to clean. They come in a pack of five and are light as a feather. I keep one in my bag that way if I buy a juice or coffee out, I can stick that in instead of grabbing a plastic one. And no, they do not make your drink taste like metal…I worried about that too at first.
So let’s start there, let’s work together on this. Three baby steps towards a better environment, which we can continuously add to. If you’re feeling like you can handle more now, join Martha Stewart’s monthly pledges, where she encourages different acts of sustainability. Currently, her ask is that you replace all of your regular light bulbs with LED ones to save energy. Will you?
Special thanks to Eco at Heart for the straws!