Sustainability

Let’s Get Sustainable! Week 2

Welcome back! I hope your week was filled with great ideas and kindness. Sustainability and climate change was in the news a lot this week, so let us dive in and explore the niches of what the media outlets had to offer.

“How to Be a More Conscious Consumer, Even If You’re on a Budget;” The New York Times

“How to Be a More Conscious Consumer, Even If You’re on a Budget,” written by The New York Times, was the first article I stumbled upon. My favorite aspect of this article is how it clarifies that our dollars are our voice. This means, what items or companies we choose to buy from, we are invertedly supporting their values and how they run the company or make a particular product. I think that bringing attention to how impactful spending your money on sustainable companies can be is a real game-changer!

If a brand or company has the “Certified  B Corporations,” this means that B Lab, a non-profit company that measures a company’s practices based on ethics and sustainability. The Certified B label means that the company has had to think about how their actions would affect the environment, workers, customers, etc. Another tip they gave is to shop secondhand but to invest in quality pieces that will last for a long-time from ethical companies; getting rid of this throw-a-way culture that inhibits our society right now.

“Three Easy Ways To Make Your Herbal Tinctures Taste Better,” Ready Nutrition

Tinctures are an alternative to medicine; it is a concentrated liquid of herbs, usually taken orally. These are made by soaking the herb plant in alcohol and then straining the mixture, removing all plant parts, and leaving behind a concentrate. Tinctures are used orally in small doses because of how strong they are; however, tinctures are absorbed and digested easier than other forms due to eliminating the plant from the concoction. To consume it, you can put a drop in your favorite drink.

However, even with a small drop, this potent mixture may not taste the best. Ready Nutrition gave three great tips to cover the taste, which can be quite intense! The first one is to dilute it with sparkling water! The second is to add honey to it, and the last one is to add the tincture to your favorite cup of tea!

“One Thing You Can Do: Smarter Laundry,” The New York Times.

By switching to the cold water cycle, you can cut your household carbon emissions by 864 pounds a year, according to Energy Star Data. The average household carbon dioxide emissions from the laundry are about 179 million metric tons.

This data reminds me of the carbon footprint quizzes that are available online for the public to take. These quizzes example of how many earths there would need to be if everyone lived like you. The article points out such simple changes that you can make in your everyday life to contribute less to climate change. Another tip this article gave was to make sure you have a full load when drying clothes and to use dryer balls. Overall, I learned a lot by reading this article and am going to implement these tips into my life!

“‘Everywhere we looked’: Trillions of Microplastics Found in San Francisco Bay,” The Guardian.

These types of stories are the sad truth of what our lifestyles are doing to the environment. The San Francisco Bay has only one waterway into the ocean, much of the plastic that comes into the bay, get trapped!

Micro-plastics are fragments or debris from plastics that are identified by a laser. Some things that were found were bottle caps, cigarette butts, and pieces of plastic packaging. There is more plastic in our oceans than we can even see.

The cities near the bay are taking action to combat the massive amount of plastic filling up our oceans. The town, Berkeley, is committed to stopping the use of single-use plastic by next year, while another source in the article claims that implementing more rain gardens would also help the problem.

Another frightening aspect of this article is how they ask the question, What does the consumption of microplastics do to a human being? Keep this thought in the back of your mind when you are grabbing a plastic bag or a plastic Tupperware.

“3 Beginner Sustainability Changes To Set You Up For Success,” Ready Nutrition.

Many people think that to become sustainable; you need to make these drastic changes in your life, however; If you have ever dieted before, you know that cutting something out cold turkey never works for most people. A lot of small changes can add up and make an impact. Just remember that!

This article, I found perfect for beginners, who are looking to start a sustainable lifestyle. The three tips are easy to follow and straightforward. The first tip is to start a garden! This is such an easy thing to do, plus the benefit of growing fresh produce is fantastic. Starting a garden promotes a better relationship with food, a better understanding of the earth and environment, and lastly, is an excellent exercise/ time being outside!

The second tip the article talked about was being “Thrifty,” which means to live within your means. I think that in the culture we live in today, it is ubiquitous for people to ditch an item for the next best thing even though that item had been barely used! Good Will and Cherry Pickers are just some examples of great thrift stores in Menomonie, Wisconsin. However, thrifting is taking over (yay!), and now there are online thrifting sites, such as Mercari, Poshmark, and DePop.

The third tip is to support locally grown produce. The farmer’s market is always a fun place to go and explore, plus the fruits and veggies are usually cheaper and better quality!

Until next week!

Truly,

Grace

Hey! My name is Grace and I am just a college student, trying to figure out life one blog post at a time :)

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