I am obsessed with documentaries! I love cooking ones, historical ones, photography ones, and anything that makes me genuinely think.
Consuming food, buying stuff, or needing the next fashion trend for the cheapest price. But what are you actually putting in your body? Who began the idea that you need a coffee table or a tv stand? Do you actually know who made your clothes or where they came from?
These documentaries really changed my thought process from what I want, to what I actually need. What's actually necessary for my health, what's necessary to put in my house, or how many clothes does a person need to have before it's ridiculous? What simple steps can I start to take in my day-to-day that can genuinely make a difference?
1) Paper products.
Q tips? Paper towels? Paper plates? Cotton balls? Plastic silverware? Grocery bags? I started keeping track of how many times I actually used "disposable" products that just ended up in the trash. I've been washing dishes more regularly, which has allowed me to not purchase plastic dining ware. I also started to wash dishes differently, conserving water as much as possible(sink full of hot water, add soap, add dishes, scrub, rinse, dry). Instead of needing grocery bags, I started bringing my own canvas ones to the store if I remember. Not only do they give you a few cents off for bringing your own bag, but then nothing goes to waste. I use rags for cleaning instead of paper towels as well, so that cuts back immensely!
It's truly not overrated. With how many recyclable items we go through on a daily basis, it was a no-brainer. There is absolutely no reason to not recycle! Check with your county about their pricing. Sometimes, it is a free service that comes with your normal trash pick up.
I wrote a blog about 4 shower hacks that have saved us a ton of money while conserving resources! Read it here . We go waste plastic razors, shampoo bottles, body wash containers, and even loofa’s! Take the steps to simplify your hygiene routine and reduce waste.
Also, deodorant. Did you know that there is a warning on most deodorants to call poison control if your children come into contact?
This is something that you’re putting on your armpits EVERY DAY, yet if our kids come into contact with it, it’s poison. Why would you swipe poison on sensitive skin that seeps into your bloodstream, and also happens to be right next to your heart on the right side?!
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In January of 2017, Corey and I began eating a plant based diet. We were extremely conscious of what we were consuming and just started with buying produce. If it came from the ground, we bought it. It also opened our world to farmer's markets, vegan restaurants, and checking the label. If we couldn't pronounce an ingredient, we didn't buy the product. We also began buying organic, and we could afford it! Not worrying about buying pounds and pounds of meat allowed us to balance out our grocery budget to buy quality produce. So far, Corey has lost 22 pounds, and I've consistently stayed at the weight I was my senior year in high school. I have raised Lenni on a plant-based diet, and have been able to completely avoid processed food. She just had her 2-year-old check up and is strong and VERY healthy.
Before I try to convince you on minimizing your wardrobe, or knowing #whomadeyourclothes, take time out of your day to watch The True Cost. This documentary is SO EYE OPENING.
If you’ve a business say that they have an “ethical standard” or are fair trade, that is IMPORTANT. It means that they have sourced their clothes from a company who pays fair wages and treats their employees well, or it is hand-made with organic or ethically-sourced fabrics or materials. These items are priced accordingly, so that everyone earns an income that pays for everyone’s hard work. The materials will last a lifetime and they are worth the investment.
The fashion industry has done a mind-blowing job of convincing the world that trends change quicker than seasons, and to keep up, you must continue to buy and follow along. But why sell yourself short?
Why not begin a trend of supporting local makers, or the person overseas who is working so hard to make your clothes? Why not invest in clothing that will last, vs cheap, chemical-based materials? Did you know polyester is not even a real fabric?
For my favorite ethically sourced brands, follow my Pinterest
Time crunch and financial crunch? Buy used! There are SO many thrift stores/op shops with incredible prices. Go to your local Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet and sell the clothes you do not wear anymore. Any Poshmark users out there? That app is a lottery ticket for great, used fashion at a majorly discounted price. For $5 off use this code: UKPFV
Making small changes to your wasteful habits has a HUGE impact on the beautiful world we live in. We are a part of a generation and a society that buys into the hype. Whether it's the latest diet, daily-changing fashion trends, or one-click shopping, we have developed habits of careless waste.
Do your research. Understand what you're buying, why you're buying it, and who it affects. What are you feeding your kids? What are you feeding YOURSELF? What are you putting on your skin?Who made your clothes? Can I reuse this? Can I recycle this?
Be the change! Take the steps now to live simply clean.