October 01, 2019
When people ask you what it means to be sustainable or if you are someone who cares for your environment...What are your first thoughts as to how you as an individual are taking initiative to be more sustainable?
First of all how many of you go to the grocery store and use plastic bags? If your a paper bag person, what do you end up doing with that “more sustainable choice”. I will always be imperfect so I can truly say that I am a paper bag person that does the very best I can do always bring my Eco-friendly totes to the store. If I forget them, which definitely happens then I do the best I can to get paper. If we need to clean out our compost toilet because we are on the road & need to be able to bag it to throw away then I get the plastic bag, but just now, during this exact moment...I ask myself why? Why do we use plastic bags to dispose our humanure waste that will naturally biodegrade? Well that's no more. Ok so from now on paper bags only. How many of you grab plastic bags for your produce? Firstly let me ask you why? For the transport back to your home? Because aren't they going in their plastic bag into another plastic bag, just to be taken out of all of their bags to be in your fridge? So again I ask, why wouldn't you just put them in a re-useable produce bag to go into your fridge? Its just a simple change of thought...ask yourself why do you really need this plastic bag? Aren't you just going to throw it away? Won't it just end up in a landfill after it's single use? What purpose can it really offer you? And why wouldn't a reusable bag offer you that same purpose?
Now when we recycle we give our paper bags new life putting them to work to create raised beds or keeping them as a folded reserve to be our “recycle bin” that holds cardboard bottles, tin cans, and plastic bottles (which I might have you know we are working on not using). Lets generalize recycle. A product is made. It is sold in a plastic, glass or metal container. A consumer purchases that product. It is consumed. It is disposed of, Recycled. This is where the journey of “waste” is in theory repurposed from its previous life into a new life. Its hard to believe that, that doesn't really happen as they say it does. I don't really want to dive deep into that, because I had a revelation when with friends just as of recent. Why wouldn't you “dispose” of your own waste, instead of consuming energy to dispose of waste elsewhere. So. Burn your cardboard in spiritual fires. Reuse your metal in gardening projects. And plastic...well use it in your home building project or fun DIY project. Who knows. You can reuse & dispose of your own waste without needing to consume energy to dispose waste. What a waste. This. Is. A. Dream. For. My. Future. Home. With that I ask...what do you re-use your "recycled" goods for and how do you dispose of them? I would love to have others share ideas so that we can take this opportunity to learn from each other.
I have, yes recently as you all know been expanding my apothecary line. That does mean that I am purchasing in bulk and creating product in bulk. I have been wanting to eliminate my use of short term use of products, that most of the time come in plastic containers. I have thoroughly enjoyed creating this line as it means that I am more resourceful to finding and using packaging that is sustainable and eco-friendly to our environment. In doing this I have found myself creating less waste in products that I purchase and more opportunity to reuse packaging. Im not saying you should all make your own products, because really that's not for everyone. I'm just saying be more aware of who your purchasing from...they create an impact on our world more than you might be led to belive.
Speaking of other companies and how contribute to the chain that leads back to where the product was produced...We are all consumers. Even the minimalist is a consumer. His mentality is simply that they are more selective in what it is they consume, and definitely not over-consuming by purchasing items that are "wanted", but more so that are "needed". Which is something we should value for all aspects of our life. Eating too much chocolate never feels good, but when we have that perfect amount when we can truly appreciate the chocolate...that's where its at, am I right? So. With that said, we all purchase from businesses, and lately its more so online. That means that we really need to be more aware of the energy trail that we are leaving behind with a simple click of a button ~ Purchase. Think of where that item came from. First from how it was made, what resources did they use, what labor was used, how did it get to its place where it is stored and from there shipped to its new owner once purchased? The impact of what you are buying, who you are buying from and where it is coming from is huge! Like HUGE! The trail of emissions just seemingly gets bigger and bigger. And so lately I have found myself being more aware of the people I buy from and where that product comes from, because it does impact our environment.
What ingredients do you use for your hair, body, house, home, dish washing & clothing washing….all that good stuff. Are you aware of what you are putting down the drain, into the septic system that in turn filters back into our earth, our home, our waterways, our soil, our bodies? Do you eat fruits and vegetables, do you wash them?! I can't remind you enough that as with the logo of recycling, the rhythmic shape of a circle, the saying, ‘What comes around goes around’ (maybe, or maybe not did Justin Timerlake revolutionize that slogan for the most badass song of his time, lol) Well...for my family and I, we are becoming increasingly aware of how the cycles of life, Real Life work. When we dispose of water it goes into our gray tank, we have the duty of dumping that water into land, onto a site that will reap the rewards from what we leave behind. Sharing an offering of gray water that doesn't cause harm to our earth is something that is beyond important. You want to be able to dump your water and have it benefit the land not poison it. We consume from the land. No more need be said.
When you live a lifestyle that requires much natural resources...You commute to work, your house that is thousands of square feet requires bountiful amounts of A/C & heat, at that point are you even considering your energy consumption? I question what strain you are putting on the resources that the earth is offering us, and if we all lived in the same capacity, how much longer would our planet thrive, really thrive? So. When I look at my life. We live in a bus and yes, some may argue that the amount of diesel fuel that we use is not sustainable, I would encourage you to look at what is sustainable about our lifestyle because I would strongly argue that our “waste” & "consumption" of energy is far less than what it was when we were living in our traditional home. We regulate our waste and dispose of it ourselves, that means that we constantly try not to create it. Its a chore to create "waste" that we have to dispose of. It means that the energy that we obtain from our solar panels is monitored and that we are aware of what we have that's “on”. Our phones, computers, lights, fans, sink faucet, shower, hot water heater, fridge, we know it's on and turn it off when we don't need it. Yes, we use propane, but because we are aware of our quantity on hand we use it sparingly. Our water is 100 gallons at a time. You learn what a “short” shower really is when you live with that amount of water on hand. Your grateful for the days your fridge is cold because the sun was shining on your solar panels. You truly honor having A/C running because you likely need to use grid power and realize its' true cost. Finding blogs & other resources can be super handy, so here's one to enjoy: Less is Meera
Lastly what you are wearing. What are you currently wearing? Did you get it for a steal? By that I mean at a thrift or vintage store? Or did you get it from a Zara or a big box shop that has quick style turn around, lots of waste, pollution into our waters, poor labor and just all around bad clothing for not only the environment, but our skin? Man this is such a big point, I am just going to leave you with this, the side of the fashion industry that no one wants you to know about, talk about or be aware of. Let us together change the way we think about clothing...
I ask you to question your daily habits, rituals, favored businesses, consumer habits and routines. What are you doing to be more sustainable? Share them below, because we can never stop learning from each other to break away from our bad habits.
Be well beautiful Moon.Children. And always remember that though we may be far, we are all close. Mother Earth is our Keeper. We are all rooted to her. Treat her well and seeds will bloom into beautiful Flowers’ of Life.
October 02, 2019
Thank you for the blog! I moved to Argentina two years ago. It’s been a dream of mine to live in South America. Coming from northern California though ( and 57 acres in the redwoods with natural springs), I didn’t imagine the difficulty in the…how shall we say, ecological transition that life has given me here. Trash is everywhere. Forget recycling, that’s a joke. The only way I can ensure that I my plastic doesn’t find its way to the Pacific is to use less of it. It’s a foreign concept here to bring reusable bags. Everyone uses plastic bags for everything. I politely decline and pull out my amazing burlap bags. I’ve recently been inspired to reuse my rice bags that come in a cloth small zipered bag, line it, and use them for spices I buy in bulk. I’ve done to terms with the fact that waste is everywhere here. The sustainable trend hasn’t caught on down here yet. The only thing I can really do is model what I believe in. So I dont buy bagged beans anymore, I buy them in bulk. I’m making my own natural house cleaning supplies. I’m starting with the city a group that meets once a month to swap clothing/house goods so we don’t have to buy more stuff at the stores. ( thrift stores aren’t a thing here… unfortunately). I’m trying to get back to my old way of life from when I lived in the forest and grew my own food, had chickens, etc. The day is coming, but until then while I rent and wait, I do what I can, model what I believe in, and speak up when appropriate. It’s all we can do really.
Preach it sistaaaaaa, yesssssss!
October 01, 2019
Fantastic blog! I love your heart felt thoughts on this which are my own as well.
I was just saying to my husband today that they are finally doing something about plastic bags at grocery stores but, what about the styrofoam. It’s still out there literally floating around and nothing seems to be done about it. . So,I really appreciate people like yourselves that see the problem and do their part in the world.
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. They are great ideas!
Absolutely loved the blog post! This is something I am truly becoming more and more passionate about each day for myself and my family, being a mommy of 3 is stressful in the thinking of world impact upon and what we do vice versa is a forefront for us we are the same imperfect creatures trying our best to be apart of the good and put back into the earth what it continues to provide us with!
Much love to you and the family from mine ❤️
Happy October 1st!!! I’ve recently been watching y’alls videos and I love them!!! I love y’alls lifestyle and The Big Red Pepper too!!!🚘 Very cool blog. I learned alot and it gave me something to think about. Keep up the good work!!! Take care and peace out. ☮️💖
Wonderful read, great information, Thank you soooo much!!!
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