#SustainabilityWednesday: Simple Ways to Adopt a More Earth Friendly Lifestyle (Part 3)
There are certain things I took for granted as a child that spent a lot of time with their grandparents. As depression era African-American children, they learned at an early age about what it meant to ration and save. For example, my grandmother cooked everyday. Until she got older, it was a real special treat (normally from my uncle) for me to have McDonald’s. If she overcooked, she saved leftovers. At the end of the week, if those leftovers weren’t eaten, they became a stew. It was then saved for leftovers again until there was none left.
You see, a lot of our relatives learned a very valuable lesson at an early age. We have got to be good stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to us. We have one earth. And while it’s pretty good at bouncing back from disaster, why should we test its limits? There was a Native American phrase I recently read. It said “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” Actually we do both. We receive the earth in our youth and pass the baton to our children. We’ve got to be diligent about developing habits of sustainability that can be passed from one generation to the next.
If you’ve been following along with our #SustainabilityWednesday blog posts, you know that we’ve been covering some basic things you can do to adopt a more earth friendly lifestyle (I’ll make sure to link to the previous two posts at the bottom of this one). Let some of these tips be the catalyst that starts a life of sustainability and renewal that can be passed on for generations to come.
Tip #7: Shop mindfully. Make all of your purchases second (and third) hand.
Before I started working for my church’s resale store, I never shopped secondhand. I had this preconceived notion that everything sold in thrift stores was junk. But if you plan out your purchases, and shop from a selection of secondhand places, you can find almost everything you need below price. And not everything is used. People do donate new pieces! However, make sure your purchases are mindful and thought out. You can find such good deals that it’s easy to over-consume (and wreck your budget).
Tip #8: Watch what you eat and don’t waste it.
I am a die hard meat fan. So I’m never going to tell you not to eat meat. But tons of meat produces tons of meat/body gas (real technical) and even our farts account for the changes in our atmosphere. Try throwing in some healthy veggies, and (like I’m trying to do) start watching your caloric intake. We don’t need a lot of fuel-just the right kind. If you’re making too much food and not eating it then the gases that are produced when you throw food in the trash affect us as well. By making these changes to our diet we’ll feel better and save the earth!
Tip #9: Substitute everyday products for eco-friendly options.
Anyone that’s ever read the ingredients on a bottle of cleaner or a tube of toothpaste can attest to the fact that we use a ton of chemicals in our products. But is all that really necessary? This is the area that I struggle in (that and the food) because I’m going to be honest with you-I have a real problem going natural on things like underarms and my counters. Because I really need to make sure they are fresh and clean. And have you smelled me when I forget deodorant? Believe me, you don’t want to know. But there has to be a better, more natural way to survive out there, shouldn’t it? The best way to find out what natural solutions will work for you is to try them. I started making toner for my son because chemical based ones did not work on his sensitive combo skin. I made our room and linen spray out of basic ingredients to keep from using so much air freshener. Figure out your starting point, do your research and try some things out. You’ll be surprised to find what works for you and your family.
Here are the links for Part 1 and Part 2 of the series. If you’re already journeying towards more earth-friendly living, let us know some of your tips. Email us at email@example.com and we'll create a list of the tips and tricks we receive. We’d love to try it out and pass it on! And for more information about our Fabric Recycling Program, click here. Talk to you soon!