What do you care about? Aside from your relationships (like friends and family) and your religion, what causes make you itch?
For me, it’s hard to decide on just one cause. I care so deeply about many issues.
You see, I cannot take on all the causes that my heart bleeds for. I cannot fight all the battles for Women’s Rights and the fight for equality. I do not want to fight all the political battles, blasting my beliefs till the cows come home. I cannot single-handily pick out the chunks of plastic from the ocean till it’s free and clear. I cannot rescue all the unloved pit bulls, I cannot save all the elephants.
And finally, I cannot talk about it but not be about it.
I may be a hippy but I am definitely not a hypocrite.
I can do something.
I’m not the kind of person who focuses on what I can’t do. In fact, I feel empowered to do anything and everything I set my mind to. But I have lost focus of the day-to-day action that I can be taking. I am someone who’s behavior matches their beliefs and I want to live my life deliberately with a loving intention.
I can do a lot of little things which can add up to a lifetime of something.
I’ve done some research and I’ve come to understand that it’s about damn time I implement more sustainable strategies into my home, which will then flow into the rest of my life.
It’s been a long time since I got rid of plastic bags at the grocery store and replaced with reusable bags and I gave up using plastic water bottles ages ago. But that’s not enough. Enough is knowing in my soul that I’ve done my best to reduce waste, recycle and reuse. Enough is swapping unsustainable habits for more environment friendly habits. There is SO MUCH that I can do, and it’s all practical, too.
Here’s a short list of changes I am making in my household:
- Bathroom: biodegradable floss, bamboo toothbrushes, bar soap instead of body wash, environment friendly products or simply homemade products. As many women know, feminine hygiene products are terrible for the environment and highly wasteful, so I also finally purchased my first period cup.
- Kitchen: Paperless, meaning no paper towels, napkins or Swiffer pads. I’ll replace these with cloth. I purchased stainless steel straws to replace any plastic ones we may have and I will keep one in my purse to have on the go. I’ll use up the toxic products I have and then replace them with low-key natural cleaners. I will get rid of the plastics storage containers in my house and re-purpose them for crafts and organization, but no more using plastic Tupperware to store food.
- Waste reduced shopping: reusable grocery and produce bags, buying in bulk, avoiding plastics
- In addition, I will continue recycling and composting and consuming a %90 plant based diet.
My plan is to use up what I have (like paper towels and products) and then as I move forward, I will only buy products that are kind to the earth and don’t test on animals.
It’s in all the little ways I live my life that I can make a difference.
It’s in our awareness that we find who we really are and where our integrity lies.
Wish me luck as I make these many small changes. I am on my way to living a life truest to my heart.
Got any tips or tricks on living a more sustainable, cruelty free life? Send them my way!