Reading about global warming and climate change is daunting, and straight up scary.
It’s difficult to read those stories and not feel completely hopeless. Glaciers are melting, polar bears are dying, the coral reef will be no more, wildfires are burning, hurricanes are hitting, it’s never ending. Or so it seems.
Upon educating myself on the topics of climate change, I began doing research on ways my daily habits and life directly impacted that of the environment. And sadly, I realized that how I live my life isn’t that sustainable.
Merriam Webster Dictionary Definition of Sustainability:
“of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged”
- sustainable techniques
- sustainable agriculture
That being said, being a busy 20 something, I would and still sometimes, choose convenience. Instead of making 1 or 2 trips to the market/grocery story every week to buy organic and fresh produce, I would buy bulk food in plastic containers, once a week. Instead of filling up my Klean Kanteen waterbottle at work, I’d grab a plastic water bottle out of the fridge. Excuses are usually that I was “too busy” or “too broke”.
Well my “busy-ness” and “broke-ness” are creating a negative impact on the environment, and that’s something I want to change, and also share with you how I plan on doing just that.
Creating a Sustainable Life with Simple Swaps
I’ll be swapping out every day use items that aren’t sustainable for ones that are. I’m looking for smart strategies and items that are re-usable, decompostable, recyclable, and when possible- natural.
Here are some of the things I’ve been working on this month:
- Remembering to bring my Klean Kanteen water bottle, or Hydroflask tumblr every where I go, to avoid buying drinks that come in 1x use plastic bottles and 1x use cups. In addition, I’ve stopped used Keurig cups, and have stuck to brewing my own coffee in a French press (psst coffee grounds make for great compost 🙂 )
- Remembering my own grocery bags.
- Benefits: Less plastic used, fashionable item, and less money spent (In California, you have to pay extra to use a bag).
More on a sustainable life and simple swaps to come!
Also- the “featured image” is from this morning on the beach watching the Super Blue Blood Moon (holding said Hydroflask tumblr), and then witnessing another killer sunrise on the Pacific Ocean. Seeing nature showing off gives me an even bigger reason to help protect it.
Happy Why Wednesday, folks!
West Coast Katie