It’s like the wet bandits have flooded your house and someone hands you a solo cup to start digging yourself out - but wait, just turn the taps off. No company wants to step on toes so instead of real change they charge $0.05 for a plastic bag or give you a $0.10 discount for bringing your mug to the coffee shop.
Did you know that less than two percent of people bring reusable mugs to Starbucks? Instead simply offering ceramic mugs to those sitting in would have a much greater impact.
Or the plastic bag situation - has anyone considered that Costco has already figured this out? Or MEC who in 2008 stopped giving out single-use plastic bags, that’s about 3.4M bags a year.
There are so many examples like this where it’s good for the environment, profits, and building your brand. As much as moving in the right direction is good what we need is real impactful change by the companies we purchase from.
I do so many things to take care of my skin and maintain a healthy complexion but one area I seem to skip is cleaning my makeup brushes. Anyone else with me here? So if you’re into clean brushes and want to use ingredients you have in your kitchen cupboards, look no further.
Makeup Brush Cleaner:
-1/2 cup warm water
-2 tblsp vinegar
-1 tsp coconut oil
-A few drops tea tree oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, let the brushes soak for a few minutes and run under cold tap water squeezing the makeup out. As needed, wipe brushes on a cloth to assist in removing buildup.
And that’s it, happy cleaning!
Did you know that women are affected by climate change disproportionately?
Climate action is something we need to own equally, by every part of society. It is important for women to participate and the key is the level of participation - we show more concern for the environment, are more likely to support environmental policies, and vote for pro-environmental leaders.
Women need to be at the table if we are going to create a more resilient, sustainable future. We need equal representation by women, in leadership roles. So today, on #internationalwomensday let’s choose to be an ally to another woman, lift her up, and empower her.
Our fridge doesn’t keep food well. As in... we moved in and the large piece of glass that covers the two produce compartments was missing. SO we’ve come to learn how to grow, revive and keep food fresh!
A few tips:
🥕Asparagus, celery, carrots can chill in some water (on the counter or fridge)
🥬Leafy greens like to be washed, dried and stored in a container with a towel
🥦Limp/flexible cauliflower, broccoli, kale, lettuce, celery, carrots can all be given a bath and will perk right up
🌱Green onion bulbs placed in water will grow back very quickly
🥑Avocados can be ripened with a paper bag or slow the process by putting in the fridge
Now what I would like to know is, what are you ACTUALLY supposed to do with an onion once you’ve cut it open?!
Out on a run today and my thoughts were consumed by landfills. The more I thought about it the more obscene it seemed. Such an intelligent species we are yet we have created this system where the products we purchase have no end life built into their design so that the only option we have is to literally bury it in the earth.
Imagine if 100 years ago government put regulations on companies to make the producer responsible for the end-life of the manufactured goods. If it cannot be reused, repaired, rebuilt, resold, recycled or composted then it should be removed from production.
The good news is there are companies who believe in this end-of-life model and build their products with this same mindset. Tag a company who has designed their products with the environment in mind, I’ll start!👇🏻
Have you ever been at a hot destination maybe somewhere in central america, maybe Hawaii and found yourself soaking in the cool air conditioning at a… shopping mall?
I have. And it seems a bit wacky to me now that when among these gorgeous landscapes, beaches, hiking trails or given the time to spend with friends and family or connecting with ourselves - we still have such a strong push to consume.
In this month of #buynothingnew I have been tempted, “there’s a sale at x store!”, “do you want to window shop today?”. But one of the best ways to curb this is ask yourself:
💛What do I need?
Because almost always it is a want and not a need. And when you focus on your true needs you will find that you are already abundantly blessed and in a position of having rather than wanting.
To be honest, i’m a pretty stubborn person. So when I said I was done with plastics from the grocery store, I meant it. For the first couple shopping trips I did pretty good at this - the thing is I would only come home with half of what was on my list with most of it being produce. Can you say Kale Salad for dinner (again) haha?😅
Fast forward to now, we have got a system in place that allows us to fill the fridge by selecting plastic free produce, and our cupboards by refilling in bulk or choosing items that can be recycled rather than down-cycled (i.e. paper, glass, tin).
And one of the biggest things is recognizing that yes there is lots we can do today but our systems were designed poorly and to be completely waste free well - we need businesses to make their changes too.
The other day I made hummus, swapping out my store-bought hummus in plastic packaging for homemade stuff. Afterwards, I paused looking at my two pieces of recycling (one plastic, one tin) and I want to explain why one recyclable material is better than the other.
Downcycling: Each time we melt plastic it degrades to something of lesser value i.e. once or twice before it hits the landfill. Items like glass, steel, aluminum however can be recycled endlessly without losing value.
Purchasers: If we collect the plastics, this does not mean there is a buyer of them. It is often cheaper, and easier to use virgin plastics, as a result there is not a large demand for recycled plastics. On the other hand recycled steel/aluminum is a billion dollar market.
So while I have still created an equal amount of waste by quantity - these materials are far from equal in their impact.
The only reason any other woman from n e other group feel like they can fuk with us &/or come fa us is because our BLACK men made them feel that way! Men from other groups kno they can’t fuk with our men, even when the #bedwenchs do their thing they don’t tear our men down to the guy outside of our race‼️ My point is no one is fukin with us & we need to see the value in ourselves as well as each other 💯‼️
This is a serious topic, but I fell out when he did the white girl impersonation. 😂😭😭
But on a serious note, after The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad opened my eyes to the reality of this world and who we are as a people... I find it VERY HARD to sit through movies & tv shows, ESPECIALLY when white men or women are playing noble, righteous, tough or angelic roles. Because it is so far from reality that it doesn’t sit right with me. My wife gets frustrated with me while watching movies because I complain the whole time about the false propaganda in the movies and shows. I literally don’t watch tv unless I’m at someone else’s house.
I’m so happy @comediangodfrey is using his platform to speak straight FAAAAACTS!!! problack #melanin#blackexcellence#blackwomen#blackpower#abuse#blackqueen#blackgirlmagic#blackwoman#blackisbeautiful#kingpoopahh#africanunity#riseforchange#interracialcouple#biracialbabies#killermike#breakfastclub#fuckthe#swirllife#swirllife