If I haven’t yet convinced you via my stories that picking up trash is actually a very cool thing to do… then join me Easter Monday and I will show you in person!😏😏
I will be hosting an Earth Day clean up in the Inglewood community (details below). If you’re like wow sounds so fun April but dang that’s too far away or not a good time - no worries there are more cleanups happening! Check out @plasticfreeyyc’s website for more.
Meet outside of Pearce Estate Park (in front of Stax Cycle Club) next Monday April 22 6:00-7:30pm, bring gloves if you want and I will bring garbage bags.
Photography by my hubs: @colehoffort
“Swipe up” to shop.
I followed a blogger who everyday shared in her insta stories new items (clothes, cosmetics, decor etc) to buy. No real curation or how to - just whatever the sponsors would provide a share on. I bought into it because of that beautiful feed. So carefully put together, with professional photography and glamor shots, why wouldn't I want to buy the things that make me look like her?
After recognizing this and modifying who I follow I now am of the mindset that it’s way more glamorous to show me how to style a sweater 12 different ways than the #ootd sales pitch.
Today I encourage you to create a feed that makes you feel good, and inspires you. People and businesses that share powerful messages and show images of what real life is like not the #instalife.
Is there a person, or account that makes you want to be #yourbestself? Let them know 👇🏻
When switching to a more sustainable alternative I look at two primary things:
1. What is the environmental impact?
2. How easy is the switch?
Here are three examples,
🤙🏻 the bar soap eliminates about a dozen plastic hand pump containers per year, is a good price and easily accessible
🤘🏻 the razor eliminates about 18 disposable heads per year plus the packaging they come in, it is a better price and better shave
✌🏻the face tint is a product I have not swapped for better packaging, I would use about two of these tubes a year and finding a new tinted moisturizer with sunscreen is not an easy feat.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, or maybe don’t know where to start these are two questions you can ask yourself when making purchases or product changes.
Plastic really is an amazing invention. It can provide water to people without access, has completely transformed innovation in the medical industry, and drastically improved vehicle safety. The sports we play utilize plastic gear like helmets, and the electronics we love - oh yes, plastic.
Plastic does not have to be bad, it has incredible life changing applications. Unfortunately, instead of using it only where truly necessary we have taken advantage of and exploited this commodity.
Today let’s shine light on the many possibilities plastics have allowed while also recognizing the areas in which we have stepped beyond our intrinsic needs in the tradeoff for convenience and disposal.
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!👇🏻