Zeroing In On Your Impact!
Do More and Be Better! This has always been my motto. Too many zero wasters concentrate on the amount of trash that they are producing to even think about other ways that they can help make a difference on our planet! I have attached some great posts that talk about environmental concerns, organizations that are striving to make our planet a better place, how to become a better citizen of mother earth, and so much more!
MENSTRUATION PRODUCTS AROUND THE WORLD!
The average person who menstruates will throw away 250 to 300 pounds of pads, plugs, and applicators in their lifetime. That’s a lot of plastic, chemicals, and other non-biodegradable products that are going into the landfill. Pads and tampons users are also more likely to get toxic shock syndrome and other bad infections from those chemicals and plastics. One of the first zero waste purchases I made was a menstrual cup! Menstrual cups are made out of grade A silicon and can be used for up to 10 years! There is zero chance of toxic shock syndrome and you can go up to 12 hours without having to change it, depending on your flow.
THE EVER EVOLVING DEBATE AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE!
We hear a bunch about climate change, global warming, and rising sea level; but do you know what these terms actually mean? Do you know where they originated? Do you know the different opinions and sides of this particular conversation? I seriously didn’t until a couple of months ago. After talking with a friend of mine and visiting a class on biodiversity, I realized that there was a ton of information about climate change that I didn’t know about. Now, I do believe that this is an important issue; but it’s important to note that many don’t believe this is an actual issue. To many, including myself, climate change is a problem that will set back our ability to help restore the natural balance in our planet. Leading to an increase in natural disasters, rising sea level, and other issues concerning our planet.
Why Some People Believe that Recycling is a Waste of Time- The Other side of the Argument
When I started my research on the other side of the Recycling Argument, all I found where articles that explained how people were either too lazy to clean the items and recycle properly or misinformed about how to recycle properly. However, I found an opinion piece in the New York times from October 2015, that explained a different story.
MY LIFE IN THE FAST FASHION INDUSTRY
“IF IT DOESN’T MATTER, GET RID OF IT.”- ANONYMOUS
Seems simple enough, right?! For the first 20 years of my life, I loved going shopping. I believed that clothes were an important part of my creativity and self-expression! My entire life, my parents would purchase clothes from Forever21, H&M, Zara, Gap, JCrew, and other Fast-fashion stores that allow them to purchase a bunch of clothes at a cheap price. I didn't see any issues with shopping this way because I had grown up thinking that cheaper was better.
THE ISSUE WITH "SUSTAINABLE" CLOTHING ITEMS
Second hand items are cheap and amazing for the environment. Unfortuantley, it can be difficult to find the diamond in the ruff of cheap polyester. Many have decided to purchase new items that are made out of organic cotton and bamboo. Are those sustainable options? Is it really organic? These type of questions have made me skeptical about purchasing items made out of organic cotton and bamboo. However, it's also very difficult sometimes to find items from thrift shops and second hand stores that aren't made out of polyester. What should we do?