So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the message I want to get out through my blog and YouTube. It’s really important for me to not just really be about beauty and other material type things, but I want to focus on lifestyle. The lifestyle that I have, and want. Over the past year or so I’ve been trying to find ways to be more environmentally friendly. As one young adult living paycheck to paycheck, it can be hard to think of what I can really do to help the environment, and for a while, I thought being environmentally friendly was all or nothing. Either you dedicate your whole life to being that way, or you do nothing. Over time though I’ve realized that the little things are important, especially when starting. It’s good to start with small practices, and then as those become habits, you can move forward with more. So here are some things I’ve done to become more environmentally friendly, and how you can too.
From plastic water bottle to reusable
Now a lot of people already do this but I think it’s important to emphasize. Up until about six months ago, I was an environmental asshole when it came to water bottles. I would buy huge 32-packs of waters and when I was done with the bottle, I would just throw it away instead of recycling it. This went on for a few years, and was mostly because while living in Florida, I refused to drink tap water because it’s really gross… When I moved back to NH, I knew the water was a lot better here, but I still couldn’t get myself to drink from taps, so I continued to use single water bottles. My boyfriend and I both did. We would go through a 32-pack of bottles in a week. They would be all over the apartment and we continued to not recycle. Eventually I started thinking about how bad that was, and just a waste of our money. Finally we decided to invest in reusable water bottles and a Brita pitcher. Like I said I know a lot of people already do this, but a lot don’t as well. For some people one water bottle might be enough, but for me personally, I have two because I like to have one while the other is being washed. I fill mine up every morning using the Brita pitcher, and I sometimes add fruit. If you don’t know about Brita pitchers, you fill it with water from the tap, and it goes through a filter before dripping into the actual pitcher, so your water comes out clean. You have no idea how much money this has saved my boyfriend and I, and now we never drink from plastic bottles. It’s a lot more environmentally friendly and makes me feel better about drinking so much water because that is so important.
Here’s kind of an obvious one, but it should be talked about. Some communities are forced to recycle, but some aren’t. For a while in our household we barely recycled. We would recycle big things like pizza boxes and milk cartons, but not the smaller stuff which is still important. We didn’t even have a designated box for recycling. One day after cleaning out a hall closet, I found a nice big box that I didn’t know what to do with. Then I thought ‘This would be a good recycling box.’ And thus, our household recycling bin was born. Now we load that box up with recycling and take it to the recycling bin once a week in our apartment complex. It makes me feel a lot better to know that now we’re taking the time to actually recycle. All you need is that one box to put the recycling in and you’ll do it without even thinking. All it takes is that first step.
Right now these two things may not seem like much, but like I said, start off small, and once those things become habits, you can move on to the next thing.
What I want to do next is research the companies I buy from and make sure they are not tested on animals, certified organic and fair trade products. This is a little bit bigger of a step as it requires a little more work, but I think it will be worth it. If major companies loose business due to not being more environmentally friendly and safe, they will have no choice but to move in that direction. I know I’m only one person, but if everyone started doing this, I could create a huge difference.
For vlogs and videos on this topic and more, check out my YouTube. I will be posting a video about this within the week. Thanks!