“Its time for us as a people to start making some changes, let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live, and let's change the way we treat each other." Tupak Shakur
He sure was onto something!
The reason why diets and challenges don’t seem to stick is because they’re meant to help change a behavior pattern and help start good habits. You may learn a thing or two about yourself while on those challenges but for the most part people seem to look forward to the end of them.
I want to introduce lifestyle changes that need to take time to adapt and get into habits into your life. Human behavior reacts positively to a change when it’s fun and easy. So below is a list that I'm working on myself. I’m making it fun and an adventure. Right now I’m researching shampoo/conditioner and dish soap bars. What I’m uncovering is the company’s that are producing them have the same morals, ethics and values that I share!
There’s no doubt we need to make changes and the internet is slowly connecting us together to change the tides. It’s just like the timing of the industrial revolution a small group of people got together soon after that and created The Sierra Club.
As Maya Angelo says, “Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better."
Let’s start the year by looking at the amount of plastic in our everyday life. Keeping in mind every piece of plastic ever made is STILL in existence!
We CAN turn the tides by making a conscious choice today and every day to use less plastic.
Prevent ~ Conserve ~ Educate ~ Remove
Here at Stand Up Paddle Girl we’re not perfect, we’re still learning and adopting new practices daily and hope this list of 45 tips will help inspire you to make a change!
We are all in this together and we can be a part of the solution! ♻️
Plant a veggie or fruit
Walk/ride bike instead of drive
Create recycle bins
Turn off lights
Shop second hand
Start a compost pile
Vegan day once a week
Replace disposable to reusable
Never use single use plastic bags
Buy organic /local farmers market
Pick up trash on your walks. Join the “Don’t pass it up, pick it up” Challenge
Electricity free hour
Share items with friends
Make your own cleaning products /or buy from a marker at your local Farmers Market
Dry clothes on a clothesline
Showers instead of baths
Use cardboard box from produce guy for fruits and vegetables, instead of single use bags
Buy from bulk bins bring your own bags or containers
Carry reusable shopping bags
Give up bottled water, sodas and other plastic bottled beverages
Carry reusable utensils and glass drinking straws
Carry a stainless steel travel mug or water bottle at all times for coffee and other drinks while out
When ordering pizza say no to the little plastic table in the middle of the pizza box.
Say NO to plastic produce bags.
Use loose leaf tea / ditch the tea bag
Say no to plastic cutlery
Ditch the cling wrap - Use natural beeswax coated cloth wraps instead of plastic cling film (I love ours, and we made our own using our favorite fabric)
Shop your local farmers market
Choose plastic free chewing gum
Clean with vinegar and water
Avoid anything with “polyethylene” listed as an ingredient.
Switch to bar soap
Use shampoo, conditioner and laundry detergent bars. I’m REALLY excited about this one! I found my source at the local Farmer’s Market.
Use plastic free/reef safe sunscreen! Always!!!
Make your own homemade yogurt, nut milk, snacks and energy bars.
Repair things when they break instead of buying a new one.
Make your own beeswax candles - They burn longer and clean the indoor air you breathe.
Seek out sustainable businesses. Get to know the business practices from the company’s you support. Are they making sustainable changes?
Let me know if I’ve missed anything, what your favorite is on the list, or something you’d like to try in the comments below!
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