Week Three: Drowning in Plastic

I was in Walmart for the first time since embarking on this Zero Waste Journey; I felt like I was in The Twilight Zone (intro music plays…) with aisles and aisles stocked from floor to ceiling with plastic cups, coolers, straws and crafts. I must make a choice. A choice between trying to help planet earth and reduce waste long term or to serve myself out of convenience by continuing to use the toxic plastics surrounding me.

Almost everything we consume is encased in plastic. If not a plastic bottle then a plastic wrap of some sort. It seems the “stop sucking” movement has made an impact to stop the use of plastic straws. That’s fantastic! But, why stop there?

Stopping the use of plastic straws are just the beginning. We had to start somewhere though. So what’s next? Where do we go from here?

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Do we address shampoo bottles, milk jugs, Saran Wrap, zip loc bags, sneakers, Crocs, etc. The list of plastic products is infinite.

As I walk slower and slower through the aisles of Walmart, almost in a zombie like state, I am drowning in this vast sea of plastic products. I am second guessing product choices and looking at plastic cups in disgust because of the vision of an ocean overflowing with trash.

This is a challenge. Rather a battle over what and who to put first: Me, Myself and I or the generations after me including the health and well being of the planet and all of its ecosystems. Hmmm, when you write it down and put it that way, the choice is crystal clear.

It’s clear that we all need to be a little more selfless, be a little more aware of what we are consuming and have the courage to give up most of the plastics we are surrounded by.

Trying to go Zero Waste is definitely a journey. Sometimes a rough ride because it requires mental strength, persistence and willpower with a willingness to give up a lot of modern day conveniences.

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So You Think You Are Eating Pure Honey? Think Again!

Everyday on the news you hear about Salmonella Poisoning or Ecoli Bacteria or a reference about how unhealthy or unsafe certain foods are. However, have you heard of one of the largest food fraud cases in United Stated history? It centers around HONEY. That’s right, as simple as it may seem it’s not simple at all. It’s mind boggling; however, Some might not even care and shrug it off as, “it’s just honey”. That’s fine if you don’t use honey or ANYTHING honey products are used for.

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Let’s All Share Positive Energy

As Bloggers having social media accounts means taking the good with the bad. I have no room in my life for negativity. Do you block those people or let it roll?

I am making these little bundles for friends and family in hopes of bringing awareness and inspiration for others to rid their lives of plastic; even if it’s the small things.

Of course a follower got on my case inferring what’s the point, you’re throwing them away anyway! I think she missed the point.

I hope to bring awareness and inspiration to reduce the use of plastic.

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Journey to a Healthier Home: Week One

Week One: Today I am stepping back and looking at all of the things in my kitchen that are unhealthy for the environment. It seems like a mountain and I will never reach the top. I am committed. Committed to contributing to make a difference: It takes a village. One motivating factor is my daughter has been accepted to live in the Sustainable Dormitory on campus. We can support one another. There are several groups out there I am researching and will share once I have a chance to thoroughly investigate. However, what I have found is most of these groups are in the European Nation. I guess we are behind the times.

If you have any suggestions or ideas, please, please, please leave positive comments. Please join this journey for a healthier home and healther planet.

A few items I have purchased and are listed on the Zero Waste Home.

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It’s Time for a Zero Waste Home

Realistically having a zero waste home takes time and effort. It doesn’t happen overnight. But, little changes along the way can make a big difference. Join us to make an effort for healthier living and a healthier planet. This the Zero Waste Home is going to be a journey; join us!The first steps to setting up your zero waste home.

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