Maybe its old age, maybe it’s my role as a parent, or maybe it’s my appreciation for true beauty that has made Earth Day more than just another day for me this year. I will admit that I was raised to not take the environment very seriously or really respect the beauty God has given us to enjoy. I have bought countless disposable clothing items, used more paper coffee mugs then I can count and spent hours commuting without even considering the negative footprint I’m leaving behind. Over the past couple years though, these issues have become more near and dear to my heart. Rather than looking at a massive problem and saying “it’s too big” I want to have hope that my generation will be the ones that find solutions to better set up the ones who will come after us. The beauty, freedom and inspiration we get to experience is such a privilege and today I’m going to share some simple ways to start small that can lead to big changes.
Re-think Your Ride:
When Ford approached me to test our their new CMax Energy to get a little greener in preparation for Earth Day, I was thrilled! It not only drove so smoothly, it also truly inspired me to re-think my daily choices and I loved not having to go pump gas into my car! It’s the perfect size for a city commuter and has a great amount of space if you are looking to car pool with others. Hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more popular making it easer to find charge stations and run completely off battery power. If biking is not an option for your work commute, maybe consider a hybrid for your next vehicle purchase.
Every year North Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags! SScientists estimate that every square mile of ocean contains about 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. The stats are crazy and there could be millions of blog posts written on just this subject and the damage it’s doing, but tonight lets focus on a solution.I have a habit of forgetting my reusable bags, so recently I purchased a back pack that fits a ton of groceries (I also put more bags inside of it) and I can throw it on my back while shopping with kids. I find if you love something you will use it more, so instead of just saying you will break that habit of using bags invest in something you love, you can reuse and will help you avoid bringing home more plastic.
Lets talk just Starbucks tonight…For now, we know that in their last annual reporting period, Starbucks likely used between 2.916 and 2.946 billion cups at their stores, or an average of 8,070,428 per day. For just a few seconds I want you to envision that insane amount of cups in your local city. These are easy things we can be changing, but we still drive through the convenient window every day and try to block out the weight of what these daily habits are having on our communities. I’m guilty of laziness and whats convenient rather than the best decision, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite re-usable water bottles and coffee mugs for you!
Reuse, Reduce and Shop Your Husbands (Roommates) Closet:
We believe in living with less, shopping local and thrifting from one another’s closest. Our landfills are filled with disposable clothing and the things we had to spend are money on and never wore. If you have never watched the documentary “The True Cost” I highly recommend it. This film really made me re-think my wardrobe and the pieces I’m investing in. I want to talk more on this topic and what some brands are doing to solution this problem, but lets talk about your husbands (Roommates) closet. Before you go and shop your little heart out for your new spring wardrobe, maybe take a walk to the opposite side of your closet. You will find the perfect oversized T shirts, comfy white button up you needed for the new pair of skinny jeans and that slouchy sweater you pinned is waiting over there as well. It takes 400 gallons of water to produce 1 cotton T-shirt….You probably don’t need it as bad as you think.
And last but not least!
Turn the lights off, go outside and enjoy the beauty around you.
Happy Earth Day ~~*