Our modern way of life has grown into a culture of one-pump-chump items. By this, of course I refer to items that we use once and then discard, such as plastic bags, tissue paper, food packaging, you get the picture. I’m slowly but surely realizing these convenient and “pretty” items do not automatically translate to being healthier for myself, you or for our planet. In fact, I’m thinking it’s quite the opposite.
Have you ever kept track of everything you throw away in a single day? One day I decided to do this (by bringing awareness to this and thinking about it through the day, not by laying everything out – though I’m guessing that would be quite an impactful learning experience). A glass kombucha bottle, the plastic seal, the plastic top to the bottle, a plastic to-go cup for iced tea, a straw, LOTS of plastic bags for the farmer’s market, the plastic wrap on the outside of a coconut, the plastic container for spinach, and the list goes on. This is a lot of single-use-hoopla! While I’m grateful our city, Costa Mesa, sorts and recycles our trash, it still doesn’t change the fact that I am tossing a lot of items that are used once or maybe twice.
When we (as typical Americans – yes, I’m generalizing here) use foil, saran wrap, gift bags, wrapping paper, plastic baggies or other disposable items, we may reuse them once or twice, then toss them into a trash bin which gets emptied, and we never see it again. Yet just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there (in a landfill, seeping into the soil and local water source). Man, I’m getting deep…literally. Why do you think we do this? I’m guessing it’s because we feel like we have a seemingly endless abundance of these products. I know I’ve felt like this, “oh it’s okay, I’ll just buy another pack of 100 at Costco for three bucks” or “just go to Target and grab a $2 gift baggy with tissue paper”. Convenience makes life easy. No doubt about it.
Yet just because something is available, just because something is seemingly “easier”, should we go that route? Can we think of an alternative that puts less stress on our planet? Heck ya, my clever pants McGee! And it all starts with your package. No, I don’t mean that package in your clever pants. I mean your packaging – how you carry, store, pack and transport your lunch, clothes, groceries, birthday presents, picnic, beach day goodies, all of it.
My friend and fellow Pilates Instructor introduced me to the Costa Mesa based company, Love Bags, which I have now thoroughly tested, gifted and go figure, love. And now I’d like to introduce them to you (or perhaps you already fell in love?)
In my own nutshell, Love Bags are durable, colorful, multi-functional and happy satchels of awesomeness. I put these eco-fun puppies to the test on my daily adventures, Happy Dough deliveries and cross- country travels. And you can bet your inquisitive snazziness that I discovered both eco and body-friendly ways to share the love. Check out my tips below to feel better in your body, create cool gifts, and make a difference in our planet’s health. And yes, “even the smallest person can change the course of the future“. I hope this inspires you to discover your own ways to reduce your daily packaging waste, take care of your body and give your planet some good quality TLC. You both deserve it.
Do you have any tips to reducing waste, reusing products or recycling? Please share your favorites in the comments section below.
This is a cool opportunity to learn from each other!