Give your Body & Planet the LOVE it Deserves {tips & resources}

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.

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new love logoMy 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 want to get more out of your walk or run? Go off roading! You're going to be bringing new movement into your body simply by the small (yet undernourished) movements you experience with walking on dirt, grass, even the edge of the curb. Give your body the variety it deserves. While I was walking Mosman the Beast, I kept my hands free with my Stash It - Convertible Tote (it folds into the size of an orange).

Do you want to get more out of your walk or run? Go off roading! You’re going to be bringing new movement into your body simply by the small (yet undernourished) movements you experience with walking on dirt, grass, even the edge of the curb. Give your body the variety it deserves. While I was walking Mosman the Beast, I kept my hands free with my Stash It – Convertible Tote (it folds into the size of an orange).

Take this insulated Lunch Munch - Lunch Cooler on the plane, to school, work, or even for a day out running errands. No joke, this is my go-to snack pack transport. If you know me, I like to be prepared...if I'm going to be anywhere for longer than 2 hours, I'll be bringing some nutrients along for the ride.

Take this insulated Lunch Munch – Lunch Cooler on the plane, to school, work, or even for a day out running errands. No joke, this is my go-to snack pack transport. If you know me, I like to be prepared…if I’m going to be anywhere for longer than 2 hours, I’ll be bringing some nutrients along for the ride.

What can you bring on a plane for a 5+ hour flight? How about some organic arugula, an entire avocado, our Happy Dough, nuts galore, teas, and then some. I highly recommend bringing some extra greens along for your flights. This way you can buy a salad in the airport and then add your extra greens to it (especially the nutrient dense and filling avocado).

What can you bring on a plane for a 5+ hour flight? How about some organic arugula, an entire avocado, our Happy Dough, nuts galore, teas, and then some. I highly recommend bringing some extra greens along for your flights. This way you can buy a salad in the airport and then add your extra greens to it (especially the nutrient dense and filling avocado). Love Bag: Lunch Munch – Lunch Cooler.

How should you carry things? Well, there are different trains of thought on this one. First off, if carry bags the same way all the time, you're going to overuse something somewhere (this is not a good thing). You want to make sure you balance out your body. With that said, I appreciate the more global perspective of placing items on your head (I'm using the Stash It bag both on my head and on my back...we had quite a load walking back from the grocery store). I kid you not, my arms and body were tired after walking a block. Why? Because I wasn't used to balancing something on top of my head. You use your entire body to do this! If you want a "workout", try carrying a bag on top of your head. Better yet, do it off road. PLEASE be progressive here. I'm not saying go pick up a 50 lbs weight and put it on your head. If you want a real test...start by first by lifting your arms overhead like you're carrying a bag and see how long you can do this for. Then add weight slowly but surely.

How should you carry things? Well, there are different trains of thought on this one. First off, if you carry bags the same way all the time, you’re going to overuse something somewhere (this is not a good thing). You want to make sure you balance out your body. With that said, I appreciate the more global perspective of placing items on your head (I’m using the Stash It bag both on my head and on my back…we had quite a load walking back from the grocery store).
I kid you not, my arms and body were tired after walking a block. Why? Because I wasn’t used to balancing something on top of my head. You use your entire body to do this! If you want a “workout”, try carrying a bag on top of your head. Better yet, do it off road. PLEASE be progressive here. I’m not saying go pick up a 50 lb weight and put it on your head. If you want a real test…start first by lifting your arms overhead like you’re carrying a bag and see how long you can do this for. Then add weight slowly but surely.

Apparently you can stash 3 wine bottles on the outside of the vibrant (and ridiculously strong) bag. We use this bag for day or weekend trips. It stays upright, making it user-friendly for beach days, too.

Apparently you can stash 3 wine bottles on the outside of this vibrant (and ridiculously strong) bag. We use the Trio Tote for day or weekend trips. It stays upright, making it user-friendly for beach days, too.

Ready for a picnic? Lunch date? This insulated thermal cooler is 1 part of 3, the "Chill Set". We visited the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano for some solid eco-education...and of course stayed for a picnic lunch.

Ready for a picnic? Lunch date? This insulated thermal cooler is part 1 of 3, the “Chill Set”. We visited The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano for some solid eco-education…and of course stayed for a picnic lunch.

 

Do you like my bananas? They're quite handy for creating a thicker consistency for our breakfast smoothie. Anyhoo, I'm using the Stash It - Convertible Tote to pack in 35 pounds of groceries (yes, 35 pounds...I tested it with wine bottles...and other healthy things, of course).

Do you like my bananas? They’re quite handy for creating a thicker consistency for our breakfast smoothie. Anyhoo, I’m using the Stash It – Convertible Tote to pack in 35 pounds of groceries (yes, 35 pounds…I tested it with wine bottles…and other healthy things, of course).

I'm Hipp love bag

If you didn’t know, I’m quite keen on hippos…my maiden name is HIPP. According to the Greeks, I guess I’m also quite keen on horses. Anyhoo, these Mary Jute bags are crazy fun and handy for gift bags. We used these and the Dottie Tote bags for family Christmas presents. Now our family can reuse their own gift bags. Who doesn’t want to be HIP(P)!?

One backpack. One cooler. One big bag. These are my handy dandy satchels for cross-country travel. The Lunch Munch - Lunch Cooler, Stash It - Convertible Tote and Stash It Backpack. These are SO handy for you, kids, friends, family. I took these to the pool when I'd coach for the Olympic Development Program across the country. What do I love about them? They're light in weight yet extremely strong and durable. And like I said, happy and colorful. Did you know some of these bags are made of recycled plastic bottles? Word.

One backpack. One cooler. One big bag. These are my handy dandy satchels for cross-country travel. The Lunch Munch – Lunch Cooler, Stash It – Convertible Tote and Stash It Backpack. These are SO handy for you, kids, friends, and family. I took these to the pool when I’d coach for the Olympic Development Program across the country. What do I love about them? They’re light in weight yet extremely strong and durable. And like I said, happy and colorful. Did you know some of these bags are made of recycled plastic bottles? Word.

An insulated cooler on the bottom, a beach bag on top. Where would you take a dual-purpose bag like this?

I’m still itching to try out this Beach Time Cooler. I can imagine it would end up being a handy dandy bag to transport your cold salad and drinks plus your beach towel, sunscreen and favorite book. Hmm, I guess it’s time to get some more bags.

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!

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