Good morning everyone!! OK, I’m typically the crappiest NYE resolution person ever. I don’t know why but I find that I am a person that really struggles with breaking habits. But lately, I’ve been so jacked on “knowing better and doing better” and starting really being SO passionate about small changes and feeling so proud of myself … and I realized that after almost a month into 2018 I have consistently and successfully STUCK with some of my resolutions! They may be small for you but for me, these are habits that I have been carrying with me for YEARS and knowing that I have made these changes makes me so proud (queue patting self on back … lol)!!
If you checked out my resolutions for 2018 you’ll know that my 5 goals for 2018 were …
- Reduce my waste
- Continue to work on my plant-based lifestyle
- Refine my schedule
- Up my fitness game
- Drink more water
I have to admit … I think I’m doing a pretty stand-up job on all 5 of my goals … the only one that isn’t going AS well as I had hoped is upping my fitness game but I think that has to do with being away in Mexico for an entire week (and eating copious amounts of chips and guac!) and then taking off to Vancouver for a busy work trip!! Once I get back home though I’ll be able to step that up again as Leo, Nacho and I are overdue for some walks in the field behind our house … and pulling that little sled is more of a workout than you think it would be!! LOL!! Then there is the goal that I think I’m most passionate and excited about right now and that’s working towards reducing my waste! While at first, this felt like it would be a daunting task, I’ve managed to break it down into 6 small daily changes that make a HUGE impact on the waste brought in and out of our house … and today I thought I would share these with you!
1. Reusable Grocery Bags
Not only are plastic grocery bags bad for the environment but they also cost extra … so, why not help save the planet AND your bank account by using reusable grocery bags?? I actually LOVE using these so much more than the plastic or paper bags as I find they are much more sturdy and I can pack more in them! If you’re looking to purchase some for yourself I would suggest going for the ones with the hard bottoms!
2. Ditching the Bottled Drinks
I’ve been trying my best not to purchase bottled drinks or water and instead, I’ve been using my Starbucks tumbler, I bring it with me EVERYWHERE, I even brought it to Mexico with me! The one I have is 20oz which holds a ton of fluid so you don’t have to be filling it up constantly throughout the day AND by using my tumbler it’s also helping me drink more water, which was one of my resolutions! Win-win! One of the reasons WHY I love this tumbler, in particular, is because it has a straw, if I had to fumble with a lid I probably wouldn’t drink as much, I also prepared drinks, since I can get ice with one of the best coolers and ice chests I found online.
3. Saying No to Straws
Plastic straws are such a waste … and HORRIBLE for the wild animals! Have you seen that video circulating with the straw stuck in the Tortoises nose (if you want to see it, click here)?? UGH! Humans suck sometimes. ? Just think about how many you have used in your lifetime and how many of those straws you’ve thrown in the garbage!! Eeeppp!! The thought of this made me cringe so I stopped using disposable straws for smoothies at home and instead use acrylic reusable straws! I’ve also started asking for my drinks with no straws at restaurants!!
4. Doing More Research
Since the New Year, I’ve been doing so much research on sustainable and conscientious brands and lines of clothing and I really want to be able to bring awareness to some awesome brands this year who are doing some pretty amazing things. I’m also making sure to check in with myself and question if I really need something before making any purchases to see if it’s something I REALLY need or if I can live without it. I have to say, I’m not completely done with “fast fashion” brands, but instead, I’m going to be more selective on what I buy, purchasing less, and focussing on more versatile items that will last more than one season.
Some brands I’m really excited to check out further are:
5. Buying in Bulk
I’m a little obsessed with Bulk Barn these days because I loooove the fact that you can buy everything in bigger quantities AND you can also bring your own reusable container to fill!! I go there FIRST and try to fulfill my grocery list as much as possible and THEN hit the grocery store… the amount of packaging and money saved is so exciting!
6. Accepting Less Packaging
We get so many packages sent to our house on the daily and I’m obviously so thankful for the gifts and the opportunity to try new products and brands … but I noticed that some companies use A LOT of packaging, particularly if they’re for an influencer campaign, but sadly it impresses me less as I find it so wasteful so I’ve started asking companies ahead of time to try and reduce their packaging before sending us items if possible.
Do you have any tips or tricks for reducing the waste in your home?? If so, share them with me!! I want to see what other changes I can introduce into our home!!