If you remember, last year I shared 6 little changes that I actually stuck to the first month of 2018 (if you missed it, you can still check it out here!) … well, I’m happy to report back that I’m STILL sticking to them! And the cherry on top? I’ve also made a few other little changes in addition!
Before I kick things off and share my list of additional little changes with you, I want to quickly mention here that all of these little changes take time and it’s all just a matter of making the FIRST step toward change, which can always seem like the toughest part. However, it’s those tiny baby steps along the way that add up and eventually lead to change. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a TON of things I could improve on, for example, I drive a gas guzzling SUV and I use my gas fireplace way more than I like to admit but we have to remember that nobody is perfect and that imperfect action is better than perfect inaction!
A great example of that is our journey to living a more plant-based lifestyle. It’s taken YEARS for us to get to where we are now and while we aren’t fully plant-based yet, every year we get a little closer. Take this year, for instance, normally we like to share a cow with Justin’s family and eating ground beef for us would be such a treat from time to time but I started rationing is SO HARD that we got used to not having it!! So, this year, we decided to pass on splitting the cow as we just don’t cook with it anymore!! As I mentioned, we aren’t fully vegan though, we still eat the odd egg and sometimes cheese slips in there but we’re definitely leaps and bound from where we started!
Alright … now that I’ve given you a little update as to where our plant-based journey is at this point … let’s take a look at the little changes I’ve made so far in 2019!!
1. No More Saran Wrap
That’s right! Ever since we discovered Goldilocks wraps (made locally in BC!), we have eliminated saran wrap in our household! I would say that we use the beeswax wraps 99% of the time … in fact, I think we stopped using saran wrap in our home LAST September!!
Goldilocks wraps work really well for almost everything but I have noticed that it will tend to dry a few things out, such as tofu. However, anything like that that I’ve found to dry out, I just put it in a Tupperware container instead and it works just great!!
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2. Natural Shampoo & Conditioner
After making the switch to natural deodorant, my next goal was to swap out my shampoo and conditional to something natural!
This is when I discovered Unwrapped Life! I love Unwrapped Life for a few reasons, for starters, it’s plastic-free!! In fact, the little bars (similar to soap!) come in reusable travel tins. Secondly, they make my hair feel seriously AMAZING!!!! I was a bit skeptical at first as I’m used to the luxurious feel of your typical shampoo and conditioner but this made my hair feel so HEALTHY and shiny!!
While I use the Unwrapped Life bars the most, I do get gifted other brands of natural and cruelty free shampoo and conditioner so I’ve been testing out a few others lately (I will have to share a blog on this at some point!) but I can definitely say that Unwrapped Life will be a staple in our household!
3. Re-useable Coffee Cups
Justin and I have been making a point of using our Yeti travel mugs when we grab a coffee on the go instead of opting for the paper cups they give you.
This is one of those habits that’s taking a LITTLE longer to get the hang of because generally when I travel I’m packing so much stuff already that sometimes I’ll forget to bring it along. However, we TRY to bring our mugs in, give them a wash after we’re done using them and then bring them BACK out to our car so that the next time we pop in somewhere for coffee it’s already in our vehicle and ready to be used!
4. Market Bags
Whenever I go grocery shopping I make sure to bring my reusable cloth bags from The Market Bags with me for produce and I also bring along my Dreamy Whites market baskets to carry all of my groceries.
I think most of us were in the mindset for so long that the little plastic bag would keep our produce clean but the truth is, by the time you pick it up at the grocery store it’s more than likely already at it’s dirtiest point so it won’t make much of a difference travelling from your cart to your home. For items like broccoli or peppers, I never used plastic bags (and it blows my mind how many people still do!) but for items that you need to carry a ton of, like brussels sprouts, is when you would need the bag. Which is the PERFECT chance to use little reusable bags.
5. Cloth Diapers
I’m adding this in because I know many of you will ask about it as I REALLY wanted to use cloth diapers with Annie but I found that with my crazy schedule and always being on the go, it was SO HARD to keep up with. However, I’m taking some time off this summer which means I’ll be at home wayyy more often so I’m not ruling this out yet … I’m going to give it ANOTHER go!!!
6. Being Takeout Conscious
Lately, we’ve been getting quite a bit of takeout (another factor in our busy life!! LOL!) and there are some amazing restaurants who have ditched the plastic takeout containers and have made an effort to use compostable recyclable ones!!! This makes me SO HAPPY! So, in an effort to support the amazing changes these restaurants are moving forward with, we like to be conscious about where we get our takeout from and also order from those restaurants who offer up amazing plant-based options, such as Cactus Club, Earls, and Naked Cafe here in Kelowna!
Also … if you follow along with my Instagram stories, you’ll already know this but A&W has made AMAZING changes, not only environmentally but plant-based as well! Just this year they stopped using plastic straws and moved to paper straws … and they teamed up with Beyond Meat and released the most DELISH plant-based burger and “sausage” breakfast sandwich!!
7. Less Clothing
Not on my body … in my closet … LOL!!! Many of you probably think that I still shop a lot but surprisingly I’ve actually been shopping LESS! In fact, I’ve been keeping lots of classic staple items in my closet and some of them are even from 5 years ago (I’m going to share these staple items with you all in an upcoming blog!!).
Sometimes Tori and I will even do clothing swaps which is a great way to switch out your wardrobe without buying new (all while helping the environment … and saving moola too!!). Hand me downs are a great way to reuse clothing that’s still in great shape … and also, don’t be afraid to hit up consignment stores! You can normally find some awesome deals that won’t break the bank.
8. Almost Eliminated Wool & Leather
While this one is still a work in progress (and there are still some leather and wool items in our home!) I have been working towards avoiding purchasing wool items and have cut back to only leather shoes. I prefer to favour environmentally conscious fabrics such as cotton, hemp, and tencel when possible!
What are some little changes that YOU have made recently?? Make sure to share them below in the comments section.