A few years ago, I wanted to see how I could make a difference in my shopping habits. I started by looking at everyday household items. Initially, I have to say it was quite daunting and overwhelming. The challenges at that time were that there were not that many items that were ecofriendly and didn’t come with a ton of harsh chemicals. To not send myself into a sea of despair, I started off small. Take a look at my list below of some items that you can start off with and then hopefully continue on to more good habits with picking household items that are more earth conscious.
Could I have listed more items? Yes, yes I could. I have read books and blogs on sustainability when it comes to household items. These lists that I found were very long and almost made my head explode. It made me feel like I was a horrible human being, why wasn’t I doing more, and I have to do everything this way that this person is telling me right now or else. I had to take a breath and remember that as humans we evolve, learn, and grow over time (at least we should strive to do so). With growth comes the ability to recognize that you can change bad habits over time and not beat yourself up over past habits that were there mainly there out of ignorance to the truth. For me, once I knew the truth of some of my habits were negatively affecting the earth, my health, and future lives of humans/animals- I had to start taking the steps in pursuing more earth conscious habits.
With making earth conscious habits, please note that it can be more expensive (a few more dollars here and there). Also, during COVID times, we haven’t always been able to use reusable items due to restrictions. However, when we can, we should try.
Another thing to ponder about is where do we shop? Try shopping at farmers markets, charity related stores, second hand stores, Facebook Market, Offer Up, Poshmark, Mercari, Thred Up, The Real Real, yard sales, estate sales, etc. I worked in retail for over 10 years and I know the pull to shop at a store and get something never been worn and brand new. Fast products such as clothing, toys, jewelry, makeup, furniture can lead too many items never receiving a chance at a first life. Not only could you be saving some money by shopping at the stores mentioned above, you can also give an item a first life or maybe even a second or third.
In the next blogs to come, we will dive into plastics and recycling. These topics can be quite lengthy but coincides with having a more ecofriendly state of mind. If you have any other ecofriendly products that you can personally recommend or think that I should try, please comment below. Remember we are a community and we need each other’s tips/tricks on being more earth conscious.
Please note the pictures below are either taken by myself or used via Unsplash.