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Wasting Water

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Water is sacred. I get so excited when I think about just how AWESOME water is. Nothing would survive without it. Water connects us all. Our planet is mostly water, our bodies, our cells, the plants, and all of the other little creatures are made of water!

How many people do you have in your family? Is it just you and your parents? That would make three. Do you have a sibling? Let’s just take the average family of four. Worldwide ONE in THREE people do not have access to clean water. That is at least one person in YOUR family who would not have access to ‘clean’ drinking water.

The EPA has standards that define what clean drinking water is. When they talk about harmful contaminants they talk about things like lead, radium, arsenic, chemical byproducts, and farm runoff from pesticides. All of which can cause organ failure/dysfunction.

According to Who Data over 90% of the world has access to clean drinking water, but that goes only by the standards that were set in the 1970’s. In my opinion, 50 years is a little outdated and our drinking water today is not as clean as people think it is. But that, is for another day! I’m here to talk about waste!

What is the global water crisis?

We must acknowledge our privilege with water. We are so greedy just because we ‘have’ so much.

Climate change (we should not need to convince people at this point that it is real) is pushing our global capacity of survival to the edge. If you were not aware the source we have become so accustomed to is drying up and depleting. What keeps our ecosystems thriving is dying. Fresh. Water.

Fresh water is and always has been valuable. Only 3% of the world’s water source is fresh water, and 2/3 of it is hidden in the glaciers. If you do the math… Only 1% of the world provides us with drinking water. That is SCARCE. That is rare.

Why do we value diamonds? Because they are rare. Why are we not valuing what makes up over 60% of our cells? Water runs the world yet we take it for granted all of the time.

How long do you shower for? Let’s say you shower for 30 minutes everyday. That’s 10,950 minutes. Research shows that every minute is equal to 2.5 gallons of water. So in one year you may waste 27,375 gallons of water. That is a lot of water.

Everyone wastes, that is a part of life. But monitoring and offsetting that waste is one of the most important things that you- yourself can do to mitigate climate change. Every time that we make a decision to change a certain behavior in our lives by becoming consciously aware we rob less from the future.

How to waste less water

These are super simple ways that you can wake up to how you use water.

Next time you shower try and time it to see how long it takes for you to wash those lovely locks. Get an idea of how much water you are wasting.

If you shave in the shower, stop the water or fill up the tub to prevent extra water from being wasted. It is NOT as necessary as you might think to leave the water running on your back while you shave your legs.

Try to stop leaving the water running while you brush your teeth. Wet your toothbrush, and brush! No need to leave the water running down the drain.

When you wash dishes it is a lot less wasteful to fill up the sink and scrub than it is to run the water and do all of the dishes one by one!

Always check for leaks. A leaky sink can be costly on your water bill, and on the planet.

If you can’t afford to upgrade some of your water using appliances like your laundry machine, try to do less loads of laundry or load more in one go around to save some H20

Why is it important to conserve water?

If water is essential for survival and you want to keep on surviving then that is why it is important. This seems to be a common theme among all of my posts. But having the mentality that your shower is just one shower is so selfish. Being introspective about it means that you realize that one persons actions, every single person on this earth’s actions make a difference somewhere along the line. Every person matters, and if one less person is showering for a shorter amount of time per day then thats a few more gallons we save for the future.

It is so easy to prevent yourself from thinking about the future. We’re young and have healthy body’s, an abundance of material things from clothes to food. We can get anything from anywhere anytime. But life is not like that everywhere in the world, do you remember what happened when we lost a few weeks of toilet paper? People behaved like animals fighting over who would get the last roll on the shelf. Imagine if people did not have access to water? It’s scary and no, I do not mean to scare you! Fear is not a positive drive for change. But there are two options for our future. We either start to value the things that breathe life into our bodies by conserving and protecting it, or we lose it. Once it is lost, it will be hard to recover the same ever again.

Take pride in the fact that we have the capability to change our future. Be empowered to know that your shower is not just “a shower”. Your decisions to conserve water add to the whole. 1+1=2. Be the one to inspire another one to make two. Be the one to start to take your future into your own hands. Be the one to be conscious of your water consumption.

Save water! Like, Share, and repost! Thanks for reading, Aloha ❤

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Balance

I wake up under the sound of silence as the brisk and cool morning air settles into my tent. It’s still dark at 5:00 a.m. I smile and make my way over to this Hawaiian architectural space called a Hale (pronounced Hah-Lay). The project took a whole community of people working together to tightly thatch the roof comprised of sustainably harvested native woods and grasses all lashed together. Because the climate is so friendly here it does not require thick walls that would protect against dangerous weather.

The Aina (pronounced aye-ee-na) is the Hawaiin word for the land and the translation means “that which feeds”. This entire summer, for me, was spent immersed in the Aina. This Aina has changed my whole perspective on life and how separated we are from it.

As the sun rises with the orchestra of birds all cooing out with their own solos we stand in a line and sing E ALA E.

E ALA E

Ka la i kahikina

I ka moana

Ka moana hohonu

Pi’i ka lewa

Ka lewa nu’u

I kahikina

Aia ka la

E ala E

This translates to Awaken, arise the sun in the east, from the ocean, the ocean deep, (and yes moana means ocean for those of you drawing the connection from Disney), climbing to the heaven, heaven highest, in the east there is the sun, rise/awaken.

This chant resonates so much meaning for me, not only because I sang it almost every day but because we all need to rise up and start to awaken to our responsibility to change the future of our planet. Just like the sun rises from the depths of the ocean, we have to rise out of the deep grip that this world has placed on our everyday lives. We are so separated from the process of everything we use. From the candles we breathe in to the toilet paper we wipe our tushes with.

Waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning might sound like a curse for many of you, but as I started to flow with the natural cycle of the earth I started to notice just how much my body was craving for it’s natural circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is simply put: the body’s biological 24 hour clock that we devolved out of due to the implementation of synthetic lighting. When the circadian rhythm is out of wack our brains and immune systems suffer as a result. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that receives the light your eyes bring in from the sun and let you know that it is time to wake up or sleep. Your brain receives that message and releases melatonin naturally to help you fall asleep. I was on farm time, and naturally woke and slept with the rise and fall of the sun. This is why doctors recommend that we put our phones down before sleep…

Adjusting my body’s natural rhythm was only part of all of the balance. It didn’t just come from realigning with my natural biological clock. It came in many forms. The balance of life and death of the plants in it’s natural cycle of harvesting. It came in the form of understanding the ways that us humans interact and use the land- and we are so separated from how it works. Desperate for reconnection.

When I speak about separation from the Aina, i speak about all of the rituals we might be apart of; brushing our teeth, cooking our breakfast, drinking water. Many of us have no idea how any of the products we use got to us. Do you know how that tube of toothpaste was made? Or what’s in it? Yes, the water is clear but do you know if it’s rich with any of the nutrients that our body needs and CRAVES from water like magnesium or calcium?

Covid-19 showed us that these structures we have put in place in ‘society’ aren’t real. We as humans have placed so much emphasis and attachment on something like the United States as if it were a person. The country itself is not a person, the United States does not suffer when unemployment is in the millions. The United States does not suffer from anything at all, the people suffer. So this idea that the U.S will in anyway shape or form be hurt by the actions of it’s people is impossible. Individuals are the people that suffer. And we are suffering.

These structures act like boundaries. Boundaries that the industrial revolution have inadvertently caused. The accessibility to products is amazing, we can always be so privileged to get anything we want at anytime. I am going to emphasize the fact that we can get anything we want all of the time, without even needing to think about where it came from. THAT is magic. We can show up in a grocery store and poof unlimited options available on the shelf and most of the typical or classic American products are products that were synthetically produced (not real food), chemically enhanced (poison for the body), and pampered and packaged in a petroleum based plastic box (oil companies just suck).

Malama aina (working with/ taking care of the land) allowed me to access mostly only what was available at the time. Nature does not work on an instant gratification basis. Many of us live our lives in instant gratification mode. It isn’t our fault, the way we live our lives encourages everything to happen immediately. We are fulfilled immediately because we are able to take a quick trip to the grocery store and purchase a bunch of fruit. But that’s just it. We do not understand or appreciate the whole process that went into putting that baby peach onto the store counter. Let alone appreciate that we have the capability of choice.  That’s the boundary and the facade we are invisible to. We did not get to cook with everything we got from the store, we cooked with the vegetables on the property and whatever was available from the farm. Sometimes when you plant a tree, you do not get to eat it’s fruit. But that in itself is the lesson.

As for the work that goes into it; it’s amazing how much time I spent harvesting certain vegetables like Arugula and yielded maybe a box worth in twenty minutes. Someone that goes to the market or store to buy it sees the product and is immediately satisfied and takes it home to use for themselves. Do they question where it came from? If pesticides were sprayed on it? Which ones? 

It’s amazing how much time I spent harvesting certain vegetables like Arugula and yielded maybe a box worth in twenty minutes. Someone that goes to the market or store to buy it sees the product and is immediately satisfied and takes it home to use for themselves. Do they question where it came from? If pesticides were sprayed on it? Which ones?

We need to start tearing down more barriers and asking more questions about the things we are buying. It is so easy to go to the store and poof have everything you want, it takes a lot more to invest the time to understand where all of the elements of the products you buy are from. I challenge you to question just that. 

I hope that everyone can find their aloha aina (love for the land). I hope that everyone finds it soon because the earth needs it. I would love to hear about any of the ways you try to make the earth a better place! Do you recycle? Do you go for zero waste? Do you eat plant-based? Do you pick up trash in your local area? Do you drive your car less? Do you cook more and eat out less? Do you use re-usable silverware? Whatever it is that you do I really want to know! Reach out via social media and leave feedback it is so important to me to hear from all of you.

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Aloha!

Hello everyone! Just settling in to my newest home where I will spend my time working on a small organic farm in the North Shore of Hawaii!

The farm is entirely self-sufficient and sustainable… an off-the-grid, organic, 6-acre farm that sits in the foothills of the most magnificent mountain range- and the beach..? It couldn’t be closer.

It’s all about restoring the native land and the soil on the farm, originally almost all of the land here was used and abused to produce sugarcane.

This organic farm is regenerating an entire eco-system of biodiverse life. We compost, we up-cycle all the containers that we can (jars and buckets, you name it we probably are re-using it), then recycle the ones we cannot. The electricity on the farm is powered by solar panels directly on site, and the water is from the wells and pumped with our own systems on site as well.

What does it mean to be a part of sustainable agriculture? It means contributing to the better well-being of the environment, the economy, and the people. The environmental aspect is taken care of through the restorative processes used to boost the vitality of the land. More on this in my next post (;

The economy and people are supported in a strong rooted community working together both on and off the farm. We sell at the local farmers market, giving fresh & organic produce to anyone who chooses to buy from us. We also help run community supported agriculture where people can subscribe or become a member to get a farm box each week for a certain price.

The food is fresh, the people are great, and the sun is always shining here. I can’t wait to share more of this journey with all of you! Great things are happening. Please, please reach out with questions, I can’t wait to hear from all of you.

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All That Glitters

This post only seemed right, seeing that my birthday is coming up.

Birthdays are a fact of life, but an essential ingredient in many of those party’s come in tiny shimmering form; glitter!

Glitter is another form of micro-plastics.

Micro-plastics are everywhere from the air we breathe to the food we eat. The plastic bits have reached our highest mountains and deepest oceans. Fish and birds digest them, and collect in their stomachs often killing them from starvation.

Much of the time these micro fibers are from items being broken down when leached into the environment. Plastic trash is more than just a problem. This month I took on a personal challenge to go out every day, no more than two miles from my house, and every single day I fill a bag with plastic bottles, cans, cigarette butts ( which also contain plastic) etc.. That radius falls in a moderately busy suburban area in central Pennsylvania.

Plastic never fully breaks down and today it is estimated that more than 8 trillion bits hit oceans every day. Using glitter adds to this pollution. When you think of these plastic bits though, you might imagine broken down bottles and jugs but it is much more than that. That is why I decided to talk about glitter.

Glitter is washed out plastic fine as grain. This type of plastic used in makeup and other cosmetics, holiday decorations, clothes, and party favors.

Luckily we live in a world where for every bad thing there are tons of good things. There is BIO-GLITTER! It is available on amazon, the package free shop, and this company who makes all sorts of colors.

Not only is it harmful when it finds its way into the animals of birds and fish, it hurts our bodies too. These tiny plastic particles are not even approved by the FDA! Micro beads were banned in July to be used in products but many glitters are made of plastic (still).

The plastic lifecycle is something entirely new to research and study because it is happening right now. I present this wonderfully put together article of facts that perfectly explain and aid in visualizing the problem.

Avoiding glitter is hard, but manageable if you are conscious of it. (:

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Earth Day Every Day

Short, but necessary post!

Happy April everyone, I know that we are all cooped up at home but I hope that it is nice enough that you are able to spend a little bit of time outside to get some fresh air. Maybe, you can make some good use out of that fresh air by picking up some trash….

Earthday is coming up, and seeing that I have all of the time in the world this month I am going to be trekking all across my home-town to collect trash every single day. I am turning earth day into earth month and doing a small part in picking up the trash I see in my local area.

I challenge all of you to go out and do the same, even if it’s just one small piece of trash! BUT PLEASE wear gloves.

You want to make sure that you are staying clean and sanitized when going out and picking up random items on the ground. Remember to try not to touch your face, and wash your hands when you get home.

If you decide to go out and pick up some trash, tag me in a post, or send me a photo and I’ll be re sharing all of your trash collecting pictures here and on my instagram.

Happy trash picking (:

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Reusing Soup Cans

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This is why you should re-use your soup cans, recycle them when you can’t, and keep AVOIDING plastics.

Aluminum has it’s upsides and downsides. It requires a lot of heavy machinery and enough land to mine from. In the surrounding mining areas, plant and animal life is immediately affected. However, the impact is semi-balanced because of the efficient recycling process that comes from re-using this source.

Aluminum is one of the most recyclable materials. They are, in fact, 100% recylable. Aluminum cans can be used in the making of cars, new aluminum cans, kitchen utensils, and plane parts!

Aluminum is better than plastic in the ways in which it can be recycled, however it requires a lot more energy to produce this product vs. plastic. Aluminum requires more energy, which in turn produces more of a carbon footprint. It produces around 18% more tonnes of CO2 in comparison with plastic. However plastics can be super hard to recycle. Certain types of plastic cannot be mixed with others, each type is actually shown on the bottom of the item with numbers. Each number represents a different chemical which melts at different temperatures. If you had a #1 that melts at let’s just say 100 degrees, and a #7 that melts at 250, they would melt differently and cause havoc in the recycling process.

Re-use those cans!

I keep preaching, but up-cycling is way more important than re-cycling. This encourages people to be mindful of the products they use, and to get creative! This is probably one of the easiest things that you could do for yourself as a college kid, or anyone anywhere who uses canned goods. I buy canned goods several ways, I use coconut milk, canned beans, and soups.

Soup has become a necessity this winter. It’s cheap, and I can store it forever in my cabinet until I am in need of something quick and healthy. I have been buying Amy’s Chunky Vegetable soup because it is organic, free from preservatives, and vegan! It also is not as high in sodium. Cambell’s soup can have upwards of 1400 mg of salt, Amy’s has 280 mg. 0:

Regardless of what canned foods you are using, you can give them extra life with my E-tips here.

  1. Start using them as cups! Maybe you are like me, and you think about how often we throw away those red solo cups at parties, but you also don’t want to clean up after a bunch of drunk kids. Red solo cups seem easier…Right? Well you could save up your aluminum cans and use them for the party. Either wash them to use again, or recycle them. This way they weren’t just simply used once and thrown away.
  2. Use them as plant holders. My roommate just got flowers for Valentine’s day so we put them in a Tito’s bottle as well as an aluminum can on our counter top! The roses still flourish just as beautiful as if they were in a clear vase.
  3. Decorate them! Pinterest offers tons of ways to get crafty with those cans to make them more -aesthetic-
  4. Use them as a make-up brush holder!
  5. Use them as cups, aside from the party. I use them for my smoothies and juices, I use them just like I would any other cup and it works just as great!

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Source Links

https://www.warwickri.gov/sanitation-recycling/faq/why-cant-all-plastics-be-recycled

https://www.thesca.org/connect/blog/environmental-impact-aluminum

https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=585

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What’s the big deal? It’s just ONE straw.

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Said a possible seven billion other people on the planet. But seriously, what is the big deal with straws? The World Watch Institute claims that straw use could circle the earth two and a half times every 24 hours. Imagine flying Americans alone go through 500 million straws a day!

Historically, straws were first created out of gold, then grass, then paper, and now plastic. In the 50’s and 60’s paper straws suffered a slow death with the rise of plastic ones which served to be more durable.

Most plastic straws are made out of petroleum-based plastic and are NOT biodegradable when disposed into the environment. This means, every single plastic straw that was ever invented and used still exists somewhere. The straw breaks down, but never fully degrades away. The plastics break down into micro-plastics that get swallowed by marine life (WATCH THIS). Plastics have been a problem for centuries, this video is from 2012. Animals are eating plastic and for those of you who eat animals, you are probably eating them as well.

Scientists estimate that there could be as many as 7 million plastic straws scattered in oceans and on beaches.

E-tips to say no to straws

When going out to eat in restaurants, remind yourself to say no to straws as much as you can. Every straw makes a difference.

Don’t add straws into soda cans, or bottles. It isn’t “boujee”, it’s wasteful.

Buy a reusable straw! There are so so so many options. SO many options that are not a plastic straw. Recently I discovered this bracelet straw, you don’t have to carry around anything more than a little band on your wrist. Here are several other options to use other than reusable straws!

The final straw Collapsable style straws

Strawlets Straw bracelets

Urban Outfitters Steel straw style set

Amazon stainless steel Straws with cleaning brush

Bamboo Straws My favorite! Bamboo is biodegradable (:

Paper Straws Still Biodegradable and easily disposable

Hay Straws These straws are created out of hay, yes HAY

Please repost, share, send to your friends, and remember not to SAY NO to straws, and plastic as much as you can (:

Choosing Plants

I cannot freeegan wait to tell you all about this awesomely non restrictive plant-based lifestyle.

I feel like many times when people diet or choose to go vegan, or vegetarian it can feel a whole lot harder than it actually has to be. Many times people decide to quit cold turkey and their body lashes out at them for changing their diet so rapidly.

Every body is different. Blood type varies, genetics, immune systems and digestive systems vary from person to person. A vegetarian diet might be twice as hard for someone who has certain allergies and dietary restrictions or someone with an O blood type- making them more prone to crave meat.

Learning and understanding all of the elements about your body and the environment before choosing a restrictive diet is so important, but this is what is so amazing about freeganism, or the term I like to use: choositarianism.

The reason I like to say choositarian is because it emphasizes the choice in the matter. It is an eco-conscious choice that I make every day not to eat just any animals or their by-products because of the abusive system that is established today. Cows are injected with hormones and fed the most unnatural of corn and grain products that they were never designed to eat. They are un-nurtured and uncared for, abused for their milk and their babies then slaughtered at half their life span. The same goes for chickens and fish, if you do not know where your ‘wild’ food is being caught or coming from- it is coming from a farm. Factory farm raised animals are not getting any of the proper nutrients that they need, which in turn are not giving the people who eat them anything. It’s as if you were to get thirsty and attempt to drink a glass of water but instead you get air.

Did you know that over 50% of the entire world’s grain production is fed to animals? Imagine what a world we would live in if we changed the system to align with the needs of people? In America 1 out of every 6 Americans goes hungry. That’s unfair, considering how much time money and energy go into feeding animals first. According to a Cornell study 800 million people could be fed with the grain used for livestock. Cows shouldn’t be eating grains ANYWAYS.. Grains clog up their digestive system, they were designed to eat grass. Designed to eat the grass and then dump on the grass. There is a lot of talk about how much methane is produced from cow farts- grains make them gassier than greens…that goes for humans too (;

But when it comes to soil, cows and other livestock are meant to be on it. Animals are part of the soil regeneration process-so if every single person on this planet went plant-based tomorrow the soil which grows the vegetables wouldn’t really survive and thrive to grow our crops. That is not to say that everything is balanced and you can eat all of the cheeseburgers you want. On a global scare we cannot just keep eating animal products the way most of us do, completely and blissfully unaware.

Understanding the ecological impact that livestock farming is wreaking on the environment goes as follows: over consumption of animals leads to over grazing leads to soil erosion which changes the future of the world food supply. Eating LESS animals leads to less of a problem within the chain of supply and demand. Demanding less shrinks the grip that powerful meat industries have on our consumption and idea of what a dinner plate should look like.

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We abuse way more land than we need to. Switching to a mostly plant-based diet saves water, and if you didn’t know water specifically fresh water, is a very valuable and soon to be scarce resource. And yes, I said scarce.

When purchasing food labels are very important to me. Labels like fair trade, organic, cruelty-free, free range, naturally grown, non-GMO can be quite confusing and overwhelming for someone who does not really understand what all of them mean. Stay tuned, my next post will dive in a lot deeper on some of these labels. But to make sense of why I bring this up now- these labels are important because it gives the product you are buying real value. The more detailed the product you buy is, the more likely it is to be safe and clean to eat. So much is hidden in the fine print of the label today, and I find that when I am buying products I look for the most transparent ones. If you are going eat more chicken, beef, and fish look at the labels and ask questions. Try to learn where it’s coming from and feed your body wisely.

Choosing, as a choositarian, to buy products that are sustainably sourced is making more of an impact than you realize.

Plant-based living is amazing and choositarianism is freeing because you have the option to change your mind. It allows for mistakes, because at the end of the day we are all human and all make mistakes! Life does not have to be so restrictive.

For me, choositarianism is mindfulness. It is understanding the impact of the products you buy and what your body consumes.

Personally, because of my blood type and my dietary needs every once and a while I will eat sustainable, locally sourced fish or meat. I found that, as a woman, certain times of the month would push me to crave certain foods that my body really needed. Learning and listening to what foods work for ME and my body has made all the difference in my physical and mental health.

If this is something that you are thinking about trying in your life start small. Go plant based for one day, or one meal when you go out to eat. Get out of your comfort zone and play with your food! Learning how to change your idea of a dinner plate can be super fun and expressive when you work with vegetables and try greens you have never tried before. Learn and understand your body and how what you eat affects your energy levels, moods, and overall level of satisfaction.

The options are limitless with the influx of more and more vegetarian alternatives to meat products, so even if you cannot give up the meat on your plate try branching out and trying seitan, or tofu in a dish. Try a vegan cheese, or make your own! Explore the vegetarian aisle in the grocery store and look at all of the different ways to get your protein in.

If you have questions or comments about choositarianism or the impact animal agriculture is having on our planet, leave one below! I would appreciate your feedback so, so much. It would mean so much to me to have you reach out!

Aloha- like, share, and repost with your friends!

Breaking the Habit of Using too much TP

We all know the pandemic wreaked havoc on our toilet paper supply as people everywhere rushed to the stores to stock pile as if it were the actual apocalypse.

TP shortages caused some of us to really think about how much we are actually using when we gotta “go”. Just how many squares on average are you using?

Well according to a survey taken by Charmin measuring user experience with toilet paper people typically use 8.6 squares per use. If the average person goes to the bathroom six times a day, then in one year the average person is using around 20,000 sheets of toilet paper….Crazy right?

Small things add up and I think that noticing the importance of how much we all individually waste, especially when it comes to something as controllable as a sheet of toilet paper, can make a big difference.

Question: Ever wonder why trees are brown, but all of the paper products we use are bright white?

Well toilet paper like most paper products are created from either recycled paper or from the cellulose in the tree fibers. Then the pulp is put through a bleaching process, giving it’s sparkling bright white pop. The word bleach comes from an old English word called blæcen meaning to whiten.

Do you know what bleach is?

To understand bleach, we must first understand chlorine. Chlorine gas was first used in warfare during WWI. Today it is very commonly used in the industrial world.

Chlorine is a naturally occurring element, but it so easily abused and overused in our products that we use. I always remembered the mr.yuck stickers my mom put on all of the cleaning products we used in the house. I could not understand why we would use it at all when it wasn’t any different than if I put it directly on my skin or if we used it to clean the same floor I would play on with my sister.

Too much chlorine exposure either from breathing, ingesting by drinking or eating, and touching can affect our health. Of course, it relates to how much and the route of exposure, however small things add up and I believe that through all of the short term exposures we are deeply hurting both our overall health/ wellbeing and the environment overtime without realizing it.

Bleach is a powerful oxidizer comprised of chlorine. Too much chlorine can be extremely harmful on human skin. All of the paper products we continually use and come in contact with are rubbing more and more and more chlorine onto our bodies. Our health is suffering as a result.

Although there is not a ton of research supporting indirect exposure from bleached paper products to human skin, there is a ton of research supporting what it does to the earth beneath our feet.

The products decompose and leach the chemical process into the soil when they are either thrown into the dump, or littered. The snowball effect: the soil over-nourished with chlorine can runoff into the streams and waterways which get into the ocean leading to more ocean acidification which leads to the destruction of natural habitats and wild animals including the extinction of coral reef which also rises the temperature of our oceans…. etc. Every. Single. Thing. Is. Connected.

We have no idea how much chemicals from plants are either directly flooded into streams and waterways. If we stop buying the products containing the chemicals–they will be forced to stop making them eventually.

So, rather than choosing bright white napkins that are unnatural and do not belong in our world we should first opt for using reusables (when it comes to napkins, paper towels, and even paper.) As for toilet paper, there are tons of different products that aren’t put through the chemical bleaching products that get the job done just fine!

Who Gives a Crap offers a great alternative to grocery shore shopping by delivering right to your door. Don’t worry about the stockpile being low- order ahead on live and save the planet!

Seventh Generation has a wide variety of eco friendly products, and plant-based solutions to share to be able to provide for generations to come. They can be found in many Whole Foods nationwide and other grocery stores like Walmart and Target!

Stop feeding your money to the industries that are slowly killing us. We have to start investing our energy and money into the companies trying to make a difference so that we aren’t continuously living in a damaged world. If you are living under circumstances where non-bleached products aren’t accessible, that is okay. We can’t always control everything. However, what you can control is how many squares of toilet paper you wipe your tush with. Just TRY! Seriously. Next visit to the porcelain goddess count the sheets you use and it will help you to become more mindful in your wastefulness.

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Green Peace

In light of everything going on, I took some time to reflect on the original reason for me creating this blog. I started writing on this space to educate and lift up my small sphere of people that I influence and touch- in hopes that they might react to what I share and think to make greener decisions.

Greener solutions need to be sought after for all, and the transformation needs to be acknowledged and shared.

CLIMATE CHANGE does not affect all communities the same.

Yes, but not equally. 

Over 68% of African Americans live within a 30 mile radius of a coal fire power plant- disproportionately causing tons of heart and lung diseases and problems within those communities. 

56% of populations near toxic waste sites are people of color.

95% anti-pollution claims made by minority groups have been denied by the EPA.

People of color are two times more likely to have unsafe water and proper sanitation. 

Environmental justice is creating a reality where communities have an equal opportunity to get a fresh carton of blueberries just as easily as a happy meal. 

Opening up the conversation to environmental racism is going to be so important if we ever collectively want to move forward as a nation. As the ‘united and free’ people that we claim to be.

What does the future look like to me?

I see education and awareness as the first step. Right now, people are bringing an extreme amount of light to all of the systemic issues and driving forces behind them- profit in the elite’s pocket- I am tired of existing in a world where money and profit are put before people. 

FOSSILS are EXTINCT, I think that it is time we stop fueling ourselves with remnants of the past and begin expanding on a growing future. BUT HOW? How is it possible to make a difference when one individual cannot single handedly (no matter how many letters she writes) actually change the laws in place, or business structures that have held up for centuries.

We continue to try to put blame on the happening that is -climate change- instead of taking steps to mitigate or at least change ANYTHING. It is repulsive to me that leaders all over the world, specifically in this country, are so ignorant and in clear denial of climate change. Despite very clear evidence and warning signs being sounded all throughout the planet that she is struggling and life is dying. We saw the brief flicker of life return while the pandemic placed it’s foothold into our lives, a hard press on the breaks and gentle nudge of encouragement to wake up and SLOW down with our lives.

Not all blame can be placed so heavily on the leaders we see, change starts small. Never tell yourself that you cannot possibly make a difference. Stop seeking action through others and realize your potential to create change. One way of doing so is with your money. I cannot stress this enough… Use your dollar as your vote. Use. Your. Dollar. As. Your. Vote.

One more time for the people in the back…Use your dollar as your vote. Raising your awareness is possible given the amount of information available on this beautiful thing called the internet. Educate yourself on minimalism. Educate yourself about the companies you buy from…and who they support. CHOOSE not to buy from companies who mistreat animals, or employ prisoners for labor unfairly and without pay, or who support anti LGBTQ rights, or who give money to big oil corporations. Choose companies that source their materials sustainably, recognize that every single one of us wields the purchasing power and share into the marketplace of the world. If we stop buying, they stop making. The information is out there, so whatever you do choose to buy- buy wisely and ethically. Ask the questions and I am sure you will find the answers a lot easier than you might think. Ask questions like, do I know where this chocolate bar even came from? Do I know that the cacao beans used to make this sweet bar were fair trade, and not a by-product of child labor? What about the milk and sugar used to make it so sweet? Were the cows humanely raised and treated like animals, not like things? We are so far removed from the processes that unite us with the truth. We are enabled and privileged to be able to show up at a grocery store and have everything that we could ever want. With that power comes responsibility that a lot of people do not want anything to do with, why ask these questions when the immediate satisfaction of eating a chocolate bar is convenient and worthy of not questioning.

By questioning the reality of the environment that we ourselves in our small worlds live in we start to wake up to the larger picture. We need to take our power back as consumers and individuals and start purchasing from companies that are making the effort to sustainable change.

Be the change you want to see in the world ❤

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Waste Less

How can you waste less during the pandemic?

We are all driving less, but ordering way more on Amazon. I wanted to offer some simple switches that we can all try!

Switch your amazon account to ship less plastic to you!

  1. Make your Amazon orders PLASTIC-FREE
  • go to your account
  • click help
  • scroll down to contact us
  • start a chat with the customer service and request minimal plastic free packaging and boom!

It’s that easy and it will be saved into your account every time you order something. It only takes maybe 5 minutes.

2. Notice what kinds of products you buy at the grocery store

One of the best ways to acknowledge your usage is by writing it down. Next time you make it to the grocery store look into your cart and count how many of the items you have contain plastic.

A good way to stay away from plastic is to buy fruits and veggies! I know with the virus going on I acknowledge the struggles that people are facing in stocking up and having all of the necessary supplies. You can still observe and realize all of the plastic that is coming in and out of your life within a few weeks but lasts in the outside world forever.

3. Silicon and re-usable plastic bags for food storage

Reusables are in the market for everything nowadays. You can buy reusable ( and washable) silicon ziplock bags , reusable bags, and makeup removing pads!

If you have a product that is used once and then thrown away, there is most likely already a product out there that is reusable! Don’t knock it before you try it.

4. Be responsible with your money.

Your money is your vote with every product that you buy. If you continue to chose to buy from companies that mistreat the environment and aren’t sourcing their materials sustainably then that is your choice. There is an alternative for almost EVERYTHING today. If you have specific questions contact me!

Earth Day

I know everyone’s timeline is flooded with earth day posts and celebrations of all things nature, so I just had to join in.

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the first climate strikes. The streets were full of love and hope that in the future people might care about something more than themselves.

This post is all about ways that you can be more earth friendly in ANY walk of life. Being sustainable is not just about the environment, its about the people around you. It is about having community and justice for people and planet.

Things you should know

These 17 numbers represent the sustainable development goals set apart by the entire world who came together and signed the Paris Agreement in order to prevent climate catastrophe.

Although the government sucks at taking federal action against climate change, people are stepping up. I had the pleasure of attending a talk with Force Blue in January at Penn State. Their story is one that combines former special ops military men with coral reef restoration efforts to save our oceans. Check this out.


Businesses and individuals everywhere ARE taking action. All across the European continent, they organize Car Free Days to cut down on emissions. When I went to Barcelona for my spring break, it just so happened to be on one of those days. Barcelona is a huge city with over 5 million people. But as I walked around that day and saw all of the blocked off streets, I also saw people hanging around and having fun together outside instead of stuck bustling in the passing of cars.

The Zero Waste Store has become my hope and hero in business. They provide any and all things environmentally friendly and waste free. Even if you don’t know where to start when it comes to living more sustainably, they offer kits and tons of options that easily replace things that we use that are wasteful. That way, if you don’t like change, then you don’t have to they changed it for you.

The world seems more divided than ever before. Tension is high, but it’s exciting to be a part of something that matters. Some people choose to sit back and enjoy the ride, while others put the work into making something happen. Climate change IS a priority, and what makes me so ANGRY is the consistent ignorance of people’s inaction.

I feel like I am staring at the two roads diverged in yellow wood, and my government is choosing the one that is burning. There is no one to blame for the past, the only thing that matters is the future of what decisions happen next. I just hope that while we sit in our homes we choose to do better with the time we have.

Happy Earth Day Everyone! Get your a** outside (: