The Journey Of Reducing My Carbon Footprint

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For a long time, I haven't felt like I've had anything to say, so I've been recycling ideas and continuing to emotionally masturbate on the internet for views. The truth is, I'm not broken or sad or lonely or any of that. I'm happy. I'm actually somehow continuing to become happier. I'm over pretending to be the "sad girl" when I'm anything but. 

I didn't know what I wanted this blog or even website to really be since I quit my job at Thought Catalog. When I quit I felt burnt out and like I didn't have anything to say. I have felt like that mostly up until this point and now I feel like I have found something I'm passionate enough to write about again: the environment and becoming environmentally friendly. 

I've always cared about the environment. I was actually that annoying person in college who yelled at everyone to recycle their beer cans. I always yelled at my friends if I ever saw them litter, I actually once had a guy tell me he fell for me because he saw me freak out when I watched someone litter (caring is COOL). 

I grew up in a house where we recycle everything in different bins. We had garbage, we had cans and bottles (I'm from NY so we got a 5 cent deposit on all cans and bottle, which I firmly believe should be the case in every state in this country), we had a plastic bin and we also had a paper bin. To me, it was extremely normally to recycle everything we could, it's just how I was raised.

The first time I ever saw someone throw a can in a garbage can was when I was in college in PA and I was incredibly confused.

How could someone throw away a can when it's obviously recyclable? 

As I've grown up I've noticed the importance of reducing my carbon footprint and helping the environment one decision at a time. I've also learned how important it is to raise awareness. Just the other night at dinner I told my friends not to use their plastic straws and they asked me why. "THE TURTLES" I yelled and they didn't get it. If you don't know what I'm talking about here's a video

I've always talked about how to reduce your footprint and shared videos on Facebook but I haven't made any additional changes until today. 

Today I watched this video and this video and I couldn't just do the minimum anymore. I knew I needed to start making more changes and reducing single-use plastic options. I looked up different options and sites to purchase items I use daily that are plastic-free and/or reusable. 

I am a small business owner and I know the importance of shopping small first hand so I avoided Amazon as much as I could. Here is what I bought to reduce my carbon footprint:

  • 4 Brush with Bamboo toothbrushes for $20 
  • A clear glass straw from Strawesome for $4 (I rarely use straws but I do always keep one in my Nalgene so I figured one would be enough for now). 
  • Bottle-free shampoo and conditioner from GetLathered on Etsy for $20. 
  • 5 pack of natural reusable produce bags for $4.99

I also found this incredible website and am buying the products to create my own toothpowder. No more throwing away toothpaste tubes! 

Other things I do naturally are recycling paper and plastic, drink from a reusable water bottle, use reusable k-cups, shop from second-hand stores, save leftovers in glass Tupperware, don't use plastic straws or lids, etc. 

Reducing your carbon footprint is a journey and I'm excited to move forward with mine because I love this planet and our wildlife. 

 

*This post is in no way sponosored, I just think these products are going to rock. 

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