Sustainability: Making a Difference From Your Home
It sounds so silly when I say it out loud, but I truly just was not aware of how much of an impact I personally had on the environment with my daily habits. I would look at images of the beautiful oceans littered with trash and think, “Oh what a shame, that is so horrible!” I really did not realize how much trash and plastic and waste I personally contributed. Like anything, as you become aware of something
you start to notice it in all the details of your life. Why was I using plastic utensils every day when I could just bring regular utensils from home? Why did continue to buy plastic bottled water when I have a cabinet full of S’well bottles, but left the house without them (I know there have to be other people out there that do that too!) Why was I putting produce in plastic bags at the store and then throwing them away when I got home?
So as I love to do, I read and researched and watched YouTube videos on this topic of “zero waste” and although zero waste is pretty extreme, I sincerely believe we can all do a little better. For our family it meant remembering our S’well bottles or reusable coffee cup. It meant shopping differently; I am fortunate to have a wonderful grocery store near me that offers bulk foods, so I bring my own glass jars for rice and beans and kinds of wonderful foods and spices, rather than buying packaged items. We started a compost in the backyard that we will eventually be able to use to help our garden grow. Food waste does not even decompose in landfills because they are so anaerobic! I had no idea! I started buying shampoo and conditioner in a bar form. No plastic and no waste! Stainless steel razors! The list is endless. There are so many options available for package free versions of things we use every day.
I know that there are much bigger things going on in the world now. However, I will say that I am so grateful that the shift we made to less waste has helped us be more self-sufficient and sustainable at home, using items that are reusable rather than disposable. I was so excited to hear that we have started to carry reusable, zero waste items at Dandelion! There is a beautiful selection on our website that can help start your “zero waste” journey.
When you are shopping with us, we always have the option lovely cotton pouches that we can package your jewelry in rather than a box and bag if you prefer. They can be re-used and are great for travel and can even be composted.
Although I would much rather be at the store talking and laughing and looking at beautiful jewelry with you all who I miss so much, we do have an unusual opportunity while we all stay home to do our part. We can learn about something new, maybe even look into “zero waste” or sustainable living.
I hope everyone is safe and happy with those they love, and I can’t wait to see you all as soon as possible!