Tips From an Average Environmentalist

I have migrated once more but this time I’m locked in via lease. It’s a lovely studio in Richmond, with a lovely man whom I plan to marry. What I hope to accomplish by settling down for the time is finally getting down to the bear necessities. While at my grandmothers, I had been beginning the quest to zero waste.I began with the reduction of waste and trash, and that’s has been very successful. I’ve found alternatives for just about everything that is not good for my health and mental being. Baking Soda, Vinegar, and Dr. Bronners soap have been three main ingredients to this delicious experience.

So a few motto’s I live by when it comes to hygiene/personal care goods is “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your body”. Your skin is the largest organ, and takes in anything it is exposed to, so instead of having negative reactions and putting more mystery goop on it, let it heal itself and stop getting in the way. Then as for household goods, “clean should not smell as strong as it does”.  If you’re getting headaches and having to leave the room, just because it was “cleaned”. That makes no sense, you should be able to stay in the room that has been cleaned of toxins and germs, but…oh…wait..we have to leave the “clean”. We might as well spray pesticides on ourselves like we did in the 50’s .


Once the transition was made from no more bleach or Lysol, and just down right
carcinogenic products that gave me headaches and made me crave caffeine for some reason,  it was time to reduce the amount of things in my possession. Too much stuff makes me crazy and want to burn it all, or something drastic like that…


  1. If you don’t use it, LOSE IT! Now we all know there are far too many things in our house that serve no purpose whatsoever. There’s a great quote by “””” And sometimes we get overwhelmed with the beauty of it all that we just want as much as we can get, then it turns into a possessive competition where we think someone else has prettier whatever and that compels to either buy impulsively or slash our self esteem. If it serves no true purpose and is just collections dust, give it away. You just don’t use it, no need to take up the space.
  2. If you really can’t let it go due to those attached sentiments; take a picture, it’ll last longer  – it’s hard to let go of our pasts. And it even harder to let go of certain items we have invested a lot of time and energy into, and I know a boy gave you that shirt a decade ago, but you don’t even look at it any more, let it go, like Frozen. It’s only procrastinating you to move from moving forward
  3. Does it serve more than one purpose or function? Make it work!– Find things that mimic a Swiss army knife, they can do 10 things in one object. If it has more then one use, than  take advantage of the opportunity to rid yourself of having too many of the same thing. Find multiple uses for some of the things you have to help filter through the things that
  4. DITCH THE DISPOSABLE, RELY ON REUSABLE  – Come on, that is just wasteful, most of our trash is plastic crap anyway that will never break down and continue to pollute our planet. So by not throwing away every single ziploc bag or plastic grocery bag, find another purpose like in tip four. Most grocers now have a place where you can actually bring all those plastic bags and they will recycle them back into themselves and make more bags…but without the coast of the materials since we are giving back.
  5. Buying secondhand is GRAND!!!!! I try to only buy used anything, from clothes and shoes to books, music or kitchenware. Almost everything you need has already been made you just have to go look for it.

This are simply to help reduce your material items and no longer collect them. When it comes to reducing your footprint, it does take a lot of time and managing your priorities as efficiently as possible. Other simple tips such as buying in bulk, buying items without packaging or has recyclable packaging,  investing in reusable coffee  cups/sleeve and grocery bags, recycling, eco friendly light bulbs, unplugging as many appliances and plugs as possible. Keeping common sense about conserving is your best friend through this process.

NPO helping African women create jobs while being renewable

Now I know I’m not nearly as close as I’d like to be to reducing my carbon footprint, but like I said it’s a process, a fun and challenging one at that. So here’s a parting challenge for anyone who reads this…carry around a bag with you for one day, and put all of your trash in it, and see how much you really produce in one day! 🙂 Good Luck!


Lets revert this toxic waste land into a Zero Waste Land!!!

 ~ JAI ~


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