Collectively, small lifestyle changes can make a huge impact on the environment–and your life. Looking for happiness and health? What’s good for the environment is also, it turns out, great for you. Here’s a collection of tips from the No Impact community.
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I have been using menstrual cup for many years now and I have saved lots of money because of that. Not to mention about reduced waste because I’ve stopped using tampons and sanitary napkins.
First when I heard about the m-cup I was very suspicious and felt a little disgusted. But after all, period is very, very natural phenomenon and you should just take that kind of stand to this.
The cup is very easy to use and clean. Many of us have cleaned our children’s poop and we have been in contact also with other not so pleasant secretions. Menstrual blood is no different to those. Cleaning the m-cup can be dealt with the same casual attitude that you use when wiping your own butt.
And the great thing is, you can use the m-cup for longer times than tampons that needs to be changed every, what, 6 hours or so. I can sleep with the cup, swim with it and use it over and over again with zero waste and money.
This is a clear win-win situation. Me and my planet both win!
This post was submitted by Kikko.
After reading (and highlighting) this book, it has changed the way I think about food, resources, and trash. I will not contribute to water bottles or plastic bags ever again. I have told myself to start eating better so I can lose weight, but that was not working. Now, I will eat better for my planet.
This post was submitted by Roxy Murray.
When you say no to disposable culture and invest in more permanent products you take less trips to the store, which saves time and money, and eliminate the waste you generate. Here are a few of the simple lifestyle changes that have made a big difference in the way I consume:
– Carry reusable bags in your car all the time and use them at ALL stores. Ever notice how much trash you have to throw away after a trip to the grocery store (packaging, tons of small plastic bags, receipts, etc.)?
- Stop using the little plastic bags in the produce section. Put your fruit & veggies straight into your cute cloth bags or ask “does this vegetable that I’m going to wash & peel really need to be transported in it’s own plastic wrap?”
- Give up paper towels. Seriously, you won’t miss paying for them, using them, or carrying the huge bulk pack home. Invest in more kitchen towels, use old t-shirts as cleaning rags, get pretty cloth napkins.
- Use cloth bags to buy from bulk bins when you purchase food such as beans, rice, nuts, etc. instead of buying from a box or can. When you get home, transfer the food into glass canisters & jars (I save all glass jars from pasta sauce, pickles, etc., remove the labels, and wash them for this very purpose).
-Invest in a sturdy set of tupperware (all different sizes) so you never have to buy plastic baggies again. I use my tupperware for everything from sandwiches to pre-portioned homemade trail mix. Best of all it can go in the freezer, oven, and dishwasher.
-If you order take out or delivery, save the plastic containers and utensils to reuse. Let the restaurant know if there is anything you won’t use, such as ketchup or napkins. They’ll appreciate saving their product & you’ll appreciate not wasting.
-Buy larger bottles of items such as shampoo in order to save money and generate less waste
-Lastly, choose your stores wisely. Every shopping trip and every brand selection is a ballot cast. Make sure you are voting for the company that respects your health and values.
This post was submitted by Destiny.
This week 5/6C have been doing a no impact week. I’ve been using no packaging, turning lights off when not needed, using candles, not playing electronic games, not watching T.V and playing board games. It have been challenging but my family has got through it.
This post was submitted by Dev.
My friend lachlan and I have been thinking about no impact project.We decided to have no wrappers at school and instead have reuseable containers for our lunchs. At home we have also been useing no technologie, walking to school, no takeaway, no luxary shopping walk our dogs, playing board games, no tv and heapps more. Also at school we have also been useing least power.Tommorow we will have a class bike ride, WE feel very proud and it was loads of fun.
Sincerely Paula and Lachlan.
This post was submitted by paula.