In our February 2018 newsletter we issued a call for stories for individuals to share about daily sustainable actions. Undergraduate Clare Trively answered our request and we greatly enjoyed hearing about her sustainable activities!
An area everyone can make an impact on is the items you choose to consume. Clare is making a personal impact by intentionally shopping and choosing items that are eco-friendly. She watches the ingredient list of her products and makes choices to buy those that are the without heavy and/or harmful chemicals. A tip Clare shared is that she enjoys shopping on Etsy; the platform gives her the opportunity to communicate with vendors and order just what she is looking to buy.
Reusing your Items
Another simple switch we can all make that Clare modeled is using reusable bags and a reusable water bottle. The production of plastic bags requires a lot of energy and plastic bags never go away because they do not degrade. Using a reusable bag is a simple way to make a change! And as Clare shows, there is no shortage of cute bag options. Additionally, did you know the water from your reusable bottle may be healtheir than the water in your bottled water you buy? If you need a reusable bottle, contact our office!
Watch your Waste
Clare surprised us and brought with her her entire trash for the month of February 2018:
That is it! Through conscious and intentional choices Clare’s only trash for the month of February was about half a pound. The average American produces 4.39 pounds of trash per DAY. By actively choosing what she purchased, practicing awareness, and recycling/composting, Clare significantly reduced her impact. One way she did that is described above, where Clare intentionally sought out distributors on Etsy who could fulfill her buying specifications. For example, when purchasing lipstick she contacted the seller and asked that no sticker be placed on the outside of the package so she could then compost the wrapper when done.
Every great movement begins with small actions; taking intentional steps to reduce our footprint is something we can all do!