Earth Day: Celebrating Our Mother!

There is a reason we call our planet Mother Earth. She protects and provides for us. Along the same lines, we should not bite the hand that feeds us. We cannot simply return the favor by expressing gratitude for all she has done for us; thanks will not save the planet!

We must work to achieve harmony between the Earth and all those that inhabit her. a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.

On this International Mother Earth Day, I want to encourage everyone to reconsider how they interact with the natural world.

You might be wondering how to help Mother Earth today. Here are some useful tips:

    • The first thing to go should be plastic straws! They are completely unnecessary and aren’t recyclable!
    • Eat local, grow your own food, and incorporate meatless meals if you don’t already!
    • We know fast-food is wasteful, but so is fast fashion. Try purchasing your clothes second-hand and donating or giving away the clothes you don’t wear!
    • When possible, buy high quality items because generally they will last longer!
  2. REUSE
    • Reusable water bottles are a must!
    • Using reusable bags at the grocery store is also an easy way to reduce waste too!
    • If you do find yourself with a water bottle, aluminum can, or other recyclable material, please recycle!
    • Make sure what you put in the bin really is recyclable in the area and is clean. It’s a real bummer if the materials aren’t recycled due to contamination.

These are simple tips, but they could help change your life and lead you to have a positive impact on our planet and those around you! It also won’t hurt when you save money on clothes and water bottles!

Let me know how you are showing love to Mother Earth today!

Plastic Might Be Convenient, But Is It Worth It? — Post by ErdlingmitFernweh on Social Work Helper

Plastic is everywhere in our lives these days. Water bottles, microbead skin products, disposable razors, shopping bags, and red solo cups. It’s amazing how much of this ends up in the water systems, my dear Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean. 29 more words

via Plastic Might Be Convenient, But Is It Worth It? — Social Work Helper

Late Update to Plastic Free July

Now that I’m not so tied up with classes and backpacking, I finally got around to letting y’all know how Plastic Free July went.

Being in a new country and trying to find plastic-free alternatives proved to be very difficult! It didn’t help that I wasn’t totally sure how to say “no straw please” in German or any of the local languages of the places I was traveling to. I basically ended up just avoiding anything that could come with a straw! 😀

I thought it would be easier in Germany with plastic bags generally costing money in grocery stores and the emphasis on manufacturing. BUT like I’ve discussed before, it seems that people who recycle actually use way more plastic!

The ice cream I ate at lunch came in plastic. Even if I got my tea in a non-plastic cup, they tried to give me a lid or the dreaded straw!

Of course I try to drink it in the shop so I can use a reusable cup, but sometimes you just have to take it on the go!

One time I bought a glass bottle of lemonade because I was craving lemonade (why else!?!) and the darn thing came with a plastic top but I didn’t realize until I had already left the store!

As most of you know, I am vegetarian because I believe it is the kindest way to eat when considering animals, the environment, and our bodies. Well, there were a couple times when the only vegetarian food at the cafeteria was a wrap wrapped in plastic wrap! (How many times can I saw “wrap” in one sentence?) When it comes to deciding between meat, plastic, and going hungry, I personally chose plastic. It didn’t help that the apartment I was living in didn’t have a working kitchen! I’m hoping in the future I won’t have this problem because I will be able to prepare and bring my food from home with plastic-free containers, but for now I’m doing what I can!

Below I will go through all of the plastic I used during July. It was definitely not a total success, but it really showed me how much plastic I was truly using even though I felt that I was successfully being a conscious consumer.

Plastic I Used This July

  1. One lemonade lid
  2. One water bottle
  3. Plastic wrap (x2)

As you can see, I definitely went long stretches of time without plastic which was something I had never done before!

If you didn’t get a chance to try Plastic Free July, don’t worry you don’t have to wait until next July! You can try Plastic Free October or just Plastic Free Today! It’s great to push ourselves out of our comfort zone to show a little more compassion towards the Earth than we normally do.

Did you do Plastic Free July or are you always plastic-free? Let me know down below and if you have any tips, please don’t hesitate to let me know! 🙂