Sometimes it feels like Bowie was right when he sang, “Planet earth is blue and there’s nothing we can do.”
But there is. We can put in a little effort and re-paint it green. Start examining the everyday stuff you take for granted, and you’ll find you can do a whole lot better by Mother Nature … easily.
1. Plastic Jungle
Ever noticed how automatic plastic bag bagging is? Every purchase you make is swathed in plastic by the well-meaning cashier and the words: "I don't need a plastic bag, thanks" is ignored.
There seems to be a conspiracy to drown the world in plastic - albeit an unintentional one. I say ... FOIL their plan! REFUSE a bag! Brandish your sexy little reusable Rume shopping bag and DEMAND they use it! : http://bit.ly/29gP2BE
2. Sanitary Pads & Diapers and Menstrual Cups … Oh My!
Sorry if you're having a meal right now, but let's face it, disposable sanitary pads and diapers are a gross waste (pun intended). You use them once, you chuck them out. They leak, they are expensive, and please don't get me started on the health hazards.
Way back when, it took my sister 2 years to convince me that cloth pads were the way to go, but I finally made the switch and I never went back. Since then, I've never leaked, I feel infinitely more comfortable, I’ve saved a heck of a lot of money, and I feel much less guilty in the long run. The same went for diapers when the love of my life came along … The Live Grovia Package by Tiny Tapir was a life (and environment) saver! You can find them here : http://bit.ly/294cRvI
Which leads us to my favourite controversy ... Menstrual Cups! Ladies ... strap your men down ... they need to hear this too. Men, sit down and listen. Ever heard of toxic shock syndrome? Ever dropped a (clean) tampon into water and watch it bloom up like an over-grown flower? Tampons are evil nasty chemical-laden things that leach out more fluid than your body needs to give up. As with sanitary pads, they are one-use items that ultimately end up messing up the world (seen wall-e?). From my research and recommendation at Tiny Tapir I found that Mooncup UK is a brand from the UK and is the industry leader in menstrual cups. Enter the MOONCUP world! Made from soft medical grade silicone, Mooncups are natural, safe, easy and reusable. I've used one while hiking, and even scuba diving. I’ve gone the whole day nearly forgetting it was 'that time of the month'. What a lovely feeling. You can find Mooncups here : http://bit.ly/29bfu2A
Here is a really cool video by Mooncup UK