Tea Talk

Challenging Myself

So, as some of y’all know I’m trying to be more eco-friendly. I made a post about it at the beginning of this month and I figured I would talk a little about how it’s going. Click here if you would like to read my first post. πŸ™‚

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So, I’ve started using a shampoo bar because if you think about it I use a lot of plastic bottle since I’m always in different hotels and I don’t carry my own with me. So, I figured a shampoo bar would be a good switch that I could make quicker than others. How it’s gone: it’s been…interesting. I actually just washed my hair yesterday with regular shampoo because I had family coming over and I couldn’t stand how my hair felt. A shampoo bar is all natural materials so it doesn’t strip your hair of oils which normal shampoo does. So, your hair has to go through a detox pretty much because it gets used to the chemicals and the stripping of your hair…I would say this transition for my hair has been the hardest. My hair always feels kind of oily and not gonna lie it’s kind of gross. I’ve also been using an apple cider vinegar rinse which is supposed to help with this but I haven’t really noticed much of a difference. However, I only washed my hair with my normal shampoo once and I’m back on the shampoo bar. I do like to style my hair now just because I feel like it helps my hair look…less oily….maybe it’s just me who notices, but I’m just being honest. I think I’ll buy some more shampoo bar samples from other companies to test them out.

I bought samples from Apple Valley so if any of y’all wanna check out their products just click here. So, I haven’t bought any face wash or any body bars because I still have a lot of product at home that I need to use up first so I don’t know when I’ll buy any of those products at the moment. I also haven’t bought any silverware because I just reuse the plastic silverware that I’ve had for a while haha. I figured I don’t need more when the stuff I have works very well. That’s the whole point right? Being more resourceful in general too.

Let’s see…another think to be more “eco-friendly” or more just aware of what I spend my money on would be books. I’m sorry but I’ll never stop buying physical books. However, I am trying to be better in general and decided that I shouldn’t spend so much money on things I don’t need. One of those things would be books. I have a crap ton of books that I need to read so I decided until I read them all, or at least a majority of them, I won’t be purchasing any new books. I’ve done good on that so far haha. I’m sorry trees but I love physical books. However, there is this awesome app called Flora and you use it to help you stay focused. It can also help plant trees as well.

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The reason I like this is because you can make a bet with the app pretty much that if you stay off your phone for however long you set the time then you’ll grow plants and you can place actual money on it so if you do close out of the app then you have to pay that amount. You can also pay a fee so that when you reach a certain amount of focused hours they’ll plant a tree. πŸ™‚ I use this app a lot. I’ll use it to designate like 25 minutes on my blog each day and 30 minutes reading and 25 minutes doing a Bible study. So, the hours really add up quickly and it helps me just sit down and focus on certain things because my goal is to expand my “garden”. πŸ˜€

So, another thing that I’ve done is just be more conscious of my decisions. I’m more conscious of what I spend my money on and how I spend it. So, for example I try not to buy a lot of things in plastic. I’ll opt for canned food or things in glass or food that I can cook myself so like fresh produce. I also have cut back on my spending at airports because pretty much everything is in plastic. It’s made me think more about consuming unnecessary things just because I want something. Which overall has helped me save some money at the airport haha. It’s also forced me to get more creative with my meals and that can actually be pretty fun. Thankfully I’ve always been a big fan of fruits and vegetables haha. However, sometimes if I want something I’ll get it regardless. Like for example I’ve been sick as I’ve stated before and I decided to try a recipe for homemade cough syrup…well it didn’t help at all. So in that instant I have been buying a lot of medicine and that may not be eco-friendly but it’s something I’ve needed and for me that out weighed being eco-friendly. I just find that natural remedies don’t work, but I gave it a try in hopes that it would. So, at least I can say I tried it. πŸ™‚ Another example is that I had one moment where I was coughing like crazy and the cough drops weren’t helping at all so I went and bought a cup of tea. I didn’t want to do it, but I don’t regret it because it did help my throat a lot and it made me feel better. πŸ™‚ Stuff happens but it’s important to remember that it’s okay as long as you’re putting in the effort. Something I’ll need to do is think about getting a to-go mug that I can start taking with me that I can use in airports. πŸ™‚ At the moment I don’t want to spend the money on one yet, because I don’t buy a lot of things in single use to-go cups anymore. πŸ™‚

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Speaking of single use plastic I stopped going to Starbucks. I used to go through the drive through a lot when I would run errands but I stopped doing that. I did buy a new mug (pictured above. click picture to be taken to where I got it. πŸ˜€ ) that I can to Starbucks when I feel like going inside and getting a drink, but I haven’t felt like doing that yet. πŸ™‚ More single use plastics that I’ve stopped buying are K-cups. I’m still going through the ones I do have, but I’ve stopped using those and have now bought some biodegradable coffee filters for one reusable k-cup. πŸ™‚ Obviously another change that you can make is using a french press for your coffee which cuts back on waste in general. I do have a french press for my tea but I don’t really use it too much. I’m also still going through all the tea I’ve bought. However, there are two flavors that I really love so I did buy more of those. πŸ™‚ It’s no biggie like I said the point is being more aware and I have realized that I do tend to buy too much at once so now I’m actually going through what I have instead of accumulating a giant pile. If that makes any sense. So, I do buy my coffee in bags still which they say buying in bulk is better than buying a lot of smaller plastics if that makes any sense. So I bought a thing of decaf that’s ground coffee and I bought a thing of hazelnut (my favorite). I will say the decaf wasn’t very good….but that’s the learning process haha. Now I know not to buy that brand again…but I guess this one will last a while because I won’t be using it as much haha.

Oh, I just ordered a safety razor!!! So, I’ve used up my plastic razors and will be making that switch. Hopefully all goes well with that. πŸ™‚ I’m excited to making small steps in the right direction. πŸ™‚ It’s such a simple and small step but if you think about how many razors we use it’s pretty incredible. Obviously you don’t have to shave if you don’t want to but I like smooth legs and underarms haha. I’ll need something to protect it while I’m traveling but I’ll look around my house first since being resourceful is part of this journey. πŸ™‚

Some of y’all might have read my one post but another huge step for me was buying brussels sprouts in one of my reusable produce bags. So, if you didn’t read that post I’ll explain a little: so I needed brussels sprouts for a recipe of mine and I was so nervous to go put some in my reusable produce bag. I didn’t want people looking at me all weird and I didn’t want the cashier looking at me weird or something like that so I almost bought a frozen bag of them that was obviously in plastic. When I say I almost bought the bag I mean I had it in my car standing near the freezer debating if I should buy it or not. Anyway, I put it back and told myself, “This is about you and helping the planet. This is your journey. No one is gonna judge you and if they do they don’t matter. You’re helping the planet. Don’t think about anyone else. This is for you.” I was hyping myself up and I did it and was so proud because if you couldn’t tell from that little snippet I have some bad social anxiety haha. I avoid anything that can cause some type of conflict and I overthink everything! So, I was beyond proud of myself. πŸ™‚

Some more steps I want to take in this journey: I want to get more into recycling but I need to take this slow because it’s already overwhelming trying to shop for it. I’ll want a bamboo toothbrush, but I have a few toothbrushes so I’ll be good for a while. I’ll need some zero plastic toner and stuff like that, but until I use up what I have I won’t worry about that. I’m going to try to be more “minimalist” I say it in quotes because it won’t be what you typically think of. For me I wanna be more aware of how much I own and how much I don’t need to own. So, I’ll start working on cleaning up my stuff and getting rid of the things I no longer need or use. However, there are some things like books I will never be minimalist about haha. I would like less clothes but that’s another journey I can think about later on in life. Same with groceries. Since I don’t live alone I usually don’t buy groceries unless I want to cook something specific so that side of my no plastic lifestyle will be looked at when I do have a place of my own. What else do I want to work at….? Oh, I need to think about some zero plastic makeup alternatives since I’m running low on powder. However, I don’t use a lot of makeup anymore like I used to so that’s good. I also bought a water bottle that I think I talked about before that is plastic but for my job it’s better than having a steel water bottle or a glass one so that’s gonna stay.

I’m not pushing my new journey/lifestyle on anyone at all. Not on y’all or my family because it’s got to be a choice we make on our own. So, for example with Easter I got some candy and a plastic bucket and of course the candy is all wrapped in plastic. Am I mad about it? No. I haven’t really made it too known that I’m changing my ways to my family because I’ve always been this way. I’ve always been pretty private about myself and Easter was a holiday and I am very thankful for the gifts they gave me. Just need to make sure I don’t waste any of the candy I got and I need to be resourceful with what I did get. Make any sense? It’s okay if things happen and you’re dying to have a cheeseburger..go get one! It’s okay not to be perfect as long as you are making changes.

I’ve also started using my own reusable grocery bag so if I go to the store and I don’t have it with me and I’m not buying much I just won’t ask for a bag. I’ll speak up more than I would before. Which I think this is actually helping me to speak up about things. Like not wanting a bag I’ll say something about it rather than just accept it anyway. So, I am proud of these small changes I’m seeing in myself too. It’s helped me to be more positive in all aspects of my life which may sound weird but it has. I am proud of myself. I take pride in being more conscious of the decisions I make when it comes to using less plastic and that makes me feel better about myself and it also helps me to stay positive about things in general. πŸ™‚ I also enjoy writing about it and telling y’all my journey and hopefully inspiring y’all as well. πŸ™‚

It’s pretty incredible all the things you can buy without plastic and it’s definitely a healthier life choice because it forces you to buy a lot of fresh produce. Next up what I wanna try is going to Whole Foods and looking at their bulk section. πŸ™‚ It’s not the closest to my place so I don’t know if this would be a permanent thing, but it is something to think about. As I said before I won’t be focusing too much on groceries since I don’t live alone anyway. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’ve been rambling a lot haha. I can’t help it though I find this to be so fun and there’s so much you can learn about it. I also just love talking about it. I hope y’all enjoyed this post regardless. Have a blessed day y’all. ❀ ❀

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