Zero Waste Lifestyle

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My daughter recently asked me if I knew anything about “zero waste living”.  I had to admit that I’d heard of it, but really didn’t know what it entailed.  So, I decided to look into it and relay my findings to all of you.

Zero waste is living without any waste at all.  So, this means that you don’t buy your toothpaste, you make it.  When you get coffee out you bring a mug with you and have that filled instead of a coffee cup.  You need to think about bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones, buying loose vegetables instead of ones in plastic bags.  Another great thing that is easy to do is to by your own steel straw and keep it with you just in case you end up going out for a drink, that way you can limit the amount of plastic straws you use.  By the way, you can also do this by bringing your own silverware with you if you end up in a fast-food restaurant.

The list of things that you have to think about is fairly long, and from what information I’ve found, it can take a while to get to zero waste.  There is a steep hill of learning to climb, to say the least.  A lot of it seems to be pretty time-consuming, and as an aside, the loophole of using “recyclable” plastic, can be more than confusing, since as I’ve come to know, much of what we “recycle”, doesn’t actually get recycled.  (The cost of recycling is going up all the time, and many of the countries that took recycling are not taking it anymore.)

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So, in my case, I could not go to zero waste, since many of the products at my local grocery store are packaged in non-recyclable plastic, from bread to vegetables, and many products in between. I don’t have the option of buying those items loose, since I’ve never even seen loose mushrooms, they are always packaged in the stores that I’ve been in.

That being said, there are a lot of other things that we can do to bring our waste down.  I almost always bring a bag with me when I shop, so I don’t have plastic bags.  If I do end up with them, I reuse them for as long as I can.  If I’ve forgotten a bag, I will often just put whatever is was that I’ve bought into my purse if it fits.  I also have quite a few net bags that I put my loose produce in – fruit and the vegetables that are sold loose.

While trying to live by creating zero waste is an admirable goal, I’ve found that the way we package food products, along with most of the other things that we buy, it seems to be a difficult task.  However, I absolutely advocate doing what you can in your daily life to create as little waste as you can.  After all, we have turned much of this world into a garbage dump, and What do you think about going zero waste?  I’ve left a few links below for you to check out if you’re interested.

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https://www.motherearthliving.com/healthy-home/zero-waste-living-zmfz15jfhou

http://time.com/5218046/how-to-live-zero-waste/

 

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Dreams are Soul’s Wishes

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What an interesting quote.  Do you think this is true?  What are your dreams – you know, those “crazy” ideas you have for living the life you desire – fulfilling your deepest wishes.  Do you feel that they are much too hard to attain, or have you slowly but surely been working on them all along?  I remember reading the story of a man who had always wanted to obtain a higher education, so he decided upon retirement that he was going to go to college, but couldn’t afford it.  His solution was to go anyway and audit the classes (this simply meant that he could do the work, but not receive any credit).  His friends gave him a hard time, telling him that he’d be too old when he finished, but his response was that he’d be that age anyway, so what difference would it make.  Some ten years later, he was still auditing various courses, doing the course work and passing every class.  The college finally gave him an honorary degree for his dedication to learning.  Needless to say, he was the same age he would have been anyway, only now he’d gotten the education he’d always wanted.  Life is to be lived, after all.

See, if someone really is courageous enough to follow through on their soul’s wishes, they are often able to find a way to fulfill them.  The problem, I have found, is finding the courage to follow through.  Turn your dreams into actions and fulfill your wishes!

 

November Reflections

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I don’t know about you, but November was not a fully productive month for me.  I re-injured my back, making my workouts more of a workout than I anticipated.  I attempted to do NaNoWriMo (national write a novel in a month).  I was aiming for finishing my dog book, which I did not accomplish.  However, I’ve gotten a start that I’m happy with, and intend to work on it more in the coming months.

I did sort and file most of my paperwork that’s been hanging around playing cards and drinking beer on my dining room table and credenza.  This only happened because I needed to use my dining room table for Thanksgiving – talk about a really good reason to do some organizing.  So, that was a good thing to finish.  And, to point out my state of disorganization, I thought that I had another week before Thanksgiving, so imagine my surprise when I realized I only had a few days to pull my dinner together!  That fact right there is another indication of how my month went.

One happy note is that I’ve started my Christmas shopping and can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Hopefully there will not be any extreme panicking this year.  So, how did you do with your November goals?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Happy Things!

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about my own exciting life.  To tell the truth, my life hasn’t been very exciting at all.  The past summer was much too uncomfortable to go on many hikes, and the most exciting thing about it was the fact that it was a perfect excuse to read more books!

We did get a lot of wood processed, took a few more trees down, and hopefully will have some wood left-over after this winter.  I’ve been plugging away at my writing for my 360 Days of Haiku…I am looking forward to the end of this year, and do not intend to do this again anytime soon.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I came up with this insane idea.  However, it will be over soon…so I’m sure I’ll come up with another crazy idea for next year.

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I’ve also been taking lots of pictures because not only did I write one haiku per day, I also took a picture for each one.  So, I’ve been getting as creative as I could.

I went to see lots of movies.  I love movies, and could watch at least one a day if I let myself.  Some I’ve seen include: Atomic Blond, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Peppermint, Bohemian Rhapsody, Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther and many more.  As a matter of fact, I’ve gone to more movies this year than I have in the last few years put together.   Along with all this happiness, I went to see Postmodern Jukebox last week and was thrilled!  What talent!  If you haven’t checked them out on YouTube, I suggest that you do so.

There have been many walks with my dog, Duffy this year.  Since he is getting a little “older” – he’s now 8 ½ years now, he gets special hip and joint medicine and the vet has him on some anti-inflammation for when we do longer walks.  He still thinks he’s a puppy, so he can do some damage to himself if I’m not careful…he’s all about the stick/ball/Frisbee.

I hope you’ve been putting some happiness in your lives.  Share some of what you’ve done recently that has made you happy in the comments below.

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What are You a Product of?

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I love this quote.  It reminds me that even though life happens, and sometimes it can be difficult and challenging, I don’t have to let it destroy me.  I can be a product of my decisions regarding those circumstances.

I know that we all think we have some semblance of “control” over our fates.  Life loves to throw us a curve ball every once in a while, and our “game” changes, often through no fault of our own…it’s just life.

So, whenever I feel like wallowing in the negativity of it all, this quote helps bring me back to the realization that even though “whatever” happened, my response to that “whatever” is what matters.  Of course, just like everyone else, I can have some over-the-top initial responses, you know the ones, where you simply lose your head, and give in to the negativity.  However, the decisions and actions that you take after that initial reaction is what actually matters.  So, just remember, you really are not your circumstances, you area product of your decisions.

 

Pesticides and Children

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While we all know that pesticides are harmful for any creature, the evidence that they are also extremely harmful for humans continues to mount.  As you know, Monsanto cannot be sold in many countries due to the harm it causes.  Monsanto was taken to the international court, The Hauge, and this courts decision was to allow the bans against it to stand.  So, here we have not only scientific evidence that pesticides are harmful, but legal rulings against it, also.

The study linked to below, deals with an insecticide class known as Organophosphates which were developed in Germany in the 1940’s and are “like” nerve agents, which means that they target an enzyme (acetylcholinesterase ) that controls nerves signals, of course this destroys the enzyme, and then the insect also dies.  These insecticides are known as chlorpyrifos and are widely used in the U.S. and Europe.  Not only that, but chlorpyrifos are not only used in fields, but they have also been used in parks and playgrounds.  Since they have been used so widely, it is nearly impossible not to come into contact with them.

Until this meta study was conducted,(for those who don’t know, a meta study is the extensive study of many different peer-reviewed scientific studies) many people were under the impression that these were not “all that” harmful to humans, however by using the meta study (the study of many peer-reviewed studies from over 71 countries), the scientists discovered that the level of human harm is much higher than was previously thought.  Indeed, they discovered that there is no “acceptable” level, in fact, chronic low-level exposure is extremely harmful and can lead to problems in babies and children that include lower I.Q., problems with the mechanics of the brain, learning disabilities and memory problems.  Should many children have these problems it will become a societal problem.

I’m leaving the link to this information below.  Scary stuff indeed.

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 https://www.care2.com/causes/theres-no-safe-limit-of-pesticide-exposure-for-children-says-a-new-study.html

 

Changing Energy

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Lately life has been a struggle.  I’ve been moderately depressed for a while now, and have been thinking about how I can change my outlook.  I really want to make my home a peaceful place that is both organized and homey.  What I want is a place to recover from the outside world and find peace and a soothing atmosphere.  While this sounds like a wonderful idea, some of the less peaceful aspects of my life have to do with the people whom I live with.  When I came across the above quote, I realized that the only thing that I can actually do is to try to create the space I need/want, and see if it helps me.

I can’t change the energy that others emit, nor can I change their behavior/words/actions.  I can only worry about what I do, how I do it, and create the space that I need.  So, that’s what I’m going to do.  I know that one of my goals for the month of November was to organize and de-clutter my living room and dining room so that’s where I am going to start this process.

How do you create peace in your life?  Let me know if you have any ideas.  Let’s help to create peace one space at a time.