Mid-Week Procrastination: Earth Week Edition

We’re sticking to a theme this week (which means that next week’s MWP post will be super full of fun, random stuff- hint, hint). But the ultimate Earth Week procrastination item would be to grab some shoes, a garbage bag, and a set of tongs and a container (if you live in an area where injection drug use or broken glass may be common) and get out there and have yourself a little community clean up. I hope that unlike me you live somewhere that is above freezing and you can have a fantastic little sunshine-y walk. Also, lots of communities run competitions (Sioux Lookout’s prize is a $500 grocery store gift card!) if you post a picture on social media with the trash you collect, so who knows what you could win!

I think this was one of the very first articles I ever read on Zero Waste, if not this exact one then one from the Trash is for Tossers website, Lauren was the very first Zero Waste Influencers I ever followed. Watching her YouTube videos was also when I realized that I was NOT going to be the kind of person who made my lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.

Also from Trash is for Tossers is this article about what to do with food scraps. Sioux Lookout doesn’t have compost, it’s the first place I’ve lived as an adult that doesn’t (although we never had it growing up and my parents’ community doesn’t have it either) so right now my freezer is slowly filling with bags of food scraps while I figure out what to do with them. I do think that some of them are likely going to end up at the landfill unless I can find a neighbor who composts but with lockdown until May 20th that seems unlikely.

Speaking of, I’ve been doing some research about how to start composting myself. My mom bought a tumble barrel shortly before I moved that I really like the idea of, but I’m worried about what to do with it if/when I move back down south to a city with municipal compost or into an apartment that doesn’t have any outdoor space. So far I’ve liked this article and this one from Better Homes and Gardens.

YouTube has actually been a big source of information for me when it comes to what products are actually worth the money (and a few years ago, often the shipping and duties to bring in from the USA) to try when I was starting out with swaps. The deodorant journey was particularly rough, if you are sensitive to baking soda deodorants then you will know what I am talking about, it was similar to times when I was on crutches! Sedona Christina and Shelbizleee are tried and trusted sources.

The only thing we have ever disagreed on is the Leaf Razor lol, but I was too scared to ever try a normal safety razor, so who knows, maybe it is actually better.
I really like these style of her videos because it takes some of the work out of it for myself. And because there is nothing more frustrating than trying to find a bit of information and it’s not there or they have 4 “about us” and “sustainability” pages.

Whew, that’s a lot more YouTube videos than I was initially anticipating! I think I’ll leave it there. One of my favourite things about doing this post this week is seeing how many more resources there are now then there were in 2015, how this isn’t weird, and you aren’t the weird, hippy friend with a mason jar in her purse and a water bottle (remember when we all carried a massive fucking Nalgene everywhere?) anymore. It’s a small culture change that gives me hope for seeing larger culture changes in the future.

Have a great day and if you have it, get some sunshine for me!

Laura

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