Thanks to the inspiration of my coven sister, I’m once again thinking about how I can continue to become a more Conscientious Consumer. In recent years, I’ve made some immense life altering changes in how I live… recycling, cruelty free, vegetarian… and it’s all been about not only making my life better but making the world better. I feel that as a citizen of planet Earth, I have a responsibility to do all that I can to leave her in better condition than my generation received her. As I witch, this is part of my dedication to my Path.
So, my thoughts have turned toward reducing. Recycling is a great step, a great beginning in this journey. Making sure that the waste my household produces is properly disposed of and hopefully remade into other products, that can make a huge impact, but what comes next? I like the idea of reducing. Reducing waste. Reducing what I buy. Using what waste that is produced for other useful purposes. These are the kinds of new philosophies that my coven sister has brought to my attention, so I thought I’d share some of them. Some are things that I’ve been doing, while others are ones that I’m thinking about implementing. I’ve been doing a ton of research and talking to people, getting ideas. Its eye opening, scary and some make me wonder if this whole thing is even possible, but I’m committed. I have to do what I can.
I thought it would be fun to share and hopefully discuss what I’m learning. This is the perfect forum to talk about my opinions and get some feedback from you. I’m hoping for a lively, productive discussion on what kind of positive change we can make happen, one thing at a time.
Let’s start off with an easy idea, switching to reusable drinking bottles. Above is a picture with three bottles/cups that I use just about every day. When I go shopping or have plans to spend time away from home, I always have at least one of these bottles filled with water with me. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t buy bottled water unless I finish what I’ve brought with me and can’t find a drinking fountain to refill at. When it comes to bottle type, I like to look for reusable bottles that have a lock, so I can throw it in my bag or purse and not have to worry about spillage.
A couple of years ago, my brother gifted me with a four pack of the Contigo brand of insulated cups and they are really good for keeping coffee and tea hot for a long time. I believe the brand is widely available and comes if a variety of sizes. Here is a link to an Amazon search if you want to know more about them:
The Roomie and I decided to liquidate most of our plastic storage some time ago, switching to glass instead. I love my two Zulu glass bottles, one for water and the other for my protein shakes (it comes with a handy mixing ball). They come with a protective rubber sleeve, which is good because I’m kind of a klutz, and the sleeves are available in lots of colors. You can find them in Target and Meijer stores, or online. Again, here is a link to Amazon to see more:
There are countless other companies out there that produce these kinds of glass bottles and if you decide to look at plastic ones, I would urge you only look at ones that are BPA free, so you don’t have chemicals seeping into your drinks. The benefits of switching to reusable bottles is obvious. We end up reducing the number of plastic bottles and cups that mostly end up in landfills and at the end of the day, isn’t that the point of reducing?
So, do you use reusable bottles? If so, do you have a favorite? Do you use plastic or glass? I’d love to hear back from you with opinions and thoughts. I’m going to be sharing more ideas like this one, so I hope you check back here. Thanks for watching the Path for a little while with me and until next time… Blessed Be!
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