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the five Rs of zero waste

the five Rs of zero waste

refuse. reduce. reuse. recycle. rot. refusethe first R is the most difficult, and that is REFUSE. like saying no to birthday cake or a second helping of food, refusing more belongings tends to be difficult. when considering a purchase, i always categorize purchases in four categories; 1) will i die without this? in most cases the answer is no. 2) will this improve my essential quality of life? for instance, i purchased a used bike last year, because my old bike was bad for my knees. 3) will this thing make my life easier? these things will save you time...

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how to use your reusable menstrual pad

how to use your reusable menstrual pad

here’s the basics on how to use reusable menstrual pads. for pre-usewash newly purchased pads. you can wash them normally in a regular wash, or if you like you can place them in a mesh bag before washing to keep lint and hair from sticking to your pads. no specific detergent is necessary for the main wash, however, borax is preferred for the soak. during your cycle watch closely to monitor leaks ((especially when u first use them). how well does your pad absorb your blood and for how many hours? this will give you an idea of when it time...

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i am not a zero waster and other misconceptions about zero waste

i am not a zero waster and other misconceptions about zero waste

misconception # 1: i am a zero wasterwhile i do like my food without disposable ware, always carry a reusable bottle, and deliberately request drinks without the straw, i wouldn’t call myself a zero waster and that is because of the elitism that comes with that label. the online zero waste community is very white, especially when i first started blogging about zero waste in 2014. i felt that there wasn't space for both my blackness and my deep relationship with the earth online, and instead of choosing between the two i opted out, and for a long time i...

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touching the earth (bell hooks)

touching the earth (bell hooks)

this is an excerpt from one of my favorite books, that features an article called 'touching the earth" quite aligned with my spiritual relation with nature. here is goes. "when we love the earth, we are able to love ourselves more fully. i believe this. the ancestors taught me it was so. as a child i loved playing in dirt, in that rich kentucky soil, that was a source of life. before i understood anything about the pain and exploitation of the southern system sharecropping, i understood that grown-up black folks loved that land. i could stand with my grandfather...

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28 times black people were effortlessly environmentalists (repost)

28 times black people were effortlessly environmentalists (repost)

i got inspired by all the posts wishing me a happy black history month, that i had to jump in and big up the numerous ways that black folks stunt in the world of sustainability. and no, this isn’t a list filled with facts about 28 eco-leaders in the black community, that’s a whole other post that needs to be published. this is 28 things commonly known in the black community that we take for granted, but are very much so actions of environmentalism. and it’s more than 28 ways, i could go on for millions of years, like my ancestors,...

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