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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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did u thank the sun today?

did u thank the sun today?

did you take time to thank the sun today? certainly hope so cuz everything we depend on, the gas that fuels our cars, the lunch we ate, our central heat and air are all brought to you by none other than the sun. thank you sun for bringing us energy day after day! and the day the sun stops rising this life will be no more (morbid ree) solar energy is the #1 energy source. the sun’s energy feeds the plants we eat and created the fossil fuels (gas/carbon) we use 650 million years ago, so fossil fuels are the...

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three reasons why food waste happens

three reasons why food waste happens

these are boxes of squash that would have been thrown into the trash, if it weren't for a truck driver and a location willing to host the food for people to come pick up. stacks of boxes of produce go to the trash every day due to the subsidization of 'big ag' and a supply chain designed to keep some hungry and others greedy. there are three common ways in which food is wasted. first there is the food that never makes it off the farm. on a farm, food is cultivated using laborers and water and the land is exploited, but 40%...

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