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5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

04.14.19

I was inspired by my friend, who made a New Year’s Resolution to cut down on her waste, to do the same. For the past couple of months I’ve been trying to put a conscious effort to minimize waste that I create on a daily basis. It’s been challenging and I feel no matter how hard I try, I will still create waste. But, I decided I’m okay with that as long as I am trying whenever possible. So, today I thought I’d share with you 5 easy steps you can take today to get started on the zero waste lifestyle.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

I also want to preface this post by saying that for getting started on the zero waste lifestyle, you don’t need to go out and buy stuff that is zero waste. That defeats the purpose. Use what you already have around the house and once a particular item finishes, then think about how your future purchases can be smarter and fit the zero waste lifestyle. I just want to train my mind to be more conscious of the waste I am creating.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

5 Easy Steps To Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle

1.Reusable Bags/Cloth Tote Bags:

Always keep a tote bag on hand. I started keeping a couple of cloth bags in the car. I’ve had these two cloth bags for a long while now and they were just sitting in my closet. So, I pulled them out and now I leave them in the Jeep. Any time we go to the mall, a store, or just out and about, I take one of the totes along with me. So, whenever I get to the checkout, I just say I don’t need a bag and use my own.

The same goes for our weekly Friday night grocery shopping. I have a lot more reusable bags that I collected from stores like Lululemon and Saje and they make the perfect grocery shopping bag. I just bring them along with us and say no to the plastic bags at the store. I’ve noticed that with just having some tote bags easily accessible, I’ve really cut down on how many plastic bags I bring home!

2. Coffee Cup:

Say no to disposable coffee cups and take along your reusable coffee cup with you. Gursheel and I go to Starbucks at least once a week and during the week I usually go out to get some coffee at least once or twice. And never do I bring my own coffee cup. But, this has also come to a stop now. Any time we go out on the weekends, we bring along our coffee cups with us. Starbucks is really great because not only do they give you 10 cents off your drink when you bring your own coffee cup, but they also tend to give you more coffee! We always ask for a tall, but since our coffee cup is pretty big (20 oz), they fill it up all the way (that’s basically a venti sized drink)!

I also bring my KeepCup with me everywhere. In the mornings I make myself a lemon honey tea and in the afternoons at work, I either make myself a latte or I use my KeepCup to get a coffee. Just having a coffee cup with you really helps you cut down on all those disposable coffee cups that really add up to your waste. And they’re fun. I am obsessed with my KeepCup!

3. Reusable Water Bottle:

Start taking your reusable water bottle with you everywhere. I think this one is pretty obvious and I think almost everyone has a reusable water bottle. It is shocking to me the amount of plastic water bottles that are out there and used on a daily basis. My in laws actually use them quite a bit and this is something I really would like to encourage them to stop using. It is so easy to bring a water bottle along with you everywhere. There are water filters everywhere: at work, at airports, at malls and you can even ask any restaurant or coffee shop to fill up your water bottle.

4. Reusable Straws:

Get yourself some reusable straws. I really enjoy drinking cold beverages out of straws. I use it for my morning green smoothie as well as iced coffees or frappacinos when I am out and about. We all know how terrible plastic straws are for the environment, so now I have started to keep a stainless steel straw in my bag at all times. If I’m ever in the mood for an iced coffee when I’m out, I just pull out my own reusable straw. And if I don’t have my reusable straw with me, I’ll opt for a drink that doesn’t require a straw.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today
5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

5. Reusable Ziploc Bags/Stasher Bag:

Finally, my last step is to stop buying ziploc bags. If you already have them, re-use them as much as you can. But once you’ve run out, I’d highly recommend to invest in some Stasher Bags. I am obsessed with my Stasher bags. I have a total of three now, but I’d like to get a few more so I can have easy access to them whenever I need. My favorite way to use mine is taking some to go snacks, making smoothie pouches for the week and making some popcorn. The Stasher bag is great because it is made of silicone and is BPA free, microwavable, freezable and heatable. It is multi-functional and a great way to opt out of ziploc bags.

I hope you find this post helpful. I saw this quote recently that really inspired me: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

5 Easy Steps to Get Started on the Zero Waste Lifestyle Today

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Decluttering Your Apartment Space Effectively

09.18.19

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A home is only as comfortable as its design, and from there, how you decorate it. This is why when clutter builds, your space may feel cramped and oppressive. This is no way for anyone to live, and so it’s best to address it if it happens. Decluttering your apartment space effectively is more than just throwing things out or selling them, however. You shouldn’t have to feel as though you are simply not allowed to keep the products you purchase or come across, because some of them have sentimental value.

Then again, most of us have to work with the space we can afford, and so creative and comfortable measures are often utilized to make the most difference in the end. To us, that sounds like quite a positive philosophy to have. Thankfully, it is possible to achieve this if you know how to apply yourself correctly.

All you need to do is consider the following advice. You will be stunned just how effective it can be:

Store & Cycle Your Possessions

Again, we may find that despite all of our amazing possessions we have collected, storing them all would mean wading through belongings on your way to sit down. This is never a good idea. However, you may decide that storing certain items and bringing out others can help you cycle your belongings for show, to help the aesthetic or to simply help you feel more comfortable. Cycling your possessions in this manner can often help you to no end, and it means you needn’t artificially rid yourself of the things you love should they hold value to you.

Consider The ‘Pattern Point Cost’

A ‘pattern point cost’ is a simple term. Consider that there is an invisible point limit to how you decorate a room. Now, a busy pattern may be worth more points, and a neutral item is certainly worth less. This means that you can then decorate your room considering your pattern and texture budget. For example, if hoping to use bohemian tapestries to line the wall, busy patterned sofa cushions, or a range of other items like this ,you may decide to implement laminate flooring for the most neutral yet professional flooring space. This can help you over designing a room through its texture alone.

Less Items, More Impact

Remember, you needn’t store all of your items in your apartment to have a big impact. Many plants all around the room might not be needed when one big plant, or one wall garden can help you gain the same natural result. Consider the space requirements of your items, and how you might help them make the most impact. For example, do you need to store every single blu-ray you have on said bookshelf? Or could your best special edition collections take pride of place? It’s efforts like this that can help any small space shine as it deserves, without going overboard.

With this advice, you are certain to declutter your apartment space effectively.

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Staying Safe On Your Travels

09.18.19

Setting off on your travels is an exciting time. There are a lot of things to explore, new things to try and a lot of fun to be had. It’s a time to relax and let go of your inhibitions, but sometimes it’s possible to go too far.

While it’s important that you enjoy yourself while traveling or on vacation, you also need to take care of your health and safety. Take a look at some of the following advice for staying safe on your travels to make sure you have a great time.

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Get insured

Taking out travel insurance is a must every time you go away. It costs very little, but it could be vital if you were to have an accident or you suffer losses while you’re away. You can even buy annual travel insurance policies that will cover you for the full year so that you don’t have to worry about it. Don’t take the risk of going without it – get insured.

Make sure you understand the law

While you might be a law-abiding citizen in your own country, you could find yourself inadvertently breaking the law while you’re in another. From traffic violations to littering, you could be faced with harsh penalties if you don’t observe the law. While it’s possible to get a Canadian Pardon if you’ve ended up with something on your record, it’s better not to have something there in the first place. Check the travel guidance for any countries you’re visiting, and always observe the law to the letter.

Think twice before you take risks

A vacation or some extended travel should offer you plenty of time to relax and unwind, but if you become too relaxed or adventurous, you could find yourself taking some unnecessary risks. Some basic travel safety tips include carrying minimal cash on you, locking your valuables away and making yourself aware of different scams that tourists typically fall for. It’s important to put your safety first in every situation, so make sure you think twice.

Stay on top of your health

Your health is important, and it can be easy to forget about it when you’re away from home or you’re enjoying yourself. From making sure that you eat something healthy each day to drinking enough water, it’s important to stay healthy when traveling. There’s nothing worse than coming home feeling like you need more time off to recover, so try your best to stay active and healthy during your travels.

Your health and safety is a priority no matter where you are in the world. But even seasoned travelers can neglect to take care of their health. From having those in-flight essentials in place to making sure you have packed your essential medication, it’s good to be prepared while traveling. Put your safety first while traveling so that you can focus on enjoying yourself and creating incredible memories.

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How to Stay on Track When You Have a Busy Schedule

09.06.19

Sometimes, life will throw all kinds of unexpected things your way and it’s up to you to deal with those challenges. It’s not always easy to deal with a busy schedule, especially if you weren’t expecting it. But it’s all within your control if you approach this challenging situation in the correct and proper way. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by your schedule and instead embrace it. Here’s how you can do that.

Always Plan Ahead

Always plan ahead when it comes to your work and your schedule. If you can get things done ahead of time, you’ll have less to do on the day and you’ll always feel ready and prepared for what’s going to be thrown at your next. It’s about getting into the habit of preparing yourself and working early rather than doing things at the last minute. It might not sound like much, but it’ll make a huge difference in your day to day life.

Use Scheduling Software

Good scheduling software will help you make sense of your schedule and what you’ve got to do. There’s no need to leave things to chance or let them stay messy and disorganized. With scheduling software, you’ll be able to track what needs to be done and when. That kind of approach will only cause you problems in the long-term, so try to stay on top of your schedule with the help of the best and latest software.

Prioritise Your Own Needs

Everyone has their own needs and priorities when it comes to plotting out their schedule. If you have certain things that you need to get done, focus on those things. Don’t spend your time trying to accommodate other people because that won’t work out well for you going forward. Your needs should always come first when you’re busy and have a lot to get done.

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Follow Guides to Avoid Frustration and Wasted Time

If technology is frustrating you and causing you all kinds of problems, you should follow guides or get help.  Guides like https://setapp.com/how-to/delete-google-account-and-gmail-on-mac will help you to fix issues quickly rather than letting yourself get frustrated and having to deal with wasted time. Things go wrong all the time and that shouldn’t throw you off course or ruin your schedule.

Remember That You’re in Control

Finally, you should try to remember that you’re the one in control. If you ever feel things slipping out of your grasp, you should pull them back and become the master of your own destiny once more. Staying on top of things and in control of your own schedule is always liberating. But when you start to feel like you’re not in control, then it’s when a busy schedule can really get the better of you.

We all have times in our personal and professional life when things seem to start piling up relentlessly and there’s often nothing that can be done about that. Staying on track with things will be a whole lot easier for you if you make the most of the ideas discussed above.