sustainability

9 Less-Waste Goals: January Update

9 Less-Waste Goals: January Update

January was a quick and focused month around here. I did not blog regularly; my mental energies went almost entirely to implementing our 9 less-waste goals for 2019 and, of course, entering into my third trimester of pregnancy.

As I promised myself, however, I pause now to review and reflect upon the month and our efforts. This is not a shaming protocol, but rather an opportunity to consider what went well, what rose or fell in priority, and how I might proceed this month in the pursuit of embodied and ecologically-conscious love.

Sustainably Feminine: How To Bleed In Peace - Quick Switch #007

Sustainably Feminine: How To Bleed In Peace - Quick Switch #007

Sustainable body care is an absolute no brainer, especially when it comes to caring for one's most intimate body parts.

However, it took me a while to make the switch. It was a matter of ecological awareness and practical knowledge. Once I realized that my pads and tampons were forever sitting in a landfill, I wanted to make a difference. But I did not know how (even my doctor did not know about the DivaCup back in 2007!!). So it was also a matter of community--or lack thereof. I didn't know a single other woman who was interested in eco-friendly periods, much less actually using sustainable products herself.

Happily, I can now report that there are several women in my life--and millions upon millions around the world--who have "green-ed" their periods. Ecologically-loving and female-empowering period supplies are becoming more popular and, thus, more readily available to all. Woot!

I share this #QuickSwitch with the hope that it helps women who face the issues of awareness, knowledge, and communal support that impeded my steps toward sustainable feminine care years ago.

This post is also a whoop of joy with the many other women who have found a way to 'bleed in peace!'

The Quaint Hankie: Quick Switch #006

The Quaint Hankie: Quick Switch #006

In the past I have used toilet paper for ordinary nose-blowing situations and, perhaps, some of those soft lotion-ized packs of tissues when a cold came calling. However, last month a virus struck the Coyle-Carr household during our Uber-Frugal Month Challenge (I mentioned the challenge briefly here).

It is funny how small shifts in priorities--even for a short amount of time--can make room for new rhythms. It is also interesting the way a change in one "department" can significantly impact other areas as well; everything is truly connected. Because we participated in the frugal month challenge, I thought twice about requesting tissues from the store.

My husband Aaron took the plunge first. While still sniffling, he got paid to go sit in a room for 8 hours with strangers. He took his trusty blue handkerchief and a bottle of gifted hand-sanitizer. And it worked.  

Between Aaron's positive testimonial and the encouragement of our frugal month, I found myself ready to take the next step on my zero-waste journey:

 

TRADING PAPER TISSUES FOR CLOTH HANDKERCHIEFS.

Brave the Kitchen and Eat Pizza

Brave the Kitchen and Eat Pizza

Cooking requires bravery because it involves mistakes and going against the market's consumeristic norms. Be brave. There's pizza on the other side.

Joel Salatin once said something like this: “Food preparation is easier than it has ever been in the history of the world, and yet few people actually step foot in the kitchen.” Salatin’s idea came to mind last night while preparing dinner with Aaron. 

In Which We Talk T.P.: Quick Switch #003

In Which We Talk T.P.: Quick Switch #003

In which we talk toilet paper and creatureliness.

We all go, well, potty, and most of us employ the use of ye ol’ toilet paper. Of course, there is almost an entire continent that goes another route, but today let’s just assume everyone reading is on the roll.

And I promise to keep this short because, uh, I am talking about toilet paper. Yep.

How To Be A Crazy Plate Lady

How To Be A Crazy Plate Lady

After a few let’s-get-REAL-real moments with God a little over a year ago, I knew my lifestyle was in for some major changes. The most logical place to begin was in the disposable department. My goal was to cut out all single-use items from my life, starting first with disposable table settings and continuously work toward a zero-waste lifestyle.

It will be simple, I thought. It’s not like I keep disposables in the house anyway. I’ll just keep a spare table setting with me while I am out and avoid trash-y restaurants. It’ll be fine.

Oh, baby, ain’t nothing that easy.

When Traveling

When Traveling

Sustainability on the road surely takes forethought and flexibility. On this trip I practiced more of the latter. Because I had to leave a day earlier than expected to outrun a potential snowstorm, I did not have the chance to prepare quite like I had hoped on the sustainability end of things. Thus, I got a good picture of what choices are within my reach without planning, and how I can prepare best for next time.