Eco-Friendly Ways to Wrap Gifts at the Holidays

I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas. Growing up, I loved the decorations, baking Christmas cookies, picking out a Christmas tree with my family, listening to Christmas carols and of course, the gifts. My sister was the master gift wrapper in our house and made a game out of gift wrapping. She became known for creating a Russian dolls of boxes; wrapping a gift in a small box, then putting that in a bigger box and that box in an even bigger one, each covered in a layer of wrapping paper and then often, a layer of clear packing tape to make it impossible to open. As I grew older and became more aware of the waste that we as a family were generating, I started to save the comics from my newspaper and wrap Christmas gifts in that. This met immediate disapproval from my little sister, who cherished a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift above all else. She was right; my gifts looked cheap and were not the least bit festive.Read More »

Opt-out of Fast Fashion

Last night, my husband and I sat down to watch a documentary called The True Cost, which looks at the true cost of the fast fashion industry that has developed over the past few decades. By the end, tears were streaming down my face and I was overwhelmed with anger at the clothing companies who are getting rich at a very high cost to us. I was familiar with the concepts in the documentary from reading a book called Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, but seeing video footage of the problem always makes it hit home harder than words in a book. Clear your evening and watch the documentary (it’s on Netflix); it’ll take 90 minutes of your life and is guaranteed to move you, but to paraphrase a bit of what it covers:

  • Fast fashion is a relatively new trend; we went from owning fewer clothes of better quality to more clothes of cheaper quality that wear out quickly and are disposed of quickly. This is causing an environmental crisis because the cost of producing clothing is high to both our environment and people who work in the garment industry.Read More »

Welcome to My Eco Legacy

Welcome to My Eco Legacy, a place for people to get inspiration about simple steps that they can take to live a more eco-friendly and sustainable life!

The word legacy is used often to describe a gift or something transmitted from the past that continues onto the present day. Sometimes a legacy is used to describe a bequest, or donation of money made, to a cause or organization. These legacies are intentional and tend to be positive. Whether or not you realize it, you will leave behind a legacy. All seven billion of us living on the earth leave behind the legacy of the things that we have consumed during our time on the planet. With more people on our planet than ever consuming more than ever because we can, it becomes essential for individuals in wealthy nations who consume the most and who have the luxury of choice to take a hard look about what we want our ecological legacy to be and to put intention around it. It is time to take a pause and consider what is it that we want to leave behind after we are gone, because unlike past generations who lived before the creation of plastic, much of what we leave behind does not compost and is not going anywhere after we ourselves disappear.Read More »