During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have dramatically changed how we shop for groceries; I haven’t been to a grocery store in months. Between buying 25 pound bags of staple goods like beans, lentils, rice, quinoa, oats and flour from a local store (tip: many grocery stores that have bulk sections will happily order full bags of staple goods for you from their distributors), getting a farm box through a local CSA for fresh produce, and ordering through Thrive Market for the things that don’t make sense for us to buy in bulk or that aren’t available in bulk. For example, I get things like dried spices, nuts, nut butters, chocolate bars, baby sunscreen and diaper balm on Thrive Market.Read More »
Bulk sections are popping up in grocery stores all over the country, even in places you wouldn’t expect them like in Walmart. This is great news for several reasons:
- Buying in bulk reduces the cost of goods that I like to buy, often significantly. I like to buy organic over conventional foods because I don’t want farm workers or farming communities exposed to toxic chemicals, and I don’t want any residue of those chemicals in my body. Organic goods are usually more expensive than conventional, but buy buying in bulk, I can usually make it cheaper to buy the organic product than it would be to buy the pre-packaged conventional product.
- Buying in bulk reduces packaging waste. When I bring my own container and fill it from the bulk bins, I typically am reducing packaging waste. I say reducing and not eliminating because the goods going into my refillable container typically got delivered to the store in a single-use container of some kind.
- Buying in bulk can reduce food waste. When I only buy as much food as I need, I throw away less food. Food waste is a big environmental issue that we can fix by buying smarter (learn more) and a waste of money.
As I mentioned in my blog Opt-Out of Fast Fashion, the clothing industry has moved from creating quality clothing that last years to creating low quality, disposable clothing that quickly falls apart. I’m opting out of the system, because fast fashion is both bad for the planet and for me personally. By spending a bit more on quantity clothes up front and making them last, I end up saving both time (since I have to shop less often and can spend my weekends on more fulfilling hobbies) and money. While I may spend $50 on a single wool shirt, I make it last for years and thus the cost per use is lower than with a cheap $10 cotton-poly blend shirt that starts to pill and fall apart within a few wears. Read More »
I was listening to an interview with author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon on the Rich Roll Podcast recently and Jon talked the idea of picking a single world each year to remind you of the reason why you’re doing things to help keep you focused and motivated. According to Jon, “We don’t get burned out by what we do… We get burned out because we forget why we’re doing it.” Read More »
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 »