A few days ago, I watched the documentary called "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" directed by Matt D'Avella.
I say it was a fantastic, an eye-opening movie that makes the audience reflect about their lives. The movie is available on Netflix and other streaming apps. Today, I would like to encourage you to adopt some values and habits of minimalists. For they are the future, and they are fighting back the consumer-society, which believes things bring happiness when well-being and kind actions do. It is time to say we have ENOUGH. Enough, by Davis Will, is actually a great book about focusing on the significant parts of life-Read it or you'll regret it! My favorite quote of the movie is "Love people and use things, because the opposite never works"- Joshua Fields Millburn
Some of my takeaways of the movie are:
Don't be a fool for advertising
Buy what you need and what is beneficial in your life
Reuse, reduce, recycle
Focus on building relationships with your friends and family
Have a balanced life
First, turn on warm water to open pores and circulation flow. at the end, turn on cold water to close the pores and the hair cuticles
Try to the new shampoo challenge to reduce detrimental chemicals that contaminate the earthly waters.Though, many doctors say different hair has different needs. Dr. Rogers references, "Other people may have lower sebum production and may be better off washing every few days."
Ocean Friendly Sunscreens to Buy:
Usually families are in a hurry to dive right into the relaxing paradise, we call "down the shore" or "beach life". So, they pick up the cheapest sunscreen that is marked as a high SPF. Well, with a good, high SPF to block off UV rays, the bottle must be perfect. But, in most sunscreens there is harmful chemicals like oxybenzone, butylparaben, and octinoxate that are washed off your skin and leaked into the delicate, ocean life. Oxybenzone and octinoxate have been scientifically proven to increase coral bleaching, such as, 4,000 - 6,000 metric tons of sunscreen ingredients a year emanate into sea life. Many of the ingredients also are absorbed by the body. (96% of Americans contain oxybezone in their body) On EWG's website they announced, "Three other studies reported statistically significant associations between oxybenzone exposure during pregnancy and birth outcomes"- https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/#.W4Le2minHrc
Make sure to check the ingredients in all of the products and foods you buy!
I wish you a safe, rest of the summer!
Check out Bea Johnson's, advocator for zero waste lifestyle, ted talk on youtube- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSUmo-40pqA
Another all-star women is Lauren Singer, inspired by Bea Johnson, cares deeply about the environment and acts on it. She runs "Trash is for Tossers" Company/blog. Her website, http://trashisfortossers.com, includes helpful tips and products to reduce your carbon imprint.
Also, many uprising programs for a sustainable life are making significant progress. "Zero Waste Shanghai" offers workshops about living an environmentally friendly lifestyle to businesses, schools, and communities in Shanghai.
What are some of your personal tips/tricks to live a sustainable, eco friendly life?
Thank you so much for everyone who participated at the Lit Mag Gala. It was a fun time to hangout and eat delicious treats. Thank you so much for my award of most "Adorable and Earth friendly Blog"!
Green Mountain Energy is a wonderful company which powers home with electricity from windmills. The electricity surges through the same power lines we have from PECO, so there is no new installation. Also, Green Mountain Energy is actually cheaper than PECO sometimes, check out the website for more information: www.greenmountainenergy.com/
Honey bees are now reclining because of pesticide use, pollution- which harms the plants they need to pollinate, foreign pests, diseases, and habitat loss. We need bees for pollination.
How you can help:
WELL, REUSE them in projects like scarecrows to scare away any birds or unwanted animals, they can be made into drop spindles for spinning wool, and disks can be a base for gift bags.
Here is a video on how to make a recycled drop spindle: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0elmg-X5QE
Hi I am Breah and a freshman in highschool! Please check out my whole website, I give great tips to help the environment, so you can live happily and future generations will live well too! Thank you for reading my blog and helping the earth. You are awesome! Also, my way of helping the earth is not the "perfect or right way" to do it. Don't worry that you're not doing enough, find your own unique way to impact the world. "Be the change you want to see."- Gandhi