All the points below are suggestions. If you feel there’s another sustainable solution, feel free to share your opinion on social media by tagging Ethy or just direct message us!
1. GIVE AND TAKE
Try to use what you already have. If you don’t have it, take advantage of what your friends have – borrow or buy back, since it will no longer be useful to others. Find out where the next exchange or swap event is happening. Swap events are quickly becoming a beautiful and helpful trend. It’s like adoption – you give a new warm caring home of old unwanted or unnecessary possessions.
2. DO IT YOURSELF
More and more people are making cosmetics or detergents from natural ingredients at home, which are not only natural (without synthetic, toxic chemistry), but also do not generate more plastic packaging! Maybe you can try baking your own bread from some healthy bio flour?
3. BUY RESPONSIBLY
However, if you need a new item – look for it among ethical local brands. Thanks to this, you will significantly reduce your carbon footprint and support your own economy. Look for products made of natural raw materials and high-quality that can last for years! A higher price does not mean a greater expense – you save money on constant repairs and replacements. First, check if the product is made according to the rules of upcycling, because reusing materials in a creative manner is the best way to achieve a circular economy. If you can’t find what you are looking for – try to check the same product, but recycled. Still nothing? Last chance 🙂 Find it in a compostable version, i.e. one that will quickly blend into the ecosystem and leave no poison behind it (meaning – made of any organic and naturally finished material).
4. THE WORLD IS WHAT YOU EAT
Food is fuel. Look for organic and fair products – always check the actual origin of the products you buy, not just certificates and slogans on the packaging (ALERT: palm oil!). Your priorities are: local, seasonal, organic. Store food so that it does not go bad (wrap in reusable materials). Compost organic waste and use it to enrich the soil in a city garden (or your own, if you have it).
Instead of using disposable packaging, even the “bio” ones, such as corn straws, bran plates or even recycled tissues, even better is having with you these basic reusables: shopping bags (it can even be a regular plastic shopping bag – the point is to use what we already have over and over again), take-out cup, filter bottle, thermos / food box / platinum silicone bag for take-out, reusable straw (if you really need it), safety razor, a cloth. Even the ears can be cleaned with less waste methods (e.g. saline or glycerin)!
Look for the best quality products on Ethy Maps in the category shop> zero waste, home.
6. RESPECT ENERGY SOURCES
Save water, energy and gas as much as you can. Preferably look for natural and renewable sources of water and energy (i.e. water well, energy obtained from the movement of wind, water or sun). Practice resourceful behaviour by not overusing the resources out of comfort – instead, help to accumulate as much of this energy as possible for the following years. Find useful tips on how to save energy and money the easy way on our website and even better – via the newsletter!
7. GO WITH DIGITAL RECEIPTS
When you pay with cash, you get a toxic receipt, and when you pay by card you get two to three times as many BPA pieces of plastic “paper” with poison ink that not only contaminate the planet (cannot be recycled) but also disrupt the human endocrine system and cause many diseases.
8. AVOID AUTOMOBILES
Use bicycles, scooters and public transport, and above all your own legs – if you can. Thanks to this, you will detox the air, stimulate blood circulation and observe the world in which we live together. Mindful observation can change the world!
Limit the use of cellular and internet networks (especially 5G – the quantity and power of electromagnetic fields in the modern times is way bigger than what our organisms are used to naturally and their impact on human health is not studied enough yet). So far we know it has deadly effect on birds and bees which we can survive without. These infrastructures demand huge amounts energy for data transmission and storage, the production of which releases excess CO2 into the atmosphere.
10. DOCTOR, HEAL YOURSELF
Safe and effective alternatives to over-the-counter and prescription medicines can be found in conscious deep breathing, movement, calmly spending time in nature, using herbs and therapeutic essential oils. Eating the right foods, hydrating adequately and other natural practices can eliminate the need for pharmaceutical drugs for good. We don’t rule out the academic medicine, of course – thanks to the scientific discoveries in this field we have even bigger chances to save lives. If you look for inspirations to a natural self-care, we encourage you to visit Julia Mafalda’s Essensual Academy.
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