I wanted to dive into a topic that is highly debatable. Can food be an addiction? My answer is yes and to be quite frank, I am a food addict.
It has been a few months since I have updated this blog. A lot of changes have happened in the last 8 months that have made it difficult to continue blogging. Now that i have reestablished my passion with writing, I want to update everyone on where this blog will be going and my life.
Recently I have become super lazy when it comes to grocery shopping. I started using the Walmart grocery pick up to save time and because I am super lazy. It has been super helpful for me to use but sometimes easy convenient things are not the best for the environment.
This pickup service is so easy to use. You use an app on your phone or do it on your computer. You can search the items you need easily and easily add them to your cart. You can even add items to your favorites so they are easier to find. Once you are ready to check out you can set a time to pick it up. They will send you a text when they are ready for you to come get it and you can check in with your location to tell them how far away you are and what color car you drive.
I really loved how easy it was to use. The only thing I wish they would do different is add options to bring reusable bags to use. Or even with the produce say which items need bags and which don't, like bananas. Side note: if you put bananas in a plastic bag I don't trust you.
This service is not a bad one, but sustainability wise it could definitely improve and hopefully Walmart will eventually take steps to make it more sustainable. I picked up at the one on Wayside Drive near UH here in Houston. The young lady who helped me both times was super sweet. Definitely recommend it if you are in a bind.
It has been a action packed few weeks for me and I have slacked on posting new content on here and I am sorry, but I am finishing up school and will hopefully be more active. Today I wanted to discuss a struggle I have and I believe many other Americans have, going plastic free.
One of the biggest things I try to reduce my consumption of is plastic. Plastic takes over 1000 years to decompose and with how much plastic we consume, it is amazing how we aren't over run by landfills.
Every time I go shopping, I buy a lot of produce. I am in college and I pretty much am busy 7 days a week so it is hard to go to farmer's markets because they don't fit my current schedule so I go to grocery stores. Between produce being put in plastic bags or having to put certain items in plastic bags like fresh broccoli or other items it is hard to avoid plastic.
I know there are fabric produce bags you can buy, but I am currently a poor college student and those just aren't in my budget at this time. I tend to beat myself up when I can't find non-plastic alternatives and have to bring home plastic, especially when it comes to cosmetics. But the truth is, ever little step we make, makes a difference.
As you venture down the path of sustainable living, know it is okay to not be perfect. It is so hard especially in America, where we use plastic for literally everything including food, pet items and beauty products, to go plastic free. But by being more aware of what you buy and buying alternative products when you can is truly making a difference! So keep it up!
Sustainably Vegan recently posted a video about how she is going away from the term zero waste. Instead of using the term zero waste, which only focuses on personal waste, now she is using the term low impact. You can watch her video here.
There are so many other environmental issues to cover and try to improve that go beyond our personal waste. I am so excited to see a movement that is based reducing the overall environmental impact. Also low impact is a lot less intimidating than zero waste.
I am really in support for this movement because not only are they encouraging the reduction of personal waste, but also reducing carbon emissions, waste produced by the production of meat, water way pollution and any other things that have a negative impact on the environment. For me, I have been taking small steps to reduce my environmental impact and now that there is a movement about it I feel like there is more ability to get others to join in and more support for those just starting, those still learning and those still growing.
It is extremely hard to be completely go zero waste and it can be so discouraging when you mess up. When we make mistakes and get upset over those mistakes we are missing the positive impact we are making by even just taking small steps to reduce our impact on the environment. That is what this blog is all about and I am so excited to see there is a community of supporters for this lifestyle.
Every little bit of waste reduction steps you take make a huge difference and we have to remember that. I love Sustainably Vegan's video she posted because it is so encouraging to see people supporting others who are trying to reduce their impact. Check out her instagram here.
My name is Mikala. I am here trying to figure out this thing called life.
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