In this special episode, Toronto-based Art Director and Zero Waster Magali Lafleur shares a bit of everything from urban frustrations, feminine hygiene, zero waste confessions, to tips on leading a cleaner lifestyle in a congested planet. If you’ve ever considered living your life with less trash, give this a listen!
About Magali: Two years ago, Magali started her journey to reduce trash in her lifestyle and learned how to be more environmentally wise by a simple Google search. It was a lifestyle change that she became increasingly more passionate about. You can read about her lifestyle of living zero waste on her Instagram blog @findyouralternative.
3 Easy steps we’ve picked for living cleaner lifestyles from this episode are:
bring your own container when purchasing meals
get to know your lifestyle and decision-making process so you can anticipate what you’ll need in your day
invest in quality products so you won’t have to buy as much in the long run!
Questions and comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org—see ya on the next one!
Our global recycling crisis is getting out of hand. Unfortunately, nobody wants to accept our recyclables, and it’s proving itself to be increasingly and ironically unsustainable from nation to nation.
In action, recycling is confusing and people don’t get clear information as to which material belongs to which bin.
Luckily we have alternatives, which is to reduce and reuse. Not as fashionable, not as convenient, but it works!
Reducing and reusing requires:
More love to take care of our personal belongings
More consciousness of our own lifestyles
Recycling is a system that makes people feel less guilty when we over-consume. It’s a system that needs drastic improvement, or a complete makeover, but we can’t waste our time and wait for it to happen—we’re too impatient for that.
Big corporate, government, macro action is nothing without personal, local, human demand. However, by the time large organizations start taking action, it might already be too late.
Why wait for larger, slower players to start making their moves in 2030 when you can make your contribution within your next 24 hours?
The advantage we have as singular units of people is that we’re faster and more forgivable. If we make a mistake, it’s way easier for us to right our wrongs as opposed to relying on several tiers of organized hierarchy to make amends.
Bringing your own coffee cup, refusing a disposable bag, and opting for reusable cutlery (just to name a few things we could actively do) could reduce our personal landfill rates by 40%, 60%, 70%, or even 100% if you’re fully committed.
Nothing that you aren’t able to do right now if you wanted to.
And way faster than any large organization or country can spell out “global ocean plastics crisis”.
Even if some of us can be 30% committed to being more environmentally responsible, that’s more action than if we were to remain complacent.