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This thread is for discussion of all topics related to sustainability, including, but not limited to, zero/low waste and ethical fashion.
(links in spoilers)(Beginners) resources
Sustainable living beginners guidehttps://www.learnervegan.com/sustainable-living-for-beginners/
Zero waste beginners guidehttps://www.sustainablejungle.com/zero-waste/zero-waste-plan-going-zero-waste/
Zero waste kithttps://www.sustainablejungle.com/zero-waste/zero-waste-kit/
Sustainable fashion beginners guidehttps://remake.world/stories/style/a-beginners-guide-to-sustainable-fashion/
Best ethical and sustainable beauty brandshttps://www.sustainablejungle.com/best-of-sustainable-beauty/best-ethical-sustainable-beauty-brands/
The Good Shopping Guidehttps://thegoodshoppingguide.com/Youtube channels
The Girl Gone Greenhttps://www.youtube.com/c/TheGirlGoneGreen/videos
Kristen Leohttps://www.youtube.com/user/KristenElleTVFilms and documentaries
The True CostAbout the true cost of our clothes. Available on Netflix or watch here: https://truecostmovie.com/watch-now/
CowspiracyTakes a look at the livestock industry and how it impacts the environment. Watch here: https://www.cowspiracy.com/
Our PlanetFocuses on how manmade climate change causes massive wildlife loss. Available on Netflix.
A Plastic OceanA docu about the impact of throwaway plastic on the environment. Available on Netflix.
I think people worry that when you speak of doing something for yourself they assume you expect them to follow suit.
Not having a car could very well be unreasonable for her lifestyle and was defending herself. If you don’t approach the subject from a place of superiority or propagandizing and instead explain that doing this could benefit your own life while realizing not everyone can do the same, people might seem less reactive and more willing to listen to your reasoning. No one likes to be told their normal ass routine is destroying the world and if they don’t make drastic changes to the way they live RIGHT NOW we’re all going to die
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Thanks for starting this thread OP. I'm getting into slow fashion and vintage because fast fashion is fucking trash, bad for the planet, bad for the workers and also frankly stressful. I want to get out of the constant feelings that I need something new all the time.
<I recommend this book if you feel the same.
Also, this is great resource to see just how sustainable different brands are: https://goodonyou.eco
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My roommate is a fatty and gives me her empty Talenti jars. They're so perfect for everything from storing coins, liquids, cut-up veggies.. urgh I love them.
Also I am so ready for thrift shops and Lush to reopen.
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I'm boycotting Lush. The treatment of their staff is unethical: https://mitheringsfrommorningside.wordpress.com/tag/lush-cruelty-free-kisses/
They also virtue signal by pandering to troons - no terves allowed in their stores. See pic.
There are better, non-misogynistic handmade cosmetics shops to buy from.
Yikes, thanks for this. I won't be shopping there either.
I live in Philly in the US if you have other alternatives! My first thought was going to my local Mom's Organic.
No TERFs allowed in stores? How tf would they even enforce that?!
Real life is not the internet, Lush.
Boycotting lush too.
Does anyone have links to stickers relevant to all this bs? I feel like publicly reclaiming city space about the fact we're not fucking menstruators and shit.
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Any Nordic anons here? How do you deal with all the plastic in shops? And how do you thrift?
I live in Finland and thrift stores here are terrible. There's absolutely nothing but really old shit that smells of tobacco and oversized clothes from dead relatives. I found some stuff by thrifting online (Emmy, Rekki.fi, Depop sometimes) but on Depop you can't find almost anything locally which kind of defeats the purpose of living more sustainably. Still, it's better than buying new.
As for groceries, I got better at dodging plastic waste over the years and try to go packaging-free whenever possible (even now during the pandemic), I also go foraging when I can just because it's fun, I make my own compost and grow some plants on my balcony or in my communal garden but some things just can't be avoided.
If you want to buy tofu, any cheese at all that isn't Boursin or Brie, hummus, meat and meat replacements, most nuts and dried fruits, cherry tomatoes or fresh grapes, spinach… they all come in bags or boxes. Sometimes I come across people who say they can fit their whole year's waste in a small jar but how do they do it? Do they just not have a varied diet?
Other than that, I've made great progress. Recently I had to move and most of my dishes and furniture are from the reuse centre or bought off people on Facebook Marketplace. Most of my haircare is natural stuff without packaging (or recyclable non-plastic stuff), I've become so much happier caring for plants and living with less, I also have a lot more time since I don't bother with too much smelly rubbish and have started meal prep. Even my bf saw the change and followed suit, he's a bigger hippie than me now. Everything is great except for the plastic around my damn vegetables.
Honestly I've largely given up on tofu, most cheeses, plant-based meats, and other things that come in packages that require hard-mode recycling (thin plastic, coated paper). I always have a supply of chickpeas to make hummus, falafel, etc. When the pandemic's over I'm going to buy in bulk from one of those stores that let you scoop into your bag. Good on you for foraging! I wish I could do that, but I just keep herb plants for now.
Fun idea, maybe arrange a clothing swap with your friends?
I'll post a few sites I've found online, I haven't shopped from any of them yet, but they seem to be eco-friendly/low waste.
This one is eco-friendly and sells stuff made by women. https://www.greenwomanstore.com/
A UK site that ships to the US, and probably other places. Kinda pricey if you're outside the UK though.https://acalaonline.com/
Natural face moisturizer and bamboo brushes.https://yayforearth.com/
And two more shops with a variety of things.https://www.getearthical.com/https://reducewastenow.shop/
Do we have a nordic thread or do you think the god forsaken finn thread is nordic-all? >>602991
THE FUCKING TOFU AND BEANIT härkis or whatever is packaged in such a dumb way but I really don't know what else they could do.
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Has anyone been able to “train” themselves to like cold showers? With the current heatwave now is a good time to start for me
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I've gotten it colder than I used to have it– it's lukewarm right now but I can't see myself showering in cold. I just kept turning the temp colder each time to the absolute minimum that I could bare.
It's more for my skin than the environment tbh, but it's a plus. My roommate complains about how the shower's never hot enough and I'm just like
I wanna do this! Today, I actually already showered cold for quite some time. I really wanna try it consistently for my mind I also had to shower ice cold during winter because of power issues which was seriously rough
Tomorrow, I'm gonna do it again!
living in the devils asshole makes it so i cant even have cold showers right now
everything is just on fire
nayrt but my only word of advice is investing in a decent machine!! You dont have to spend a ton of money but a $250 singer will last you a lot longer than one that’s only $100
sincerely, an anon who owns a $250 singer and whos best friend owned a $100 singer where she paid a lot more than its worth in repairs compared to me who has literally never has to get my machine repaired in the 10+ years ive owned it (thankfully my best friend upgraded to a VERY nice brother machine and its been serving her well with no issues at all).
I’ve set a new years resolution to myself to not buy any clothing, anything I want I have to figure out how to make it!
Tbh I really don't think you need to shell out 200+ for a Singer as a casual user. I purchased a €170 (~200usd) computerized Brother four or five years ago and it works great.
You could also try asking around older family members if they have a machine lying around they don't use anymore, they're often the ones who have those high quality Singer machines that last for decades.
I have/am none of what you’ve listed, but for me sustainability isn’t a type of restriction I place on myself. For me it’s about spending less money in the long term, creating less waste, and ultimately collecting less stuff into my life. The less cluttered my house/shopping list/closet/etc is, the less cluttered my mental state feels.
I feel like its actually the opposite of an obsession. I like to buy longer lasting, higher quality items with minimal waste and maintenance requirements because I want to think deeply about them once and only once.
Not me, I eat meat etc. I just care about the environment and hate how much stuff is made with low quality and a limited life-span in mind so we have to buy more and more.
Some young women can be self-sacrificing and obsessive about stuff like this though, yeah.>>730032>I feel like its actually the opposite of an obsession. I like to buy longer lasting, higher quality items with minimal waste and maintenance requirements because I want to think deeply about them once and only once.
I try to learn from the traditional way people ate (in my country and elsewhere, for instance from countries where a nomadic, tribal lifestyle remains the norm) before large industries began to dictate diets. The diet is largely inspired by understanding what the body is originally meant to eat, following the seasons and avoiding packaged, overly processed foods as much as possible. It entails lean, grass-fed meat from biodynamic local farms, unpasteurised milk (again from local farms), locally sourced raw honey, a lot of fish as I live in a fishing city and fish has so many good nutrients, raw butter, lots of egg, no sugar, rarely bread if not sour-dough, no pasta, etc. I am still learning a lot, but I suppose it is very comparable to a keto paleo diet? Except I do not eat the packaged substitutes that are often recommended in books for such a diet, but instead just use seasonal, ethically sourced, natural ingredients.
I am/have been all of those and tend to obsess over things in general. When it comes to sustainability though, I’ve found it’s not fulfilling in that way. Like >>730032
said, it’s kinda empty because it leads you to think about physical things less. Even with buying groceries, which is obviously regular and essential, after the initial switchover you don’t have to think much about it. For example a while ago I was shopping with a friend, who put her vegetables in those little plastic bags. I had not done that in years, hadn’t thought to do it, and noticed then how not doing it saved effort as well as the environment. Habits can quickly become second nature.
That being said I don’t read the scary shit about the environment. I know the situation is bad, I don’t need convincing, so I only read about action I can take as an individual. Obsessive personality and that shit would be a bad combination.
I understand what you are saying, and I swear don't want to derail this thread too much, but I do just want to leave this here: vegans do not consider animals as food, so we're not "cutting out" anything. There's a subtle difference there, even if it gets lost in part because these days so many people with other agendas and food issues for some reason want to latch on to the vegan label. Veganism is not a diet.(Don't get me started on "plant-based".) It's a very specific philosophy and approach to living and I hate seeing its definition get further eroded and diluted.
I am, however, happy that more people are eating fewer animals for whatever reason.
They suck. The wax gets crispy, they don’t stick like cling wrap, the scent permeates breads and cakes, if your car gets hot you get waxy residue on your stuff.
You’re better off with decent Tupperware. Nothing gets squished, good for work lunches and leftovers. Reusable, long lasting, easy to clean. Plastic is great when used properly.
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NTA but there’s glass tupperware that can even be used to bake dishes in the oven, the only plastic about them is the lids (which don’t go in the oven and are technically optional to use) These in conjunction with saving my jars/bottles and using reusable storage bags have been helpful in eliminating my use of plastic/cling wrap. If you’re interested, the storage bags are plastic (silicone) but I really only ever use them for foods being put in the fridge or traveling in a small bag. Otherwise you can simply use storage containers.
This this this, I got two pyrex glass boxes that are wonderful, it's so nice for meal prep because you can heat up food immediately. Eliminates the need for microwaving, too (personally I'm not a fan of soggy pizza and scalding hot on the outside, frozen on the inside food).>>795373
NTA but much of it is not. Styrofoam takeaway boxes are actually quite bad, and biodegradable bamboo "plastic" (not
wooden bamboo boxes) contains melamine as a binding agent more often than not. Which is a very bad thing.
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How do single anons who feed only themselves limit their food waste? I love cooking and food but I can only eat so much and I can’t stuff myself without getting sick (adderal fucks with my appetite) so I keep wasting good food and money
If you know your appetite is not big start cooking smaller portions, or keep leftovers (covered with foil or in a box) on the fridge. When you go grocery shopping have a plan of the meals you will be having until the next shopping trip.
I've lived alone for quite a while, so i know what and how much i eat. Shoping weekly I buy fresh food (vegetables, meat, bread and fish) for the 4 following days, and the rest is frozen. I cook usually enough for 2 meals, always with the fresh ingredients first, and keep the leftovers on the fridge to snack or for breakfast. This way the only thing i throw away is fruit (that i get for free in huge quantities).
Also, if you have free space (balcony, small garden) you could try to compost and plant herbs.
Get a disposable blade tin/blade bank and then recycle them all by putting the whole tin in recycling.
Don't bury them. Stainless steel takes ages to break down so you're really just putting sharp objects in dirt for people to get hurt with.
>>879224>I remember seeing a video ages ago of a girl disposing of them by digging them into the soil/earth
Does she have a grudge against archeologists or something? Those will be there forever.
By the way how do you find it to shave with a safety razor vs disposable razors? I'm considering buying one.
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Hah I thought so. thanks.
>By the way how do you find it to shave with a safety razor vs disposable razors? I'm considering buying one.
It's been good! It has a bit of a learning curve, I definitely cut myself once or twice during my first attempt and while changing the blades but now it gives a clean and close shave. And it saves a lot of money. Personally I switched from those expensive disposable click-on blades that Gilette and Wilkinson sell that are like 25+ euro for a 4 pack, I paid about 40 euro for the safety razor handle (~32) + 100 blades (~8) so I made the initial investment back relatively quickly. It's also easy to keep clean, which was something that always frustrated me about regular razors. All in all if you can overcome the learning curve, I see only pros to using a safety razor over regular shaving methods.
Safety razors are infinitely better than shitty disposables. The blades last for months depending on how often you shave and where you store them, they give a super close shave and are cheap to buy. Nowadays I see these safety razors marketed to women sold in shops, I think they're called Geisha Razors and are about 19€. There's also the less pretty ones for men that are about 15€, blades are about 50c to 1€ per box where I live.
I cut myself only once with mine, take care around your knees if you shave your legs but otherwise you should be fine.
Samefag but I forgot to add that I also get noticeably less irritation since switching to a safety razor. Not sure why or how. And they last longer, especially if you properly clean and dry them after each use.>>881292
How many are in one box? Can you find blades locally? I have to order mine online.
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>>881299>How many are in one box?
5, pic rel>Can you find blades locally?
Yeah, used to only be able to get them at hippie stores but now mainstream supermarkets carry them too. Safety razors are usually still sold at specialty stores for men's grooming and crunchy bio shops, but the Geisha Razor I've seen in normal supermarkets.
I mean no, it's not "bad"… it's just so tiny that it's not really worth your time. Like, if you feel bad about that tiny amount of waste, that's valid
, but you can more than make up for it by, for example, picking up one littered beer can on your walk home and putting it in the recycling.
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Kek I deleted my post because she said the scraps weren't suitable for rags and I was thinking maybe they weren't big enough for bear making.
This outfit here is made with an old shirt and a dish cloth.
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Samefag, this baby is made from sweater scraps
Anon these are the cutest thing I've seen all day, I love them!! I tend to keep scraps of fabric, broken necklaces or bracelets and random bits and ends of string as well, I mostly use them as accessories for my crochet toys
I can't sew to save my life and it's so cool how you're coming up with toy and dolls' clothes patterns!
Makin me blush! Do you crochet the toys yourself?
I wanna take all the tiny scraps I have and sew them together into one big piece and make a stuffie out of it and call him "Leftovers the Bear". This girl I follow on instagram also gave me a great tip of using left over threads, yarn and really tiny scraps as stuffing for teddies.
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bout to cop these vegan shoes made with recycled materials. What do you think nonnies?
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reminds me of this
Thanks for the suggestions anons, I ended up disposing of it unfortunately. It was mostly snippets, no more than a few centimeters by a few centimeters each. I know the pillow suggestion is common but I don't keep any besides the one on my bed. Fortunately most of the fabric was sourced second hand to begin with so that's something I guess.>>932990>>932999
That's so cute! You're so skilled and creative!
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i use african black soap, but not the shea moisture kind, the real kind that looks like picrel.
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What are your opinions on essential oils? I wanted to get an oil diffuser as a sort of alternative to candles (because I don't really wanna inhale candle smoke or have it ruin my roof) but read somewhere the production of essential oils is taxing because of the large amounts of farmland needed and tractors and petrol to harvest it all. Thoughts?
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Cotton rounds! I always used to spend a ton on disposable ones but I've seen reuseable ones now. They work pretty good just wash them in a little baggie so they don't get lost in the washer/dryer.
me too nonny
, but the name is retarded af
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opinions on salt new york? literally just a paper sleeve and a metal pan. seems extremely low waste (for a makeup brand)
Plastic is one of the rare materials that doesn't give me sensory issues. Other materials have textures and sounds that make my hair stand straight and cringe in pain. But plastic is so perfect, so safe to handle.
I don't want my life to be sensory hell. I would not support. I'd support researching alternative materials.
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I keep seeing these bamboo fibre dinnerware sets lately that are replacing the old plastic sets that used to be sold for toddlers. I guess the material can mimic plastic in some ways so it's not a bad replacement but then I have friends who work with autisic children and they generally hate the texture. Many a parent has learnt that the hard way after spending money on them first.