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My Recent Ecospiration

Hellooo! It’s been too long since I’ve written. There are really no excuses. I guess you could say that I wasn’t very ecospired in those long “dreary” months. That’s not true. And actually, I don’t even have the weather excuse because California’s “fall” and “winter” look exactly like its spring and summer this year. It’s actually an extremely dire problem here in California; we’re in the middle of a bad drought with little to no rain. As much as it sounds crazy to complain about the sunny days when the rest of the US has been in the middle of a polar vortex, our problem is real too.

I wanted to let y’all know that I actually HAVE been ecospired lately. I’ll be talking in more detail about these concepts in future posts, but I wanted to lay them all out on the table today.

Here are the things that have really ecospired me lately (if I say ecospired enough, and in enough ways, will it become a word? Will it become a thing?! I’m determined to find out.)

1. The website, Conscious Commerce

I found this website in a funny way. I was on a Netflix binge, and I watched the movie “Drinking Buddies,” starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. Olivia Wilde was fantastic so naturally I stalked her on the interwebs…that might just be a thing I do. Anyway, I found out that she co-founded this website with Barbara Burchfield. I LOVE IT. And I officially love Olivia Wilde. She’s a passionate activist, hysterical, environmentally conscious and an all around decent person. (On a side note, Olivia has been writing articles for magazines that are hysterical, spot on and support the environment and women’s rights. Read Olivia’s “commencement speech” for 75 years from now in Glamour magazine. I promise it is worth the read!)

These quotes from Conscious Commerce’s website perfectly summarize what they’re all about:

Know what’s not fun? FUNdraising. This is a tragic misnomer.

Whoever thought of this word has never begged donors for money, regardless of how worthy the cause. We spent years in the non-profit world trying to scrape together funds for incredible causes, and have the battle scars and deflated dreams to show for it.

We thought it was high time to create an alternative form of raising cash for good, and why not tap into the dollars already being spent by the billions every single day? We will select the purposeful products that we think you’d buy anyway (this is not your source for recycled gum tampons) and organize them for your perusing pleasure.”

We vote with our dollars. In a time and age where political activism seems to be at an all time low and shopping is probably at an all time high, we can vote with what we do or don’t buy. It’s really the least we can do. What are you voting for? I’d like to vote for the environment, animals, justice, and…peace. Cliche enough? I don’t care. They’re worth “buying” for. It’s worth looking into the background of the products you buy. Is it natural? Free of animal testing? Is it organic? What type of organic? Is it sustainable? Is the product greenwashed or actually green? The concept of “greenwashing” is when a company uses “green PR” or green marketing to make a product or service seem more environmentally-friendly than it actually is. Be careful for these products. Greenwashing is really trending now, and it’s difficult to differentiate between what’s “good” and “bad.” Organics are mislabeled a TON. There are also so many different “versions” of organics that you can never really be sure until you do your research.

2. Portlandia

Not much to say about this show other than the fact that it is HYSTERICAL and so weird and I love it. As much as it pokes fun at Portland’s stereotypes, it really does provide social commentary and, in my opinion, supports a good cause, albeit in a satirical way.

My favorite episode (I believe it’s season 2 episode 7) with harpist Joanna Newsom. I DIE.

3. Minimalism

This is a BIG one for me lately. I’m tired of owning so much. It’s gluttonous. It’s environmentally degrading. It’s excessive. I can keep going. I’m tired of spending half of my time cleaning my apartment and the other half messing it up, because I have so many THINGS all over the place. The more things you have, the messier your stuff will be, even if you’re super organized. I actually love to organize (understatement of the year), but sometimes, organization can mask how much crap you actually have. Do you need 10 lotions? Do you need all those scarves? I’m not trying to go “bare-bones” here, but I’m trying to make a more conscious effort of how much I own. I feel heavy with all the junk I have. I’m tired of the need to buy more crap to be happy. Retail therapy, anyone? I’m totally guilty of it. But it never ends up making you happy in the end.  I’ll be doing a post about minimalism soon. I’m aiming to get rid (or “use up”) of 1/3 of my things, and to only have things that are beautiful, useful and ideally “green”. We’ll see how that goes! I’m hoping to make the transition into really researching the products I use, in order to truly support these causes with my dollars.

Plus, we never really stop to think of how much water it takes to make clothing. Check out this video by the National Geographic and the World Wildlife Fund. The video’s under 2 minutes. Apparently, it takes approximately 2,700 liters of water to make ONE shirt. They state that this is enough water for a person to drink for 900 DAYS.

Even if you think your choices don’t matter, they really do. Since switching to a vegetarian diet a year and a half ago, few of my closest friends have too. Meat is so energy-intensive to “produce” and requires so much water. And so many less animals are dying each day because of the food that one vegetarian/vegan chooses to eat. It’s worth it to me, and since I made the decision to become vegetarian, I’ve never looked back. Your choices make a difference.

4. Trader Joe’s Soy Creamer

Trader Joes Soy Creamer

Trader Joe’s Soy Creamer

This soy creamer is crack…I’m positive of it. I rarely buy coffee from coffee shops anymore because no one ever has soy creamer and soy creamer MAKES my coffee. I cannot rave enough about this. I’m vegetarian, and I buy my groceries as vegan as I can. So, being able to drink this soy creamer gets me out of bed in the mornings. I literally buy 4 cartons every time I go to Trader Joe’s. Speaking of Trader Joe’s, I have been fortunate enough to perform the harp for Joe and friends at the original Trader Joe’s house. Original Joe’s name is Joe Coulombe. Although he has long since sold Trader Joe’s to a German billionaire, he and his wife are really great, philanthropic people. Fun fact of the day!

What has ecospired you lately?

xo,

daria

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