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  • Hi everyone.

  • Welcome back to Lavendaire.

  • Today's video is on how to live with less waste.

  • It's a video for beginners who are looking to get into the zero waste lifestyle,

  • and it's just a video for anyone who wants to be more conscious of their environmental

  • footprint.

  • I am so, so thrilled to be partnering with Ecosia on this video.

  • Ecosia is a search engine

  • that plants trees as you search the web, and I think it's just the coolest concept ever.

  • The way it works is just like any other search engine.

  • You can use Ecosia

  • to search something on the web and then search ads will come up with your results.

  • And with those search ads, they get income, and with their income,

  • they donate 80% to planting trees.

  • I think, on average, 45 searches will plant one tree.

  • And I've been using Ecosia for about three months now, and I have about

  • five hundred searches.

  • So if you calculate it, I think I've planted maybe eleven trees

  • which is so awesome, just knowing that you're doing something good just by doing

  • what you would normally do with the internet.

  • So this is something that everybody can apply.

  • Everybody can start using this now, and you'll truly make an impact.

  • There are a lot of resources that I'll link down below: videos of Ecosia doing their work,

  • planting their trees.

  • And they're really big on transparency which is what I love

  • and why I support them, so that you know exactly where their money is going to,

  • so I fully trust them.

  • Yeah, I love this thing so much.

  • You can use Ecosia on your computer or on your phone.

  • They have a mobile app

  • for iOS and Android.

  • And what's really cool is they've already planted 10 million trees this June,

  • and they have a goal to plant one billion trees by 2020, which I think is super inspiring.

  • So definitely check them out if you're interested in this sort of thing.

  • As you can tell, I am super behind it.

  • Alright, so moving onto other ways you can be environmentally-friendly.

  • Here are ten ways to live with less waste.

  • First, it's important to know the five R's of waste management: refuse, reduce, reuse,

  • recycle, and rot, in that order.

  • Today, we'll start with refuse.

  • Refusing is the first rule

  • to living a zero waste lifestyle.

  • Think before accepting any clutter into your home.

  • Turn down flyers and junk mail, freebies, party favors, and any other junk

  • that will most likely go into the trash.

  • Each year, Americans throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags which take about

  • 1000 years to break down.

  • Instead of accepting plastic bags

  • and creating more demand for them, use reusable cloth bags or even no bag, when possible.

  • I used to think it was mandatory to use these plastic bags for your fruits and vegetables,

  • but I recently discovered you can just use your own bag or even no bag,

  • which is even better because why bring home extra plastic?

  • You could also bring your own jars to grocery stores to avoid bringing home

  • any unnecessary plastic containers.

  • I love when grocery stores sell things in bulk

  • so that it's really easy to do some zero waste shopping.

  • You can either weigh your jars

  • at the front beforehand, or bring an extra of the same jar so you can weight it at checkout.

  • Next, instead of using a one-time disposable plastic straw, you can either

  • refuse the straw completely, or use an acrylic or steel straw instead.

  • I personally like

  • to drink my smoothies with a straw, so I have this acrylic straw for that specific purpose.

  • Instead of using this plastic cling wrap in your kitchen to preserve your food and leftovers,

  • switch to using this sustainable and reusable food wrap.

  • These are all natural, organic,

  • and compostable.

  • I believe they're made out of beeswax, and they actually do

  • a really good job at keeping your food fresh, even better than plastic in my opinion.

  • Instead of buying disposable plastic water bottles, opt for a reusable water bottle

  • that you can fill up again and again.

  • Glass and steel are probably best for your water bottle,

  • but I'm using this BPA-free plastic bottle because my boyfriend used to sell them

  • and we have a ton of them left over.

  • So if you have them already, reuse what you can.

  • Do your best to avoid using disposable utensils.

  • Instead, you can bring silverware

  • from home or use portable utensils made out of stainless steel or bamboo.

  • Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills

  • and oceans each year.

  • So you can make a huge impact just by switching out

  • your plastic toothbrush for a sustainable bamboo toothbrush.

  • Think of all the plastic toothbrushes that you use in one lifetime.

  • And imagine avoiding that waste completely,

  • just by switching to something that's biodegradable and compostable.

  • Disposable period products also create so much waste.

  • The average woman throws away

  • up to 300 pounds of pads, tampons, and applicators in her lifetime.

  • Instead, try using a menstrual cup.

  • Menstrual cups are made out of medical grade silicone

  • and one cup can last you up to ten years which is pretty amazing.

  • Lastly, reduce the amount of paper you bring into your home by switching to paperless

  • whenever possible.

  • Do this with your mail, your bills, your notes, and your books.

  • I personally love reading eBooks on my iPad, but I know some people love traditional books,

  • so just do whatever works for you.

  • I hope you liked these tips on how to live with less waste.

  • I just want to remind you though:

  • Just take it one step at a time.

  • Don't be so hard on yourself.

  • It's a journey.

  • All that matters is that you're becoming aware, more conscious of the environment

  • and you're doing your best, okay?

  • Everyone is at a different point in this journey.

  • I'm not perfect.

  • I'm totally not zero waste yet.

  • But I think the first step is awareness.

  • And then after that, you'll start to reduce your waste little by little.

  • So let's create a non-judgmental, welcoming space where we can just open up the discussion

  • around reducing our waste.

  • And let's not judge others who aren't aware of this lifestyle.

  • Let's just understand everyone's at a different point in our journeys.

  • The best thing you can do is just be a living example of what you want to see in the world,

  • and let your actions speak louder than your words.

  • It all begins with awareness

  • and let this awareness seep into your actions, and then others will see what you're doing

  • and then they'll be inspired to follow along.

  • Alright, that's it!

  • Make sure you subscribe if you haven't already.

  • I love you so much.

  • And also: Check out Ecosia for a really easy way to start being more environmentally-friendly,

  • just by searching the web.

  • Alright, love you all so, so much.

  • See you next time.

  • Bye!

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