4 Ways To Reduce Your Everyday Plastic Use

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So, news just in: plastic is bad. Like, really bad. And we use a lot of it. Sometimes without realizing. For example. I drink coffee every day. literally, every day. and I never really gave much thought to the fact that every day when I get a coffee to-go I am getting a plastic cup and sometimes a plastic straw, which, even in my unaware state, is TOTALLY contributing to the plastic problem we all face today. No. Bueno. Taren. 

No. Bueno (but also, like, no need to be hard on yourself. knowledge is power, and I’m about to give you a shit-load of power.)

*yes I know

"But I didn't know we had a plastic problem" 

Totally cool, and no shame. Lemme give you a little rundown of whats happening on our planet. These are just a few of my favorite, horrifying plastic facts. For more check out this handy dandy fact sheet. 

  1. Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. Plastic bottles take around 450+ years to decompose, and only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.

  2. About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. That’s nearly 2 million every minute.

  3. Half a million straws are used in the world every day. Straws take Upwards of 200 years to decompose.

  4. 40 percent of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded.

  5. Single-use-plastics frequently do not make it to a landfill or are recycled. A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans

Okay, so.. if you are anything like me, all of this (which is just scratching the surface really) is really overwhelming. But, good news! There are a few simple ways to reduce your single-use plastic usage and create a more sustainable future for you and our planet!

4 Ways To Reduce Your EVERYDAY PLASTIC USE

1. Get on the Reusable Mug Bandwagon

I have two of these Stanley mugs because, well, one in the car and one in the sink. I basically buy coffee every day, and every shop I’ve ever been to will serve it to you in your own mug. I’ve DRASTICALLY cut back on my single-use by bringing my own mug with me. If you want some sweet suggestions check these out!


2. Ditch the Disposable Cutlery

Instead of feeling bad every time I got lunch out, I started keeping a set of HumanGoods reusable cutlery in the glovebox of my car. One more easy step toward sustainability.


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3. Embrace the Glass

Do you take your lunch to work? Ditch the single-use paper and plastic and embrace the glass! It’s reusable, durable and looks way cooler anyways.


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4. Say Yes To Metal Straws!

The first time I said “I’ll just have a water. No ice, no straw please.I felt pretty silly. But the more accustomed to it, I became the more proud I felt. Now, along with my reusable cutlery I keep a metal straw in my glovebox so any time I order an iced drink to go I have the option of using a straw!


Do you have any quick tips for sustainable living? Drop them in the comments!
+ For more ideas on how to create a sustainable lifestyle, check out these lists! +

5 Dope Reusable Mugs For Your Everyday Adventures

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I just wrote the most bangin’ intro to this post, and then promptly— ACCIDENTALLY — deleted it. Sucks to suck, man. But, it was something along the lines of “hey, plastic is bad. especially single use. so, stop it.” And, yes. I made sure to mention how I was talking to myself, first, because “we are all learning and growing and I’m not trying to offend anyone, but we need change.” Etc. Etc. Etc. Anyways.

Single-use plastic.

That means to-go cups. Those lids? Yea, Plastic. That means iced latte’s, and hot mochas on the run. They’re all contributing to the problem (which reads something like: a full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans.) But good news, there are some really great options for reusable mugs that will put you one step in the sustainable-future direction. And they’re cute. And they won’t burn your hands. And some of them even fit in your car cup-holder!

I know what you’re thinking, “but I always forget my mugs, bags, ___, ___, ___” Yea, I get it. I did too. My success rate with remembering to bring my reusable mug at first was trash! but the more I did it, the better I felt about myself and my contribution to our sustainable future. And the more I cultivated that habit, the more important it became and the better I felt about myself. now it’s part of my ritual.

So, jump on the band-wagon. Look rad. Save the planet. Feel good. Get a mug. You can thank me later.

FIVE DOPE REUSABLE MUGS FOR YOUR EVERYDAY


 
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If you want to kick waste in the butt, these dudes make it easy. Check out this starter kit from my friends at Klean Kanteen (who give 1% for the planet because they’re RAD!) Not only does it include a reusable straw, but this tumbler keeps your hot stuff hot for up to 4 hours, and your cold stuff cold for something near 20 hours!

—> $32 BUCKS ON AMAZON

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This double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel coffee mug is my favorite for espresso on outdoor to-go trips. It’s just big enough to hold a latte and just small enough to fit in your backpack-side-pocket. The lid it spill and leak-proof and everything pulls apart for easy cleaning. It also fits in your car cup-holder and wont burn your hands!

—> $29 BUCKS ON AMAZON

This mug is my every day mug. We have a couple of these in our house and they’re the best. Not only do they fit in the car cup-holder, but they fit in my bike’s water bottle holder, and the lids are super reliable. They pull apart for easy cleaning, and have a solid seal. You can trust that this bad boy wont splash out in the car, while walking or even if you trip. which I do, pretty frequently.

—> $27 BUCKS ON AMAZON

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So you like cute latte art and you don’t want to give that up. Good news, you don’t have to. These rad reusable mugs were designed by two former baristas for the ease of pouring. And they boast a wide array of attractive attributes, like: they’re BPA free; non toxic; recyclable; microwave safe; lightweight and made hard-wearing materials.

—> $27 BUCKS ON AMAZON

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If you’re looking for a cool, causal desk mug for work the YETI is pretty great. Its sleek, sexy and has double-wall vacuum insulation so your stuff stays hot/cold and you wont burn your hands.

—> $25 BUCKS ON AMAZON

 

pro tip:

Ask your local coffee shop if they provide a discount for people who bring their own mugs. Saving money is rad. If they don’t, consider suggesting it! Encouraging people to help save the planet (and keep THEIR cost down) is rad, too!

xo

Gear Review: Scarpa Origin

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Yo. Forget everything I said before about my shoes before (just kidding, the mythos are rad) But, I’ve found my new favorites. These Scarpa’s are the jaaaaaam. Seriously, they fit my feet like a glove and the velcro is my new favorite. They also warm up quick, and are totally breathe-able. I’m not sure what the material inside is, but it feels suuuuper soft and smooth every time.

When I bought them I opted for the larger size (my left foot is half a size bigger than my right) to keep my left foot from going numb, and oddly enough the shoe feels great on both feet. Another thing I noticed, and loved, was that the back of the shoe comes up around my hell but doesn’t pinch like some of the other shoes.

Edit: I’m not on my second pair of these and the only issue I’ve found is that the loops in the heel (which help you pull your shoe on) are pretty irritating after a while. The stitching was giving me blisters, but it was a quick fix. I stuck some tape over it and Viola! No more issues. And it made my shoes easier to identify when I forget them at the gym. “yea, teal scarpa’s with tape in the heel!” Ha.

All that to say, if you’re looking for a great all around shoe check out the Scarpa Origin shoe.

I mostly wear a 7.5 in shoes and I bought 38 1/2 for my Scarpa’s. They’re a bit tight when you first get them, but they broke in super nice.

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@Tony Lima

Basic Bare-Bones Climbing Gear Review

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Alright. Let’s be clear, right out the gate. I started climbing in January. Thus, I don’t have a ton of knowledge/experience when it comes to gear, but I figured if there are any newbs out there like me, you’ll be happy to have somewhere to start. And so, MY FIRST CLIMBING GEAR REVIEW!

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SHOES

My first pair of shoes were La Sportiva Mythos Eco. Dude, these shoes are the shit. They are so comfortable. You can go miles in them! I did a couple multi-pitch in them (which is where I think they shine— you can wear them all day and your feet feel great) and they were ace for my grade at the time (5.9-10a). I was climbing a ton over the summer and eventually blew through a toe and decided I wanted to up my edge a bit.

Enter La Sportiva Oxygym’s. Unfortunately, my experience up front with these sucked. My first two pairs de-lamed (the plastic sole began to peel off leaving a hole) within the first couple climbs and so I returned them. My third pair began to de-laminate by my third climb as well, but I was too pissed at the idea of breaking in a fourth pair.. so I kept them. The toe is pretty rough at this point, but once I broke the shoe in, well, I fell in love. Maybe it’s all in my head but I feel like this shoe gave me the extra edge I needed to push my grade (I just broke into the 12’s).

The only downside I’ve found from this shoe is in crack climbing (which I’ve only just started tinkering with) and cold days. There isn’t a ton of coverage on the top side and so doesn’t provide much protection when cranking on those feetsies. And on cold days the shoe feels like it shrinks a bit making it a bit uncomfortable. I already have wicked poor circulation when I’m cold so that extra bit of wiggle room is crucial.

So, there you have it. Big fan, aside from the de-lam.

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BLACK DIAMOND PRIMROSE HARNESS

The first harness I ordered was another brand that didn’t have the adjustable leg loops, which, well, wouldn’t work. I have a small waist and big thighs. That extra inch in the legs is super crucial for me. So, I went with the classic Black Diamond Primrose. Some of my friends scoff at it because “everyone has it.” Yeah, everyone has it for a reason! The price is on point, the harness is comfortable and adjustable and so far it’s been durable as heck! It’s my first and only harness, but It’s done me good on multiple multi-pitch climbs, climbing indoor and long days outdoor. All in all I say hell yes to this harness.

PATAGONIA HAUL BAG

This. Backpack IS THE BEES KNEES. I purchased this pack after a terrible experience climbing multi-pitch with an off brand bag. I found myself at the base of a chimney about to shimmy my way up and y bag wouldn’t sit properly on my back. It didn’t have waist straps or handles and it definitely wouldn’t has sustained more than one of those scrambles. and so, THIS BAG. Patagonia literally markets it with “built with our burliest fabrics to withstand abuse from short hauls and getting stuffed in chimneys.” I was sold. And not just that, I’ve tested this bad boy’s durability and it totally lives up to it’s expectations. Plus, this colors are rad.


STATIC WAXED CANVAS CHALK BAG

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Okay. I had my eye on this bad boy for ages. I’d go to REI and then leave without it.. over and over and over. A month or so ago I finally pulled the trigger and.. whomp whomp. I was pretty let down. I mean, the bag is fine. It works, and it’s durable.. but something about the waxed canvas makes it so that every bit of dirt, ever, sticks to the bag. What once was this beautiful slate grey, canvas bag now looks like a dirty mess. Like I said, I still use it and it’s functional. Just sucks that it looks and feels gross. I’m hoping long term this bag shines with durability!

 

And, well. That’s it. That’s my basic set up for most climbs. Chalk bag, shoes, backpack, harness. Keepin’ it bare bones over here, just the way I like it.

The Easiest Sweet Potato Fries

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I’m not much of a cook, I literally eat tacos every day. tacos and eggs. sometimes I even get crazy and put my eggs in a taco (sarcasm, I eat breakfast tacos like 4x a week) oh, and did I mention I don’t have a kitchen? Yea. That’s LA for ya. I do however have a hot plate and a sweet iron skillet, and I more recently invested in a fancy toaster oven. Which means great things for me! Especially considering it’s fall. Watch me roast all the squashes in all the land. But even while I’m upping my food-game, I’m still super into fast-healthy-delicious-eats. And so, enter: the easiest fall snack I ever did ever did make.

Rosemary sweet potato heaven.

These bad boys are chock full of fiber, they’re anti-inflammatory, and contain crucial vitamins and minerals like A, C and a boatload of potassium! Perfect for a movie nosh, or as a main ingredient for your next taco meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes

  • About 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • Rosemary

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle to top section of the oven.

  2. Slice your sweet potatoes the way you like them (The amount of time you leave them in is determined by how thick they are— the way I cut them needed about 35 minutes)

  3. Pour oil into a bowl. Toss sweet potatoes in the oil then lay them our on your baking sheet!

  4. Sprinkle rosemary over the top of them.

  5. Put them in the oven for 35-40 minutes.

  6. Around 15 minutes I usually flip or stir them to make sure both sides get toasted.

  7. Ta-Da! You’re done. Your fries should be a little brown, super soft and ready for you to enjoy!

Chaga Mocha: My Current Fall Productivity Go-To

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I’d heard of Chaga before but only in passing. Post eating disorder my hormones were pretty fucked up and in an effort to rebalance my system I began doing some research into adaptogens.

What are Adaptogens?

In short, ‘adaptogen’ is a term used for a broad range of herbs and plant medicines that have been used for thousands of years to optimize adrenal health, which is essential for optimal hormonal health. These plants and herbs help lower your stress levels and balance your hormones by protecting and promoting adrenal health.

The most frequently suggested adaptogens for my needs came from a specific branch of adaptogenic mushrooms which, among others, included Chaga.

A few days ago a friend walked into the kitchen and offered me some Chaga she had harvested herself. She mixed it into some coffee and passed it over. In that moment I remembered a few other friends raving about “mushroom tea” and “mushroom coffee” over breakfast and figured I would do some research.

So what’s the deal with Chaga?

Chaga is actually a fungus that’s found primarily on birch trees. There are records going as far back as the 16th century for the use of chaga in Eastern European folk medicine. And alongside it’s power to help balance your hormones, it packs an impressive antioxidant punch!

Check out some of these sweet facts, and then mix some chaga (I am really digging the ease of this four-sigmatic mushroom mocha mix) into your morning brew for a full-body-productivity start to your day. *Note: I like to mix mine with coffee for an extra boost, but Chaga is also an excellent non-coffee alternative and provides a non-jittery energy due to it's polysaccharide content.

  • Chaga Reduces Stress Levels (and helps protect you)

Circle back to adaptogens and adrenal health real quick because that is how Chaga helps reduce the impact of stress on your system, and how it helps you get back to a healthy flow. But not just that, the compounds found in Chaga mushrooms, like beta-glucan polysaccharides and superoxide dismutase, are known to help rid your body of free radicals produced by stress. Read more about Chaga and stress here.

  • Chaga Helps Protect the Immune System

This little magic mushroom contains over 215 phytonutrients and glyconutrients and has more antioxidants than blueberries and Acai. If you’re anything like me, you’re like “wtf is a phytonutri-whatever.” Lucky for you I did a little research.

  • Chaga Mushroom Reduces Inflammation

But not just inflammation. This guy is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and has antibacterial properties. It contains more potassium than a banana, more germanium (immune system supporting) than turmeric, and more rubidium than green tea.

  • Chaga is packed full of other good stuff

Aside from all the nutrients mentioned above chaga also includes: Vitamins B2, D, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, cesium, silicon, manganese, selenium, zinc, antimony, barium, bismuth, boron, chromium, and copper. 

Earth Day Challenge — N.3: Contribute

EARTH DAY HAS ARRIVED! 

And what a sweet day it is. If you need a quick rundown of what we've been talking about in this post series leading up to earth day (or a bit about Earth Day itself) check out the first post in this series!

As I was sitting here wrestling with these posts, asking myself questions like “why is this even worth writing about?” and, “what do I hope to accomplish with them?” I just kept hearing the word Longevity. 

What is the point? Longevity. 
Why is it important? Longevity.
What’s the goal? Longevity. 

We live in a world with a ‘here and now’ mentality. It’s all about what we want in the moment and we often give little thought to the future, or the impact we are having on it. When was the last time you stopped and asked what the world might look like for your children? or your children’s children? Or even for you in 50 years?

The negative impact we are having on our world can be overwhelming to think about, but I like to remind myself that it’s not the end all be all. Big process in made with little steps. And with each little step, we have the ability to take action and make change, for the good, which is what Earth Day is all about. 

So, for part three of this post let’s take a peek at our last Good Life Bucket: Contribution. 

Jonathan defines your contribution bucket as being about “contributing to the world… in a way that is meaningful, in a way that matters and allows you to feel like you matter.” So, how are you contributing? And how can you contribute in light of Earth Day? How can you take one step in the direction of change? 

One thing I like to remember when it comes to implementing/choosing change to choose action that is, well, actionable. If you know you won’t follow through, than it’s probably not a small enough step for you. And small is ok! PLEASE KNOW THAT SMALL IS OK! It’s helpful to remember that a minute change in trajectory now will always create big change in the long run. And, the good news is it’s easy! It might take a bit of intentionality to move into a new habit, or create a bit of change in your every day, but it’s worth it if it alters the flow of your future and the future of this planet. 

In light of Earth Day and our challenge to fill our buckets with things that help drive the message of Earth Day; connection, sustainability, awareness...

here are a few small steps you can take to help get you in the spirit of Earth Day, Every day!
 

Pick Up Trash

Our buddies over at Keep It Wild Co, which we mentioned in our last post, are hosting wilderness cleanups all over the place and if there isn’t one in your area, they can help you host your own! But it doesn’t have to be a big deal every time. Have you ever paid attention to how much trash you walk by every day? What if instead of cringing as you walked past, you grabbed that water bottle, or that chip bag and threw it away! That’s one small step in a VERY beautiful direction.

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Use Reusable Bags

I want to write a whole post on this bad boy, but for now, I’ll start here. Honestly, it was sort of a sweet little wake-up call when I started my research on reusable grocery bags. I'm a big fan of reusable bags, but I also, almost always, forget them at home and opt for paper at the store. It's a feel-good thing, thinking I'm doing the earth a service by choosing a biodegradable, renewable resource. Which would be fine and dandy, if that were the long and short of it. 

Turns out that the production of paper bags is actually more harmful than the production of plastic bags. It requires more energy, more water and creates more air pollutants to make paper bags than to create plastic ones. You would have to use your reusable bag somewhere around 200 times to offset the negate the environmental impact of using a plastic bag. Which seem like a lot— which IS a lot— but, judging by The Great Pacific Garbage Patch alone I think it’s fair to say that we owe it to ourselves, and our planet, to be a little more intentional with our existence. 

Don’t hear me wrong, this isn’t me advocating for plastic bags, they suck. and they’re an aesthetic nightmare. What I am saying though is that if we take a second to get educated, and to follow through (and not just do what’s easy), we could make a serious impact for the good. Buy your reusable bags, and USE them!

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Think Sustainable

Buying Tupperware? Try Glass. Need a water bottle for your hike? Try buying a reusable one instead of grabbing a plastic one at the store. Little swaps like this make a big difference.
 

Eat Less Meat

Okay, okay, calm down. I’m not suggesting you become a vegan (or am I?) but! according to a study led by Gidon Eshel of Bard College meat consumption has a bigger impact on our carbon footprint than cars. If you’re a raging carnivore, that’s a pretty big deal. One that might be worth considering how you can make a small change in your consumption on behalf of the planet. 
 

Practice Conservation (And Mindfulness)

For a long time I thought this was common knowledge, but I guess my mother was just a stickler for energy conservation (also known as not wanting to pay a million dollars because I left all the lights on.) I learned real young to turns lights off when I left a room or to turn the water off as I was brushing my teeth. You can also help conserve energy by unplugging devices when they are not in use! They’re baby steps, but they’re steps nonetheless! 
 

and, as always, stay wild xx

Earth Day Challenge — N.2: Connect

Hey Guys! Welcome to part two of three of our Good Life Bucket challenge leading up to Earth Day. If you want a quick rundown of what the Good Life Buckets are and what Earth Day is all about you can find it in the first post by clicking here. That said, let's get on with it! 

Our second bucket according to Jonathan is our Connection bucket. He defines our connection bucket as being about how we nourish relationships. This bucket is filled by participating in healthy connection with the world around us; when we give love and receive love without condition; when we feel we belong—we’re seen, understood, and embraced by friends with shared values, interests, and aspirations; when we are connected to something bigger than ourselves, be it natural or ethereal. 

Things, like being intentional with friends and family and making space and time for organic moments are big parts of filling this bucket for me, but another way I've found I feel connected is by finding brands and small-business that share my voice and my values. Life moves fast and there isn't always time to connect intentionally with every single person we meet, but we can sport clothing (and use products) that say the things we want to say. How great is it that we can give our time and our resources, but we can also represent ourselves and spread our message through our clothing.

So, as our earth day challenge is to fill your buckets with things that help drive the message of Earth Day; connection, sustainability, awareness, here are a few brands and small businesses that also help do exactly that! 

 

KINTIGO

I just recently got connected with these guys and I'm such a fan! Their slogan "with you, for you", is something I've been saying for years and seeing it in print makes me so happy! It's the perfect way for me to say "I see you, I'm with you, I believe in you and you're not alone." I'm stoked to get to sport clothing that highlights encouragement and connection. Plus, the crew at Kintigo is always focused on creating a culture of sustainability from start to finish. 

"Most people don't realize how the way they shop can have a negative impact on people and the world. At Kintigo, we make exceptional lifestyle products, care for the people who made them, and with each purchase we give a portion back to incredible causes. So, when you shop with us, you'll be joining a movement of mindful consumers who give a damn and shop with purpose." 

#fuckya #withyouforyou

 
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KEEP IT WILD CO

These dudes are the real MVP. Not only are they making feel-good goods, but they are also doing the work to keep our planet beautiful by hosting and funding their own cleanup efforts. Every purchase from Keep It Wild Co helps fund these local wilderness cleanups, and between now and the end of April (4.30.18), with every purchase, they're throwing in a free DIY Cleanup Kit as an invitation for you to join the community, get outside, and celebrate Mother Earth! And they don't stop there. 

"Keep it Wild is committed to ethical manufacturing. We only work with partners that respect the people they employee and the environment we all enjoy.  Nearly 100% all our clothing is manufactured in WRAP certified facilities."

YES. So. Much. Yes. 

 

PRANA

Prana is one of my favorite brands right now, for many reasons. I love that everything they make is high quality, durable and long lasting, but most importantly I love knowing I can trust that their process lines up with my values. It feels good knowing I'm taking on the great outdoors in responsible clothing. 

They seek out materials from sustainable sources, they make sure all of their people are treated fairly and they strive to use processes that IMPROVE their industry, not just get them to the top. They also partner with bluesign® systems to ensure that the fabrics they use meet the highest environmental and human safety standards  by managing the chemical input further upstream to create a holistic system that prevents contamination. 

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HURRY TO BE KIND

This crew is one of my favorite on IG right now. It's a joy to be scrolling through the gram and stumble upon a quote that reminds me to keep it simple, keep it kind. Their founder Kylee Jo is a little light and through the brand she aims to 'restore faith in humanity by alleviating the struggles of other individuals in the community'. I love that this brand is both a challenge and an invitation.
Hurry to be kind.   

 

BIRKENSTOCK

I mean, I've shouted Birks before on this blog because they're definitely my favorite all around sandal, but how cool is it that they're not just comfortable. They're sustainable too. I bet you didn't know that the sole of your Birks was made out of cork which is a natural and sustainable material, one that is reproduced and can therefore be harvested again and again without harming the tree.

For more information on the process go check out their sustainability page.

And while you're at it get yo'self a pair of biiiiiirks. You can thank me later. 

 

How do you fill your connection bucket? Are there any earth-friendly, connection-focused brands you love? Let me know in the comments! and, as always, stay wild xx

Earth Day Challenge — N.1: Wake up, Get Amongst It.

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With earth day right around the corner (April 22, people!) I thought I’d highlight of some of the things that are important to me when it comes to our earth (sustainability, awareness, conservation of lands, etc) but before I do I wanted to give you a quick rundown of what Earth Day is all about. 

Earth day began in 1970 as one of the largest demonstrations in human history. More than 10,000 events engaged 20 million people across America as a call to action on behalf of our planet. Since then Earth Day has evolved into a worldwide, annual event celebrating humankind’s connection to the Earth and has carried its activist roots into the 21st century in an ongoing effort to raise awareness, provide education and create a space for action and change for the environmental challenges we face today.

As I was thinking about how to approach Earth Day this year I felt this frustration with how difficult it often feels to take big ideas such as earth preservation, sustainability and our responsibility in the mix and bring them into actionable terms. But when I asked myself the question of “why is this important to me, and how can I make it accessible/relatable” I was reminded of this framework called The Good life Buckets, which I came across it a while ago. 

The GLB’s were created by this guy Jonathan Fields, and in short “offers a way to look at the life you’re living, quickly and easily access what’s working and what’s not, and instantly know where to focus your energy to make things better; the fuller our buckets, the better our lives.” 

For more about earth day click here. 

So how do we fill our buckets, and how does that relate to Earth Day?

Filling your buckets is easy. You do the things that fulfill the needs each bucket presents. Jonathan outlines our three buckets as Vitality, Connection and Contribution. Each one requires you to take action to fill it, resulting in your happiness and fulfillment in this life. And leading up to Earth Day I'll create a post for each bucket.

So my earth day challenge is this: Fill your buckets with things that help drive the message of Earth Day; connection, sustainability, awareness. 

Bucket N.1
Your Vitality Bucket

Jonothan describes your vitality bucket as being concerned about your optimal state of mind and body. It includes things like taking your energy, fitness, health and mental state into consideration. To fill your vitality bucket you partake in activities that contribute to your well being. He makes note of observing that Vitality isn’t just about our bodies, but about our minds as well! What keeps you feeling optimistic? Grateful and balanced? Those are the things that we want to focus on. 

So, how does that relate to Earth Day? Well, one of the greatest things we can do for ourselves is to, as the Kiwi’s say, Get Amongst It. Get amongst it is a New Zealand colloquial that I was reminded of recently, which in short translates to “just do it, with all of you.” It’s only when we are ‘woke’ to ourselves that we have the ability to give outwardly in a healthy and helpful way. So, if we are to get involved and creating long-lasting change in our lives, the first step is to make sure we are happy and healthy. It's from there that you will be able to better contribute to the world around you!
 

Here are a few ways you can fill your vitality bucket, in the spirit of Earth Day. 
 

Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is an underrated tool in my humble opinion. Studies actually show that expressing gratitude has physical and psychosocial benefits. We have so much to be grateful for and so often we let it slip by. On days where gratitude seems to be in short supply I start with something small and stupid (I'm thankful for the sun, I'm thankful for my breath, I'm thankful for my car.. you’ll be surprised at how small beginnings grow into deep and meaningful professions of gratitude) and I am always surprised at how it shifts my perspective and attitude. 

Mindfulness

Take a second and slow down. Own your reality as it is, and embrace the growth that you know is necessary. Be quiet. Listen. Take your time. Disconnect from your reactivity and learn to operate from a place of balance. 

Excercise

Get outside! Go enjoy some nature. Move your body and put your energy to good use! Exercise boosts your energy levels and contributes to so many good and healthy processes in your body. What better way to fill your vitality bucket than with a little bit of Mother Nature herself? 

Sleep

Seems like a no-brainer, but sleep is vitally (ha) important to our well being. Your detox pathways start working, your body naturally reduces your stress and you produce growth hormones which help you repair and rejuvenate. 

 

and, as always, stay wild xx 

This One's For You, Captain.

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You are the captain of your own ship;

don't let anyone else take the wheel."

Michael Josephson
 

As you may have (or may not have) noticed, I haven't written a whole lot lately. I've been pretty uninspired when it comes to blogging. Every time I sit down with the intention to write I feel sort of.. colorless. I know that might seem like an odd way of putting it (I'm an abstract thinker, get on board) but that's the picture in my head when I try to put words to why I've slowed my roll.

See, I used to just..write. I'd sit down and spill my guts. I'd share my thoughts and my dreams and my ideas and the things I was interested in and that was enough for me. And the blog picked up a bit of speed. It felt good, I liked the responses. But every so often I'd get a well-meaning comment from a friend or someone I cared about suggesting I do this or this, or maybe it should be structured this way, or my writing format wasn't correct, or my thoughts were so abstract I wasn't reaching my audience the way I could be if only I was a bit more practical.. and on it came. And I took it all to heart because I want to learn. I know that I will always have room to grow, and I appreciate the good intentions, honestly. But I also found that the more I tried to format correctly and speak in a voice that connected, which clearly wasn't my own, natural voice, the more it became work and the less I wanted to do it. 

Here we are, roughly two months into the new year and I've written, what, one post? Because I was worried about shit like starting a sentence with but and how that may or may not be grammatically correct? barf. And while there are only a handful of you that I know who personally read this blog, I want to say I'm sorry! And not for the reason you might think. I'm sorry because I allowed something someone said (that didn't end up working for me) to keep me from doing something I love.

Let me be clear, I think that saying yes to learning and growth is important. And I think that being open and willing to change, to be teachable and allow others to speak into your creative work is necessary. But at the end of the day if it doesn't work for you, then it doesn't work for you. You should never allow someone else's idea of right or wrong stop you from doing what you came to do: create. You are an innovator, an artist and the captain of your own damn ship. So, do the damn thing, whatever it looks like. Make some shit, and if they don't like it, good news: THEY DONT HAVE TO READ IT/WATCH IT/HANG IT ON THEIR WALLS. 

So, here I am officially saying, and maybe just for myself, that I'm not sorry that I probably won't check all your boxes. I will more than likely have spelling, grammatical errors, and my favorite epic run on sentences, not because I don't care, but because I don't have an editor and sometimes shit happens. And I'm honestly, truly, just gonna write about the stuff that makes me stoked on life. Because that's what this was all about in the first place. Living a life you're stoked about. 

I hope your 2018 has started off badass and continues along that trajectory well into the future. 

stay wild, babes
xx T