Today I want to make a suggestion for how to actually go about decreasing the toxins in your life.
I know how overwhelming it can be, especially if you’re just starting out. But this is also a strategy you can use if you’ve been at it for a while.
It's pretty simple: prioritize the things you do often and de-prioritize the things you do every once in a while.
Let me use a small example from my own life…
I drink a lot of water, and I take my reusable water bottle with me almost every time I leave the house.
But when it comes to things like theater shows and sporting events, I can't bring my own water bottle for security reasons.
So when we'd go to these events, I’d end up buying a bottle of Aquafina or whatever at the theater or stadium.
I don’t like using single use water bottles, for both environmental and personal health reasons, but it was just every once in a while and I’m not going to sit there and be thirsty or let myself get that stressed out about it.
Well, we’ve gradually started going to these kinds of events more often, so this has changed from an every once in a while thing to a more frequent thing.
So I wanted to move it up on the priority list.
I started digging into the rules for each venue. (Sometimes they’re unclear or hard to find!)
For one of the theaters we go to, I found out that you can bring your own water bottle but it has to be clear, plastic, and empty.
Fair enough! I’ll use a Nalgene. Even though I use a stainless steel or glass bottle for everyday use, I'm fine with using a plastic Nalgene for situations like this. I believe it's a much better option than a single-use plastic water bottle.
It's a small thing, but when you slowly implement lots of these small things over time, they add up to really make a difference.
So, what's something you use a lot that you could move up on your priority list, or something you don't use very often that you could move down on your priority list to try and reduce some stress?
If you're just starting out, I usually recommend starting with personal care and cleaning products. Not only are they a relatively low barrier to entry cost-wise, but you also use them all the time!
P.S. One thing you can do when it comes to cleaning is to use what you already have at home. (Think baking soda, vinegar, etc.) I recently wrote a guest article for EarthHero about simple ways to reduce toxins in your cleaning routine, while also reduce waste at the same time. 🌼