29 May Getting Loved Up with @KoyaWebb: A Zero-Waste, Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
Meet Koya Webb – holistic health coach, yoga instructor, and Founder of Get Loved Up, a platform that encourages people to “love yourself, love others, and love the planet” by practicing environmental sustainability, plant based nutrition, and mindful movement. Over the next couple of months, she’ll dive into her top tips and practices for holistic wellness. Stay tuned for information on self-love, unity, and eco-friendly living.
Part III: The Journey to a Zero-Waste Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
Going from producing waste to none at all is not an easy transition in the slightest. In fact, some people who claim to be living a zero-waste lifestyle may still struggle from time to time. But that’s O.K. because, as with any process, it takes time.
Growing up, you may have heard of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Reducing your waste is vital for protecting our lovely environment and those who inhabit it. To be able to lessen the amount of waste you produce is to live a more healthy and simplistic lifestyle, as well as to return the love that our planet provides for us every single day.
Some of you may already bring your own bags to the grocery store or carry a reusable water bottle around with you; those are both great steps. Let’s try to take things a little further.
Here are some ways to assist you on your journey to achieving a zero-waste lifestyle:
The first step is to do things yourself! Whether you’re by yourself or with someone else, DIY projects are always a great way to pass time.
Thanks to Google or YouTube, you can find tutorials on how to create your own toothpaste, deodorant, clothes, makeup, eco-friendly face products, and more. Many of these products found in the store are known to contain toxic ingredients and packaging that can cause harm yourself and to the environment. Instead of purchasing these items, try making your own instead. The possibilities are endless.
Swap Out Plastic
It’s the little things like bringing your own containers to store your leftovers when you go out to eat or swapping out plastic straws, utensils, and bottles for stainless steel ones that can make a large difference.
Fix It Yourself
Next time an item of yours breaks, ask yourself this question: Can it be fixed? Many of us are so prone to throwing things away because we feel as though there is no use in it anymore if it is broken, but often this is not the case.
By doing this you’ll not only reduce toxic chemical and material wastes, you’ll save a lot of money too!
Compost & Recycle
This may be a no-brainer, but it can be very easy to toss away recyclable items or fruit and vegetable scraps in the trash. To motivate yourself to compost and recycle, try spicing up your recycling and compost bin by decorating them or just creating your own.
Give away or donate your old clothing! Cleaning out your closet every now and then is such a rewarding feeling. What’s even more rewarding is knowing that you are playing a role in preventing pounds of clothing and textile waste from being thrown into landfills each year.
As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Last but not least, a fantastic way to reduce waste production is by switching to a plant-based diet. Eating plant-based foods produces fantastic benefits for our bodies, and same for the earth as well. Plant-based eating provides us with the vital nutrients our bodies needs to function properly and to give us energy.
By cutting back on things such as dairy and meat products, you will be reducing your carbon footprint, in other words, the amount of greenhouse gas production, and contributing to the reduction of massive water usage that comes from the process of animal production.
At the same time, plant-based eating is an awesome opportunity to discover new foods, play around with different meals and recipes, and most importantly, it will leave you feeling your best every day.
Koya Webb is a holistic health coach and yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, California. You can follow her life of love @koyawebb.