Wednesday, October 17, 2018

When buying "green" products is not the solution

This is something that always confuse, it maybe even alarms me, when companies promote new products as solutions to saving the planet. Is buying something new really a solution? Or does reduce, reuse, recycle still stand true? Yes, compared to buying the alternative there may be some advantages to "green" products, but there are still disadvantages. You are still buying new products which take countless resources to produce, meanwhile your old consumer goods tend to end up in the landfill or require more resources to re-purpose. Hence why buying more is not  the solution but rather a mitigation method.

In contrary to the advertisements we often see in the media, buying more does not save the planet. For example, there is an ad from my girlfriend collective claiming to save water by buying their leggings. This is from a brand of leggings I absolutely love, but what else goes into these products? Where are they shipped from? What is the full cycle process? Don't get me wrong their product is high quality, but is buying a new pair of leggings processed in Vietnam and shipped around the world really saving water? Maybe not as much as the marketing campaign would lead you to believe.

An additional thought was brought up by the book The Conundrum by David Owen. The book does an excellent job of illustrating the wicked problems associated with consumer goods. He touches on societies desire to constantly fill one void with products without considering the full system impacts of our actions. Rather than buying products to save the planet maybe we should just try to enjoy what we already have?

Enjoying what we have can be a struggle. I am as guilty as the next, seeing an add pop up and thinking maybe I should go out and purchase the item. This is part of the reason I am setting goals for myself to live more intentionally. Every year I set New Years resolutions for myself, since last year I did not succeed at "not buying anything new" I am going to attempt to do the same this year. Even if I don't succeed I hope to put more thought into my purchases, developing better habits that can follow me moving forward. Although I have one major purchase I would like to make in next couple months (I plan to buy a couch so I no longer spend time floor sitting haha), but after that I plan to go without buying anything new clothes or unnecessary household items for another year.

Almost anything I need I can buy used, other than the basic necessities, thus my goal for 2019 is to live more intentionally, setting achievable goals and expectations for myself, building healthy habits, and learning from my mistakes.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Read of the Week - The Novel that Started an Environmental Movement

I was recently able to take some time and finish Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Published over 50 years ago, the novel sparked the modern environmental movement. Her novel is a cautionary tale regarding the over use of pesticides, specifically the implications of DDT and other non-selective insecticides. Rather than preaching we discontinue the use of pesticides, Carson suggested that we use them with care. Pesticide overuse lead to unintentional consequences including resistance and unintentional death of non-target organisms. Considering alternatives to broadcast spraying of pests including bio-control was suggested toward the end of the book.

"We need a more high-minded orientation and a deeper in-sight, which I miss in many researchers. Life is a miracle beyond our comprehension, and we should reverence it even where we have to struggle against it..."

Rachel Carson was chastised for this book, her writing was treated as a fable rather than a viable part of the scientific community. On the other hand she opened the doors to the public. Her novel is accessible to everyone bringing science into the homes of the public, two things that were often isolated during the time she wrote the novel.

I do not think pesticides need to be discontinued but I do think this is a fantastic novel for everyone to read. The larger picture is often overlooked in more areas than just pesticide use. Opening the eyes of many, selling millions of copies, Carson opened doors to modern ecology, adding to her library of best selling novels.

"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy... The other fork of the road ... Offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth."

Friday, August 10, 2018

Two Twelve Apparel

I don't believe you need to wear your values as a logo on your clothes, nor do I think you have to buy something new to show your support; donating, or supporting an initiative can be done without buying something. That being said if you DO need some new clothing this brand hits close to home for so many people, and has been founded by a friend and her partner.

If you want to know more about a brand that donates proceeds to various programs and services for mental health you can check them out on facebook ( and instagram (@twotwelveapparel), or check out there website which is coming soon:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Read of the Week - The Conundrum

The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse

This audiobook recently came on sale as part of an Earth Day Sale, so I decided to give it a shot. I should start by saying I don't normally buy books like this, nor do I agree with every opinion they portray. However, I do find the perspectives and opinions they share thought provoking. I find that books with a bleak outlook on environmental issues often result in people becoming depressed, mourning the loss, and then moving on with their lives as though nothing happened. You must go into the book looking for more than just a solution or explanation; prepare yourself for a different perspective on environmentalism, an unraveling of current solutions to environmental technologies.

This book in particular looks largely as societies downfalls, the barriers to sustainability rather than the solutions. That being said it does have some valuable insight, something we can all take to heart. The main point being increased technology and efficiency is not a sufficient solution; creating greener technologies, building and developing more, will not resolve our issues. Rather, it is a societal shift, a shift in mindsets, and acknowledgment that there is no easy solution the our environmental dilemmas.

Monday, May 14, 2018

First time fitness competitor

After weeks of falling on and off the diet train, my competition finally came and went. I can't imagine how difficult I was to coach, I get anxious and hangry, but thank you to everyone who supported me in CHOOSING to do something that made me for lack of a better term "miserable". Would I have gotten more joy out of the dozen OCR I could've run or the new saddle I could've bought with the time and money put into this competition? Yeah probably, but you can't knock it 'til you try it.

Next time I decide to push myself outside of my comfort zone, which this definitely did, tell me to take a hike Haha. I definitely shook the entire time on stage as I am well aware my stage presence and confidence aren't my defining features 😅. 

Props to all the men and women that take pride and pleasure in prepping and stepping on stage, it take a lot of dedication, discipline, and hard work. Me on the other hand I am going to keep working out and eating fairly healthy because I LIKE to not because I HAVE to. At this point in my life I have a million other things to look forward to and do that I love. Now that I have gotten this out of the way, for the time being I don't want to do a sport that takes away from other things I love. Plus, I stand by the fact I'm happy having that thin layer of chocolate that covers my abs.


The lovely note from bikinilicious that came with my suit rental