small habits to start to do your part
1. If You Can, Buy In Bulk
Less packaging generates less waste, plain and simple! Buying in bulk can reduce the energy footprint required for packaging because it reduces the amount of materials needed in the first place, and eliminates the production process used to create excess materials.
Pro Tip: Store your bulk items in thrifted containers or repurpose previously used containers. It's cute and affordable!
Did you notice we added a bagged quart option to all blends so you can skip the jar and refill one you have at home?
2. Use the food you have.
Another great way to reduce our impact is by minimizing food waste. Buy fewer ingredients, more often, and keep all the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry at the forefront of your mind when planning meals. In a crowded refrigerator or pantry it is easy to forget or overlook items you have that already need to be used. Start by cleaning out your refrigerator and pantry and making a meal plan to incorporate ingredients that need to be used first. Look for recipes based on ingredients you already have - this method also lends itself to a lot of experimentation in the kitchen and is a great way to discover new recipes to fall in love with.
Repurpose & Reuse.
1. Save Your Old Jars & Containers
We sell many of our products in jars or potentially reusable containers! They can be re-purposed in and out of the kitchen. Make your old candle jars into homes for your plant babies. Use an old tea jar to freeze and store your veggie scraps to turn into vegetable stock, or lengthen the life of your herbs by storing them in a 12 oz honey jar with water in the fridge.
Use old tea jars as flower vases, take old tins in your travel bag to keep jewelry or hair accessories, or save honey containers for storinhomemadede salsa, sauces, and jams to gift.
The more you reuse, the less waste you produce.
2. Choose to reuse
Dryer sheets ➡ wool dryer balls. They reduce drying time, which will help reduce your impact!
Makeup wipes ➡ reusable cloth with oil remover. Choose all natural oils that are good for the environment and you!
Plastic food baggies ➡ beeswax wrap. The wraps are made from materials you can feel good about and come in adorable patterns. They also can be reused up to 200 times and help save you money long term.
Cleaning ➡ refillable glass spray bottles with an alcohol base and your favorite essential oils.
Fast fashion ➡ thrifting. Thrifting allows you to find unique items at a low cost, and it helps in the reduction of carbon, water, and waste footprints.
Remember: fully finish using all of your non-sustainable products like plastic razors, loofahs, plastic bags, etc before you transition to sustainable products! This in itself is practicing sustainability.
1. Collaborate & share to reduce impact.
Whether it is carpooling or food sharing to reduce waste, collaboration is our evolutionary niche so this one should feel natural! Get your friends together for a craft night to repurpose old containers. Plan a clothing swap in your community where everyone can bring rarely used items from their closet to sell and fundraise for a local charity. Share meals with family and friends to avoid leftovers going to waste. Plant a community garden in your neighborhood or coordinate with friends in your community to grow and trade produce.
The well being of Mother Nature is the key to our well-being.
Sustainable living ensures future generations a habitable world that they can enjoy. It gives kids, grandkids and future generations a good environment to live in. Not to mention, it ensures generations after us will get to enjoy tea on the same level we do!
Recycling or opting for a bike ride rather than a car ride may feel like it doesn't really make a difference in the world, and the effects of these actions certainly aren't noticed immediately. However, when you develop sustainable habits that you put into practice every day, there is a long-term effect on our future. If more and more people try to live a sustainable life, then we could collectively create major, positive changes for the planet.
"The Earth is what we all have in common." - Wendell Berry