🌎 Shifting to more envrionmentally-friendly habits

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🌎 Shifting to more envrionmentally-friendly habits

#1 Post by uhpkkim »

CW: climate crisis, capitalism

Hey! This is meant to be a topic for anyone to share any various tips for replacing toxic capitalism things in your life with more environmentally-conscious alternatives - whether it be habits, products, thought processes, etc. We aren't passing any judgement towards anyone whose actions are different than ours. We acknowledge that this subject is wrapped up in privilege, and that many marginalized people are unable to afford alternatives, or access them due to disability. We're only working on what we personally want to change about our own actions. :glad: :heart:

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MY THOUGHTS: OK so I think we all know that the current climate crisis is the fault of a few capitalist billionaires and corporations; that the narrative of responsibility being placed on the average layperson is some brainwashy propaganda bullshit to pass off the blame. However, I personally don't want to use this as an excuse to be complacent or neglectful, and I'm trying to take action on a personal level as well.

I think of my own actions on the subject like this:
  • Even though a small change in habit may not be enough to shift the scales, for many things it doesn't hurt me to try
  • If I want to live in a more climate-forward future, I want to prove to both myself and others that it's possible - that alternatives exist, that we don't need to keep relying on the capitalist machine.
  • I also think of it as practice - these are things we might need to do or sacrifice in the future if we want shit to be remotely OK, so I might as well get started now so it's not a huge change in the future.
  • But essentially, I want to live according to my values and I want my actions to reflect that.


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For years I've been trying to reduce my purchasing of new manufactured products as much as possible. For example: For the past several years, all of my clothes have been secondhand - either from clothing swaps, thrift stores, free boxes, or friends giving stuff away. Lately, the only clothes I've bought brand new are underwear and shoes (if anyone knows a more sustainable option for those please let me know. I've considered getting into cobbling but I also have foot pain and need to wear comfortable sneakers which aren't the most... maintainable :unimpressed: ) I totally get that getting clothes second-hand that fit isn't always an option for folks though :sad: but gosh there are so many clothes out there in the world I really feel like if every single clothing manufacturer shut down today and we stopped making new clothes, that the vast majority of us would probably be fine getting by with what's already here.

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SO! Over the years I've gone through my list of (non-food) consumables and have been gradually trying to replace them with less-wasteful versions. I started off by cutting all ties to disposable paper things that don't need to be disposable!!

:attn: PAPER TOWELS: Just, use a regular towel instead! Paper towels literally suck at being towels anyway - they rip and fall apart and then your hand ends up getting wet and nasty. Just buy a handful of towels/rags and use them to clean up surfaces and spills. Whereas one job might require multiple paper towels that keep getting fully wet and thrown away, with a towel you can just rinse and ring them out in the sink and you can usually keep using them for a bit. Put them in their own dirty-rags-bin once they've gotten dirty and just wash them in the laundry.

:attn: FACIAL TISSUES: Now this one is a little harder for people to feel comfortable with replacing but here's what I do: I mostly blow my nose into my hands in the bathroom and then wash my hands, or even better do it in the shower. On top of that, I also carry around an old-school handkerchief and if I need to blow my nose while I'm out and about, I just pull it out and use it. Sure it's gross! Whatever! Life is gross! It usually dries pretty quickly and I'm usually able to find a clean spot for long enough that I can keep using one for a bit - plus you can always have more than one to swap out (which I should probably do). Then I just throw it in the laundry with the rest of my stuff.

:attn: TOILET PAPER: Ok this is the FINAL BOSS and I know most people probably can't even fathom not using TP. But think about it - yer scrapin dry paper onto your bunghole :huh: In my experience, tp doesn't really do a great job of cleaning anyway, it's wild :sick: Toilet paper was originally invented for and marketed to bougie rich people as some sorta dumb "fancy" thing. People have been getting by for millennia just washing their dang butt with [ u]water[/u]. I never truly felt like my butt was truly clean after pooping until I got :heart:a bidet:heart: There's a lot of weird stigma around bidets in the U.S. for some reason? But you can find pretty affordable hand-held ones like the one I have. Sometimes it's a bit weird to install mine in a new toilet when I move but that small amount of hassle is always worth it. I promise it's fine. Ya just squirt yer butt and then use a towel to wipe off the excess wet. I take showers regularly enough so just water is usually fine for me, but the person who bought the bidet for me uses soap and their hand. It's okay to wash your own butthole with your hand. Just wash your hand afterwards.

Essentially, we've created three entire industries dedicated to creating paper that is meant to be a instantly-trash replacement of... towels and water. It's baffling to me that we live in a world where this is seen as normal. Just because something's normalized now doesn't mean it always has been or always will be :cool:

ANYWAY those are just some of my loud opinions :mad: and directions I've taken. I really want to start using safety razors instead of disposable ones next, but the safety razor I bought kinda sucks at actually shaving so I'm not sure... maybe I just need to get a nicer one? :huh:


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#4 Post by beebot »

I thought about composting for many years and now I’m finally doing it consistently because I’m not sharing food as much so my produce is more likely to go bad, and also cause the farm I’m involved in has a community compost drop every week.

And wow I feel so good about it! The few times I’ve participated in processing the food scraps at the farm have been incredibly satisfying and motivating to keep doing it. Yay smashing things and less trash in landfills! :glad:

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