Aloha! My name is Rosie and I am a broke young lady living in Chicago making a meager millennial salary. That being said, I love beer, makeup, improv classes, and lots of other things that cost way more money than I’d prefer. I’m also, conveniently, a pretentious douche about the environment and bark at my friends whenever they get a plastic bag at the liquor store. I love anything organic, non-pseudo-science-based health trends, and kettle chips & Reese’s.
I started this blog because I am all of those things, and I always will be. I will never be completely zero waste because I have a full-time job and I can’t spend all day making my own eyeliner. Sometimes I want a godforsaken iced coffee from McDonald’s. Sue me. But, that doesn’t mean that I give up entirely. I wanted a place on the internet for the lazy, the cheap, and the vain tree-huggers out there. No, I’m never going to tell you to only shop at fair-trade markets and carry hideous hemp handbags or wash your hair with vinegar. I’m not going to tell you to go aggressively vegan or have a compost bin in your studio apartment. What I am going to offer instead are tips, stories, and ideas that will make it easier to make small changes in your daily life that will allow you to still be you. I will never recommend you do something that I am unwilling to do.
Here a few of my core philosophies about going green:
- You don’t have to sacrifice your lifestyle to make improvements. If try to go vegetarian cold tofurkey, you’re going to get discouraged and quit the first time you cheat. So don’t do that. Just cut back, and you’ll make a huge difference without feeling like you’re depriving yourself. And then do the same thing in every other area of your life.
- Going green doesn’t have to be expensive. Did you watch that documentary on Netflix about minimalists? Well, it was boring, but the idea is the less stuff you have, the fewer resources you’re using. Not buying stuff you don’t need is a huge plus for the environment AND a huge plus for your wallet. Exhibit B: Organic produce is expensive, but meatless proteins like beans and nuts are not. Greenifying your diet will save you money, not cost you.
- New stuff uses resources, so use and reuse everything until there is nothing left to reuse. Buy used everything. Use everything you already own, or give it to someone who will. Old t-shirts = new washrags. Old pickle jars = new planters. There is really nothing you need to buy new if you lower your standards enough.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle are in that order for a reason. If you keep buying and reusing, you’ll eventually end up with a house full of repurposed stuff, and TLC will have a great episode of Hoarders ready to shoot. Reusing only gets you so far. Recycling is the last option because it still uses energy to do, and most materials are not infinitely recyclable.
So, read and enjoy. Please reach out if you have any questions, good ideas, comments. I’d love guest writers and feedback. Never take me too seriously because I certainly don’t. Peace!