Conservative Nomad

By conservative, I mean to literally conserve.

Tips to live a less wasteful lifestyle.

By conservative, I mean to literally conserve. After all, our future as a human species depends on it right? Aren’t we all here to share and survive? Can we find a way to be successful for future generations? It is my goal to bring a mindful awareness to the habits of our current secular lifestyle. There are certain aspects of our current society that simply can not continue without further deeper detriment to our planet which will lead to an impact on our species as humans. Through education and awareness we can all make small changes in our daily life which overtime will make a substantial impact.

In this post I will focus specifically on how to live and travel Zero Waste (or close to it!)

Tips and tools to the trade:

  • Buy Food in Bulk (with the intention of using less packaging) ie.) nuts, trail mix, dried fruits, granola, oats and so many more yummy snacks.

  • Items to assist you: re-usable cotton bags, mesh bags, tin, metal, glass, jars etc. *check airline restrictions if traveling with open foods just in case.

  • Buy beauty products in bulk or bars – ie.) face wash, shampoo, conditioner, body soap.

  • Make your own products (toothpastes, deodorant, soaps, cleaning products) – Ingredients found at local health food stores.

  • Bring your own to-go containers: Reusable coffee cup, tupperware, metal straw, cloth napkins, cloth or silicone bags, re-usable silverware.

  • Research where you are traveling and how eco-friendly that are is ie.) do they recycle, compost etc. if so everywhere?
  • Research what your local county or city does with their waste and how to support or improve their practices by going to city council meetings, and bringing awareness to the city council.
  • ​Shop locally (even while traveling, ie.) google the nearest farmers market)

​Compost & Diet:

  • Hint: if needed, put scrap foods in a tupperware container or tub, and freeze until you can take out – no smell!

  • Grow your own food indoor or outdoor, raised beds or in the ground.

  • Eat less meat and dairy – Do your research and know where it comes from, how it’s processed, and your body will thank you.

  • Buy local eggs & local honey, SLO county has so many options for these items.

  • Extra bonus: using less packaging will lead to less processed foods, which will leads to better health and energy.

Hard Facts:

  • 17 million barrels of oil are used annually to produce plastic water bottles.

  • Americans throw away 60 million plastic bottles each day.

  • 23% of these bottles were recycled (in 2006). As recycling rates continue to decrease.

  • That is the equivalent of 4 billion pounds in landfills that could have been recycled.

  • Compostable plant based materials can not decompose in the landfill.

  • The average plastic water bottle takes 450 years to biodegrade

  • It takes 60 gallons of water to produce one hamburger

  • It takes 25 gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat

  • The Agriculture industry uses more fossil fuels than the whole auto industry combined

  • It takes 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from plant protein

  • 75% of marine fisheries are now overfished or fished to capacity

  • Half the world’s tropical and temperate forests are now gone

  • The average American produces 4.3 lbs of trash PER DAY.

  • 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten.

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