By Anne b
Hello Ramblers! Sorry for not blogging in the past few weeks! As you can imagine, things have been pretty hectic what with impending doom and all. Anyways, since the majority of us are probably confined to our homes until further notice, I have a feeling that cleaning and online shopping are going to be on your to-do list quite often. Which means, now is actually the perfect time to make some zero waste or eco-friendly swaps around the home! At least for non-essentials such as laundry detergent, soap, cleaning supplies, silicone things, etc. So, to continue the beginner sustainable swap series (only a few weeks late), let's talk about the laundry room! If you haven't read the first post in the series that dealt with the bathroom, check it out here.
By Anne B
Hello, hello Ramblers! I hope you all are having an excellent week. I am pretty burned out, but on the bright side, there's only 7 more days until March! I don't know about you guys, but March usually lifts my spirits up because I know Spring is coming and the days are going to get longer at a quicker pace. This time of year is also when I like to do some Spring Cleaning. And by that, I don't mean taking all the things I don't like and throwing it in the trash because that would be bad for the planet. No siree, when I say Spring Cleaning, I mean getting rid of things sustainably by donating, selling, or trading all the stuff I don't want/need. If you need the 411 on sustainable decluttering, check out this blog post.
During this Spring Cleaning time, I will probably need to replace/refill on some things. Anything I'm replacing or getting more of will be replaced by something more sustainable. So, as a way of making myself a checklist and to share my eco-friendly swapping experience, I have decided to start a new Beginner Sustainable Swap Series (although, I will include some advanced options for you zero waste veterans). For the first post, we are focusing on the BATHROOM.
By Anne B
Happy February, Ramblers! I can't believe January went by so freaking fast, can you all? Now, I'm gonna be honest, February isn't my favorite month: it's cold, icy, often gloomy, and, of course, it's the month of Love. Now, that might be great for all you lovey-doveys out there, but when you're as single as me, it can be hard to remember that there are different kinds of love out there and that one commercialized, super-materialistic day, should not ruin your month. It is probably important to remember, though, that this one day can be terrible for the planet. Did you know over 26 million lbs of CO2 is created each year for the transportation of flowers and V-Day cards, ALONE?
By Anne B
Well it's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most
Not where you live or what you drive or the price tag on your clothes
There's no dollar sign on a peace of mind this I've come to know
So if you agree have a drink with me
~Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band
Happy Thanksgiving to my American Ramblers!! I hope you all are having an amazing Thanksgiving break, eating lots of food, and spending quality time with your family members! Thanksgiving is all about being mindful, kind, thankful, and expressing your love to your close ones. Even though it's not Thanksgiving in Canada, I thought I would still talk about some of the things I'm grateful for since I didn't do that when the actual Canadian Thanksgiving happened back in October.
By Anne B
Hey, hey Ramblers! I'm so sorry for not posting the past few weeks and for posting this one after Thursday! The past few weeks have been hectic with the end of the semester and deadlines for the lab. Anyways, this week I'm going to give you guys some ways that you can help our little Earth without having to spend a penny! I know as a young adult it can be very hard to give money towards things that will help the planet because our budgets are often too tight. So, I hope this list will motivate, inspire, and show you that you can help our planet without worrying about your bank account! In other words, no more excuses!
By Anne B
Greetings Ramblers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! If you’ve listened to the podcast, then you know we talked a little bit about fast fashion and how bad it is for the environment. However, fast fashion is also super convenient and affordable for young adults, especially when we’re hunting for some party clothes. So, I’m going to try to make ethical and sustainable more convenient and budget-friendly as well!
By Anne B
Coucou Ramblers! Sorry for not posting a blog post last week and for posting this one a day late! I was too busy with class, work and getting ready for my trip to France to write a blog last week and then I didn’t have any time to really open my computer while I was in France haha. Anyways, since this week was supposed to be a minimalism and sustainability blog post, I figured I would share what I brought to France with me!
By Anne B.
Happy Thursday, Ramblers! It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a blog on minimalism and decluttering, so I figured I would blog about that this week! If you’ve read my previous minimalism blogs, then you already know that I have been spending a lot of my summer decluttering and donating or trading my unwanted items. I have also used up a lot of items and I’m not planning on replacing them. Since I haven’t told you guys exactly what I decluttered yet, I figured this week would be as good as any to share that list. Now, I know there are a lot of similar blog posts out there, but since everybody is different, I figured at least some of the things I post might be different. Guess you’ll just have to read on to find out!
By Anne B
Howdy Ramblers! Welcome back to another sustainability blog post! This one is going to be especially useful for all my coffee drinkers because it is all about coffee grounds. USED coffee grounds to be precise. Now you’re probably wondering why can’t you just throw away your coffee grounds? Don’t they just decompose anyways? Well, yes, technically you’re right. Coffee grounds will decompose naturally over time, but it does that much better and quicker when it’s in the right environment. When you throw your coffee grounds into a trash bag, the grounds won’t be able to decompose as they should since the plastic and all the other stuff surrounding them blocks the necessary compounds and microorganisms that are necessary for the decomposition process from reaching the coffee grounds. So, being a coffee lover myself, and thus having a ton of used coffee grounds that I don’t want to just throw away, I rolled up my sleeves and did some research (aka asked Google).
By Anne B.
Howdy Ramblers! Sorry for not blogging last week! I do have a pretty good excuse though: my parents and grandma were in town, and since I don’t get to see them very often, I wanted to spend as much time as possible with them. To make up for it, though, I have created a fun little dichotomous key that will help you choose the perfect plant for you (in my not-so-humble opinion).