My easy tips for an absolute beginner just considering making eco changes for the first time?
🌱 Pay attention to what you're throwing away. Before making any changes, just start paying attention. What disposable products do you use the most of? You might be shocked but at the very least you'll now know where most of your waste is coming from and therefore what changes will make the most impact in the future.
🌱 Look for snacks and fast food you can eat without packaging. Next time you're in the supermarket pick up some fruit wrapped in nature's biodegradable packaging. When in a cafeteria look around for eateries that use real bowls and cutlery rather then plastic. (E.g. Noodle soups!) Just start paying attention to the small choices you make when eating and looking for those chances to make a more sustainable choice.
🌱 Put your reusable shopping bags in your car/uni bag/by the door, wherever it may be for you. Do it NOW and have them somewhere you'll see them so you'll be more inclined to start the habit.
🌱 Wash out your recyclables. You're probably already recycling, but double check you're recycling correctly. Remove non-recyclable lids, quickly rinse out containers that will be rejected if they contain food, and don't pollute your recycling bin with soft plastics that could have your entire bin's worth thrown out by the recycling plant. Real people have the job of dealing with your trash and they can't do this for you so if you're already putting the effort in to recycle, spend a few extra minutes per week ensuring your efforts will be worth it.
🌱 And finally, watch both @truecostmovie + @cowspiracy to learn more about how your consumer choices affect the planet. 🌏🌳
My daily breakfast the last month or so has been banana / mango / spinach / flaxseed smoothies and I'm obsessed. With either orange juice or coconut water, but it's even tastier and a better colour with spirulina if you have it (I've run out here). #ditchdairy#eatplants 🌱🍌
#TrashFreeThursday // I finally found eco & vegan dental floss by @noosabasics. This floss is zero waste because there is no plastic and no internal packaging - just this box with bamboo floss that comes out of the hole in the top.
When I started shopping cruelty-free in 2013 vegan dental floss just wasn't a thing that existed anywhere but expensive overseas stores, so this is the first new floss I've bought in four years.
Typical floss you find in the supermarket is non-biodegradable plastic coated in beeswax packaged in plastic containers, and made by brands that test on animals... so it's often extremely non-vegan and not something I'd ever support with my money.
So I'm stoked to find this product from a brand I already love that is local, certified organic, certified cruelty-free and plastic-free. The future is here, people. Time to just be vegan already. 🤷🏼♀️
As our second road trip of the year this would mean we have now covered Australia by road from Cape Tribulation to the Great Ocean Road, across four states or territories.
What we ate, where we slept and what we saw in Tropical Nth QLD linked in my bio now at jaclynmccosker.com, with more links to my packing list + the NSW/VIC road trip blog!
I've finally popped up a summary of our road trip to Cape Tribulation in my bio! "Tropical North Queensland Vegan Road Trip." So much respect for what we have here in Queensland that needs our protection. 🏕
Breakfast and lunches usually composed of locally grown bananas, mangoes, watermelon and even one glorious custard apple. Nothing beats local fruit when in the tropics. It's readily available, perfectly ripe and so affordable! 🍌🥑🍉
Read the full post at jaclynmccosker.com 🌏
Mmkay I know it's 2017 but I seriously only just "discovered" YouTube and why people love it so much earlier this year and now I have YouTube streaming 24/7. (My Gilmore Girls reruns are way down since this discovery.)
I've really recently recommended online documentaries and individual YouTube videos if you're looking for some seriously life changing content (so scroll back a few), but I thought I'd list some of the best informative or inspirational YouTube channels I follow closely. Especially give them all a look if you're following me as someone transitioning to vegan or looking for nutrition info.🌱
Leave me a comment if you think you know a YouTuber I'd love!
Turns out the 16th is #NationalBossDay in the US. Shout out to everyone hustling from their phones and laptops and doing all those hours of unpaid overtime, usually while dealing with unrealistic demands from clients or customers.
It's not easy, or everyone would do it. It wouldn't even have been my first choice because sometimes you'd love to just be rewarded for turning up and putting time in. But I gotta admit creating something from nothing and seeing someone exchange their own hard-earned money for it, whether it's a physical product at @sahelidesigns or words from my brain at @consciouscopywriter, can be pretty damned rewarding. 💸💸
I'm vegan because animals are individuals and each individual is important, and their rights matter. But the reason I opened my mind to veganism and listening to why people lived this lifestyle was because I saw the food was so much better than what I was used to eating and knew these people must be onto something. Cacao, reishi, peanut butter smoothie bowl. With chai powder and cacao nibs. 🌱🐮
Hey, hi. If you're a new follower via my blog, welcome.
I'm Jaclyn, a vegan / aspiring zero waster / fair fashion advocate / outspoken feminist / spoonie / freelance writer / international development nerd. So that's what to expect here.
Nice to meet ya.
Inspired by their travels and in a deliberate move away from sweatshops, @matterprints return to a model of collaborating with textile artisans that respect and value the artisan culture. Their designs have three rules: They must be seasonless classics, they must prioritise quality over quantity, and their must be intentionality in the process. To reduce waste in the fashion industry MATTER produce garments in small batches, use natural materials and dyes, and repurpose the pattern offcuts in their children’s clothing and handbags.
Read the full post at jaclynmccosker.com/fashion/matter (link in bio)
Prepping for my weekend away. Because I like to write a list and pack at least two days ahead. (Yes I'm a Virgo.)
Here's my zero waste basics to avoid 60% of trash production. A reusable shopping bag, stainless steel insulated water bottle, reusable coffee cup, and a complete cutlery kit with knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and a straw I purchased separately.
You can get everything but the bag from @biomestores (Direct link: bit.ly/biomestores or there's physical stores in Brisbane)
International Day of the Girl Child is the national day I care about most. This year's theme is the threat to girl's living in conflict regions, as sexual and other gender-based violence against girls increases during these times. We have Angeline Jolie to thank for bringing sexual violence as an act of warfare to the public's attention.
The rights of girls are why I founded @sahelidesigns, why I care about ethically produced fashion and why I'm going back to uni next year.
I talk about how important it is to me in the hopes you'll go read more and it'll become important to you, too. Organisations employing mothers and putting girls in school are key to international development and the crux of social change. I'll tag some organisations I support in my photo above so you can explore more.
📷 The first image is two girls from the Rajasthani gypsy community living outside of the government, their family are entertainers and sex workers but as these sisters gain an education they have a chance to break the poverty cycle.
The second image is four sisters from Bhikamkor, and the three school-aged girls were able to be educated in private school when their mother was employed by @sahelidesigns. Their education is vital to gain employment and again to break the cycle of poverty in this generation.
Go to @sahelidesigns for info on my 24-hr sale to raise awareness of the day!
Posting so many photos of my own face reminded me of something important that I really want to clear up for anyone struggling with this: Neither minimalism or self-love are natural habits. I was not always a minimalist or body positive. I'm not some anomaly, magically free of societal pressures. I had a normal upbringing and I am a normal self-conscious, materialistic person.
Accepting my "imperfections" and changing my attachment to physical possessions is a work in progress. It's something I work on every day. That's why I write blogs and talk about this on here with you. I'm learning and sharing as I go!
Particularly in my line of work I want to buy something new EVERY DAY. I love shopping and I love that feeling of status shiny objects give you. I already own more than I need. The difference is *I'm working on it*. I try to limit what I buy to what's completely necessary or ethical.
And living in this society I have moments of insecurity ALL. THE. TIME. I pick at my "flaws" in the mirror, I've googled plastic surgeries, and I ask my boyfriend if he still thinks I'm pretty in case he's changed his mind. The difference is *I'm working on it*. I fight the urge to alter my body to society's beauty standards because I don't want self-doubt to define me.
When I talk about minimalism and self-love I'm talking about these as ideals to strive towards. They're not qualities you simply do or don't have. They're values you cultivate. So just because you're not a pro today, that doesn't mean you can't benefit from incorporating these values into your life more. We can all love ourselves a bit more today than yesterday, and we can all consume a bit more consciously tomorrow than we did today. It's a process, and you can start any time. Capisce? #selfloveclub
I don't watch a lot of documentaries because I'm more into reading articles, but if I had to pick three doco's to recommend I'd go with the classics I hope most people have heard of by now:
- @cowspiracy: the environment
- @truecostmovie: the fashion industry
- @forksoverknives: our health
What else is a MUST-SEE?