Coming up in the next six months:
🌿 Giveaway contests
🌿 Small getaways
🌿 Blogs on minimalism, waste, travel & health
🌿 A huge life change
Here’s a challenge: Can you guess where I’m moving to this year?
After a few false starts I finally have a firm moving date... But to where!?
(If you already know, please don’t comment the answer. 😂)
#TrashFreeThursday // Before, I used a lot of plastic bags in my everyday life. I’d store shoes and toiletries in them at home and when traveling, and use them to carry my stuff to friends houses.
I would always excuse my use of plastic shopping bags as “necessary” because I claimed that I used them more than once... As long as I had plastic bags, I kept dreaming up ways to use them.
Now, I mindfully source plastic-free reusables to use in my everyday life and in travel. I found these organic certified reusable shopping bags and take one everywhere I go in case I need to carry anything at all. I also picked up this reusable pouch from Chelsea Markets in NYC which is great for makeup, face oils, or a makeshift first aid kit when traveling. Things I used to use plastic bags for.
This might not seem like a big deal, but the mindset change behind these decisions is one that occurred over several years. When we convince ourselves plastic trash is necessary, we prevent ourselves from seeking alternatives. If you never draw a line in the sand and decide to quit the big four single-use plastics, you’re just cheating yourself out of a lifestyle you can be proud of. Let’s simply decide to refuse them, and we’ll figure the rest out as we go.
Tips for going vegan:
🐽 Google your favourite meals + the word “vegan”, there are plenty of ways to change some ingredients in your existing favourites without changing your habits much yet
🐽 Save five new vegan recipes and go out and buy those ingredients and learn to cook them, I recommend checking out @minimalistbaker
🐽 Splash out and taste test the vegan cheeses, ice creams and meats you see available at every supermarket in Australia to find your favourites (and if you don’t like one brand, there are ten others available in store or online)
🐽 Join local Facebook groups to talk about vegan options at restaurants in your area (DM me for access to a large Australian group!)
🐽 Get informed about the basics of human nutrition so you can counter the pseudoscience nonsense you’ll inevitably face, YouTube is a great resource for educational videos with references to the studies and I recommend @micthevegan, @bitesizevegan, @lilykoihawaii and @nutrition_facts_org for breaking down the science for anyone to understand
Living longer, conserving the planet for your kids and saving countless animal lives is totally worth this small effort of trying new foods and learning a bit more about health. I promise. Happy Veganuary! 🐷
First we changed our energy and water use. Then we changed our eating habits. Now we’re changing what we wear.
The sheer scale at which the Western world consumes clothing is unsustainable. 80 billion new pieces of clothing purchased annually, for a global population of 7 billion. It’s not the world’s poor buying more than 10 new items a year.
Cotton, particularly, makes up more than 50% of the world’s fabric but is a crop that uses a disproportionate amount of water and pesticides. With the scale at which we consume cotton due to what a great end product it is, it’s vital we A) Shop less, and B) Choose organic cotton at every opportunity.
My dream would be to build a wardrobe of only naturally dyed hemp, linen and organic cotton as these crops rely on less resources to grow, don’t require the heavy chemicals or water use in processing, and are ultimately biodegradable at the end of their life.
Wearing my @synergyclothing organic cotton dress around the house as a comfy work dress today. I’ve even got my “too busy to look in a mirror” top knot in play! Synergy are a sustainable, worker-friendly, well-made label I love. And they are currently having a big sale here: bit.ly/synergyorgclothing 🌻
Restocked my spirulina from @iherb so I can have tasty spinach and spirulina smoothie bowls. Spirulina is generally considered to be the most nutrient-dense food on Earth per gram. It’s the most concentrated complete protein source in nature with more iron than leafy greens, and more antioxidants than berries. With a whole bunch of other vitamins in there, too.
I’m going to start listing my favourite products on my iHerb page so when I get asked about my supplements, there’s an easy link to buy the brand directly! My iHerb rewards code for 5% off is: JAC2355. I didn’t know you could get 5% off your first order, so if you haven’t ordered before you can save with this code. 🌿
Recipe: Frozen Kingston mangoes, @nudiejuice orange juice, a few handfuls of spinach, flaxseed oil, 1 tsp of @hawaiianspirulina, and a handful of muesli.
Here’s a photo of Lily and I hard at work for a client amongst the house reno’s. 👩🏼💻🐶
So... I get asked a lot of questions. What I eat, what I do about my periods, how my health or skin are coming along, what I am doing with my life, etc.
So, should I do a Q&A in my Instagram stories? Or are they boring unless the person is famous? Let me know if it’s something you’d be keen on, I could even try my first Facebook Live!?
In the meantime here are three fun facts about me:
1. I’m learning to drive for the second time because I got very sick when I was 17 while waiting for my logbook to be approved. I didn’t drive for over eight years because I didn’t have the physical stamina.
2. I’ve only tried surfing once and hated it so much, I never want to do that again. I’m not your Aussie stereotype.
3. I am incredible at anagrams, and I‘m forever sad that I can’t think of a way to make a living from my greatest skill. Such a wasted talent! 😂
If you’d be interested in a Q&A about me & my boring life, let me know below. But also let me know what your best secret skill or talent is! I bet it’s not solving anagrams, because that’s my domain, and I reign over it. 👸🏼
#TrashFreeThursday // Here are some disposable straw facts.
🔹 The average American uses 1.5 plastic straws per day, which is 500 million straws a day, or almost 200 billion straws a year in one country alone
🔹 Each straw is used for an average maximum of twenty minutes before disposal
🔹These plastic straws are made using non-renewable resources such as oil, gas and coal, both in their plastic and the manufacturing processes, with much more time and energy going into creating the straw than using it
🔹 Once disposed of, plastic straws can’t safely biodegrade and only break down into smaller pieces of plastic over hundreds of years, but are entering the oceans at around 8 million tonnes of straws annually
🔹 By 2048, scientists predict salt water fish will be extinct (@unenvironment), and our ocean will instead just be a warm, plastic soup, with Australians each consuming 10,000+ pieces of plastic a year by eating sea animals
🐠 = 🗑
With all that fun information, you’ll be relieved to know stores like @biomestores sell reusable glass, silicon, bamboo or steel straws starting at $2, that could last virtually forever. They’re for sale everywhere, that’s just where I got mine. ✌🏻
The choice is such a no-brainer to me.
This is a sneak peek of items I’m decluttering for the #minsgame (explanation in my Story Highlights ☝🏻). My collection of knick knacks that remind me of my two favourite countries. I had this stuff stored away from past downsizing, but had never physically gotten rid of it. I’d forgotten to let these items go so they could be passed onto someone new that may appreciate them more than I am. 🐘
It’s normal to have trouble letting go. It’s not a skill I was born with, and it’s something I learned from backpacking and moving around. When you’re forced to condense your life to one bag, you’re forced to evaluate what matters. And you realise that sentimental items or souvenirs aren’t what bring you any happiness, that’s the memories. And you’ve got those regardless.
Because it’s something I get asked a bit, here’s a little brainstorm of things you can donate first to get started downsizing:
- Clothes that don’t fit or are always uncomfortable
- Decorations you don’t display in your current home
- Souvenirs and keepsakes that have no real sentimental value
- Gifts you only held onto to spare someone else’s feelings
- Any clothing, kitchen or bathroom items you haven’t used in a year
- Books you’ve already read
- Double-up items where you always favour one over the other
Do you care about
A) The fate of the planet,
B) Your physical health, or
C) Animal rights and being compassionate?
Good news, the science is extremely clear that the most important step you can take for one or all three of these issues is going vegan! You can watch Cowspiracy, What The Health and Earthlings for all the info you need. You make just one simple lifestyle change, and all three areas benefit.
Take action: veganuary.com. 🐮
#Onthisday three years ago. Can’t even believe it, I’ve lived in four cities since this photo was taken. Spent eight months on two different continents. Saw the east coast of Australia. Enrolled and dropped out of multiple degrees, and changed my life plans so many times.
Where are you traveling this year? I’m moving somewhere new, but have time to explore. Our travel list is so long it can be hard to choose the no. 1 dream destination. If you’re going or just coming back from somewhere warm in Asia that has good eatin’ for vegans, leave me your recommendations. I’m happy to go back to countries I’ve already visited, but which destination will I narrow it down to!?
#TrashFreeThursday // We don’t all have bulk stores like this amazing chocolate display in our neighbourhood, but most of us have access to stores that have some bulk products. My local Woolworths has nuts, dates, and spinach in bins where we can use our own bags. We also have one health food store in town that has a row of bulk bins with some pantry basics.
In most places, you have options to buy SOME items from your grocery list without plastic. And the more we make an effort to support bulk bins when possible, the more we encourage businesses to offer these packaging-free options by showing them it’s what consumers want. #waronwaste
Carbs. Starches. The fuel human bodies and brains run on. The main component of recovery from my chronic condition. A high starch wholefoods plantbased diet is overwhelmingly proven in the the scientific literature to reverse and cure MANY previously perceived incurable conditions. Not just autoimmune conditions.
As of last month the American Diabetes Association even finally started endorsing vegan diets as a known treatment for type-2 diabetes. (Yep, the very organisation called out for their dangerous dietary recommendations by @wthfilm, which is still available on Netflix FYI.)
This “diet” (blergh) is not about dress size, it’s not about how your ass looks, it’s not about conventional beauty standards. It’s about valuing yourself enough to avoid preventable diseases, and loving yourself enough to want to live your absolute best life. Which you can do when you have the best fuel available.
📷 Sweet potato Buddha bowl with maple tahini dressing from that time we had dope kitchen lighting. With chickpeas, onion, broccolini and kale.🔥
I really want everyone to take a beat and think about how miraculous it is that human life came to exist at all on this ball of rock and gas rocketing through empty space. How bloody lucky are we to be one of the few to have such a unique experience as being alive, and to experience it on a planet with sunsets as spectacular as this one.
It’s probably because I grew up in drought and am still amused by any rain, but the moment the thunder storm lifted and revealed a rainbow in the middle of a vibrant orange sky I felt a wave of emotion and gratitude that I remembered to look outside today. Every morning and evening the sun rises and sets, and how many moments like this have I missed because I wasn’t paying attention?
The realities of life can be hard, and human’s do bad things. But Earth herself is amazing, and we’re lucky every day this planet allows us to be here.
My most liked photo of 2017 wouldn’t have been one I expected. This humble shot in the Gold Coast hinterlands. It was rainy that day, too. Just like the first day of his year. 🌧
Thanks for the love last year. My personal hobby account for cat photos and iPhone travel memories somehow grew into something else over the past year, where I found myself inside a tight knit community of vegan and eco warrior women who all totally have each other’s backs and want to see each other thrive. I guess there are others out there that care about issues like ocean conservation and slavery in the fashion industry, too. Together we’re a pretty strong force.
I never had plans for this personal account to be anything and just asked people what they wanted to see as I went along. But with incredible brands and inspiring new friends reaching out and connecting over our shared values I’m pretty stoked for what’s to come over the next few months as I consider taking this space a little more seriously to share some great content with you guys. (I’ve said that before and just continued to post cat photos... but I’m semi-serious this time OK.)
It’s so peculiar to think that this time last year I was living in Melbourne with Harper. 🐱 I thought I’d live there forever. Within six weeks Harper’s tiny body had given in to heart failure, and I was back in regional QLD. It was just supposed to be a stop-in before I booked a one-way ticket somewhere new. But I met someone that gave me reason to stick around so it’s 2018 and here I still am.
Life’s completely different from what I had planned and next year now looks completely different from what I imagined again. I haven’t been able to keep a plan for more than a few months before something changes. But I’ve learned the only way to let the best things in life happen to you is to also let the bad things happen, too. Live them, go through the experience, learn your lessons, and then be unafraid to let go when it’s time. Let the past go, don’t let it define you, be unafraid to start again with nothing.
Clean slates = New beginnings. New beginnings have the potential to take you absolutely anywhere, on adventures you didn’t think you’d ever have. And in between all the planning and worrying about your future, it’s those adventures that inevitably add up to become this thing called life. 🌈✨
Tomorrow is NYE. ✨ That means it’s the time of year we all get uncharacteristically deep and start panicking a little about who we are and where we’re going. So you likely have a vague plan that by this time next year you want to be a slightly better version of yourself than you are right now. And it’s likely that leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle is high on that list.
So for those likeminded followers, I’ve linked a new post of Four Eco New Years Resolutions for 2018 in my bio now! Four practices to become an eco warrior superstar by 2019.
These four concepts are all simple + cheap changes you can make from January 1st to start on your sustainability journey, and the resources to help you get there.
Let me know below or in the blog comments at jaclynmccosker.com if you have any other awesome resolutions you’re happy to share for others to draw inspiration from. 🌿