5 Simple Solutions to Reduce Consumption

Happy Earth Day!!

I was in DC over the weekend and noticed that in this fine city recycling containers are as ubiquitous as trash cans and there is information everywhere about the positive impact of recycling.  This is great, I’m a life-long recycler and big fan of the idea, however, recycling is the third R, the last eco-friendly resort, after REDUCE and REUSE.

Here are 5 simple ways we can reduce our impact on earth

  1. Buy in bulk less packaging, less trips to the store. This can apply to dried goods like nuts and grains but also to yogurt and sauces and beverages.  
  2. Use plastic grocery bags as trash bags they are the right size for bathrooms and good for kitchens too; maybe a smaller bag will help you generate less waste! Or, Bring re-usable bags to the store with you DC charges a $0.05 bag fee for paper or plastic.
  3. Host a clothes exchange call it a Naked Lady, Grab n’ Gab, Clothes Toss or whatever you want, the premise is another woman’s awkward fitting, twice worn anthropologie top is now your treasure.  Most of my wardrobe is from clothes exchanges and it’s a simple, very fun and rewarding way to reduce your consumption. 
  4. Make your own kombucha, yogurt, pickles, salad dressing, kimchi all these things require a lot of packaging if you buy them from the store.
  5. Make beans from scratch rather than buying cans beans freeze really well and than there’s the added bonus that a full freezer is more energy efficient. Plus, no BPA concerns if you freeze in glass jars.

This list is by no list comprehensive, I was going to ones that I’ve included in my daily life and that are so simple that you won’t even have to go out of your way to make a big change. Please share your own ideas for REDUCING our consumption of goods and resources!

 

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Exposed

Maybe I misunderstood.

Hopefully, at least for my own sanity, I misunderstood.

If I did, unfortunately, understand correctly than what I just heard was a choreographer tell me that I needed to wear a leotard under my costume so that the audience couldn’t occasionally get a peek at my belly button.  The belly button on the muscular, wide stomach that has been called “perfect” more than once and is a lovely, feminine balance of soft and firm.  The belly button that sits in the center of my very nicely proportioned 127 pound body that said choreographer has wrapped in an XL top, one-size-fits-none wrap pants, and a thick, wool cummerbund.

Not exposing the mid-drift is a totally fine costuming choice and generally one I’d be happy with.  But.  Why is my belly button “distracting” or unseemly when the dancer two feet away from me has way more stomach exposure than me as her shirt fly’s up and down and all around? I see that she is fat-free and strong and lovely and that’s wonderful, I totally agree that she has a hot body and a great stomach.

So do I.

I’m actually a big fan of my stomach.  I haven’t always been.  It took me until my thirties to embrace it’s little rolls, it’s lack of a defined waist due to my compactness and broadness of both my hips and ribs, or the way it can seem to shape shift from flat and firm to round and soft in a matter of hours depending on the time of the month, what I ate, or how much water I’ve drank.  I like my stomach and I am very happy to say that now.

The line is so fine when it comes to body image.  I am livid that she is treating me like my body is offense or unattractive and must be covered as much as possible.  On the other hand, I would also be uncomfortable if she asked me to dance in some super-skimpy, super-skin exposing (lack of) costume.  *sigh*

It is possible I misunderstood.  Perhaps she was saying that we all needed to wear leotards so as not to distract the audience with glimpses of our gorgeous belly buttons of all sizes, depths, and dimensions.

Faith Levine

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