6 Easy Ways to Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution

Three hundred million tons of plastic are produced every year, and over 8 million tons of it winds up in our oceans. There is currently no landscape that hasn’t been touched by plastic. Even remote islands without any human inhabitants have beaches filled with plastic.

It’s actually raining micro-plastic pieces now. Plastic has been found in the arctic, in salt, 84% of drinking water worldwide, and as deep as the Mariana Trench. Plastic is everywhere.

And, plastic doesn’t ever go away. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade. It won’t turn back into soil. Instead, over time, it becomes brittle, and it breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces until it’s so small it’s a micro or nanoplastic.

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A microplastic is a tiny piece of plastic on average 3mm-5mm. Some plastics are created small like microbeads and glitter while others become microplastics - think your leggings shedding polyester fibers in the wash, tire treads slowly wearing away, fishnets being thrown overboard, and common types of plastic like water bottles, plastic bags, coffee cups, etc. breaking apart due to rough ocean conditions.

To be honest, the microplastic problem seems distant and foreign to me. Yes, even someone who talks about the plastic problem ALL. THE. TIME. can have issues with grasping the actual scale of the problem since I’ve never experienced it in person. This is why it’s been AMAZING to follow along with The Vortex Swim.

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photo provided by The Vortex Swim

I’m very excited to be partnering with Icebreaker who sponsored The Vortex Swim to raise awareness around these issues. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

The Vortex Swim started in Hawaii where Ben Lecomte, a long-distance swimmer, spent 100 days at sea swimming (YES. SWIMMING!) through the Pacific Ocean right through the heart of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch AKA the Plastic Vortex.

He was followed by a crew on a boat to study these problems. He swam 350 nautical miles collecting 45,000 microplastic samples from the Vortex to raise awareness around plastic pollution in the ocean, and to collect data for scientific research.

I got to meet Ben and talk with him about the experience, about some of the most common types of plastic he found. And, some of the weird things he found too like toilet seats, crates, and a surprising amount of laundry baskets.

One of the things I admired most about the trip (beyond an incredible human SWIMMING from HI to CA) was the entire crew tried to keep the boat plastic-free and zero waste! How amazing is that! They used Super Bee Wax Wraps to avoid plastic wrap, Plaine Products shampoo that comes in a refillable aluminum bottle, and Avasol sunscreen that comes in a compostable tube! You can see more on their Instagram Feed.

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Getting to see Ben swim under the Golden Gate Bridge was so inspiring. There was so much energy at the beach on Saturday morning. I was surrounded by news crews, the Icebreaker team, and so many people there to cheer him on.

After he arrived, I got to meet the ten person crew. I was honestly shocked so many people fit on that teeny-tiny boat. There was a photographer, social manager, even an on board doctor!

The goal of this mission was to shine a light on the microplastic Every day the team would skim the waters for 30 minutes to collect and count the microplastics in that area. All of the data was sent off to be studied and used to create legislation to prevent these problems in the future.

Another reason they took the trip was to debunk the idea of a garbage island floating in the middle of the ocean. It’s not an island rather a chunky soup filled with microplastic pieces

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One of the things I found interesting was how marine life created habitats out of the plastic. You can see all of the crustaceans living on the baskets, and schools of fish nesting in old nets. It was so odd to see them living in pollution which could eventually kill them.

The crew often saved marine life from being entangled in plastic, and they talked about the dichotomy of being excited to save them at the same time as being horrified that it’s a problem in the first place.

Icebreaker is selling the official crew shirts if you want to check them out. I love that Icebreaker sponsored this incredibly eyeopening expedition.

One of the reasons, I love their clothes is that they’re made with natural fibers. Icebreaker offers an average of 84% natural raw materials one of the highest documented in the clothing industry, and they’re taking it even further to completely remove synthetic content from their collections by 2023. Including switching from plastic bags in shipping to a water-soluble bag by the end of the year.

Learn more about how Icebreaker is reducing plastic

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1. reduce single-use plastics:

It should come as no surprise that my first suggestion is to reduce single-use plastics in your life. After all, that’s kind of what this blog is about…

But, I think you’d be surprised how much plastic you can eliminate from your life just by being conscious of the plastic you use. When it’s time to make a new purchase, a quick google search will turn up tons of sustainable, plastic-free swaps so you can switch out items like your toothbrush, disposable coffee cups, and water bottles etc.

Ben said one of the most common household plastic items they found were bottle caps. Bottle caps are made of a lighter plastic so they tend to float and stay near the surface, where the bottles themselves tend to sink.

Most plastic isn’t recycled. Only 9% of all the plastic ever produced has EVER been recycled.

And, to make matters even worse much of the plastic we “recycle” is dumped in countries that don’t have access to waste management infrastructure. Which means a lot of the plastic we’re “recycling” is actually winding up in the ocean.

This is why it’s so important to be mindful of the materials that you bring into your life. First, REDUCE what you you bring into your home. REUSE what you have, and then after you’ve reduced and reused all that you can - then and ONLY then… recycle!

Of course don’t forget to purchase products made with recycled materials. After all, are you really recycling if you’re not supporting companies using recycled materials?

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2. fishnets:

Fishnets are one of the biggest polluters in the ocean. Many times old nets will be thrown into the ocean, which is horrible because marine life get trapped and are unable to escape.

One of the best ways to avoid this is to stop eating fish or greatly reduce the amount of fish you’re consuming and buy sustainable fish. Check out seafood watch from Monterey Bay Aquarium to learn more about eco-friendly fishing practices.

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3. glitter:

Yep, glitter is plastic. Glitter face masks, sunscreens, festival makeup…. this is all plastic. When you go to wash the glitter off of your body, it goes straight down the drain and into the water ways. Because, glitter is so tiny, it’s often too small to get filtered and winds up in the ocean.

Before you glitter, ask yourself if you really need to use it? I’m not sure I’ve ever been in a situation, where I just HAD to use glitter. But, they do make biodegradable glitter which is made from cellulose so it breaks down very quickly once you was it off. This one donates portions of the sales to Greenpeace International.

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4. microbeads:

Microbeads, thankfully, have been ban by most countries. I think you’d have to go out of your way to find products with microbeads in them now, but they were a major contributor to microplastics in the ocean. Check your labels just in case and opt for microbead free products.

5. tires:

Now, this one absolutely shocked me. According the the Guardian, “68,000 tonnes of microplastics from tyre tread abrasion are generated in the UK every year, with between 7,000 and 19,000 tonnes entering surface waters.”

Our tires go bald due to the friction of driving. As they go bald, they lose tiny bits of tire which when left on the roadway make their way to the storm drains which lead out to the sea.

Driving less is the best solution. But, even if you’re taking public busses or biking there’s still a problem with tires shedding microplastic pieces. It’s probably time for the tire to get a makeover… which is happening! Michelin has just introduced a biodegradeable and 3-D printed tire that would last forever. Let’s hope this becomes a reality!

6. microfibers:

Lastly, microfibers are a major source of plastic pollution in the ocean. Every time you wash synthetic clothing like polyester, acrylic, and fleece, plastic fibers from the clothing are shed into the water ways.

A study by Plymouth University found that a single load of clothes could release up to 700,000 microplastic particles!

Thankfully there are a few ways that we can fix this problem!

1) Opt for Natural Fibers: When you’re shopping, try to buy clothing made from natural fibers. Here’s a list of natural-based fibers:

  • Wool
  • Cotton
  • Silk
  • Hemp
  • Linen
  • Rayon
  • Viscose
  • Bamboo
  • Lyocell
  • Modal
  • Cupro

One of the things I love about Icebreaker is their use of sustainable and ethical merino wool.

Wool is amazing for temperature regulation. It’s very breathable and naturally anti-bacterial which means you can wash your clothing LESS! Like way less - I wore the same Icebreaker shirt every day for a week, and I didn’t have to wash it once.

And, I personally love it when being eco-friendly allows me to be lazy and avoid doing laundry. Talk about a win-win!

2) Wash Less: When it comes to washing your clothes try to stretch washes. This is a great way to save water and keep your clothes lasting longer.

Just because you’ve worn something once doesn’t make it dirty. If my clothes don’t smell, then I wear them… until they do smell. And, only then do I put them in the washing machine.

3) Air it out: A great way to extend the life of your clothes is let them air out. After I’ve worn a shirt, I like to turn it inside out and spray it with this mixture, and hang it up in the open air like on the door frame of the closet.

I don’t shove the piece back into my closet, I give it room to breath so air can circulate all around it.

4) Take Preventative Measures: I do not have a 100% plastic-free wardrobe, but I would say about 80% of my clothing is plastic-free. The thing is often times you need a little bit of synthetic fibers to really maintain the integrity of a piece. All thread is synthetic, and then there’s often a bit of spandex or maybe poly to help clothing from pulling or stretching out of shape.

So, it’s always best to take a preventative measures by using something to catch microfibers. There are several different options like the guppyfriend, microfiber ball, or a washing machine attachment.

How are you helping to reduce ocean plastic pollution?

I want to thank Icebreaker for sponsoring this post and The Vortex Swim! If you want to catch the panel I attended after Ben arrived in SF, you can watch it here.

A Beginner's Guide to Fossil Fuel Divestment

I posted about divestment on Instagram a few weeks ago. If you’re aren’t following me on Instagram, what are you waiting for?

I share positive news stories about the environment (cause eco-anxiety is real - I wrote a massive, highly-highly requested blog post on ways to keep eco-anxiety at bay), lots of tips, and most importantly source questions for blog posts!

Yep, I will research your questions and give you lengthy, (sometimes too lengthy) well-researched answers. How cool is that! CHECK OUT MY IG

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I got SO many great questions about divestments, when I did it, how I did it, what I recommend, ethical banking, what are divestments, etc. etc.

Ethical banking is such a lengthly topic that I’ve decided to make that a post all to itself so be on the lookout for that next month.

If you like this post and want more information on creating change with your money or personal finance, let me know in the comment section down below and I will work on creating a whole eco-friendly money series.

IMPORTANT!

Upfront, I am NOT a financial professional. I am an average person. I will show you what I did, but I will NOT be giving you financial advice.

A few people asked me to recommend stocks, indexes, and where to invest. And, while I am so flattered, I think it’s best to leave that to the professionals. This post is merely to show you HOW to do it, not necessarily exactly what to do. Does that make sense?

But, because I want to make this post as valuable as possible, I am consulting with Dr. Candace Partridge-Sykes who just got her PhD from the University College of London. Her studies focused on the use of green bonds to finance sustainable infrastructure. How cool is that!?

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what is divestment?

Divestments are the opposite of investments, it's removing your money or stopping it from supporting industries you don't believe in. ⁠

Have you thought about what your bank does with your money? Anything from CDs to savings accounts, they invest your money. They give people and businesses loans with that money.

When I first heard that my money was being used to give people loans, I thought, “Cool! My money is being used to help someone buy a home or help someone open a small business in my town.” Which isn’t wrong, it’s just not the whole picture…

Let’s take a look at the Keystone Pipeline.

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Who was funding the pipeline? Wells Fargo was one and this is a quote from their website, “Wells Fargo is not the lead bank on the project. Wells Fargo is one of 17 banks that have made a loan to the developers of the pipeline. The company is lending $120 million — 4.8 percent of the total financing — to the project’s $2.5-billion credit facility. The additional $1.28 billion required for the project is being funded by the pipeline’s owners.”

Other banks include Bank of America, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and more.

As this information (what banks were doing with our money) was made public, campaigns were being run to inform the general public, and people started pulling their money from banks. Most notably was the campaign and open letter from Equator Principles Association.

This resulted in a few early victories for environmentalists, and caused a hiccup in funding as several banks retreated from propping up certain dirty industries. (source)

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And, if this is what banks are doing with your savings account, what do you think is going on with your 401k and your retirement plan?

And, I hear you, I hear you. This is my constant plight. “But, if only a few people are doing this can it REALLY . make a difference?”

will this really make a difference?

Are you new here? Cause, if not you already know what I’m going to say - OF COURSE IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The divestment movement is strong and growing let’s look at the facts.

  1. Last year alone over 1,000 public and private institutions divested approx a total of $9.39

    trillion. (source)

  2. Shell has already listed divestments as a major cause for concern in their annual report to shareholders. (source)

  3. San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, New York City, and many other cities have already divested. Ireland is the first country to divest and I hope to see many more. (source)

I could keep going, but I think this has proven the movement is strong and growing.

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why should I divest?

I think we’ve covered a lot of that above, but honestly it’s one of the easiest ways to have a positive impact on the environment.

In fact, I think the two best things you can do for the environment are divest and compost. If you’re looking for composting guides, I’ve got two for you!

Buying a reusable straw is great, but that’s a few dollars. If you truly want to be voting with your wallet, then you need to do it where it really, really counts. Arguably our 401ks hold the most money that you’ll have in one place, and it’s important that your money works for you and the environment.

By age 70, the average 401k holds $182,100 and the average IRA holds $274,000. (source) Now multiply that times a lot of people and think about all the good or bad that could do.

Divesting could bring down entire industries and create new ones. Convinced?

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how did you divest?

I divested my portfolio with my first job in California about four years ago, and it took me about an hour.

I’m in the process of closing this account out and rolling it over into a new self-employed IRA so I’m having to brush up on the processes myself.

If you google, how to divest your portfolio from fossil funds you will get a lot of websites with links to pledges asking your to divest your portfolio, but don’t actually tell you how. And, if you actually find a website with something helpful like a list of Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Mutual Funds you still might not find it super helpful…

Or at least I didn’t because I’m not an investing pro.

The easiest to use tool that I’ve found is Fossil Free Funds. You can type the name, manager, or ticker into their search bar and they’ll show you how much of that portfolio is invested in fossil fuels.

This is why my portfolio isn’t 100% divested but it’s pretty gosh darn close. Fossil Free Funds makes it really easy to understand where your money is going and how you can shift it around to create better investments. Now, for all of the hard hitting questions, I’m going to turn the floor over to the Dr.

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how will divesting impact my money in the future?

If you divest wisely and keep your assets balanced, it should have no impact on your returns. However, like any investment strategy, it could lead to greater or lesser returns. There is some evidence that divesting can actually lead to higher returns.

can I have a stable portfolio and still divest?

Sure, as long as your idea of a stable portfolio doesn’t include fossil fuel exposure! You can replace fossil energy equities with renewable based stocks. They key is to try to diversify your holdings as much as possible After all, if the larger institutional investors can do it, so can you. Also, don’t forget about bonds: If you want to take bigger position in sustainable infrastructure, then consider my personal favorites, green municipal bonds.

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what do you think of aspiration, swell investing, investwithacoin and other platforms like this?

I love seeing more ESG focused retail investment options entering the marketplace, because opening this market up to retail investors is key to achieving enough scale to make our voices heard at all levels.

Unfortunately, we need to be conscious consumers about these products and take a view on how sustainable their business models are longterm. Unfortunately, Swell just announced that they are no longer taking deposits.

who should I talk to find out more about what my bank is doing with my money?

Honestly, the big banks are super cryptic about what they are doing with your deposits, since that would reveal a lot about their own investment strategies. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to access this information, so I encourage you to get on the phone and ask them. The very fact that you are asking will send a message that you care and want to see better transparency on their part.

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what if I’m stuck with a bank I don’t agree with, is there any hope?

Absolutely, there are options for more sustainable banks, such as Aspiration mentioned above, in addition to more ESG focused banks like Amalgamated Bank and Bank of the West, and many credit unions.

advice for seeking out a financial advisor?

I just returned to the US from 15 years in London, so I’d love the answer to this myself!

Personally, I’m going to be leveraging personal contacts and the power of google. Also, don’t rule out working with your traditional financial advisor if you feel that you can give them sufficient direction to meet your divestment objectives, because there’s a lot to be said for educating everyone. My husband recently divested his retirement holdings, and in the process, his financial advisor learned as much as he did, so now they are positioned to offer those services to other clients. Win-win!

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do you have any specific recommendations on stocks, funds, indexes etc.?

Since I am not a CFA, I feel like this question is best left to a proper financial advisor!

how can I go a step further to not just “not support” but use my money to help grow sustainable businesses?

Great question, this is the reinvestment stage that happens after divestment. I would recommend getting familiar with two major things: pure play companies like First Solar and any other renewable energy focused companies.

Also look into B Corps, who certify themselves as having a more sustainable approach to business overall. Next, consider the infrastructure that makes up our lives, and consider ways to invest in more infrastructure that reflects your personal values, such as better storm resilience, more EV charging points, better energy efficiency in schools. Find the companies that help build those projects, and also buy bonds in those projects directly.

I hope you found this blog post useful and helpful! If you have any other questions please let me know in the comments section down below. I will try to answer those questions in the next of our series.

7 Ways Tech Can Help You Live More Sustainably

I have written about tech a few times on the blog, but TBH I’m more of an analog girl. I like my dumb watch, my grandma pedometer, and my physical planner. You will have to FIGHT ME to switch over to a digital calendar. I don’t trust them. The only thing I trust is me and my fountain pen.

Speaking of planners and fountain pens, be sure to check out my guide to eco-friendly office supplies!

At the same time, I do love getting to stream TV shows, music, and dimming/changing the colors of my LED lights. I think tech is amazing although it can be a bit problematic from an environmental point of view.

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Hellooo, super, energy-sucking servers…. You can learn more in my blog post, How Eco-Friendly is Technology.

Tech is awesome and it certainly isn’t going away.

Instead, it’s about finding ways to make it more eco-friendly like sinking servers in the ocean, and using tech to help us live our BEST eco-friendly lifestyles.

I have rounded up several gadgets that can help you slash your carbon footprint!

Making your home eco-friendly/energy efficient is a great way to have a positive impact on the environment. When we think big picture stuff, beyond just our own personal shopping habits, it’s time to look at your commute, your home, and what’s going on with your money in the bank.

1. temperature regulation:

There’s no need to waste energy heating up and cooling down your home if you’re not even going to be there. When its warm wear a tank top and open the window, when it’s cold throw on a blanket. There’s no need to hit the thermostat for every small fluctuation in temperature.

For the Winter: 65° F when not home and 68° F when home
For the Summer: 80° F when not home and 77° F when home

Programmable thermostats like Nest are all the rage these days. Nest knows when you’re home and when you’re not. It learns your habits, knows the weather, and will help maintain a schedule to keep you comfy, save on those energy bills, and give the environment a big high five.

check out Nest a learning thermostat

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2. kill switch:

Phantom electricity is scary. “Nationally, phantom power accounts for more than 100 billion kWh and more than $10 billion in energy costs each year.” (source)

This is the energy that’s being sucked from devices plugged in but not in use so if your laptop charger, phone charger, kitchen aid mixer, or curling iron are plugged into the socket but not in use, it’s still sucking power from the grid.

Of course, some things need to stay plugged in like your fridge, but most things you should unplug. However, if you’ve got a plug that’s hard to reach or it’s just a pain to plug and unplug like a desktop computer or toaster oven, why not try a smart power strip?

A smart power strip hooks up with your phone so you can kill phantom electricity from afar. With the device you can check the total power consumption of each device by day, month, year and see which appliances are drawing the most amount of phantom power, and then turn them off or put them on a timer.

check out a smart power strip

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3. analyze your power:

Are you ready to live your most streamlined, energy-efficient life? Good, cause I’ve got some tech for that. If The WeMo Insight adapter works similarly, to the smart power strip. Its main function is to analyze and track one devices energy usage.

This will be really helpful for figuring out which appliances or gadgets are draining your energy and bank account. For instance, if you have a fridge from the 70s, you might be spending an extra $70 in electricity alone! That’s not good for your wallet or for the environment.

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Are you ready for the big leagues? Forget single plug analysis, why not analyze your home’s whole grid? With Sense Energy Monitor you can do that. Sense is on the pricier side, and it needs to be installed by an electrician, but it will help you monitor everything in real time. The best part, at least for me, is knowing that I didn’t actually leave the stove on…. my greatest fear and largest source of anxiety when I leave the home.

Have I had to come home from events and work because an overwhelming fear of “I LEFT MY STOVE ON,” yes, yes I have… on more than one occasion. With sense, I can check an app on my phone and know, everything is OK.

Your home might not be the only place you want to streamline for efficiency, what about your car? With Automatic Car Assistant, you plug it into your On Board Diagnostics (OBD) port. It can help track when things go wrong in the car like, “Why is my check engine light on?” And it will help you improve your driving habits through a series of beeps and app alerts.

When you’re using too much gas, accelerate too quickly, or slam on the brakes Automatic will let you know. This will extend the life of your vehicle - YAY less wear and tear! Will cut down on emissions - YAY the environment! And, will save you money, what’s not to love?

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4. powered up:

Why suck energy from the grid at all? Why not go solar? You may not be able to install solar panels right now, but that doesn’t mean your devices couldn’t use a little sun bathe.

Check out this portable solar panel that can charge your phone and tablet. It’s great for hiking, outdoor, adventures, or just enjoying a nice roof top lunch during the workday.

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As someone who’s on the go and has to use my phone at a lot of events and conferences, this is a nice alternative to traditional battery packs - just make sure that the solar panels are fully charged when using! If your phone has more energy than your panels, your panels will suck the energy out of your phone… not what you want!

check out the portable solar panel

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5. light it up:

Talkin’ all about those light bulbs baby! I’m a big fan of LED light bulbs, not only are they much better for the environment - hello, energy saving - they’re also great for your wallet.

Just take a look at this chart from USA Today. You can clearly see how much LED bulbs will save you. Now, the number one complaint I hear is, “I don’t like the bright, bluish light these bulbs cast!” And, I feel that. I don’t like bright, bluish light either.

So, I got the Phillips Hue Bulbs with a range over 16 million colors. I can control these bulbs with an app, put them on timers, dim them, and feel like a god. Mostly because I say, “Hey Google, LET THEIR BE LIGHT!”

Feel like you don’t want to make investments in eco-friendly, energy saving tech because you’re renting? Well, fear no more. I’m a fellow renter, and I actually replace all of my light bulbs when I come into a rental, and then swap them all out when I leave. I do this for my shower head too!

You can read more about how I make my rental more eco-friendly.

check out my FAV LED light bulbs

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6. listen responsibly:

I know that I’m 1,000 years late to the audio book game, but OMG I love audio books. I still haven’t gotten into the podcast scene too much, if you have favorites let me know in the comments down below.

Instead of streaming music when I go on a jog or nice long walk with the pup, (cute dog photos and tips for raising an eco-friendly pet) I’m crushing some audio books.

I’m in the market for some new headphones. I’m currently using the iphone ear buds that came with my iPhone 4 purchase in 2010. Someone actually complimented me on my how well I took care of my old ear buds…. #10yrs #together4eva

But, I’m in the market for some new headphones. Some nice cushy ones perfect for 5-10 mile treks.

I have a House of Marley speaker and I’m a huge fan of the company. They are one of the few tech companies, that are really working to make their electronics ethical and sustainable. They use mindfully sourced materials including bamboo, FSC™ certified wood, recycled aluminum, plastic and fabrics.

please listen responsibly:

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7. accessorize ethically:

When it comes to our phones, laptops, and tablets, I’m a big believer in cases! I know some people prefer to go the risky naked route, but I will drop my phone… it’s inevitable. And, I’d prefer for my $1,000 investment to last AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

This is a girl with earbuds from 10 years ago. I’m not zero waste because I love the environment, (I do love the environment) I’m zero waste cause I’m cheap frugal.

When it comes to protecting your phone, my number one recommendation is a Pela Case! I’ve been a proud Pela Case owner for a long time!

The case is COMPOSTABLE! How cool is that, it’s made up with flax shive a waste by-product of the flax industry and it’s super shock absorbent which is a must for me because I drop my phone all of the the time…

One of my favorite thing about Pela is that they take full ownership over the lifespan of their product. If you can’t compost it for any reason you can send it back and they’ll take care of it for you. Plus, with each purchase they donate to environmental organizations.

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