Consumption

"We spend money that we do not have, on things we do not need, to impress people who do not care." - Will Smith

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The Average Daily Morning Routine of a North American
 

It can be assumed that the average Canadian and American wakes up and performs the following tasks:

  • uses toilet

  • takes a shower (soap, shampoo, conditioner, razor, face wash) 

  • brushes teeth (toothbrush, toothpaste)

  • brews coffee or tea (Keurig, Nespresso, standard coffee maker, coffee/tea pods, coffee beans, tea bag, milk, sugar)

  • eats breakfast (consume animal food/products)

  • Extras: dry hair, iron clothes, wash dishes
     

There are approximately 357,000,000 Canadians and Americans to date [1].

This routine uses about 178L per person, equivalent to nearly NINETY 2L pop bottles. We will take half of the approximate population of Canadians and Americans (178,500,000) and assume that this many people perform the above 'daily morning routine'.

Therefore... 31,773,000,000L of water would be used for the daily morning routine in Canada and the United States combined.  

[1] North America Population. (2018-06-12). Retrieved 2019-02-01, from http://worldpopulationreview.com/continents/north-america/

WANT VS. NEED

to feel a need or a desire for VS. a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation

Zero-Waste Lifestyle

It's super convenient that we have a trash bin, a blue bin, and a black bin RIGHT in our house (or garage) and then a truck that uses a TON of fuel comes and picks it up for us..right?! WRONG.

 

Those items aren't going anywhere. Okay, they're travelling elsewhere but in a larger sense, they are stuck on our planet forever. 

You may think that you are doing your part by recycling...again, wrong. Not everything we throw in our recycling bins can actually get recycled. In fact, many people do not recycle properly in the first place and therefore ruining most of the batch.

Living a zero-waste lifestyle is much easier than you think it is. Here are the swaps:

Rise and Shine

You are purchasing these products anyways - get them at your zero-waste grocery store.

  • shampoo, conditioner, soap bars

  • safety razor

  • razor blades

  • biodegradable sponge/loofah

  • bamboo toothbrush

  • toothpaste tabs

  • bamboo make-up tools (Ecotools are my personal fav!)


 

  • loose leaf tea or coffee beans

  • oats/fruit for breakfast (unpackaged foods)

Cleaning

Stop using single-waste items like paper towel and wipes!

  • rags (buy at Value Village, socks with holes in them, old T-shirts)

  • vinegar/water/dish soap for glass cleaner

  • homemade laundry detergent (various mixes)

  • vacuum (dispose dust/hair/etc. in compost)

  • wool dryer balls

Transportation

Transportation is essential to our everyday lives but how can you still reduce your emissions?

  • walk and bike when it is possible...those 10 minute drives are not necessary! 

  • do not idle your vehicle

  • ship items by ground, not by air

  • carpool

  • use public transportation