Enji - Changing The Way You Look At Recycled Jewelry With 12 Ways To Style Your Rings This Summer

100% Handmade and Committed to Sustainability and Ethical Practices. - Enji Studio Jewelry

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Enji Studio Jewelry not only as an ethical brand but as a light in the industry making moves. Once I laid eyes on Niki's creations, the creator and owner of Enji, I absolutely fell in love. The fact that these pieces are made ethically from recycled material and give back really was the game changer for me. From bold to minimalist pieces I truly believe there is a gem for everyone here. I took these rings everywhere, honestly, I wanted to live in them and I did. They saw and felt love, joy, heartbreak and all the in-betweens.

Looking down at my hands though, the rings not only told my story of how I expressed myself through fashion but Enji's story, Niki's story and all the energy from where these recycled materials have been. To think that these rings had all that life before this point, was a unique feeling. Wearing these rings for me represented a belief that fashion is not only what you see in front of you but what could be when you create ethically.

Recycled fashion and jewelry is such a meaningful act. It's using what you have, what already exists and giving it another chance. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out a few of our Summer looks with secondhand items along with local brands.

Using the Sybil Sapphire Ring, Ora Ring, Hera Ring, and the Fatima Ring.

Fields Of Green

Niki's pieces are created by using only recycled gold and silver, ethically sourced and stones, chains, and findings that are made in the USA and Italy, and packaging and marketing materials are made using recycled paper. - Enji Studio Jewelry

The Bryan House

As a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, we hope to be among the first movers bringing transparency and sustainable practices into the luxury fashion jewelry world. - Enji Studio Jewelry

Summer Feeling

The Neutral

Secondhand Casual

Citrus Walks

The Plant Lady

On The Clear Path

Seeing Red

Modern 70's

The Streets

Modern, minimal design that is made ethically and sustainably and gives back to the community. - Enji Studio Jewelry

In The Flowers

Enji donates a portion of each sale to organizations that help empower women locally and globally and work to end domestic violence and human trafficking

Here are some of the organizations Enji works with:
The Alliance for HOPE
Women's Resource Center
Mercury Free Mining Project

To learn more about Enji Studio Jewelry click here.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

All There August

*In essence, I only partner with brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.


Easy DIY Mother Nature Halloween Costume For World Vegan Day

Easy DIY Mother Nature Halloween Costume For World Vegan Day

It's that time of year again where we get to dress up in costumes and drift to another world as we fall into character. I personally love Halloween. It's one of my favorite Holidays but this year I wanted to challenge myself with time and money. Meaning, I wanted to show that I didn't need to spend money and I put together my costume in about an hour with items I already owned.

Mother Nature DIY

Mother Nature For World Vegan Day

I found myself sitting and scrolling through google searching the following... DIY scary, nature, plant, and vegan costumes. Then I thought alright Jess, what really resembles who I am and hey it's World Vegan Day soon? Hello... Mother Nature. It was Halloween and I had about less than 2 hours to get ready for our party. Time was ticking.

What's In The Costume?

  • Cream 2 Piece Secondhand Dress
    • I had a dress from a thrift store that had a fitted bottom. What I did was put a flowy skirt that matched the top over the bottom half of the dress. This gave the illusion of a one-piece dress.
  • Forest Crown
    • So the funny thing about this is it's actually a door wreath. Yes, a wreath. I was able to find one I already owned that was slightly smaller and placed it on my head. Of course, it was a bit larger than my head and a tad heavier but, I made it work.
  • Forest Makeup
    • I love creating looks with makeup and if I get the chance to create a colorful look I'm going to take it. The style came from an accumulation of several photos but I used Laura Lee's, Party Animal vegan eyeshadow palette to create everything while mixing shadows together to achieve the various greens I had on.

Full Dress

Door Wreath

It's possible to create costumes from clothes and items you own. For me, that was the challenge. I personally didn't want to spend money on something I was going to use for 1 night. The great thing is this very look transitions to World Vegan Day, yay. This year I chose to coincide with a lifestyle I am so very proud of and to celebrate our Mother Nature.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

All There August

Jessica Salazar


I Tried Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper And Here's Why You Should Wipe With A Purpose

I Tried Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper And Here's Why You Should Flush With A Purpose

What’s one of the first things you do once you get up in the morning? Yes, let’s get comfortable with each other fast because you guessed it… you go to the bathroom and use toilet paper. Just like the royals, celebrities, and teachers, we all go to the bathroom. Hence, it’s a normal daily activity that we should not be afraid (or embarrassed) by talking about.

In reality, let's ponder for a minute, how often do you use toilet paper or how many times do you come across it in a day? It’s crazy to imagine in the U.S. alone we consume large amounts of these tiny little squares without a second thought. I know, unfortunately, I do it too and that’s because I consider myself pretty “green.” Looking at my habits though, I honestly knew this needed to change. Therefore, how could I use toilet paper wisely? Was there an eco-friendly option out there? I mean I needed something but what?

I’ve had these burning questions for a good while now but I was not about to raise my white flag and say Who Gives A Crap? Then poof! That very thing came true.

Who Gives A Crap

Who Gives A Crap? I Give A Crap!

Most of us have the privilege of using toilet paper every day so why not flush with a purpose? Who Gives A Crap is a toilet paper brand you can feel good about. Not just because they love kitties and have funny toilet humor but because they are really making a difference in the world.

Here’s how…

Who Gives A Crap, Wrapping With A Cause

Who Is Who Gives A Crap And How Are They Doing Good With Your “Crap”

Fun, Funky and Making a Positive Impact

So who is Who Gives A Crap? Probably the coolest toilet paper since… well, possibly the coolest toilet paper that has ever existed! As a matter of fact, Who Gives A Crap donates 50% of their profits to non-profit organizations working to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries is something to talk about. As a result, they have donated almost a million to date. So what’s up with the other 50%? Well, they circle it back around and use the remaining profits to continue growing their company.

Wiping Away Poverty

What They Offer Us

100% Recycled Toilet Paper

  • Made from 100% recycled paper
  • 400 sheets per roll
  • No inks, dyes or scents
  • 3-ply which means it’s as soft as a bunny and as strong as a warrior mermaid

Forest Friendly Tissues

  • Made with 100% bamboo
  • 3-ply tissue that means it acts like your own personal army

Forest Friendly Paper Towels

  • 2-ply made to clean up all your kitchen masterpieces
  • Made from a bamboo blend
  • No inks, dyes or scents

Did you know?

2.3 billion people across the world don't have access to a toilet. That's roughly 40% of the global population and means that around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes. - Who Gives A Crap

With some creativity and a desire for changeWho Gives A Crap threw some hard facts at me fast. First of all, I don’t want to be part of something that’s harming our planet and people. Toilet paper is difficult to point out though. Second, a lot of people don’t like talking about it and third, you flush it away so you literally forget about it too.

I wanted to be part of this movement so you all know what I did… I tried it out myself. I mean how could this magical roll of goodness be so good for the planet and work, right?

I Tried Who Gives A Crap And Here’s What Happened…

The Rolls

My Truth About Who Gives A Crap

Who Gives A Crap At My Door

Oh, my!!! So, receiving the box is a pretty amazing experience. Of course, it’s a cardboard box but what’s unique about this box is the printed facts and logos on it. For me, I was excited just to open it. I had that “let’s open the Christmas presents” feeling. I mean I knew what was inside but the aura of goodness definitely overwhelmed me.

Who Gives A Crap At My Door

Wrappers That Give

Yes, it’s toilet paper but at the same time, it’s way cooler than any toilet paper I’ve ever had. The fun prints on the wrappers make them anything but basic. I personally want to hide or put my toilet paper away. It’s different here though. I want to show it off, create conversations around it, laugh about it and celebrate it. We all need to “go” I don’t care who you are, again, going to the “bathroom” and taking care of business is a natural thing. Who Gives A Crap is just making it interesting and fun to talk about. So why not show it off?

Also, I mean if I could use the wrapping as wallpaper I just might do that. Naturally, I displayed Who Gives A Crap anywhere I could show it off. I usually store my toilet paper in the cabinets or laundry room. Not these! This roll deserves to be seen.

These Wrappers Need To Be Seen

Taking Care of Business

Finally, let’s get down to the dirty talk. Aside from the rolls looking nice, do they really work? Consequently, everyone has his or her toilet paper preference, strong, soft, thin, thick or right in the middle. So what’s it like to use Who Give A Crap you ask?

For me, it falls right in the middle. Not too hard, not too soft, not too thin, not too thick. It really is a perfect combination. Basically, the entire roll hits the sweet spot of being the best of all worlds. If you currently use 2-ply toilet paper start with using a smaller amount than what you are used to. Who Gives A Crap is a quality over quantity toilet paper, so using less goes a long way. Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what the roll looks like in real life.

Who Gives A Crap, I Do!

Money Talk With Who Gives A Crap

I did some research with toilet paper brands at various supermarkets online to give you a price comparison.

What you get with Who Gives a Crap:

  • 100% Recycled Toilet Paper, you can purchase 24 rolls for $30 or 48 rolls for $48.

What you get with the other guys:

  • The average cost for similar household toilet paper brands at your local supermarket:

48 Double Rolls, for $29.99
36 Rolls, 1-Ply for $35.99
27 Rolls, 1-Ply $16.97
24 Rolls, 1-Ply for $15.59
18 Mega Plus Rolls, for $19.39

*Prices vary depending on the day and location.

My Friends and Family Gave A Crap

Everyone who stopped by “my thrown” loved the rolls. I made sure to keep a roll out with packaging where people could see it while they were sitting. Furthermore, I even gave a roll to family members to try. As a result, here are a few comments I received from them…

“Oh man, these are too cool”

“What the heck…I didn’t know toilet paper could be eco-friendly”

“I’m really picky about my toilet paper but I liked this one”

“It’s not too thick or thin, rough or soft… it falls right in the middle and I like it”

“The packaging… so cool”

“I didn’t know a toilet paper company could do good in this way. I love them for that”

Who Gives A Crap, We Do!

Why You Should Give A Crap

To those who are curious or want to take it a step further with their eco-friendly lifestyle, I really enjoy what Who Gives A Crap is doing. I didn’t think about how my toilet paper could have the capacity to be eco-friendly, fun and give back all in one. I had always wanted to make the change towards an ethical toilet paper but never felt right about it. Who Gives A Crap helped me make this transition and it was easy because the brand fits an exciting environment while doing good.

What I’m doing with the Packaging Now

In conclusion, my mind started pondering, how I could reuse the packaging. What could I use them for and how could I prolong the lifespan? So, with a bit of brainstorming here’s what I came up with…

Who Gives A Crap, cardboard box turns into gift tags for that special occasion.

Who Gives A Crap, toilet paper roll turns into a bird feeder.

Cat wanted the last word!

Want to learn more and try Who Gives A Crap? Use discount code AUGUST at checkout and click here to get $10 off your first purchase.

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

*Who Gives A Crap provided toilet paper so that I may review their product. In essence, I only partner with like-minded brands I truly believe in and all opinions stated above are mine.

Before I Say I Do, Life Lessons From A Single Girl On Marriage And Why A Secondhand Ring Is A Thing

If you hit a "particular" age group, tell me what your social media feed looks like? For me, I've recently been scrolling through marriage proposals, wedding pictures and soon to be parents. A time where friends are transitioning to another moment in life and that's a beautiful thing but not my thing. Everyone's path in life is different and I've discovered that fast. As a kid a would predict at what age I would accomplish a certain " life goal." My thoughts would go wild... at this age this, at that age that and so on.

No, I've never been married, yes, I've been in love (many times) before. Yes, I've been with the wrong and right guys and yes, I am single. Hence, I've gone through heartache, happy times, good dates, dumped, and all the dating scene in-betweens. I can tell you, I'm pretty sure I've experienced a lot of the good and bad in the dating world. If I haven't, my girlfriends definitely have. With that, there are lessons I've cultivated along the way and I've come out the other end stronger and more confident in my path.

So before I Say I Do (if that should ever happen, it may not) I've discovered a few life lessons that may shed some light on my life and possibly others in the same boat.

Marriage And The Single Girl

Live Happily Ever...Single

I've been asked all the above and more...will you get married? Are you dating? Do you want kids? Let me be clear to the outside looking in, ladies and gents... I am perfectly fine being single and you should be too. I do enjoy "love" and if you find someone you feel you are meant to be with that's awesome. On the other hand, I firmly believe marriage is not for everyone. I don't know if I will get married, to be honest, I'm not 100% sure I even want to. Beyond that, the idea of kids is far off my radar that I also don't know if that's in the cards for me.

I know what you're thinking or at least what you've been told if you can relate. Oh, it's because you're young you will change your mind later. No, you don't know that. If my mind does change cool, it means I'm moving to a different moment in life but what if it doesn't?

I've lived and traveled enough to know that I love to date. Furthermore, I also love being single, with people, free and sharing my love. I've told myself (and others) that I'm living life, taking care of what I need, exploring, creating a life I am happy of and doing me. Now if I find "Mr. Right" along the way cool but if he's stuck in that tree everyone jokes about well, then sorry, I don't have time for that either. Find your happiness alone, in your heart and soul. It's ok to be single, some people who get married really shouldn't. Don't feel pressured by any means to be with someone or have a family because you think it's "the next step."

Stay True To Your Path

That leads me to the second lesson, it's perfectly fine not to know if you want marriage and a family. In retrospect, it's also wonderful if you feel it's your time.  There's no timeframe. You are not broken or wrong if you desire something different than what your family, friends or society is doing. At the end of the day, it's you. Your heart, your soul, your being and you must stay true to whatever that path may be. Someone's not less or more of a feminist if they want or do not want to be married and have kids. I'm also not less of a woman if I decide to never have children either.

I've had people tell me you don't know what real love is until you have kids. Again, no one can measure that. How do you know I don't treat my dog better or have more love for him than some parents have for their child? Staying true to your path is the most important thing you can give yourself. It will allow you to feel full in your mind body and soul. Believe me, I'm still working on my path but I know that it's truly mine. Whatever may come or not in my life I know that it's meant to. So, if you want to be single do it. If you want to have a family then go out there but do things on your terms.

Delgatto, I Do Now I Don't

A Secondhand Ring Is A Thing

As I've explored and lived my cruelty-free life I've discovered that being ethical falls on all parts of my everyday choices. From being happily single to staying true to my path in life. I see friends beginning to get married and I've thought about sustainable ways to make a wedding more intimate and unique. No, it's not against the law to think, hey that may be a cool idea to incorporate into a wedding IF I do get married. Continuing to stay true to myself, you all know I have the love for secondhand but have you heard of a secondhand wedding ring?

No worries if you haven't, I really didn't either much less think of incorporating it into a marriage. Delgatto, I Do Now I Don't is the leading buyer of diamonds, jewelry, and watches from the public. This means sustainable jewelry in your hands without the guilt. Personally, I think this is beautiful. If you do decide to say "I Do"there are environmental consequences of diamonds and precious metal mining.  Did you know over 150 million carats of diamonds are extracted from the earth each year?

Also, it requires one ton of earth to be moved to source the equivalent of every one carat stone. This massive environmental disruption causes soil erosion, deforestation, and ultimately the collapse of entire ecosystems. - Delgatto, I Do Now I Don't

Some people may think a secondhand diamond is not romantic. Well, for me, whats not romantic is that fact that people, animals, and the environment suffer in some shape or form for a new ring.

I Do Now I Don't... And That's Ok

Whether you are single, a paw mom, married or have kids it's important to stay true to what feels right. Not everyone was made to be single just like not everyone was made to have a family. Also, the way you decide to live your life should be with love. Love for yourself and then spreading that love to whatever you touch. For me, that is nurturing my calling to live a cruelty-free life and yes, supporting sustainable secondhand jewelry like Delgatto, I Do Now I Don't fall into that aspect. Hey, who says you can't buy a ring for your single self, right? I do it!

Now, no matter where my life ends up, I know I will be great. You know why because what matters to me is using my talents and abilities to lead a life full of love towards animals, humans and the environment. Be proud of what you ARE and what you are NOT, it's what makes the world a colorful place.

To learn more about secondhand diamonds and jewelry from Delgatto, I Do Now I Don't click here.

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar


Recycled, Functional and Cool, 3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

Recycled, Functional and Cool, 3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

I love to travel. Whether it’s to a town that is 30 minutes away or a different country, I enjoy experiencing a new place in all its glory. I don’t know if it’s the traveling soul in me but my “being” always needs to just... go. As a result, with my travels, I’ve come to really know myself. Therefore, I’ve felt deep emotions and collected memories alone and with others. I’ve also exposed some habits while traveling. One of those being overpacking! Well, let’s just say, I'm working on that one. As I navigate through my eco-friendly travels and continue to incorporate reusable bags I’ve also tapped into the sustainable bag world.

I’ve used my old backpack for years but recently I’ve noticed it wearing away. Seams are starting to rip, possibly due to my overpacking. Consequently, you can just tell I love and use my backpack. So, I'm proud of that but I also knew my next bag needed to withstand time and travel.

grünBAG Backpack Red

grünBAG, The Eco-friendly Way

What were my new backpack goals you ask? Well, I was in search of a bag that was eco-friendly, functional, cool and my personal one... that could fit my necessities without overdoing it. On the prowl, and with some research and a lot of curiosity, I found the perfect bag to test out.

Proposing a unique substitute, grünBAG repurposes industrial materials that were destined for the trash, to offer a colorful collection of conscious bags. Exploring the Danish designed collection, the bags are made from highly durable materials. Hence, these materials are constructed to endure industrial wear and tear, so I knew they were right up my alley.

We want to rethink the usability of the things we throw out, and we work for a greener future with more thoughtfulness and recycling. – grünBAG

My Travels With grünBAG Backpack Red

3 Reasons grünBAG Matters to the Eco-friendly Traveler

At this point, grünBAG was looking really great. So once I received my grünBAG, the only way to test it out was to go. I packed my backpack with necessities (remember I'm getting better) grabbed Putter (my pup) and went on an adventure. The bag survived my little nieces, outside, inside, water, mud a lot of events. It was then that I realized this bag was made to be lived in. As I “lived” in my bag for a bit I recognized 3 reasons why grünBAG matters to the eco-friendly traveler.

grünBAG Backpack Red

#1 Reusable, Recycled and Vegan Materials

Eco-friendly materials, count me in! I searched their website to list the fascinating materials for you here.

Truck Tarpaulins

Offcuts, marked as waste, are not possible to use for the trucks any longer. This “waste” is taken to the sewing room, where they are repurposed into bags.

Big-bag

Sometimes holding up a ton and used to hold large quantities of heavy materials. From bakery to your hands, here, grünBAG cleans and recycles big-bags specifically used for salt in a big Danish bakery.

Seat Belts

Collecting seatbelts from old cars ready for the scrapyard, grünBAG gives them a second life. Now, these seatbelts turn into reliable shoulder straps and belts on bags. Washed and sewn by hand, they are then checked to ensure quality.

Commercial Banners

Gathering used commercial banners and posters from different companies, these banners then become unique bags. With a quirky twist or humorous illustration, this line is entirely exclusive.

Recycled Nylon

In 2015, grünBAG applied for and received a subsidy to produce customized clasps in recycled hard plastic, also known as nylon, from the Danish Business Authority. Here grünBAG has replaced imported clasps made of new plastic.

From Soda Bottles to Fabric

100% recycled PET (polyester) fabric, a fabric made of recycled plastic soda bottles. In this method, recycled soda bottles are cleaned, sorted and processed in order to create sustainable fabrics in various colors.

Viking Lifebag

VIKING liferafts are used on board on some of the world’s largest and advanced vessels, where travelers and crewmembers rely on them to save lives. Once retired, grünBAG receives the liferafts to transform them into orange LifeBags.

grünBAG Backpack Red

#2 Traveling With A Purpose Matters

I felt good about wearing this bag. Packing my necessities and not worrying about spills, tears, and style was effortless. Now, I’ve noticed I pack with a purpose. Everything in the bag (for me) has a purpose. Here’s a look inside the bag and an idea of what may fit in it.

Here to the purposeful and cool…

Inside My grünBAG, cat not included: Chargers, handmade makeup bag, wallet, laptop

#3 Functionality And Style At Its Finest

Backpacks, shoulder bags, sports bags, accessories, and special collections there’s a bag and color for everyone. Personally, my favorite part of the bag is the functionality of it. I can take this bag anywhere and feel confident that it will survive the occasion. As much as I loved my previous backpack I know my new grünBAG has my back now. Literally!

Below you will find my top 3 favorite bags from grünBAG

To learn more about grünBAG click here

Use Coupon Code allthere2018 for your eco-friendly bag today

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar

*grüBAG provided a backpack so that I may review their product. In essence, I only partner with like-minded brands I truly believe in. Note, some bags contain leather straps but the brand is working towards becoming fully vegan-friendly.

3 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Have you ever looked into your closet and can't find anything to wear? We have all done it, we stand there looking at our clothes wondering what to put together. Little do you know, of all the accessories we own, the scarf is the most versatile. With endless (in this case 3) possibilities you will never look at a scarf the same way again.

To bring you this How-to, I've collaborated with Arielle Toelke from Four Rabbit, an eco-fashion brand inspired by sustainability and lightweight travel for a Guest Post. Below Four Rabbit will show you how you can wear your scarf in 3 different ways creating a conscious wardrobe.

How to Wear a Scarf in 3 Stylish Ways With Four Rabbit

The Reality

We live in a consumer society where single-use plastic and fast fashion reigns. Social media has greatly influenced the need to keep up with new trends. Fast fashion stores make it easy and affordable to keep up with fashion forecasts by using unethical labor, and poor quality fabrics. The industry itself is shifting; we no longer have two collections a year but a new collection almost every two weeks. Clothing has become single-use, disposable, and unloved.

Landfills are piled high with clothes worn just a few times. Taking 200 or more years for a cotton t-shirt to biodegrade and this is just the textile waste from already constructed clothing. The energy and waste created while manufacturing clothing is devastating, adding to 20% of the world’s industrial pollution. About 12.8 million tons of pre-consumer textile waste is discarded every year. While chemical dyes used to color clothing are creating 2.5 billion tons of wastewater annually.

The textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world after big oil companies. Before buying the latest trend, think about the energy and pollution it took to get the "newest look" at the store. Buying less, and buying what we truly need and love lessens clothing waste in our daily lives. Purchasing from ethical and sustainable designers or secondhand is another option. Or... what if instead of buying, we look at what we already own and refashion or restyle existing pieces! Let's create our own trends, and create new styles — sustainably.

Styling Your Scarf

Using two items that are in almost every closet, a black dress, and a large scarf. We can create different styles and outfits, with scarves. The combinations are infinite.

What you need...

  • Black Dress
  • Large Scarf

A Scarf Top

Fold diagonally into a triangle, tie the two top points around your neck. Wrap the two bottom points around your back and then tie them.

A Kimono Top

Lay the scarf flat and tie the two points on the left side together. Then, tie the two points on the right side together, creating armholes.

A Belt

Fold the scarf into a triangle, roll (how wide or narrow the final belt made is up to you) then tie around the waist.

The same black shift dress is worn using additional scarves for an infinite variety...

Fashion used: Artists & Revolutionaries and large square scarf from LL Bean, Fahari Bazaar, and Four Rabbit, Arielle's personal collection.

 

Learn more about Arielle and her sustainable fashion brand at

Four Rabbit

Support Four Rabbit's Kickstarter Campaign here.

Post Resources

Mau, D. Fast Fashion is More Dangerous Than We Thought. Retrieved from Fashionista

Wallander, M. Why Textiles Should Be Banned From Landfill. Retrieved from TriplePundit

G. Textile Recycling Facts and Figures. Retrieved from The Balance

Breyer, M. 25 Shocking Fashion Industry Statistics. Retrieved from TreeHugger

Sweeny, G. Fast Fashion is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World. Retrieved from EcoWatch

Live Balanced. Live Great.
All There August

Jessica Salazar


My Truth About Using a Straw and What I'm Doing to Make it Better

Straws, love them or hate them. Restaurants usually (automatically) give them to you and you expect to get one with any drink (or smoothie) you purchase. The straw is everywhere and we can't get away from them but are they safe for the environment?

 

My Honest Truth About Using a Straw...

I must admit, I love using a straw. I think about germs on the cup and how it helps me when I'm on the road but I must also admit... it's not great for the environment. We throw away millions of straws each year and they end up in a landfill. Can you imagine how many straws you have come across in your lifetime? Now think about how everyone is in the same boat with you. We (unfortunately, I included) use up straws and throw them away without a second thought. It's horrible, I know but these little guys have become natural to use for most people.

So What am I Doing to Reduce My Straw Usage?

Well like anything, it takes practice. My main goal is to become more aware when I use a straw. So I'll ask myself do I really need to use a straw to drink water or my smoothie? When and if I can do without, I will.

Another thing that I will incorporate is recycling these straws. Most straws you can recycle, so rinse it out and do it. It's really easy and only takes a moment but I've noticed that it's becoming a new habit of mine. If you can recycle it...recycle it. It's not only great for the environment but I promise, it will make you feel better. Better about yourself, your actions and towards the future. So next time you come across a straw (today, I'm sure) ask yourself do I need it and can I recycle it? Small actions make a difference and it starts with you.

Live Balanced. Live Great.

Jessica Salazar