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  1. I only shower every other day. I know people think it is not as hygienic, but the extra benefits are that my hair and skin have improved! I have psoriasis so even the best bodywash takes a toll on my skin. I have less intense flare-ups and my skin is visibly healthier. My hair is also much softer and healthier. Last, but not least I have saved tons of money by reducing the amount of products, gas, and water I use.

  2. Great ideas! I'm totally with you on fluoride. My teeth are great, but my husband's aren't, and one of our daughters inherited his teeth. Poor things! I wish Calgary had fluoridated water. Re: abeego and other beeswax wraps – I wish a vegan would create a line of vegan wax ones. It can't be that hard. 😁

  3. another tip: i reuse torn leggings (no matter how good the quality, after 3-4 months either the inner seam rips, or i trip and make a hole in them) by cutting them up into makeup pads. it’s a lot of perfectly fine, soft fabric. i remove makeup with coconut oil, then wet those cloth pads and wipe it off. works fine for me, and i don’t have to purchase cotton pads any more. i collect them in one of those laundry mesh things and wash them when it’s full. i’ve seen people with sewing machines sewing some out of old fabrics, so if you don’t mind the work that’s another option. so many people seem to use throw away makeup wipes every day, and apart from all the nasty shit that’s commonly in them, it’s lot of waste. i also use bar soap/shampoo whenever i can. used to make my own toothpaste for over a year, that didn’t turn out so well, so unfortunately i purchase it in plastic tubes again atm. apart from that and q tips, my bathroom is waste free 🙂

  4. Thinx are cool but I read an article that made the CEO seem kinda sketchy… and you have to be really careful about how you wash them. Some of mine accidentally went through the dryer or something and I’ve been debating buying new ones for montha

  5. Wood/bamboo toothbrushes! I've been looking into wood/bamboo toothbrushes to replace my plastic one but I'm still not sure which brand to get. Also, I believe there's sustainable floss.

  6. This is awesome! I work for a energy/climate change law firm now, and we share our office with a sustainability strategy consulting firm. It's been so eye-opening about how much of the "problem" with climate change does come from way bigger things than just bringing a re-usable cup (which I do, by the way!)
    I would add to this video these other ways to be more sustainable: transportation (bike instead of drive, etc), cloth baby diapers for mamas, investing in offsets, living in a metropolitan area over somewhere rural, taking super long hot showers (I am very guilty of this), investing in repairing electronics/houseware instead of buying something new when it dies (phones, vacuum cleaners, computers, appliances). In fact, you are very likely supporting a local business repair person when you do this. I recently had a "broken" vacuum cleaner fixed for $50 when everyone else was prepared to toss it and buy a new $400 vacuum.
    -not only reduce your meat consumption (asking people to go full vegan is very overwhelming), but buy local produce. The carbon footprint of those avocados is not super great :S (once again, I am guilty. But damn, I eat so much local squash! xp)

  7. To stop the use of plastic bags all together, I like to wash and put my greens in an airtight container after I buy them. It's a little work but 1) you get clean greens to easily use when you cook and 2) the greens stay fresh for SO long. And of course less plastic bags 🙂

  8. I have a menstrual cup too, and I love it. I have the mooncup UK. When mine starts to get stained, I soak it overnight in a solution of half water and half 3% hydrogen peroxide, and it gets it white again.
    What I love about it is that if your period starts in the middle of the night, or it's irregular, and you're not sure when it's going to start, you can put it in before it starts and just keep checking it a couple of times a day.

  9. When I lived in Toronto, I used to use compost bags, but then I read on the city of Toronto's waste management site that they recommend using regular plastic shopping bags, because their compost process is so fast that compost bags don't get a chance to decompose.

  10. Been drinking RO water–fluoride-free–for almost 20 years, and only one cavity in that time, induced by adding a sweetened, fruit-based supplement to my RO water when taking it to work with me. Your teeth benefit from fluoride, but your body does not, so I brush with a fluoride containing toothpaste and use a fluoride containing dentifrice, and my teeth[and thyroid gland] are fine. Enjoyed hearing some of these ideas; every year my NY resolution is to continue to reduce my wastefulness, especially my plastic intake, and every year I do a bit better. I think getting down to 0% is impossible today, but "as low as possible" is feasible. TFP!

  11. Love the video ladies… made me sit back and really think. I'm only new to veganism and am trying to make smarter more informed choices with everything. Looking for more ethical companies as well as fair trade products. I didn't know about the true cost video and am about to watch it now. Thank you for all the information. I also want to say I absolutely love your backpack!

  12. Luckily I live in Humboldt County California and were known around the world for being hippie..So we have a lot of local businesses that are into saving the planet and carry products that are eco friendly. The down side is the other part of Humboldt is big into hunting and fishing and when Humboldt was founded it was for logging the old growth Redwoods. If anyone remembers Julia Butterfly she is the woman that lived at the top of an old growth redwood tree in protest of it being cut down…That was here in Humboldt..It worked and she saved a tree from being harvested that was thousands of yrs old..Anyways…lol This was a great video and had a lot of good suggestions..Thank you for making such awesome vids.

  13. What are your thoughts on non-vegan thrifting? For example, buying a used sweater with wool in it or leather shoes second hand. I've been doing it for years, but I'm a bit conflicted. Then again, when you're thrifting sometimes the options are limited. Plus online thrifting doesn't always have the details on what materials each item is made from so you don't find out until you get the item.

    It's a thinker…

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