Ep 3: A life with less waste

Ep 3: A life with less waste with Magali Lafleur

In this special episode, Toronto-based Art Director and Zero Waster Magali Lafleur shares a bit of everything from urban frustrations, feminine hygiene, zero waste confessions, to tips on leading a cleaner lifestyle in a congested planet. If you’ve ever considered living your life with less trash, give this a listen! 

About Magali: Two years ago, Magali started her journey to reduce trash in her lifestyle and learned how to be more environmentally wise by a simple Google search. It was a lifestyle change that she became increasingly more passionate about. You can read about her lifestyle of living zero waste on her Instagram blog @findyouralternative

3 Easy steps we’ve picked for living cleaner lifestyles from this episode are:

  1. bring your own container when purchasing meals
  2. get to know your lifestyle and decision-making process so you can anticipate what you’ll need in your day
  3. invest in quality products so you won’t have to buy as much in the long run! 

Questions and comments are welcome at hellodoublecow@gmail.com—see ya on the next one!

Empathy for our parks

A note reflecting on last week’s trash cleanup at Trinity Bellwoods:

Small pieces of litter (cigarette butts, bottle caps, broken glass) in big parks might feel like nothing to the everyday person, but we often forget that there are many smaller living things that use these park spaces too.

A dog or squirrel would feel much more affected by our park litter than us, simply because they are smaller and have a closer relationship to the ground.

Let’s be more empathetic to our smaller friends, and keep our parks healthy!

#1: short notes to the everyday people who do good

Voting with your dollar is one of the easiest ways to show your love and demand for something. From a small business standpoint, it means all the difference between allowing them to continue their vision and sinking under the water.

A healthier, cleaner lifestyle can be kickstarted by supporting more local markets, artisans, producers, and businesses. It’s one way to live a more giving lifestyle—not only for yourself, but for everyone involved down the supply chain.

*But, just because a business or practice is local doesn’t always mean they care.

Submit your notes to design healthier and more conscious lifestyles over at hellodoublecow@gmail.com to be featured in a future post!

Picture painting

Like each brush stroke leading to a large piece of finished artwork, the small steps and the day-to-day counts. It’s also equally as important to look to the bigger picture, where the day to day amounts to, and why it matters.

What picture are you painting?

Tea leaves and sustainability

Watching tea leaves uncurl in hot water isn’t particularly interesting. The progress takes on its own pace, and there’s no real outcome in waiting.

Likewise, waiting for culture to change takes a long time. The one thing that speeds up the process are trends, and trends come in waves which speeds up the uncurling, expanding, and brewing process. And, they don’t last for a long time.

We need lots of tea and hot water to help the culture of environmental sustainability uncurl and become stained into our lifestyles.

Overcluttered

So much has evolved and transformed throughout the years with technology, social media, and the way we work, but in the centre of it all we’re still very much the same. We’re still people, and we still need our basic necessities: water, food, shelter, safety, and security. Our minds can only handle and process a few pieces of information at once yet we are bombarded by thousands of pieces of marketing content per day.

Take it slow, and appreciate what you already have around you.