Good Morning! I hope that you have been finding safe and healthy ways to enjoy the outdoors in this time of Covid. We have been learning to camp and boat while social distancing. The first step has been to choose a community that will help this happen. If you don't have the support and agreement of the people you are with, everything is much more difficult.
Good social support also makes living an eco conscious life easier.
EcoTip # 777 Find a community.
I walked down the laundry isle in the store last week, and it didn't take much to realize that most people are still using the 60% of detergents that get a D or F on the Environment Working Group's website. I think only one or two of the 152 products that receive an A got any shelf space at all. No wonder its so easy to feel alone and helpless when you embark on your eco-journey. So today, I want to introduce you to some great folks and resources that can help you feel part of a great eco-community.
One great place I love is the Facebook group SLC Zero Waste. The moderators are wonderful young women with a real heart for living an eco-friendly life. Don't let the Zero Waste moniker scare you away. The group is happy to support everyone in their waste reduction journey, and they are a great resource for local information and resources.
Many neighborhoods in Salt Lake have local Buy Nothing Groups to help you avoid buying and to share things you don't need any more. See if your neighborhood has one.
We also are fortunate to have several bulk store in Salt Lake! Hello!Bulk Markets offers bulk foods, as well as cleaning and personal care products. They have done an amazing job continuing to provide bulk goods in this time of Covid-19 restrictions. animailia is a gift and personal care shop with a whole supply chain emphasis. One wonderful service they offer is the ability to bring your personal food waste to their shop to be delivered to the local digester, diverting it from the landfill! Check out their website for more details. lever Octopus is another local business that is helping divert waste from the landfill. They take donations of many craft and other items, and help you turn them in to new and fun crafts. They offer (in normal times) classes in their own facilities, schools, libraries, and other places. They have been involved in implementing our local Fix-it clinics with the Utah Recycling Alliance. They help bring art to kids, adults and underserved communities. Their shop is a wonderful place to spend time with your crafty kid or your crafty grandma. Check them out!
These are a few places where you can find community in your Eco-Journey. Where do you find community and support? Share with us on our Instagram and Facebook pages!