Happy Simplify Your Week, everybody! We here at TUSHY have gathered some tips and tricks to help make your life a wee bit easier. We all know about spring cleaning, but sometimes we need to get our lives together a little before entering fall. We aren’t only talking about a physical decluttering either, but if you need to do that, we’re not gonna stop you. We’re looking at how each and every one of us can take a few easy steps to live a little more sustainably.
Tip 1: Buy used
Buy used products whenever possible. You can pick up secondhand items from your local thrift store, eBay, Craigslist, newspaper listings, yard sales, and more! When you buy secondhand, you’re recycling the item instead of letting it go to the landfill. You’re also avoiding the need for extra resources to be used to produce a brand new item. Not to mention, thrift shopping and acquiring hand-me-downs is guaranteed to save you money and help you to be more selective about the things you buy.
Tip 2: Just say “no!”
Your time and space is precious, so treat it as such. Sure, you might initially be feeling some major FOMO if you miss a certain event or don’t buy yet another thing you don’t need. However, saying no every once in awhile helps you focus and prioritize what you want and need out of life. Do you have to take that brochure that’s being handed to you on the street? How many free pins, stickers, and business cards do you really hold dear? Are you still saying yes to every time your annoying high school friend’s “punk” band is playing a show. Try to limit your energy to things and people who really matter so you aren’t left feeling drained or overwhelmed.
Tip 3: BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag
Are you one of those people whose home consists of a plastic bag...filled with hundreds of more plastic bags? Aside from taking up space, they’re detrimental to the environment. In the US alone, over 100 billion plastic bags are used each year — that’s more than 300 bags a person. It’s so easy for them to end up in the ocean, and even easier for creatures to accidentally mistake them for food. We’re hoping that single use plastic bags soon become a thing of the past. So, the next time you’re out shopping, just ask yourself if you really need one for your single bottle of Kombucha or your morning egg and cheese? The answer is most likely no, you really don’t. Get in the habit of bringing around a tote bag! As an added indirect benefit, less petroleum will be used to produce these animal suffocating, waste producing, life sucking things we call plastic bags.
Tip 4: Wash with TUSHY
Have you ever thought about how much toilet paper you use? Or how many trees are cut down for your toilet paper use? 15 million trees are cut down every year to produce toilet paper for the United States, which results in 15% of deforestation. That sh*t is unsustainable! When you wash with TUSHY, you use 80% less toilet paper, reducing the amount of waste you produce by a lot. Do yourself, your butt, and the world a favor: stop wiping, start washing.