The conversation about caring for our planet can be a sensitive topic. For many it has been an experience of blame and shame. Auslandish values this conversation deeply, but wants to work hard to bring a new perspective to the conversation - one of excitement and LOVE for this amazing planet and love for those of us who depend on it- which is all of us, everywhere. 


PLASTIC FREE JULY 

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Inspired by Plastic Free July 's movement, Auslandish is officially launching it's Environmentally Conscious branch. Plastic Free July is a starting point and a pledge we have taken, along with 2 million others across the globe, and are inviting you to take as well!  

It is an opportunity for us to reevaluate our purchasing choices and learn more about our impact on the environment! The organization started as a small group of Australians and now spans over 150 countries! 

Being Eco-conscious helps animals and eco systems survive, and in turn is essential to helping humanity survive. We depend not only on the beauty that nature offers but even more so on it's resources. Our eco systems are fragile but they are also resilient.

In order for already damaged ecosystems to have a chance to re-grow and for things to change, we have to learn new habits, see our impact, and become innovative in the way that we manufacture product and care for the environment. There are INCREDIBLE changes and innovations happening all around the world, lets be a part of the change!

Throughout the month of July, Auslandish will make tips and tricks and information about our environment available!

We are in this together!

Take the pledge on the Plastic Free July website and be sure to post your tips and ideas and things you are learning and tag @auslandishcompany so we can learn with you! 

“... what is good for the world will be good for us.
And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and what is good for it.”
— Wendell Berry

TIPS + IDEAS

Becoming Eco-conscious is a journey for all of us and there is always more to learn and new innovations that make it easier and easier to live in a way that is good for the earth + good for you! 

Here are tips and ideas that make that transition easier! 

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REDUCE WASTE

Reducing waste is a habit that takes intentionality and time to get a handle on. The impact of waste reduction, however, is among the most attainable and profound actions someone who wants to care for the earth can take!  When we don't take into consideration our packaging and single use products, we also forget how it is breaking down. 

GOOD PLACES TO START

Replace plastic bags with totes! 

Refuse straws or get a reusable straw! 

Get a thermos for coffee and a reusable water bottle!

Buy a bamboo or wood handled toothbrush!

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CLEANING & PERSONAL CARE 

Being conscientious about our care products for the home and our bodies, is a simple way to limit our negative impact on nature. What goes down the drain and into the air, on walls, on floors, eventually makes it's way back into the earth and often into our water systems.  By being intentional we can limit the chemicals going into our water systems and soil. 

GOOD BRANDS TO TRY

 Seventh Generation , Mrs. MyersBrioGeo and EO and natural bar soaps that aren't wrapped in plastic! 

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REDUCING MEAT INTAKE

This is not a plea for everyone to become a vegan or vegitarian, but limiting your meat intake can make a big impact on the amount of CO2 entering our atmosphere. 

By eating less meat you can support more local farmers, but also reduce your carbon footprint. Which in turn, is good for everyone. 

RESTAURANTS: 

Food on the go/Traveling: Chipotle, Punch Pizza, Noodles Company, Panera,

 

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WHY DOES THIS MATTER? 

If you love nature as much as we do, it's beauty and incredible intricacy will already be enough to influence you into action. Whether or not that is enough for you, there are more reasons: 

Eco systems that we are deeply dependent on are impacted by our product consumption. The amount of plastic within our water systems is now turning up and is measurable within human bodies. This is proving to have negative health affects that are only now being recognized and more extensively researched. 

These choices, that do directly impact our environment, also affect our personal health and help to care for impoverished communities globally who carry the brunt of the affects of pollution. 

Even though as you research there is a lot of reason for concern for the state of our planet, the GOOD NEWS is that there are very tangible ways to be a part of change!

That's an exciting truth that we want to help invite others into: a way to care for our planet that is good for you, good for the world, and good for generations to come. 

 

 
 
 

NEWS & RESOURCES

 
 
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MINNESOTA/LOCAL IMPACTS

Because Auslandish is based in Minnesota it feels important to offer local resources and a perspective of why this matters to a 'land locked' state. The truth is it should matter because we have an incredible opportunity to have a positive affect on the environment. Lake Superior and the Mississippi both feed into the ocean, and being a hub for agriculture, our soil and water flow have wide spread impacts not only on states downstream, but on the ocean itself, and anyone who eats Minnesota grown goods. One of the sad realities is that at the base of the Mississippi River, the largest Dead Zone in the world exists (the size of New Jersey). Dead Zones mean that oxygen in the ocean is so depleted that not even the smallest of organisms can survive. We have an opportunity to stop it's growth! 

Our choices matter! We can make a difference!  

DOCUMENTARIESSustainable (2016)

TED TALKS: Nancy Rabalais: Dead Zone // Johnathan Foley: Land Use

ORGANIZATIONS: Mississippi Watershed // Climate Generation 

 
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WASTE Innovation + REDUCTION

Waste has been and continues to be a consistent struggle. We have waste under the land, in outer space, in our rivers, lakes and oceans. We are finding that some waste will not break down, and others do break down and become a new threat and challenge to both animals and human beings. This is the root of inspiration to change the way we consume, and how we use what we consume! 

DOCUMENTARIES: Plastic Ocean

TED TALKS: David Katz: Plastic Bank 

RESOURCES: Trash is Tossers // Zero Waste Home

 
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OCEANS

One of my biggest inspirations to start Good Livin' and This Amazing Planet, has been Sylvia Earle, a scientist and explorer, and research I have done on coral reefs, which was sparked by the documentary Chasing Coral. Even if you live in a landlocked state, you affect the ocean and the ocean affects you. It's a beautiful part of this planet and vital to our survival. It's a good place to start learning how to love the planet in new ways! 

DOCUMENTARIES:  Chasing Coral // Mission Blue  // Plastic Ocean

PODCASTS: ON BEING with Sylvia Earle // NPR's Environment Podcast

TED TALKS: Kristen Marhaver: Coral Reef // Laura Robinson

ORGANIZATIONS: Plastic Free July // Mission Blue // 4Oceans

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