Guest Feature by Tasneem, AllBambu
You may remember receiving an allBambu product in your Loti Box this month. As a forefront in sustainable innovations, we invited allBambu to tell us a little bit about how we, as a community, can incorporate easy & simple sustainable practices into our day-to-day lives.
allBambu - What We Are about
At allBambu, we strive to be at the forefront of sustainability, always. We not only have interesting and innovative green living bamboo products but we also make our products with love and care for the planet. Our products offer a great alternative to plastic, which usually ends up in our oceans & landfills.
Furthermore, we aim to make vegan and organic eco-friendly products accessible to adults & kids at cost-effective prices. Our diverse product line meets a variety of needs of the consumers and having industry gold standard certifications from Leaping Bunny, PETA, Vegan Organization, Health Canada and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which gives customers confidence in the product’s value and safety.
The materials and packaging used in our products are also ethically sourced in an effort to reduce the environmental impact. Let’s join the green movement together and “Be a part of the solution not part of the pollution!”
What is Sustainability?
“Sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources.”
There are three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economical development.
Environmental sustainability is a responsible interaction with the environment to avoid depletion or degradation of natural resources and allow for long-term environmental quality1. Here are some thought starters:
- Reduce carbon footprint and pollution
- Minimize waste generation
- Protect and restore the health of natural habitats
- Switch to renewable resources
The social aspect of sustainability focuses on balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the group.
Here are some thought starters:
- Giveback (donations)
- Practice Fair Trade
- Promote Equal Opportunity
- Provide an opportunity to learn (Education)
- Planning and building of communities for sustainable living
Economic sustainability is used to define strategies that promote the utilization of socio-economic resources to their best advantage.
Here are some thought starters:
- Implement cost-saving ideas
- Create Jobs through the introduction of innovative technologies
- Maintain supply and demand chain
- Ways to be more energy efficient
- Promote incentives & subsidies that encourage sustainable practices.
How to incorporate sustainability in our day-to-day life?
We all know that brands are now being held accountable for implementing sustainability practices across their products and services. However, it’s up to us as a community to do the same. We are living in a critical time, where the global supply of natural resources is declining dramatically, while the demand for these resources is ever increasing.
So, here are some examples of areas where you can incorporate sustainability into your daily lives easily and effectively:
Practice minimalism: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
- Walk, bike or carpool to work
- Use eco-friendly green products as much as possible
- Unplug devices when not in use
- Buy products with less or recyclable packaging
- Ditch plastic and switch to reusable alternatives
- Carry your own reusable shopping bags
Coronavirus and Sustainability
The pandemic may have altered our everyday sustainability practices, but there are still ways to live a sustainable lifestyle during these uncertain times.
- Wear a reusable mask
- Use reusable grocery bags and containers
- Buy in bulk when you can to minimize grocery store visits
- Declutter & clean your space and donate what you do not need
- Invest your free time volunteering at sustainable & environmental organization
- Try new recipes that are meatless or more sustainable
- Support local sustainable brands
5 Life Lessons Recovery Taught Me
I want to share with you 5 life lesson recovery taught me. In the last several years, I have become very grateful for the lessons. I’ve also come to learn that there aren’t any ‘normal’ people who just glide through. We numb out things in all kinds of ways from binge-watching Netflix, to shopping, to sugar to anything else that helps you avoid your own life. So, even if you don’t struggle with alcohol, perhaps these life lessons will also ring true for you.
- Love Yourself
Being kind and loving ourselves is the best thing we can do for ourselves. I mean really loving all of it – loving yourself no matter what. This can be the toughest thing to do and sometimes it’s best to just start gently. Look at yourself in the mirror and be kind. Notice what activities, people and environments feel nourishing and include more of those in your daily life. Above all, pay close attention to the running commentary in your mind and shift it from mean and judgemental to kinder, compassionate and forgiving. Loving ourselves is like a big hug for our wholeness – embracing all of us – and then, choosing to show up in the world as the fullest expression of ourselves. Let’s abandon perfection and choose to show up rooted in our values and be real.
- Being Intentional
To me, being intentional means we choose how we want to show up in the world. For example, I want to be kinder, I want to be open and I want to cultivate joy. When I choose my intentions then, I can align my actions. It’s about being an activist in our own lives and choosing to show up very mindfully. It is the antidote to life on autopilot. It will take sufficient energy and attention to get out of your patterns but, all of a sudden, life becomes so much richer, meaningful and fulfilling. Being intentional is about creating the experience you want to live into.
- Choose Joy
When we choose joy, I think we are showing a real reverence for this life. I believe that we are meant to be happy and to celebrate our time here. Is life perfect and hassle-free? Of course not. However, if we take life’s hardships and use them to learn and grow, there’s joy in that. Also, choosing joy doesn’t mean being naively happy all the time. Choosing joy means taking the next action that will align us with our most joyful life. That might mean doing something tough, having a difficult conversation or taking a break. What action is going to connect you to your most rooted, true and joyful life? Finally, joy is not meant for other people or some far off moment in the future, it’s meant for now. Regularly connecting to joy is what will create a truly joyful life.
- Let Go of Shame
A significant step is to let go of shame. This is a big one and I should know because I had a lot of it! There can be things we regret or that caused us deep pain. It can also take a while to really work through these. I’m not saying it’s easy but, I’m telling you it’s worth it. Shame keeps us small and trapped. When we own our experiences and choose to learn from them, that is the true power of transformation. We need to take the lessons and move forward. We use this as a catalyst for a new way of being and showing up in the world. That is where the magic happens.