5 Easy Ways to Go Green At Home!
Sonoran Blossom Tea Co is built off the belief that we are supposed to be good stewards of the planet. We do not venture into the political aspects of sustainability, global warming or climate change simply because the political approach to these issues are totally polarizing.
We believe that regardless of your political affiliation, everyone agrees that taking care of our environment is important.
But the data behind environmental stewardship is very clear. The majority of people, red or blue, young or old, male or female or other, do not subscribe to environmental efforts that require massive lifestyle change. We're OK reusing bags, but we're not OK having to sell off our cars or going 100% vegetarian with our diets.
Not that selling your car or being vegetarian is a bad thing. Because it's not. They are both great! But the reality is they aren't for everyone.
Sonoran Blossom Tea Co participate in environmental stewardship in two specific ways:
Source all of our products from sustainable farms, and only use recycled, recyclable, reusable and/or compostable packaging, print materials, etc.
Bringing awareness to sustainability by sharing ways to live a more sustainable life without having to sacrifice lifestyle, and without forcing people to pick a political side.
To that end, below is a list of 5 things you can do today to help care for our shared environment without having to sacrifice lifestyle. Give it a read and let us know what you think in the comments!
Buying local groceries is an easy way to make a huge impact! Most local grocery stores source their food products from local growers.
Locally sourced food cuts down on shipping waste, contributes to your local economy, and is often far more organic and healthy than buying bulk processed foods sold in chain stores.
It is a common misconception that local groceries are more expensive. But the reality is most modern markets have found a way to compete on price for their food products. But another issue often forgot is the financial impact of eating processed foods.
When eating meats and vegetables from corporate growers, you're pumping your body full of pesticides, steroids and other chemicals that can cause diseases such as cancer and diabetes and other diseases that will cost you far more time and money than eating a locally grown salad.
REPLACE ONE MEAL
You don't need to become a vegan in order to be a champion for the planet. Veganism and vegetarianism go a long way for helping our bodies and our planet. But the idea that you have to sacrifice your favorite steak, or give up on bacon is not grounded in reality.
If you're anything like us, you still want to enjoy eating meat. So don't sacrifice your burger unless you feel a personal conviction to doing so. And especially don't pressure others into making such a dramatic lifestyle change. This can lead to animosity between people, and is rarely productive.
Instead, try replacing one meal per week. Don't give up all the burgers, just one!
By replacing one meal per week you are supporting a healthier life, while reducing the demand for steroid filled meat products, and increasing demand for sustainably grown fruit and vegetables.
GET A SHOPPING BAG
Finding reusable shopping bags is easy and inexpensive. Sonoran Blossom Tea Co will soon be offering reusable shopping bags and will do it at a minimal cost. Not because we want to make money off bags (thats what our tea is for 😊), but because we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to be good stewards of our planet without sacrificing lifestyle.
But right now, most grocery stores offer reusable shopping bags, or you can purchase one online for a custom or prettier look. Remember, caring about our planet doesn't have to be boring 😉.
Not only are reusable bags easy to find, most stores will actually offer discounts for using them! If you live in California, it will cost you $0.10 to use a plastic bag. While $0.10 won't break the bank, over time it adds up. And when the alternative is simply using a reusable bag, it's a no brainer.
If you're afraid of forgetting your bag? Simply keep it in the back of your car!
Composting is an easy way to brighten up the yard, and reduce waste! Composting can be done indoor or out, is simple, and has many applications!
You can purchase any size trash bin from a local vendor. Take it home, drill holes in the side, and find a place in the backyard or back patio to store it.
Banana peels, avocado seeds, egg shells, fruit and vegetable clippings are all compostable!
Once a month or so, give your compost bin a good turning with a shovel to keep everything fresh.
You can use your composted, organic material to fertilize your grass, to provide nutrients to a garden, or to nourish your house plants! Compost will make any and all plants bigger, brighter, and greener!
DRINK MORE TEA
Drinking more tea is healthy for the body. Studies are beginning to uncover teas potential for fighting cancers, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and general health.
Chalk full of antioxidants, tea has well documented health benefits including improved brain function, heart health, reducing anxiety and depression, and more.
All gourmet tea, and all tea sold at Sonoran Blossom Tea Co is sustainably grown and sourced, organic, and packaged in sustainable, recyclable, reusable or compostable materials.