Moving to San Francisco has really inspired me to minimize my consumption of junk and wasteful products. I wrote a blog post about Ridding your life of stuff earlier this year which ties really well into this post.
I love that this city cares so much about recycling, composting and being eco friendly. It’s been a huge eye opener to me and lately I’ve been doing so much research on sustainability, eco friendly products and ways to minimize waste. I’m not perfect so I will not feel guilt for forgetting to take my grocery bags to the store one time but I will start making a conscious effort to remember to bring my reusable items.
Here are a few changes I plan to make…
- Grocery bags – I brought my reusable bags from Miami to San Francisco because I knew that anywhere in this city charges you $0.10 for a bag, which is not a lot but once you start adding it up it can definitely be an expense. These are the ones I use and I absolutely love them. *Note to self: put a bag in my gym bag in case I have to go to the store after work!
- Water bottles/Coffee thermos – I take my insulated water bottle every where with me, I never buy water bottles. However, I need to do a better job of bringing a coffee thermos with me everywhere I go. I realized that my morning/afternoon coffee runs always involve a plastic cup and now Peet’s Coffee has gotten pretty serious about handing out plastic straws to it’s customers. So a big thank you to Peet’s for encouraging me to bring my metal straw and thermos with me.
- Makeup/Skin/Hair products – In today’s world we are constantly bombarded with all these advertisements for products that most of the time don’t even work. I wholeheartedly admit that I will go on big Sephora hauls and just buy anything and everything because I watched countless YouTube videos on products that will make my hair shinier, frizz free, glowing skin, etc. When I moved from my apartment in Miami, I realized I was collecting all these products that I never finished and didn’t even make a change in my appearance. For now, I’ll stick to 4-5 products total because really that’s all you need. Your skin doesn’t need 100 products applied to it everyday in my opinion. I am a huge fan of Bioclarity, it’s a plant based skin line, I have four of their products and that’s literally all I use other than sunscreen on my face.
- House Decor – This is my favorite and hardest of all. If you know me, you know how much I have always loved interior design and home decor. Now that we moved into a furnished apartment (momentarily) in San Francisco, I’ve had to be very conscious of not buying any home decor no matter how much I really love something. I live in a small studio which little to no space for additional knick knacks and because i’ve moved different cities/states for the past 5 years, I really don’t want to accumulate more house items. Plus who needs different colored pillows for every season?
Are you minimal? If so, how do minimize where you currently live?