New Year, New You: Reducing the Waste We Make in 2019

I think it’s safe to say that we all want to make the world a better place, as vague of a desire as that is. Through your support of No Ordinary Women, you are already improving the lives (and livelihoods) of a community of women in Kenya! But if you’re looking for more action items you can take, I’ve got a few suggestions for 2019.

You’ve likely seen images similar to this one of a beach in Egypt, or of masses of plastic waste floating through the ocean, or of seagulls, turtles, jellyfish, seahorses, etc caught in six-pack rings/plastic bags/straws/bottles/etc... the sights are disturbing and overwhelming. Disturbing because you look at them and can almost recognize your own personal waste in them (is that the water bottle I drank from the other day? Is that the straw I used?) and overwhelming because the problem seems so massive that it’s hard to know where to start to make it right.

Here’s where I suggest you start: acknowledge your role in this as a consumer; accept your guilt but instead of wallowing in it, use it to motivate you; And, more importantly, recognize that we’re all in this together.