Did you know that in the United States alone we use 500 million plastic straws per day?
Like many others, I've been slowly seeing how much of an impact our small actions can have. I’m behind the eight ball again on this one but I’m seeing how our personal wellness and the wellness of our world are one in the same. And our actions affect our food sources and what we’re putting in our bodies. Environmental waste, particularly from plastic, affects our oceans and soil and therefore all the seafood, meat and even plants that we eat. Our food is literally contaminated with toxic chemicals from plastic.
Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to make tiny changes to go green in my everyday. I know that they seem small, but collectively our actions add up. Here are a couple of changes I've made:
Swapping my Starbucks paper cup and plastic cap for a reusable one (you can purchase it at the counter for $2)
Unplugging my computer and phone chargers when I'm not using them
Buying fashion basics (think slow fashion, not fast fashion) from more sustainable apparel brands like Reformation or Everlane and making sure that my old clothes are recycled in some way, shape or form. (Apparently the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world behind the oil and gas industry!)
Oh, and refusing plastic straws everywhere I go. As our customers know, Kosterina EVOO is bottled in beautiful glass bottles that that can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. They make a nice kitchen or table accessory too.
Olive Oil Sommelier Katerina Mountanos, is the Founder & CEO of Kosterina Olive Oil, which produces 100% organic, extra virgin olive oil from Greece sold directly to consumers online. Katerina is an ecommerce expert and has built beauty, home and wellness businesses for Amazon, Jet, and Walmart. She founded beauty services company, Manicube, which was sold to The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden in 2015. Katerina is very passionate about olive oil, the Mediterranean diet and eating for health and longevity.
It was the story of this researcher who discovered oleocanthal, one of the polyphenol compounds found in extra virgin olive oil, that made me want to launch Kosterina. My goal is to educate the US consumer on the incredible benefits of true extra virgin olive oil and tune them into the difference between the good stuff and what they’re typically finding on the supermarket shelf.
Do you want to know how your lifestyle habits will affect your longevity? Last month I wrote about Blue Zones-- 5 areas of the world that have a higher than average population of centenarians (people who live to be over 100). And now the Blue Zones Project has a developed a quick test to determine your life expectancy.