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.
We have a problem of systemic racism in America. For me, it has been watching this crisis through the lens of parenthood that has struck me the most. I don’t think I fully realized the burden that my fellow parents need to bear when they are parenting Black children.
The question I’m pondering this week is around willpower. Although there is a lot of confusing nutrition information out there, generally we know that we need to avoid refined sugars, toxic oils and processed foods. But despite being armed with all the latest research and knowledge, why is it still so hard to make the right food choices sometimes?
How are you doing? I’m feeling a little burst of positivity this week as things are slowly starting to feel a bit more normal. We have seen a few more friends and family members (from afar) and the local Starbucks in my town re-opened this week (major development). And generally, I’m a little less nervous about going to the pharmacy and the supermarket. But as I've been moving about in public a bit more I've had a lot more interactions with strangers while wearing a mask. And, it's made me think about how we treat each other in this new world.