4 Reasons to Remember Ecology Every Time You Use the Word “Eco”
4 Reasons to Remember Ecology Every Time You Use the Word “Eco”
Ecology is more than the term “eco” we throw around to define what we do to better the planet. I do it a lot. I’m not immune to ignorance. I am now discovering how serious and profound it is to believe that ecology is one of the essential parts of being human — our positive interaction with one another and to our physical surroundings.
Recently I was asked about my focus on ecology. I had to think for a moment. I use the term eco to define this blog so often I forget that the root of eco is ecology. I felt pretty silly, but I thought about it and considered the definition of ecology:
the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and their physical surroundings.
I came up with these four reasons to remember ecology every time we use the word eco. I find them to be less about biology and more about how we physically can make changes to work within nature. The topics consist of being conscious about where we spend money, why we should create things more often, understanding plastic plus the detrimental impact of its form and why we should buy used. I hope you enjoy it!
1. Money is Energy, Babe
While considering this definition significantly, I felt a new way of connecting to the idea of ecology itself. What I want to do with Assunta Elizabeth is to connect people, themselves, the decisions they make with the world on a global, conscious level. Our specific changes will only make a part in changing the world, but it is so necessary for the greater good of our relationship with our planet and others that also want to make a difference. It’s not the end all be all. I understand that laws need to be in place, that industries need to change. We have a duty though, and that duty is to consider every purchase we make.
When we start thinking of money as an energy exchange and not just a tool to buy us things with, we begin to consider how that energy affects others and ourselves. We can vote with our money every day. We also can create with the materials we already have. Creating saves us money. Buying local saves us time.
2. Time Invested in the Planet
The way I see it is, we as individuals, need a better understanding of how to make our lives more “eco”-friendly. We need to understand that once we start making our products and get real close to the sacred art of creating from what we have available to us, instead of just unconsciously purchasing products, we agree to the relationship ourselves and that health of our world — just swiping away out of convenience. By stopping this nonsense, this serious disconnect we can get creative and within the creation make changes. By making our bags with recycled fabric, cleaning products, sow holes in old clothing, we are choosing to be part of this planet. We become connected with nature. It becomes a lovely relationship with ourselves, the things we have and the world. It saves us money but takes time.
We live in a world where what we find in a convenience store is more than likely not helping us or our large, and in charge home, the planet. The earth will do just fine without us, and until we make massive changes on an individual level, I don’t believe we will survive as a species. A bit dark, I know.
I wrote two blog post all about making your cleaning products & my low-waste hair care routine — just a little inspiration for a low-waste method.
3. Plastic Might As Well Be From Hell 🔥
By dropping the plastic in our lives, that no longer serves us, we are discarding unnecessary waste in our life. Less trash in our lives means less trash in our minds.
Plastic has no place within ecology; it can’t work with our systems to break down and create a new life. It isn’t designed to become one with our soil, our oceans, our life. It was created to “protect” us, but it may very likely kill us. It does not breakdown in our lifetime, in the lifetime of our children, and might not collapse in our great grandchildren's lifetime. Guess what? Plastic is being produced every day on a global scale, and it isn’t going anywhere tomorrow. We must make choices today that limit the use of unnecessary plastic in our own life.
4. Used, baby, Used and Used
Another significant factor in low waste living and being more “eco”-friendly is by buying used. If you can’t make it or find it within the confines of a small business, buy it used. Clothing, kitchen essentials, anything you can think of you can probably buy it used. I’ll never forget bonding with a friend who said she was buying a broom off the marketplace app on Facebook. I was so happy to meet someone else who knew the importance of not purchasing things that already existed outside of a store.
When you buy things used you are saying eff you to corporate America. Which is pretty remarkable considering it is a huge reason we don’t have as many homemaking classes in schools anymore and that our education system has wholly derailed us from working with nature, creating our products and encouraging us to be critical thinkers.
This blog is where I encourage you, and me to get a hold of the idea that ecology is more than the term “eco” we throw around to define what we do to better our planet. I do it a lot. I’m not immune to ignorance. I am now discovering how serious and profound it is to believe that ecology is one of the essential parts of being human — our positive interaction with one another and to our physical surroundings.
To circle this around to greenwashing. There is a lot of products that have been labeled, “eco”-friendly. It is something that happens a lot where huge companies buy out smaller companies and sneak in toxic, harmful ingredients on our bodies and our planet but label them with the same terms like ‘natural’, ‘plant-based’, ‘green cleaning’ and in reality they have snuck harmful chemicals for both us and the planet within its formula.
I strongly encourage you to download the Think Dirty app. You can look up all your at home and beauty products and find out if the companies claiming to be “eco-friendly” and “natural” have deceived you.
To change the game we got to improve our relationships with what we buy and what we do with the things we already have. If you can make it, do it. If you want to support small businesses that value organic, non-toxic ingredients, do it. When we do either of these things, we are voting with our money. Which in some ways can be more potent than voting at elections (which is still essential, please always do that). I only say that because it is a vote we make every day. That is action at it’s finest. That can change the game down the line, especially if we rally together and start making these decisions in swarms. That is where real change lies.
Think local, think small businesses, think low impact. Purchase from companies built on the principles of authentic, organic beauty and cleaning products. Make it your goddamn, badass, conquering the system self. Either way, you're making a huge difference. You’ll change your world and by doing that you will change others. It is pretty amazing.
It’s up to you and me to believe in ecology. In terms of the word on a biological level, it is our nature to work together and support a healthy environment. To be “eco” is to be working with our planet.
How are you going to make changes in your life while considering ecology? I hope you feel inspired to mend some clothes, make some cleaning products, create some beauty products or support small, organic centered brands. Let me know what you think in the comments below.