I’m thankful to have this platform to express whatever I feel like. Ever since I deleted my Tumblr account, it hasn’t been the same. Facebook is OK, but it’s not always the best option to write long, thoughtful posts. Same goes for Instagram. I tend to express more through the ‘stories’ option, but even that is not very intuitive for long form thoughts.
I’m still getting used to Substack and I don’t know what direction I want to take with it, but I gotta say, it feels good to be able to write in this way again. I was a blogger, started in my youth with sites like Xanga. It’s also what got me into graphic and web design. From there, I learned how to run my own, actual website and even host some online/offline friends. That was the good ‘ole days!
Using Substack brings back those memories, minus the comments and being able to customize the look of my page. It’s all good, I’m pretty lazy these days to edit anything besides my website, which I’ve been itching to refresh.
Speaking of ‘refresh,’ I want to freshen up my Instagram feed. Maybe be a little more eco-conscious. A little more environment focused. I don’t know. I’ve already mass deleted my pictures a couple of times. The indecisive part of me jumps out when it comes to these things.
I’m on a slow low waste quest. Although it may seem like I just started, it’s actually been ingrained in me since I was young. Growing up Asian, you just learn to reuse stuff. Old towels become makeshift floor mats. Used up bottles become bottles for other stuff like oil or vinegar. Hand me down clothing becomes mine (ugh) (lol).
And then I made the big switch to cloth pads over 5 years ago. I honestly don’t remember how I came upon it, but it immediately struck me as a cool idea. It’s a little hard when it comes to traveling as I don’t like to bring my cloth pads with me, but now there’s a variety of disposable body/eco friendly cloth pad options that I could purchase solely for trips and won’t have to feel guilty for tossing them.
Most recently, I purchased low waste beauty products because I was tired of all the plastic bottles I own (and the fact that some products I’ve had sitting there for years). I like that they’re easy to travel with and they work just as good as the stuff that comes in plastic bottles. I also purchased a bamboo utensil set that came with a bamboo straw (which I learned is better for water and teas and not so much sugary stuff). I also now own a metal straw, mainly for my boba outings. And for awhile now, I’ve been using wooden combs over plastic combs/brush - wooden combs don’t cause static and it promotes healthier hair/scalp, so that was an easy switch!
Low waste isn’t about constantly buying, but I did actually need these products and I’ve been consistently using them. There’s still some things I’d like to switch out, namely in the kitchen like ziploc bags and plastic wrap because all that plastic is really unnecessary. Anyway, this is where I’m at right now and I don’t know if I want to become a ‘branded’ Instagrammer or stick to posting whatever I want and like since there are always many things happening and on my mind, not just low waste/environmental stuff.
Maybe I will use this newsletter to also write reviews for my low waste/body friendly products. Too bad I don’t have a ‘swipe up’ option on IG to lead people directly here. :T
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