Celebrating Diva becoming a Certified B Corp!

You may be asking; What is B Corp and why is it important?

As the category leader in the menstrual care industry, Diva International Inc., makers of the DivaCup, are doing something revolutionary. Becoming a certified B Corporation was the next step for a company that is viewed as one that challenges the status quo by redefining the experience of menstruation, with comfort, health and sustainability in mind. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

B Corp is important for DivaCup because as a leader in the menstrual cup category and key player in the menstrual movement, we have a responsibility to you (our community) and the planet to be the absolute best. B Corp gives us the platform to be transparent and accountable. We have been doing the right things for a while, but now we have the ability to demonstrate it and something keeping us accountable to ensure we keep doing the good work we are doing.

Who is Diva as a B Corp?:

With over 2400 B Corps, spanning across 50 countries and 140 industries, B Corps meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. As a B Corp, Diva International Inc. is more than a business. We are part of a global movement of like-minded people who are using business as a  force for good™. Being a B Corp is not only about being the best in the world, but also the Best for the World®. We encourage and mobilize change from within our organizational walls.

“Being part of a global movement of purpose-driven companies that are changing the world, is our vision for Diva. This is why we voice environmental sustainability through both our product and our own company standards.”
Carinne Chambers-Saini CEO and Co-Founder Diva International Inc.

What is a B Corp?:

Think of it this way. Being B Corp Certified is like receiving a Fair Trade certification but for the whole business, not just a bag of coffee. B Corps must adhere to higher standards of how business is done. Performance is measured through a comprehensive auditing process that evaluates a company’s impact on all its stakeholders (e.g. workers, suppliers, community, customers and the environment). Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on their shareholders, but also on their stakeholders. The B Impact Assessment looks at Governance, Workers, Customers, Community and Environment.

When does B Corp accountability take a rest?:

Easy answer: it doesn’t. As a Certified B Corporation, the accountability and practice of certification never takes a break. It is not a sometimes, or quarterly initiative, it is an everyday thing. Considering the impact of our decisions and how they will influence everyone, and everything, is top of mind.

Where are these ‘B Corps’?:

B Corps are all around us, in over 50 countries around the world. They represent a variety of industries (over 140) who together are leading a global movement and call to action for businesses to be the best they can for the world. Chances are you have a B Corp near you or that some of brands you love (like the DivaCup) are a Certified B Corporation. Since B Corps keep “good” company with other B Corps, the change we seek® can be seen everywhere.

Certified B Corporations are committed to ensuring that everything we do meets the highest standards of verified performance, transparency, and accountability. We are not in this alone, over 2,400 like-minded businesses are doing the same thing and helping to keep each other accountable. It is about a collective impact doing good, helping to make everything better for everyone involved.

Why did Diva want this certification?:

We became a Certified B Corporation because we’re doing something revolutionary. If you’re a DivaCup user, you’re no stranger to the fact that we are challenging the status quo and have found a better way to care for your period. Not only are we a leader within the category, but we feel a sense of responsibility to take that further. And more importantly, this translates into empowerment for society, the environment, individuals within our organization and of course, all who experience a period.

How does B Corp come into play?:

Diva International Inc. was certified by the non-profit B Lab which helps businesses meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.

To become a Certified B Corporation an organization needs to complete the B Impact Assessment and earn a minimum score of 80 out of 200. If a score of 80 or higher is achieved, an organization is then required to undergo an audit of the assessment. This comprehensive audit evaluates impact in terms of governance, workers, consumer, community and environment. The measure of impact was developed by an independent, third-party Standards Advisory Council. After the audit, an organization must sign the B Corp Declaration of Independence and Term Sheet. While this may seem as the last step in the certification process, it is really just the beginning of the B Corp journey. B Corps must continue to practice out this commitment to be better in everything they do, every day.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

1. Good bye high chafing!

As the warm summer months roll around, bare legs plus the heat of the day can result in the inevitable: the dreaded chafing. The solution, deodorant, yes that’s right, deodorant! Simply roll deodorant on your inner thighs in the morning and presto, chafing gone. Try making this all natural DIY deodorant this summer.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

2. Dry shampoo it up!

Another summer must have, dry shampoo. This product can be a life saver, no matter the time of year, but with the summer heat and sweat, it’s a must have necessity.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

3. Too much sun? Aloe ice cubes to the rescue!

Missed a few spots with your sunscreen and feeling the burn? A great solution is to pour aloe into an ice cube tray, freeze it and use them to soothe your skin.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

4. Keep it colorful!

Sun, salt water, and chlorine can seriously damage your hair, especially your hair color. Keep your locks healthy and vibrant with just a spritz of apple cider vinegar prior to sun exposure.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

5. Frizz be gone!

Two words, coconut oil! It’s a wondrous solution for so many beauty needs including keeping your frizz under control. Just mix up equal parts coconut and avocado oil together and spritz into the ends of your hair. Another great option is to use coconut oil as a hair mask to add extra moisture before washing it out in the shower.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

6. Baby powder sand repellant.

It often feels like you trek the whole beach home in your bathing suit, honestly, where does it all come from?! Leave the sand at the beach with one simple product, baby powder. Sprinkle powder on your feet, legs, and body and you’ll be able to wipe all the sand off immediately.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

7. DIY overnight sunburn remedy.

Make this all-natural sunburn remedy with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil to give your skin some much needed TLC. Leave it on overnight and your skin will feel good as new.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

8. Beachy Waves.

You gotta love that beach wave summer look. You can sport the look yourself with just a simple headband. Give this trick a try by following just a few effortless steps.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

9. Get the “cool” nail look!

Trying to get a cute manicure in this summer heat? Try first storing your polish in the fridge, The cold polish will go on more smoothly. And if you’re in a rush, dunk your freshly painted fingers in some cold water for three minutes to make sure everything is set.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

10. Go string free with The DivaCup this summer!

With all these fun beauty hacks out there, how could we not include The DivaCup in the mix! Lose those uncomfortable pads and tampons this summer and embrace a comfortable alternative that you can wear for every summer activity.

Diva Summer to do list

#DivaSummer To Do List

Burned through your summer event calendar and have #NoNewPlans? Let’s see if you’ve marked these fun ideas off your list yet.

Diva Summer to do list

Weekend Trip to A Neighboring Town

Go explore! You never know what cute little boutiques or walking trails could be just a short drive away.

Diva Summer to do list

Bungee Jumping

Because why not!

Diva Summer to do list

Summer Camping Trip

I know, so original, but why not do it glamping style and make it a fun girls weekend?!

Diva Summer to do list

Guided Tour of Your Own City

You could find chocolate, beer and wine and food tours all close to home.

Diva Summer to do list

Theme Park Day

It’s roller coaster and junk food time!

Diva Summer to do list

Hot Air Balloon Ride

You’ll get some amazing Instagram-worthy pics.

Diva Summer to do list

Stargazing

Relax and just appreciate.

Diva Summer to do list

Berry Picking

Whatever your choice berry, summer has them all. You might end up eating more there than you take home.

Diva Summer to do list

Drive-in Movie

Double feature with all the popcorn you want!

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

6 WOMYN | 60 DAYS | 6 RIVERS | 60°NORTH

Where does your sense of adventure take you?

For example, a hike along a new trail, off road to a secluded camp site, or maybe a canoe trip to the Arctic Ocean?! The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60 , an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The team will be travelling more than a thousand kilometers through the remote and expansive waters of Canada, leading them to the Arctic Ocean. In support of their journey, The Diva Team has provided them with DivaCups and DivaWash.

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Route

The plan is to paddle a previously unconnected canoe route; 1,200 kilometers from the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada’s Northwest Territories to Nunavut’s Coronation Gulf. The route will take the paddlers through the Keele River, Mackenzie River, Great Bear River, Great Bear Lake, Sloan River, Hook River and Coppermine River. Each of these women have experienced first hand the transformative power of the wilderness. They are nature lovers, with their time often spent enjoying the beauty and solitude of the wilderness. It is their hope that this all-female canoe trip can have an inspirational effect for young women and ignite the confidence and perseverance required to be a young explorer today. This expedition aims to show young girls that they too can explore the outdoors, get dirty, and tackle daunting, physical challenges, just as well as boys.

While The DivaCup will be new to some of the team members, a few have experienced all the wonderful benefits this product offers. Curious about how The DivaCup holds up in the wild? Lindsay and Marissa have some insight for you.

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Lindsay Wiebold

Avid Canoeist/Backpacker/Professional Ski Patroller/Graduate of University of Colorado – B.A. Geography
I’ve been going on extended canoe trips for the last eight summers. The summer I bought a DivaCup, my camping experience changed completely. Rather than carrying around a giant bag of tampons and another bag for my waste, I now carry around that tiny purple cloth bag and a bottle of cleaner. Not only does The DivaCup decrease the amount of waste I have to pack out, but it also means I no longer have to put bleached cotton inside my body on a regular basis. These two things I feel healthy and happy about.

Since buying The DivaCup, I’ve never been in that awkward situation of having to ration tampons. You know, that thought when you think it’s time to change it, but you know it has to last another two hours? Not with The DivaCup! I simply make a trip to the bathroom, or behind a tree somewhere if I’m camping, and pour it out. Easy as that! 

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Marissa Sieck

Long Distance Canoer/ Mountaineer/River Guide/Youth Worker/Graduate of University of Colorado – B.A. International Affairs and Spanish
“I love The DivaCup. I first bought The DivaCup in response to the amount of waste tampons produced. In my time using it, The DivaCup has changed my relationship to my cycle! A person once told me that you have not known the earth until you have bled on it. This is something that I take to heart when using The DivaCup. I often feed my iron-rich cycle to the earth and the plants around me as an offering of respect. I also feel using the menstrual cup has revolutionized how my friends and I talk about our periods, opening a dialogue that feels empowering! The DivaCup is convenient, sustainable and an accessible alternative to pads and tampons! Thanks DivaCup. I recommend you to all humans that menstruate!”

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

With this canoe trip, these bold women want to bring the beauty of nature to others. Additionally, they hope to spark new adventures for women by raising awareness and funds for the leadership program at the all-girls canoeing camp, Ogichi Daa Kwe. The camp is a wilderness-tripping and community-based summer camp in Minnesota that strives to develop strong, confident, female leaders. Join their journey and mission by donating to their cause today!

Learn more about the 6 North of 60 team on their website! You can also follow their journey on Facebook and Instagram.

7 Environmental Changes You Can Make

If you have already made the switch to The DivaCup, you may have made it for any variety of reasons. Maybe you were excited about the cost-savings or the 12 hours of leak-free protection, or maybe (like many of us) you found disposables bulky and uncomfortable and knew that there had to be a better way. Whatever your reasoning may have been, many of our Divas really start to notice the big environmental changes they are making by ditching the disposables. It is one small change, but it makes a HUGE difference. Here is a list of other changes you can make in your life that help reduce your environmental footprint. Though it may not feel realistic to tackle them all just yet, even doing one or two of them can make a positive change.

1) Buy Vintage and Donate!
When it’s time to pick out some clothes or a cute outfit for an event, why not make the stylish and eco-friendly choice of buying vintage. Buying vintage is definitely the most stylish form of recycling! When you purchase something vintage, you are saving money, reducing the eco-footprint, and resources used up in new clothes production, processing and shipping. You also have a much better chance of finding a one-of-a-kind outfit that can really showcase your personal style. When you are done with clothes, be sure to donate them (or trade or sell them)! Someone will love your old treasures just as much as you did!

2) Go Bagless
So replacing plastic bags has definitely become a thing in various parts of the world where it is encouraged to bring and use reusable bags for purchases (like groceries), but why not take it a step further? Even though many of us may use reusable bags for our groceries, we still often grab the thin plastic produce bags, or perhaps small bags for bulk items, but did you know there are reusable options for all of these? It’s true. There are reusable produce bags made from materials like canvas, muslin, or mesh and you can use reusable containers in lieu of snack bags! Many bulk stores will also allow you to bring your own containers instead of using bags.

3) Replace your commute with a greener option
There are many green options for getting to work or school. If you are a commuter, with a long daily drive to the office, why not try looking into carpooling, the train, or busing? Long drives can be painful, boring, and tiring as well as come at a horrendous cost environmentally and to your wallet with the ever-climbing prices for gas. For many of us buying an electric car, or a hybrid, isn’t realistic. Sharing the ride can be a lot more social and environmental as can forgoing the car completely for some form of public transport. If you live close to work/school, you might enjoy walking, biking or skateboarding to get you there and back.

4) Reduce Chemical Use
When cleaning the house, your clothes, or even yourself, there are many options available naturally or commercially that help reduce the use of harmful chemicals. This is both healthier for you as well as better for the environment. As the cleaners we use wash down the drain and are flushed down the toilets, they can enter our waterways which can affect the quality of drinking water as well as compromise aquatic ecosystems. Other cleansers can contaminate our air quality and contribute to greenhouse gases. For these reasons it is important to read the label and be cognizant of what you are using to clean yourself and your surroundings. There are also many natural options for cleaning, such as vinegar, lemon, baking soda etc. There are a ton of articles online that can give you some tips to get started! Remember, DivaWash is a great option as a body wash and face wash… and guess what? It is 100% plant based!

5) Buy local
Buying local fruits and veggies is a great option for so many reasons! Not only are you supporting local farms, and the local economy but this deliciously green alternative has some amazing environmental benefits. By buying local produce, you are also cutting down on the fuel used in transporting, processing, and packaging the produce. This added to the fact that local product can ripen naturally rather than on a truck, boat, or plane, means that your food will taste better as well.

6) Replace paper products
If you ever break it down and think about how much paper products you might use, it can honestly be a little be daunting, but there are a ton of greener options that can replace these. Paper towels may make life easier sometimes, but a reusable microfiber cloth can replace most of these instances (and they work better), writing notes and shopping lists on a piece of paper can similarly be replaced with keeping them on your phone, or tablet (if you have one), even napkins at the dinner table can be replaced with reusable cloths which will elevate your entertaining and feel much nicer as well. Try reducing your paper use and make sure to recycle or compost (in the case of paper towel and tissue use) what you do use.

7) Ditch the Disposables
Did you know that close to 20 billion sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators are dumped in North American landfills each and every year? If you are already one of our Divas then you know how good it feels to not have to worry about disposing (or purchasing!) pads and tampons by using The DivaCup. If you are still sitting on the fence about making the switch, then this may be the day to remember how much you will be reducing your eco-footprint and how much waste you will be diverting from landfills by switching to a reusable period care option!

Take a hike!

“Walking: the most ancient and still the best modern exercise.” – Carrie Latet

Hiking is an amazing past time that so few individuals embrace. It’s almost as if that love we had for traipsing around outside when we were kids is lost in our adult lives. That need to explore nature seems to change in to a need to work, study and just generally adult. Not as much fun, right? Well, as a college student who works, lives on her own and attends full-time courses, my life didn’t involve much nature. But, there was one thing it did involve a lot of: stress. Stress is the biggest struggle in my life, and I think it’s the same for many others. I had tried many ways to handle stress — from yoga and meditation to exercise and diet changes — but the problem was, I could never find the time to do everything in a week. I didn’t have time to take both a yoga and HIIT class and fit in a meditation session as well. I was trying all these different things, and they do work, but they were not becoming a consistent part of my life like I wanted. The solution came to me from my roommate, who is a personal trainer. She recommended that I try hiking! She explained to me that the outdoor exercise from hiking up and down hills is often a better exercise than gym cardio training. This got me doing a bit more research on the concept and I realized just how many benefits to hiking there are! I decided to give it a try and over the last month, I have made it my goal to go for a hike at lease once a week. Here is what I learned:

You will feel happier
Hiking is a great way to deal with stress and to forget about your worries as you focus on what’s around you and the end goal of completing the trail. I found that hiking once a week helped me with my stress and depression as it took me away from daily distractions and technology and allowed me to connect with myself and nature. It’s a combination of meditation and exercise that leaves me happy and at peace.

You will enjoy nature
Being in nature gives us the opportunity to explore, be adventurous and feel free. In our everyday lives, there is so much that is controlled and scheduled. I found that taking the time to appreciate nature and explore it can have amazing benefits on your outlook on life.

You will get exercise
Hiking is an excellent form of exercise as you tromp along the trails, up and down hills and over uneven ground. You burn a high number of calories and build muscle as you go along. After an hour hike I feel limber and refreshed. Another great benefit is the decrease of blood pressure and cholesterol.

You will boost your creativity
Hiking is a great way to boost your creativity. Often halfway through a work day I would get a French vanilla to try and keep myself alert and focused. Instead of doing that I tried going for a quick hike over my lunch hour. The affects were amazing, I could take a break, organize my thoughts, wake myself up and increase my attention span. When I got back from my hike, I found myself more focused and productive than I usually am in the afternoons.

You will find your sense of adventure
One benefit of hiking that I found rather unexpected was a new sense of adventure. I would set a start and end destination for my hike, but I often found myself going further or changing course because I wanted to check something out that looked interesting. Hiking is a great time to just take things as they come and not worry about following an exact plan. Now as I am saying this, I am not telling you to go off into a dense part of the wood or up a forgotten trail without any precautions. I go into a bit more detail below, but make sure you are well prepared and that you use common sense. Hiking, while very beneficial does come with its risks. I almost always go hiking with a buddy and I have my phone with me in case of emergencies.

You will foster relationships
Finally, another great benefit is that you get to meet new people who are out enjoying the same things you are. You already have one common interest, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation. You can meet some great people while hiking and if that’s one of your goals, I would recommend getting involved with a hiking group. I found some great ones online and they were very welcoming and helpful as I started my hiking journey.

It’s a combination of so many different benefits that make hiking so good for your body, mind and soul.

Are you interested in hiking?
Here are a few recommendations I have as a novice hiker:
Start small. Hiking can be intimidating, so start with a short trail in an area that you are familiar with.
Prepare for the worst. Depending on how long your hike is and where you are make sure you carry your phone, water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. Also, make sure, you are in a good pair of closed toe hiking shoes or boots.
Pack lightly. You don’t want a huge backpack weighing you down but make sure you have important things: like water, a compass, and anything you made need for your personal comfort or safety. Remote or longer hike will require a different kind of pack than short or close to home hikes.
Overestimate your trail time. I make sure I have my phone with me (although usually on airplane mode) so that I can keep track of the time.
Don’t ignore your own backyard. You can find some great trails in the middle of the city, or just on the outskirts. Try walking around your neighborhood, you might be surprised.
Use the buddy system. I would recommend hiking with a partner, it keeps you safe and is a fun time to socialize.

10 Jarring Ideas

Mason jars are the best and we crafters and passionate recyclers are always finding new uses for them. Here are a list of ideas:

  1. Mason Jars make trendy drinking glasses.
  2. They can be used as vases for fresh cut flowers.
  3. They can be used for taking snacks to work or school.
  4. Set the mood by decorating your mason jar and placing a tea light inside.
  5. Label and use to store your dried goods like: flour, sugar, oats, rice etc.
  6. Make your own old fashioned candy jars by filling with sweet treats and decorating appropriately.
  7. Make your own at home spa, by using mason jars to store makeup brushes, sponges, cotton swabs, and even bath products like body scrubs, creams, and Epson salts.
  8. Use for office or desk organization as they are perfect for storing pens, pencils, rulers, paper clips, etc.
  9. Entertaining? Mason jars are great for sending home party gifts! Just fill with cookies, treats, or even be a bit silly and make your own bubble blowing solution to send home with your party guests.
  10. Turn your used mason jars into homemade snow globes! Glue figurines to the inside of the metal cap. Fill the jar with water (don’t forget the sparkles!), seal tightly and soon you will have the kitty cat, puppy, superhero, farm animal, pop culture, or holiday (the options are limitless!) snow globes you’ve been waiting for!

For more creative ideas on what to do with your mason jars be sure to check crafting sites and social networks like Pinterest!

Top 8 Repurposes for Disposables

Today’s the day. You finally made the switch to The DivaCup and are overly excited to start on your eco-friendly journey! The only problem? What do you do with your unused disposable fem care products? No worries! Our team has you covered with the top 8 repurposes for your unused disposables. 🙂

#1: Donate, donate, donate!
The first and most important step you should take when deciding on what to do with your unused disposable products is to donate them. Find a local charity, homeless shelter or women’s organization that is willing to take your disposable products. Not only are you saving the landfills, you’re helping menstruating people in need*.

#2: Nosebleed? No problem
Do you experience frequent nosebleeds that keep you stranded in the bathroom for 20 minutes, leaving the bathroom looking like a scene from a horror movie? Your old tampons can help! Take the tampon out of the applicator and put it in your nose to help absorb all of the blood. This will allow you to get your work done without having to worry about the mess.

#3: Makeup applicator/ beauty blender
Beauty blenders can be pricey and overrated. Now’s the time to take advantage of your unused tampons. Like a recent viral video illustrated, you can take the tampon out of the applicator and use it as a beauty blender. Apply your foundation to the tampon and distribute it in the specific areas. Watch and learn here.

#4: A Handy and Discrete Wallet
Going out for a night on the town or traveling to a foreign place? Hide your money and valuables in an unused pad wrapper. Remove the pad from the wrapper, without tearing the wrapper. Staple the sides of the wrapper, while leaving the top open. Store any light valuables in the wrapper and store in your purse or pocket.

#5: Absorbing Foot Pads
When it comes to washing the floors, the list of tools you need in order to complete the job is endless. With your unused pads, washing floors just got easier. Wash your floors with your preferred solution and mop. To absorb the residue, stick your unused pads to the bottom of a clean shoe or slipper and drag your feet across the affected area. Voilà, clean floors while having fun. Involve the family! Even the kids may enjoy skating through the house on pads, making cleanup a breeze and fun family activity.

#6: Backups
By now you should be DivaCup obsessed and all of your friends and family should be tired of hearing you brag about this life-changing product. But, you may have a few friends that refuse to give it a try (they are really missing out!). Store some unused pads and tampons in a spot where your friends can easily have access to the products if need be.

#7: Crafts
Your unused disposables can make for great holiday crafts. Grab some art supplies (googly eyes, food coloring, sparkles, etc.) and head to Pinterest for some fun and silly holiday craft ideas! Deck the halls with pads and tampons!

#8: Hair curlers
Who knew that your unused tampons could double as hair curlers? Well, now you do! If you’re looking to rock that ‘beached-wave look’ remove the tampon from the applicator and take smaller sections of hair and wrap the hair around the tampon. Just as you would with any other curling device. You can pin the tampons to the hair for more of a tight curl. Check out a tutorial here.

Do you have any tips for repurposing unused disposables? If so, share them with our team!

*Diva International Inc. donates to a number of organizations and shelters. Though, The DivaCup may seem like the best option for donations, it is not always feasible as The DivaCup needs proper education as well as care and cleaning amenities. Check out some of our initiatives here.

 

 

A Diva’s Eco Journey

March 1st: The Beginning
I have thought to myself more than once, I really should do more to help the environment. But then, life gets in the way and I end up forgetting about it until the next time the issue comes to the front of my mind. It’s a cycle that just keeps repeating. But this month, in celebration of Earth Day, I am hoping to make some real environmental changes to my life.
That’s why for the next month I will be experimenting with several new environmentally friendly tricks to help reduce my eco-footprint. I plan to start off with baby steps and see if I can eventually get myself running on this eco-journey.

March 4th: Getting Things Started
It has been a few days since I made my eco-resolution and so far, I have put a few of my plans into action. One of my biggest resolutions is that I want to enjoy nature more and get more active at the same time. I want to do this by committing to going hiking at least once a week. I also ordered a free Discovery Pass online, if you are a Canadian citizen, I recommend ordering one! It gives you free access to every national park in Canada for 2017 in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday. I made it through my first hike this week, as I visited my folks out in the country and went traipsing through the fields. It was a great hour hike and left my muscles feeling well worked and my mind relaxed. Enjoying nature is a great way to remind yourself why it is so important to preserve and protect the beautiful world we share. Getting out into nature is also great for your physical as well as mental health.
Another step I took on my eco-journey was buying a good reusable water bottle. I have always told myself to drink more water and so I bought one with measurements on it, to help me keep track. With this, I have decided not to buy any plastic water bottles and I am giving up buying soda bottles as well.

March 8th: Garbage Troubles
One of the biggest environmental improvements I wanted to make in my life was my waste management. I wanted to improve how much waste I composted and recycled vs how much I threw out. My goal was to get my household (me and my roommate) down to one garbage bag every two weeks. We already have the added advantage of using The DivaCup so we don’t have to worry about waste from disposables. My main solution for this was to make sure we had a spot under the sink to put our compost, recycling and garbage so that we didn’t have to take them outside every time. This worked wonders. So far, I have found we fill our trash can much less frequently.

March 10th: Wash Day
Just a quick check in today, my Discover Pass came in the mail! I am also right on track with my personal hiking goal of getting out in nature at least once a week. It feels great!
In other news, it is laundry day today and I decided to wash my cloths in cold water. I didn’t notice a real difference from washing them in warm water so I will be making that change permanent. Much like switching to The DivaCup, I’m wondering why I didn’t do this sooner!

March 14th: Eco Grocery Trip
Today was my big grocery shopping day and I had the goal of being as healthy and eco-friendly as possible. I started it off right and brought my own bags to hold my groceries. I also made sure to buy as much fresh, local, and unpackaged produce as possible. As for the packaged items, I kept in mind what packaging I could recycle and what I couldn’t. I also visited the bulk food store to stock up on some trail mix and other snacks. Lots of bulk stores have some great new initiative that allows customers to bring in their own containers instead of using the portion bags, so ask your local store if they do as well! If they don’t, maybe you can make a big difference by insisting that they do! At my local store, it worked like the: they simply weighed the containers first and then I filled them up. It also really helped with portion control!

March 15th: Meal Planning
So now that my fridge is full of fresh food, it’s time to prep my meals and snacks. This is a habit I have gotten into since I started living on my own. I find it convenient and quite fun to prep about two big meals and a bunch of fresh snacks like fruits and veggies for the whole week. Having prepped meals allows me to save time on weeknight meal prep, helps me save money by not purchasing my lunch, gives me readily available dinners, and reduces my environmental impact with the reusable constrainers that store my food. . Some fun easy meals I like to make include pastas, stuffed peppers and stir-fries.

March 19th: Thrifty Diva
Today I was out visiting my parents and my mom and I decided to do a little shopping. Now a shopping trip for us doesn’t involve malls or retail stores, it involves thrift shops. Now I know they aren’t for everyone, but for me they are a gold mine. I thought visiting one during my eco-journey was a great way to help re-purpose some great items. It turned out to be a successful trip and I walked out with a red suede coat that looked brand new!

March 22nd: The Journey Continues  
Its getting near the end of the month and I am proud of the changes I have made thus far. I am keeping up with my hiking each week, using cold water to wash my clothes, I am prepping my meals and sticking with my composting plan. I have also noticed that I feel better because I have been drinking more water and eating healthier from all my meal prep and fresh produce. I think overall everything is going very well and I hope to continue on this track well past the end of the month.

From my journey this month, I learned that by making small, personal changes to better my environmental impact, I really can make a difference. I found it much easier to stick to my small goals and objectives and still have a significant environmental impact. I am proud of the progress I have made and I am dedicated to continuing on my Eco-Journey.