In May 2019, it will be three years of a profound change in life, for the young Mexican, Gaby Baeza.
His lifestyle changed when he began to become aware of the damage caused to the environment by the consumption of this capitalist society.
He even managed to shoot a video that went viral, with all the tricks that he was implementing in his new lifestyle to challenge other consumers. He called it "The Challenge" and you can see it below.
Gabriela has a degree in Environmental Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and since she was little she showed interest in caring for nature.
In his video he highlights that to achieve The Challenge, it is necessary "Be very aware". “That is essential, that you know what happens in the seas, where your garbage ends up and all the damage it does to animals ", he assures.
Switch to cloth bags and glass jars
She was not alone, she made the changes with the support of her entire family and little by little they achieved new consumption habits that are more environmentally friendly.
Among his actions, he stopped buying packaged food and took care of getting it in bulk in traditional markets where he brought reusable cloth bags or glass containers.
"The next thing was to change everything about the toilet, my dad bought packaged soaps or everything packaged and there are places where they sell you only soap", keep going.
The traditional plastic toothbrush was replaced by a bamboo-handled one, and Gaby herself made her toothpaste based on baking soda and coconut oil. "At first my family did not like it but little by little they accepted itHe commented.
A faithful follower of the worldwide Zero Waste movement says that"It is also a lot to experiment with DIY (Do it yourself), do it yourself".
In relation to household cleaning products, it is handled with vinegar and sodium bicarbonate.
Change the disposable for the reusable
To eat, he has changed the disposable for the reusable, opting for plates made of a more durable plastic that withstands many uses and washes and that, according to him, are loaned among relatives.
Social life also changes by leading a planet-friendly lifestyle. Baeza, specialist in environmental and ecological economics, takes his"tools kit" everywhere. "Includes a bottle of water, my bamboo cutlery and a container for any need that may arise“For when I want to eat on the street, he details.
If there was no other choice, Gaby admits that she opts for recycling."The ideal in general would be that recycling would decrease more and more, not that we depend on an economy based on recycling, since it requires a lot of energy", opines.
Regarding the capitalist society that promotes the excessive consumption of plastic, he comments that he has long stopped expecting the system to make some kind of change to alleviate the environmental crisis that is being experienced.
"Before I was very idealistic and I thought that the change had to come from the system, but now I realize that the change has to come from each cell that is in the system", he comments.
For her "by adopting this lifestyle you contribute too much, since you have no idea, because you stop buying from the big companies and start buying from the small producers ”.
The ideal in general would be that recycling would decrease more and more, not that we depend on an economy based on recycling, since it requires a lot of energy ”, he says.
The case of Lauren Singer
In New York, Lauren Singer is known who also discovered the Zero Waste Life philosophy, and since 2012 it does not produce waste.
He has founded a company called The Simply Co., which specializes in producing sustainable detergent.
This is Lauren's You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgjw6tZNyjR_8zIFDsIPpww/videos
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