Degradable: What's Even the Point?
Saving our Planet, One Person at a Time
Sustainability can be so exhausting -- it’s so easy to think, “what’s even the point,” when looking at all the effort you have to put into living green. Degradable’s hosts Halie & Kayli will help you take simple steps into an environmentally friendly life, while saving some money.
This is our first episode, transcribed. Listen at anchor.fm/degradable
Halie: We know that living a sustainable and/ or environmentally friendly life is difficult. Some imagine it as just going through the trouble of recycling, while others may see it as a lifestyle reverting back to the prairie days of America. But it’s not as difficult as you think.
Kayli: It’s more about being educated on these topics. Learning how to become a conscious shopper to, eventually, a thoughtful one. It’s about moving from a linear economy to a circular economy. And understanding that if you approach any of this with the mentality of “what’s even the point?” -
Halie: then you might just be a tragedy of the commons, or one of our family members.
Kayli: We’re two cousins, living in Texas and we’re trying to go green.
Halie: One in a small town and the other in the greenest city of Texas, Austin. We’re doing this podcast -
Kayli: Because we’re trying to live greener lifestyles than we currently are -
Halie: And we’re hoping to persuade you into making some sort of environmental lifestyle change.
Kayli: I mean if you want to, that is.
Halie: The point is, we want you to know that baby steps can be taken or you can dive head-in first to a “greener life,” no matter where you live - apartment, home, with parents and everything in between. Kayli and I have been working on attainable goals to live a greener lifestyle. I say attainable, because we want you to know that we have no experience working or even studying sustainability or environmentalism. We want you to know we’re probably just like you, teaching ourselves on how to be more environmentally friendly with our day-to-day lives. And how to give back.
Kayli: So, what is the point of us doing this podcast? What makes us feel like we’ve gotten to the point that we can tell you what to do? We’re not there. We’re doing the research on the education that’s been failed to be presented to many of the general public, just to make it a little more digestible for you. We want to break down this compound information for you, in stages per episode; keeping it degradable.
Halie: With america’s creation of the United States Climate Alliance, currently only 24 states and two territories are members, working to urgently address climate change. Regardless of the politics behind this and its mission to be similar but different to the Paris Agreement, shouldn’t matter. What should matter is what you do in your personal life to make a change - good or bad to our environment. A recent study showed that more than half of the american population believes that climate change won’t personally affect them during their lifetime, if ever. However it currently is - think about the wild winter and summer we’ve had just this year.
Kayli: So for our listeners who think we’re a little too much on the tree-hugging hippie side, we’ll share some of your views with our guys from the Cynic Clinic, to brawl it out in the ring. But if you are trying to make a positive change or are just intrigued, we promise to give you advice, answer questions and help you in the best way we can, so you don’t have to do a lot of the digging on environmentally friendly and sustainable businesses, products and lifestyles. In future episodes we’ll go more in depth about basic and not-so-basic ways on how to go green, but we’ll share some starter tips today.
Halie: Conserve water by watching your usage. When you’re brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face, turn off that faucet when your brush or razor or hands are not under the water, actually using it. Take shorter showers - or shower with your significant other. If you have a garden that needs watering, water by hand. Refill your drinking cup, instead of getting another. Wear those pants another day or two. This can save on washing machine and dishwasher usage.
Kayli: Wash your laundry with cold water, it saves on using the water heater. Work to conserve energy. When you’re not in a room, turn off the light. When you’re not at home - crank up or down that A/C or heater to not work while you’re not there. If it’s cold outside, but the heater to turn on at 68; if it’s hot throw the A/C up to 80. Hang up your clothes to dry - around your house or on a clothesline.
Halie: Map your routes for less gas usage if you drive your own car; so you’re not driving around aimlessly. Using apps like Waze can help you with this, by informing you how many miles a stop is on your route. If you’re already using public transportation -- good on you -- I hope to get there soon. Walk or ride a bike somewhere if it’s close enough -- like the corner store.
Kayli: Grab a reusable tote bag, or a few, and USE THEM. Keep some in your car and some in your house. This will reduce plastic waste and it’s one less trip to the car and back to the kitchen if you get a sturdy, big enough bag.
Halie: Invest in a BPA-Free, American-made (preferably) aluminum or glass water bottle and actually use it, then refill it. If you hate the taste of your tap water, get a filter. This can also help to watch your water intake.
Kayli: And shop locally, farmers markets are great for supporting the local economy and keeping transportation costs on the environment and your product down from a grocery store.
Halie: It’s important to shop locally versus online. We know it can take a little more effort to go into a brick and mortar or make a schedule to attend the farmers market, but it’s worth it. You can meet and talk to the people who hopefully know more about the product you want to purchase. This doesn’t mean you should still do research online, you should and then see if it’s in store somewhere already.
Kayli: And lastly, get: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle into your mind. Think about how you can reduce your waste as a consumer. How you can reuse products you already have in your home. And how to recycle -- Halie did I tell you what I found out about my recycling venture yesterday?
Halie: No, all I know is because you live in a small town in Texas you have very little recycling options around you. Like I have a streamline recycling container that is used for curbside pick up every other week. You have to come to Houston or Austin at times to properly recycle even glass.
Halie: Next episode is on the basics of Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. There is a lot to know, and many Americans are not properly educated on even the basics of recycling.
Kayli: So we’ll have that for you - and I’ll give you some insight to the three R’s through my ventures of living in a small town that doesn’t support the system well.