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Y’all I have a confession to make, and maybe you feel like you have a similar confession. Is there a part of your life that feels like a barrier to your aspirations for a non-toxic lifestyle or eco-friendly lifestyle? I do, and so do people I know and love. Perfect is impossible on this journey, and that’s okay.

I work in a research laboratory, and there is an astounding amount of plastic waste produced during the research process. Disposal items are everywhere. Plastic pipette tips, plastic vials, plastic tubes, plastic packaging, plastic dishes, plastic flasks…you get the idea. Some of these disposable items are important because they help maintain a sterile and controlled environment. Those are the conditions needed for good research. But it drives me nuts! And I’m not the only one who has noticed this issue.

I do what I can to minimize my impact. I don’t use extra materials, I streamline processes, I reuse items where I can, and I try to set an example for those around me. But in reality, it’s a wasteful place to work. In fact, it’s one of the (many) reasons I started this business. I want to work within my area of expertise, but in a way that’s more #environmentallyfriendly. Not to mention that my workplace is full of toxic chemicals and I don’t love being around those either!

I know others that are in similar positions — some part of their life creates a lot of waste, maybe for a short time, maybe for a lifetime. One example that comes to mind is chronic illness. Some folks with chronic illness need equipment or supplies (think syringes or medical devices) that generate a lot of plastic waste. There’s no way to change the situation without massive changes in the medical industry.

Why do I bring all of this up? Partially because I want to tell you that it’s okay if this is the case for you. Don’t beat yourself up about it! It is what it is and you can work to make changes in other parts of your life. I also bring it up as a reminder that perfect is impossible in the journey to #nontoxicliving and #ecofriendlyliving. There is no ‘right way’ or ‘best way’ that will work for everyone. 

All of this ties back to the quote that I shared on Instagram a while back — “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” -Theodore Roosevelt.

Is there a part of your life where you feel out of alignment with #ecofriendly or #nontoxic living but you can’t really fix it? Share your story below!