Something has to change. Something has to move us from unconscious trend to conscious action.
The non-profit organization Habits of Waste is focused on changing people’s habits by encouraging everyone to rethink wasteful behavior.
“It’s so embedded in our daily routine, it’s so normal that we don’t even see it,” says Habits of Waste founder, Sheila Morovati. She seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of a throwaway society, foster grass roots change and help everyone become aware of the power they have to influence others.
There are so many health benefits to plant-based nutrition. Plants span such a wide array of food types, and contain vitamins, fiber, water, and even protein…Habits of Waste’s partially plant-based campaign, #8meals, is a wonderful starting point to incorporate more plants into your diet.
— Nina L. Shapiro, MD , Author of HYPE, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Here at Habits of Waste (H.o.W), we know the impact of the ripple effect. Every drop counts and can make a huge splash. The power of one is real and we want you to become a HoW changer.
CHANGING Cultural NORMS!
What does this mean? In the United States, we have developed a cultural norm of wastefulness. Throwing things “away” has become normalized however, where is “away”? There really is no such thing.
We must re-consider what we purchase and what we discard as our environment is literally choking on trash. We use this analogy to teach kids about the environment; imagine someone asked you to eat pebbles and stones in hopes that you could digest it. That your body could withstand the removal of a few organs here and there, and that you should just keep going as though you are whole, without missing a beat. How can we expect our planet to maintain its loyalty to us day in and day out, with perfect sunrises and sunsets, while we are mindlessly destroying it?
We are asking our precious Earth to digest billions of pieces of plastic and to breath toxic gases. We are cutting away at its organs by cutting down its rain forests, and polluting its oceans. We are disfiguring our beautiful mountains because we want our kitchens and bathrooms to have the best Calacutta or Carrera marble. At what point will we stop? The time has come and HoW is here.
Be part of the #LAGREENTEEN CampaignThe campaign will help the students of Los Angeles High School raise awareness and funds for their school to implement a new water filtration system, enabling students to drink safely using sustainable bottles and to refuse plastics.
By refusing one straw you can change the habit of using 500,000,000 plastic straws per day in the US alone.
BYOB! Plastic water bottles negatively impact our planet as single use plastics never decompose and can no longer be recycled. Yes, you read that right.
Instead, they end up in our oceans, killing sea life or turn into micro-plastics that are now found in our water and food.
We are here to create social change.
We want a new normal,
an eco-conscious normal.
The health of our planet depends on this.
A society engrained with eco-consciousness. Our habits should reflect a treasuring of our resources, our planet, and each other.
H.o.W shines light on habitual behaviors of waste.
Our kids should grow up in a world where they cherish what they have and are accustomed to reducing, recycling, reusing, and refusing.
H.o.W shares the importance of individual action. Every human must value our Earth, our resources, and our decisions.
YOU MATTER. You are valuable. Every action you take can inspire change. Everything you do matters.