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better


by michelle 

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better


by michelle 

 

BETTER BY MICHELLE

a destination dedicated to living a little bit better through movement, nutrition, adventure, practical magic, and conscious choices.

it's all about sustainable living—in every sense. 

 
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zero waste


promise, it's not just for dirty hippies.
living a zero waste lifestyle is crazy-simple, but a remarkably effective way to transform your life.  

zero waste


promise, it's not just for dirty hippies.
living a zero waste lifestyle is crazy-simple, but a remarkably effective way to transform your life.  

We’re kind of trashy. 

The average American generates 4.3 pounds of trash per day. And the majority of that gets sent to landfills across the United States—nearly 55% of the 440 trillion pounds of waste generated ends up in a landfill. 

And global production of plastic continues to increase year over year, as sustainable materials like glass and metal become more rare. In one year, every American uses roughly 220.5 pounds of plastic

And that’s Pretty bad

OK, so here's the problem with all that trash and plastic—waste tends to go to two places: the landfill, or the ocean.

Landfills are the second-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, accounting for approximately 22 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Plastic and trash degrade in the ocean, leeching chemicals into the water and surrounding sea life. Fish and aquatic life inevitably end up 

 

So, zero waste...? 

According to the Zero Waste International Alliance (yes, it's actually a thing), "Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them." 

Basically, adopting a zero waste lifestyle means eliminating or abstaining from using anything that is meant to end up in a landfill or incinerator. 

But like, why tho? 

It seems radical to claim that using a reusable water bottle or saving trash in a mason jar makes a serious positive impact on our environmental situation. But it's true. Imagine if everyone in the US adopted just a few zero waste principles and cut their trash output in half—it could potentially reduce methane emissions by 11 percent.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. By buying sustainable, ethical, and environmentally conscious products, you're voting for the planet with your dollar.  

 

 

It all starts with you. Even just integrating a few simple zero waste hacks into your life can seriously decrease your personal carbon footprint. For me, choosing to live a zero waste lifestyle is my daily act of Peaceful protest, radical self-care, and mindfulness. 

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nourished living


your relationship with your body mirrors the relationship you have with the world.

simple, clean, delicious, ethical food is the name of the game. 

 

nourished living


your relationship with your body mirrors the relationship you have with the world.

simple, clean, delicious, ethical food is the name of the game. 

 

I believe that eating healthy should be simple and sustainable, in every aspect. 

For me, that means avoiding counting things (like calories or macros) or restrictive diets that are impossible to maintain while being a normal human being. 

As a certified health coach and holistic nutritionist, I practice the idea that everyone has a unique nutrition code that works for their body, and theirs alone ... Bust 99.9% of the time, that code includes eating more plants and examining the ingredients in our food more closely. 

When plants grow in vitamin deficient soil (due to over farming or unsustainable farming practices), we end up eating a piece of kale or a Braeburn apple that looks fine from the outside but doesn't contain as many health-boosting components as possible. 

Over time, that could lead to major health deficiencies in the body. Take, for example, magnesium. Some 80 percent of the population doesn't get their daily recommended value of the mineral, even though many of the foods we eat are allegedly rich in magnesium. Why? Because the soil that these crops grow in is also deficient in magnesium, meaning it doesn't have enough minerality to give to a growing kale or spinach plant. 

 

By taking care of our environment, we automatically increase the health of the human race by providing the opportunity to grow and raise more nutrient-dense, healthy food
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movement


get out of your head. get out of your rut. get out of the city.  opt outside and move. 

movement


get out of your head. get out of your rut. get out of the city.  opt outside and move. 

We're deeply connected and impacted by the nature around us. Even city dwellers have to admit—there's something about getting out in the fresh and and walking through greenery that's grounding and calming. Follow me as a opt outside and show you all the best places to travel to that suit outdoorsy women and city-loving broads just the same.  Be a woman who runs with the wolves.