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How To Be Eco-friendly On A Business Trip?

Setting:

Las Vegas, work conference, 3K people.

How many disposable cups are thrown in the trash in one conference like that? Can you guess?

I was recently at a 3-day conference joined with another 3,000 people living like me, in high gear. Each day we were in the conference rooms and ballrooms for nine hours.

During the brief breaks, there were groups of people lined up near the water fountains.

I looked around at the tables of the other people and my eyes were able to catch a reusable water bottle only twice. There were hardly any. Single-use plastic cups decorated each table.

If not cups of water, then coffee cups adorned the tables, alongside people standing around them. More often than not, coffee and water cups garnished each table. 

So, here we have a small theoretical math exercise:

Suppose that of the 3,000 participants in the conference, only 1,000 chose to drink water from the disposable glasses. The rest chose nothing to drink, suiting the dry desert atmosphere that we were in, and another 2% had a disposable bottle. 1,000 people using disposable plastic cups multiplied by 5 water breaks? 5,000. Take that number and multiple it for three days? We get a grand finale of 15,000 disposable plastic cups. At a minimum, as this is a conservative hypothetical math equation. 15,000 disposable cups (!) At one work conference event.  Only one, out of the tens of thousands of conferences that happen annually across the world. An alarming statistic, given the fact that it takes about 1,000 years for one plastic cup to decompose. This is frightening and unnerving to say the least. 

When I fly abroad, whether for work or fun, I come equipped with everything necessary to minimize environmental damage. It’s so easy to be eco-friendly, I repeat this so often, it is well beyond a slogan at this point. What does it cost me to bring a reusable bottle along with me? The specific one in the picture above has been with me for almost nine years. I even remember the day I bought it.

These personal examples we give have a lot of value.The little changes we implement have much significance and benefit too. Someone once told me that there was so much pollution and waste in the world that it didn’t matter what I did at home. That although all my efforts are nice, beautiful, even noble they are virtually unnecessary, ineffective, and essentially nil in the grand scheme of things.

As of 2019, there are 8 billion people in the world. We are so many people.

If each of us commits to making the changes he or she is capable of (and they are EASY to make) together, these acts would be extraordinary and make a positive impact! 

If those 1,000 people each came with a reusable bottle, we would have saved 15,000 plastic cups just at this one conference. If only one third of them would have come with a bottle, we would have saved 5,000 cups. These reusable cups become literal mountains of trash. So then, does it really have no effect? Clearly it does.

If I use a reusable bottle, and you use it and explain to others about its importance, the impact is significant, and the knowledge spreads and grows. In general, I do not understand the principle or thought of , “If everyone does bad then I might as well do bad also, my good deeds do not matter”.

Dear friends, please, DO GOOD! Start from your inner world, your daily activities. Easy. Simple. Doable. 

*Disclaimer*  If you wandered around and forgot your reusable bottle at home, then next time buy some water outside. Your well being is more important than anything else. 

Just try to remember, next time 🙂 


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Extreme Minimalism- Same Dress, 5 Months

Extreme Minimalism: Why do I wear the same dress every day, non-stop for 5 months?

In June of this year, I reached the end of my ability to endure. One morning I woke up to get ready for work, opened the closet and found nothing to wear (and my closet was completely full and packed with clothing).

Each morning I’d find myself standing in front of my closet staring at it for at least five minutes, stressed out, contemplating outfits with absolutely nothing seeming to vibe. I could not come up with an outfit that worked. Nothing was good enough!

I work in a super-intense managerial position that requires me to make dozens of decisions each day. Each of my decisions affect my employees, the nature of our projects, the financial system and the general spirit and attitude of the organization. The responsibilities of my job require me to be mentally sharp at all times.

Additionally, in my spare time, I engage in environmental activism (here I am 👋) and a variety of other activities that I need and love.

When I opened the closet that morning and got frustrated because of something like clothing, all I had in my mind was the thought “Sh*t, really? Do I have so little to do, that what I choose to spend energy on (my time and thoughts) are my clothes, my outfit for the day!?”

I don’t always know where moments of enlightenment come from.  But when they do come, I love giving them their space and proper due. So that morning I just picked a random dress and left the house promising myself that tomorrow morning would be nothing like the one I had just experienced.

That day, I dived into Google to find a solution to this unnecessary problem. I learned about “Decision Fatigue”, fatigue from multi-decision making. I learned about Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Barack Obama wearing the same shirt every day and holding multiple copies of it.

“Good artists copy, great artists steal”.  A quote Picasso, himself stole from Matty Eliot. If it works for these accomplished people, I thought, it would work for me too. I created a list of requirements for the core garments I would need to find and that would fit my needs.

* Disclaimer- I work on an educational eco-farm, which means we don’t have a dress code per se and I can choose what I want, as long as it is respectful. If your workplace requires a different one, make another list suitable for their dress code. 👩‍🏫👮‍♀️👩‍⚕️👩‍💼👩‍🔧

Still, I tried to look beyond work, what would serve my best interests wherever I went? Even off the clock.

The results:

  • Black: Practical, flattering, easy to wash, etc.
  • Dresses: Because they are most pleasing and flattering to me for my body and also for the fact that I don’t intend to buy two items per set for one outfit. 
  • V-neck collars: Not too cloistered and suffocating and not too open to exaggeration, which will be respectful for every occasion.
  • T-shirts: Because there is no way I will stand and iron.
  • Short sleeves and no tank tops.
  • Nothing too sexual or provocative, since I work with teenagers.
  • Well-fitting and favorable clothing for my body shape, a dress that I will feel good wearing, and that I will have confidence in.

With these bullets, I picked myself up and went to the mall (since there are no second-hand shops that carry the same dresses equally in multiple copies). I went through a store shopping until I found a dress that checked all my boxes. I tracked down the salesperson and asked her, “How many of these do you have in stock? I’ll take them all…”

I simply bought them all in the same size except one slightly bigger, for some days out of the month that my hormonal system thinks it’s funny to give me a pregnant look- thanks bloating!

That being said, this change has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself lately, specifically regarding my energy. 

It saves me:

  • Precious time in the morning.
  • Money (because you don’t have to change every time into a new garment nor do you have to match one item to compliment another)
  • Mental energy and the extra burden of a daily decision-making process.

I wear my dress for almost any occasion, even during business hours. I wear it on a date night, girls night out, Saturday activities and God forbid even to the cemetery for funerals.

It serves its purpose and fits everything. When I desire to explore and be playful, I upgrade its look with my jewelry, shoes and special makeup. I take it down a notch and switch to something else on weekends and holidays for the sake of symbolism and diversity.

Have I decided permanently to continue to do as I have and wear the same dress? I don’t know…Maybe, maybe not. In the meantime, it works for me.

If your morning has become a dizzying daily mess of clothing decisions, consider all of the good things my new system has brought to my life and consider whether positively simplifying your wardrobe the way I did is right for you.

  • Pro Tip: If you do choose to make this move, talk about it! Don’t be ashamed or hide what you are doing and why you’re doing it!

I changed overnight from a woman who wore a different dress and matched said dress to different shoes, earrings and makeup each day to a woman who wears the same dress every day. I didn’t initially talk about this move at work and didn’t explain it to anyone either. It took three weeks for one of the employees to come up to me blatantly embarrassed and ask, 

“Lee … it probably doesn’t matter and none of my business … but … do you wear the same dress…everyday …?!”


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Eco Friendly Women Don’t Wear Makeup

Women who declare themselves as “green”, must not wear makeup.

Do you think so too? It happened to me a year ago when I was working as the manager of an educational eco-farm. I came to a meeting in the sustainability department of one of the municipalities in the country to discuss a partnership around education for sustainability and compassion.

“Hello, I’m Lee, I have a meeting with Shara.”

“What?” The receptionist answered me with a surprised expression.  

“YOU *she scans me up and down* are from the ecological farm?! But you’re wearing makeup?!!”

“What does that mean?” I asked sincerely. “Because I’m an environmental activist, my wearing makeup is inappropriate?”

A year has passed. I’m in the same workplace, educating and promoting sustainability and still getting questions like, “Why did you come to work here…? It’s just… that you look like someone who would work in a big corporation.”

The frequent conversations with people about my makeup made me realize that there was a certain image or a certain idea many people have about a woman they see as eco-friendly, an environmentalist or “green”.

A green woman, according to this false ideology, looks like this: she does not dye her hair, does not wear makeup, does not apply deodorant, does not remove any excess body hair,  does not buy clothes, a militant vegan diet, smears only aloe vera on from head to toe and cleanses her hair solely with apple cider vinegar.

Often being eco-friendly, to other people, communicates “everything or nothing”. See, you can’t have both beauty and be truly conscientious, wear makeup and be sustainable. It has to be a zero-sum proposition. The falsehoods spread. In some circles you can’t even be both green AND be a mother or even want to be a mother.

This very absolutist approach does not allow people to be included or involved. Sadly, this false belief eliminates many women who could make positive strides in the movement! While my makeup or bleached hair is seemingly a shock to every loyal environmentalist, my look allows people that are not “green” to get closer to me and ask me questions. Hence, bridging a gap and establishing a conversation that needs to happen for this cause and that otherwise would not occur.

They see me as a living example of how personal steps can be made to live in a cleaner world, while simultaneously not having to live on a commune or in a convent, give up property, eat leaves / berries / twigs, and go through a completely sterile existence.

It is possible to change things gently, which is why this blog was created.

There is always a way to do things better for the environment.

So for all the women who like to put on makeup but want to do it greener, here are my tips:

  1. I only buy what I know I will use. I don’t need a yellow eyeshadow if I don’t ever wear it, right? So I won’t buy it.
  2. I use what I bought until it’s completely used up and only then indulge myself in a new product. If we store products they go bad and expire before we can use them. This is a waste of resources such as money, material, packaging, and so much more.
  3. 95% of the waste generated when we buy a makeup product occurs in the production itself – basically whatever happens until it comes home with us. The container where the product is filled into is only 5% of the waste. For the sake of reducing waste (especially the toxins emitted into the air during production) and also for my health, I make an effort to buy cleaner products and also products that are vegan and cruelty-free. You do not have to throw away something you already have, of course, but I encourage you to do it gradually as soon as a product is used up. 
  4. Second hand! There are dozens of second-hand makeup groups throughout Facebook, and apps online, most of the items have only been opened or tried a few times and offered for sale. The savings are economic and ecological, as with all second-hand goods. Too many women buy too much makeup, much more than they can use,ever. When buying second-hand makeup it is important to look at the date – when it was bought, how long it was open, whether the product is sterile, and still smells good.

So dear readers, are there any more green makeup tips? We would all love to hear them, so please if you have some eco-tricks in your makeup bag, write them in the comments and share with friends 🌏🤙


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Declutter Your Social Media

SCENE: 

It’s the end of a long workday. You are coming home, planning a super-productive evening where you will have plenty of tasks marked as “done” on your to-do list.

You imagine how you will approach your to-do list and tackle each of the tasks and then fall into a well earned sleep with deep feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction when complete. Just the fantasy of all that work mastered is pleasurable and rewarding! 

“So, before we start all this hassle,” you say to yourself as you take your smartphone into your hands, “we’ll sit on the couch for 5 minutes, peruse some social media, unwind a bit, and gather the strength and morale needed after this long day of work, so I can start ticking away at my to- do list.”

The next time you look up at the clock, you realize it’s been two hours. The precious little free time of your evening that you were planning on using for productive tasks has just been eaten whole by your social media scrolling. GULP! Once again! 

Social media apps are very intentionally designed to capture your attention and hold you in place. They are made essentially to keep you blissfully unaware as you scroll and giggle at memes and ‘totally relatable’ content. Basically, they are meant to leave you inside a virtual world of likes, selfies, ads, media content and of course whatever your heart desires. They are designed to do this, and they do it well. 

Now slow down, before you get it wrong, and think, ‘Oh great, this is an anti-social media post and here comes the rant…’ Please know dear readers, this is nothing of the sort. 

Social networks have a lot of good you can get out of them, IF used correctly and in appropriate doses.

The negative impact is created when we are drawn to the content without paying attention to the substance and subject matter we are consuming and the amount of time we spend on it.

I have a simple method for ‘digital decluttering’ if you will, that I do from time to time on all my social and private media (this includes emails, different social networks, news sites, blogs and more).

I recently received an email from a clothing store mailing list that I once loved about a new sale they are running for Independence Day. I found myself clicking on the link in the email and wandering through the site. It took me but a moment to realize that I had no intention of buying anything at all. Why was I here? It wasn’t in my mind at all…until the newsletter that I was once subscribed to, contacted me via their mailing list. As it jumped in front of my eyes this time, I realized I was no longer a fan. I had outgrown them. 

If it happened to someone as conscious and self aware of these issues as I am, then anyone can be easily tempted. But why should we be coaxed and try to resist this alluring temptation if we can avoid it in the first place?

So, then how do you do it?

3 Simple Steps as Follows:

  1. Make a list of all the digital platforms you use.
  2. Ask yourself HONESTLY – What are you trying to accomplish from each platform? Are you looking for inspiration (for example, fitness, art, fashion, business blogs), are you looking for practical tools such as tools on Facebook that help you search for an apartment, or specific interest blogs that are relevant to you, (like this one?) or are you just looking to keep in touch with people and enjoy your free time?
  3. Examine the people, pages, and groups you follow. If you get some value that contributes to your journey and where you are at this point in your life – stay connected to them. If you don’t receive any of the above-mentioned values, then unfollow / unsubscribe.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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Declutter People Who Don’t Spark Joy

Usually when we talk about Decluttering, we refer to objects, things. The truth is, we will be more sustainable if we declutter people and relationships as well. 🙅‍♀️🙋‍♀️🌏

Throughout our lives, we meet different groups of different people we bond with. Some of us didn’t choose them at all, the connections just came about in a random, unintentional way. Some of us chose the connections at a certain stage of our lives and then we went on to “live with them” even when some of these connections no longer fulfilled us or made us really happy or were aligned with where we were now on our lives’ journeys.

As with clothing, we tend to hold onto people who may no longer be right for us. When was the last time, if ever, you asked yourself how you feel about a certain person? Are these high school friends still close to your heart? Does this relative give you strength when needed or do they drain your motivation and constantly criticise your choices and goals?

In my last post on Decluttering Your Social Media I shared questions that help me understand how I feel about people in my world. These are questions that will help you stop and think about whether a particular relationship is happy and healthy or a burden for you. If you ask yourself these questions the answers will come easily. You won’t have to make an effort in order to get them.

Here are some example questions to ask yourself:

  1. What happens to your energy levels when you are in contact with him / her? Do they rise or do you become empty or sad?
  2.  When does this person contact you? When he or she wants you to spend time together or does he or she just pop up when they need something?
  3. Does this person have a good vibe? Do they radiate positive energy? Remember, we are the average of the 5 people closest to us. So ask yourself if the people around you are spreading positivity and joy or are they negative, rude, jealous, gossiping, etc.?
  4. And most importantly, is the person happy with your successes and your development or do they focus on the negative and criticize you?

These are just a few questions we can ask ourselves when we are considering whether to keep a person close to us or “re-release them back out into the wild”.

If you read these questions and some people just jumped out at you in your mind then you know what to do next. Go with your gut.

Maybe the next time someone you have doubts about contacts you, ask yourself at that moment, “How do I feel?”. Some people bring us joy and some people we need to let go.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Lee Snir is one of the founding partners of Legendary Life and is the original author of these blog posts. Lee is an active environmental advocate and in-demand speaker, writer and influencer in her native Israel. These blog posts were originally published in her native Hebrew in her personal blog titled, “Elita Yeruka” (“Green Elite” in English.)

When we translated Lee’s blogs for Legendary Life our goal was to only edit for grammar and clarity but to retain “Lee’s voice”. Thus the editorial choices were to err on the side of not “Americanizing” the language and thus leaving the translated blog as close as possible to the original. Therefore, native English speakers may occasionally find the word choices and phrasing a little different than they are used to.

For those of you who are Hebrew speakers and wish to read the blogs in their original form and follow Lee’s Personal blog you can do so here:

https://www.facebook.com/elitayeruka/?modal=admin_todo_tour

DISCLAIMER: Any statements, opinions or conclusions contained herein are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the statements, opinions or conclusions of Legendary Life (a Legendary Products, LLC brand), its owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, partners or advertisers.

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