This is my boyfriend Matt.
There are many things I can say about him, but for your sake I'll just say a few.
Matt is an amazing photographer and videographer for Paradigm. He's just as obsessed with Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter as he is about skating (ask him about the skate park they are building in Clairemont and he will love you). He also has an keen eye for design and surprisingly...
for living a conscious sustainable lifestyle.
Although he claims that I have influenced him to try to live more sustainably, there are a few habits hes had that are beneficial to the environment and others prior to me.
I believe habits like these are important to point out, so I decided to create a post about it.
Here are the ways my boyfriend has been unknowingly sustainable:
1) His steel mug
A majority of the time, Matt carries around this blue titanium mug everywhere he goes. It was a gift from his friends in Kansas City after he graduated college. They all had blue mugs like this and made him an official 'KC brother' when they gave him one too.
And every time he carries it around, he can't help but think of them.
Key Point #1: Reduces Single-Use Cup Waste
This habit also also allows him to reduce single-use cup wastes when he goes and grabs a cup of coffee. Most coffee shop to-go cups are not recyclable or made of plastic. Waste like this can easily be avoided by bringing your own reusable mug.
Plus some places may even give you a discount!
2) Never uses a plastic straw
Surprisingly, this habit was formed by one of Matt's former boss' passion for sea turtles.
He would always tell the waiter "I don't want a straw. Have you ever seen the video's about it?". Though this left most people on a guilt trip, it created an impression on Matt, especially since they worked in the beverage industry.
Key Point #2: Reduce Single-Use Plastic Waste
Not only do plastic straws have a harmful effect on turtles, but it creates unnecessary waste in our landfills. Plastic does not degrade very easily and usually contains toxins. It's best to just say "no" to plastic straws like Matt does or find a plastic straw alternative , such as a stainless steel straw.
3) Minimal/Thrifted Wardrobe
Matt will literally wear the same few shirts and flannels every week with absolutely no shame. Though I taunt him sometimes for it and encourage him to buy something new, I actually really appreciate his willingness to rewear items until they aren't wearable.
Key Aspect #3: Reduce Clothing Waste
A majority of his wardrobe has been thrifted, including the stripe shirt pictured above he bought for $1 in 2014 and it continues to be one of his favorite shirts to this day.
Thrifting diverts clothing from being waste by giving them fresh life in your closet. And most thrift stores support charities and local businesses. Though keeping to what you have is always the best option, thrifting is one of the best ways to get 'new' clothes.
In addition to the thrifting, the limited number of pieces in his closet means that he is getting the best use out of his clothes and not buying more than what he needs. Not only is this great for the enviornment but his few pieces, like his two Pendelton flannel shirts, have become a part of his signature style.
4) Doesn't waste gas trying to find a parking spot
So we have this little issue in San Diego where you rarely find parking near your destination. And there are two options you have:
1) Drive in circles till a parking spot opens up or...
2) Park a few blocks away from your destination.
And Matt is one of the few who chooses option #2. I frequently complain when he parks far (like four blocks away) from where we need to be. But the thing is he saves time, money, and frustration
But most importantly, this allows him to emit less toxins into the air and reduce his contribution to global warming.
Key Point #4: Reduce Gas Usage
Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. We can easily reduce this by driving less to not at all (aka preaching to myself at this point haha).
And as much of a hassel it seems, parking a little farther away or skating to your destination sounds worth it to me...
6) Keeps Me In Check
Since we started dating, Matt has become more aware to my various sustainable habits and calls me out If I ever forget.
Even the other day we went grocery shopping together and I was putting bananas into my cart. Unknowingly I began to grab a plastic bag to put the bananas into, but he grabbed it out of my hand and put it back. At first it shocked me, but then I realized how great it was to have this kind of accountability.
Key Point #6: Accountability
Not only does he keep me accountable, but himself. He realizes that living a sustainable lifestyle is a process and we need others to cheer us in and call us out when we need it.
I believe this applies for everyone trying to live more consciously. It's hard. You want to quit.
But it makes it easier to have someone by your side.
Matt is not the only one out there who is living out sustainable practices unknowingly.
Keep your eyes open to what others are doing and be inspired.
And don't forget to evaluate your own life and see what habits you have already formed. So often we focus on how terrible our habits are affecting the planet and others, however it is beneficial to evalutae your progress and the changes you have already made! And like all things in life, we can always learn more by observing others.
So If ya know Matt Rogers, make sure to give him a pat on the back for being an unknowingly environmentally responsible human-being.
He's the best.
Have you noticed eviornmental habits from your friends?
Any sustainable habits you recommend?
Let me Know!