Futuristic February Photo

Futuristic February Challenge

In the month of February, I decided to take my first steps into making a real change in the way I life my life. This is not only about liking, commenting, posting, reposting or sharing. It\’s about taking action. Yes, creating awareness is great. But if you actually do something about it, it\’s more powerful.

You alone cannot fix the problem of the amount of trash the world makes but it is a way to start and I\’m sure we can motivate others to start too. And with this, new generations perhaps will have better habits.



Sustainable Duo

I found this couple on Instagram that dedicate their every-day to helping the planet. How? Informing, teaching, sharing information and promoting and selling products that are Zero-Waste with easy resources like e-books, zero-waste starter kits, zero-waste products, and consulting, they are  a one-stop-shop to learn an organic way of life. Check them out here.


What is Zero-Waste?

Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.


#FuturisticFebruary Challenge

It has gotten attention from people all over the world and it consists on this:


At first I thought it was crazy to keep the trash at home, but it makes sense to be able to see the amount you make. And what is really crazy is that this trash IS staying at home: in our planet. 

After we realize how much trash we make, the idea is to make some changes that can help us reduce this trash. Is great to recycle but if we can minimize our carbon footprint is even better.

Thank you @sustainable_duo for this challenge. It was exhausting to see the trash in our apartment but we did learn from it which was the important part 🌎 ⠀⠀⠀



10 Simple sustainable swaps to decrease my carbon footprint from now on:

1. Buy all veggies from a place like Costco or Farmer’s Markets to reduce the amount of packaging.

2. A lot of our trash comes from animal products 🤭 I\’ve already started learning to make some vegan recipes and I\’ve committed to have a few vegan days in our week. Before I wouldn\’t have 1 fully vegan meal, now we do it pretty often.

3. Found a toothpaste that does not create waste @bitetoothpaste Cannot wait to try as soon as our #Colgate is overrrr! #byefelicia

4. Global papel production wipes 27,000 trees a day. That’s 9,000,000 trees a year + the plastic wrappers. So I’m changing my home’s toilet paper to @whogivesacraptp 100% bamboo and recycled TP and donates 50% of profits to build toilets. Will try it and share my thoughts soon here.

5. Getting my nut butters @verde_market in Miami from now on 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 🚫 plastic 

6. I thought most of our mail was already paper-less. Since I saw the amount we were still getting, I switched them all immediately 📬

7. Buying tofu for the first time 🤭 Any favorite recipes please, comment them on here or email me hello@mariapretelt.com. Much appreciated 🙂 

8. Not taking anymore promotional items from nowhere 👎🏽⠀⠀

9. Bringing my reusable bags to shop ♻️ I may have a surprise coming soon? #consciousrebel⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

10. Separating and cleaning all my garbage so it\’s possible to recycle it ♻️
Grateful for the lessons learnt and excited for the many ways I can improve! Striving for progress!