One mans trash is another ones treasure: China doesn’t think plastics are treasure

What do you see when you see a plastic bag?

Some may see a harmless vessel to carry items that you have purchased.

Others may see a way to ensure that someone keeps quiet and never speaks again.

No matter what you see it as chances are you do not see it as a lethal killer of millions every year; unless you are the Chinese government. In that case you probably do.

China identified plastics as one of “a deluge of soiled and contaminated materials that was overwhelming Chinese processing facilities and leaving the country with yet another environmental problem ” and we all know what immediately follows an environmental problem (Yale environment 360).

As a result of no longer wanting to be the worlds dumping ground China implemented the ” ‘National Sword’ policy, enacted in January 2018, banned the import of most plastics and other materials headed for that nation’s recycling processors, which had handled nearly half of the world’s recyclable waste for the past quarter century ” (Yale environment 360).

With this host of recycled plastic China was able to supply every Kardashian and thot west of the Mississippi river with a pair of upcycled plastic heels

However, in January 2018 China said no to recycled plastic from other nations .

As a result of this local governments and recycling processors across the U.S have been forced to find solutions to getting rid of recycled plastics. Some solutions include curtailing collections, halting recycle programs, or just burning the plastics to harness the energy.

What type of energy are they getting from burned plastic bags? I have no idea. I’m just going to sit here with my skepticism and not breathe the air.

As third parties from China can no longer take the plastics from the West a variety of other poorer Eastern nations have also agreed to take our trash.

So, the conclusion drawn by me was that this policy by the Chinese government to not take our plastic trash is nothing to freak out about…yet.

According to Global Healing Center plastic bags can lead to everything from killing the female libido (sex drive) to disfigured genitals.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my genitals to be disfigured.

So in an effort to maintain the appearance of my genitalia I have implemented a few minor changes to limit use of plastics.

Paper or Plastic?

Do the baggers at stores still ask what type of bag you would like? I recently discovered that even if they do not offer you the option you can still request paper bags and the store is obligated to honor your request. So do the earth a favor and get a paper bag! Or BYOB (Bring your own bag). Reducing your risk for genital mutilation is a small price to pay for eliminating that random stash of plastic bags hidden in your kitchen.

Glass water bottles

It has been drilled in our heads over and over again that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day. It also is commonly stated that you should not drink tap water (disclaimer: I do and people act like I just walked up to a baby and kicked it every time they see me fill my water bottle with tap water). As a result many have turned to plastic water bottles. You can find a plastic water bottle in more places than a plate of green eggs and ham. You can find a plastic water bottle on a train

in the rain

in the trash

and then being burned and having chemicals released into the air.

Or if the sweet smell of chemicals is not for you then you could invest in a reusable glass water bottle!

Non-plastic shoes

Shoes can be constructed from everything from candy wrappers to leather to (unfortunately) plastic.

I was surprised to learn that plastic shoes do not solely look like the ones above that they can look like mundane shoes as plastic is often incorporated into the materials used to craft shoes that one would opt to wear daily. So be sure to carefully read the materials used to make the shoe before buying.

Which one of these alternatives to plastic do you already implement or plan to implement? How do you feel about China no longer taking our plastics?

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I’m back and Thanksgiving is the middle child

________ is back, tell a friend.

BRANDI!!!

I know, I know; you all missed me; but please hold your applause until the end..

I don’t know, but what I do know is that I am not going to interfere with the course of things by talking about them online while they are in progress.

However, when everything is concluded I promise that I will write a blog post about it.

In the mean time just know that

  1. I’m out of my funk and back to posting every other Wednesday.
  2. A short little blurb will follow this one.
  3. “Bush doesn’t care about black people” mic drop.

Thanksgiving: the middle child

For many people the holy trinity of holidays is Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Mine is comprised of Easter, Mardi Gras, and Juneteenth; but then again I am a different breed.

Considering the standard norm one may notice that Thanksgiving is nestled smack dab in the middle of two worldwide phenomenon’s.

Thanksgiving is like Chris Brown in a group comprised of Chris, R. Kelly, and Bill Cosby. The public scrutiny and gravity of the offenses committed by the other two are so great that they manage to make Breezy look good.

So this holiday season put some respect on Thanksgivings name and honor it.

Don’t disrespect it by putting up another holidays decorations on that day,

To wash or not to wash?

You should wash your thrift finds before wearing them, smoking them, eating them, etc.

I admit it, I am guilty of finding fabulous items and not washing them.

However, this bad habit is not to be imitated.

The overarching reason is due to the fact that fabrics can host a variety of microbial organisms. Some of them good.

Some of them bad.

According to Popular Science ” Microbes can live on household surfaces and fabrics for hundreds of years(https://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2002-08/how-long-do-microbes-bacteria-and-viruses-live-surfaces-home-normal-room-tem/). Harmful bacteria can be responsible for a variety of health issues within living organisms. Health issues ranging from wilted plants, to food poisoning to death.

Thankfully, there currently exists a broad range of household cleaners, laundry detergents, and fabric cleaners to combat these issues and kill bacteria!

My favorite laundry detergent to kill bacteria is Lysol Laundry Sanitizer Additive.

By favorite I mean it’s the best one based on reviews and analyzation of its ingredients. I haven’t actually used it, yet. I told y’all that I don’t wash my thrift clothes before wearing them like I should.

But even if you do not disinfect your preowned fabrics and household items, growing up in a place close to nature and surrounded by animals is not only beneficial for our bodies, but it also strengthens our mental health”. This conclusion was drawn based on the effects drawn from a study done by researchers from University of Ulm and University of Colorado Boulder.

The study studied the immune and stress indicators in a group of 40 males between the ages of 20 and 40. In the study half the men grew up in the country and the other half in the city.

The results that came out were unexpected. The group of men who grew up in the city showed significantly higher levels of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), a known immune system component which appears when a person is under stress.

The group raised in the country also evidenced stronger immune systems as a result of higher levels of commensal bacteria.

According to Science Daily commensal bacteria is described as “most species are harmless or perform beneficial functions, such as aiding digestion”.

Bacteria is able to live and be transferred via fabrics therefore the benefits of commensal bacteria on articles of clothing will be transferred to you!

So would you wash your thrift finds? Or let the bacteria wash all over your body?

I have some concerns with mindfulness

I am a pretty calm person.

When I am not hungry

N word use not condoned; i don’t use that word anymore

or on my period

or between the hours of 11 AM to 11 PM

I am pretty calm.

Many wonder how I’m able to stay so calm

and the answer is this: mindfulness. According to Psychology Today ” Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention to the present”. I utilize the Calm app to provide a mutitude of guided meditation lessons that range from gratitude to self-love. The Calm app encourages daily mindfulness practice by offering daily reminders to meditate.

I have been meditating daily using this app for over a year now and have to give mindfulness credit for calming me down. I’m still a bit more…extra than most; but I’m less extra now than I once was!

I went from cousin Will

to Will Smith.

All thanks to mindfulness! Mindfulness is awesome!

But I have a few reservations… I’m not knocking mindfulness or anything! I practice it myself!

I just have some questions.

For one, I wonder whether the application of mindullness has the effect of decreasing situational awareness. Mindfulness is all about focusing on the minute details of the present situation you are in and basically ignoring the things around you. For example, if you were sitting at a table eating a delicious stack of pancakes

mindfulness would have you hone in on the details of eating the pancakes.

The thick and warm stack filling your mouth.

The warm and sticky syrup dripping down your throat.

The satisfied feeling you get as you sit with a belly full of pancakes.

Meanwhile your house is burning down around you.

Another concern about mindfulness that I have is whether or not the focus on only the present enters into nihilism thus garnering the many cons associated with them.

Nihilism is ” is the philosophical viewpoint that suggests the denial of, or lack of belief in, the reputedly meaningful aspects of life”.

My favorite book, The Stranger, demonstrates nihilism using the main character Mersault ” a nihilist who believes that life has no meaning”. Nihilism preaches basiclly that there is “no day but today”.

So basically, do heroin because you only live one, that’s the motto YOLO.

I only have two reservations about mindfulness but LOADS of benefits.

Among the many benefits of mindfulness is the improved ability to withhild judgement.

This was important for me to learn because my demographic LIVES (allegedly) for judging people; Southern black women.

Judging is in my blood. I was out here judging girls since elementary school.

“Did you see her peanut butter and jelly sandwich?! Her mama ain’t even cut the crusts off! Wooh chile.”

But by continually practicing one of the primary tenets of mindfulness; to observe things without judgement, I have been able to successfully exorcise that judgmental spirit.

What do you think are the pros and cons of mindfulness? Have you tried the Calm app?

“All money isn’t good money”

All money isn’t good money, they say.

Rich people did

But Sprint doesn’t care if it’s good money or bad money that pays the bill, if it don’t get it’s money Sprint is going to cut your phone off

The luxury of only choosing sources of money that are “good” is one that is often not afforded to many of us. We may strive to reach a point in our lives where we do not have to do just “anything for the bag”, but while on the journey to that point, I have compiled a few ways below to “get money”, specifically bad money.

Disclaimer: All methods below are legal, not trying to get you locked up.

Affiliate Marketing

I swear I’m not about to insert a picture of my Lamborghini and talk about how you can make 50k a day like me if you just buy my course for $60 dollars.

But I will be honest and say that you can make a nice side hustle from affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is defined as “a marketing arrangement by which an online retailer pays commission to an external website for traffic or sales generated from its referrals” and is nice because it requires little effort. Simply advertise a product on a platform and direct people to purchase it through your link.

Then sit and wait for your Lambo with suicide doors.

Reselling

I resell items quite frequently. I advocate for it and have penned a number of articles advocating for it and espousing upon components of it. With the advent of a variety of platforms that encourage the user to sell items (Poshmark, Ebay, Etsy, etc.) reselling has become easier than ever! Combined with procuring expensive luxury items at a low price from thrift stores, reselling has the potential to provide a nice income.

Webcam Modeling

I am specifically well versed in this source of dirty money as I have an inside look into the world of camming. A lot are enticed by stories of a friends cousins’ girlfriends little sister who makes a six figure salary from camming like 2 hours a day on Monday and Tuesday; I’m here to tell you the truth; that probably will not be you.

You can obtain a pretty nice average income from camming. As an added benefit you don’t have to put on pants.

Sell things on Craigslist

Not those kind of things.

Things like your time and strength. Craigslist is full of ads requesting persons to move heavy items, be “blackground” on reality shows, be a date for an event, etc. So if you are low on cash check out one of these options!

Eat

Eating has always been…interesting.

But in recent years has sparked a phenomenon that is able to be monetized. That phenomenon is known as mukbangs. Spoon University reports that mukbangs are “when someone consumes massive amounts of food while recording themselves eat. According to Metro, the hosts of the videos ‘sit eating a range of foods for fans, interacting with them through the live chat.’  Those who watch the videos can suggest what to eat next for future videos.”

The mukbang phenomenon can be evidenced across video platforms. The most well known of which is YouTube.




So grab your fork and get that coin!

Be a friend, or foe

There are literally people that pay others to be their friend. I don’t know who these people are as most people (including myself) would pay you to leave them alone…. but I guess some people like to be bothered.

A popular site that allows these people to rent a friend is rentafriend.com. “RentAFriend.com is a web-based hire a friend service. You can either choose to rent a friend or get paid to be a friend. Rent A Friend was started in 2009 by Scott Rosenbaum in New Jersey. It claims to be the world’s leading friend-for-hire website, having been featured by major news stables including FOX and CNN”.

Be a sugar baby

Perhaps one of the easiest jobs ever, being a sugar baby has become a lucrative career. Thanks to sites like Seeking Arrangements and Instagram, you don’t even have to leave the house anymore to let an older rich person know that your hot and ready

like Little Caesars pizza

self is willing to trade your presence (and maybe other things) for money.

Stripppp!

Being a stripper is a career path that has crossed many minds. I’m sure I am not the only one who has seen this

and thought “oh, I can do that!”

But technical abilities aside, stripping is actually a pretty great startup career. According to sources on Reddit, some strippers on average make around $500 a night with potential to make upwards of $3k! Not a shabby salary, if I do say so. In addition to the monetary benefit of stripping are the benefits to your physical health. Who needs the gym when your job requires aerial cardio for hours?

Write erotica

A common theme in the world of money is that sex sells. Even in dystopian futures where every woman is turned into a flesh eating zombie human men will still be willing to risk it all for a piece of the pie.

Imagine she’s a zombie. Black women zombie pictures don’t exist. I guess I’ll add zombie to the list of things society says we can’t be.

So if you like writing, have a vivid imagination, and can describe sexual situations in detail then you should try your hand at erotica. I recently discovered this option while researching for this post and will definitely try my hand at it, I will check in after about two months. Primary platforms for selling erotica include “(1) Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), (2) Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press platform, and (3) Smashwords” (paracompounded.com). For a comprehensive guide on how to get started on this interesting venture visit this site.

Do you advocate for “dirty” money? What are some ways to get it?

Everyone should have a home phone

Who can forget their first love experience? Not the stressful love you went through in high school.

I’m talking about that innocent love you first had for someone in elementary school.

I’m talking about spending recess with the person or thing you loved

 sharing your brownie with the colorful sprinkles with them

 

And talking dirty to them on the house phone.

Well, maybe not that dirty, we were like five years old. The G-rated version of dirty talk.

 

Whether our first love was a boy, girl, or pancakes there was a phone involved; and if you were born before 2001 that phone was probably a house phone.

 

Who remembers the infamous housephone?

Was anyone else guilty of talking “dirty” on the house phone only for someone else to be listening in on the other line and to roast you with it later.

 

I know I was! But even though the house phone did me wrong a few times, it did me right way more times and I miss it.

 

Here’s why I love the house phone.

 Home phones are safe for kids

As time passes it becomes increasingly easier for people without the best intentions to access children. I’m not saying pedophiles did not exist before I-phones, but it is easier to plan an escape with a child when you know there is no possibility of their mom listening in on another line.

Home phones are better for emergencies

 Home phones offer tracking and GPS and are perfect for allowing 911 operators to pinpoint the exact location to dispatch police officers. This is ideal for both young children and adults who do not yet possess adequate vocal ability to express the home address to another party.

Better voice quality

“Home phone’s have a hard line connection tapping directly into the phone network”. As a result, you’ll get better signal reception and far less static on a home phone than a cellphone since it’s a hardwired connection. This is especially true when calling from a basement or in areas far from a cell tower, as the wireless signal has a harder time traveling a long distance or pushing through that much metal, dirt, and concrete without being disrupted.

Good for Mental Health

The world is far too noisy when you constantly lug around external validation (Instagram), past pitfalls (Facebook), constant communication (texting), and everything else you have on your phone (nudes, recipes, pancake pictures, rap lyrics, moneyyyyy). Leaving all of that baggage and strictly using the phone for its intended purpose is good for ones self care.

Home Phones look cool

Phones are a great accessory to any room. You can go antique

or teen dream

Whatever look you are going for there is a phone to match it.

Do you love home phones? If so, why

TVs are overrated

When I tell people that I do not have a tv they either react like this

or like this

Those who react calmly understand that you no longer have to spend hundreds or even thousands to get your daily television dose.

All you need is a laptop and a willingness to waste time binge-watching 90 Day Fiancé.

What I love most about this society is how easily accessible television shows are. For like $11.99 a month you can watch a show about a dystopian future

and an anime

then you can wind down, for free, with the Midnight Society.

You can do all this without blowing hundreds on a square apparatus.

I suggest splitting the bill for a streaming platform with a friend or family member. 11.99 divided by 2 for commercial free television is a pretty great deal!

But if television shows are not your preference and you would rather read a book or the latest article on creolethrifting.com

I have a suggestion for you! And I actually utilize this tip because I am quite the bookworm.

Yes, I developed a love for reading from an early age. The reasons why are because 1) My mom worked at a newspaper/ publishing house and used to bring home hoards of books everyday, so when I finished reading one book there was another one waiting. It was a revolving door of books.

2) My pseudo-Father, Paw Paw (grandpa) read the newspaper everyday and would always give my brother and I the “funnies” (comics). So before I could even read I was out here analyzing images and developing stories using my imagination to fit the image.

3) I didn’t know how to interact with people my age until I was like 16. Raised by an older mother and two ancient grandparents, I was that kid humming BB King when everyone was asking if I had heard the new song by Nelly.

As a result of this inability to relate to my age group I often spent recess and lunchtime holed up in the library with a book.

Thus further developing my love of reading!

I now satisfy my thirst for reading electronically. With a Kindle and a laptop I have no need to spend hundreds on a television.

A money saving technique if I do say so.

I also LOVE an audible subscription. I cannot speak on the price as frankly I don’t know it. I confess that I am guilty of creating numerous false emails in order to continually sign up for the free trial.

Do you own a TV or do you prefer to read or watch videos online (like a boss b*tch)?

If you prefer to read what is your favorite book?

Low budget makeup tips from prison

Back when I was a bright-eyed teenager I set off on a journey to college. Meeting me on this journey were a variety of lessons meant to prepare me for adulthood. The most valuable of which was money management.

I had to learn money management the hard way; by getting enough money to last several months and blowing it in two days.

Yes, I was that girl who got an eight hundred dollar refund check and thought she was ballin’.

The first place I would spend my money at would be the mall.

I would spend a little at Forever 21.

A little more at Pinkberry.

And racks at Sephora.

Sephora got all my little money. I was out here splurging on Naked Palletes and Better than sex mascara like I had somewhere to go where appropriate attire didn’t include sweatpants.

I would then proceed to beat my face with my purchases. I had to look good at the dining hall.

So my refunded loan money would be enough to support my makeup habit and keep me looking fly for a few weeks but after it ran out I was forced to look fly with no money.

Thankfully, I had been gifted numerous tips and tricks from a slew of family and friends who had gone to jail and/or prison on how to look SNATCHED using ordinary items. Some of the methods I learned are below.

Use Colored Pencils for eyeliner

Row of colorful pencils

I was initially introduced to this option by Tracy on Love After Lockup.

Tracy swore by this method and notably donned it for her television debut.

It is simple, place the tip of a number 2 or a colored pencil in hot water for a few seconds in order to soften it up then proceed to utilize it as you would any other eye pencil.

The long-lasting results will leave you questioning why you ever wasted your money on eyeliner in the first place.

Dye hair with Kool-Aid

This tried and true method to dye hair has been a staple for years. I still remember attempting to dye my hair deep purple with a packet of grape Kool-Aid and hopes and dreams. What resulted was a funky purple ‘fro that I was able to rock for the weekend before I had to rinse it out for school on Monday.

Maintain eyebrows with dental floss

One of the most important things on your face should be your brows. You could say the cure for cancer but if your brows look like this

no one is going to care.

Lucky for you, dental floss can double as low cost eyebrow threading utensil.

Get eyeshadow from magazine spreads

You don’t have to spend your money on expensive eyeshadow pallets. Simply buy a magazine, find a pigmented photo in it like this one

And with one finger rub it in circles until the ink from the image rubs off on your finger. Using the ink rub it on your eyelids to get a beautiful eye look!

Natural lipstick

No makeup look is complete without a gorgeous lip color. You can get your own with two simple ingredients: petroleum jelly and beets.

With these makeup hacks you will be looking glamorous for less than the cost of a cup of coffee! Do you have any tips?

I’m back!

I know that my posts were severely missed by my huge fanbase of like 20 followers.

I apologize for causing the turmoil that must have ensued from not having weekly doses of comedic blog posts to look forward to.

I know what you’re thinking. Creole Thrift is usually so consistent, what’s going on?!

What was going on was a case of the blues. I had to get my grandmas record player out and listen to some BB King records. Scratches and all. Imperfections go nicely with a bad day. Or a bad month.

I was down and out because I was shook at the prospect that another Hurricane Katrina-esque event could occur.

I live in New Orleans, always have, and prior to Katrina my life was perfect. I lived in a wonderful neighborhood/ community full of middle class blacks who made me feel glad to be me. I also had a loving family unit comprised of my mama, grandma, grandpa, brother, and uncles. I had a host of friends at school and tons of “Aunties” who were close friends of the family and would chastise me for making a B on a test at school then call the school and asked how they could help me make an A next time. On top of all that my crush liked me back and there were rumors that he was going to ask me out the upcoming Monday🥳. So I was living the (pre) “Teenage dream” Then Katrina came around and ruined it.

Hate is a strong word but it applies here. I HATE Hurricane Katrina; and faced with the prospect that it would happen again

So I packed up a couple of bags and got a plane ticket to visit a friend.

Long story short my flight was canceled.

And I took an Uber there and Uber and Lyft weren’t working.

So I was literally stranded at the airport!

Overpriced food and freezing terminals aside it wasn’t too bad. I made a few friends and got some interesting material to write about in the next few articles. Most importantly I got my groove back and Hurricane Barry proved to be as harmless as a stack of pancakes.

So now I am home at last with a cozy blanket. I am binge-watching anime while eating a snack of pancake covered broccoli (have to get those greens in!). Most importantly I get to resume sharing moments, opinions, and thrift and budget advice with readers of Creole Thrift!

Have you ever been stranded at the airport?

Oh, and follow this blog! I’m probably still going to do it if you don’t. but if you do I would REALLY appreciate it! Here’s a little a$$ as thanks.

Why we love fuckboys

“Once upon a time, not long ago I was a ho And I’m admitting it I won’t take it back ’cause I did the shit”

So as the lyrics imply I was a ho in my younger days. Yes, despite looking as if I am still “young, dumb, and full of” …pancakes, I am not.

I’m just black; and due to my high concentration of melanin and use of mouisturization (lotion) I manage to look much younger than I am.

How old am I? You ask. Bitch that’s rude! Never ask a lady her age.

But back to the topic, ho-ism, a complicated subject, is best learned through immersal. As I immersed myself in ho-ism (for educational purposes, of course) I noticed a recurring delineation. This delineation was a preference for fuckboys.

Fuckboys are “a man who has many casual sexual partners“ (Urban Dictionary).

This preference for fuckboys is not strictly confined to hoes, however, it appears in significant numbers throughout the entire female demographic . From hoes to ladies. From personal experience I can attest to the fact that this preference continues into complete female maturity despite competing preferences of mature women to settle-down and find a stable partner.

As a former ho I can personally attest to the irresistible attraction of a fuckboy. A fuckboy is a lot like a hot sugary donut.

You know it’s bad for you, but you’ve just got to have it.

So what is it about fuckboys that keeps bringing us in? I’ll tell you below.

He “makes (you) feel good”


Not just in that way, but in regards to your inherent desire for external validation. No matter how amazing a girl looks, she still would like to hear it sometimes. Even if your self esteem is on ten, words of external validation are needed at times.

Thankfully, an inherent trait of fuckboys is to compliment you on your appearance.

Fuckboys are super confident

Have you ever met someone who is not very physically attractive but is so confident and smooth they make you question yourself on whether they are really ugly? They go from this

to this

in the span of a few days. Confidence is sexy; and fuckboys have it pumping through their veins.

Fuckboys tell you what you want to hear

Like Chaka Khan, Ne-yo, Mario and countless others we “don’t wanna know” just “Lie to me” and “Tell me something good”. Lucky for us, we have fuckboys who avoid telling the harsh truth like water avoids oil!

All of your friends will be envious of you

Who wouldn’t want a charismatic, confident charmer on their arm for a night?

Fuckboys will leave you with a set of valuable skills

Most fuckboys are narcissists.

Yes, meme, you are right; not ALL fuckboys, but most. True to narcissism the fuckboy only speaks about topics that interest him. Things like sex, money, music, cars, sports etc.

After spending a substantial amount of time with a fuckboy knowledge of those topics are bound to transfer to you.

For example, I have an extensive knowledge of gangsta rap.

The seed for this knowledge was planted back when I was just a little child in elementary school and I started a hip hop group modeled after Master P (New Orleans, Master P was LORD at the time). ugh We would write verses about fucking bitches, gang life, getting money etc. You know, typical 8 year old stuff.

But by the time I encountered my first fuckboy in High school my love of gangsta rap and expressing stories, thoughts, ideas, etc. through the written word had faded away. My love of gangsta rap and my knowledge of it was rekindled by a fuckboy who constantly played it and talked about it to me.

Through my encounter with a fuckboy I learned many things. Among them was the fact that Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil, and the government is lying about 9/11.

Do you love fuckboys? Are you a fuckboy?!