Happy Thursday everyone! We’ve been celebrating Earth these past few weeks with Earth Day and John Muir’s, the “Father of National Parks”, 180th birthday. Earth month is a time to bring awareness to and educate people on certain issues that are negatively affecting our planet, such as; plastics pollution, carbon emissions, excess water usage. I was inspired to look into small ways that I could change my lifestyle that will make a positive change for our planet! Here are some items that I believe I, and everyone else, could incorporate into our lives for an eco-friendly lifestyle. 🌎
Cloth Shopping Bags
Everyone goes to the grocery store and uses those one-use plastic bags for fruits and vegetables, but these bags can help eliminate that waste. Those small plastic bags are one of the top contributors to landfill waste. Large cloth bags can be used to carry your entire shopping trip from store, to car, to house, while the small ones can be used for produce! I currently use large shopping bags (when I remember to bring them) to the grocery store or I’ll use paper bags and use them as my recycling containers.
- Reusable Produce Bags – $12.99 + shipping
Recycled Water Bottles
It’s quite clear that plastic water bottles are a major issue in our society. One-use and they’re thrown in the trash, to sit at a landfill for the rest of time. A very simple solution that anyone can get into is a reusable water bottle/drink mug. Many companies use recycled materials to create reusable water bottles that can last you a lifetime. My personal favorite is an insulated drink container that keeps cold water cold and my hot coffee hot. There are so many eco-friendly options out there that are inexpensive and well worth it!
Reusable Cotton Rounds
In my everyday routine, I use about 2-3 cotton rounds to wash my face. I noticed that majority of my trash barrel contains these cotton rounds at the end of the week. I did some research and reusable cotton rounds are a thing you can buy! You throw them in the laundry or hand wash them in the sink, and they’re good for the next use.
- 10 Cotton Rounds – $9.00
We use so many harsh chemicals on our living surfaces that harm us, our families, and the environment. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning supplies is one brand that I see other green-enthusiasts rave about. Most of these products are derived from plants and essential oils, containing no chlorine or phosphates.
- Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Supplies – $3.99
Straws! My goodness, I think we’ve seen all the Facebook videos of a straw being stuck in the turtle’s nose & it’s just sad to watch. Metal straws eliminate the need for plastic straws, which will match your new recycled water bottle – the perfect pair. Metal straws do a great service for the present and the future! Sounds like a good investment to me.
- 8 Straws + Cleaning Brush – $8.99
Disposable razors can cost $8-15 for a pack, while a safety razor can cost you $30-100 with $1 replacement blades. The razor lasts you a lifetime, while only costing you $1 every other month for a blade replacement. It’s not only affordable, it’s also keeping lots of disposable razors out of the trash.
- West Coast Shaving – $39.99
These are a few of the many products out there that are trying to make a positive change for our future.
Do you own any of these products? Do you have any others that you would suggest?
Thanks for reading!