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Just in time for EarthDay 2020 - which happens to be Earth Day’s 50th anniversary - these sustainable living tips can help you take a few small steps in your sustainable living efforts.
3 easy ways to make small sustainable changes in your life:
1. Reusable straws - at least at home!
National Geographic reports an estimated 500 million plastic straws are used (and thrown away) in the US every single day! Eco Cycle averages that out as 1.6 straws per person estimating between the ages of 5 and 65 each person (in the US) will use about 38,000 or more plastic straws.
In my house, prior to using reusable straws, we averaged more than 1.6 straws per person per day.
There are pros and cons to traveling with your reusable straws. While the pro's seem obvious - lest waste, saving money.
The cons include getting kind of stinky when used on the go (away from home) which is why at our house we use stainless steel straws at home, some of us use plastic straws when we are out and my fiercest zero waste advocate at home will refrain from using a straw when we are out.
You can find reusable straws everywhere now! Its as easy as going to any grocery store or your can buy them online here.
2. Reusable Zip Top Bags
I have no idea how many zip top bags I used to go through in a week. Especially when my girls were younger and I was constantly packing snacks.
All I know is plastic zip top bags were always on my shopping list until I made an effort to start trying reusable, sustainable food storage options.
Thanks to Grove Collaborative I tried using reusable zip top bags in various sizes and found they are super easy to use and clean.
I still purchase disposable zip top bags but not nearly as often as I used to, which saves money and time!
3. Dryer Balls instead of dryer sheets!
Used dryer sheets may not take up a lot of room however they are a single use product that is really unnecessary and they do create a lot of waste.
We all love the “fresh” smell dryer sheets give our clothes, towels and sheets however that smell is derived from harmful chemicals that not only smell “good” but leave a harmful, chemical laden film on all of our clothing, sheets and towels as well.
Ditching the dryer balls not only reduces waste, it's good for your health!
Not convinced the “smell” is harmful?
Read this from Eco Watch:
Fragrances can include tens to hundreds of different chemicals, some of which are toxic, and many of which are known allergens, like limonene and linalool. All fragrance chemicals are usually kept secret from consumers. Dryer sheets can contain volatile organic compounds like acetaldehyde and butane, which can cause respiratory irritation. Quats, a fabric softener chemical, is often part of a family of chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds, many of which are linked to asthma. Acetone, used in dryer sheets, can cause nervous system effects like headaches or dizziness.
Reusable Dryer Balls come in plastic and wool (as pictured).
Need a “fresh” smell for your laundry? Try Wool Dryer Balls with somegood essential oils!
So much better for you and the environment.
Simple steps make the most sense to me. Every little bit helps!
Please let me know if you try these sustainable living tips! I would love to hear how they work for you.
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