It’s 2019, and at this point you ought to be aware of global warming as a harsh and irrefutable reality. And it’s no wonder too, because let’s be real, we put the planet through a lot. It’s not all doom and gloom though, because thankfully there are literally hundreds of ways we can minimize our environmental impact and live more eco-conscious lives. The best part? There are some practices that require minimal effort, and boast a high environmental pay off. Read on to to learn how you can be more sustainable at home, the easy way.
Ditch. The. Plastic
Not to get too bleak here, but single-use plastic is the bane of mother nature’s existence. It takes almost 1,000 years to decompose, makes up the majority of landfills and need we remind you of all the innocent sea creatures getting caught up in your sparkling water wrappers and zip lock bags? Ditching single use plastics is one of the easiest swaps you can make to be more eco-conscious at home. Instead of zip lock bags, opt for Stasher Bags – an eco-friendly alternative to plastic food-savers made from silicone – and when you’re done, just toss them in the dishwasher and use them all over again. Easy.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags)
One of the cardinal rules of eco-conscious living, bringing your own reusable bags is an easy way to curb unnecessary waste. These reusable bags by eco-chic brand, BAGGU, are as cute as they are practical – we recommend keeping at least 4 of them in your car at all times for supermarket runs and one in your purse for impulse purchases. Bonus: They’re available in a wide variety of trendy prints and styles, so you’re sure to find one you love.
Instead of constantly replenishing paper towels and napkins, go the sustainable route and stick to cloth napkins and cleaning rags instead. Besides, pulling out a cloth napkin at the table is bound to make your home feel like your favorite Michelin starred restaurant, right? Keep a set of 10 or 20 on hand and just throw them in the wash on laundry day. Having a limited number of cloth napkins is also a great way to train your loved ones (i.e. kids) to be more conscious of the way they use and waste products. If you know you only have 5 napkins left for example, you’ll be more inclined to simply wash your hands instead of opting for a quick fix – see?
Brush with Bamboo
Picture this: The first toothbrush you ever used, baby sized and cartoon themed, rotting away in a landfill. Gross right? Now picture every tooth brush you ever used since childhood – they’re likely still in landfill as most toothbrushes take over 400 years to break down. Once we discovered this unsettling statistic, we had to find an eco-friendlier option. Enter Bamboo Toothbrushes. Except for their nylon bristles (which can easily be plucked off and recycled), these Humble Co. brushes are made of pure Bamboo – making them totally biodegradable.