4 Simple Eco-Friendly Products that Will Get You Living Green Every Single Day
As much as I appreciate the sentiment behind Earth Day, it shouldn’t be something we think about only once a year… especially for parents who want to instill good green habits in their kids.
But we can certainly use it as a “new years” of sorts– an opportunity to evaluate how we can improve our “green” efforts and make changes to our daily routines that are sustainable year after year… changes our kids will grow up seeing as the norm.
The best part is that it’s so easy to do… and we have four examples to prove it. 🙂
In switching up a few of your everyday products, you can also significantly reduce your carbon footprint, save money and create a cleaner, nontoxic environment for your family. Sure, these steps may seem small… and that’s because they are. But small steps add up, especially when others join you in the process.
1. Switch to Get Clean: Just one ‘Get Clean’ kit by Shaklee is so concentrated that it saves…
- 108 pounds of packaging from going into the landfills
- 248 pounds of greenhouse gases from going into our atmosphere
- $3,400 on what you would buy on conventional, non-concentrated cleaning products
Remember, you get free shipping until April 30th as well as a free $20 membership that saves you 15% on your Get Clean order and all future orders. Shaklee is also planting a tree for every Get Clean kit sold.
To buy: Get Clean Starter Kit, $99
2. No More Paper Coffee Cups: For years, I had every intention of bringing my own
mug to coffee shops in lieu of using yet another paper one. But I also didn’t love the idea of putting hot liquid into a plastic container and drinking out of it every day (even if it claimed to be BPA-free). This year, however, I’ve officially kept to my reusable cup resolution since January because I got the BEST reusable, plastic-free cup from Santa (he knows me so well). 😉
Bureo, a company known for its sustainable practices (especially their innovative skateboards made from discarded fishing nets), also sells these amazing transportable mason jars. The sleeve is made out of recycled water bottles as well!
To buy: Bureo mason jar mug, $22.50
3. No More Plastic Utensils
Plastic utensils make up a huge portion of waste each year… six million tons to be exact, according to One Green Planet.org.
So leave it to Bureo to think of another reusable, non-plastic solution. These portable bamboo utensils encourage less use (and disposal) of plastic utensils, so they’re perfect for those who regularly pick up lunch on-the-go. Plus, they come in a handy little pouch with a mini carabiner attached, so you can keep it attached to your workbag or backpack.
To buy: Bamboo Utensil Set, $15
4. Bye Bye Paper Towels: The average person uses 45 pounds of paper towels each year, which results in 13 billion pounds going into our landfills, according to The Energy Co-Op. Think of the trees and the waste that could be saved if everyone just reduced even a portion of their use.
I started using Twist sponge cloths instead, and so far it’s been keeping our paper towel use down.
Another idea is to use “unpapered” towels, which are rolls of reusable cloth that fit onto your paper towel holder. Either make your own or find them on Etsy for around $30.
To buy: TWIST sponge cloths, $2.67 for a pack of 3
What are some other tips or products that help you live green on a daily basis? Share them with us in the comments!