We are all creatures of habit and even though we have the best intentions of living a healthier lifestyle or trying to live more eco friendly, it can be challenging at times. Here's a list we put together to help you in small and easy ways to start living a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.
- Dryer Balls- My mom got me hooked on dryer balls quite some time ago and I have to say they are a staple in the house. Not only do dryer balls eliminate waste and are reusable, they are also better for you. They are made up of 100% wool and actually dry your clothes faster. Some sources say dryer sheets have toxic ingredients and have wax on them which can irritate your skin and can also affect people who have asthma or respiratory concerns. I use the ones from Norwex, but if you don’t know a rep. here is a link to find them at Target! https://www.target.com/p/molly-s-suds-wool-dryer-balls-3-ct/-/A-50693899
- Eco-Friendly Straws- We all have been hearing the buzz lately around plastic straws and we agree, save the turtles! If you are someone that likes using straws with your beverage of choice, try reusable metal straws instead! https://www.target.com/p/klean-kanteen-steel-straws-4pk-for-pints-and-tumblers-assorted-colors/-/A-52276347
- Solid Skin and Haircare Products- Okay, we may be a little bias but this is a great way to eliminate a lot of single use plastic! Solid shampoo/conditioner bars, lotion bars and soaps are both eco and travel friendly, a two-fer! You can find them at pinkmaverickco.com. ;)
- Re-usable Water Bottles- I will admit, I used to be a big bottled water fan. I always have to have water near me at all times, it’s a comfort thing. After being aware of all the plastic consumption and ocean pollution out there I wanted to make a change and be more mindful of how much plastic I was using and throwing away. By using a re-usable water bottle you can help with eliminating plastic bottles. According to one source, about 20,000 bottles are bought every second. Add that up and you get 28,800,000 in ONE day. On the go? Try boxed or canned water! You can find this Contigo Autoseal Chill Stainless Steel water bottle at Target. https://www.target.com/p/contigo-autoseal-chill-stainless-steel-water-bottle-24oz/-/A-51845261?preselect=51734633#lnk=sametab
- Grocery Totes- What to do with ALL those bags?! If you’re anything like me you have a whole cupboard, drawer, closet, etc. just for storing bags! To help eliminate your growing bag collection and to help with plastic pollution, try bringing your own grocery tote! Most of the time you can find reusable grocery bags at your local supermarket.
- Re-purpose Old Items Around The House- Instead of throwing something away, see if there is another way to get a couple more uses out of it. Old furniture for example can be glammed up by a coat of paint and new hardware. Have an old chair? Spruce it up by reupholstering it. Use old tins or plastic containers for storing your nick-knacks. Not your thing and don’t have the creative touch? Re-sell it at a thrift store or donate it to your local shelter.
- Reusable Gift Wrap, Bags and Boxes- We all get loads of wrapping paper, bags, boxes, etc. around the holidays. Instead of throwing in the trash, store in a drawer or closet for the next time you need to give a gift!
- Bamboo Products- Toilet paper, toothbrushes, on-the-go-untensils are just a few products that can be made from bamboo. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource and takes only about five years to grow to it’s maturity. Instead of being uprooted like other hardwoods, it is cut at the base of the stalk which will later regrow; reducing deforestation. Not only is it a great renewable resource, it also helps to fight air pollution, awesome!
Even though there are other ways and things to do, these are just some easy ones to get started!