Community Contributor: Ariel Green – @naturally_mermaid
With Earth Day falling on April 22, it’s a widely recognized time to consider your impact on this planet and make changes towards being a better citizen and consumer.
One of the first steps we should take as conscious consumers is to reduce the amount of waste that we are creating by buying less and replacing disposable or single-use items with reusable alternatives. We know that money equals power so it’s important to support eco-friendly brands that also care about their impact on the planet.
This guide will help you get started on your sustainable journey.
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Ditch the plastic bottles and opt for a reusable bottle
Say no to the plastic grocery bags and keep a stash of reusables for store runs
Eliminate the single-use plastic produce bags and switch to cotton produce bags
Reusable Sandwich Bags
Store sandwiches, snacks, produce, or use these reusable storage bags to organize toiletries for vacation
Silicone Baking Mat
Bake your favorite treats while reducing waste with a reusable silicone baking mat
Reduce the amount of food going into the trash and save fruit & veggie skins to turn into soil
Reusable Cotton Rounds
Try reusable cotton rounds to apply toner, remove makeup, and more
Switching to shampoo bars rather than using bottles will reduce the amount of waste you’re creating on a regular basis
Bamboo Toilet Paper
Give the trees a break and switch to a toilet paper made from bamboo
Stop buying tampons every month and swap to a menstrual cup that’s better for your wallet and body
Period panties are a great alternative to pads – they’re easy to wash and are so comfortable to wear
Knowing that this toy will biodegrade at the end of its life will almost please you as much as its multi-speed settings
Refillable Dish Soap
Pairing a refillable dispenser with an eco-friendly dish soap in recyclable packaging will cut back on plastic waste
Refillable Hand Soap
Another refill option to help reduce buying disposable plastic soap bottles every month
Wool Dryer Balls
Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil and these dryer balls will replace single-use dryer sheets
Take your time to decide what will work best for your lifestyle, and use up what you have before buying anything new.
Remember that sustainability is a journey, not a destination.
Happy Earth Day!
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