Have you ever taken a day to see what types of things you are using and throwing away? Do you use plastic water bottles, blow through a roll of paper towels on a cleaning day, or have a cabinet full of grocery store bags? I know that a few years ago that was me. I never thought twice when I got more plastic bags or when I grabbed another water bottle from the fridge. It never occurred to me what damage I was doing to the planet.
It wasn’t until I saw all of the natural disasters happening at one time that I realized it was time to make a change. Sometimes we can’t change the world, but each of us doing our own part makes a huge difference. Below are a number of items I use to cut down on my plastic and chemical uses. I am still learning new ways to better our environment and this list will be constantly updated.
If there are other items you use and have found work great, please let me know in the comments below! I am always ready to try new things.
Mrs. Meyers – I looked for a long time to find better cleaning spray to use in my house. I tried to make my own and I can honestly say I did it very poorly. Mrs. Meyers is amazing. It smells great and I honestly think my house is cleaner than ever before.
Swedish Cleaning Cloth – I know for me I used a whole roll of paper towels when I clean. I realized that problem with this is that I am not only wasting money but I am also causing a lot of trash. I stumbled upon a brand of these and fell in love. They clean so much better than I ever expected. I just get them wet, do my cleaning, rinse them off, and then when they need it I through them in the wash. By far my best purchase.
Hydro Flask – Let’s be realistic. We all need to drink more water. We are a society of dehydrated weirdos. I know I am almost always dehydrated which is not really healthy living. I was gifted with an amazing Hydro Flask and I love it. I bring it with me to work and am trying to bring it with me everywhere. It hold cold and hot drinks and keeps them that temperature for hours. I can see many people thinking this is a bit expensive. And I won’t lie, it is. But if you are constantly buying water bottles you can easily add up to the price of this one bottle. Really evaluate how much you are spending on plastic bottles. This may be a way cheaper option.
Reusable K Cup – Keurig’s and products like it are amazing for many reasons. However the plastic K-cups are not. The creator of this machine even admitted that he wished he hadn’t because of its horrible impact on the planet. Well some amazing person created a reusable cup! You can add any coffee to it and make the same cup you would with a plastic one. I do want to mention that you must get one that has a plastic ring on the top. If it does not have this piece the machine will not read that it is able to use it. So keep that in mind when picking one up.
Bamboo Toothbrush – These toothbrushes are life savers. I never really thought about what happens to my toothbrush after I toss it. it never occurred to me that it is plastic and wouldn’t decompose for decades. So I found these amazing babies and have been using them ever since. I even got my boyfriend on board with using them. They work as well as any brush and make you feel better about your environmental impact. Also a bonus is that you can write on them and use them as plant labels! Booyah!
Menstrual Cup – Alright ladies. It is time to talk about periods. There are so many of us out there that use tampons and never really think twice about them. They are easy to use and for the most part safe. But they do contain chemicals and add to the environmental change. I got this diva cup and have not gone back since. It does take a little time learning how to use but it is worth it. You can leave it in for up to 12 hours, there is no chance of TSS, it is a one time purchase, and it helps you learn how your body is working. If you can get past the blood part you will fall in love with this. I know I have.
Green Bags – These bags are great for big grocery shopping. You are able to hook the bags right into the cart so that you can separate the items as you go. This also makes bagging so much easier and you can pick them right up and toss them in your car. I try to keep at least two bags in my car at a time but one bag can go a long way. Just be careful if it gets really heavy.
Produce Bags – Have you ever noticed how much plastic you can accumulate when you are getting produce? They have plastic clear bags for all of your produce and it is so easy to just grab one. Here are some amazing mesh produce bags that you can even use in the bulk section! I used mine to get rolled oats and all my fruits and veggies.
Thank you for taking the time to check out these items. I am always trying new things to make sure to check in every once in a while and see what new items you can add to your life that I have tested and loved. Also be sure to comment below with any items you use to help better our planet!
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