A few things I use daily can be implemented in both your work & home environment. With only a few adjustments to your daily products your used to reaching for, you can make a significant impact on the environment. Here are a few of my fav’s:
B i o B a g s
I love these bags!! For a few extra $’s, you can feel good about throwing away your trash. These 100% biodegradable bags contain GMO free starch, biodegradable polymer and other renewable resources. Also, no polyethylene is used in the production process. These bags will biodegrade in approx. 8-14 months. You can alternatively get the composting bags which compost in a controlled composting environment in 10-45 days. Several sizes are available to fit your trashcan (Lawn bags are also available). They have a great size for pets that I use daily! Where to get your Bio Bags? Just hop down to your local WholeFoods (all stores may not carry) or check with your local Healthy supermarket. If that doesn’t work, you can purchase at reusablebags.com. This site is amazing, and you will be sucked in quite easily for there awesome enviro-friendly products.
These pet-friendly bio bags can be purchased on-line at Amazon or at a Petco store. I LOVE these! I use these EVERYDAY to pick up after my cat. I use the ones for dogs as he has a VERY healthy colon! These amazing bags are made from cornstarch, very sturdy and also have easy tie handles. Can’t go wrong with these guys.
Super A M A Z I N G Kitchen cloths
I’ve been obessed with these for years. In fact, my friend sent a new batch to me for my b-day last year & it was my favorite gift. I’m easy to shop for! Instead of wasting your papertowels, clean up that mess with these bad boys. Wipe down with a natural spray (Method makes a great one) after dinner (or supper they say around here) and rinse out your cloth afterwards. They are super-absorbant, fast drying and seriously last for years. I use one every two days and then toss into my dishtowel pile for washing at the end of the week. You can grab them at your local Trader Joe’s for $3.99 for a 2 pack. Most other stores are now carrying similiar versions. Good tip: Microwave the towel (wet!) after each use for 2 minutes (don’t leave alone) to sanitize and kill the bacteria. Now your off to a clean & paper-free kitchen!
Napkin F r e e!
Yes, the dreaded napkins. Nothing makes me cringe more than watching someone grab a ton of napkins for one person. It literally sends shivers down my spine. Yes, I have already admitted I am OCD and a lot to handle. That’s what made me a great assistant, if I should say myself. Anyway, back to napkins. I found a type at IKEA that I have used for 2 years now and still using the same one. I use one a day and they still haven’t fallen apart after endless washes it seems. They are the Iris napkin and come in a pack of 4 for $3.49. I recommend to get enough for two weeks and throw them in the wash with your other towels weekly. Most linen napkins are to big, but these are the perfect size!
LUNCH & SNACKS:
Ok, we’ve tackled plastic bags, paper towels and napkins. Now, let’s get to another daily habit for most everyone. The dreaded plastic bags, aluminum foil, plastic containers and paper bags for lunch. With a few of the right things, you will on your way to barely throwing away anything. Here’s a few things I use to get me through my day:
INSTEAD of using plastic bags & aluminum foil to pack my lunch/snacks: I prefer to use Snack Taxis(snacktaxi.com). I saw these on Oprah and ordered a few. I love them. Get the larger ones for sandwiches and smaller ones for chips, snacks, etc. There are a ton of other ways to carry your little goodies, and the best site is reusablebags.com.
INSTEAD of plastic containers: I use small glass jar containers. This avoids having to heat those leftovers in dangerous plastic. I bought a few sets at T.J. Maxx for $19.99 each. Here’s one I found on-line alternatively (Glass Lock food storage containers at spacesavers.com for $9.99).
INSTEAD of using produce plastic bags & paper bags for lunches: I carry my lunch in a enviro-friendly lunch sack. You can find these in multiple stores (Home Goods recently had a great selection to choose from) or yet again go to reusablebags.com (and no, they don’t pay me to write this!). They also have a great selection for bags to get to put your fruit & veggies at the store in, instead of wasting those annoying little plastic bags they give you (see the Flip & Tumble produce bags below). Don’t forget to carry your own bags to the stores! I always keep a few empty bags in my car for when I go the grocery store or even impromptu shopping. Whole Foods has some really cute bags to choose from.
With these few adjustments to your day, you are reducing your waste by a tremendous amount. Watch yourself…you may start to have fun with it! I do! E N J O Y