April 22 is Earth Day!
The environmental movement began in 1970 – so this year marks 50 years of Earth Day! And with that, encouraging public participation and awareness of the state of our planet.
I'm all one day I need to celebrate this incredible world and encourage environmental action, but in my mind, every day is Earth Day. And
That said, there are some simple and easy ways to be more environmentally friendly at home!
Reduce the plastic
51 trillion pieces of plastic are found in the world's oceans. It is used to take responsibility and move to products that are safe for marine life, coral reefs and the planet.
And reducing the use of plastic is a fantastic way to get started!
If you use Ziploc bags, try reusing them when possible. If you can't reuse them and find yourself accumulating a variety of other soft plastics, many grocery stores have stocks where you can deposit your soft plastic for recycling.
Instead of Ziploc baggies and plastic wrap, you can change to bee paper, reusable containers, glass jars, etc. I'm a big fan of Stasher Bags instead of Ziploc baggies and I use them every day.
The Free Shop package has a ton of wonderful household items without packaging!
Check what your city is really recycling – and make sure you clean ALL your recyclable products.
Recycle bin adjustment
Placing dirty plastic or styrofoam in recycling bins can contaminate other items and essentially have the opposite effect of recycling. So be sure to check it out!
Are you afraid of the idea of a pile of fertilizer in your yard? It doesn't have to be that bad! You can really get a bucket specifically for compost to put it under your sink (with lid to lock in any unwanted odors).
These compost bins allow you to break your organic material until it can be used in the garden!
Bring your own canvas bags
When shopping for groceries, bring your own bags! I like to collect canvas bags from different places as souvenirs and use them when I'm in the market.
You can also discard plastic production bags. And just present your fruits and vegetables as they are.
Or, if you want to skip the plastic bags on the market and choose your own – you can use a bag of muslin / reusable product (it must be clean so that the registry can read labels / labels on the products through the bags) .
Eat less meat + dairy products
In the US, about 30-40% of total food supply is lost. By storing food and shopping for what you really need, we can minimize the amount of food we send to landfills.
Although you don't need to eat vegetarians, substituting 1x meat a week makes a difference! It's easier than ever to find meat alternatives and there are some great options like Beyond Meat and Lightlife.
In addition to eating less meat, you can make your own nuts at home!
I bought my Almond Cow last year to reduce waste in my home. You can use any nut, seed or grain to make homemade milk based on plants – it produces 5-6 cups of fresh milk at the touch of a button and without icky preservatives, chemicals or waste!
Use the "KIERSTEN" discount code for a $ 15 discount on an Almond Cow.
Cape Town, South Africa
Alternation to energy efficient products and water saving
Water is one of the most valuable resources on the planet, and while it may seem difficult for a single person to have an impact, you can really. Every step you take to conserve water is important.
The way I see the world changed forever in early 2018.
I just started settling into my new home in Cape Town when I heard the announcement: we were counting on what became known as the awesome "Zero Day"– means one million homes inside Cape Town would not have access to running water.
This opened my eyes, and as we passed, we drastically changed the routine and use of the water (synchronizing my showers and collecting gray water from the shower to flush the toilet was just some of the ways).
There are ways to be more careful about using water in your home and make your household more water efficient.
Transition to water + energy efficient goods
While you are ahead of the curve, this is a more expensive investment, in the long run you will save money on both water and electricity when you switch to eco-friendly toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and light bulbs.
When washing clothes
When washing your clothes – choose cold water, so as not to waste energy on heating water. This washing bag helps reduce the number of microplastics that return to the water.
Natural cleaning products
Branch Basics is an excellent company with many natural cleaning products. If you can't find them – Trader Joe's also has a pretty decent selection of non-toxic cleaning products.
Switch to reusable
Wherever you can, go for sustainable, reusable products and discard disposable paper products.
I'm all for reusable water bottles (especially Hydro Flasks as they keep things hot or cold!) And reusable silicone straws.
Here are some other reusable products:
For the bathroom
Don't worry, I'm not going to suggest reusable toilet paper… but you can choose toilet paper from recycled products – Who Gives a Crap is a fantastic brand that only offers the thing.
Also, while these are not so common in the US – don't hit a bidet until you try it! You may be pleasantly surprised. You can easily install a Tushy Bidet in your toilet, using less toilet paper.
Purchase of local
Look for your local CSA – short for Community Support Agriculture, so you can support small, local farms – and see if they offer a weekly production box!
The more you buy locally – the better! In addition, most of the time when you make a purchase from the farmers market, it is not wrapped in plastic.
Each piece helps and you will find that many of them are really easy to customize. And
What advice do you have for being more environmentally conscious? Let me know in the comments below!