With Earth Day just around the corner, we thought we'd share some ways to make Earth Day every day instead of just one day a year. Below are some easy and useful ideas on how to add more “green” into your daily routine while also avoiding toxic chemicals!
bags ~ Because only about 1-3% of plastic bags end up getting recycled and
since plastic is not biodegradable, using a reusable snack bag is a great
eco-friendly alternative to help reduce the amount of waste you produce. Take a
look at the type of reusable bag you use and check to make sure it is free from
harmful chemicals like phthalates.
straws ~ Many people like to use straws to help keep their teeth clean but
with plastic straws being thrown away, we end up getting the environment "dirty"
at the expense of "clean" teeth. Instead of using a new straw every time you sip
on a colored drink, try using reusable straws made from glass or stainless
bamboo utensils ~ Plastic utensils are everywhere: when you order food
to-go, at the office, and in schools. They often end up in the trash, so to help
avoid this, use reusable utensils made from certified organic bamboo, a
sustainable resource that does not jeopardize the environment when it’s grown.
containers ~ Ever thought about bringing your own container for leftovers
when you go out to eat? Instead of packing leftovers in containers provided by
restaurants, try packing them in a glass or stainless steel food container—an
eco-friendly and safe way to store your food.
bottles ~ Buying a new plastic water bottle every day is neither cost
effective nor good for the environment, since bottles are often tossed into
trash bins. Switch to reusable water bottles made from BPA free glass or
stainless steel as a safe, eco-friendly and non-toxic way to enjoy water and
100% certified organic
lunch bags ~ Replace brown paper bags and plastic bags with a reusable lunch
bag made from 100% certified organic cotton. Methods used to grow organic cotton
do not use toxic pesticides or fertilizers and have a lower environmental impact
than conventional growing methods.