Simple ways we are helping the environment & ways YOU can also help the environment.
Bamboo straws and Bamboo Toothbrushes
The war against plastic is growing & with it so many eco-friendly alternatives are beginning to surface. Ways that will reduce the pollution of our oceans, our beaches and help prevent harm to wildlife. Scientists estimate there are around 7.5 million plastic straws polluting the shorelines of the U.S and that’s just the U.S alone. There is an estimate of 8 billion plastic straws polluting shorelines all around the world.
We have been ignorant for far too long in the ways our comfortability effects our environment and destroys our earth. These little pieces of plastic, wreak so much havoc and yet we are so comfortable with it because of their single use, disposable convenience.
Personally, we are DONE with plastic straws.
These bamboo straw alternatives are among one of the best decisions we have made to help our planet and save our ocean’s wildlife. They are inexpensive and made of enduring natural material. They are bio-degradable meaning once their use is finished, they will give back to the earth. Unlike plastic that can take over 450 years to decompose.
It is estimated that the average American family takes home almost 1500 plastic bags per year and majority of that plastic ends up in landfills, polluting the earth.
A lot of excuses surrounding the use of recyclable bags stem from the idea that the bags won’t hold as much, or the inconvenience of having to make sure you have them with you every time you go to a store.
But is that inconvenience really worth the lives of millions of wildlife, is it worth the quality of our oceans, our nature?
Recyclable bags are not only incredibly durable, they are much more convenient than the dozens of plastic bags you bring home and have nowhere to put.
Since we have begun using recyclable bags, there have been a few times we forgot them at home on our way to the grocery. And instead of succumbing to the convenience of plastic bags in store, we carried our items out by hand.
It feels so good, knowing that we are helping reduce that plastic pollution even by just a tiny percent.
Reusable Water Bottles
It is estimated that 80 percent of the plastic water bottles bought end up in landfills and polluting the oceans. Many brands of bottled water contain so many contaminants and chemicals and although it’s “FDA” approved it does not mean its good for you.
Recyclable water bottles help save the environment and there are many ways to purify water from a tap these days.
We typically use our 5 gallon drums to go and fill up our water at the local grocery store. It’s so inexpensive doing refills for a couple cents per gallon versus buying plastic bottles of water that isn’t as tasty or fresh.
Shethinx Feminine Products
It is estimated that over 45 billion period related products are thrown away each year, majority ending up in landfills and the oceans. Tampons are not recyclable and with the use of plastic applicators, they can take centuries to biodegrade.
With the raised awareness of environmental conservation, new products are coming into the light. Not only are there organic alternatives to tampons/pads with 99% biodegradable results but there are companies like shethinx. SheThinx has created panties that absorb blood flow, their heaviest pairs can hold up to two tampons worth, with no leaks, depending on how heavy your period is. After purchasing these I never want to use tampons/pads again. They are comfortable, cost-efficient and way better for the environment.
Natural Oils And Soaps
Another way that we have been consciously making an effort in reducing our environmental impact is using biodegradable, natural oil soaps. Not only do the chemicals used for fragrance and production increase the negative impact on Nature, they also harm our bodies as well. By using more sustainably sourced oils we can help reduce the carbon footprint during extraction and production of these products. This means far less chemicals and pesticides mixed into our soil, air and water supply. With the products we use we can feel at ease knowing that they have not been tested on animals or inorganic compounds entering our bodies through our pores. It may be a small step, but when we add up everything together these little changes can eventually lead to a greater impact for environmental sustainability.
What are some ways you help the environment?
We’d love to know!
Together we can spread this awareness and help our planet, one small thing at a time.