9 ECO Friendly items to help you go green
I have to admit going green or being eco-friendly hasn't always been on my radar... This is something I have taken more seriously with age and as a parent.
My hubby and I have been really into documentaries on Netflix (hello what to watch in isolation...) and one that really hit the need to go green home was David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet. It was after watching this documentary that I really started to pay attention to our waste, as a family of 5... we've got it.
So I started researching small ways that I can make a difference and reduce our footprint as a family! So I thought I would share:
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1) Pads! Pads and tampons are responsible for about 200,000 tonnes of waste per year – most of which contain plastic. Then there's the secondary issue of flushing used products down the toilet, with nearly 0.5% of all marine plastics debris being tampon applicators. I have been looking into leakproof underwear for a while now and when Knix came out with their super-duper leakproof underwear and kits I jumped on buying them.
In my first month of using them, I only used 4 pads, which is a huge difference from my normal use (I have an extremely heavy flow and go through a lot). They are super comfy and I cannot recommend them enough! I will be buying more! I have bought them individually but recently picked up the Heavy Flow Period Kit!
2) Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent! I have heard so many good things about True Earth Eco Strips, that I had to try them out! You put a stop of laundry detergent in your laundry machine, as you would liquid or powder and they work so well! I have been so please with how well they clean, I will continue to buy from this brand! Tru Earth’s zero waste, compostable, and plastic-free packaging reduces transportation fuel consumption and global-warming carbon emissions by 94% compared to today’s leading-brand liquid and powder detergent.
3) Toothbrushes! I can honestly say that I never thought about how many plastic toothbrushes of mine are sitting in landfills, there's a lot! So we switched over to bamboo! Here are our most recent ones we bought for us and bamboo brushes for the kids too!
4) Who else uses ziplock bags like they just don't care???? Well, now I care and have purchased some great reusable options. We picked up a multipack kit of various sizes, for lunches and more.
5) How about zero waste shampoo and conditioner? I have this hair sampler in my cart for my next haircare purchase! So what is the problem with regular shampoo and conditioner? Plastic. Over 40% of the plastic comes from product packaging (We're changing that!) 80 Billion plastic bottles disposed of around the world each year are from shampoo & conditioner alone. 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year. 9/10 fish have ingested microplastics according to studies. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Only 9% of ALL plastic ever made has been recycled. Every person on earth consumes 40,000 microplastics each year. Ethique has a variety of plastic-free, plant-based products.
6) Toothpaste! What happens to all of those toothpaste tubes? Landfills! So what can we do? Try an eco friendly, zero waste packaging toothpaste-like Crush & Brush Toothpaste Tablets.
7) Say yes to beeswax and no to plastic wrap! I love these super cute Bee inspired BALFER Bees Wax Food Storage Wrap.
8) Produce bags - I have been carrying fabric bags in my vehicle and purse for years. So makes sense that besides those bags in my purse are Reusable Produce Bags.
9) Menstruation Station! For those who are looking for other eco-friendly options for their monthly menstruation needs, I know many women who have been using cups for years. Many of my friends who use the Knix underwear will partner them with a cup. A top-rated cup on amazon is The Pixie Menstrual Cup.
And there's so many more items to help make the shift to green living! Have you made any swaps? Do you want another list with more items? Let me know