We only have one planet Earth, making Earth Day the official reminder to treat our planet well. Though this environmentally friendly holiday is celebrated once a year – April 22 marks the event’s 50th anniversary – these eco-friendly products for your home will help make every day a little greener.
With many brands using buzzwords like sustainable, natural and zero-waste, it can be hard to decipher what’s truly good for the planet and what’s hype. Start by reading the label and looking for products that have green certifications, like GreenGuard Certified. It can take a little more planning and searching for the right goods, but in the long run you can save a lot of money by supporting Mother Nature (just a bonus!).
So whether you’re going zero-waste and stopping the use of single-use plastic products or you just want to start by shopping with a reusable bag, this green guide will help you adjust your carbon footprint. Remember, every small change makes a difference.
Kitchen waste accounts for much of the trash that comes from the common household – from eggshells and coffee grinds to copious amounts of single-use plastics. Start by thinking about where most of your kitchen waste comes from and find eco-friendly products to tackle those items.
Bee’s Wrap is reusable wrap made from cotton and beeswax that can replace plastic wrap and aluminum foil. You can swap out plastic containers with reusable containers made from more sustainable materials (look for glass or steel) like Klean Kanteen, Nummy, U-Konserve and LunchBots. Replace kitchen paper towels and sponges with things like NotPaper Towels, which can be washed and reused, or Swedish dishcloths, which are made from wood and cotton.
Another simple way to care for the planet is by composting your food waste. Start by simply collecting any food waste on your counter in a compost bin (there are simple steel bins or chic wooden containers like this one). Set up a compost bin in your yard or bring your food scraps to a local farmers market.
When making a trip to the grocery store, bring your own reusable shopping bags. Several states – including New York and Connecticut – ban plastic bags in stores. Envirosax and Baggu are two sustainable brands that offer a variety of stylish reusable bags. Boon Supply, another eco-conscious brand, has products like these farmer’s market totes – made famous by the French – that are perfect for carrying fruit and veggies. Store smaller produce like berries or peas in these mesh drawstring bags. Bye-bye plastic bags!
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