Tis’ the season for change and new beginnings. As New Year’s Eve approaches, people are preparing for the start of their new resolutions. This year our family’s resolution is to be more environmentally friendly.
This years goal is to reduce the convenience products that we use and purchase. Some examples of these products include… paper plates, sandwich bags, bottled water, plastic grocery bags and k-cups. Another perk to eliminating the convenience products from our home is that it should also help us save some money.
We do cloth diaper a lot of the time, but do need to get motivated and fully back on track with it and do it even when we are away from home. As a family we also decided that toilet paper is just not a convenience product that we are willing to eliminate. There are a lot of families that use “family cloth” and more power to them… we just aren’t there yet and maybe never will be.
The best way to succeed at a New Years Resolution is preparation. Having a plan and the tools to make it work are essential. Below are some items I purchased from Amazon to help me out along the way in my family’s journey to be more “GREEN”.
Tools to Help Succeed
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Earthwise Reusable Grocery Bag Set Deluxe Collapsible Shopping Box with Reinforced Bottom (Set of 2)
These reusable shopping boxes are a great for grocery shopping. They keep me organized while in the store, help me self-bag quickly and also make it easy at home when putting the food away. Another bonus is that because of their box design, the groceries don’t roll around in the back of my car.
Earthwise Large Insulated Collapsible Reusable Box Shopping Grocery Bag w/ zipper top (2 Pack) by Earthwise
Like the reusable shopping boxes above, these making shopping, driving and putting groceries away super easy. The added bonus with these is that they are insulated which helps keep my cold items cold and hot items hot.
Reusable mesh produce bags replace the plastic disposable bags found in most produce sections of grocery stores.
This wonderful product can be reused over and over again so long as it is cared for properly. I like to use these to wrap-up sandwiches and so much more.
We are doing away with disposable zippered bags all together. My daughter packs her lunch every day and we needed to find a solution. I love this bento box for her, it helps her figure out what to pack and encourages her to make healthier eating decisions.
Replacing disposable water bottles with a reusable/refillable reduces waste and the crazy overuse of plastic. This insulated Contigo water bottle keeps liquids cold for up to 12 hours, making it great for Arizona summers.
Switching from disposable K-cups to these reusable Keurig compatible coffee filters will help reduce waste. As an added bonus, I can make my own K-cups using any coffee I want.
Making homemade cleaner using all natural ingredients and a reusable glass spray bottle, not only saves some money, but is also way better for the environment. This blue glass bottle comes with “recipes” on the bottle to help you get the perfect cleaning combo for whatever job.
As a woman buying feminine products each month can get costly, and create a lot of waste. Using a menstrual cup instead of tampons is not only safer for you but is also better for the environment.
We are also re-purposing old t-shirts and towels to make into reusable cleaning rags. I will also be making cloth napkins for the family, not the fancy formal dinner kind but more of casual daily use napkin. Stay tuned, I will post a tutorial soon.
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What does your family do to have less of a negative impact on the environment? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
As always, thanks for reading.