These guys make sponges and other dishwashing equipment from bamboo (a very fast growing, and therefore, incredibly eco-friendly wood) and plant based cellulose (so they decompose much faster than sponges made from plastic which will take about 1,000 years just to start breaking down)! They get a great review from The Kitchn, look pretty sitting next the sink, and are reasonably priced, so really — what’s your excuse for using a regular sponge? Get with the program!
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This green tip is probably the most well known, but I’ve decided to post about it anyway as I sometimes still need reminding myself. Plastics! They are terrible for our environment, yet so many stores still give plastic bags out like they’re candy. It’s our job as the consumer to tackle this problem head on, & it’s way simpler than I used to think!
Carry with you a reusable bag (which some stores are coincidentally also giving out like candy!) & make it a habit to put the bag on the conveyor belt/counter even before you put up your goods. This makes it easy! You don’t even have to be the awkward person that says, “Oh, actually, I don’t need a bag!” after the cashier has already packed it all away for you. And, a lot of grocery stores will give you a discount for each reusable bag that you bring with you!
Then, when you inevitably leave your reusable bags in the trunk of your car (this happens to me often), if you really can’t stuff all of your purchases in your purse/pockets, ask the cashier if they have a paper bag that they could offer you instead of plastic. Every little bit helps!
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I know that when you were little you most likely picked on your Grandmother for saving all of the wrapping paper at Christmas, but she really did have a point. We can learn a lot of things about green living from the Great Depression/World War II era children. Although they saved, reduced, reused & recycled for different reasons, they’re often way ahead of the rest of us when it comes to taking care of our planet. It’s becoming more & more important to find ways to keep “stuff” out of the landfills by redirecting its purpose in our lives. I plan on saving as much of the wrapping paper from the gifts I open this Christmas not only so I don’t have to throw it away, or burn it & release chemicals into the atmosphere, but also so I can save money on buying more next year. Doesn’t it seem so wasteful, this whole tradition of gift wrap?
But I can certainly understand if you enjoy ripping apart the wrapping so much that it is far past any rescue, & in that case you could consider doing your own wrapping in gift bags (you know, for other people to open & reuse). Gift bags are so practical because they can be used again & again for years to come, & even after that they’ll still be in great condition. Even the tissue paper that goes inside the bags, that can be saved & reused as well since it’s supposed to have a crumpled already-been-used look!
I hope that no matter where you are in your holiday gift giving process or how you’re going about doing it, that you are having a lovely time partaking in this fantastic tradition. & if you’re in New England with me, enjoy the snow!
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