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Sustainability for beginners: Everyday life

Going zero-waste can seem unachievable. Like those people who fit a year’s worth of garbage into one jar… yeah, not happening. For those of us looking to be good humans on a realistic scale, check out these small steps toward sustainability.

Use these things instead and save the world from their plastic evil twins.

 

  1. Set of grocery bags
  2. Hydroblu filtered water bottle
  3. Reusable produce bags
  4. Reusable collapsible containers
  5. Chemical free cleaners

  1. Use reusable grocery bags

 

Use this: Set of grocery bags

 

Why the heck should I?

This one is so important and so simple! You can find reusable grocery bags for purchase at most grocery stores, book stores, Target, Walmart, online and beyond. Get them for free at trade shows and events.

#heckinhack:

If you find yourself forgetting them, keep them in the car! After you unpack all the groceries fold the bags and place your keys on top of them so you don’t forget to bring them back to the car. And if you’re at the store and realize “Oh heck! I left the bags in the car” don’t be lazy… put your cart aside at customer service and go get those bad boys. Don’t be trashy, plastic isn’t classy.

 

No car? Keep one or two in your backpack, purse or briefcase.

Here’s a few to choose from:

Cute

Sleek

Simple

Artsy

Complete

reusable filtered water bottle

  1. Avoid plastic water bottles

Use this: Reusable filtered water bottle

 

Why the heck should I?

Come on folks, it’s 2019, buying plastic water bottles is so 2009. Not only is it wasteful, it’s unhealthy and expensive! Plastic water bottles can leak BPA straight into the water. If your excuse is that tap water tastes funny or isn’t clean, check out this reusable filtered water bottle.

 

Even the most demanding water connoisseur will be happy with this awesome water bottle.

The Hydroblu has a badass filter that cleans your water by removing 99% of particles and bacteria, giving you clean and tasty water effortlessly. Just one filter processes 1500 liters, so even with regular use, that = over 3,000 water bottles. If you spend even 30 cents (usually more) on water bottles that’s over $920. Rocking a Hydroblu means win-win for your health, wallet and the environment.

 

  1.  Shop plastic-free

Use this: Reusable produce and grocery bags

 

Why the heck should I?

Shop local and at farmers markets. If you don’t have one nearby, choose the fruits and vegetables that aren’t wrapped in plastic and use reusable produce bags like these or this complete set of grocery bags. One-by-one start phasing out buying packaged foods – they’re not good for you anyway. Every week, cut out one of your vices, whether it’s cookies, candy, crackers or whatever else. Less plastic, less poison – better for you and the world.

 

  1. Avoid takeout or BYOC

Use this: reusable collapsible containers and awesome spork

 

Why the heck should I?

Either eat-in with reusable plates and silverware or cook at home. Did you know over 14 million tons of polystyrene (styrofoam) is thrown out each year? It gets worse, over 40 billion individual plastic utensils are thrown out each year. Could you imagine all that in your hometown? If you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, you shouldn’t want it anywhere. So next time you’re craving some delivery or takeout, give it a second thought. As for leftovers, these reusable collapsible containers are compact and convenient – our team carries them around in backpacks and purses, even during travels! And this awesome spork is the greatest of all time. If you’re not into bringing your own food or your cravings are real, go get that takeout! But BYOC (bring your own container) there are plenty of restaurants who welcome using your containers. Some might look at you funny at first or wonder if it’s against health code, but eventually they’ll join the movement that’s sweeping the world. 

 

  1. Switch to natural cleaners and toiletries

Use this: All purpose concentrate in your own bottle or these citrusy surface cleaners or make your own with simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. 

 

Why the heck should I?

Sulfate and paraben-free products are a must – unless of course you like poisoning yourself and your family with harsh chemicals…to each their own. 

 

So, there you have it. Have some tips on how to go waste-free? Feel free to drop some in the comments below, we may use some in our next post and give you props, of course.

✌🏽to all the heckin’ humans out there.

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