Making sustainable resolutions doesn’t have to be complicated, and every little action we take makes an impact. Today, we want to share ten simple and effective resolutions to bring more sustainability into 2021.
1. KEEP A REUSABLE STRAW IN YOUR PURSE
We’re going to be real here, going strawless all together is your most sustainable option — BUT if you prefer sippin’ through a straw, you’ve got options!
Glass straws are beautiful. The downsides are that they are a bit thicker than a traditional straw, and breakable! Really nice for a fancy cocktail, not so great for a toddler.
Stainless straws are the easiest to get your hands on, and it’s for good reason. They are about the same thickness as a traditional straw, super durable, easy to clean, and inexpensive.
You can get them in straight and bent versions, and we prefer the bent style for the littles.
Bamboo straws are becoming increasingly popular. They are essentially just cut and cleaned right off the plant, making them low impact — but their thick size, woody taste, and tendency to get soggy are sometimes deterrents.
Silicone is our favorite pick for the kids. Its soft and flexible texture helps prevent injuries and makes them super easy to store in small places.
2. USE YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAGS
Did you know that the average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year, and only 1-3% of those bags are actually recycled?
The numbers are a bit dismal, but we have the opportunity to dramatically cut down on that waste, one family at a time!
3. REPLACE ALL WIPES AND PAPER TOWELS WITH EARTHLY WIPES
Our thick and soft dry wipes are a cleaner and more sustainable option for…pretty much everything 😉
They are made for tiny baby bottoms, hands and faces, but are great for removing makeup, cleaning countertops, wiping noses, and drying hands.
You can use them over and over again—and compost or toss them once you’re done!
4. SHOP SECOND HAND
High fives for hand-me-downs!
In 2018, 11, 300 tons of textile waste made it’s way into a landfill. That number feels particularly disheartening when we think about how many could use an extra shirt or two. And while we’re not quite sure how to divert all of the extra clothes away from landfills and into grateful arms — we can give you a few resources for keeping clothing in circulation.
Using local and large chain second hand stores like Savers and Goodwill are always an option. There are also some chains, like Platos Closet and Buffalo Exchange, that have more of a fashion-friendly edge.
And we’re so excited to have recently found Upchoose, which a company that specifically focuses on organic baby clothing!
Finally, if a capsule wardrobe holds a place in your fashionista heart, we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Using rental services like Nuuly, Fashionpass, Le Tote and Gwynnie Beecan be a great, earth-friendly way to dress to the nines for ANY occasion, while still owning less.
5. BRING YOUR OWN MUG/WATER BOTTLE
We know, we know, this advice is everywhere and you’re already doing it 😉 We’re throwing it on the list…just in case!
6. AIM TO REPAIR INSTEAD OF REPLACING ITEMS
We’ll admit that we’re a bit guilty of tossing a broken toy or torn shirt (oops!) and sometimes, it was simply the end of the road for said product — but before heading to the trash give a quick thought to whether or not that item can be fixed.
Can the toy be glued back together? Can the shirt be sewn? Taking it to the next level, could a repurposing project be in the future? As an example, old t-shirts make great repurposed shopping bags.
7. WASH YOUR CLOTHES IN COLD WATER
Did you know that up to 90% of the energy used to wash laundry goes to heating up the water for a hot cycle?
The neat thing about that is that it means we can reduce our energy use by up to 90% with each wash cycle that we decide to run on cold. Mix that with a natural, plastic-free detergent like Branch Basics, or Dropps — and throw your synthetic fiber clothing into a Guppy Friend and you’ve got one very green load of laundry.
8. BUY IN BULK WHEN POSSIBLE (FOOD AND REFILLABLE BODY CARE)
We love the bulk aisle at our local natural grocer–gather grains, nuts, and flours and store them in reusable storage containers. There are also specialty stores (like BYO Long Beach and Sustain LA if you’re in the LA area) that offer some body care staples in bulk.
Make the process even more earth-friendly by using a homemade label remover to repurpose old food jars for storing!
9. MOVE YOUR MAIL TO “PAPERLESS”
These days it’s pretty easy to get all of your bills in paperless form. Most of the time you’ll just have to sign into your online account and adjust a setting. If all else fails give the company a call to see how to move everything over!
10. LOVE YOURSELF UNCONDITIONALLY
This may be the most important tip on the list! When we love ourselves deeply, and without limits, that love flows onto everything we do and everyone we meet. When we love ourselves, we love the planet that cares for us, and making sustainable choices becomes easier than ever.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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