A few years ago, my mom got me a Baggu reusable bag for Christmas, and I loved it so much, I bought a few more. The best thing about these bags are that they fold up into little square pouches that fit your purse and don’t take up much room. So you can keep one (or three) in your purse and not have to worry about remembering to bring them with you to the store. They come in the standard size, which is what I use for grocery shopping, and baby baggu, which I use to pack my lunch for work. There is a big size, but if you filled up the big size I don’t know how you would be able to lift it. Standard size holds a lot of stuff.
And speaking of packing my lunch in a reusable bag, a few years back I bought some reusable snack bags for packing all my food in. I wasn’t able to find the exact type I have, but Amazon sells these cute snack bags that look like they would do the trick.
One new thing I plan on adding to my reusable bag collection are these mesh produce bags. I bring home a lot of produce bags each week, and this pack looks like it should take care of all of my produce bag needs.
Reusable Cotton Make-Up Remover Pads
I use cotton make-up remover pads every night. And I learned that not only am I adding trash to landfills when I throw them away, but apparently cotton plants use tons of pesticides, so you’re doubly helping the environment with these reusable make-up remover pads that you can just toss in the laundry to clean. I can’t wait to try them!
I’ve heard a lot about how bad dryer sheets are for both the environment and for people, so I stopped using them a while ago. But, there are still times, especially in the winter, when my clothes come out all static-clingy. I’m hoping these wool dryer balls fix that problem. Plus, I hear they shorten the time it takes to dry your clothes. So this is a win-win-win. No chemicals on your clothes, no dryer sheets in the trash, and less energy required to dry your clothes.
This is one that I already use, but love it so much I thought I would share. One of my good friends sells Norwex, but in the most un-annoying fashion possible. If you looked at her facebook page you would never know she sells it, she just does it because she likes the products and believes in chemical free cleaning. My favorite product is the envirocloth, because you can use it in place of just about any surface cleaner, and they’re woven with silver, which is a natural anti-bacterial material. So all you need to do is get the cloth wet and wipe down your surfaces and they are clear of bacteria. No chemicals required. And you can use them for a few days before you need to wash them. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, here is a short video that explains how it works.
So there you have it! A few easy things you can do to be a little more environmentally conscious, for you normal people than need more than a mason jar to hold your trash.
Now my question for you – I am looking for a good water bottle that has a pop-up straw or sucker. Something that I can use one-handed, but that can seal shut so I don’t have spills. Any recommendations?
Happy (late) Earth Day!