on-the-go beverage containers
on-the-go food containers
bags for taking things on-the-go
Living in California I take the use of reusable bags for granted…although I still forget mine on a regular basis. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the average plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes and the average family uses 1,500 of these bags each year. Meanwhile, only 1% of those, or 15 bags, gets recycled. The rest end up in landfills where they take 500 years to degrade. Many instead end up as ocean pollution where they kill 100,000 marine animals each year.
Instead of getting new bags each time instead invest in 10-15 reusable bags. They generally cost you about $1 each and can be bought in grocery stores, dollar stores, heck you can even get them for free at a lot of fairs and seminars. Then, each time you go to the store you take the bags with you and fill them up again and again. Another plus, they aren’t going to rip and send your groceries rolling down the street if a sharp corner pushes through the thin plastic! You can also get them in all sorts of designs which is kind of fun. You can even get reusable cooler bags for your frozen items.
Ditch the plastic straws
The newest “trend” in going green is ditching plastic straws. We use billions of these little pieces of plastic, just think about how many times you get a drink with a straw at a restaurant, coffee shop, or fast food establishment. All that plastic can add up quickly. Grab a set of these plastic alternative stainless steel straws to keep in your purse, car, or kitchen drawer and tell them to keep their plastic straw. It’s a small change that can add up over time.
I hope you enjoyed this Spring Cleaning series all about replacing items in your home with non-toxic alternatives. Small changes can add up to make a healthier home for you and your kids as well as help the environment. It’s our children who will inherit this earth and live with the health ramifications of exposure to toxins. Let’s do what we can to create a better future for them.