No matter where you fall on the political spectrum (don’t worry, we’re not going there), it’s clear the earth could use some serious TLC. Making some of these easy swaps and lifestyle changes can have a big impact. Let’s do this 2020!
Swap Ziplocs for reusable silicone Stashers. Great for storage, as a snack container, and you can even boil vegetables in them.
Have you seen the video of the sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose? You’ll never use a plastic straw again. And there’s no need to if you keep collapsible metal straws (in a smart carrying case) in your bag.
Skip plastic bags and boxes of things you can buy in bulk – nuts, pasta, rice, flour, and more. Stash them in glass vessels that make your pantry look so much prettier. It’s a slippery slope, but if you go there, you’ll want The Home Edit’s brilliant organizing book.
Bite the bullet and start composting. It will free up so much space in your trash and recycling bins, plus it goes right back into the earth. Goop can help you get started.
Get a reusable coffee mug that you love (i.e. so you’ll use it). We love the design of KeepCup (and how hot our coffee stays in it).
Bye annoying plastic cling wrap! Meet the smarter, easier solution: These silicone stretch lids fit over tons of shapes and sizes.
At this point, buying plastic bottles of water is simply uncool and irresponsible. We’re big fans of Thermoflasks, the Hydro Flask knockoff that doesn’t get moldy like the expensive original and is super-easy to clean.
There’s no excuse not to bring your own produce and grocery bags. These mesh numbers come in a variety of sizes and can hold a serious amount of weight (hello potatoes). Then stock up on these sturdy, sleek reusable bags, and don’t forget an insulated one for frozen food and meat.
This one takes a little more effort but makes a big difference. Swap out paper towels for these absorbent bamboo versions that are machine washable and reusable up to 120 times (!!) – that’s some serious waste reduction.
Photo courtesy of @stasherbag.