It’s hard to watch the news these days and not get an overwhelming feeling that the world is going to . That’s why it is important that we all do our part to make a difference and reduce our carbon footprints. Now I’m not the type of girl who is going to go live in a tree house and give up all modern conveniences, but I have made a few easy changes because every little bit helps. I became fanatical about composting (more on that in a later post) and got the following cute items in an attempt to become the kind of girl that Leonardo DiCaprio would adore (minus the Victoria’s Secret angel wings):
1. Glass Straws:
I’m obsessed with straws. I would drink wine out of a straw if it was socially acceptable. Unfortunately, sea turtles don’t love them as much because they choke on plastic. I tried the whole paper straw thing, but they went limp in my drink faster than a man in a cold shower. Solution: reusable straws. I know a few friends who love metal straws, but I personally prefer glass. The ones I got are dishwasher safe, come with a little pipe cleaner, and look super chic. Most people are afraid that glass straws will break on them, but I have had these for years without any issues (and my devious cat is always knocking things off of my counter). They come in both Straight and Bent versions.
2. The FinalStraw:
I know I know, 2 minutes ago I said I prefer glass to metal when it comes to straws, but they don’t make a travel glass straw, so sue me. I got this little pocket sized gem during a VERY successful kickstarter campaign and am anxiously awaiting its arrival so I can tell the bartender to hold the straw.
3. Food Storage Bags:
I used to rinse out my ziploc bags and reuse them (tragic), but I figured there had to be a better option out there. Then one night I was watching Shark Tank and the Stasher was featured. Well let’s just say that Mark Cuban and I both bought what they were pitching. The Stasher is a reusable zip-top storage bag made of food-grade silicone. The bag is self-sealing and it can go in the freezer, microwave, oven, boiling water, and (most importantly) the dishwasher.
4. Vegetable Storage:
Before I discovered the Stasher, I purchased these cute vegetable storage containers in my attempts to eliminate plastic ziploc bags. They come in a set of 3 – Onion, Avocado, and Tomato. Now you’ll never have brown avocado on your toast again.
5. Reusable Cotton Rounds:
You didn’t think this post was going to be all about straws did you? I use these reusable cotton rounds with my favorite Bioderma Micellar Water to remove dirt and makeup from my face (perfect for those nights when I’m too lazy and/or drunk to wash my face in the sink). They come with a little laundry bag so you can just throw it in the wash for easy cleaning.
6. Reusable Produce Bags:
Everyone these days has reusable grocery totes. Well it is time to take it to the next level and get reusable produce bags to match. I got mine at Whole Foods a few months ago on an impulse buy and have since found them on Amazon for much cheaper (hate when that happens). I can’t even tell you how many times the friendly cashiers at Trader Joe’s have commented on how smart they are. I always keep mine in my grocery tote (along with about 3 or 4 old receipts that somehow never manage to be tossed) so everything is ready to go.
7. Swiffer Wet Jet Cloths:
These just slip over your regular swiffer wet jet and can be tossed in the wash. If you clean your floors frequently like I do (thanks to my fur babies), these bad boys will pay for themselves in no time.
8. Roomba Wet Cloths:
When I’m too lazy to swiffer, I have an iRobot Braava, the mop version of the Roomba. Similar to the swiffer, these also have reusable cloths that can be thrown into the wash.
9. Dryer Balls:
Eliminate the need for dryer sheets and simultaneously cut down on dryer time with these wool dryer balls. As they tumble around in the dryer, wool dryer balls lift and separate laundry allowing the hot air to circulate better. Toss them into the dryer and your clothing will dry faster, fluffier and softer, with fewer wrinkles and less static cling. You can also add essential oils to them for a scent boost.
10. Drying Rack:
If you want to go one step further, you can skip the dryer all together and get yourself a drying rack. I’m not fortunate enough to have a dryer in my apartment and have to go to a laundromat, so I can’t even tell you how much money this has saved me (not to mention how much energy it has saved).
11. Paper Towels:
Now these are extreme even for me, but if you are really committed, these are a great thing to add to your Amazon cart. These are a great substitute for jobs that can’t really be done by rags or dish towels. One roll can replace over 400 rolls of regular paper towels – that’s some serious green. Now reusable toilet paper would be where I would really draw the line…