Today is Earth Day, and while we always try to be mindful about how the actions of our day-to-day lives impact the environment regardless of the day(everyday should be earth day), we think it is a good time to pause and reflect on the sustainable practices we've implemented and found to be successful, and area's in which we can continue to improve.
Determined to be more thoughtful about where and how we invest our dollar, we thought a good place to begin was by pin pointing where we could make substitutions in our homes with practical products that are earth friendly. For us, investing in products and brands that make sustainability a top priority is extremely important. Over time, we've made small changes in our homes and lives to curb and even eliminate the use of items that need to be disposed of after a single use - mainly by replacing them with household goods that are reusable and thus, better for the environment. These considered purchases are a small step we've taken in lowering our carbon footprint, but ones that we've found impactful and relatively easy to implement.
Here is a roundup of some eco friendly products and simple practices that you can incorporate into your lives to eliminate single-use products in your home and minimize your carbon footprint.
we love these net bags from the General Store which are ideal for produce shopping at the market
Our Elsie Green Striped Cotton Tote is the perfect reusable bag for grocery shopping. we always keep a couple of these in our car to have on hand for whenever we go to the market
bid ziplock bags farewell and invest in Stasher Bags for all of your snack storing needs. these non-toxic silicone storage solutions are endlessly reusable - just think of all of the single use plastic bags you'll be able to avoid using
if you must take your coffee to-go from your favorite coffee shop(one day soon, we promise), think about purchasing a reusable tumbler to avoid the wastefulness of single-use coffee cups. we love the To Go Tumbler from Kinto
can we all agree that plastic straws are the worst? if you absolutely cannot live without a straw for your beverage, invest in these super cute glass straws from Hay Design
when it comes time for your loofah to be replaced, consider a more natural option that isn't made of plastic. we like these natural sea sponges which are toxin free
we recently read that by 2050, textile production is projected to account for 25% of our global carbon emissions(yikes!), and that purchasing vintage or second hand can greatly reduce an items carbon footprint. we believe that not making something new is the greenest thing of all and thats why we love shopping the carefully curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories from Encourage Vintage
knowledge is power - we highly recommend reading Inconspicuous Consumption The Environmental Impact You Dont Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg as an informative read
We know that navigating the climate crisis can sometimes be overwhelming and might leave you feeling a little helpless - we've shared these feelings at times too. It's easy to get caught up in the narrative that "it's all just too much," but we truly believe that if we collectively begin to adopt these types of simple lifestyle changes, become more knowledgable on the subject, and hold ourselves accountable as individuals, we'll come to find that these small changes and the commitment to treating Mother Earth with kindness and care can make a big impact.
Happy Earth Day
xx, The Elsie Team