Have you started checking items off your New Year’s Resolutions list yet? If you’re struggling with it, we have some suggestions to help you if you’re hoping to become more eco-friendly next year and lower your carbon footprint. The best part? Many of these items can even save you money!
The plastic bag dispensers scattered throughout the produce aisle are convenient as you shop but have you ever looked at how much plastic you end up throwing away once you bring the produce home? These mesh produce bags keep your precious fruits and veggies safe for the ride home while avoiding adding any extra weight when they get to checkout. They’re also 100% machine washable and come in various sizes to accommodate produce of all sizes!
Raise your house’s IQ with a smart thermostat (such as Nest or Ecobee). Not only can you find discounts through your utility provider to take advantage of in the initial purchase, it can save you money on your utility bills every month – studies have shown that the Nest thermostat saved people an average of 10% to 12% of heating bills.
It seems like everyone is talking about opting out of using plastic straws. It’s a great start! We love all the reusable straws options available to us these days – you can get a set of metal or, if you prefer, softer silicone straws that you can use at home or easily take with you on the go. Some brands even come with travel cases to keep your straw squeaky clean during its travels!
No outlet? No problem! Let the sun juice up your cell phone and break away from fighting for use of the limited outlets in the office or at home. This device allows you to charge your phone practically anywhere – just find some sunlight and you’re charging in no time! Warning: co-workers and family members may stare in disbelief at your advanced technology.
Plastic bottles have had their 15 minutes of fame. It’s time to give steel (and glass) their time in the spotlight. Carry a reusable water bottle with you to avoid having to buy water when you’re out. Not only are you saving the planet, you’re saving a few bucks, too! Another benefit? Brands like S’well make bottles that keep your beverage ice cold or heated for up to 12 hours – no way can a plastic bottle make commitments like that!
The average household has approximately 70 lightbulbs – if every household replaced just one of those with an Energy Star certified bulb, we’d save enough energy to light 3.5 million homes for a year! Now THAT’S powerful. Not only do Energy Star certified bulbs last 15-25 times longer than standard bulbs, they prevent up to 785 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its. To find discounts on Energy Star lightbulbs, find your utility provider on this list and start make 2019 an illuminating year!
Ever daydream about a backpack or laptop sleeve that is both durable and waterproof as well as vegan and eco-friendly all while remaining stylish and one of a kind? No? Just us? Well, enter Rareform. Rareform was started in 2012 by brothers, Alec and Aric, who were on a mission to create high-quality products that benefited our planet. They have since re-purposed 20,000 lbs of billboard vinyl a month into colorful, one-of-a-kind bags and accessories, giving billboards a whole new life after it’s taken down.
When it comes to making eco-friendly upgrades, the kitchen provides a plethora of items to upgrade. A seemingly small item such as a spatula or serving spoon can have a large impact! Instead of plastic or rubber, opt for utensils made from sustainable materials such as bamboo!
Forget the Ziploc – reach for sustainable and reusable storage containers such as glass Pyrex or silicone lunch/snack bags. Made from silicone and zero plastic, these Stasher bags are self-sealing like the plastic version we’re familiar with but without the harmful materials! They come in a variety of sizes and colors AND they’re dishwasher safe. Silicone not your thing? Try these Onya reusable sandwich and food wraps for a colorful alternative to plastic wrap.
When it comes to saving water, Evolve Technologies has it down to a science. With an elegant design to fit any decor and multiple ways to save water and energy, Evolve showerheads are the ultimate way to enjoy more and use less. You may even be eligible for a discount on a water saving showerhead – find your utility provider on this list to get started!