New Year, New You: How Are Your Green Resolutions Going?

It’s time for a check-in. How are your green resolutions going?

Research shows that approximately 50 percent of adults in the U.S. make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10 percent actually keep them as the winter months wane on. It’s easy to decide to make a change—it’s definitely harder to follow through!

It is human nature to set goals and want to achieve something new, but we know it can be difficult to break old habits. It can be hard to stay motivated and keep yourself accountable. However, the biggest reason people often stray from completing their resolutions is not having a clear plan in place.

Fawn Organics is here to set you up for success! Take a look at these eco-friendly tools that will keep your green resolutions going strong through 2021 and beyond!

Reusable Bags

Did you decide to stop using plastic bags this year? On average, every American household uses nearly 1,500 plastic shopping bags every single year, which adds up to 100 billion plastic bags our country consumes annually. Only 1% of these plastic bags are ever recycled, the other 99% left to slowly break down for centuries, leach chemicals, and interfere with marine wildlife. This is a common green resolution because, as you can see, even a single person can make a big difference when it comes to plastic bags.

As single-use bag bans gain traction nationwide, now is a great time to hop on the bandwagon and find a sustainable alternative. This is an easy resolution when you make it in theory, but what happens when you head to the grocery store without a reusable cloth bag? Then you make it extremely hard for yourself to say no to the convenience of plastic bags!

Remember, set yourself up for success! Instead, when you go shopping, bring a reusable bag to tote your groceries home. Perhaps even store a few reusable bags in your car so you always have them on hand. Reusable bags are more affordable, durable, and reliable than flimsy plastic bags, and they save the planet and save you more money. Check out Fawn Organics fun and stylish reusable YaYbags. Going green never looked so good!

Reusable Glass Straws

Did you vow to quit using plastic straws? We can help!

It’s estimated that over 500 million plastic straws are used daily in America, and most of those straws end up in the ocean, polluting the water and interfering with marine life. Another statistic estimates that, at this rate, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. These are scary numbers, and few people know that plastic straws are the most widely used plastic product and are among the top ten items found during beach clean ups. Marine wildlife even get trapped in the plastic waste, and millions of turtles, birds, and other marine wildlife die each year from complications directly linked to plastic consumption.

Deciding to quit using plastic straws is a popular resolution, but it can be all too easy to accept a plastic straw at a coffee shop or restaurant when you have no other alternatives. This year, it’s time to give yourself some options! There are tons of reusable straws on the market, from bendy silicone straws, sturdy metal straws, to beautiful glass straws. You can easily find a reusable straw that works for you and that you’ll enjoy using. You’ll see for yourself just how fun and easy reusable straws are to use and clean.

Glass straws might be your best option when it comes to finding an eco-friendly sipping device. Glass straws are reusable, recyclable, nontoxic, heat-resistant, and shatter-resistant when made from borosilicate. Also, unlike paper or metal straws, glass straws don’t change the taste of your drink. Check out our reusable glass Suck It Up Straws that come in a variety of fun colors and shapes to suit your sipping needs.

Reusable Towels

According to the EPA, the number one item going into our landfills is paper. There’s no denying that paper is a big part of our everyday lives, and a great way to start cutting down on your paper usage is to go paper towel-less. Currently, 51,000 trees are being chopped down each day to replace all the paper towels being used and thrown away around the world, resulting in 254 million tons of paper waste each year. This timber-killing trend is an environmental mess that is majorly unsustainable for the future.

Though it might sound difficult, it’s actually incredibly easy once you have a paper towel alternative like Fawn Organics’ SuperScandi Cloths. These washable and compostable cloths made from cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp are 100% biodegradable and can be added to your compost heap. They do the job of 15 rolls of paper towels, absorbing 20 times more liquid than their weight. You can wash them up to 200 times in your dishwasher or washing machine. After using our highly absorbent SuperScandi Cloths, you will never want to waste money on paper towels again!

Green Clean—Laundry Edition  

A great New Year’s resolution many make is to quit using toxic household cleaning products that leach into our environment and our body. Using nontoxic household cleaning products is less damaging to the environment and overall safer for the household, so it’s a win-win!

Laundry detergents that don’t completely biodegrade contaminate our water supplies, rivers, and oceans with toxic heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic. Phosphates, now banned from cleaning products in many states, are still found in common store-bought detergents. Phosphates build up in our waterways and lead to big algae blooms which starve fish, damage their gills, and kill their eggs.

Instead, choose a powder-based formula in sustainable packaging like Fawn Organics Washhouse Brew, Borax-Free Detergent. This detergent is biodegradable, fair trade without GMO’s, free of sulfates, synthetic dyes, fragrances, and additives. If you are looking to help the environment and yourself even more, opt to use our reusable Wool Dryer Balls instead of heavily fragranced, throwaway dryer sheets. In addition, to save energy during your laundry routine, wash with cold water and air dry when you can!

 

Did you make any green resolutions this year? How have you set yourself up for success?

Let us know in the comments!

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