Will you go steady with sustainability?
From family, friends, to romantic partners, we all have relationships. But the relationship you’re probably not thinking about as Valentine’s Day rolls around is your relationship with the planet. Whether we realize it or not, we all have a unique relationship with Earth, even if it is just physical. This Valentine’s Day, let’s show Mother Earth some love and break up with wasteful habits that harm the planet.
In recent times, there have been few issues as widely discussed and important as sustainability and how it connects to climate change and our environment. Environmentalists now say focusing on the reduction and elimination of waste is what can ultimately save the planet for future generations. With approximately 325 million people living in the United States, enough garbage is thrown out each day to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. It’s evident from our waste that our society consumes an unsustainable amount of Earth’s limited resources.
The most effective way to reduce our waste is to, of course, not create it in the first place. To achieve this reduction, we must shift our consumer focus to reuse in order to save natural resources and protect the environment. A great place for anyone new to sustainability is to start at home. Ask yourself what items you are typically throwing away and find out if there are reusable alternatives you could use instead.
Got commitment issues? Don’t worry, these eco-friendly alternatives are low-maintenance and sustainable for long-term use. Take a look at our list below to get ideas for easy, eco-friendly replacements.
Break Up with Plastic Bags
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 year, say thank you to the Earth by ditching the plastic grocery bags. Instead, when you do your shopping, bring a reusable bag to tote your groceries home. Reusable bags are more affordable, durable, and reliable than flimsy plastic bags. In the end, reusable shopping bags save the planet and save you more money. Check out Fawn Organics fun and stylish reusable YaYbags for any of your shopping this year—going green never looked so good!
Sever Ties with Plastic Straws
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. This plastic waste traps marine wildlife, and millions of turtles, birds, and other marine wildlife die each year from complications directly linked to plastic consumption.
An easy way to do your part on cutting down on your plastic waste is to switch to reusable straws! Reusable straws are fun and easy to use and clean. From bendy silicone straws, sturdy metal straws, to beautiful glass straws, you’ll find a reusable straw that works for you! However, 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.
Split Up with Paper Towels
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. This year, when you’re wiping up any accidental spills, opt for reusable alternatives like our SuperScandi cloths. These washable and compostable alternatives do the job of 15 rolls of paper towels, absorbing 20 times more liquid than its weight. You can wash the cloths 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!
Don’t Call Cling Wrap Back
It’s time to ditch unsustainable plastic baggies and cling wrap. These plastic throwaways are costly and difficult to recycle, and more often than not, they blow away from our landfills and into the ocean, harming marine wildlife.
Instead, start collecting reusable jars, tins, or any glass and metal containers. Soon you’ll be putting anything and everything in them instead of using plastic baggies, cling wrap, or buying more flimsy, plastic containers you somehow always lose the lids for. Speaking of lids, we’ve got sustainable alternatives for those as well! Buying a set of reusable silicone Stretch Lids ensures that you can sustainably cover any type of container in your kitchen for easy and eco-friendly food storage.
Part Ways with Single-Use Utensils
Say goodbye to single-use utensils, plates, cups, and napkins for reusable alternatives. We know single-use utensils like plastics forks make for easy cleanups and less dishwashing cycles. However, these throwaway plastics overwhelmingly contribute to the extra waste accumulated in landfills. Instead, opt to break out reusable alternatives that can be washed and used again. Use washable cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Mix and match any of your glassware cups for a more shabby chic style. Or pick up one of Fawn Organics’ reusable Coconut Bowl Sets to infuse your dining room with tropical vibes.
Ditch Disposable Razors
Plastic safety razors may be able to give you a good shave, but they aren’t eco-friendly. People toss around 2 billion disposable razors each year, which end up at landfill sites. As a result, the plastic pollutes and leaches both soil and water with toxins. Instead, pick up a reusable razor like Fawn Organics’ Bamboo Safety Razors. These eco-friendly razors are made from sustainable, biodegradable bamboo. Choosing a sustainable alternative like this reduces your plastic waste while still achieving a great shave.
These are just a few of the many ways you can make a difference for the planet.
What do you do to curb your waste?
Let us know in the comments below!