Looking for more ways to help the environment and reduce your footprint?? Here are some ideas to get you started. Every little bit helps and there is always room for improvement! ?
– Use reusable bags
– Get a reusable non-plastic water bottle (coffee cup, etc)
– Refuse plastic straws or get a glass, metal, or bamboo one
– Refuse single-use products
– Skip the plastic produce bags/bring your own cloth bags
– Keep reusable utensils in bag/car & reusable containers for take-out and leftovers
– Reusable sandwich bags/ snack containers/ wax wraps
– Buy what you need in glass jars and reuse them. (Do the ‘tap test’ when shopping)
– Brush with a bamboo toothbrush
– Make your own toothpaste
– Make your own deodorant
– Make your own shampoo and conditioner
– Get a stainless-steel safety razor
– Ladies, get a reusable menstrual cup!
– Wash laundry in cold water
– Buy laundry detergent in cardboard boxes, buy in bulk, make your own, or get soapnuts!
– Buy bar soap instead of plastic bottles
– Shop in bulk
– Buy unpackaged foods
– Buy organic, non-GMO food
– Shop at fruit stands and farmers markets
– Buy “ugly” produce! (So much food is wasted!)
– Shop at thrift stores/buy second-hand
– Start a compost! (Can be as simple as a hole in the backyard!)
– Turn off the A/C and open your windows!
– Avoid Palm Oil (Devastating consequences, even “sustainable,” can be harmful)
– Clean up! Whenever, wherever!
– When doing beach/woods/street cleanups, use reusable bags (and reusable garden gloves if needed) to avoid creating more waste.
– Adopt a plant-based diet and cut out animal products – this has the most profound impact on the planet, animals and us!
Have something to add? Email us at Info@BalloonsBlow.org.
* Any time you feel like you need to go to the store to buy a new product, look online if you could do a natural homemade remedy. Better for you and the environment! Many times you’ll probably have the ingredients already! Visit PlasticBites.org for some ideas!
* Check out zero waste blogs & social media accounts. Some of our faves are:
Plastic Free Mermaid @plasticfreemermaid
Trading Waste For Abundance @stevieyaaaay
Girl for a Clean World @girlforacleanworld
Be Zero @bezerowastegirl
There are so many easy ways to cut back on trash! And remember, most of the stuff in the recycling bin ends up at the landfill too… (more info about that here)
RECOMMENDED DOCUMENTARIES (most of these are on Netflix):
What the Health
Before the Flood
What’s with Wheat
Zerowaste and Sustainable Shops
Don’t go tossing all your plastic stuff, but when you do need to resupply, here are a few of our favorite shops ?
Tiny Yellow Bungalow
The Plastic Free Collective