This post was originally written for, and appears on, the Loving Earth blog.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the ways we human beings have burdened this beautiful planet of ours. Sometimes you wonder if all your recycling, composting, and riding is making much of a dent in the face of all the bad news.
Well, we know the feeling, fellow loving earthlings, but it’s all the little actions that will turn the tide. Being part of the solution is about making it super simple and remembering the power of one.
We bet you can take our challenge of making these five no-brainer changes TODAY.
The all-purpose eco cleaner
Dr Bronners started life in 1858 and five generations of Bronners have been making their infamous castile soap since. All multi-purpose soaps are certified organic and cruelty free, using olive oil, hemp and natural essential oils. It may be a bit odd to think that the soap you use in the shower can also do your dishes, but the results are squeaky clean.
The reusable cup
The brain child of Abigail Forsyth, KeepCup was born from the other side of the coffee machine. After opening a café in 1998 with her brother, they were very aware of the volume of packaging waste that the business and its customers produced. Since 2009 over eight million KeepCups have been sold diverting billions of disposable cups from landfill.
The refillable bottle
Childhood friends, keen surfers, and co-founders, Jesse Leeworthy and Jonathan Byrt, grew up seeing the effects single use plastic bottles had on the ocean and environment. Inspired to make a water bottle that would fit in your bag alongside books and laptops, they have created a social movement proving that beautiful design and eco living go hand in hand…or bottle in bag! Introducing the Memo Bottle.
The forever straw
Plastic straws made the ‘top ten’ items picked up on beach clean ups and are made from plastic that never breaks down – thanks BPA! In the US alone, 500 million straws are used every single day with an average timeline of twenty minutes before being tossed away. Ever Eco saw a small change could make a big difference to our oceans and launched their stainless steel straws in 2013.
The recycled shopping and produce bags
Banning plastic bags has been making headlines with the big super markets the world over declaring they’d phase them out within a matter of months. We’ve been fans of recycled shoppers for a while so challenged ourselves to go even further and look at produce bags for fruit and veg too.
This is list is by no means the be all and end all, but a couple of simple swaps to get you started on a cleaner, greener future because the world always needs more love and less waste.