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There’s a lot we’ve thrown out the window in the last year.
We’ve had to let go of seeing our friends and family, our regular exercise routines, our sense of normalcy, our societal views on race, gender, equity, equality, healthcare, and in some cases—we’ve let go of the people we were before 2020 entered our lives.
We’ve had to take stock of the past, clung for dear life to the present, and although the fog of the pandemic still obstructs our vision—we now have to look to the future. And the future of humanity lies in the health of our planet. Though it’s been tough to continually think “bigger picture” during a tumultuous year, we don’t have a chance at cultivating a better tomorrow if we’re ripping seeds out of the ground today.
Instead, we can plant seeds for a more hopeful future, even though it could be said that our climate has been damaged beyond full repair. Climate change and environmental preservation seem like big issues that one little person can’t solve, but that mindset is the root of the issue.
If we’re already taking the steps to cut down on waste in our personal universes, then we’re making a bigger impact than we realize. If we’re not—we’re making a bigger impact than we realize. And it’s possible—just like in the myriad of other aspects of our lives recently—to change.
So let’s take a (paperless) page out of Greta Thunberg’s book, and get angry. Get active. Start implementing these habits and plans into our lives, so we can leave the earth better for our children.
Over the years, we’ve been committed to sharing common sense, day-to-day tips to help break down the process of becoming more eco-conscious humans, and we’ve got more for you in the slides below.
We hope that these tiny upgrades won’t just be a part of our Planet Over Plastic Month, but that they’ll become evergreen.
Planet Over Plastic 2021: Evergreen Tips for Lifelong Eco-Lovin’
Thursday, April 1
1. Go on a treasure hunt...for your local Food Bank.
Your leftovers could make someone else’s day. Before you throw away that bag of bagels, see if you can donate it to your local food bank. Don't waste an opportunity to help your neighbors, and repurpose your food overflow.
Locate yours and get giving.
Friday, April 2
2. Hold up, yogi bears! What’s in your mat matters.
We love yoga, but we don’t always love what’s in our mats. Yoloha makes theirs with recycled cork that’s way less harsh on the environment, and with its hand rolled rubber, way kinder to your joints. Blossom into your practice with the power of nature beneath your feet, and a beautiful design to feast your eyes on.
Elevate your practice, here.
Saturday, April 3
3. Toss the Tupperware already, Sharon.
Use mason jars to store your veggies and herbs in the fridge. Not only do they last longer with a little water on the bottom, but they look adorable. Tupperware is just adding the the plastic problems of the world, and you can never get that spaghetti sauce stain out of it, anyway.
More tips for your kitchen.
Sunday, April 4
4. Houses are so 1990. Bird Caves are the thing!
Create a space for critters in your backyard in a sustainable way. Kick the plastic bird feeders and replace them with felted wool bird caves. They're the eco pop of color that every bird wants to nest in. You can also get a similar creation for your cat.
Get yours here.
Monday, April 5
5. Go minimalist! Give gifts that aren't stuff.
Things are nice...until they create a whole bunch of unnecessary waste. Experiences last forever, and unfortunately, so does the waste left behind by some of mom's favorite trinkets. Go with digital presents, or any of these other greener options. You can also get behind the 'Buy Nothing Project'—an exchange of gifts and services without using any money a.k.a. paper.
Tuesday, April 6
6. Don’t treat Mother Earth like that on Mother’s Day.
In case any of your gifts still do come in tangible packages, there’s a better, eco-friendlier way to present them. With aesthetically pleasing designs you can reuse, you'll spare a lot of trees while you're at it.
Get your Eco Wrap, here.
Wednesday, April 7
7. Get retro with DIY Cleaning Supplies.
Don’t wait in line to buy the last plastic tub of Clorox. Make your own sustainably sourced cleaning agents with organic essential oils, instead. With blends like Shield and Support, you'll invite fresh, zesty scents into your home while crossing off that spring cleaning.
More blends and recipes this way.
Thursday, April 8
8. Hug a tree, and plant one. Fist bumps!
Planting a tree on your own is a great way to contribute, and you can also pair up with organizations like Tree-Plenish—they’re setting up a sapling to meet the equivalent of paper usage in schools within local communities. This is perfect to take on with the kiddos, and to help them set their roots in environmental preservation early.
Friday, April 9
9. Our pets are the cutest, but their food bag? No bueno!
The production of pet food leaves a carbon footprint bigger than a Yeti’s. Nature’s Logic is a brand that’s doing something about it, with 40% Post Consumer Recycled bags and their products are made with 100% renewable electricity.
Better for your pet, & the planet.
Saturday, April 10
10. Turn Kiddos into Eco-Warriors. (They'll inherit the earth after all!)
If you've read Glennon Doyle's "Untamed," you know the story of her daughter, Tish, asking if grownups know about the polar bears dying and if they're going to do anything about it. Inspired by similar big questions that little people ask, Stacy Tornio wrote a book that adds context around climate questions and solutions that our kids can fit their tiny hands around.
Quell your kids' climate anxiety.
Sunday, April 11
11. Nevermind your relationships, detoxify your kitchen.
We’ve got a pan—and a plan—to help you get started. Check out Green Pan’s upcycled aluminum pans that are free of “forever chemicals” that harm your body and the environment. Not to mention...they’ll become a visual staple in your kitchen with their colorful design options.
Safe, stunning pans for your home.
Monday, April 12
12. Kick your car to the curb. (Well, not literally.)
I mean, where are ya going anyway? We still have a pandemic going on, unfortunately. Leave your car in the driveway and opt for walking or biking instead. Grounding yourself can begin with taking a barefoot stroll and reconnecting with the earth.
The benefits of walking.
Tuesday, April 13
13. How's the Energy in your Home? No, seriously.
Not just from the people and stuff inside of it, what’s the insulation like? Our windows are responsible for up to 30% of heat gain and loss, which potentially throws a ton of electricity out the window...literally. Check out your stats and start implementing energy efficient window attachments throughout your home.
Ditch the draft.
Wednesday, April 14
14. Go Down in a Blaze of Eco Glory.
Okay, this is not the easiest topic to think about, but an important one nonetheless. How we leave the earth has the potential to be a perpetual gift to the environment with Bio urns. When we pass, these biodegradable urns are designed to turn you into a tree in the after-life, and replenish the earth long after you’re gone.
Leave an eco mark.
Thursday, April 15
15. Slow down with the Paper Towels, y'all.
The paper towel usage in your house, when you pause to assess it, might be detrimental. There's no need to kill trees every time you spill some coffee on the countertop. Try UNpaper towels instead, and bring their adorable designs into your kitchen.
Roll out a greener kitchen.
Friday, April 16
16. You're getting engaged! Please do it ethically.
It can feel like a Goldilocks tale to find an ethical, crafted, quality ring. Take it from our Founder, Waylon, who wanted something super-ethical, and well-crafted—so antique quickly became something he looked for. He found a ring with warmth—yellow gold—ethics, and craft—antique, with the gold carefully folded over and over itself via Etsy, which offsets carbon emissions via shipping.
Find your eco ring, here.
Saturday, April 17
17. Make Christmas Tree-ditional.
Send your tree off to be replanted with London Christmas Tree Rental. It’ll be cared for in a tree farm for a year until it’s yuletide time again. It's a much kinder way to get into the spirit, and since you’ll get the same tree back, you'll save another.
Yule love this switch.
Sunday, April 18
18. Leverage your privilege.
Living plastic-free is a privilege. In an unbalanced climate and society, we need to step up when it comes to losing the plastic. With wealthier areas offering more access to eco alternatives, it's important to recognize that and incorporate plastic-free alternatives as often as possible on behalf of the planet, ourselves, and those who want to, but can't.
Weaponize your privilege.
Monday, April 19
19. Aw, nut again! Stop buying that damn tetra-pack, dude.
Store-bought nut milk can be tetra-ble. Making your own at home isn't only more versatile and fun, but it's easier on the planet. Making almond paste for DIY milk leaves leftovers to use for some homemade goodies like crackers, dog treats, and hummus. Break out of your store-bought shell, and try this instead.
You're nuts if you don't try this.
Tuesday, April 20
20. Wildlife shouldn't have to wear our nasty ol' disposable masks.
Wash & wear a good quality fabric mask instead. I've (unfortunately) seen many a disposable mask thrown on the grass in my town, and enough is enough. Not only will owning a fabric mask make you more likely to wear one, it'll prevent you from tossing it on the ground or losing to a strong breeze in a tug of war. Get yourself a fabric one, and the earth will thank you.
Get your own mask, here.
Wednesday, April 21
21. Vive le mom 'n pop! Shop local, support markets, small-scale producers.
Shortening the food supply chain reduces the plastic waste involved in food shipping as well. Shopping local ensures freshness and quality that you'll never find at a standard store, so the benefits are mutual. Join your local Slow Food community to learn more if you have no idea where to start. If there isn’t one, start one!
Show up for Slow Food.
Thursday, April 22
22. Get an EcOrgasm. (Oooooh!)
Mindful masturbation has a whole new meaning with the Womanizer Premium Eco: the first vegan, biodegradable, pleasure-packed toy on the market. With its purchase, you'll support One Tree Planted in Makura, Rwanda, and help restore conservation in agricultural areas.
Come back to Nature.
Friday, April 23
23. Recycling is (mostly) a marketing lie. Ecobrick it!
Ecobricking brings awareness to how much problematic plastic we're using. It also offers a solution to containing hazardous plastic waste. Have a two liter soda bottle? Fill it with clean, soft plastics.
Lay down your own Eco Brick.
Saturday, April 24
24. Hooray for Cup Exchanges!
Petition your local coffee shop to start one. Single use coffee cups are...not great. A simple, community driven solution is a Cup Exchange. It's clean, safe, and you might just meet your new favorite mug.
Do Better with these Brooklyn boys.
Sunday, April 25
25. Repair, Repurpose, Upcycle Baby!
It's still good! Don't toss out your glass candles, cans, and broken products—repurpose them. Youtube is a heck of a resource if you're not sure how. Fixing something with your own two hands is rewarding, and there's no need to buy new when you can turn it into something made by you.
How to build a Circular Economy.
Monday, April 26
26. Smile for Homemade Toothpaste.
Who knew this could be so easy? We can skip on the Crest and plastic containers and make our own version of it at home. It's worth it to know exactly what's going in your mouth, and it's kinder to the earth, too.
Check out this unique idea.
Tuesday, April 27
27. Do what you Can. Or maybe...don't.
Canned foods are no plastic-free angels. There's typically a layer of plastic underneath the lid of canned food tins. Sometimes it's the only option, but if you can use raw ingredients instead, do.
Pop the lid off your habits.
Wednesday, April 28
28. Become a rain god/goddess.
Do a naked, moonlit rain dance in the garden (okay, only if your neighbors can't see you). Then, collect it in a rain barrel or eco-friendly container so you can water your plant children with it. It's extremely easy to do, and if you become an expert at it, you can become a full-blown rain harvester.
Rain in your water usage.
Thursday, April 29
29. Junk is Funky (and not in a good way).
Just drop it! Junk mail, that is. There’s no need to kill trees on behalf of junk mail that we toss out anyway. There are easy ways to track what’s being shipped to your mailbox and cut down on the paper.
Cut down on your junk, here.
Friday, April 30
30. Get Outside...Every. Damn. Day.
The more time we spend in nature reconnecting with the plants and trees, the better our mental health. It’s also a reminder for why protecting our ailing planet is so important.
Leaf it up to nature.
Saturday, May 1
31. Information is Power: Calculate your Carbon Footprint.
How much do you personally account for when it comes to pollution? It’s easier to take responsibility for our part when we know exactly what it looks like.
Find out what yours is, here.