I have to say that this is one of my most favourite times of the year. Why in the world is Earth Day one of your most favourite times of the year you ask? Well I’m big into getting myself and my family to create good habits and be good stewards of this earth that we live on. I want to work hard to insure that my son and his kids and their kids all have a wonderful world to live on. I’m a firm believer that we need to become a far less wasteful society and that we need to start nourishing Mother Earth the way she nourishes us.
This past year we are working really hard to try and cut our plastic waste. We have implemented reusable produce bags, ziplock bags, grocery bags, straws. I bring reusable containers to buy things in bulk where I can. If there are plastic containers that we can wash and reuse we do. Our son has a stainless steel lunch kit, we all use stainless steel water bottles. We started using beeswax wrap in place of Saran Wrap. If I order groceries, we ask for no bags and more. We recycle very diligently.
These simple things are easy steps that we can all take to reduce our use of plastics. This process does take a little investment to collect the things that you need, but it doesn’t have to be overnight. I like to pick at least one thing up every couple of weeks so that they aren’t a big hit to the budget. But as you go these little investments will end up saving you in the long run.
Here is a list of some of my favourite reusable plastic replacements. A quick note, there are a ton of local companies that you can support through this process, which is another thing that I am hugely passionate about.
Planet Box - Stainless steel lunch systems. These are fantastic, there are sizes for the whole family. You can also purchase magnets for them to make your kids, or yours unique. They also have a ton of accessories such as insulated carrying cases, smaller containers for sauces and treats. Check out their website here Planet Box
Swell water bottles - These need no introduction. They are everywhere and they work like a dream. I remember when my hubby got his he was skeptical, but when he returned to his car at work on the hottest day of the summer and went to have a drink and his water was still cold, he was sold! I love that you can pick from tons of different colours and styles, perfect for any personality. Check out their website here Swell
Stasher bags - We use these in place of ziplock bags. They are food grade silicone and wash up great. They come in different sizes and styles. You can also use them for su vis cooking which is handy. They aren’t quite local but are based out of Washington, so they are just across the border from us. Check out their website here Stasher
Current Straw - Design by two Dad’s from Vancouver Island. These stainless straws come with a silicon sleeve so your teeth aren’t right on steel, no chipped teeth here! They come with a handy bamboo carrying case and a small wash brush. They fit in your purse or bag
Check out their website here Current Straw
My Urban Earth Beeswax Food Wraps - They are Sustainable Food Storage wraps they are reusable, washable, breathable, compostable. They are not for use with raw meat but are great for pretty much everything else. Visit their Instagram at My Urban Earth
REDUCE reusable produce bags. These great mesh bags come in a pack of 3 with a small , medium and large size. I’m in love with these. I empty out the produce into my fridge drawers. I love that it actually keeps my fridge more tidy and you can see how much fruit or veg that you have left. They are virtually weightless as well so it won’t effect the weight at the till. Available at Nature’s Pickin’s in Abbotsford
Mason Jars - These are perfect for taking to places like Bulk Barn to fill flours, nuts, sugars, and pretty much anything that you can dream up to store in them. I also purchased reusable lids that just spin on. I love mason jars1 We use them for glasses, to go cups, we’ve sourced lids that spin on and our stainless straws fit in. They are great for smoothies, pretty much anything you can think of. I can so I always have a variety of sizes on hand.
Another great way to help to reduce your carbon footprint is to start a small garden in your backyard. If you are short on space or a yard isn’t an option for you, container gardening is a very viable option to grow your own veggies and some fruits. I love the fact that I can limit my trips to the store in the summer months with our garden.
I believe that if we all stop and really think about how our families can reduce waste, we can make a difference. We’ve actually had the conversation as a family so that everyone takes ownership of it. We all want to have this wonderful place to call home for 100’s of years to come, so it’s time to do our part.
Happy Earth Day! xoxo