So, you're trying to live a little cleaner and greener. It's been such a fun ride filled with beautiful people, I'm glad you're coming along.
On this page you will find links to some of the items that have helped me reduce food waste, reduce or eliminate plastics, or overall live a comfortable life with less impact on the planet. You'll probably recognize some of these things from my 100 Greener Choices series if you've been following along!
Full disclosure: Some of these items are affiliate links. They're here because I've integrated them into my life over the last 6 months and love them. These are not sponsored, and they're here because of my personal opinions and experiences. If you happen to click through and buy one, I get a tiny referral at no charge to you to help keep Compost and Cava moving forward! I also believe in buying locally when possible, but most of these are items I had a hard time finding in town and ended up purchasing online.
We're a two dog household, which means that was 6 plastic bags PER DAY cleaning up after our pets. That's 2,190 plastic bags on average per YEAR. These bags are made from cornstarch and will break down in many conditions. This is probably the most effective environmental change I've made, with no accompanying shift in my routine.
A good clothes line is frankly shockingly hard to find. I spent more fossil fuels driving around town trying to find one that wasn't a complete eye sore than it probably would take just to ship this one to you. I love the design on this, I love that it's stainless steel (so it will last) and I love that it's retractable. As a reminder, your dryer is the appliance that consumes the SECOND MOST amount of energy in your home.
If you're still scrunching wads of aluminum foil over the top of your open cans, we need to talk. Aluminum foil comes at a high price to the planet, and plastic never biodegrades and shouldn't be treated as a disposable item. BEHOLD! A food safe, reusable way to cut down on your usage of both! They're marketed for pet food, but will work swimmingly on your food as well.
This one is becoming more and more popular, so you may have it available locally. This reusable and natural option will do wonders for cutting down on the amount of disposable food storage plastic you're going through, AND won't leach gross things into your food! Eating is something we all do every day, three times a day. So when you generate a little trash every meal, that's actually a huge impact on the planet.
It's still hilarious to me that bar soap was my first step toward a greener life. Not only do you use SEVEN TIMES more product with liquid soaps, most liquid soaps are actually classified as detergents, which wreak havoc on the ecosystems in our waterways. It's amazing how much longer bar soap lasts, and it makes an adorable gift! This one especially makes me smile.
I'm a crafter, which poses unique problems if you're also an environmentalist. The majority of craft paints at your local craft store contain acrylic or plastic-based polymers, meaning they'll shed micro-plastics as your project ages or as your rinse your brushes. Casein paints use a polymer derived from milk products, making them a better option!