A Beginner’s Guide to Sustainable Living
By Zarah Harris
Earth Day is approaching and while we’re celebrating Mother Nature for the day, protecting the planet is a year round responsibility. According to TitleMax, the average American produces around 2,072 pounds of trash each year. Unfortunately, not all of the waste we produce is biodegradable. When materials such as plastics, metals and aluminum enter our landfills it can take up hundreds of years for them to break down. As claimed by the ERI, it could take up to 200 years just for a single aluminum can to decompose. Incorporating sustainable practices into your daily life can help reduce waste, save resources and decrease your overall carbon footprint. Using reusable items is one simple way to go waste-free. Check out the list below to discover sustainable options you can start using today.
- Reusable Shopping Bag, Baggu $12
When shopping use a reusable shopping bag or tote bag to reduce your plastic consumption. Plastic bags are harmful to the environment because they are not biodegradable. They’re also a serious hazard to aquatic wildlife. Baggu is one of many companies that sells reusable shopping bags. They have lots of playful and funky patterns. Baggu designs their bags with recycled nylon material for minimal waste and maximum durability.
- Reusable Water Bottle, HydroFlask $32
Plastic pollution is no joke, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation reported that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. Owning a reusable water bottle will help you avoid using single-use plastics. Plus, the extra benefit of using a reusable water bottle like the HydroFlask is that your beverages stay cooler for a longer time since these bottles are insulated.
- Reusable Menstrual Products, Thinx $60
Most menstrual care products are designed with tons of plastic. As a result, traditional menstrual hygiene products play a huge part in plastic pollution too. Thinx offers sustainable options for menstrual care because their products are designed to be used over and over again. For example, the average woman uses and discards about 240 tampon applicators a year but with thinx’s reusable tampon applicator consumers don’t have to worry about causing that amount of environmental damage.
- Reusable Facial Rounds, Cocokind $18.00
Reusable cotton facial rounds are great for being used during your skincare routine or removing makeup. Reusable cotton facial rounds are better for the environment because the production of regular cotton facial rounds pollutes rivers with chemicals. Once you’re done using the rounds, they can be tossed into the washer and dryer. With this sustainable option you’ll save some money bc you’ll always have a never-ending supply of facial rounds to use.
- Shopping With Repurpose
Shop at Repurpose for eco-friendly fashion! Our pre-loved luxury clothing provides customers with a rewarding retail experience. Repurpose shoppers get to enjoy luxury brands at reduced prices while each purchase supports a non-profit organization dedicated to serving communities in need. Shopping with Repurpose supports not only a social cause but also an environmental cause too. When you purchase an item from Repurpose you extend the lifespan of a garment and prevent more textile waste from entering landfills. You get the best of both worlds when you shop our catalog.