this year, I set twenty goals for myself. they would require additional effort + focus to accomplish, but definitely obtainable. and then unprecendented times hit. it’s not unlike hurdles + setbacks to come after “a man on a mission”. this is just a more mount everest-sized hurdle. but amidst it all, it is incredibly inspiring to see the way people are finding creative ways to make lemonade out of lemons. to bring positivity. to grow + thrive. so, we press on!
while the travel goals have been temporarily shelved, I have plenty to keep moving forward + making progress on as we stay safely put. see the 20 goals I set for 2020 here. one of the goals I’m currently tackling is: identify 5 ways to be more eco-friendly. our family is very appreciative of this beautiful earth we get to live on, but there is always room for improvement. we can certainly be a little bit nicer to the planet. this is how we’re going to start. I identified five planet-friendly substitutes for daily use items to decrease our footprint.
the daily use items I did a planet-friendly swap for are:
- paper towels
- single-use plastic bags
- plastic toothbrushes
- dryer sheets
- aluminum foil + parchment paper
instead of paper towels,
we’re using + loving these swedish dishcloths. they take up a lot less room, they’re colorful + can be thrown into the laundry to clean. they feel like a thin piece of cardboard when dry, but it’s nothing short of magic how they turn into super absorbent cloths once you add a bit of water.
instead of rolls of aluminum foil + parchment paper,
I use a silicone baking mat.
instead of single-use plastic bags,
we invested in reusable silicone food storage bags. we got a variety of sizes to start: 1 gallon, 1 quart, 2 sandwich, 2 snack bags. (since our original purchase, we got 2 more sandwich + 2 more snack bags).
instead of plastic toothbrushes,
according to a national geographic article, a billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year. they remain in landfills, oceans + on our planet forever. for this, we made the swap to bamboo toothbrushes. they’re biodegradable, more aesthetically pleasing, and a barely noticeable switch.
instead of dryer sheets,
we switched to wool dryer balls. this one probably took the most convincing. I couldn’t imagine how those barely-there dryer sheets were THAT bad for the environment. after a bit of research, I decided to go with this swap for a few reasons. wool dryer balls are better for sensitive skin, shorten dry time, and are long-lasting. prefer scented? just add a few drops of essential oil to each dryer ball. (lavender seems to be the most recommended).
we’re approximately 2+ months into using our eco-friendly substitutes. besides the happy feeling of doing more for the planet, I’m thoroughly enjoying, even prefer, these new items. I can’t even pick out a favorite. they’re all that good!