If you’ve been here a while, you know Earth Day is my favorite day of year and these 11 earth day eco friendly choices are perfect for you. It’s a day where everyone has a little bit more awareness of our beautiful planet God gave us and they try to take a few extra steps to treat it well. It’s the perfect opportunity to make huge changes in our habits and lifestyle so they are supportive of our big green and blue earth.
I’ve rounded up my favorite earth loving products and tips and compiled them all right here for you. Use this as your guide and come back to it whenever you need an earth friendly alternative to X product/choice in your life.
My 11 Favorite Earth Day Eco Friendly Choices
These sweet little bags hold your clothes in the washer and capture all the microplastics that leach off of your clothes each time you wash them. Did you have any idea this was happening? Then, those micro plastics make their ways into our drinking water and our oceans.
Reusable water bottle
I’m a freak about this one and it’s plastered all over my Instagram, email list and website. If you’re still using and drinking out of plastic bottles, you have to stop. It’s a cheap and simple change, like… it doesn’t get easier. I use this stainless steel one (code SIMPLHOLISTIC2020). Talk about earth day eco friendly choices!!
I learned in 2018 that 26 billion pounds of clothes are THROWN AWAY (in the garbage) each year. AHH. That drives me mad. One of the best ways you can cut back and make an earth-conscious decision is to thrift.
If you are immunocompromised and cannot shop second-hand, another option is shopping for organic, GOTS certified clothing. This clothing isn’t made in factory farms and it’s ethically crafted. It’s free from harmful chemicals and you can be confident in your vote with your dollar! You go girl. Here are a few brands of ethical clothes I love:
Recycling is a total buzzword and if you dig into the specifics, most people aren’t properly recycling. That’s why I wrote this blog post. Of course, the best choice is to cut back but for what you have, recycle properly. Just one piece of improperly recycled material can void an entire truck load and send it all to the landfill.
Make the household swap
Cleaning products are one of the worst offenders when it comes to destroyers of the planet. Bleach, chlorine, acetone, dyes, fragrance and the list goes on… Opting for an earthy-friendly brand doesn’t mean breaking the bank. Branch Basics is my personal favorite. They send you a big jug of concentrate and you make many different products from the one! Super cool and much better for shipping since it weighs less = smaller carbon footprint (code SIMPLHOLISTIC).
Ditch the plastic
Plastic contains many harmful ingredients like the popular BPA but it goes far beyond that little acronym. When they ruled out BPA they made BPS. Then, there are phthalates, fillers, plasticizers, hardeners, thickeners and they are all poly- crap shows. They are totally destroying the planet and your hormones. Not good, not good.
Then, these plastics breakdown and form microplastics. These are what are being found in our drinking water, umbilical cords and fish deep deep in the ocean. Say no to plastic whenever you can. It’s possible, trust me.
Reusable food wraps
This is super simple way to support the earth and your hormones. All you have to do is buy some reusable wraps like beeswax, brown bags or If You Care products. They make bags, parchment paper, sleeves and the list goes on. Those plastic baggies for your food are leaching into you and your kids’ food. Here are some good options:
- beeswax wraps
- Stasher bags
- food wraps
- reusable silicon bags
- If You Care bags
- sandwich sleeves
Here’s a link to all of the items above + more.
Bring your own containers to shop with
I love this one because it empowers me. Each time I come into the store with my reusable bags and glass containers or mesh bags for my food I get giddy. All you have to do is get the tare weight of your containers and you can fill up spice jars, bulk nuts, flours, seeds and whatever else your heart desires. It’s so easy and a lot less work than transferring everything once you get home.
Did you know when you buy organic you are avoiding 700+ toxic chemicals that are being sprayed and added to our food and products. Here’s what organic ensures, no:
- toxic and synthetic pesticides or fertilizers
- GMO ingredients
- antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones
- artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives
- sewage sludge or irradiation
While food with organic doesn’t always mean healthy, it does ensure you’re safe from the chemicals and practices mentioned above. It’s a huge step in the right direction for your health and the planet.
I’m a mega fan of this one and go into depth on this conversation in my Wild Women’s Hormones Ebook. I’ll barely scratch the surface here but shopping local is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, support local business and *most of the time* keep industrial grade pesticides out of your food. I highly recommend the ebook for more information on local food and your hormones!
Another simple and cheap way to cut back on waste is to get yourself some reusable utensils. In the van, we have 2 stainless steel spoons, knives and forks. Then, we have a set of reusable utensils for each of us. When we go out or travel, they are the first thing to go into our bags. You can get bamboo or stainless steel and they usually come in cute little sacks.