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The older I’ve gotten, the more aware I’ve tried to be about our planet. I am SO far from perfect and know there are so many ways I could improve to become less wasteful and more sustainable. If you’re anything like me and a work in progress, here’s some things we’re up to and activities to do with your family for Earth Day.
Eco- Friendly Swaps at home:
- Silicone reusable bags. I love these stasher bags , they are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe and best of all reusable. I’ve been slowly growing my collection of these bags and using them in place of disposable plastic bags.
- Washable cotton swabs for makeup removal. I apply my makeup remover to these and just re-wash them. I’ve had these for a over a year now and they’ve held up well. They come with a mesh bag for washing.
- Reusable water bottles. I used to buy bottled water (I know, I know) but now I always try to a reusable water. When we are out and about and on and adventure we fill up one of these larger jugs to have handy so we can refill our small water bottles.
- Bees Wax Wraps. I don’t personally have this but have been looking into it in place of cling wrap.
- Prior to COVID, I always took these produce bags with me to the grocery store in place of the plastic produce bags provided. Many stores weren’t allowing bags from home, but I’m hoping to start implementing this more again.
- Bamboo toothbrushes for the kids. These toothbrushes are affordable and biodegradable.
As the snow was melting, we took our daughter around our neighborhood where the streets aren’t too busy and picked up garbage that had been hidden under the snow. It was actually fun and we made it a challenge to see who could fill up their bag first. We felt good afterwards and it forced us outside!
If you’re extra motivated, maybe try organizing your own clean up in your neighborhood or outdoor area of your choosing!
Take a walk somewhere and get your kids out enjoying nature so that they become interested in Earth day adn the planet as well!
Here’s a link to some of our favorite hikes in Wisconsin.
Leave no trace: Always remember, when you are out and about in nature, leave no trace. Take everything out. Because of this, we always carry a garbage bag with us in all of our packs!
If you are interested in donating. Here is a link to donate towards the Canopy Project which is a campaign aimed at reforestation. Every dollar donated plants a tree! This is the organization that we chose to donate to this year.
As we mentioned before, we have so much more to improve on, but everyone has to start somewhere and we hope to keep growing and improving in this area!