Earth Day Event – Learn How To:
• Reduce Single Use Plastics In Your Home
• Clean Organically With Concentrates
• Make Your Own Germ Wipes
• Keep 108 lbs of Packaging Waste Out Of Landfills.
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I hosted an Earth Day Event on Facebook last week. If you missed the event, or wanted to refresh your memory, all the content is here for you, easily accessible.
One lucky guest won a year’s supply of organic cleaning supplies for windows / degreaser / and all purpose cleaning! I do have samples available HERE, but supplies are limited, so get your request in NOW. One sample makes two 16 oz bottles of cleaner.
Ok, let’s get started!
Today we’re going to focus on removing single-use disposable plastics from our homes, cleaning organically with concentrates, and how you can reduce your global footprint by reducing waste by 108 lbs of packaging and 248 lbs of greenhouse gas with one simple change.
1. Reduce plastic use
We need to actually REDUCE the amount of plastic we’re using. Most of what ends up in recycling bins doesn’t actually get recycled. Recycled items are sold to manufactures, and they are competing with new plastics and other materials. So if what we put in the bins is undesirable, it’s actually just going to end up in a landfill.
Here’s an example:
That pizza box that got delivered last night for a fun family dinner probably shouldn’t go in the recycling bin. More than likely, it’s covered in cheese and oil. It won’t get recycled.
I believe the key is to limit the amount of food items we buy, that are packaged in plastic, as well as curbing our own disposable plastic use. Even plastics intended for long term use, like toys for kids, end up being an issue when they reach the end of their life span, or are no longer loved.
This is a huge issue for me, because sometimes we need plastic. For example, I want to put a large slide on a structure my husband built in our back yard. The structure is wood (YAY) but I’m looking at those plastic slides to attach, so the kids have a fun way to get down from there after they’ve climbed up. I don’t want a metal slide, because I’ve been burned on those before and know how painful it can be! But I also realize that after a few years, maybe even several years, that slide is going to end up in a dump, and that makes me sad.
2. Microbeads / Microplastics
So what’s my big problem with plastics, really?
Plastic isn’t truly biodegradable, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.
Then there’s micro plastics. Those teeny beads in toothpaste and skin care, used as an exfoliant. Microbeads pose an environmental hazard when disposed of in waste water. Because they pass through sewage treatment plants without being filtered out, their disposal has resulted in plastic particle water pollution with microplastics. Fortunately, The Microbead-Free Waters Act was passed in the US in 2015, banning the manufacture of rinse-off cosmetics containing intentionally added plastic microbeads.
But the ban has left some loopholes for biodegradable, natural plastics. But NO plastic completely break down in a marine environment.
Plastic debris, mostly microbeads, or microplastics, can be found on up to 88 percent of the surface of all five oceans, according to a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Fish are eating the tiny plastics, then we are eating the fish.
Coral reefs are absorbing the microplastics, and dying from it.
Replacing single use plastics:
I recorded this video right after making my morning smoothie.
Oops, in my shake video I forgot to point out my super cool glass straw!
I got these on Amazon from a company called Hummingbird.
We were using WAY too many plastic straws so I needed to replace those with something more sustainable.
Go HERE http://amzn.to/1r1Y0JA to check out reusable straws.
You can also search for “stainless straws” if you want to be sure they aren’t breakable. But these are the same glass as Pyrex and very durable (I’ve dropped these on the slate tile floor about a million times!), plus I like the taste of glass better. But, I’ll be ordering some stainless for the boys to use, just in case.
With the glass, there are different thicknesses. The thicker ones are what we have, and I got those for extra durability, but they don’t fit in tumblers with lids.. they are too fat! When I was getting the amazon link to post here, I noticed there are thinner ones that are designed for tumblers. The glass hummingbird straws are available in 9″, 10″ and even 12″ for super big cups. You can choose between 9.5 mm thickness, or 7mm (to fit lids with holes for straws).
Reusable bags vs plastic sandwich baggies
Plastic sandwich baggies are soooo 10 years ago! LOL
Get (or make) cloth ones!
There are tons of cute ones on Amazon! Make sure they are washable! Some of them have a plastic coating and then all you can do is wipe them clean. We have a few of those and they drive me nuts. I’d much rather toss them in the laundry.
We use these for snacks, sandwiches.. Anything you’d use a little plastic Baggie for. The ones in the photo, with the earth fabric, are roughly 6″x6″, and have a Velcro strip across the entire top.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine, these are very simple to make 😉
Check out the selection on Amazon HERE http://amzn.to/1T3w6mS
4. Shopping Bags
We’re going to get into some really green, money saving cleaning tips in the next post, but in the meantime, I wanted to encourage everyone to request compostable plastic bags at their grocery stores. Unless you live in a town that’s already banned the bag, and they’re all using paper.
Some areas don’t want paper though, and people prefer plastic, so there’s these cool corn bags! You can let your local stores know that’s what you’d prefer. They can go in the compost, or they’ll biodegrade in a landfill! Generally, they are made with corn. Our local health food store uses these and they are pretty neat!
And, of course, there’s reusable shopping bags, and most of us have tons of them, but when you forget wouldn’t it be cool if your store had these?
5. How to make your own germ wipes.
How to make your own wipes, using cleaning concentrates, used canisters, and paper towels.
Why? When you buy those Clorox or Lysol wipes, you are also buying the packaging that ends up getting tossed into the recycling or landfill (and we know most recycling doesn’t end up getting recycled!)
This way, I’m using a canister I already had.. and any container will do, provided the liquid won’t evaporate.
I’m using a concentrated germicide cleaner, that I’ve had for nearly two years, and it’s only half gone now… and that’s another way to reduce packaging waste in the landfills, by using concentrates!
The concentrate I’m using in this video is a natural germicide, that kills:
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Salmonella enteritidis
- Legionella pneumophila
- Staphylococcus aureus – Methicillinresistant (MRSA)
- Hepititis B (HBV) and Hepitis C (HCV)
- SARS Associated Coronavirus
For the complete pathogen sheet, click HERE –>BasicGPathogen
How does Basic G compare to Lysol or Bleach? The results of the clinical tests are available HERE Basic G vsBleach-Lysol-2
I LOVE this stuff, because I don’t have the fumes from Lysol spray to deal with, and I can’t stand the smell of bleach or what happens when I splash it on my clothes. *frowny face*
6. What’s “greener”? Cleaning concentrates, or cleaning with vinegar?
7. How to keep 108 lbs of packaging waste out of landfills and eliminate 248 lbs of greenhouse gas.
This kit is available at GetCleanStarterKit.com
Benefits of getting this kit:
- Comes with a Free Membership to Shaklee, for discounts on all purchases. (no need to renew, no purchase requirements)
- Easily detox all your cleaning supplies, for a fraction of what you’d pay in stores.
- Cheaper than conventional cleaning products
- Preserve your family’s health.
- Avoid toxic asthma causing fumes
- Switching to Shaklee laundry detergent has helped countless children battling eczema.