Day 7 – Bamboo!
Why Bamboo? Bamboo is the world’s fastest naturally renewing resource which is also inherently anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
The Marine Conservation Society have described cotton buds as one of the most prevalent varieties of pollution on beaches in the UK. They are often mistaken for food by marine wildlife and birds causing perforated stomachs and death.
As part of the BBC’s #OurBluePlanet project, Justin Hoffman took the shocking photo of a seahorse wrapped around a cotton bud in Indonesia. The shocking image went viral as we became more aware of the heart-breaking reality.
Cotton Buds are used for seconds but last on the planet for hundreds of years. Biodegradable eco-friendly Bamboo buds are available here: http://ebay.us/luc2mg?cmpnId=5338273189
Day 8 – Compostable Doggy Bags
Even if you don’t own a dog, its all too familiar to see little black plastic bags littered all over the place and thrown into bushes.
We discovered Adios Plastic on Instagram and ordered one of their Sample Packs (you only pay P&P!)
- Home compostable and Industrial compostable
- Will naturally breakdown back into the environment
- Available with or without handles
- 20 Microns thick, totally leak proof
- Large enough for dogs of all sizes
We have been using them for walkies with our German Shepherd and I’m 100% impressed. They go into our compostable bin, not our regular waste so they are collected every week rather than sitting in our general waste for 3 weeks.
They are made from corn starch which is so like plastic so it makes you far more confident cleaning up after your dog and maintaining your own clean hands!
Day 9 – Chalkboard and dustless chalks
Constantly looking for a pen and scrap paper? Why not invest in a chalkboard…
It ticks all the boxes; they are reusable and it cuts down on your paper waste, clutter in your home and plastic waste from pens that end up down the back of the sofa and up the hoover. And lets face it, a lot nicer looking…
Day 10 – Recycling Ink Cartridges
With our HP printer we get ink automatically sent to our home and we get a prepaid recycling envelope with every delivery which we pop in the post box, easy peasy.
You can download freepost labels from the internet to send your ink cartridges to be recycled properly and not added to the pile of landfill.
Day 11 – Gardening and Composting
We’ve had some beautiful weather and like many others we have taken to doing jobs in the garden.
We’ve been weeding, cleaning, tidying and recycling and composting!
I’ve been researching what can go onto a compost heap and was surprised to find the Do’s and Dont’s we might believe.
I’ve decided to dedicate a whole blog post to composting so do watch this space – it will surprise and hopefully inspire you to start your own heap.
Day 12 – Water Bottles
On a mission to stay healthy whilst at home I dug out all the forgotten water bottles at the back of the cupboard, gave them a good scrub, now they are ready to go!
This is actually a 2in1 day as not only are we reusing water bottles and not using single use plastic, I am adding fresh fruit to my water rather than juice, so it cuts down the plastic of the juice bottle too and saves money.
So, I’m up early on Day 13, finishing off this blog post and on reflection, not just on these days but since Day 1 of this challenge its been great to make small changes to the planet but I have so enjoyed researching Eco-Living, it just shows what alternatives there are available. Most of the time you are supporting small businesses, and who doesn’t want to do that…?
If you’re not sure where to start with Eco-Living we will soon be releasing Eco-Boxes, letterbox friendly parcels filled with little bits and bobs to get you going. Rather than searching or going out yourself we pick a speciality selected range of products to bring eco-living to you!
We are trialling them out right now, and the feedback has been positive!
Stay tuned for Day 13 and beyond,
Stay Home, Stay Safe
Jodie at BetweenGreen x