We all know that the “Green Revolution” is upon us. It is becoming more and more en vogue to “go green”; large corporations, small businesses, individuals and families are all doing their part to reduce, reuse and recycle. With a little homework and a little extra effort, we can all make small changes in our daily routines to decrease the negative impact our actions can have on the planet. Here are a few one-time purchases that can save a significant amount of waste in the long run.
Reusable Coffee Sleeves
If you can’t seem to remember to carry that reusable plastic coffee cup or water bottle with you, consider at least purchasing a fabric coffee sleeve. The sleeve is small enough to fit in your glove compartment (for drive-thu coffee stops), in your purse for walk-in coffee excursions) or at your desk for your office coffee breaks. These ones are handmade in Maui and come in a variety of colors and patterns for under ten dollars to fit your personal style and budget. Most are machine washable; just toss them in with your regular load to quickly and easily reduce the amount of waste produced by your coffee habit.
This particular iPad case is fashioned from old suit jackets and then padded with fabric and foam. The case utilizes the coat pockets so you can carry small personal items as well as the charger. Why purchase a brand new case processed from new materials when you can have a one of a kind and earth friendly one? All of the “I” products are so ubiquitous anyways, make yours stand out with a truly unique and “green” covering. You can find them on etsy.com for about $5 or grab a sewing machine and make your own.
Reusable Bags for Everything Lunch
SnackTaxis manufacture a line of reusable bags for snacks, sandwiches and entire lunches. Their products are locally produced in a rural Massachusetts from cotton and nylon. Like the aforementioned coffee sleeves, SnackTaxis can be thrown into the laundry for their next use. According to their website, a family with three children can pack up to 500 lunches a year, thus throwing thousands of plastic bags into landfills each year. Reduce your plastic consumption and individualize your children's lunch bags with brightly colored and eco-friendly "Snack Taxis."
Nowadays, it is getting progressively easier to reduce, reuse and recycle. So this year, make a pledge to ease up on Mother Earth by investing in a couple of reusable items. Again, you don’t have to make a drastic change to have an effect.