Start 2016 off on the right foot and keep conservation on the mind! Set a goal this year of upgrading your everyday life to be more environmentally conscious with just a few simple steps. We’ve listed some of our favorite eco-friendly products for you to try out this year below.
Reusable Water Bottle
According to Greatist, upwards of 80% of water bottles end up in a landfill! If you haven’t already, make 2016 the year that you toss all those disposable water bottles, and stock your shelves with a few reusable ones! Contigo has some awesome BPA-free plastic and even glass water bottles that we love. Plus, they’re even dishwasher safe—just toss in a dishwashing detergent pac, and you’re good to go!
Dropps detergents are 6x concentrated—meaning less water, and less waste! Those big laundry jugs are made from at least 75% new (non-recycled) plastic, and most end up in a landfill after use. Dropps cuts back on packaging to give you quality product without all the sticky mess or the waste afterward. Our detergent pacs are 100% water dissolvable, leaving nothing behind but clean clothes. And our pouch packaging uses significantly less plastic (1 empty jug=292 empty pouches), leaving behind a smaller footprint, one wash at a time! In addition, all of our products have been approved by the EPA’s Safer Choice Program! To learn more, see the Dropps Difference.
Energy Star Appliances
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Another awesome EPA program, Energy Star, is devoted to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting more energy-efficient products, and in the process, helping you save some money! Energy Star continually tests products against a strict set of requirements, and certifies those that are found to result in significant energy savings. Check out Energy Star’s guide to finding certified appliances, electronics, lighting fixtures, and more!
Reusable Grocery Bags
Bringing your own bags when grocery shopping saves time, money, and most importantly, the environment! Skip out on both paper and plastic this year and make the switch to eco-friendly reusable grocery totes. Baggu has tons of affordable options (we love this adorable mint striped one!) that each hold 2-3 traditional grocery bags worth of items and fold up neatly into a compact pouch. The bags are 100% ripstop nylon and machine washable!
Water Conserving Shower Head
According to OWASA, by switching to a low-flow, eco-friendly showerhead, a family of 4 can save about 10,000 gallons of water each year, and even cut your water bill in half! This Pfister showerhead is Water Sense certified, uses nearly half the amount of water as a traditional showerhead, and has great quality and pressure reviews.