Sobering facts: the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish by 2050 at the rate we buy and dispose of it. One in every three plastic bottles found in landfills is from personal care products. And since plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade, it is highly likely every piece of plastic ever made is still on this planet somewhere. If this feels overwhelming … well, that’s because it is. But we can do something about it. One of the easiest ways is to start at home. In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share a few of my favorite sustainable swaps.
It is so important for all of us to do what we can on an individual level—but just as important is collective action and holding large corporations responsible for polluting our environment. We need policy change, and as consumers we need to use our dollar and our vote to advocate for change. That said, you don’t have to buy to be sustainable. The most sustainable choice you can make is to reuse and recycle what you already have.
Package Free Shop: I love this shop; they only carry sustainable, eco-friendly options for all of your lifestyle needs.
Plus Body Wash Dispenser: These recycled plastic dispensers come with refillable dehydrated sheets of body wash, helping eliminate the use of countless plastic body wash bottles.
Plus Body Wash Travel Sheets: Perfect for when you’re on the go, these soap sheets come in sachets that dissolve down the shower drain in 30 seconds.
Face Halo Makeup Remover: Each one of these replaces up to 500 single-use makeup wipes!
Lush Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar: I love Lush’s shampoo bars! I have a lot of hair, and this small bar gives me a great wash and lots of uses.
Flamingo Estate Candles: Trust me, you will notice a difference when you switch from synthetic fragranced candles to candles with natural fragrance, cotton wicks, and clean wax like coconut or vegetable.
Filtrol: We installed this filter on our washing machine to catch debris and microplastics from entering our waterways, and I was shocked at how much it filters out. It’s a great investment.
Future Earth Reusable Stainless Steel Tumbler: I always have my tumbler with me! It’s the easiest swap you can make, and investing in a reusable tumbler or water bottle versus single-use actually saves you money over time.
Glass Water Bottles: We use refillable glass bottles for our guests at the house.
Stasher Reusable Storage Bag: I use these Stasher bags for everything—from food and snacks to dog treats and makeup. They are so versatile and eliminate single use plastic baggies.
Stainless Steel Food Containers: I love these stainless steel containers for when I’m on the go or need to store food in the fridge.
Bee’s Wrap: This is a great reusable swap for plastic wrap.
Sustainable Veggie Brush: Swapping plastic kitchen tools for wooden ones is another easy swap to make.
Produce Bags: Instead of using the plastic bags at the grocery store, I bring these.
Tea Ball Infusers: Did you know your plastic tea bag could be releasing microplastics into your tea? Since finding this out, I always try to use loose leaf tea at home with these cute tea ball infusers!
Doggy Do Good Pet Waste Bags: Binx likes to be sustainable too!
Mountain Dog Super Slip Leash: These are made from recycled climbing rope.
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Stephanie Shepherd pairs her social influence with an enthusiasm for social activism. As an ambassador to The Climate Reality Project, spearheaded by former Vice President Al Gore, she advocates for climate change education. Additionally, Stephanie acts as Strategic Advisor for Khana, a nonprofit that provides girls in the developing world with the tools they need to manage menstruation and stay in school.
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