I am always looking for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. At home and at work, I know how important it is to shop responsibly. When it comes to the kitchen and our home environment in general, there are a lot of ways to save money and reduce our impact on the earth. Fact: I have not bought or used plastic wrap in YEARS! Same with paper towels and plastic bags. Yes, you can live without those throwaway products, and yes, there are alternatives that are healthier for you and for the environment, all while saving you money.
Check it out: Let's say you pay $2.49 for a 100 foot roll of plastic wrap. So if you use 8 rolls a year, that costs you $19.92. You will use all the plastic wrap, a few feet at a time, slowly throwing away the entire roll. Yes, you just paid for garbage that will now spend decades not rotting in a landfill. Same goes for those sandwich bags, zip lock bags, paper towels, you get the idea. It's all garbage; it's all going to end up in a landfill polluting the earth that we rely on for food, clean water, clean air, you know, life as we know it.
Now consider a 3-pack of Bee's Wrap for $18, which will last for a full year, and when it's done keeping your groceries fresh, you can compost it, and it will become part of next year's garden. Or, use it as a fire starter in your wood stove. It's a little less money and zero waste.
Bee's Wrap is made from organic cotton infused with bee's wax, jojoba oil and tree resin. Plus you get to feel really good about yourself by supporting a sustainable, earth friendly business, instead of a mega-corporation that produces trash. Everyone wins!
Paper towels and paper napkins are an even easier fix. Instead of buying and throwing away toxic bleached paper products that are stripping our land of oxygen-producing plants, you can buy some washable kitchen towels and napkins and turn your clothes that are too far gone into rags for messier projects. And when you absolutely need to, you can use bamboo towels that can be washed and reused as well. Bambooee is the brand that I recommend. On their site they state this: "Trees are being cut down at an unsustainable rate and 3,000 tons of paper towel waste are produced per day. (According to the US Environmental Protection Agency)."
Here are my rules for shopping: is this healthy for me, is it made by a company that is in alignment with my values, is it earth friendly, ie is the product and its packaging biodegradable, recyclable or reusable? If the answers are all yes, then buy it! There are 313.9 million people in this country; if we each do a little, it will add up to a lot more resources for us all to enjoy for many generations to come. So make the switch, save money and our planet, how's that for multitasking?!