Going green doesn’t have to feel like a chore, it can be easy, fun and stylish. As individuals, we like to express ourselves, whether its through the clothes we wear or the things we buy. Everything can be personalized these days including our phones, computers, cars, shoes, etc. So why does going green have to be any different?
Fortunately, it doesn’t. There are many options to choose from when it comes to reusable products, so you no longer have to carry around disposable products like plastic bags or paper cups that are not only an eye sore, but are also bad for the environment.
Below are some of my favorite products for going green so you can look and feel fabulous.
1) REUSABLE BAGS
When running errands, reusable bags come in handy and in many colors, shapes and sizes. It’s a great way to make a statement, show you care, and keep plastic bags out of the environment. Often times you can get them free from your workplace or at conferences/events. Most grocery stores offer them for as little as 99 cents. If you want something a little less generic, check out the bags below.
My Favorite: Chico Bags
They roll up into a small attached pocket, which makes them unobtrusive and easy to carry. I leave mine by the front door, in my car and/or in my purse so I’m never caught without one. You can choose from a range of patterns and colors, or even customize it with your brand or company logo.
2) REUSABLE CUPS
The average American office worker uses about 500 disposable cups every year. Additionally, if you’re an average Starbucks customer like me who visits roughly 6 times per month, that’s 72 disposable cups a month. Or, if you are one of the loyal 20% of customers averaging 16 visits per month, that’s 192 cups. A lot of cups for one person, not to mention the lids and straws that go with them. Just by using 1 reusable cup, you can keep hundreds of disposable ones out of landfills. Plus, you can get a $0.10 discount per cup at Starbucks.
My Favorite: Keep Cup
I bought mine about 4 years ago and it is still holding up. I also get a lot of compliments from baristas and friends. What I love about this Australian brand is that their cups are fully customizable, comes with a rotating plug so you don’t spill your coffee and a built in band so you don’t burn your fingers. Since most of my coffee is consumed during the workweek, I keep mine in my office desk drawer so I can grab and go.
Notable Options: JOCO, Cuppow (lid that turns most 16 oz jars into travel cups)
3) REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Bottled water is expensive, isn’t any better than filtered or tap water, takes a lot of energy to produce and recycle, and ends up as part of the food chain in our oceans and landfills. Keeping a reusable water bottle with you not only helps you stay hydrated, but helps reduce this unnecessary waste. The size, portability and style of bottles varies so you can find one that works for you.
My Favorite: Vapur
The thing I love most about these bottles is the portability. They’re thin and lightweight and when they are empty you can roll them up and throw them in your bag or pocket. They’re also dishwasher safe and BPA free.
With the 3 reusable items above, you can help make disposable bags, cups and bottles a thing of the past. For more of my favorite brands and websites, check out the “Favorites” page.0