Welcome to our newest series. In “Friday Favorites,” our team will share a handful of favorite items. These can range from clothes to beauty products to recipes to books and anything in between.
As a person who tries to be environmentally conscious, I try to make better purchases and choices as a consumer. And I finally feel like the economy (and the world) are moving into this. I live in Hawaii, and the community here tries very hard to follow the old adage of “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” I love it.
However, I’m also a parent and living on a budget. Some eco-friendly products are expensive! I do my best to balance what I really want to switch my family over to and how much I can afford. So for this week’s Friday Favorites, I’m listing some of my most affordable eco-friendly switches. Not too much impact on the Earth and on my wallet!
Maybe it’s because I live in Hawaii, but I had never thought of what sunscreen can do to ocean life until moving here. There are chemicals and ingredients in traditional sunscreen that are harmful to sea creatures, plant life, and coral.
Yet switching to completely reef safe sunscreen can be pricey. I aim for the middle ground: reef and wallet-friendly. Look for sunscreens with organic or natural ingredients. There should also be a label of “reef friendly” or “reef safe” on the label. This one from Coolah is a little expensive but my favorite. It’s lightweight and smells amazing!
Many stores and households have been switching to reusable shopping bags; there are some stores that refuse to give plastic bags or charge you for them. But what about food storage?
These bags are perfect for lunches, traveling, and more. They are waterproof and sealed for food freshness. And they can replace more than 300 standard plastic bags. They are easy to clean and use.
I hated the idea of spending more money on bags for lunches but when you do the math of continuously purchasing single-use bags, these save a family so much money.
I am a huge book snob. Nothing makes me happier than the smell of a library and that “book smell.” I was adamant that I would never switch to e-books or digital reading.
So I made a compromise: half e-books, half actual books. This choice made me feel better about my reading consumption. I use my iPad but there are many options out there for reading digitally!
I remember the first time I saw a reusable beeswax wrap. It was $15 for one wrap! But it’s all about the math again. $15 for a wrap that would serve me 6 months of use versus how many $5 boxes of plastic, single-use wrap?
I love these wraps for all kinds of food storage. Lifetime uses vary from 2 months to a year, and most are biodegradable or can be repurposed after this. Plus look at the patterns! I’m a sucker for a good print.
There are tutorials for making your own beeswax wrap here, but I prefer to buy mine. The wraps linked above are a great starter pack.
I was skeptical about this replacement for dryer sheets. Would these actually help with static cling? And what about the fragrance of dryer sheets?
Simple answer: YES. These tennis ball-shaped dryer balls are 100% wool and help reduce static, wrinkles, and drying time. If you like some fragrance, you can add a few drop of essential oil to them. This pack from Target costs less than $10, which saves you tons of money in the long run.
It’s 2020 – get yourself a reusable water bottle! We have many in varying sizes and shapes. From glass bottles to 60 oz. Hydroflasks, there is a water bottle for everyone in our house. I’m not saying that we never drink from plastic bottles because we are not perfect, but we try to use our reusable ones as often as we can.
They are not just environmentally friendly. They save you money on plastic water bottles and encourage everyone to drink more water. Because we all need to drink more water!