Happy Earth Day – What things can we do to help the earth?

Welcome to Day 3 of our Staying Positive Series – Living a Waste Free Lifestyle by guest blogger Karena Wright.

Here are two tips for today:

Reusable Produce Bags.

You go grocery shopping and need 5 apples, 4 potatoes, a bunch of carrots, 2 onions, 2 avocadoes, and some peppers.  Each produce item you grab you bag in an individual plastic bag.  These bags are not recyclable so end up in your garbage, ending up in a landfill until long after we’re gone.

They make reusable produce bags you can purchase.  Bringing them with you to the grocery store will eliminate the need to take many of the plastic bags.  I swear at first half the battle will be remembering to bring them with you into the store.  Now I leave them in the trunk of my car so I always have them.

The ones I use were gifted to me.  If you don’t want to purchase new bags, you could always use old pillowcases or old shirts and sew bags out of your materials.  I’m always finding ways to reuse items I already have around my house.

Reusable Grocery Bags.

Reusable grocery bags have come in handy time and time again for me.  I use them every day.  At first, I only started using them when going to Aldi, making sure I remembered my bags and my quarter.  Now I always keep a handful in my car and use them for every grocery trip I make.

They come in many sizes and materials.  I have received some free, some I’ve acquired from my family and some I have purchased.  I love the really big ones the best.

I use these bags to keep my boys snow gear neatly kept together and cleaned up.  When we go to the beach, I always have everything packed into these bags.  They are great for sleepovers, packing for up north, moving, bringing food to get togethers, taking things to work and packing for a sporting event.  Really the uses are endless.

A resourceful tip would be when buying a gift for someone, instead of buying a gift bag pack the presents in a reusable bag they can use over and over.