10 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions For Greener Living

Motivational And Inspiring Ideas To Live A Greener Life

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As cliché as it may be, I rather enjoy the ”new year, new me” mantra, especially when it involves lifestyle changes that benefit the environment.

How we travel, what we eat, what we buy-they all determine the size of our carbon footprint.

So while some laugh at the thought (and even despise the idea) of New Year’s resolutions, I see it as a way of preparing a new mindset to make alterations to a current lifestyle.

Below are 10 ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will help jumpstart a journey to live more a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle that helps fight climate change, saves marine life, and minimizes waste!

10 Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

Invest In Reusable Items

One of the easiest ways to ease into sustainable living is to make gradual plastic swaps throughout the year. Start with something simple like purchasing a reusable drinking straw, and go from there. Make a plan to swap an item or two out every month, and by the end of the year, you will have lowered your carbon footprint by a significant amount. Trying out a monthly subscription box full of sustainable products is also a fun and easy way to start green living.

Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Last year, one of my personal New Year’s resolutions for 2021 was to learn how to make my own all-natural cleaning products—and I met my goal. When you have children, you start to wonder about all the hazardous ingredients that are used in every day cleaning products—including laundry detergents, and you become determined to use safer alternatives.

Fill Your Home With Plants

The inside of your house is actually 3-5 times more polluted than the outdoors because there isn’t enough ventilation. And although studies show that houseplants don’t do much to filter toxins, they certainly do increase oxygen levels—which is very beneficial to have in bedrooms. If you’ve never owned a houseplant, start with a Pothos (those long vine looking plants). They’re easy to care for, and even easier to propagate!

Minimize Food Waste

A sustainable New Year’s resolution that should be on everyone’s list is learning how to minimize food waste. These days, fresh produce in the fridge often takes a back seat to fast food because we’re too tired to cook by the time we get home. As a result, whatever you have sitting around in your fridge eventually spoils and has to be tossed out. So make a goal to learn how to meal prep, freeze unused portions properly, and shop with a meal plan in mind.

Choose Sustainable Fashion Over Fast Trends

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to purge my closet, donate outdated clothing from fast fashion brands, and create a minimalist wardrobe with healthy, organic and sustainable fabric. When you shop sustainably, you’re supporting a small business that sources ethically made clothing, and you’re putting on organic fabric that’s hypoallergenic because it didn’t require the use of pesticides. So For 2022, make a goal to shop from a sustainable fashion brand each month, and watch your wardrobe and confidence transform! P.S. check out 337 Brand which has the cutest eco-friendly leisurewear for everyday that you will love!

Switch To Vegan Beauty Products

Make 2022 the year that you swap conventional beauty brands for vegan alternatives. A ton of beauty companies still resort to animal testing, which is cruel and unnecessary. Plus, many of the chemicals used in creating certain beauty products aren’t healthy for us to use. If you need some recommendations for vegan skincare and cosmetics brands, check out my sustainable brand directory!

Purchase Compostable Products

You won’t believe how many products are compostable these days! Stuff like phone cases, fashion accessories, utensils, mailing supplies, personal care products and more, are all available in compostable and biodegradable options. These plastic alternatives minimize landfill waste, save marine life, and are ultimately much healthier for you. So this year, strive to purchase more compostable items that are better for the environment!

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Make an effort to reduce your carbon footprint and utility bill at the same time, by making some mindful changes around your home. Swap out those energy draining light bulbs, conserve water, install a tankless water heater and maybe pop some solar panels onto your roof if you happen to be a home owner. Making gradual changes to your home will save you a considerable amount of money, and you’ll be reducing carbon dioxide emissions which contribute to climate change.

Take Care Of Your Physical Health

And by that I don’t mean lose weight (no body shaming in this New Year’s resolution). What I mean, when it comes to this particular goal, is that we must take care of our physical health by keeping toxins out of our bodies. So if you smoke, this can be the year that you commit to quitting. If you drink out of single-use plastic water bottles, you should switch to a reusable bottle and avoid all of the carcinogens that disposable bottles leach out. Be mindful of what you place into your body, and you’ll improve your overall health.

Declutter Your Home

Clutter affects our mental health—it overstimulates us, increases stress, makes it hard to focus, and makes us less productive. A cluttered home also forces us to spend more money because we can’t find items that we need; and that just leaves us with more junk because all we’re doing is buying duplicates. So this year, set a weekend aside each month, and focus on decluttering an area of your home that makes you feel overwhelmed. It’s a great way to reduce waste and stress! And if you don’t know where to begin, I recommend ”Decluttering Your Life” by Sabrina Godwin.

What are some of your sustainable lifestyle goals for the new year?

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9 Best Reusable Drinking Straws For 2022

Help Combat Plastic Waste With These 9 Eco-Friendly Drinking Straws

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Doing little things like swapping disposable plastic for reusable alternatives is a great way to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

And one of the most basic zero-waste swaps that you can make today, is investing in a reusable drinking straw.

While it seems like a small contribution toward saving the planet, purchasing a reusable straw actually makes you a proactive environmentalist—so cheers to joining the zero-waste movement!

What Are The Benefits Of Reusable Drinking Straws?

  • Reusable drinking straws are eco-friendly. The reality is that 500 million disposable straws make their way to landfills on a daily basis (and that’s just in the Unites States alone!) By saying no to single-use plastic straws when eating out, you’re helping to minimize plastic pollution on land and ocean.
  • Reusable straws are also much healthier for you! That’s because disposable straws are made with BPA, pthalates and polystyrene—all of which cause adverse effects on human beings. Polystyrene in particular, can leach Styrene—a neurotoxin which has been proven to cause cancer in animals. 
  • Reusable straws are convenient for eating out, camping, and travel. Many coffee shops don’t even provide disposable straws anymore, so having a reusable straw on hand is becoming necessary!


Below are 9 high quality and ethically made reusable straws that are preferred by eco-minded individuals like yourself!

Best Plastic Straw Alternatives For Your Sustainable Lifestyle

FinalStraw
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1. FinalStraw

Material | stainless steel + silicone hybrid

FinalStraw has my vote for “best overall” straw because it has so many cool features. For starters, this reusable stainless steel straw contains silicone tips on both ends—and the amount of silicone isn’t overwhelming.

Some people simply cannot stand the aftertaste of silicone, but still want a cushion to protect their teeth from any metal contact.

FinalStraw is also collapsible, bendable, and folds into a compact carrying case that can literally be attached to your belt loop, or stored on your keychain. It’s high quality and simply just the ultimate travel straw.

Bestowed Essentials

2. Bestowed Essentials

Material | Stainless Steel

Simple, elegant, and perfect for the eco-conscious minimalist, this non-toxic stainless steel straw is ideal for cold drinks, cocktails, and is made from 45% recycled stainless steel

You can purchase this straw with just a cleaning brush, or you can get the entire set, which includes an organic cotton storage pouch. We particularly love this brand because every Bestowed Essentials product is vegan and certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Jungle Straws

3. Jungle Straws

Materials | Bamboo

My vote for best bamboo straws goes to Jungle Culture’s Jungle Straws—mainly because this 6 piece set is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been using these particular bamboo straws for a quite a few months now, and I have found little to no fault in these.

These bamboo straws are durable, easy to clean, and come with a charming little jute carrying pouch that can hold up to two straws. Each straw is ethically hand-carved in Vietnam, and the straws ship free to the United States from the United Kingdom.

OXO

4. OXO Good Grips

Material | Stainless Steel + Silicone

The OXO Good Grips is a stainless steel straw with an adjustable silicone sleeve that can also be removed for cleaning. Many people love this straw because you can adjust the length by simply lowering or extending the sleeve to meet your needs.

This particular set comes with two straws, which is convenient if you have a significant other or children, and the hard case makes this a convenient travel utensil for longer trips.

5. Get It Right (GIR)

Material | Silicone

The GIR reusable silicone straws come in sets that include a squeegee, and a couple of lightweight carrying cases. These nontoxic straws are available in various sizes, but we love the traveler size, which fits perfectly in a tall hydration bottle. These straws are soft yet durable, and will last an extremely long time. You can also customize the length by snipping off an inch or two!

Simply Straws

6. Simply Straws

Material | Borosilicate Glass

The Simply Straws brand makes high quality glass straws made from durable and chip-resistant borosilicate glass, and these nonporous reusable straws come equipped with hemp storage sleeves for travel. These hypoallergenic straws are available in various colors, and are perfect for those who prefer a straw that doesn’t alter the taste of liquid, like other straws tend to do.

Zoku

7. Zoku

Material | Stainless Steel + Silicone Hybrid

If you’re looking for a reusable straw that can be stored in a small and compact carrying case, then look no further than the Zoku telescopic pocket straw. This eco-friendly straw is made from stainless steel and contains a silicone mouth piece. You can keep it at 4 inches to sip a cocktail, or extend it to 9inches and sip out of a tall cup! It’s available in many fun colors and the storage case can be strapped onto a keychain.

Koffie Straw

8. Koffie Straw

Material | Silicone

The Koffie Straw is the best reusable straw for coffee lovers. It’s made from silicone, which means that it won’t conduct heat and get overly hot, and the mouthpiece has a clever shape to help keep liquid from making contact with your teeth—preventing stains. These reusable straws do come with a cleaning brush, but unfortunately they do not offer a storage case.

9. Swig Life

Material | Stainless Steel

Swig Life, the brand behind some of the cutest wine tumblers, now makes the cutest reusable straws that are absolutely perfect for a girl’s night. These simple yet elegant reusable straws are made from stainless steel, and come equipped with a cleaning brush plus storage case that says ”cheers!” It’s perfect for yourself and makes an even cuter gift for a friend!

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

Natural And Non-Toxic Methods To Repel And Kill Silverfish

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If you’re reading this article, then you have a silverfish problem in your home, and are looking for quick, effective and nontoxic remedies to get rid of them. You’ve come to the right place.

Here in Northwest Florida, we have the pleasure of sharing our home with many unsightly pests, most of which consist of abnormally large palmetto bugs, snakes and the dreaded silverfish—the star of this post.

What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish are small, wingless insects that resemble an anchovy. They have a soft silvery-grey outer shell and eat anything sweet and starchy—even wallpaper, clothing and books.

They enjoy damp and humid areas of your home, and particularly like to frequent your bathtub, shower, sink and closet.

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

These insects don’t pose a serious threat to your home (they don’t bite or carry diseases), but they can cause unwanted damage if left unchecked—so it’s best to prevent and eliminate their presence.

With that said, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the last few years that have helped keep these annoying pests away—without the need to hire an expensive exterminator, or toxic [store bought] commercial sprays.

3 Non-Toxic Methods For Killing Silverfish

Method #1
Natural Silverfish Traps

The Sticky Cardboard Trap

Take a piece of cardboard and spread a sticky substance on the top side. Next, take some oatmeal and place a few oats in the very center. The silverfish will set foot onto the sticky coating and will get stuck.

For the sticky substance, I recommend using an all-natural product called Tanglefoot, which is a super sticky and pesticide free coating that works wonders (it’s even great for DIY fly traps). However, you can create your own sticky paste by mixing together some water and flour.

The Glass Jar Trap

This silverfish trap is a great way to upcycle a glass jar. Simply take a jar and spread butter along the inside (about 1-2 inches from the neck and spread toward the middle). Butter will prevent silverfish from climbing back up. Then, wrap the outside of the jar with masking tape and provide the silverfish with a tongue depressor ramp.

Next, bait the trap with something starchy like flour or sugar. Leave the jar out on the floor overnight, or in a damp area like underneath the sink, and check on your trap the next morning. If you find any silverfish inside, simply pour in some soapy water to drown them, and then discard them by flushing them down the toilet.

Method #2

Natural Silverfish Repellants

Silverfish are not fans of strongly scented herbs, spices and certain wood, and are known to avoid and flee areas that contain these natural repellants which consist of the following:

Whole Cloves

Rosemary

Lavender

Cinnamon Sticks

Bay Leaves

Eucalyptus

Cucumber Peels

Epsom Salts

Orange & Lemon Peels

Cedar Wood Shavings

With that said, you can create your own natural and nontoxic silverfish repelling sachets that you can strategically place around your home. I was able to find a batch of 50 reusable muslin sachet bags on Amazon for around $15.

Simply take a few sachet bags, and fill them with a combination of [the above] herbs and spices.

My favorite sachet combination to repel silverfish consists of: cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and orange peels. I recommend crushing your dried bay leaves because crushing releases that strong aromatic scent that you love, but silverfish can’t stand.

Method #3

Natural Poisoned Baits

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a non-toxic and effective natural pesticide that works very well on silverfish. Simply sprinkle some along floorboards and crevices and allow it to do its job.

Once a silverfish crawls through Diatomaceous Earth, their soft outer shell will be destroyed, and they will lose moisture and dry up—resulting in death. This natural pesticide is non-toxic to pets, but may cause irritation in babies—so please be careful when deploying this method.

Borax

Another natural and non-toxic pesticide for silverfish is borax. Borax, otherwise known as sodium borate, is a naturally occurring element, but also unsafe for pets and children—so please be mindful when deploying this method.

Simply mix equal parts of borax with powdered sugar, and lay a small pile in paper cupcake holders or on a small piece of cardboard. When silverfish ingest this combination, the borax will poison them.

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