A little volunteer work is good for the soul, so when I found a Seattle-based association who is out doing good and cleaning up local waterways I jumped to get involved! Puget Soundkeeper does a ton in the Seattle are in regards to advocacy, cleanups, research, and more to help protect local waterways and environments. This post has all the details of my experience and how you can join in too!
We just enjoyed a super peaceful camping trip recently at the Cama Beach cabins on Camano Island. When I visit a place so well preserved in nature, I think hard about reducing the amount of trash I bring in and out - it can almost be overwhelming the amount of single use products we bring camping if you do not bring notice to it! With Labor Day weekend being the last big camping weekend of the summer, I thought I would post this now and hopefully inspire some of you to give this easy recipe a try and keep some plastic utensils/plates out of the landfills at the same time. Enjoy!
This year I challenged myself to pack a sustainable cooler this SeaFair Sunday and accomplished just that. It was actually super easy and it caused me to pack healthier things to eat (versus a bunch of pre-packaged junk food) and we had no garbage to haul back with us when we were done boating for the day! With how easy it was, I decided to write about it and hopefully inspire you guys to think about packing your cooler differently and keeping some garbage out of the lakes and landfills.
Going green as a family seems daunting to so many people because it is talked about on such a large scale. I am trying to help people tackle the sustainable mindset by breaking it down into one small category at a time. Today we are focusing on a small but very impactful item... plastic utensils! Here are some quick tips on how to ditch one use plastics and switch for an eco-friendly product.
Another Sustainable Living Tip - How to Ditch the Dryer Sheets! Trade in unnecessary chemicals and manufactured fragrances for eco-friendly and hypoallergenic wool dryer balls and essential oils.
So many people in this world have a coffee habit... with a full-time job, a new baby and a toddler I know I sure do! However our modern coffee addictions unfortunately come with a lot of waste. Here are some ideas on how to keep the caffeine flowing without tossing so much trash in the landfill at the same time. #coffee #sustainable #gogreen #greeninitiative
Often times I think there must be a more eco-friendly way to go about life. There has to be alternatives to buying everything new, all the time, all this wasteful packaging that goes with these new purchases. I recently came across the "Buy Nothing Project", a community-focused group that encourages giving and sharing on a local basis. Read more here about the Buy Nothing Project and see if you can find one in your area - they have groups worldwide!
We live in a throw-away society, and it drives me crazy. How many beautiful glass candle holders have you been gifted over the years, only to burn up all the wax and toss them in the trash once emptied? Use this technique to re-purpose old candle jars, and turn them back into votive holders, succulent pots, or whatever your heart desires!
It has been a huge goal of mine to work on reducing waste in our household this year, and to live a 'green-er' lifestyle! I have found it extremely difficult as a family of three to not put out lots of waste, but these tricks are easy things we have started doing to help reduce the number of items we throw in the trash. Is there anything your family does too?