6 Easy Zero Waste Swaps You Can Make Today

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Sustainability is incredibly important at Bauxpeep--we call ourselves a sustainable Earth-conscious brand, but what does that mean?

We use all natural packaging that isn't bleached, meaning less harmful chemicals are used. Whenever possible we use post-consumer products and all of our materials are recyclable. Using the Earth's resources responsibly is important for everyone to insure our future. 

The first steps towards Zero Waste doesn't have to be a leap! If you're not sure where to start on your journey to sustainability, let us help you out with these simple 6 swaps you can make today! I have personally made these changes, so I know that it can be done. I made a resolution this year to be more Earth Conscious not just in my business, but in daily life. Even the small changes you make will be worth it. Not only are they useful for helping the environment, but they also save you money. Let's get started:

6 Easy Zero Waste Swaps You Can Make Today

 
1. Sponges | (paper towels, cleaning wipes)
Instead of using tons of paper towels, or those irresistibly convenient cleaning wipes; use a sponge! It creates less waste while actually being a better cleaning tool around the house. If you want to a little farther they also make Eco-sponges made from natural fibers. You can even forgo the hard chemical cleaner and wash up with diluted liquid castile soap. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you've got your own custom cleaner blend. 
2. Washrags | (Plastic loofahs, poufs, and shower gloves)
Use a washrag! I don't know where all these plastic contraptions came from to wash your body, but we don't need them. Using a wash cloth is not only more Earth-friendly, but actually cleaner. Use your wash cloth for a few days and then switch to a clean one. Letting that pouf sit in your shower picks up all kinds of bacteria, not to mention some may irritate your skin. You don't need a crazy amount of daily exfoliation. Using something meant to exfoliate your skin on a daily basis will lead to skin damage-- especially those with sensitive skin! The wash cloth is enough to remove daily build up gently. 
3. Reusable Plates | (Paper, plastic, or Styrofoam) 
I have confession to make: I was a paper plate abuser. I used them for absolutely everything under the sun, and sometimes used two at a time! It was bad. Now, I have broken my bad habit and switched to just using the plates I have in my house...and not just for fancy dinner. It doesn't really matter what type of plates you use. The key here is that you reuse them. I will be the first to admit that I was being super lazy with my paper plate obsession. I even have a dish washer. What was I doing?
4. Reusable Bags | (Grocery bags, shopping bags)
Okay, this might be too obvious. The thing is you don't have to buy these bags that are specifically FOR toting groceries. You can use any tote bag you have to double as a grocery bag. I use promotional totes I got in the mail, freebie totes from donating money, and any bag big enough to carry groceries. The next tip for this swap is using a reusable bag everywhere you shop. Not just the grocery store. If your purchase is small, consider not using a bag at all. Finally, don't forget your bags ever again! I store them in the trunk of my car neatly folded to one side. As soon as you unpack the groceries, put them right back in the trunk. If you need to remember to bring them in, leave them in the passenger seat until you get the hang of it. 
5. Glass | (Any single use plastic container)
Mason jars are your friend! You can store anything in them. Use them to store left overs and even meal prep your lunch. They are great for storing sauces, juices, and shakes as well. If Mason Jars aren't your thing get some glass bento box containers . These are great for meal prepping! They are well-made and don't deteriorate, stain, and don't contain nasty chemicals like plastic containers. You can find great glass options for just about any plastic container.
 
6. Re-purpose Clothing | (Dusting, Cleaning, and Dog Toys) 
How about those old socks and T shirts you've got taking up space in your drawer? Cut them up to use as dust cloths, general cleaning cloths, or get super creative by making your own DIY dog toy. These dog toys are super fun to make and even more fun for your pet. Checking out new ways to use your old things is really great for the environment and your wallet. 
I hope you got some great ideas from this list to use at home! It's not as hard as it seems to make small swaps that support a better planet. Even the smallest thing can make a difference if we all do it together. This is what we mean when we talk about Living Intuitively. We are giving everything a purpose and now--a re-purpose to be in our lives and serve us for a greater good. 

Do you have any more ideas about these swaps? Maybe you have swaps of your own! Leave some in the comments below. I am always looking for more ways to be Earth Conscious and protect our planet.  


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