Happy Earth Day
April 21, 2016
Earth Day is celebrated only one day a year. Although, I know each of us enjoy our favorite hike, beach or mountain more often than that. I also know that we want to have an earth our children can enjoy. Sometimes the mass number of people just seem overwhelming. Like what can I really do?
We hope to increase the awareness of pollution, overconsumption and products that are poisoning our wildlife, oceans, land, and more importantly, our homes. This year, we're focusing on plastic and paper pollution. Having healthy products that are chemical free and better for your health and home are something we talk about often. But what about all of the packaging that gets tossed in the garbage? When the garbage truck empties that full trash canister every week, it doesn’t magically disappear. Far from it. It has to go somewhere.
Today we are going to highlight a few facts about plastic, paper and companies that are working hard to make a change.
Let’s talk about plastic. It’s everywhere, we all agree. What if each of us just picked one task or item of consumption that would reduce the plastic use in our homes? For example, using only glass or refillable water bottles, no more plastic bags, reusable food storage instead of plastic ziplocks? Just one thing. What is the one tiny little conscious change you can make in your home? Let's make that change.
What about plastic water bottles and jugs? Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. It can even take some bottles 1000 years to biodegrade! That's a long time for even the smallest bottle.
Paper Towels are another one. While they don’t take as long to decompose, their footprint is also one that uses a lot of natural resources. To make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed. Every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the US alone. Decomposing paper towels produce methane gas, a leading cause of global warming. These are just a few of the reasons why eco-friendly packaging is just as important to us as the products we put in them.
We're also going to promote the use of less plastic bags this year. I could go on and on about plastic bags, but let’s start with grocery bags. An average run to the grocery store can result in 10-20 plastic bags. Plastic bags are a huge cost to retailers. Basically, we are paying money to pollute our beautiful earth. So for every order this month online, you will receive a FREE reusable Buckaroo tote!
Our laundry detergent is packaged in a recyclable, compostable container that easily breaks down. It has a plastic line that is 70% less plastic than normal plastic jugs.
A few companies we would like to highlight this year are ones that are working to create alternative products that both help you and aren't leaving behind a toxic footprint. You can check out our fabulous giveaway on Instagram highlighting Marley’s Monsters and Refill it Water.
Join the Earth Day Giveaway quick and easy:
- Follow all 3 shops(@buckarooorganics, @marleysmonsters, @refillitwater).
- Like the post (photo below) - that's it!
- Tag one friend per comment
(extra entry if you tag a mama in the comments who may also like to enter)
What's in the giveaway?
- Large 100oz eco-friendly canister of Soapberry Suds organic laundry detergent
- Unpaper towels
- Case of 12 water bottles
Winner will be selected at random and must be following all three shops on Instagram. Giveaway runs from April 20-22. Winner revealed on Earth Day. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.