This month in collaboration with Grove Collaborative we’re talking about small swaps to make our homes more sustainable…
I really love Grove. They’re my one stop shop for a lot of the healthy, sustainable household and personal products I love. Everything’s beautifully designed too and prices are comparable, if not less, than other big box stores you may find the products in. I particularly love the Grove products though, and you can’t find those anywhere else. Best part: they all get delivered straight to your door! It’s been fun to work with them this year. We’ve covered a couple topics with Grove so far like dreading New Years resolutions, and tips for green laundry room.
Working with them has really opened my eyes to a lot of improvements I can make for our home to be more healthy and sustainable. Last week I went to a workshop with my friend Friday, of The Sustainability Concierge. She hosted a workshop at my other friend Kendra’s beautiful new studio space up in Marin. The topic was on sustainability + green cleaning, and I was scribbling notes frantically the whole time. There was SO much good info.
Confession: This is an area where I have a lot of improvements to make. Plastic sandwich bags, tin foil, plastic wrap sit in our drawers. It’s what I’ve been comfortable using, what I grew up with. The statistics are staggering though when you hear about all this plastic being dumped into the ocean (over 8 tons every year), and how Americans use 100 billion of those plastic bags every year requiring 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture. Ugg. It all makes me a little ill thinking about how I’m contributing to this big environmental problem.
It can feel really overwhelming, and sometimes it can be hard to get the whole family on board with these changes. I barely have time to think about getting dinner on the table, let alone sustainable swaps!
Friday had a great tip to make a small change. She suggested starting by doing a bit of an experiment for a week. Take the things need to get rid of (for us it’s plastic sandwich bags and plastic wrap). Put them in a box and away from the kitchen. Don’t toss them yet if you aren’t sure you can survive without them. Just put them away and see what happens for a few days. What other alternatives could you find? Instead, we started using the reusable sandwich bags from Grove. I had tried silicon ones before but really disliked them (also silicon is even worse for the environment than plastic). I also started using these compostable brown sandwich bags. They don’t seal, but if the item isn’t too messy it’s a great option and you can even put them in the microwave.
The Bee’s Wraps has become a favorite replaceable for plastic wrap too. I really love this stuff. When you wrap it around something (say a sandwich or over a dish) the warmth from your hands forms a light seal with the beeswax. Then it holds it shape when it’s cooled in the fridge. It’s pretty amazing and actually works better than plastic wrap in my opinion! It wipes off so easily too. It’s become such a game changer for me! I haven’t pulled out my plastic wrap in a few days, which feels really good.
What changes could you start with? Some awesome news! New Grove members will receive this free gift (pictured here!) with a $20 order to get your sustainability swaps started. You’ll get:
Get the free gift right here.
What sustainability swaps could you or have you already made in your home? We love these bamboo straws too! Would you try the challenge to put one thing away and try something new? What’s been working for you, what’s not?