I’m not great at New Years resolutions, but I figured out a hack + a way to get the kids involved with Grove Collaborative…
A few years ago during a very serious drought here in Northern California Henry came home from school where he learned about the water shortage and became our water police. Every time the water was on he’d question our usage. Watching the clock, insisting on reusing water while we were washing dishes, and looking for little ways to reduce around the house (like demanding less baths haa!). I had never lived in a drought prone area before, so making changes to our water usage wasn’t something I was used to thinking about in my daily routine. It was funny at first having Henry be such a water police, and then kind of annoying for my 6 yr old to be watching the water usage so carefully, but it actually really worked to have someone be on water patrol and remind me about it until it became something I thought about naturally on my own.
It got me thinking since of other ways we can create more sustainable practices in our home by hacking into our children’s own need for responsibility/authority and their desire to help the planet.
A few months ago we got rid of single use plastic bags for snacks, and started using these compostable brown bags I love (which you can get at Grove Collaborative). I explained to the kids why we were making the change and it made a lot of sense to them. Plastic bags can choke and poison fish. They sit in land fills for 1,ooo years before decomposing. They use up resources we can’t replace like oil. Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture.
It made a lot of sense. Edie was especially committed to making this change as a family. Try it out! You can ask a responsible child to be in charge of plastic usage in your home, the way Henry was with water. We aren’t perfect about it but Edie will point out and hold me responsible when I do grab a plastic bag. Could we use something else instead? Why not try and see? Having a plastic police is really helpful and she loves being in charge of course.
Grove Collaborative makes it really easy to get started on these sustainable swaps for the new year. Do you use them? They’re a curated online collection of all the best plant based, sustainable brands for your home. Brands you probably already love and use everyday like Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation, Method, and even their own Grove products. The prices rival those at your nearest big box store, and they price match for VIP members. Plus everything’s in one place which makes shopping so easy and convenient. I love browsing around their curated site, I always find something new to try. Also, everything is beautifully designed, which I really appreciate. I can leave cleaning supplies out without them being an eye sore!
Grove is always big on the free gifts for new customers! Right now, all new customers will receive a sustainable starter kit for their first order of $20 or more.
Grove Recycled Plastic Trash Bags (for every 50 rolls sold, 1 pound of garbage will be removed from US rivers)
Grove Glass Hand Soap Dispenser
Grove Gel Hand Soap
Grove White Flour Sack Towel (such a great staple in our kitchen!)
Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges
60 day VIP trial (free shipping and price matching!)
When new customers spend $39 or more, they will also receive a free Grove stoneware tray, in addition to the other free items above.
Existing customers will get a free set of Grove walnut scrubber sponges.
Be sure to click through HERE for your free gift!