Changing your daily habits to go greener and cleaner can seem daunting at first. But have you considered focusing on one thing, every month, to create change?
Whether you're interested in going greener and healthier, wanting to save money or concerned about the environment, Zero Waste is what's happening in 2019. So we've created this month-by-month plan to becoming a greener, healthier, more responsible human.
Let's get started!
Month 1 — Say "NO" to plastic-wrapped food
Avoid fresh food packaged in plastic, not only because of the single-use plastic waste factor, but also to avoid the off-gassing on your food. It also costs more to be wrapped this way and sometimes you don't realize how much "per pound" you're actually paying.
Starting this month, commit to NOT buy anything wrapped in plastic! The easy alternative is to use our organic cotton produce bags. They are affordable, sturdy, reusable, super cool and they even preserve your fruit and veggies longer in the fridge.
Available in both mesh and muslin our reusable bags come in various sizes. The mesh works best for herbs, greens, celery, etc.. and muslin is perfect for heavier items like potatoes, apples and bulk items like nuts, rice and seeds.
Complement the produce bags with a European-styled Market String Bag. You will not believe how much it carries, yet it tucks away small in your purse or car.
Month 2 — Isn't it Time you BYO Straw?
Don't make us show you the awful photos of marine life stabbed or surrounded by plastic straws. We know you're tired of hearing about it and some of you may even be annoyed by some local governments banning plastic straws, but here it is again...Scientists estimate there are 8.3 billion plastic straws polluting the ocean.
Sit with that a moment. 8.3 BILLION. Not cool!
So here it is. Carry your own straw. We make it easy. We have a Stainless Steel Straw Set for less than $10. It comes with 4 (2 straight, 2 bent) and a cleaner in a handy little bag. Toss it in your car. Toss it in your purse. You will get comments. People will ask you where you got it. It's a great conversation starter.
It's a little thing, but it's really a big thing because hopefully you'll influence somebody else and so on, and so on, and so on and maybe 8.3 billion will become a number of the past.
Month 3 — Go Refillable and Refined
What a beautiful way to go green! We "peared" (couldn't help ourselves!) with The Polished Jar who've customized these bottles with our logo.
How gorgeous are the amber bottles with metal pump? They come in a variety of patterns including "Maze" "Monogram" "Brushstroke" and others. You can select your pattern, label, product, the color top and the label is waterproof. Until March 3 just use greenpear20 when you order for a whopping 20% off retail as a special treat for our customers.
Buying big to refill is a great way to embrace a sustainable home. Email us to custom order bulk sizes of our products to reduce waste and take another step toward sustainability while saving money.
What else can you bulk buy?
Month 4 — Ditch Plastic Bags, Foil & Cling Wrap
You can save an estimated $300+ by replacing your single-use plastic wrap, baggies and foil with alternatives like our reusable beeswax food wraps.
Available in a variety of shapes and sizes from snack-size to XL casserole for covering dishes or rolling out pie crusts. Washable and reusable for a year or longer, you cannot beat how they preserve everything from avocados and cheese to bread and leftovers. They are naturally anti-microbial too, super cute and once they've reached their lifespan you can use them as fire starters or toss them in the compost.
The ultimate in sustainable and renewable and one of our best-sellers.
Month 5 — Lose the Paper Towels & Paper Napkins
It's amazing to think that the average American family spends roughly $700 on paper products a year. Cloth replacements last longer, look better and will save you a ton of money.
At the very least we will ask, beg and implore you to give up your microfiber rags. Microfiber isn’t cloth, but is made from petroleum-based polymers (plastic) that never decomposes. In fact, every time you wash microfiber cloths they release micro-plastics into our waterways which has become a huge issue for marine life —and humans.
We are always on the hunt and we are looking for a product line to replace paper towels, so stay tuned. And until then, rags, old shirts, towels...they all do the job!
At Green Pear Organics we're all about making things easier for you. And we want you to go as green in a way that is manageable for you. It will save you money. It will create a healthier lifestyle. And it is respectful of our planet. We call that a triple-green-win!
We hope this 5-month plan is something you'll get excited about and get onboard with and we'd love to hear your thoughts, your successes and of course your questions!
We Heart Green,