Resources to Reduce your Carbon Footprint AND Save Money

Several of my friends have asked me what products I choose, or programs to participate in to reduce my carbon footprint at home. After years of requests, I am FINALLY sitting down to write it out. Here you go:

At the height of the toilet paper panic of 2020, I subscribed to a toilet paper subscription. Who Gives a Crap toilet paper is made from 100% recycled paper (books and office paper). It is high quality, and doesn’t clog my toilets or septic tank. Here is a link that will save you $10 off your first order.

Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper: https://www.talkable.com/x/t30JLP

Terracycle has enabled me to recycle almost anything, from cigarette butts to contact lenses to snack wrappers. They have several programs, some brand specific. For example, I save cosmetic packaging until I have more than 3 pounds of clean recyclables, then I print a shipping label and mail in it. Easy as that! They also have “zero waste boxes” where you buy the box, fill it, and ship it in. No sorting. This company is very creative at finding ways to recycle items that were previously thought to be just garbage. https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/

Laundry solutions: I have previously written about my summer ritual of hanging out my laundry to dry. I have recently taken another step to green my routine…LAUNDRY STRIPS. These are strips of solid detergent, sold in a cardboard sleeve. No more plastic bottles! I use Tru Earth strips. They are made in BC, Canada, so it’s even semi-local for me. They ship via a subscription service, so you never run out. They have a store that sells other items too, like beeswax food wraps, etc. Here is their link, and if you use the code: PALS10, you will get 10% off of your first order. https://www.tru.earth/

I joined my uber-local Buy Nothing Group. It’s a great way to meet neighbors and help each other out. I’ve given away stuffed animals, furniture, plants, you name it. And it all goes to people who will use and appreciate the items. This a a wonderful resource for reusing items. Here is a link to the National Program page, https://buynothingproject.org/. Search through Facebook for your local group.

Next adventures: I would like to try the tablets you drop into hand soap containers to reuse them. I was using Method soap refill pouches, but my children do not like the scent, and I can’t find it in another scent. (sea minerals is what we have). If you have a suggestion, please leave a comment below.

I hope this post has helped at least one person make one small change. Leave me comments on how you are reducing your carbon footprint at home.

My daughter’s entry in a coloring contest for Earth Day.

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