With Earth Day approaching, it's a great time to think about how you can make small changes in your daily life to be more sustainable if that is of interest to you. One way to do this is through simple and doable sustainability swaps, or replacing everyday items with more eco-friendly alternatives. Here are three easy swaps to get you started:
1. Swap out your paper towel rolls for Swedish dish cloths or Tea Towels.
Paper towels may be convenient, but they generate a lot of waste. Swedish dish cloths and tea towels, on the other hand, can be reused again and again. Swedish dish cloths are made of a blend of cellulose and cotton, and can be washed up to 200 times. They're also compostable at the end of their lifespan. Tea towels can be used to dry dishes, wipe down counters, and even wrap food for storage. Towels made from organic cotton or linen are a great sustainable option.
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2. Learn How to Compost.
Composting is a great way to reduce food waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden - right in time for gardening season. You don't need a lot of space to compost - we use a small tin that we place on our kitchen counter as our go-to. Start by researching what can and cannot be composted (for example, meat and dairy products should be avoided). Once you get the hang of it, composting can become a satisfying and rewarding habit.
3. Use Beeswax Wraps Instead of Plastic Wrap.
Beeswax wraps are a natural alternative to plastic wrap that can be used to wrap food or cover containers. They're made of cotton cloth coated with a mixture of beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, which makes them flexible and moldable. Beeswax wraps can be reused for up to a year, and when they're no longer usable, they can be composted (easy). Plus, they come in a variety of fun patterns and colors! I recently started using these and purchased an assortment of sizes to accommodate different dish sizes.
Making small changes like these can add up to a big impact over time. Even if you choose just one of the above, you are getting started in creating a more sustainable home and world.