Eco-Friendly Living Tips

April 22nd is Earth Day. For the rest of this month, we at Founders in Real Life, are using our platform to promote and share the stories of entrepreneurs whose work is eco friendly. We also wanted to share many of the ways that we have gone green. We’ve shared eco-friendly tips and eco-friendly products below. Simple shifts and swaps that can help you take better care of our precious Earth!

Tips to Eco Friendly Living - that support female founders and female artisans!

Simple shifts

The female founders of sustainable fashion company, Sam and Lance, suggest the following simple shifts to start living a more eco-friendly life:

  • Start refusing single use plastics like straws, grocery bags and water bottles.

  • Switch to bamboo toothbrushes in your family.

  • Air dry your laundry instead of using the dryer.

  • Do your research before making purchases, find companies that have the same values as you when it comes to the environment.

Product Swaps

At Founders in Real Life we have been doing our own research to find eco-friendly companies, large and small. We’ve found TEN ways to go green in your own home. And, as a bonus, many of these tips support female founded businesses!

  • Sustainably Produced Coffee: Bivouac Coffee is naturally processed, sustainably sourced, and sustainably roasted. Bivouac is the only US-based coffee company to exclusively roast environmentally friendly, naturally processed coffees, from adventurous origins around the world. 

  • Nespresso Recyclable Coffee Pods: Did you know that most single-use plastic coffee pods are not actually recyclable? Nespresso pods are fully recyclable and the company even pays for you to return the pods (no cost to you!). When I found out about this we said good-bye to our trusty old Keurig and solely use the Nespresso for quick cups. We also use things like filter-free pour overs and aero-press for when we have time to make a fresh cup.

  • Burt’s Bees everything: I’m obsessed. This isn’t even an affiliate link. Recently, I realized that nearly all of my beauty routine is Burt’s Bees! I use their makeup, face masks, eye creams, day and night creams, and, of course, all the chapsticks! I did a little research, and I was delighted to find that this company makes considerable effort to create eco-friendly products. Read more about them here.

  • Buy Products in Recyclable Packaging: Check out Natural Vegan Club. They created the worlds first PAPER bottle. It holds water (and other products) for over six months and then it’ll decompose in your backyard. How incredible is that?! They put deodorant, shampoo, soaps, chapsticks, and so much more into this incredibly earth-friendly packaging.

  • Reusable straws: We love Kleen Kanteen stainless steel straws!

  • Reusable Pouches: Ditch the disposable and not-recyclable single-use applesauce pouches, and opt for reusable pouches from ChooMee. These reusable pouches come in fun animal prints. Our kids LOVE to eat applesauce and yogurt from them. Not only do they help the environment, they help my wallet, too!!

  • Eco Friendly Fashion: Check out the lineup at Sam + Lance, an ethical fashion + lifestyle goods shop. This company supports women owned businesses and female artisans. Everything on Sam + Lance is made my women, to empower women. Check out the lineup here or get to know the female founders behind this company in our interview with them!

  • Cloth diapers: Admittedly, I did not use these 100% of the time. But, I’d say I used them about 1/3 of the time. Across three kids (one who’s still in diapers!) my cloth diaper usage prevented a good 7,000 disposable diapers from landfills and that feels pretty great! We used Charlie Banana All-in-One cloth diapers for all three kids. It’s not that bad, I promise!

  • Composting: We started composting food scraps last year. It saves space in our trash AND created the most amazing, nutritious soil for our garden this year. I couldn’t believe how perfect the soil turned out. We keep a compost pail under the kitchen sink. We fill it up with food scraps each day. When it fills up, one of us empties the bin into the larger compost pile out in the yard. It’s a simple habit to pick up and has so many benefits! Be sure to find a countertop compost pail with a charcoal filter, like this one, to keep any odors at bay.

  • Ditch paper towels: We did this a few years ago and NEVER LOOKED BACK! We bought a cheap pack of micro fiber cloths and they’re still going strong. I was worried about how they’d do cleaning windows, and honestly, they work better than paper.

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