Do you like trees? Would you like to see a few old growth forests survive the decade? And how do you feel about landfill? Smelly, depressing mountains of the discarded spoils of capitalism, right?
There are three things you can order today that will save trees, reduce that pile of smelly old landfill, and make you the coolest kid on your block.
Reusable Coffee Filters
Coffee has a massive impact on the environment, but if giving it up is a horrifying thought (I know it is for me), the very least you can do is stop throwing away paper filters every day.
It takes about 12 extra seconds a day to rinse a reusable coffee filter.
During those 12 seconds you get to feel better about yourself, save trees, and avoid all sorts of chemicals and bleaches that are in many paper filters.
The biggest bonus of all?
Reusable filters make a significantly better-tasting cup of coffee. (tweet this)
Buying Tips For Reusable Coffee Filters
Get organic cotton or hemp. Regular cotton is grown using a horrifying brew of chemicals and is uber-destructive to the environment. Go organic.
Get the right size. Check your coffee-making contraption or your paper filter box before you order.
Confession time. I don’t own any handkerchiefs. Now the good news. I just ordered some!
You should do the same. Why? Because:
- It takes around 11 million trees to create the 480,000 tons of tissues sold in the US every year.
- Hankies are totally hip
- Hankies make the ladies swoon.
- More than 200 billion tissues are thrown away each year in the US. (tweet this)
Handkerchief Buying Tips
Get organic cotton. At least half the pesticides used on conventional cotton crops are “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” or “known” human carcinogens. Go organic.
Be stylish. Yes, you can get plain hankies. They are perfectly serviceable. But don’t shy away from the stylish designs out there. It’ll make blowing your nose so much more fun, and other people will be totally jealous.
Bonus Related Item
I love People Towels. They’re cool little hand towels that you carry around to avoid using paper towels. Someone may buy me one as a gift if someone wants. Hint hint.
Reusable Sanitary Pads
Squeamish dudes, here’s your cue to go do something else (like share this post). It’s time for the grown-ups to talk.
Modern men with special ladies in your life, here’s a seriously intimate and loving gift idea.
OK, now we’ve separated the boys from the men, let’s talk reusable pads.
I know, there’s a certain ick factor when you first think about reusable pads. I had the same reaction. Ick.
And then I realized that a lot of that icky feeling has been brought to me by companies like Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. There’s a lot of money in making women think we need their antiseptic-looking diapery pseudo-sterile products.
Now I feel a little stupid for being duped into thinking my body’s natural and healthy activity was somehow gross.
Especially since the really icky part is that sanitary pads generate around 7 pounds of landfill per woman per year.
There are vast mountains of used sanitary pads piled up in landfills around the world. Ick. (tweet this)
So I ordered some adorable organic cotton pads from Party In My Pants.
I’ve only had them for a little while, but so far, so good. They absorb, they dry quickly, and they wash out completely with no special treatment. Also, there’s no scratchy diaper feeling and no toxic bleached fibres scraping around down there. In fact, I’d say the ick factor is actually reduced compared to disposable pads.
Oh yeah, and there are no trees cut down, no plastics involved, and nothing to throw out each month. So I don’t have to feel guilty about getting my period.
Buying Tips For Reusable Pads
Get organic cotton!! In case you still didn’t get the message. No one wants cancer-causing chemicals that close to their special parts.
Make a test run. Buy a few in different sizes and types and test them out. Then you can stock up on the ones that suit your body and flow.
Color is king. Go for colors and patterns that will make you happy when you pull down your pants. Choose dark colors if you want to hide any stains.
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Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.