This year we’ve been focusing on how to make our home more
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The first product I’ve been loving are beeswax wraps! These beautiful wraps are from a Canadian company called AbeilleWraps.
According to AbeilleWraps “Beeswax wraps are a natural and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. They are reusable for up to a year at which point they are 100% compostable, or you can use them as a fire starter.”
They are easy to use. You simply use the warmth of your hands to soften them. They will stick to the tops of containers, or you can wrap them directly around food to store. To clean you just wash gently with cold water and let air dry.
And as a bonus, they come in fun patterns and smell delicious!
The second product that I am loving are stainless steel straws. We try not to use straws at all in our home or at restaurants, but my girls will only drink “milkshakes” through a straw. And their “milkshakes” in the morning always have hidden veggies so they are a must!
Just remember to wash them with hot soapy water in between uses. A small wire brush will make cleaning simple. If they won’t come clean with a good scrub, adding a little baking soda to the brush will make it easier.
The final product that I have been loving are sponge cloths. They are reusable kitchen cloths made of a blend of wood pulp and cotton. You can sanitize them in the top rack of the dishwasher or in the washing machine and they can be composted after a few months of use. We use these to wash our dishes now instead of disposable dish cloths.
They replace not only dish and cleaning cloths, but paper towel as well! Each cloth can absorb up to 3/4 C of liquid. They are also fast drying, which makes them naturally antibacterial! And they come in all sorts of pretty colors and prints! My favourite source for sponge cloths is Ten & Co.
These 3 switches were so easy!! I find it so much less intimidating to just focus on a few small steps at a time. It’s not as overwhelming as trying to go “zero-waste” right out of the gate!
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These are just a few ideas for changes you can make to your household to improve both your own health and that of the planet. Remember that you don’t have to completely overhaul your lifestyle in a single day. Take it one step at a time. Implement small changes to your daily routine and find new ways to shop/ live slowly to avoid feeling overwhelmed! We can do this!
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