6 Bathroom Hacks to Help in Reducing the Carbon Footprint

Bathroom Hacks That Will Cut Down on Your Carbon Footprint

Carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon dioxide freed into the air as a result of human activities. Carbon dioxide is known to be the foremost contaminant and leading cause of global warming. It leads to a destructive effect that pollutes the planet.

First, let’s explain what global warming is. Pollution from carbon footprint has caused the surface of the Earth to endure high temperatures. In scientific terminology, it is referred to as global warming. More so, the oceans become acidic, and we experience harsh weather conditions. 

Due to the change in the ecosystem, we all must intercede with climate change and adjust our lives. No more than simple hacks will reduce our carbon influence noticeably. The strategies that will lead us to reducing carbon emission should start with how we live our daily lives. That is why we have committed the rest of this article to covering 6 simple bathroom hacks that you can apply to reduce your carbon footprint.

Use of Refillable Soap Dispensers

The first bathroom hack to reduce carbon footprint involves using refillable liquid soap dispensers. This will manage soap spillage, hence saving you some cash and conserving the environment. However, you can cut carbon footprint by using a non-disposable soap dispenser.

It is more beneficial and eco-friendly to use glass as opposed to plastic. There are also health benefits to using glass soap dispensers. You can buy them online or in shops near you. Learn more about different soap dispensers recommended by GiftWits and pick one that best suits you.

Use of Low-Flow Shower Heads

According to the New York Times, we need to drastically change our lifestyles if we want to lessen the carbon footprint. One way to do this is through the use of low-flow showerheads while taking a bath. Showering for a long time using standard showerheads will waste a lot of water. What is more, the low-flow option will save you some cash too.

It is a good idea to purchase a low-flow showerhead that will save water while minimizing your water bills. It’s advised that you also shorten the showering time, making it no longer than 5 minutes. Make sure to purchase the best low-shower heads from the best dealers.

Avoid Bathroom Leaks

Another idea would be replacing your old fittings through renovating your bathroom and using greener eco-friendly fittings. Here, the plumbers’ work will be to overhaul and check the broken or aged fittings to make sure your bathroom water pipes are not leaking. Also, check for any old or broken fittings, valves, shower pipes, bathtub, and sinks.

Calling plumbing and remodeling services regularly will save water and energy, hence reducing the carbon footprint. It will also reduce the cost of replacing fittings with brand new ones repeatedly. Apart from that, it will minimize carbon footprint in the form of car emission that would be necessary to deliver new fittings for your bathroom.

Use of Energy-Efficient Products

Refining your home is a good way to save money, and more so, shield the environment by reducing the carbon footprint effects. This is an easy and simple task that you can do yourself by changing your bathroom appliances with energy-efficient counterparts.

These electric devices include the LED lighting and energy-efficient water heater. To learn more about energy-saving products, make a point of reading this review from Forbes. By using energy-efficient products, you will be reducing your electricity bills, improving the environment, and reducing the carbon footprint in an effective way.

Recycling in the Bathroom

Another effective and efficient hack for reducing carbon footprint in your bathroom is through recycling and reusing bathroom items. If you are not using certain items again, especially when remodeling your bathroom, you can opt to sell or donate them to other people.

Fittings such as sinks and taps can be resold or donated as opposed to being disposed of. This will help reduce the amount of waste in the environment. The use of eco-friendly bins for waste is also a brilliant way because almost any trash can be used in a reusable manner, as opposed to disposing of it carelessly.

Use of Eco-Friendly Bathing Soaps

The use of bar soap compared to liquid soap is more eco-friendly and will reduce carbon footprint. Moreover, it is very pocket-friendly. And remember: those tiny bar soap leftovers shouldn’t be thrown away.

You are supposed to store those little bits in a container. You can choose to make a liquid bathing soap, or just mold the leftovers together and get a reusable bar of soap. By doing that, you will reduce the carbon footprint impact.

Final Remarks

The above hacks are just a few of go-green tips that will help in reducing the carbon footprint by a wide margin. We must save our environment starting with the homes we live in. There are many ways to do that, and your bathroom is just the start of the journey.

There are other energy-saving methods like fitting special heat-recovery systems, using dual flush and fixing eco taps. These too are very efficient bathroom tips that will help you do away with the carbon footprint.

Radically changing the status quo of your bathroom may be too much for most of us. So take your time and implement one hack at a time. Trying to do everything at once may actually lead to the opposite effect – giving up on this eco-venture entirely.

It is our responsibility to involve ourselves in activities and lifestyles that will reduce the carbon footprint. As mentioned above, you shouldn’t stop at your bathroom. Spread your new eco-friendly ways to other rooms in your home and beyond. There’s plenty of work to be done if we want to save our planet, and there’s no better way than starting with yourself.

Stocking Stuffers that Give Back

Looking for a holiday gift that gives back? These are a great alternative to the usual stocking stuffer and also gives back to the planet: a tree planted by Tree-Nation (300 varieties to choose from) to help reforest the Earth and reduce CO2 emissions, all in one present.

The Earth loses about 36 football fields worth of forest each minute and during the holiday season, the U.S. alone sells 2.65 billion cards and spends $12.7 billion on wrapping paper, so this is the perfect time to give back. Gifting a tree with Tree-Nation can cost consumers as little as a dime and supports climate change and reforestation projects across the globe—here in the U.S., Brazil, India and many more. Recipients will receive access to the platform where they can track their tree growth and check in on the CO2 emissions they are offsetting all via their personalized “forest” page.

Cool idea, yeah? Check it out. Happy holidays 🙂

Eco Lips for Beauty and Compassionate Choices #GiftGuide

Are you a beauty enthusiast, but also an animal lover? If you are anything like me, you care deeply about the environment and the sanctity of life, and wouldn’t consider buying from brands that test on animals or willfully destroy the environment. Not to mention, why would you want to slather chemicals all over your face?

Eco Lips gives you both quality makeup as well as the environmentally safe ingredients you demand. 

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The Lip + Cheek Tints collection makes for the perfect multitasking beauty balm to add to your routine this season. The collection is a line of three beauty balms that add color and hydration to every look. Eco Lips uses organic jojoba, coconut oil, organic and fair-trade cocoa butter, and sunflower seed wax, making it vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free as well as lightweight.

The Lip Food collection was curated using organic food-grade ingredients like spirulina algae, pumpkin seed, and chamomile mushroom that nourish, protect and plump the lips. The formula is also organic, fair trade.

The latest line, Ecolixir, boasts the power of oil to improve the skins’ overall health. As part of a natural wellness regimen, its the perfect gift for the clean beauty advocate.

All of Eco Lips‘ collections feature nothing but the best natural ingredients. Their Bee Free Vegan Lip Balm is perfect for vegans and green lifestylists. Their Specialty line is perfect for those who know that only the best will do. And of course, their newest Lip + Cheek Tints collection is the perfect multitasking beauty balm to add color all over.

More About Eco Lips

The story behind the Eco Lips brand is essentially a love story. As the creators of the first USDA-certified original organic lip balm, the family-owned company has expanded their line over time to encompass lifestyle and beauty products. All Eco Lips products are made with wind power offsets, fair trade, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. As a B-corp, they take customer satisfaction, product effectiveness, and good-for-the-world ethos seriously.

Info on Boycotting Nestle

I’ve recently gotten several PM’s and messages asking me about the Nestle Boycott, so I thought I would post them again for anyone who is interested. Below are two pages that list the other brands that they own, such as Purina, Jenny Craig, and Dryers to name just a few.
http://www.babymilkaction.org/nestle-boycott-list
and
(this one has a more complete listing) https://www.crunchydomesticgoddess.com/2009/10/07/the-updated-nestle-product-boycott-list
There is also an app you can use that can help you avoid them while you shop- it’s really tough to remember all the under-brands when you first start trying to shop ethically. Your dollars matter, don’t give them to a company that uses child labor, slaves, poisons and drains public water without any benefit to the public (but funds their own pockets as well as politicians greed), has lead to the death of babies in multiple countries, and so many more evil actions. For more info, check out these pages or Google the topic-
 
And the app can be downloaded here for free- it’s called Buycott- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buycott.android&hl=en_US
There is a Facebook page here that updates pretty regularly on Nestle news and other such related topics- https://www.facebook.com/Boycott-Nestle-952324198129147/
You can also sign up for emails and info here- https://www.buycott.com/campaign/827/boycott-nestle
 
Thank you for caring. Hope this helps. Please feel free to message me or leave a comment if there is anything else I can do to help you find something or if you have any questions I might be able to help you with. Have a good day, thanks for stopping by. 

StrawSleeves- The Next Step in Sustainable Living @StrawSleeves

500 MILLION single use, plastic straws are used and discarded in the USA every day! Reusable straws provide a solution to this environmental problem as straw users learn the importance to refuse plastic and opt for sustainable straw choices. StrawSleeves provides a practical way to carry reusable straws while traveling, shopping, or eating out.

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Bring Your Own Straw – Packing your reusable water bottles, coffee cups, and utensils promotes the practice of “reuse” over accepting single use plastics in our daily routine. Straw users can choose from the many types of reusable straws on the market and now have a way to pack and carry their personal straw easily in the cloth sleeves. The sleeves are designed to keep the straw clean and protected from contact with other items in their tote-bag, glove-box, pocketbook, backpack, or picnic basket.

Hemp and Reclaimed Fabrics – Materials used in the making of the sleeves are sustainable, plastic free choices.  100% Hemp Fabric from Romania is offered in four colors. Hemp is a sustainable resource, not requiring pesticides, and has natural anti-bacteria and anti-fungal properties that benefit food utensil storage. Triple washed reclaimed denim and denim weight fabrics are used for making the sleeves as an additional choice and are offered in earth-tone colors. All straw sleeves are self-lined, triple stitched and have an “invisible inner cuff” that prevents the straw from sliding out of the pocket, requiring no ties or fasteners, a convenient choice to transport and access your straw. The fabrics and sleeves are designed to withstand frequent laundering by hand or machine and are ideal for many types of reusable straws including stainless steel, titanium, copper, bamboo, sterling silver, and glass.

New Multi-Utensil Packs – Cloth carriers with four sections are now available as an additional StrawSleeves line. These packs hold a number of straws, chopsticks, utensils, and cleaning brushes as well as other items such as art supplies or makeup brushes. Fabrics used are 100% cotton. Or reclaimed materials.

Sleeves Bearing Store Brands – Current StrawSleeves sales are mostly business-to-business with several straw manufacturers and eco stores branding the sleeves with their own business logo.  Wholesale and Distributor pricing is based on the quantity of each order. Selecting the highest standing businesses that promote plastic free solutions is the object of the StrawSleeves Company in the effort to promote solutions to the environmental issues of plastic waste.

Social Media Love – To learn more about StrawSleeves and see photos and videos, please go to the StrawSleeves Instagram and Facebook pages where you will find @StrawSleeves and the StrawSleeves community engaging in discussions and ideas that encourage us all to take that next step toward a sustainable lifestyle.

Plastic Free Donations – StrawSleeves considers requests to donate sleeves for worthy plastic free causes. Please email inquiries to [email protected] for consideration.

StrawSleeves on Etsy – Individual retail StrawSleeves sales are active on Etsy.  http://etsy.com/shop/StrawSleeves

Valentine Gifting From Companies that Give Back #ValentinesDay #Sustainable

If you want to shop sustainably this year, support small business, or like to avoid big box stores, I’ve got a shop for you. If you just like unique and high quality products at a reasonable price- this is a shop you will love. Marketplace Africa has clothing, bath and body products (and I’m in love with some of these already), purses, bags,- really, gifts for everyone on your list. Thoughtful gifts anyone would love to receive.

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This website lets Africans can sell their one-of-a-kind handmade goods to the entire global market.  Anyone looking for a unique gift for the holidays can feel as good as the products they are buying, since they are purchasing directly from the source. Buying from small business owners in Africa boosts not only the store owner, but also the economy.

For more information on Marketplace Africa and to choose some fantastic gifts,  visit www.marketplaceafrica.com

Sudara creates ethically and sustainably sourced clothing for men, women, and children. This brand came about because of a desire to help women escape sex trafficking in India. 12 years ago, Sudara’s founder partnered with a sewing center in India and taught six women how to sew a pattern for pants.The year prior, she had been to India and heard story after story of women who were sold into sex slavery or were at high risk of being. The company was created to give woman the chance to have an education, a job with livable wages, and to be free.

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Sudara is a Certified B Corps company, which means they meet “the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems”. You know, the best of the best- the “good guys”.

The clothing is beautiful, as well. High quality, unique designs with fun colors and patterns, lots of options available. If you have not yet shopped with Sudara, I hope you take the time to give them a look now. Check them out on social media while you are at it, see what they have to offer- sudara.org  facebook  twitter  instagram

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Peace Frogs is a brand that encourages you to get outside, enjoy nature, and practices what they preach. They are helping to preserve the environment and giving back with purchases. Peace Frogs has been around for more then 30 years, and have “a long track record of giving back to charitable causes” while creating eco-friendly clothing and gear.  They have also  launched a #spreadthepeacecampaign that looks to bridge a divided nation. As per the company, “Today, in America, the country stands more divided than ever before, with constant fighting, name calling and general unrest, with social media and the news not doing anything to slow down the chaos. The Spread the Peace Campaign is a way for Peace Frogs to motivate people to be kind to one another and stop the hate, fighting and lack of tolerance. Peace Frogs wants to bring a sense of calm, peace and community back to a tense country that has forgotten how to love thy neighbor.”  The fun clothing, gear, stickers, and more promote joy, living in harmony, a healthy environment, and peace. For more information on Peace Frogs items or to purchase #spreadthepeace stickers, please visit: www.peacefrogs.com

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Statement Peace (no relation to Peace Frogs) creates their “high vibration wooden jewelry” line designs and hand produces all of their “pieces of peace” in their South West Florida studio.  The company believes that energy is transferable, and that when you operate out of peace and love, that it is felt by all and creates a statement of peace. They want to transfer “passion, high vibrations and good juju with the intention that you feel our vibes” into the items they create. Each piece of jewelry is considered to be a work of art, and they convey this by including a custom designed wooden display stand with each item purchased. There is something special for everyone (men and women), from yoga lovers to outdoor enthusiasts. Rings, bracelets, and more are available. For every item purchased, they plant one tree.   Check out options at https://www.wearstatementpeace.com

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Show the Love offers items that are each designed to showcase and inspire a specific sentiment. The jewelry is meant to inspire and to uplift the person who wears it. From feminist inspiration items to those inspiring others to speak up, to beautiful animal inspired themes, there is something everyone will love. Give a gift that is not only lovely but also inspiring and show the recipient that you are really thinking about them. Whatever they love, or perhaps would like more of in their life (happiness, calm, passion, etc) you can find something that will show your sentiment.

This company cares, and they show it not only with their designs, but also with the materials they use as well as the donations they give. Show The Love jewelry is made with recycled metals and ethically sourced stones. They also donate 25% of their proceeds, which they give to humanitarian and environmental causes. There are items for every budget, from $50 to a big splurge. These are fun, funky, unique, lovely items that your Valentine will cherish always. Visit the site at https://showthelove.com and see what you like best.

Sudara Clothing – ethically made and helps women #GiftGuide

If you are anything like me, you like to shop as ethically as possible. Most companies and stores don’t give a fig about you, me, the environment, or anything other then profit. So, when you know brands that give a darn, they are ones you tend to do your shopping with.

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I’ve recently discovered Sudara. This brand came about because of a desire to help women escape sex trafficking in India.  12 years ago, Sudara partnered with a sewing center in India and taught six women how to sew a pattern for pants. The previous year,  founder, Shannon Keith, had returned from a trip to India and heard story after story of women who were sold into sex slavery. She also heard stories of women who were at a high risk of being forced into the sex trade by their families or picked up off the streets by local pimps. The reasons they were at a high risk? Because they lacked an education or the resources or the skills to, truly, have a choice.

She returned home from that trip and formed a small team of family and friends. They have since made 10 sewing centers and hundreds of women have found both freedom and living wage employment.

The pants are awesome. Comfortable, easy to wash and wear, pretty, and unique. The are no sacrifice to wear, and it’s great knowing that my purchase is helping other women and supporting a company that does good in the world.

They also are ethically and sustainability made for the good of the environment as well. They are a Certified B Corps, which means they meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems. So- you know. A good company to buy from. The good guys.

ethically made clothing

Sudara Brand Description:

  • Sudara is a lifestyle brand that creates jobs for women in India who are at the highest risk or survivors of human trafficking. They pay living wages and provide access to counseling, medical care and resources that empower women to create their own self-sustaining future.

  • Every pair of these Sudara Punjammies are made through living-wage employment by women in India who are at the highest risk or survivors of sex trafficking. Every purchase is an investment in Sudara’s freedom-filled work and empowers women who are working to forge a new life for themselves and their children.

  • Sudara offers beautiful and comfortable clothing with a freedom-filled purpose. Their women’s pajama pants, loungewear and robes are ethically-made in India through living-wage employment programs. Every purchase is helping empower women in India with the resources and skills they need to create a better life for themselves and their family.

Keep up with Sudara on social media as well- sudara.org  facebook  twitter  instagram

Love the Environment? So does NJ350! #GivingTuesday

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If you are a fan of clean water, clean air, and helping the environment, NJ350 is a group to considering donating to this Giving Tuesday.

The United Nations panel on climate change has released a study showing that the world is in more trouble than we had thought. Warming and related damage has accelerated. The window for correcting the problem and avoiding disaster has become much smaller. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-climate-report-2040.html

These are frightening times. We need a transformation in the way we live that is enormous in scale, and we need it very fast.

What can you do? Many things. Write letters, reduce your carbon footprint, support climate friendly candidates, educate your friends and family, etc. It is a long list.

Today we are writing about one action item that we hope is also on your list, and that is making donations to organizations that are fighting to save our planet. Specifically, we are hoping you will make an end of year gift to 350NJ-Rockland.

We are proud that in 2018 we did the following!

·     Held a beginning of year planning retreat and a membership soiree

·     Partnered on a screening of “How To Let Go”

·     Participated in the NJ Climate Summit

·     Provided leadership for fossil fuel divestment campaigns in NY and NJ

·     Participated in Food and Water Watch’s OFF-ON Fossil Fuels Campaign

·     Played a leadership role in opposing the Gateway Expansion Project

·     Hosted a showing of 350’s RISE campaign launch

·     Co-sponsored the Poor People’s Campaign’s climate protest (three of our Steering Group members were arrested!)

·     Opposed the CPV fracked gas power plant

·     Participated in the Lac Megantic Memorial event

·     Submitted a comment opposing Williams Rivervale South to Market pipeline

·     Co-sponsored an educational program on the Army Corps of Engineers proposed Hudson River Barriers

·     Helped defeat the New Planet Energy solid waste gasification project

·     Co-sponsored the Sustainability Sunday program in Caldwell

·     Participated in the March on Albany and 2018 Women’s March

·     Opposed the Meadowlands natural gas power plant

·     Co-sponsored the Oil Train Safety Rally

·     Co-sponsored an educational program on polar ice melting

·     Endorsed the recent No New Infrastructure fast in Trenton

·     Conducted various outreach and tabling events

We are grateful to the many, many supporters who helped us accomplish all of this great work!

As you probably already know, everyone who works with 350NJ-Rockland is a volunteer, and we do most of our work on a shoestring budget. We rarely ask for money; we prefer to focus on making things happen.

But as the season of giving approaches, we hope you can help us set the table for 2019 with a generous contribution to support our fight against climate change. Giving is easy: simply click here: http://world.350.org/newjersey/donate/.

Your financial contributions will be used for things like: web-hosting, direct action trainings, printed materials, liability insurance for events, protest signage, scholarship assistance for trips, entry fees for tabling opportunities, and travel. Our annual fundraising goal is $10,000.

Climate change threatens nothing less than the future of humanity. It is a cause that is so big and so urgent that it can be thoroughly daunting. With your help, though, we can and will make a difference. For the sake of our grand-children and great-grandchildren.

Thank you for your help!

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