Did you know that there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans? Moreover, this doesn’t take into account for the plastic that is released by synthetic fibers. In the wash, synthetic clothing can release more than 1,900 microfibers per garment in each wash cycle! Today, I am going introduce 5 Eco-friendly products for a sustainable bathroom.
Microfibers Polluting Our Water Resources:
Synthetic microfibers like polyester and nylon are made from petroleum. During the use and washing of these materials, microfibers get washed down the drain and pollute our water resources.
Moreover, our water remediation facilities do not have the systems in place to strain out these microfibers.
Scientists are beginning to find tiny shreds of synthetic fabrics in our oceans and lakes all over the world. What’s more is that these scientists have traced the microfiber pollutants back to our washing machines.
In another blog, I talk about how plastic pieces can bioaccumulate and biomagnify up the food chain. Meaning that you and I end up eating these tiny particles through salmon and other forms of seafood.
Click here to find out how you can save 12,000 gallons of water per year (for a household of 4). Our planet is running out of clean water, and water conservation is critical to our survival.
Read on to learn about how to transition away from one-time use paper and microfiber kitchen towels.
What is more outrageous is fact that the article expects that by 2030 that number will increase to two garbage trucks per minute, and four per minute by 2050.
By 2050, scientists believe that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. Moreover, the human population will reach a whopping 9.7 billion individuals.
When we purchase plastic products, it signals to the market that there is an increase in demand for plastic materials.
Manufacturers are thus incentivized to produce more of these products, which results in greater investment in plastic producing equipment. This process further entrenches our society into one that is plastic dependent.
Unfortunately, this plastic ends up in one of two places. Either in landfills or in our oceans and basically never breaks down :(.
How to Create a Sustainable Bathroom:
There are so many ways to find eco-friendly and sustainable substitutes for the products that we use on a daily basis.
Making the switch may take a bit of research up front. But once you find an eco-friendly product that you like and know where to get it, purchasing will become automatic.
Similarly, you have probably memorized the layout of your favorite grocery store. You know exactly where to find the items that you need for the week, without having to think too much about it.
I have listed 5 sustainable bathroom substitutes that can make a huge difference in the impact you are making on the environment.
What you do today and the actions you take have an enormous effect on global warming, climate change, and resource depletion.
Did you know that nearly 99% of toothbrushes are made from plastic?
One of the simplest ways to contribute to fixing this problem is to swear-off of plastic toothbrushes and switch to a bamboo one.
This shampoo bar does not contain any detergents, so it will not strip the natural oils from your hair.
For this reason, most people do not need to pair this shampoo bar with a conditioner. Money saved! Just think about all of the money you have spent on conditioners, and how much you can save in the future.
Additionally, J.R. Liggett’s shampoo bars work well for people with allergies those with sensitive skin.
Why are shampoo bars more sustainable? Because they lack harmful plastic packaging.
Plastic bottles can take up to 400+ years to degrade, so purchasing products with the least amount of packaging is crucial to reducing the massive amounts of waste that go to landfills each day.
The wrappers on these shampoo bars are made from 100% recycled paper. What’s more is that the shampoo bars themselves are recyclable and 100% bio-degradable.
Moreover, J.R. Liggett does not test any of their products on animals, and their products are made in the USA.
As consumers, we should reward companies that put its people and the planet first.
This toilet paper is made from 100% recycled paper. Moreover, there are no dyes, inks, or fragrances.
Amazon.com has a new feature where you can save money on products that you use on a daily basis. By subscribing, you can save 5%-15% on products like toilet paper, that you need to buy every month anyway.
“Biobased products are those derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials, as opposed to non-renewable materials, such as petroleum.”
The Seventh Generation laundry detergent uses a powerful triple-enzyme formula that fights tough stains. Since the ingredients are plant-based, the detergent is hypoallergenic and made for sensitive skin.
The case of the bottle is made from biodegradable cardboard (plastic use is minimal for pour spout).
Why not post a powder laundry detergent that comes in a 100% recyclable box? Because I have found that powders leave a white film residue behind. I want to offer a balance between the best customer experience and eco-friendliness.
Additionally, this product is “EPA Safer Choice Certified”.
These 4 solar powered Eco-friendly gadgets are for campers who want to leave no trace, reduce their carbon footprint, and enjoy the outdoors!
Solar power is abundant, clean, renewable, and effective. Get this, each hour, enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface to meet the world’s energy demand for a year! All we need to do is harness that power!
The best thing about solar energy is that the only cost is to install and maintain the solar panels.
Unlike renewable energy, we regularly need to explore for coal and oil. There is a constant need to drill, refine, and distribute the energy.
“A second breach has occurred in a coal ash landfill at a Duke Energy facility. Flooding had damaged a containment wall this weekend and led to an estimated 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash flowing into a ditch not far from the Cape Fear River…The company said the coal ash, which the EPA considers toxic, poses no hazard to the public or the environment. “
I am floored by the fact that coal and oil companies refuse to take responsibility for all the harm that they are causing. So what can we do about it?? Support clean energy industries!!!
The Product Life Cycle of Solar Energy
First, let’s chat about the solar industry. Currently, solar power is still in its infant stages.
This means that the support through the purchase of its products is critical to the survival of the industry.
Every product goes through a growth cycle. Let’s take a look at this graph to the left, provided by cleverism.com.
In the introduction phase, the cost to produce products are rather expensive, but as sales grow it becomes cheaper to produce.
Economies of scale occur when it becomes cheaper to build a product because you are producing so much of it. You can think of it like buying in bulk, which typically means that you get the product at a cheaper price per unit.
As more solar power products are bought, it spurs new investment into creating more efficient solar energy designs.
With a bit of time and dedicated research, we are able to blow past previous limitations.
Current most solar technology only converts electricity with a maximum efficiency of about 25 percent. As cutting-edge technologies spread, more manufacturers will be able to integrate increased solar energy capacity into their products.
So how can we get the free-market and companies to invest more in solar?? Read on!
How You Can Make a Difference:
Here is another way to look at the situation. By purchasing solar products, you are essentially providing investment to solar energy companies to create more efficient products :).
We are just starting to invest in solar energy. As with all new innovations, products need to go through beta testing (several trial phases).
We the people are a part of this growth cycle, and help solar energy manufacturers by giving them feedback. This, in turn, helps them make a better product which results in more utility for us.
The more time and money our society invests in any field, the more technological advances will occur.
If we do not support solar companies through the purchases of their products, it will signal to the market that there is not enough demand in this area to warrant investment in new technologies.
This lightweight (less than 3 lb.) hydration backpack comes with a 7 wall solar panel! A 5 volt USB port attachment can be used to charge smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, GoPro Cameras, and more!
Around 90% of solar panels are made from silicon and come in two forms.
This bag is awesome for kayakers and whitewater rafters. Its multifunctional use makes it well worth carrying on backpacking trips!
When you are hiking around in the outdoors every inch counts, so don’t waste space with single-function supplies! This bag heats water for a warm solar shower (or can be used to rinse off your gear).
It is made of an Eco-friendly material called TPU, which is biodegradable (4 years if left in soil).
TPU is a trusted material that is widely used in the healthcare industry. Furthermore, TPU is solvent-free and non-toxic. What this really means is that you can drink from the bag and use it as a hydration pack!
ECEEN’s Collapsible Solar Camping Lights are rainproof and can be charged with a USB cord or with the sun’s light.
This flashlight comes with a convenient hanging handle and is a pocket-sized portable LED tent light.
Of course, this camping lamp offers sufficient light with four different modes including:
Warm light low
It is super convenient because it can be completely folded down. Space and storage are critical to all backpackers and campers. The silicone lampshade of the lantern is water resistant and can be used in the rain.
Moreover, our actions toward a sustainable future have to be manifold. We need to increase our support of renewable energy, while simultaneously decreasing the demand for fossil fuels and plastic.
Moore’s Law is a computing term which originated around 1970, and it states that processing power for computers will double every two years! If we continue focusing our society’s attention on renewable energy, we will be able to achieve a future without fossil fuels.
For those who think that their actions don’t matter, I want to reference this quote:
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Going “zero waste” is a topic that is taking over the internet. If you are wanting to “green your life” and become part of this cultural shift, then I have found 5 Eco-friendly alternatives for a sustainable kitchen that will help you move toward that zero waste goal!!
I am excited to see that this subject is gaining in popularity. If you are reading this post, then you are, at the very least, interested in climate change and have decided to join the sustainability tribe!!!
There are so many little things that we all use each day that can be done a little differently to reduce or eliminate our waste output.
It really comes down to a matter of re-framing the way you view consumption. Moreover, it is about making little tweaks in your daily habits that can make a lasting and meaningful impact.
Reasons to Take on the Sustainable Kitchen Challenge:
According to DoSomething.org, Americans make more than 200 million tons of garbage each year. To put this into perspective, that is enough to fill the Busch Stadium from top to bottom twice a day!
Moreover, the EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable.Sadly, we only recycle about 30% of it. This means that somewhere along the way, someone throws that piece of recyclable material into the trash.
This is where you can make a difference. As a society, we need to request more recycling bins from our landlords, companies that we work for, restaurants that we eat in, and in our cities.
The one thing to keep in mind with most biodegradable products is you should only purchase what you need for the next few months.
Due to the fact that they have a shorter shelf life, you should avoid purchasing more than 1 year’s worth of trash bags. These bags should be stored in a cool and dry place while avoiding excessive heat.
To a better understand just how many straws that is, just imagine that you could fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. That’s 46,400 school buses every year!
The Solution to This Growing Issue:
If you dislike drinking straight from a cup, these reusable metal straws are the answers to your prayers! For some reason, my teeth are super sensitive to cold temperatures. This means that drinking anything with ice is very difficult.
These metal straws come in a pack of 8. Additionally, they are accompanied by silicone silencers and comfort tip covers.
The nice thing about the silicone tip covers is that they protect your teeth.
There are many brands of metal straws out there, but I have a bad habit of chewing on my straws. If you are like me, you will be glad that you won’t have to worry about these straws damaging your front teeth.
Another added benefit is that you won’t have to worry about the metal getting too hot or cold because the silicon tips add a buffer.
The straws are made from food grade stainless steel and are FDA-Approved. Furthermore, these straws are healthier to drink from because they are non-toxic, BPA, and lead-free.
fit all 20 or 30-ounce cups and tumblers (including Yeti, RTIC, SIC, and Ozark Trail)
The manufacturer even goes on to say that the straws are unbreakable. They will not rust, crack, or get scratched.
How many things do you currently own that save the environment, is healthy for you, has a shelf life that will outlast you, and won’t break?
I wish more products out there could boast about these attributes.
“Phthalates harm children’s health and development by interfering with natural hormone functioning and have been linked to birth defects in baby boys, testicular cancer, liver problems, and early onset of puberty in girls – which is a risk factor for later-life breast cancer.“
Moreover, they go on to discuss how PVC plastic contains dangerous chemical additives including lead, cadmium, and organotins. These toxic additives can leach out or evaporate into the air over time.
Many mundane household items are made with PVC such as lunchboxes, backpacks, bags, binders, bottles, toys, televisions, flooring, art, and sports equipment.
PVC plastic products are often labeled with the words “vinyl” on the packaging.
Much of our food stock eats pounds of grain that have soaked up acid rain through the soil. This is called bioaccumulation. When we consume chicken that eats lots of polluted corn meal or grain, the pollutants travel up the food chain, and this is calledbiomagnification.
I have included the two photos below to help illustrate how biomagnification and bioaccumulation occurs:
Bioaccumulation and Biomagnification photo credit BlueGrowth.org
“Results from a two-phase study released by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), and a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing environmental health harms caused by chemical threats, show that shower curtains made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic contain many harmful chemicals including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates and organotins…
The article goes on to state that one PVC shower curtain can release as many as 108 volatile chemicals. These chemicals can cause developmental damage as well as damage to the liver and central nervous, respiratory, and reproductive systems.
Furthermore, this study found that PVC shower curtains release high levels of toxic chemicals into the air and contribute significantly to indoor air pollution.
PVC is the second largest commodity plastic in production by global standards. Even though this study was released more than a decade ago, production of PVC has not declined significantly. Sadly, nearly 15 billion pounds are being produced annually in the U.S.
This is why it is so important for the consumer to educate themselves about the products they purchase and the companies that they support.
Think about all of the PVC or plastic products that are in your household today!
Scary to think about.
TPU-The Sustainable Eco-Friendly Alternative:
TPU is abrasion resistant, flexible, has excellent strength, and functions well in low temperatures.
A quick search of the internet will reveal that TPU is a very under-utilized material,while PVC is still the dominant plastic product offered.
So how do we get manufacturers to boost product lines that include TPU over PVC?
Manufacturers respond to signals from the market. When customers buy more of a product, it signals to the manufacturer to produce more of that item.
We, the conscious consumer, must send the right signals to the market about which products we want companies to offer.
By purchasing healthy, non-toxic, environmentally friendly products, we signal to the market that there is a demand for these kinds of items.
So on that note, I want to introduce two products that are made from TPU.
Curious, when is the last time you replaced your cutting board?
Over time, cutting boards become scratched which makes them harder to clean. The scratches provide places for bacteria and germs to hide. This is especially dangerous when you cut raw chicken or other meats because bacteria like semolina can get into those scratches.
Protect your phone from water, snow, and dust. This waterproof phone case is a dry bag that comes with an armband and an audio jack.
It is the perfect piece of gear for swimming, fishing, rowing, boating, and snorkeling.
The Vansky dry bag is fully submersible (IPX8 certified) to 100ft or 30 meters!
Plus, you can take pictures underwater with your phone or use it as a floating bag to protect your keys, credit cards, ID’s, cash, and more.
If you put your phone in this case and happen to drop it overboard while on a boat, your phone will float on the water’s surface. You won’t have to worry about dropping your phone and having it sink to the bottom of the ocean anymore.
Moreover, a regular waterproof case won’t do this. For example, the Otterbox just waterproofs the phone, but will not prevent it from sinking.
I live near the Lake Tahoe area, so I love playing in the mountains and tubing in the rivers.
If you are like me and want to have sound peace-of-mind, I double up by putting my phone in a waterproof case and then put that in a waterproof floatable device with my car keys.
Most smartphones are mini computers and cost about the same as some laptops. To me, it is totally worth the extra mile to make sure that my phone and keys are safe and dry.
Protect your phone from the environment while also being friendly to it 🙂
“Fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling, and just 7% of those collected were turned into new bottles. Instead most plastic bottles produced end up in landfill or in the ocean... [The article continues by stating that] a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.”
What’s even more outrageous is that the United States National Park system estimates that 500 million straws are used by Americans every day!
We must pull together as a society and change our ways for our and our children’s futures.
Lets quit using PVC plastic products and support companies that use their best efforts to provide products that have the least amount of environmental impact.
Remember, if we do not support companies that produce healthy and eco-friendly products, it will signal to the market that there is no demand for these kinds of items.
If there is no demand, the market will discontinue the production of these eco-friendly products. Moreover, new investment capital will fund other technologies instead of going toward creating more efficient, toxin-free, or environmentally safe products.
Hello, My fellow Yogis ॐ ! Fantastic news. I have found 5 Eco-Friendly sustainable or biodegradable yoga mats to help you center your prana!
There are so many ways to center yourself and live in harmony with Mother Earth. Why not bring your yoga practice to the next level by raising the quality of your mat?
I am sure you already know how harmful plastic and PVC products are for this plant. If not, please read up on the Pacific Garbage Patchto get up to speed. Yes, there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the Pacific that basically makes up its own island.
So, if you are on board with reducing the amount of plastic you use, then this post is written just for you!
So many of the products that we buy and use throughout our lives end up landfills or worse yet in the ocean. It is critically important that we consciously think about the products we purchase. Eco Economics is all about promoting sustainable conscious consumerism.The goal is to incentivize businesses to expand their Eco-Friendly product lines. We want to reward those companies that provide plastic-free and earth conscious products.
Plastic and other unrecyclable or uncompostable products have lifespans that far exceed our own lives. This means that the single-use solo cup, which we used for that one game of beer pong, will be around when our grandchildren inhabit the earth!! That is so crazy to think about, right?!?
The True Meaning of ॐ Yoga ॐ Practice:
As you perform your sun salutation, realize that you are praying to the sun. When you let out an audible Om, know that you are making the origination vibration of the universe and of Mother Earth.
Throughout history, the concept of primordial energy has had many names. In India and Sanskrit, it is known as “Prana“. In the Chinese culture, it is called Chi, and in Ancient Egypt, it is called Ka.
If I may be so brave, I would like to link our current society’s intellectual era of science. Today, scientists believe that the lowest level common denominator in quantum physics is “String Theory”.
Without getting into it, the basic principle of string theory is that every subatomic particle is made up of vibrating strings of energy. While I am not a theoretical physicist, I do enjoy reading the works of Steven Hawking and Michio Kaku (who are, in fact, physicists).
What I am trying to say is that there must be some validity to the idea that Mother Earth does have a vibration, and her spirit must exist.
The ancient indigenous people of the Andes (most notably the Incas), called this spirit “Pachamama“.
Somehow, during the industrial age, we forgot about the ancestral teachings and began to take more than we gave to our Mother Earth. We have lived in this way for over 100 years, and we are truly starting to see the effects of our actions.
The good news is that we are beginning to realize the errors of our ways.
It is up to you to make a change!
The Truth About Plastic Yoga Mats:
Today, many yoga mats are made of PVC or polyvinyl type materials that fall apart easily.
In comparison, the only useful part of a cotton plant is the flowering portion. Whereas the majority of the jute plant is usable material.
Comparatively, trees take many years to grow and hence jute can save the forest! Due to how fast it can grow, jute can meet the cellulose and wood demand of the world. The wonderful thing about jute is that it is one of nature’s most sustainable forms of fiber.
Additionally, this mat is free from harmful toxic chemicals (including BPA, PVC, and heavy metals).
Furthermore, Ajana is a CSR company! The best part is that for every mat that is purchased, Ajana donates $1 to One Tree Planted.
***Quick note: There is a 1.5mm version that is cheaper, but you do get what you pay for. I really like my yoga mats to have that soft padded feeling, otherwise, you might as well practice on the hard floor. Trust me, sit-ups done straight on the floor suck. But that is because I do more than just yoga on my mat.
The 10,000 Foot Overview:
Typically, when it comes to your yoga practice, you are rolling around on your mat for at least an hour. You want to make sure that you are practicing on a chemical free surface.
Remember your skin is porous, and you do not want to absorb plastic toxins while centering yourself during practice.
Again, most plastics are made with BPA and lead! Eeeek!!!
Invest in a high-quality yoga mat is both good for your health and the environment!
The biggest benefit that I have found with a high-quality mat is its grip factor. Making the switch to a high-performance mat completely changed my practice!
Remember, you get what you pay for. With the right care, these mats can last years.
A yoga mat isn’t an item that you buy on a regular basis, so get one that will accelerate your practice, is free of toxins, and is good for the planet!!!
If you enjoyed reading this article or would like me to write a comparison article about another kind of sustainable product out there. Let me know by commenting below!