Today I am going to talk about how you can save money by going green! There are so many reasons why going green is so important. Earlier this month, NASA published an article stating that 97% of actively publishing climate scientists agree that “climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities”.
We are past the stage of denial and must take a stance to change our current course of carbon output. Climate change, global warming, and resource depletion is a serious challenge that is going to take effort on the part of every person on this planet.
In fact, the world has just over a decade to get climate change under control.
In 2016, the Paris Agreement was signed by the majority of the world’s leaders and put into effect. Unfortunately, in August of 2017, the Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the agreement.
A recent UN report found the world’s annual carbon dioxide emission would have to be on a steep decline by 2030 to hold the world below a 1.5° Celsius increase.
Shockingly, the current carbon emission output amounts to more than 40 billion tons per year, and that amount is increasing not decreasing.
What is the difference between 1.5° and 2° Celsius?
Globalnews.ca provides a quick overview of what the .5° means for us and the planet.
The Little Things: Eco-friendly Alternatives
Are you interested in reducing your environmental footprint, but don’t know where to start?
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Going green is imperative to you and your family’s health and survival. Making changes to your daily habits may be challenging at first, but don’t worry soon they will become a part of your routine.
Below I have listed 5 ways for you to go green and save money by doing so!
Another shocking statistic that will blow your mind is the fact that Ziploc® bags and their off-brand counterparts have become so prevalent that the average United States family uses 500 Ziploc bags each year!
The United States has an estimated population of 326 million people. With an average family size of 2.8 people (U.S. Census Data), that means that the United States alone uses an average of 58 million Ziploc® bags per year!
Single-use plastic is the worst 🙁
If each family uses 500 Ziploc® bags per year (1-quart bags come in a box of 50 and each box costs $5), then an average family spends $50 in Ziploc® bags per year.
To truly embrace a sustainable lifestyle you need to quit as many single-use products as possible.
This Bodum Pour Over Coffee Makercomes with a stainless steel mesh filter that helps extract your coffee’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors. Typically, paper filters absorb these flavors and essential oils.
The coffee carafe is made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass with a cork band that is both functional and elegant.
It comes in various sizes: 17oz, 34oz, 51oz, and 68 oz.
To get a hold of your dishwasher-safe coffee maker today click here.
Why is silicone better than plastic you ask? Silicone is made from naturally occurring materials like silicon, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. Moreover, it resists oxidative deterioration (i.e. normal aging) for decades and studies have shown that it actually thrives on challenges.
Silicon is able to experience a wide range of temperatures from extreme heat and cold, to exposure to harsh chemicals, sterilization, rain, snow, salt spray, ultraviolet radiation, ozone, and even acid rain.
Silicone is more environmentally friendly and is also more inert than plastic. This means that silicone does not leach chemicals into your food when used for food storage or during the cooking process.
In recent years, silicone bakeware has received a lot of attention. Its ability to go from the oven to the fridge to the freezer without any breaks in between has increased its popularity.
What’s more is that silicone products are microwave, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer safe! It can handle a wide range of temperatures and offers non-stick properties.
I am excited to see that the world is beginning to take notice of the impact that humans are having on Mother Nature.
The switch to a sustainable world does not mean that we have to give up all luxuries and live in the stone age. We just need to use products that are easy to reuse, recycle, and are biodegradable.
Each one of us gets to choose which luxuries we want to keep in our lives. If you love drinking from a straw, then do it responsibly 🙂
The Hiware silicone drinking straws come in apack of 8 assorted colors and are accompanied by 2 cleaning brushes.
Due to their slightly thicker diameter, they are great for drinking smoothies, milkshakes, and yogurts.
These straws fit most large tumblers including Yeti and RTIC. The straws are slightly larger than your average straw, but that’s ok because they are flexible and can be squeezed into smaller openings without out issue.
Dimensions: Approximately 10 inch in length and 0.45 inches in exterior diameter.
The best part is that the manufacturer offers a lifetime guarantee!
Creating a healthy meal starts with the pots and pans you use to cook with. I have created the ultimate guide for sustainable cookware so that you can see the benefits and pitfalls of each variety.
Today’s industries patent new materials and synthetic chemicals on a daily basis. Their hope is to create stronger longer-lasting products.
While it is important to continuously create new technologies that push us into the future, the long-term effects of these products are not known until many decades later.
One revolutionary creation that helps chefs and people across the world is the invention of the non-stick pan.
Cookware: Stainless Steel vs.Teflon vs. Ceramic
Today, cookware typically come in three varieties: stainless steel, Teflon and ceramic.
The stainless steel option tends to be on the more expensive side. Although the stainless steel coating that comes into contact with your food does not leach toxins, other metals within the interior of the pan may.
Typically stainless steel cookware is a composite of materials. These include iron, carbon, and chromium along with small percentages of nickel, titanium, vanadium, and copper.
Unfortunately, chromium and nickel are toxic for your health. You should avoid using damaged stainless steel cookware due to their possible health risks.
Another downside of using stainless steel cookware is that food tends to get stuck unless you use lots of cooking oil. Even then, I often find that soaking the stainless steel cookware for at least 10 minutes helps enormously before cleaning.
If you are looking for an easy to clean, non-stick variety of cookware, Teflon is a popular design. One concern with Teflon is that the nonstick coating can flake off and be ingested. Typically this is more likely to happen with cheaper or poor-quality pans.
Metal utensils can scratch even high-quality nonstick surfaces, which can lead to flaking. One method of adding shelf-life to your cookware is to never use metal utensils while cooking.
The Cook N Home 10-piece set is the more economical option of the two sets. It includes 1 and 2-quart saucepans, a 3-quart casserole pot with a lid, a 5-quart dutch oven with a lid, and an 8-inch and 9.5-inch fry pan.
The Cook N Home set is made of thick gauge aluminum that is coated with a nonstick ceramic layer. This layer makes for quick food release and easy cleaning.
The lids are made from tempered glass, allowing you to view the food without having to remove the lid.
Moreover, the lids are versatile and fit on both the pots and the frying pans.
The drawback is that these pots are not induction (electric stovetop), oven, or dishwasher compatible.
If you have an induction stovetop or want the ability to throw your pans in the dishwasher, this next option is the way to go.
This set comes with 2 dutch oven pots with lids, 1 casserole pot with a lid, and 2 angled fry pans.
Expect this cookware set to be heavy. One of the differences between a more economical cookware set and one that is more expensive is the amount of material used.
Heavier pots and pans do a better job of heat-retention and even heat-dispersion. This is one of the reasons why the cast iron pan is so heavy.
These pots and pans double as serveware. Meaning that they can go directly from the stovetop to the dinner table. The end result being fewer dishes to clean after a meal!
What’s more, the Vremi pans have a unique fry pan design that allows for easy flipping of stir-fry, omelets, pancakes, etc. The edge across the handle is slightly longer and curves up and inward to facilitate the flipping process.
Each lid includes a small gap between the lid and body of the pan to release steam without a mess.
The cookware kit features an induction-compatible spiral bottom that works on gas, electric, and halogen stovetops.
Click here to update your kitchen with this extremely versatile and eco-friendly cookware set 🙂
The 10,000 Foot Overview:
Ceramic cookware is the clear winner when it comes to which pots and pans are the most healthy, eco-friendly, and non-toxic option.
A few last words on ceramic cookware care: It is a good idea to clean your ceramic pans with a soft cloth immediately after use. This will prevent you from having to scrub the pan later, which will accelerate the wear on the ceramic coating and shorten the life of your pan.
Due to the non-stick nature of ceramic cookware, you will be able to cook with less oil. In fact, it is best for your health and the longevity of your ceramic cookware to avoid cooking with too much oil in general.
Sustainability is an important topic that needs to address.
If global warming, climate change, and resource depletion are important to you then take the pledge to become a conscious consumer.
Start by changing simple habits. When you do need to purchase an item make sure that you really need it.
If you decide that you do need this item, try to purchase a version that is reusable (not single-use).
“On average, a woman has her period from three to seven days and the average woman menstruates from age 13 until age 51. That means the average woman endures some 456 total periods over 38 years, or roughly 2,280 days (6.25 years of her life).”
The average life expectancy for a woman is 81 years. This means that she will spend approximately 7.7% of her life menstruating.
Women are instructed to change their tampon every 4 to 8 hours. For easy math sake, we’ll use 6 hours as an average, and assume that a box contains 36 tampons (costing approximately $7).
1 tampon every 6 hours = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods =9,120 tampons over a lifetime.
At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $7 = $1,773.33!
“Chronic exposure [to toxins] increases our risk of cancer, causes oxidative stress, metabolic changes, and disrupts our endocrine system. This can contribute to adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immunological effects.”
In recent decades, infertility, endometriosis, and thyroid disorder rates have been on the rise. One explanation is the constant exposure to chemicals and toxins in our environment.
Furthermore, traces of dioxin (a known carcinogen), and a synthetic fiber called rayon are also found in tampons.
Dioxin: A Carcinogen and Cancer-causing Chemical
The vagina is a highly permeable space, meaning that toxins can be absorbed through the mucous membrane and enter into our bloodstream.
Dioxin is a by-product of the bleaching process and can leave a residue in the vaginal wall.
In another blog, I discuss the toxic nature of PVC plastic. One of the reasons why PVC is so toxic is that it releases dioxin during the production and recycling processes.
Even though we know that tampons clog up building pipes, some people still flush their tampons which are made of rayon. The longer synthetic materials are left in water, the more time they have to break apart.
Why are microfibers so harmful? Because tiny plastic pieces can bioaccumulate and biomagnify up the food chain which we ingest in the form of yummy seafood.
The Environmental Impact: Why is Zero Waste so Important?
While there are tampons that are sold without applicators, the majority of the tampons are the kind that comes in an applicator.
Just think, each of the 9,120 tampons comes in an applicator, a protective sleeve, and a box (with a set of instructions).
The worst part is that they are all one-time items 🙁
This is just the impact that you make. Now, let’s look at the situation from a macro scale.
According to the US census report, the population of America stands at approximately 326 million people. Of that, 51% of those people are female, so we can safely say that there are around 163 million women.
According to the site, approximately 50% of those women are between the ages of 13-51. Meaning that there are 81 million women of menstruation age.
If every woman of menstruating age uses an average of 20 tampons per cycle x 12 cycles per year… that’s 19,440,000,000 feminine products going to our landfills each year 🙁
Although you may not be able to afford to purchase an all-electric car, you can stop your contribution of sanitary pads/tampons that get thrown into our landfills each year.
Small changes can make a huge impact. Plus, making the switch will save you money, is good for the environment, and is the healthier option.
My Personal Experience with the Diva Cup:
I have personally used the Diva Cup for over 2 years now and absolutely love it!
It did take me 2 cycles to get used to, but now its just part of my routine.
No, you can’t feel it when it’s in (it just like a tampon). The only thing I had to get used to was learning how to take it out.
I find it easiest to clean the Diva Cup in the shower, and I don’t need to take an entire shower to clean it out. Just squat in the tub.
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I can get away with cleaning my Diva Cup 3 times a day. Once in the morning, once around 5 pm, and before bed.
I hope I have made a strong enough case for you to seriously consider making the switch.
For women who have not had children, Model 1 is recommended. If you have given birth, then Model 2 is recommended.
Details About the Diva Cup:
The Diva Cup is made from 100% healthcare grade silicone. It is a reusable menstrual cup that collects (rather than absorbs) menstrual flow.
Just like with a tampon, you can be active with your Diva Cup. I am able to swim and lift weights at the gym.
The Diva Cup is manufactured in Canada and free of BPA, plastics, and dyes.
Of course, the manufacturer wants you to replace your Diva Cup once a year (most likely so that they can sell more of them). But according to Healthline.com, 100% health grade silicone can last 10-20 years.
I have had mine for 2+ years, and its still working without a hitch!
Be a part of the solution and stop contributing to the nearly 20 billion tampons/pads that end up in our landfills each year.
I am sure that many of you are aware of the gender inequality of pay gap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has come out with a report that states that in the decade (between 2004 and 2014), women earned 80% to 83% as much as men.
“The pink tax refers to the extra amount women are charged for certain products or services. Things like dry cleaning, personal care products, and vehicle maintenance. So not only do women make less but they pay more. Women also live longer so they actually needmore money for retirement.”
Paying for tampons is part of this Pink Tax!
As you can see from the graph below (provided by statista.com), the tampon/pad industry generates nearly $925 million per year.
Dollar sales of the leading tampon brands in the United States in 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)*
No wonder every other commercial advertises a feminine hygiene product!
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I have been in the real estate industry since 2010, and am a Broker in California and a Broker-sales person in Nevada. In 2015, I sold my fist company by the age of 26.
I have a Master's Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Renewable Technology.
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