The last month has been quite a whirlwind and we’re hoping with Spring popping up and Earth Day here, we can bring some sunshine into your life during a time of uncertainty.
As we've mentioned in past blogs, this year we’re hoping to really increase our efforts in the sustainability department. This means re-evaluating products we carry, our packaging and the way we dispose in and out of the office. We are making moves to eliminate single-use plastic as much as we can, and enable better practices in our own lives.
What better way to kick start your eco-conscious journey than with a little eco kit? To celebrate Earth Day, our team has created a gift set perfect for anyone who is ready to take the plunge in eliminating their waste output and incorporate reusable goods into their lives. Before we dive into the goods and how you can responsibly use them, let’s learn a little bit more about the history of Earth Day!
When was Earth Day established and why?
In 1970, in response to the environmental crises, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest environmental ignorance (EPA). Their demonstrations worked and Earth Day was created, finally pushing environmental issues onto the national agenda.
Earth Day is April 22nd of every year, and this year we celebrate the 50th anniversary (Earthday.org).
What can we do to celebrate Earth Day?
Besides purchasing our new gift set : ), there are so many things you can do to celebrate! Responsibly enjoy the outdoors, join a cleanup crew, or fight for policy change. Our joined efforts can truly make a difference in protecting our planet. Find an online earth day event near you here!
What can I do at home to celebrate Earth Day?
1) Make a plant-based meal. Try this Moroccan Chickpea Couscous from FitFoodieFinds. Delish!
2) Clean up your cleaning products - no pun intended. It seems like all we do these days is wash our hands and clean, clean, clean. Swap out the chemical-heavy cleaners and make your own solutions in glass bottles if possible. Not only is it better for our bodies but the planet too! Here are 8 DIY solutions you can make today.
3) Get outside and clean up on your way. While your outside safely enjoying the fresh air, pick up some trash.
4) Switch to green power! While adding solar panels to your roof may not be an option right now, many electricity companies offer green power options if you ask. You may be charged a small fee upfront, but in the long run it will save you money and help the environment. Read about the wind power plan from Xcel Energy here.
What’s in the set?
Shor Beeswax Wraps
Handmade in Grand Rapids from cotton fabric coated in beeswax from local bees, Shor Wraps are a great alternative to plastic bags and cling wrap. We use to wrap avocados, apples, tortillas, bowls, and more! To clean, simply wash with cold water and mild soap. Hang to dry.
Lunar Lotus Design Utensil Pack + Bamboo Utensils
Help decrease the use of single-use plastic utensils with your very own bamboo utensils! Store in your new pouch and toss in your work bag or purse so you’re never without an eco-friendly option. Hand-stitched by owner Kallie VanOrsdol in Minneapolis. M&P tip: Hand wash your bamboo utensils so they last longer.
Bamboo Switch Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bags
Ditch plastic bags and level up with your new organic cotton mesh produce bag! Store fruit, veggies and more from your grocer to the local farmers market. Toss in the wash to clean. Sourced by Bamboo Switch in St. Paul, MN. P.S. 5% of proceeds go to Sea Shepherd, an organization that protects marine wildlife and waters.
Our Favorite Local Eco-Conscious Brands
Tare Market - a mix of zero waste products and bulk food
Frego Living - plastic-free meal containers
Superior Glass - glass straws
The Foundry - dryer balls
HiBar - zero waste salon quality shampoo and conditioner bars
Winsome Goods - Sustainability and ethically made clothes
Askov Finlayson - the first climate positive outerwear
What are you doing for Earth Day?
Tag us on Instagram with your new kit or shoot us a DM with what your up to today! Happy Earth Day!