5 Easy Ways To Be More Earth Friendly Starting Today

🌱 If you are looks for some Monday inspiration on how to be more eco conscious, look no further! Here are 5 ways you can take a small step TODAY to start making the world a cleaner, abundant, and lasting place 🌱

🌿 Don’t use that paper towel! They are NOT recyclable and after breakdown in landfills, they release methane which is a potent greenhouse gas. Switch to a reusable towel or take a few minutes to let your hands air dry!

🌿 Recycle what you KNOW can be recycled in your at home bin! Most curbside pick ups do not include items like plastic bags, produce bags, food storage bags, and more. Watch for an upcoming Conscious article on how to tell what you can recycle and what you can’t!

🌿 Invest in a reusable utensil option for work, school, & eating on the go instead of using your plastic plates & eating utensils! Bring a set of dinnerware from home or invest in a reusable set to eliminate plastic waste. Conscious Crates shop coming soon will offer an alternative option, keep checking back!

🌿 Fill up a cup! Instead of grabbing a pack of water bottles to keep you hydrated, fill up a reusable jug and pour it into a glass cup, mason jar, or a reusable bottle instead!

🌿 Get on a walk & clean up some trash! We all know that we can go on a walk through out our neighborhood and find pieces of trash along the way. A wise man once said (Bill Nye) that in order to make the world a better place, sometimes you have to clean up other peoples trash!

Comment below 👇🏼 and tell us what you will do today to give back to the earth!

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Bamboo: More Than Just A Panda Snack

If you’re anything like us, you probably think of a cute little panda eating a snack when you hear the word bamboo. What you probably don’t think about when you hear the word bamboo are all of the advantages that come with using bamboo for non-dietary purposes!

Let’s be real, big box stores where most people buy their products like Walmart, Target, Costco, etc… aren’t using bamboo as their main material when making their everyday household products. Instead, they are using plastics & non degradable materials which is contributing to the massive landfill & ocean pollution problem we have found ourselves in today.

As we laid out in our most recent Instagram post (catch up on our feed here), there’s a TON of plastic waste material flowing into our oceans…and when we say tons, we really mean 8 million tons. What’s worse is that 80% of said ocean pollution comes from onshore plastic waste from everyday people like many of us reading (and writing) this article.

But let’s be real again, nothing in this article that you have read thus far is “new” news. These aren’t groundbreaking revolutions or facts. Pollution has been evident for years however big box stores STILL have yet to make the eco switch…. or really even address it at all.

Plastic is used as a common material is making items like straws, cups, plates, food containers, coffee lids, and more. Most people might assume that these items using plastic are doing so because that is the only option we have, but bamboo is a more sustainable and eco conscious option.

Bamboo, a material that Conscious Crates intends to incorporate into their shop coming soon, is a 100% biodegrade and renewable resource that can be used for various different products! Bamboo based products can replace products like straws, cups, mugs, make up brushes, toothbrushes, and more that are usually made out of plastic. Not only do they help the environment and keep our water clean, the products also have a sturdier & more natural look to fit in with any type of home decor or color scheme you already have flowing in your home!

Switching one household item from plastic to eco friendly & sustainable is easy when you do it in stages! You don’t need to break your budget to go zero waste all at once but you can start now by making small steps.

On your next grocery trip, buy a couple reusable grocery bags instead of using the plastic at the store. Or maybe instead of buying your normal plastic container of detergent pods, opt in to buy an eco friendly brand like Planet Inc. that uses more friendly ingredients and biodegradable packaging.

Tell us below 👇🏼 what item you have already or plan on switching out for a more sustainable option!

Our Conscious Crates Shop is underway! We are in the process of creating + selecting our products and we want to know what you want to see in our shop! 🌿

Comment below ⬇️ to tell us about your favorite eco friendly & sustainable products that you want to see sold at an affordable and convenient price!

Polyethylene: Plastic Pollution We Didn’t Know Was In Products We Used Everyday

Did you know that there is a main ingredient in our basic household products that keeps plastic flowing into our water every time we use it?

Did you know that this ingredient is often found in our toothpaste, soaps, and even face washes without us even knowing?

If you didn’t, that’s because you probably haven’t heard the truth about Polyethylene, otherwise known as Microbeads!

Microbeads are tiny particles used in products like our toothpaste & face washes to help exfoliate. You may also hear these referred to as microplastics because that is truly what they are, small micro pieces of plastic.

Some bottles of toothpaste or face washes can have up to hundreds of thousands of microbeads in just one tube!

It may not seem like your harming the environment when you are using products with this ingredient, however these tiny pieces of plastic are not biodegradable, meaning they will not breakdown over time, only break apart into smaller pieces.

When we use products with microbeads, we are actually starting a viscous cycle that ends with humans consuming these micro plastics in our diet… that’s right, consuming plastic.

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As shown above, these microbeads are washed down the drain when we brush our teeth or wash our face. The sewer water that goes through treatment plants to be cleaned will not be filtered for micro beads, causing them to stay in the water and eventually flow into the ocean 🌊

Once the tiny pieces of plastic end up in the ocean, they will most likely be absorbed by fish, who might also eventually be absorbed by other fish, which might be fed in by another species due to the food chain process 🐟 the food chain process will continue, eventually leading its way back to humans as we love to feed on seafood as a common dish.

Make the switch to products that don’t have Polyethylene on the label to stop the flow of microplastics into our oceans and food!