We’re all eco-conscious. We’ve come of age in an era in which we learned about turning off the water when we brushed our teeth and recycling our paper and plastic. Yet, what we’ve come to realize is it takes more than conserving water and cashing in our cans.
To me, Earth Day is like the New Year’s Day of environmental responsibility. It’s the day every year when you vow to make at least one change, do at least one thing differently, to help our planet heal. These changes may seem small. You might say to yourself, “How much is this really helping?”
The thing is, there are over 7 billion people on the planet, and over 300 million of them live right here in the Unites States. Summary: we use a lot of stuff. Which means if every person in the U.S. made just one small change to their habits, that’s a lot of change.
My biggest pet peeve is water bottles. Not only is the plastic not good for the planet, but it’s not good for you either! Make a small investment in a reusable water bottle and you can cut down on the 22 billion plastic bottles thrown away each year. I highly recommend the Camelbak Goove which has its own filter built in, so you can fill it up anywhere, anytime and have thirst-quenching clean water ready to drink.
Another super simple change is to bring your own bags when you shop. Whether it’s a trip to the mall or your weekly grocery trip, there’s no need to allow yourself to be loaded up with non-biodegradable, flimsy plastic bags. Outside of the fact that they turn you into a walking billboard for the store, they’re just totally unnecessary. ChicoBags are compact and convenient, folding up inside themselves so you can pop the little pouch in your purse. They come in a bunch of gorgeous colors and styles, and are far more sturdy than those horrible plastic monstrosities.
And don’t forget to take care of yourself and your family inside your home. Vitacost.com has a huge selection of eco-friendly household products and cleaners including Method, Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyers. I personally noticed a big difference when I started using Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwashing Detergent a few years ago. I hadn’t realized it, but those common place soaps were coating everything I ate with – flatware, plates, glasses, etc – in chemicals just to keep my drinking glasses “spotless”. Now, my food and drinks taste like they’re supposed to, and nothing beats the taste of orange juice sans ammonia residue.
“The Bombshell Mommy” is written by Abigail Blank, romance author and mother of three. Frozen Heart and its sequel, Melted Tears, are published under her pen name: Annabelle Blume. Got a question about how to juggle it all and still be a Bombshell? Email Abigail at firstname.lastname@example.org, connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @Bombshell_Mommy and look for her on Pinterest.