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    Hello My Friends!

    I hope you’re well! I am ready for sweater weather and fuzzy socks.  Bring on the PSL’s (pumpkin spice lattes) and the changing leaves!  To celebrate the arrival of fall, I reached out to Christina Kjaergaard, Commercial Manager at Pure Planet Club, and she shares…

    The Top 10 ways to be More Sustainable in the Home as we Move Through the Pandemic

    For some, the move towards more sustainability in the home and eco-friendly everyday life choices may have appeared out of the blue. For others, the interest in going green has been a slowly emerging trend over the last few years, in particular during this pandemic. Christina’s top tips include:
    1. Say goodbye to disposables. Take-away plastic cups, forks, knives and food containers are on the way out. It began with the switch from plastic straws to recyclable paper types, but now all the hype is trendy reusable metal straws.


    1. Make the swap to an eco-friendly, plastic-free and tree-free toilet paper.  Try options made from 100% plant-based materials such as bamboo, like Pure Planet Club toilet tissue– their new marine collection is full of fun marine animal facts and cute designs! It’s also BPA-free, cruelty-free, bio-degradable and vegan-friendly.


    1. Use half flush when possible! If you have a dual flush toilet, using the half flush button reduces your water usage which helps to preserve the environment and save money on your water bill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 15,000 liters of water can be saved annually.


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    1. Time your showers and stick to 4 minutes.  Believe it or not, it is possible to wash your whole body in 4 minutes. Set a timer, do it for a few weeks and soon you will be in the habit of efficient showering. Save water and energy used to heat the water!


    1. Reduce plastic waste by choosing eco-beauty products.  Think about your toothbrush, hairbrush and all those other beauty products you use that are packaged in ridiculous amounts of plastic and swap them out ASAP! Try bamboo options, or Pure Planet Club’s new organic lip balms.


    1. Top up your pool or spa for the best way to conserve water.   Use a hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, watering can or bucket for a maximum of 15 minutes per day. Only replace water lost through evaporation though, not water deliberately removed or splashed out by the kids until the weather turns to cold!


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    1. Use non-toxic cleaning products.   A few natural products you have lying around the house can be awesome eco-friendly cleaning products. For example, the acid in white vinegar makes it naturally capable of killing mold and bacteria, so you can use this on your taps, mirrors, shower floors and bath.


    1. If you’re not using it, switch it off!   Always turn off appliances, lights, switches and everything you’re not using. It’s amazing how much of your household energy you can save when you’re consciously taking action. Not only will you reduce your electricity bill, you’ll also reduce your impact on natural resources.


    1. Resell and donate items.  If there’s anything you no longer need, somebody is keen to give your beloved items a second life. Post covid, vintage items will be more popular than ever before. So, think twice before tossing something out and adding to landfill. Try reselling at the local markets, offer to or donate to a charity organization


    10.    Double check your water restrictions and stick to it.   All areas are different so, always observe state and local restrictions on water use, particularly during a drought or fire seasons. If restricted, for example, do not water your lawn, wash your car, or other non-essential activities, to help ensure there is enough water for essential or emergency uses.


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    That wraps up our 10 green tips for the environment!  How are you contributing  to the world right now? In our family, it’s reduce, reuse, recycle. We had been recycling plastic bottles until our local salvager closed its doors. This week, my husband and I were cleaning out our closets and we realized we both had several pairs of jeans we did not wear anymore, and quite a few that have never even been worn. Some even still had the price tags on! So off to the local hospice charity shop we went, and it felt great knowing that these donated clothes will help someone in need.

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    Until next week,  take care and…