6 Things That Make Going Green Easier

6 Things That Make Going Green Easier {TheGreeningOfWestford.com}

There are some things that make going green so much easier.  These aren’t super expensive items.  Just little things that make your life a little easier being green.  

I’m not talking reusable bags, water bottles, lunch boxes and the like.  I’m assuming you already have these items.  The things I’m talking about, make it EASIER to use these items or avoid others.

Disclaimer:  The links below are affiliate links which means if you happen to order these items though the links, I will received a little cash.

 

1) Bottle Brush   

Indispensable for cleaning waster bottles.  For years I used my baby bottle brush. I have since graduated to this one and I love it.   This one was about $5. 
 

   

2)  Small Cleaning Brush  

I use this to clean out my stainless steel reusable straws, but they also come in handy when cleaning out water bottle or sippy cup spouts.  This one is $6. 
  

Mine came with my stainless steel straws, but you can order them separately.  The straws are really cool though!  My kids love them.

If you need both a bottle brush and small brush, take a look at this combo for $10.


 

 

3)   Label maker 

A must for labeling reusable water bottles, lunch boxes, glass jars used for food storage, and general organization.  When you have reusable items, you want a way to label them so you don’t lose them.

My mother-in-law gave me mine as a Christmas gift years ago.  BEST GIFT EVER!  I never realized how pricey it was.  She said she got an amazing Black Friday deal.  I hope so, because it’s nice and all, but almost $90?!  I’d probably try this one if I were getting one now.  This one is listed at $15.99.

 

4)   Dry erase markers  

They work really well when you are in a hurry and need to label the top of a glass jar before putting it away.  Yes, the marker can wipe off if touched, but I’ve had pretty good luck.  You can find these any where pretty cheap.  I always grab a few during the back to school sales.

5)   Carrying bag for reusable bags  

Something to coral all the reusable bags so they aren’t floating all over the place really helps.  It’s so easy to grab this and go!  Anything will work.  I use this system I won in a contest, but any small tote bag would work.  Use what you have.

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6)    Glass jars 

I save ALL glass jars that enter the house – spaghetti sauce, pickle, jelly, salsa jars are a particular favorite.  They are great for storing items in the pantry, refrigerator and even in the freezer.  Why are these green?  Because we can replace plastic containers and plastic wrap with these glass jars. These are basically FREE.

 

What are your must haves?

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6 Responses to 6 Things That Make Going Green Easier

  1. Deborah Davis January 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Kristina,
    I love the green essentials you recommended!
    We all have items that make our green lives easier. I too, love to save every glass jar possible to reuse for storage and even for use as drinking glasses. An inexpensive glass cutter allows us to recycle glass jars into drinking glasses and vases. And your bag organizer is simply a must-have! I usually stuff my growing collection of reusable bags into one larger bag. I always grab a bag or two and stuff them into my tote bag when I leave the house in case I have to do some shopping. Thank you so much for sharing these valuable tips at the “Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party”! I appreciate it!

    • Kristina January 28, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Hi Deborah! A glass cutter! How cool. I will have to look into that! Thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.

  2. Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com January 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    Hi Kristina….just hopped over from the Urban Naturale blog hop and read this article. Thank you for these great and practical tips. It’s always refreshing to see some new ideas and ways that really help us on the path. Thanks again. ~Kathy

    • Kristina January 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

      I’m so glad you found these useful, Kathy!

  3. Rebecca February 11, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Hi! I found you on Pinterest (yay Pinterest!). These are good tips and I’m going to have a browse around your blog a bit this morning 🙂
    It’s hard to recycle where I live because we’re out in the sticks and there’s no curbside recycling, but I do two things to help minimize the amount of space my recycling takes up in between trips to the drop off site.
    1. fold all my cardboard boxes (cereal etc) in half and stuff into one cereal box (which lives on top of the fridge until it’s full and then in the garage)
    2. squeeze all the air out of my plastic recyclable bottles and then put the top on to keep them squished
    oh and I thought of a third
    3. Soda stream
    Thanks again!
    Rebecca

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