5 Habits to Break by Earth Day

Posted by Mike Confino, April 13, 2015
Paper cups

  • 58 billion paper cups are thrown in landfills every year, and over 20 million trees are used annually to make new ones. Susty Party makes compostable and colorful party tableware, a great alternative to piling up waste after a get-together.

Microbeads

  • These tiny plastic particles are found in everything, from toothpaste to exfoliating face washes and scrubs – microbeads clog up our waterways, get stuck in our gums, and contribute to plastic pollution. CloSYS anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste is not only free of microbeads, but also of a commonly used foaming agent, SLS, that has been linked to canker sores.

Disposable razors

  • The EPA found that about 2 billion razors are thrown away every year. Even though steel blades are recyclable, the classic disposable razors typically make it to the landfill. Perserve makes an eco-friendly razor system made from recycled yogurt cups — even the handle is recyclable after use.

Anti-bacterial soap

  • Almost 75% of anti-bacterial soaps and washes in the US include triclosan, an ingredient that ends up in bodies of water and can disrupt algae and build up in fatty tissues of animals. Zylast products are great alternatives to triclosan while still using an anti-bacterial that doesn’t irritate your skin or the environment.

Incandescent bulbs

  • Households can use 75% less energy when switching to LED lighting from traditional lighting, plus LEDs last up to 25 times longer. Sengled creates hybrid LED and home electronics bulbs that can reduce your energy intake and combine the next generation of home electronics right there in your light sockets.
Thanks to Alex Fountain at SSPR for these helpful tips!

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