Keep it Fresh, Hip and Simple!
FRESH - Here's a fresh idea....reduce your use. Did you know 20 million plastic baggies are thrown out everyday in school lunches across America? Instead of using disposable plastic baggies, buy a pair of Lunch Skins. Never heard of them? They are the hottest new green product out there to replace the zippered plastic baggie. These reusable, colorful cloth pouches are made from a high quality, moisture-proof German fabric used worldwide in the food industry. They are food safe and dishwasher friendly (Lunch Skins, 2 for $12 at 3greenmoms.com).
HIP - Be a trend-setter with fantastic corn plastic. Pass on plastic this year and use Pop!cornware instead of disposable spoons and forks in your child's lunch or snack bag. Like the name suggests, they are made from corn. That means no petroleum going into them when they're made and no harmful toxins released when they're thrown out. They are 100% biodegradable (but also reusable), so throw them in your compost heap or trash them, guilt-free (Pop!cornware 20 count bag for $4.50 at 3greenmoms.com).
SIMPLE - Think reusable. A reusable stainless water bottle is a healthy PBA-free choice and can be refilled hundreds of times and save you money. Not to mention replacing the millions of plastic water bottles headed to the local landfill. Did you know we use about 70 million water bottles a day in the US? Here's another reusable idea....we all know the merits of the reusable tote. So bag the plastic at the grocery store and grab a tote. And not just any tote, but one made from recycled feed bags rescued from the landfill (prices and sizes of stainless bottles and market totes at 3greenmoms.com).
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