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  1. Liz Kershisnik-Gwynn

    I love this! Thanks for sharing! I’ve been trying to decrease my plastic use over the last little while. We use reusable straws and grocery bags, but I wanted to up my game, so this gives me some good ideas!
    I have recently started unplugging appliances as well, but it was more for safety. I’m glad to know it will help the environment too.
    I used to store leftovers in ziplock bags. And while I still do this sometimes, I’m trying to switch to using a tupperware container whenever possible.
    I got a safe for the ocean sunscreen last year (Alba brand from Costco), but I wasn’t sure if that was only helpful if your visiting the ocean, or if it’s beneficial in Utah as well. Do you know?

    Liz

    • I figure every little bit helps. While I still use some disposables, I’ve definitely decreased consumption over the last year. Regarding the sunscreen, the article I read said that sunscreen gets in the ocean through shower drains as well, but I’m not sure if that only applies to locations near the ocean. However, I figured it can’t hurt, and it sounds as if the sunscreen that is safer for the ocean is also better for humans. Win-win.

  2. We can all learn from each other on how best to do this. I think the US is probably one of the most wasteful countries there is, not seeming to care about the environment as much as they/we should. Other countries I’ve traveled to appear to have more positive attitudes about it.

    • I don’t have any statistics to back me up, but my gut feeling is that the US probably is more wasteful than a lot of other countries. I hope that is changing. I’m trying to do my part in small everyday ways that add up over time.

  3. Sunscreen is harmful to coral reefs? I had no idea! I will join you in the sunscreen quest
    I commit to using my metal straws I have. They are in my purse, unused. I am pretty good when I’m at restaurants declining straws. Why do they give you straws when you’re drinking water?
    I am going to do better at recycling.
    Love your post!

    • This was the first I’d heard of the dangers to coral reef from sunscreen too. I looked at several reputable sources, and they all confirmed it is true. I’ve ordered my first tube of mineral (versus chemical) sunscreen. I wanted to try it before our trip to Mexico this June. I’ll let you know how it works. Good luck with the recycling. I could do a little better in that department too.

  4. All so very true. I ditched the straws and I am trying to reuse plastic cups and such. I always bring my bags to the store and I am driving way less. It is just a little but I need to get better. #MLSTL

  5. I didn’t realise it was Earth Day yesterday but what a lovely thoughtful post! There’s some great ideas here that wouldn’t be too difficult to incorporate into our lives and as you say collectively make a big difference! You know, it wasn’t until I was on holiday (a cruise) and we had a day trip to the island of Lifou, New Calendonia that I discovered that sunscreen was harming coral reefs. We went to swim at Baie de Jinek and no swimming was allowed unless you were sunscreen free … which drastically reduced the time you could be out there because the sun was so hot and harsh! I never knew before that. Love your ideas to help protect our environment – sharing on FB for #MLSTL 🙂

    • That’s interesting, Min. That’s the first I’ve heard of a no sunscreen rule. I understand that more places near the ocean are banning the sale of certain types of sunscreen. Like you, I never even knew this was a problem until now.

  6. Wonderful commitments Christie – and I love that they’re so doable and practical and applicable to how you live – so you really will make a difference. We had solar panels installed on our roof last year, and it’s nice to be able to use more power that doesn’t harm the environment. We have a rainwater tank for drinking water and that’s a lovely ‘free from nature’ bonus too. Thanks for the reminder that we can all make a difference.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • I imagine solar panels are quite effective in a sunny place like Australia. They are becoming more popular where I live as well. You are the first person I know that has a rainwater tank, though. I love it!

  7. I love this Christie and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even realise it was Earth Day. Your commitments are a very good example. We have moved and whilst we still have two cars at the moment, I’m only using mine once or twice a week as I walk everywhere or catch the light rail. My daughter and SIL are very conscious of the environment and are teaching the sons to be the same. They all have water bottles that they carry with them at all times plus reusable coffee cups. It is great that coffee shops now encourage you to bring your own cup and refill it rather than using plastic or paper cups. I clean my teeth without the water running and we don’t each much packaged food although there is always room for improvement. Thank you for reminding us to take care of our precious planet. #MLSTL.

    • Good luck with the move, Sue. I hope you are settling in well. Walking and taking light rail are huge steps in my mind. I’m still pretty dependent on my car, but do try to plan errands in a way that minimizes the trips. I do carry a reusable water bottle. Next goal, I will consider ditching the disposable coffee cups. I have grown accustomed to the mobile order and pay since I gave up the drive-through and that doesn’t accommodate reusable cups. But, once again, it probably wouldn’t take much to adjust my schedule to allow time to order inside. It’s all a matter of priority. Thanks for, once again, getting me thinking.

  8. Your actions are admirable Christie, and we are all so much more aware of plastics and what we can be doing to help the environment. I had to re read your idle-free comment as I didn’t understand it referred to being in a car! Great tips and well done! #mlstl

  9. I love this Earth Day post Christie. As someone who lives off the grid I do understand how important it is for us to reduce our footprint on the world. You might think your commitments are small but if everybody made one small commitment it would result in a huge commitment. #MLSTL Will share

  10. Hi Christie,

    Such an inspiring post and thank you for doing what you can do. I wish more were like you, including myself.

    I have thought about the unplugging thing. I heard even if stuff is plugged in, it’s still uses some electricity. Weird, right? But wow! That’s a lot of work! I guess with time, you get accustomed to it and other changes, right?

    I do what I can but I know there is definitely more I can do. Thank you for the inspiration. Sharing it on my networks. 😉

    • As far as unplugging, I’ve started with the simple stuff, like my phone and computer chargers, my electric toothbrush, my diffuser–things where I can reach the plugs without too much trouble. My bedside lamp is plugged in behind my bed. I can’t reach it without moving the bed, so it stays plugged in. Anything with a clock stays plugged in. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

      • Absolutely agree! I was just thinking of the things I have plugged into surge protector power strips. Easy way to just push that button on it, no? Or just unplug it. 🙂 It’s a start…

  11. I knew about the sunscreen from numerous cruises we took. Anytime we would snorkel they made sure we had the right sunscreen to not harm the reefs. I have never thought of bringing my metal straw with me, this is a good idea.

    • It’s good to hear that cruises are taking responsibility for educating their passengers. I keep my straw in a washable bag in my purse. Then I have it when an opportunity arises.

  12. I started carrying my own silverware for lunch and my food in reusable containers. When I say silverware, I mean actual silver dinnerware. When we moved into my mother’s house, we gave our dinnerware to my son for his first apartment. Now that we need to have our own, the only thing we had was the good silver. We decided to not hide it away to be used just once a year. Next, I need to get some napkins because either they didn’t make it through the move or they’re still packed away somewhere.

  13. Hi Christie,
    Just being mindful and making small changes…
    reusable water bottles, not cases of small bottles
    biodegradable garbage bags
    reusable grocery bags
    reduce use of plastics in all forms
    buy in bulk; bring your own containers to the store
    compost
    sort and recycle
    Every little step counts.

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