#27 Stifling Stuff

How much stuff do you have? And how much of it do you really need?

The average American home (I know you’re anything but average 😙) has tripled in size in the last 50 years, and yet 1 in 10 Americans still uses offsite storage for their stuff…

We’ve even got a television show dedicated to helping the extreme hoarders clean out their homes.… Read More

 

#26 Carry Your Own Cutlery

BYOC…

Disposable cutlery is kind of a big deal.

China produces about 80 Billion pairs of disposable chopsticks every year. That’s about 20 Million 20 year old trees. And you can bet the US’s addiction to plastic silverware isn’t much better…

Some progressive restaurants are moving toward eco-friendly to-go packaging and utensils, but even so, we are putting way too much energy and resources into single use products than is necessary.… Read More

 

#25 A Piece of Trash

Pay it forward…

While microplastics may be too small to spot, we can easily see the big pieces of refuse that are an eye sore to our shared outdoor spaces.

Nothing gets my goat like a pile of food wrappers on the beach as I’m heading in from a surf session.… Read More

 

#24 Microplastics

Microplastics, macro problems…

If you’re refilling from habit #23 then you won’t have to worry about microplastics, but if you’re not yet, you need to know about this.

Just like bottled water, microplastics are a huge environmental problem that most people either don’t know about or outright ignore.… Read More

 

#23 Refill

The forgotten r…

You’re already reducing, reusing, recycling, and even repurposing… but are you ready to refill?

Personal Care & Household Products

It’s pretty ridiculous that we buy a new plastic bottle every time we run out of shampoo, shower gel, lotion, handsoap, and countless other personal care / household products.… Read More

 

#22 Recycle Right

Busting a few myths about recycling household items…

Why is this important?

Because you’re likely buying things thinking they are recyclable when they’re not. After learning what’s actually recyclable and what isn’t, you can be smarter about the products you choose.

It’s also important to know how to recycle certain items, because while many items are recyclable, they can’t all go in the municipal recycling bin.… Read More

 

The Ethos Deal

Save Time. Save Money. Discover Awesome Brands.

Do you get fired up when you find a new brand that shares your values?

High quality ingredients, recycled packaging, AND 10% of profits go back into the community? Count. me. in.

But for how awesome these up and coming brands are, why are they so damn hard to find?… Read More

 

#21 Online vs In Store

When is it more eco friendly to shop online vs in the store?

Cutting our consumption has the biggest impact on our footprint, but there are a lot of smaller habits we have that also add up over time and this is one of them. It’s also a question I’ve received several times, so I think it’s only right that we put it to rest.… Read More

 

#20 Upcycling

When you can’t recycle or repair, consider upcycling…

The intent of upcycling is to reuse something that would otherwise be thrown out. Upcyclers make old or discarded items into something useful, saving them from the landfill. It’s hip, it’s art, it’s eco-friendly; What more could you want?… Read More

 

#19 Repair

reduce, reuse, recycle… repair

Our tendency to replace rather than repair is a habit that grows our footprint. In many cases replacing an item is cheaper, faster, and easier than fixing it; but cheap, fast, and easy are not eco friendly. Instead of sending stuff to the dump and harvesting more resources to make something new, let’s get more out what we have.… Read More