Would you like to wear the word's most comfortable shoes? A company called "Allbirds" makes that claim about their footwear, and the fact that they're made with natural super soft, moisturewicking, temperature-regulating merino wool instead of synthetic petroleum distillate fabric may make you agree with them. There is one more thing about Allbirds shoes—they're highly sustainable, which is good news for your grandchildren and the Earth.
It seems like paper towels are a real necessity in the kitchen. I know I use them as a substitute for napkins, and even paper plates in a pinch. But did you realize a more sustainable option is to buy a bunch of dish towels and stack them up on your kitchen counter. Use them just like a paper towel, and then throw them in the wash. They're much stronger than paper towels, they don't melt when wet like paper, and they're reusable.
We all know that plastic grocery bags are a plague on the environment. I see them stuck to trees and fences all over the place. We also all know that carrying your own reusable grocery bags is a much better choice. Most folks prefer them to the flimsy plastic disposable bags too, which seem to tear and drop our valuable groceries more and more each year.
An option you might want to consider are the large zipper-topped insulated grocery bags/totes that you can buy at many markets or online. I've taken to using these instead of disposable bags and reusable regular grocery bags. They carry far more groceries, they keep cold or frozen foods cold, the inside can be washed, and, best of all, they zip up so your groceries won't spill all over the back seat of your vehicle.
Years ago I switched from buying disposable batteries and switched to rechargeable Ni-MH batteries and I've never looked back. Two factors drove me to switch. First, I was tired of my devices being ruined by the leaking potassi-
um hydroxide (a caustic agent that can cause respiratory, eye and skin irritation)—alkaline batteries destroying the contacts on my expensive electronic devices. Second, the newest rechargeable batteries actually have a higher capacity than alkaline batteries. Of course, it's much cheaper to have a battery that can be recharged 1,000 times. It goes without saying that they're a more sustainable choice. I've also got a rockin' charger that charges 12 Ni-HM batteries at once. Awesome!
Did you know that 80,000,000,000 plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles are thrown away every year? But shampoo and conditioner are now available in bar form. You might have trouble finding these in your local supermarket, so search at your favorite online store for these brands: J.R. Liggett's, Ethique, Freedom Shampoo Bar, Purple Prairie, Woody's hair and body shampoo bar, and not to forget Real Beer Shampoo Bar from Tasmania. Many people, including myself, much prefer bar shampoo to the bottled variety. Maybe I'm more clumsy than other folks, but shampoo bottles always topple to the floor of the shower, and they seem to last a short period of time—bar shampoo gives more of a massage and the bars last a long time, meaning it’s also better for your wallet. ◊●◊