4 Eco-Friendly Items That Are Easy To Find, Affordable, And So Good For The Planet

4 Eco-Friendly Items That Are Easy To Find, Affordable, And So Good For The Planet

It’s time to re-evaluate common household items for how damaging to the Earth they can be

Ever since I saw this video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose, I became very into eco-friendliness. When I saw the pain he was going through when it was being removed from his nostrils, I felt like it was my fault. What if my straw from Dunkin Donuts was the straw that ended up harming him?

It is extremely easy to avoid this by simply switching out your unrecyclable/un-biodegradable home and kitchen tools for green ones. Plastic is so harmful to sea life and animals because it takes years and years to break down, and the emissions from factories that produce plastic destroy the climate. Plastic is in everything, but you will probably be surprised to learn that the eco-friendly versions of these everyday objects even exist!

1. Stainless steel straws

If you didn’t know before, after watching that video that poor turtle will probably haunt you. Heres another nightmare of a statistic : Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day, which is enough to fill over 125 school buses with straws every day.

Buying stainless steel straws are such an easy fix because they are available in so many stores now.

2. Bamboo Toothbrush

I hope you are getting rid of your toothbrush every three months, and when the time comes you should consider using a bamboo toothbrush. Okay, it sounds weird to brush your teeth with wood, but it is totally worth it once you understand how wasteful plastic toothbrushes are. Every toothbrush you have ever used in your life is still on this planet in a landfill or in an ocean. One quick search on Google and you will find lots of places to buy your plastic-free toothbrush!

3. Reusable food wraps

Say no to plastic wrap, and say hello to food wrap made from beeswax. Look, I get that these options are sounding a little crazy. But, if you use plastic wrap or Ziplocks you’re letting chemicals like BPA seep into your food. They are reusable with a quick rinse, and unlike plastic, these wraps are biodegradable.

4. Reusable shopping bag

Plastic bags are killers of sea life, birds and other animals. The United States uses about 100 billion plastic bags per year, but only about 2% of plastic bags are recycled in the United States. If you haven’t already, get yourself some reusable shopping bags and help save the Earth, man.

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15 Actual Thoughts You Have While Wandering Around TJ Maxx

God bless TJ Maxx.


I recently went to TJ Maxx with a friend with the sole purpose of not buying anything. We literally looked at everything, though, and later, I walked out with half a dozen items I was not planning on buying. I'm just glad it was only six from the number of things I saw and liked.

Here were my thoughts as I wandered around TJ Maxx for an hour.

1. "A Michael Kors purse? I wonder how cheap it is..."

2. "Of course I have to check out the clearance section... except that's basically the entire store."

3. "I'm not sure what I would write in a notebook, but these are hella cute."

4. "This may look horrible on me but I'm going to try it on anyway."

5. "Maybe I should just look at some nice clothes for work. You can never have too many business casual clothes..."

6. "These Adidas shoes are so cheap yet still expensive."

7. "$5 makeup... How bad could it be?"

8. "American Eagle shorts for only $15?!"

9. "I can't carry all this stuff."

10. "Do I have a giftcard?"

11. "I want to decorate my house with everything in here."

12. "Oh, look, something I didn't need but buying anyway."

13. "Could I pull this off? It's cheap and looks good on the mannequin..."

14. "Yeah, I could use another phone case."

15. "Yes, I found what I wanted. No, I did not need any of this."

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The Horrible, Unethical Practices Of Amazon

Is it ethical to support a business that majors in unethical practices?


Whenever you mention that you buy something but don't have the time or the drive to do it, everyone just says "Order it off Amazon!" Without thinking, we go to Amazon and find whatever it is that we're looking for and in 2 business days it's sitting on our front porch. Sounds great right? No need to dig deeper right? Wrong.

First, let's start with how misleading the history of Amazon is. This picture has gone viral many times and is often associated with a caption like "This was Amazon's first office, now Jeff Bezos is the richest man on Earth." That may seem inspirational and all, but are also highly misleading. Jeff Bezos started Amazon using his parent's money. Within 30 days, the website was making $20,000 a week in sales. A year after the company was founded, Kleiner Perkins donated $8 million to the company. There was never really a time when Amazon was without money.

Jeff Bezos in the first Amazon office.Reddit

If you have spent any time on the internet, you have probably also seen the stories of Amazon workers working in some of the most unethical work environments. There have even been stories of people peeing in bottles to avoid losing their jobs. With a very high, and ever increasing, demand for fast service, Amazon workers tend to skip bathroom breaks or use bottles in order to ensure that they are not wasting time on the floor and risk losing their jobs. There have also been stories of employees who have suffered personal unfortunate incidents being phased out instead of given leave.

Working for Amazon is a high-stress job, as work follows you home in the form of emails and follow-up emails and follow-up texts. Some people just see the job as mundane and tedious because counting boxes isn't the best of jobs. However, like one employee wrote, sometimes it's the best some people can do. When the interview process consists of mainly "Are you a U.S. citizen?" and "Can you read the alphabet?" almost anyone can get the job. This may seem great for people with a number of physical and mental disabilities and those with little to no working experience, or those in a pinch for a job to make ends meet.

Amazon's over-demanding and misleading jobs include more than just the floor workers. Amazon has introduced Amazon "Flex," an Uber-like program to help get packages from the local distribution centers to your doorstep. These drivers receive little to no training and can deliver packages via their personal vehicles or even public transportation. While the job may seem like a great way to make money, much like Uber or Lyft, but it can be so much more demanding. There have even been stories of people having to drive through flood waters after hurricanes to get packages delivered.

The main takeaway from working at Amazon seems to be "don't work at Amazon." Many workers have reported new mental health issues or a decrease in mental health since they began working there. Most workers also stated that they would not apply to work for Amazon again.

Now the question consumers have on their mind is "Am I a bad person for shopping through Amazon?" And the answer is, it depends. Many people are able to see past the flaws of the Amazon corporation because people chose to work there and also have the choice of quitting, so they don't see anything wrong with it. Others believe that they shouldn't be buying into a company with unethical business practices in any way.

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