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Good for us all: A Few of my favorite GREEN Products

Good for us all: A Few of my favorite GREEN Products

Photo taken by Brooke Deans

Photo taken by Brooke Deans

I wasn’t always the best when it came to reusable bags, straws, and being mindful about how the products I used were leaving a literal trail of trash in my wake. And while I’ve come far way I am by no means perfect or anything near an expert, but I think there are some small changes that we can make to be a little better to Mama Earth and everyone else who comes after us.

Not only are these babies better for the environment, they are better for your health too!

HYDRO FLASK

If you are looking to reduce your waste, a reusable Hydro Flask is the first recommendation I’d make. I have been using Hydro Flasks since college. They are my go to brand for insulated water bottles, cups, and even coolers! I literally bring them everywhere. On hikes, to yoga classes, and van trips too! They come in tons of different sizes and are built for different things.  I use them to hold my water, chili, and even piña coladas :). I’ve been so grateful to be sponsored by Hydro Flask. I remember being a complete fan-girl on my first call with them and I have been so proud to use and promote Hydro Flask ever since.

Photo taken by Jessica Blackmun

Photo taken by Jessica Blackmun

During my average week I probably use my 32 oz wide mouth bottle the most, but my 20 oz coffee flask is definitely a close second!  

We use the I use the 128 oz Oasis to hold water for big outdoor days and for trips in the van and bring the Soft Cooler Pack as well to hold our snacks and drinks. Sometimes I even heat chili and put it in one of the Food Flasks and it will still be hot by lunch time!

Photo taken by Jessica Blackmun

Photo taken by Jessica Blackmun

STASHER BAGS

Okay, how many of you guys are still using plastic bags to store your food? It wasn't even just snacks for me, I used them to store so many things. I’ll admit it, I used to be guilty of even carrying my toiletries in a ziplock every trip I took. Stasher bags are another super great investment and a switch I’ve made in my life that I am super thankful for. I even gave away stasher bags as gifts this past christmas. I use them to hold my snacks (duh) but also toiletries, camera batteries, and more!

I probably use their sandwich size the most, but they come in a huge range of sizes. I use their snack size for food, their pocket size Stasher to hold my vitamins when I travel, and their half gallon for multiple snacks, or something I know I’ll eat a lot of- like popcorn!

Photo taken by Brooke Deans

Photo taken by Brooke Deans

REUSABLE BAGS

Okay so I have there are a few different reusable bags I have and love. I have the Ultra Sil Shopping Bag from Sea to Summit that I carry in my purse at all times, then I keep reusable bags from Whole Foods, and New Seasons in my car for groceries, muddy boots, or whatever else I want to carry. I’ve literally used a woven Whole Foods bag to carry all of my supplies for teaching yoga classes for the last 2 years...

PRO TIP: Keep your reusable bags in your car instead of your house. Or at least have enough that you always have an extra one or two in the car.

Photo taken by Tim Neal

Photo taken by Tim Neal

The biggest hurdle isn’t buying these reusable things though, it’s actually remembering to bring them! Eventually I learned that I am super forgetful so instead I set myself up for success by getting extras to keep in my car. That way I can always just run out and grab a bag, bottle, or whatever I need.

This is obviously just a starting point, but it is something that is so simple that we can all do to make a difference!

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