Each spring, we celebrate Earth Day and take some time to reflect on the state of our world, and how we can do our part to help make the world a better place. Of course, the most important changes will happen legislatively, but there are still steps we can all take as individuals to reduce our personal carbon footprint.
With that in mind, below are some eco-friendly products that can help you make the world a better place.
Being the Change Documentary
If you have read headlines about climate change but don't know much about it, a documentary may be a good place to start. In Being the Change, you'll meet Peter Klamus, an atmospheric scientist who truly understands the impact of climate change, and has reduced his own fossil fuel use to just 10 percent of the average American.
The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here
For a more in-depth understanding of climate change, we recommend this nonfiction title. Written by award-winning scientist Hope Jahren, this book shows the link between our actions and the planet's future.
In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back.
Recycled Lined Notebook Journal
Once you've read up on climate change, the next thing to do is buy eco-friendly products whenever you can. Love journaling or jotting down ideas? We recommend getting a notebook filled with recycled paper, like this one.
Kindle Paperwhite Ereader
We're big on ereaders here, and not just because we love to tell you about ebook deals. On top of letting you carry tons of ebooks at once and download new titles in an instant, ereaders can be an eco-friendly choice for people who would otherwise buy new books.
Plant Seed Paper Hearts
Looking to celebrate Earth Day by planting something beautiful? We love these plantable paper hearts! Each contains seeds for different kinds of flowers, and the pack of 50 makes them ideal as party favors, group projects, or your own very busy Sunday afternoon.
Reusable Food Storage Bags
An easy way to cut down on personal plastic use is to switch over to reusable food storage bags. This set comes with a variety of sizes and are freezer proof, making it easy to store everything from leftovers to meal prepped dinners.
Reusable Coffee Pods
Nothing feels better than sitting down with a good book and a cup of coffee—unless your coffee comes with the guilt that comes with throwing away a single-use pod. Thankfully you can have the best of both worlds by buying reusable single cup coffee filters. Not only do these work for coffee and loose leaf tea, they come in a set of three, meaning you don't have to wash one between every cup of coffee.
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