Today’s Google Doodle for Earth Day 2022 is alarming. It shows us a comparison of different places around the world which are heavily affected by climate change. The photo above shows a twenty-year difference of a glacier retreat in Sermersooq, Greenland. It is truly noticeable how ice has melted in the area in the span of just two decades. But what happens in the next few years? How much more are we going to feel the effects of climate change on our planet?
A familiar saying tells us that we have to take care of our planet because it’s the only one that we have. But how do we really start taking measures to help save the planet? In this pandemic, we don’t really need to leave our homes. The change could start in our own households. By being meticulously careful with our daily choices and going against our usual practices, we can create impact little by little. After all, the basic unit of society is the family. The change we have started in our small communities can grow and multiply as we set examples of change to other people.
Picking the right household items is a good start. We can watch our purchases and make sure that the products we are buying do not inflict more harm to Mother Earth. This Earth Day 2022, we present to you a list of household items from our advocacy partner for sustainability, Zippies PH.
Soluble Hand Soap Pods
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all the more learned the importance of proper handwashing. However, hand washing products in the market usually come in single-use plastic containers that end up in landfills. Good thing, technology has brought us water soluble Podz that dissolve easily when submerged in water. Just drop two pods in the Podz Forever Bottle, shake it well, and you will get a good foamy solution that is plant-derived and paraben-free. This antibacterial hand soap comes in three lovely scents: aloe vera, mandarin rind, and geranium and herbs. A pack of 10 pods make 5 bottles of 350ml or a total of 1.75 liters of liquid hand soap.
Reusable Paper Cloth Towels
How many rolls of paper towels do you use in a month? You better see your grocery list to check up on your consumption because paper waste is still waste. An alternative to your regular paper towels is this amazing product from Zippies PH from their Earth Sponge line. This reusable paper cloth towel is eco-friendly and durable and can be washed up to more than 100 times. It is made from natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp, it’s chlorine-free and unbleached, which makes it super safe. Just soak the towel to make it wet and soft, giving it a texture that is similar to your regular house rag. After using it to wipe your tables, counter tops and other surfaces, simply wash it with water and rinse it. Hang it to air dry and it’s good to use for another time.
Cotton Mesh Produce Bags
Still using plastics for grocery shopping? Come on, It’s 2022! Another alternative to eco bags is this cotton reusable mesh bag by Zippies PH. They are best for fruits and vegetables because the gaps on the mesh are breathable and make the produce last longer. They can take on heavy loads as they are very durable. They are lightweight, washable and food grade so no need to worry about them touching your food. The bags are available in two sizes in packs of five: small (5.5 x 8.5 inches) and medium (10 x 12 inches).
Our last product is a 100% plant-based, natural sponge that is biodegradable. It is as tough on grease and grime just like your regular sponges in the market. It is perfect for dishwashing, as well as for toilet and home cleaning. It comes in a pack of four so replacing it is very easy. Just throw your old one and use a new piece. No need to worry about it as we said, it is completely biodegradable.
With only a few years left for us to do something to save the earth, it is imperative that we make drastic changes in our lifestyle. We have to go the extra mile because pure lip service and a few likes and shares to social media posts might not be too effective in exacting change. Let us work towards a more sustainable lifestyle today, not tomorrow, not next week or next year. We need to change NOW.