According to NRDC, many major toilet paper brands are making their products from trees in the Canadian boreal forest, essentially supporting the logging of a vital environmental resource for a product that is LITERALLY flushed down the toilet.

Logging this forest releases 26 million metric tons of carbon emissions every year, and even toilet paper itself releases remaining carbon into the atmosphere because it has such a short life cycle.

For most products, the majority of its carbon footprint comes from extraction of resources so using recycled content is HUGELY beneficial.

Toilet paper made from new materials is worse because the extraction of wood pulp contributes to deforestation, fossil fuel emissions and water & energy use.

So it’s VITAL to use recycled paper.

We love Earth First Recycled Toilet Paper.

  • Made from 100% recycled paper and 80% post consumer content
  • Recycled toilet paper has 1/3 of the environmental impact of non-recycled
  • No unnecessary plastic packaging
  • No chlorine or other harmful chemicals used in the bleaching process
  • Recycled-content toilet paper may be a more sustainable alternative to bidets in water-scarce regions like Colorado where saving water is a top priority

Even better, try Pee Cloths for Women which are essentially cloth “toilet paper”

  • Made of natural fibers AND deadstock/upcycled fabric
  • Save you $100 every year, after the first year
  • And, it also feels good. (Charmin’s “softness” can’t touch this!)
  • There’s no odor whatsoever and you just wash them with your other intimates on laundry day
  • And honestly, I thought this was a little weird at first but now I’m obsessed and even take them on vacation with me!

Challenge 19:

Change to recycled toilet paper. You can find it HERE or buy some Pee Cloths for Women. You won’t regret it.

Kitchen’s can be a huge source of waste.

Packaging, kitchen roll, glad wrap…. the list is endless.

So here are some alternatives:

Instead of

Use

Glad wrap

Collapsible Food Storage Containers or Food Huggers

Parchment Paper

Silicone Baking sheets or Silicone Pastry Mats

Plastic bags for your veggies and salad

Use Vejibags (they keep things fresh FOREVER) and a Salad Sac (Keeps your salad crisp and yummy for aaaages!)

Bottled water

Use a water filter or add charcoal to your water

Plastic dish brush

Wooden dish brush (in store @ Nude Foods)

Disposable oil spray bottle

Gorgeous reusable oil spray bottle (I just bought one!)

Your poor hands

Silicone lid opener

Tea bags

Loose Tea and a Tea ball infuser

Plastic bags for snacks

Nude Foods silicone Sandwich bags and snack bags

Paper towels

Biodegradable Swedish cloths

Disposable Coffee Filters

Permanent coffee filter (in store) or Hemp-Cotton Reusable Coffee filter

Plastic bottles of dish soap

Vegan Dish Block or Dish Soap in resuable glass

Keep your produce happy:

Let’s face it spending money on delicious produce only to have them wilt or go limp after a few days is NOT fun. That’s why we pulled together this produce guide with some tips and tricks to help your produce last longer. Our favorite tool is the Vejibag which keeps your produce happy and healthy for MUCH longer in the fridge – it works like magic.

Challenge 20:

Go through your kitchen and see what single use items you can replace with reusable items. Post about what you found.

Car pollution is one of the major causes of global warming.

Cars and trucks emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which contribute one-fifth of the United States’ total global warming pollution. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, which causes worldwide temperatures to rise.

Burning excessive amounts of fossil fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, has caused an increase of 0.6 degrees Celsius, or 1 degree F, in global temperatures since pre-industrial times, and this will continue to rise over the coming decades. Warmer global temperatures affect farming, wildlife, sea levels and natural landscapes.

So what can you do?

As much as possible, leave your car at home, become a 1-car family or don’t have one at all.

In Boulder in particular, biking is AWESOME. Do it as much as you can.

There’s very little rain, it’s usually sunny and you know what they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Even in the middle of winter, if you wrap up warm and have the right bike accessories (more on that later) you’ll be fine.

Even if you live somewhere with a less conduscive climate, you can still bike. I biked to work almost everyday in London, UK and rarely had to skip because of the weather. If it rained, I wore waterproofs.

So if you’re going to the local shops, to school, on date night, or to work, try walking or biking. And if it’s further than your legs want to bike, consider shelling out for an electric bike. What you’ll save in gas will cover the costs AND you’ll be so much happier getting outside everyday.

This is my electric bike. It’s carrying all our groceries AND one of my kids’ bikes (and a kid)! Who needs a car?!

ALWAYS wear a helmet and ideally flashing lights (and a sign telling texting drivers to STOP texting ; )

You can also choose public transport. While it doesn’t have the convenience of taking you from A to B, you don’t have to deal with the hassle of parking once you get there. This is particularly true of getting to the airport. The bus from Boulder to DIA is low-cost, quick and easy and takes you right the the door.

The Right Gear:

I ferry myself and my kids around on my electric cargo bike ALL year, even when it’s below freezing (but maybe not when there’s snow on the ground!)

I realized that remembering gloves for everyone every time was almost impossible so I added stroller mitts to the bars next to the kids so they can just pop their hands in those and be toasty warm, and I added Bar Mitts to my handlebars. I often don’t even need to wear gloves in winter because they keep my hands so warm.

Then I have a face mask and a headband under my helmet to keep my ears warm plus clear glasses or even ski goggles to stop the wind.

Stop Puffing:

This is the practice of leaving your car running to warm it up while you are not in it. This is actually illegal in Colorado.

However, I’d like to take it a step further. PLEASE don’t leave your car running when it’s parked even when you’re sitting in it. I know it can get very hot or very chilly but we can survive a little while of that before boiling / freezing to death so rather than clog up the atmosphere even more, consider turning your car off as soon as you stop.

One trick I find is that if the ignition is on, the heated seats will still work so it keeps me warm without the need to have the engine running.

Challenge 21:

Some time in the next week choose to walk, bike or take public transport in an instance when you would usually use your car. Whether that’s popping to the store or going to work. I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is and how much getting outside improves your mood. Enjoy!