As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.
Today I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have to use sustainable products.
In the past few years, I have been making a concerted effort to live more sustainably. I take my reusable bags to the grocery store almost every time and when I don’t, I ask them to use as few bags as possible (unfortunately, they don’t always listen and I cringe). I take my own cup to the coffeeshop. I stopped using plastic straws or buying paper towels.
But some of the biggest moves toward sustainability have been in my personal routine. I bought a set of reusable cotton pads to use instead of cotton balls. I purchased reusable menstruation products. This past week, I unexpectedly received a reusable makeup remover cloth. I got the makeup remover cloth in my winter FabFitFun box and, after the super soft blanket, it was the item I was most excited about in the box.
I love finding new ways to incorporate sustainable products into my life and into our house. (If you use sustainable products, what are some of your favorites?)
I get a good feeling knowing that I’m doing something good for the environment by using these products. There is definitely typically an upfront cost, but when I look at the savings over time of using cloth towels on messes instead of paper towels, it’s totally worth it to me. And I’m thankful that I have the ability to make that decision.
It’s definitely not always convenient. And I’m not perfect with it. But I try to get it right more often than not and I think that will make a difference in the long run, especially as more people make the switch too.
What are you grateful for today?