What a Waste! Reduce Your Use of Plastic This Earth Day
April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day! But, our goal is to celebrate the earth year-round. A recent study found that the US produces about 234 pounds of plastic per person per year. Most of that isn’t getting recycled. But, don’t worry! There are tons of ways for you to reduce the amount of plastic you use on a daily basis. It's easy to get started!
#SAVETHESPRAYERS (and Caps)!
Sprayers and Floor & Dish Soap caps can be used again and again – bottles too! Currently, supply chains across the world are under tremendous pressure. This has caused delays and shortages across various supplies, including many parts that BETTER LIFE products are made of! These individual parts are completely reusable and may come in handy if you hang on to them after you’ve used up the cleaner. Reusing and repurposing the components is helpful to the environment while keeping your cleaning schedule uninterrupted! PLUS, hanging on to the bottle + sprayer and/or cap has you ready to try a concentrate or refill product! Just be sure to thoroughly rinse and sanitize them before each use. Before putting them away for later use, make sure the parts are thoroughly dry. Click Here for Full Directions to Rinse & Sanitize the Reusable Parts.
PS: 2-packs only come with one sprayer! Saving your sprayer can come in handy if you’d like to have sprayers ready to use in multiple rooms in your home!
Cost-Saving & Plastic-Reducing Options from BETTER LIFE
We’re doing our part to help the planet and reduce our use of plastic too. Have you tried our bulk and refill options? Our gallon and 5-gallon products use less plastic and give you more bang for your buck.
Put single-use plastic in the past and try a concentrate! Use a refillable bottle at home for products like BETTER LIFE All-Purpose Cleaner concentrate, Floor Cleaner concentrate, and Glass Cleaner concentrate. Our 1-gallon concentrates give you 20-times the amount of product without wasting 20 plastic 32oz bottles. Check out all of our bulk, refill, and concentrate items here.
For Every Day and On-the-Go
The Last Straw
Companies like Starbucks, American Airlines, and Hyatt are ditching one-use straws to show their commitment to the environment. Join them and purchase the last straw you’ll ever use. Reusable straws are portable so you have them when and where you need them.
Don’t Bottle it Up
Or do! As long as you’re using a reusable bottle. On average, Americans use 13 water bottles per person per month. If you switch to a reusable bottle, you could save up to 156 plastic bottles every year!
Plastic Bags are a Drag
Maybe you’ve been using reusable shopping bags for a while now, but have you tried reusable produce bags? Take them to the store and let your veggies breathe while you shop, instead of using the thin plastic bags from the produce stands. You can even store your produce inside the bags once you get home. But, don’t forget to grab them before your next shopping trip.
Tip: If you’re one of those people who makes it halfway through the store before realizing you forgot your reusable bags, try hanging them somewhere near the door so you see them on your way to the store. Or, keep an extra set in the car for the next time you’re out running errands.
Pet owners can ditch the plastic when scooping up kitty litter or on their next dog walk, too! You can use compostable pet poop bags that break down in 90 days. Give them a try so you can stop feeling guilty every time you take Fido for a walk.
And don’t forget to spread the word about Earth Day! We only have one planet and it’s our duty to protect it. Find out more about initiatives and events happening near you at earthday.org
Directions for Rinsing & Sanitizing Bottles and Parts for Reuse
- Remove the sprayer or cap from bottle to separate.
- Thoroughly rinse bottle and sprayer and/or cap with hot water.
- Select one of the following as a sanitizing solution:*
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Bleach Solution
- Using your selected solution, sanitize the sprayer and cap, making sure to draw up the alcohol through the straw and spray head by using the sprayer and contacting all surfaces, straw, etc with the sanitize solution. In other words, put some of the sanitize solution in the bottle and use the sprayer (actually spray it, into your sink) to pull the solution up and through the stray to come out the sprayer.
- After a few sprays, remove any excess liquid from the bottle and spray the sprayer into the sink until it doesn’t spray any more sanitize solution. Remove the straw from the spray head and allowing the liquid to completely drain out. Allow the parts to dry completely before storage.
*Make sure to follow all directions and use instructions on the bottle of sanitizer you choose to use. For example; Alcohol is flammable so take necessary precautions as stated on bottle. For bleach solution, you need to use the proper dilution as recommended by CDC of 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.