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5 Simple Ways to Go Green for Earth Day!

5 Simple Ways to go Green for Earth Day

Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day!

One of my favorite days of the year is this weekend. It’s always great to see the community come together to help preserve mother nature. It’s important that we make changes to our lifestyles to help reduce our carbon footprint. Here’s 5 simple ways you can go green for not just Earth Day, but every day!


5 – Clean up after the litter bugs.

We’ve all seen the trash along the side of the roads, in our parks, and on our beaches. Take the time today to pick up all the garbage you come across. Keep a paper bag in your car or purse for easy collecting. Taking a walk around the block is a great and simple way to help clean up, or even just picking up what you find from the walk to your car to the store door. Every piece picked up and properly disposed of helps!

Trash pickup on beachPhoto by Andrei Ciobanu on Unsplash


4 – Turn off the lights and open the blinds.

Ah, you’ve just woken up from a nice night of sleep (said no mom ever!). Instead of turning on the lights, open your blinds and curtains. The sunlight will not only light your home without using electricity, you’ll also feel better! Sunlight can help kill bacteria in the air of your home and even help with depression.

 

3 – Start recycling.

One of the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint is to start recycling. Most local waste management companies now offer free recycling pick-up. Our city just provided us with nice, large recycling cans. I always feel good about taking it to the curb. It’s always more full than the trash cans. Check with your local city to see if they offer curbside recycling or have a drop off location.

recycle plastic bottles
Photo by mali maeder from Pexels

2 – Ditch cleaning and body products with harsh chemicals.

Chemical filled cleaners and body products are not just bad for your skin, their also bad for our water systems. Just think, everything that we use to clean goes down our drains and into local lakes and rivers. Although the water goes through filtration systems, chemicals still linger that can effect wildlife that live in or drink from this water. Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly companies that can make the switch to going green simple & easy! 

  • Nourishingly Natural – Luxury Organic Soaps, Herbal Salves and Skincare.
  • MamaSuds – All natural household cleaning products.
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Great eco-friendly home products. – available at most Targets.

Ecofriendly Natural Reusable Paper Towels

1 – Reduce paper waste.

17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are used to produce one ton of paper towels! Every day the US alone produces over 3 tons of paper towels. You can help reduce this number drastically by switching to our Unpaper Towels and Cloth Napkins

 

We hope that you will use these tips to live a greener life. To celebrate Earth Day and help even more people reduce waste, we’re offering an awesome sale all weekend long.

Take 20% off all Nature Junkie purchases with code : EarthDay18

 

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USPS Shipping Rate Increase

USPS Price Increase
Whoomp, Whoomp! USPS has increased shipping rates again. Unfortunately, that means that I have to, too. Starting Monday you will see a slight increase in shipping rates.

But not today! For one day only I am offering FREE SHIPPING on any US order of $10+! 

Just use coupon code : NATURE33 
Offer only valid until 11:59 PM EST.

Below you will find a chart of price increases that our packages most commonly use. Other USPS services have increased. Visit the USPS site for a full list of price increases.

First Class Rate Increase – our most commonly used way to ship.

USPS First Class Rate Increase
Flat-rate Priority Rate Increase
USPS Flat Rate Priority Rate Increase
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Goodbye, 2017!

Boy, did this year fly by! It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is right around the corner! But, I’m looking forward to it! A new year always gets me excited! It feels like we all get a fresh start, a nice breath of fresh air! An opportunity to set new goals and accomplish themI The approaching new year has me thinking about my goals for Nature Junkie in 2018. If all goes as planned, 2018 is going to be one amazing year! Here’s just a little sneak peek!
If you’ve been following our journey you know that we made a BIG change in 2017. We decided to close all custom orders and get rid of made to order products. It’s been a little bit of a bumpy ride during these changes, but I’m happy to say that they are complete! We will now be able to create products in bulk allowing for us to stock our online shop, get our products into more brick-and-mortar stores, and participate in more local markets! I’ve set a goal to have EVERY online order shipped within 48 hours (excluding wholesale)! These are just some of the great changes we are making to help reduce even more waste and ensure you have an amazing shopping experience. You can also expect new products, more giveaways, and some great sales!
The end of the year also brings tax season, running numbers, and doing all that math that makes my brain hurt but needs to be done! As I was evaluating this years numbers, I realized that I need to make some adjustments to my pricing in order to help accomplish some of my 2018 goals. The below new pricing will start on January 1, 2018. 
You’re welcome to take advantage of the current prices until the new year. Please contact me if you have any questions. Here’s to an awesome 2018!

Peace.Love.Create.
Kristin

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5 Ways to Go Green this Christmas

The holidays are among us! With them comes traveling, dinners, and presents! The festivities and spending time with friends and family is always enjoyable. But have you ever thought about how much more waste we create during the holiday season? Americans throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving until New Years Day! That amounts to 25 MILLION tons of garbage! Here’s 5 easy ways that you can go green this Christmas.

1 – Think before you gift – Avoid gifts that are just going to become “stuff”. When buying for everyone on your wish list think about what they will actually use. Gag gifts are fun, but they are most likely to end up in the trash. If you’re not sure what to buy someone, then a gift card is a great option so they can purchase what they’d like without dealing with a return.

2 – Reuse paper and packaging – Save gift bags, ribbons, and bows to use for later. I collect everything throughout the year. Once the holidays some around, I have very little wrapping supplies to buy. Wrapping products in newspaper or placing in a cloth bag that can be reused are also great options.

3 – Reduce food waste – The holidays bring good food and our favorite desserts. We cook large meals, but sometimes too large. Only make what is needed. Send your guests home with leftovers to ensure it doesn’t go to waste. Stay away from once a year dishes that require unique ingredients that won’t be used throughout the year. Composting is a great idea for vegetable scraps left over from prepping!

4 – Send E-cards instead of paper – The USPS delivers approximately 2 billion paper Christmas cards a year! After the holidays most of these cards will end up in the trash. Recycle your Christmas cards and send e-cards to your friend and family. They will be able to print them if they would like a copy. It’s a great way to reduce paper waste and having to go to the store to buy stamps.

5 – Re-gift – Now, this one you might not agree with. But every year we get that one gift that we’re just not sure what we’re going to do with. Or that sweater that’s color just isn’t for you! Re-gift unwanted gifts to people that you think will enjoy them. Not into re-gifting? Donating your unwanted gifts to a charity will ensure that sweater gets to someone in need.

These are just 5 simple steps that you can take to reduce waste during the holidays. Continue these easy steps after the holidays to reduce every day waste. Consider a new years resolution to start 2018 off green! 

Have a safe and very Merry Christmas

Peace.Love.Create.
Kristin