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Embrace the Green & Get Back to the Basics

St. Patrick’s Day is all about decking out head to toe in green and drinking beer… Right?! Disposable sparkly green top hats, shamrock-shaped anything, and an abundance of gold glitter make up the aesthetic of the holiday. Whether this is totally your vibe or not at all, we thought St. Patrick’s Day would be a good time to go over the basics of living sustainability. Go green for St. Patrick’s Day by re-evaluating some of the environmentally conscious choices you make.

Many people are pretty good about making efforts to be more environmentally conscious and sustainable. A lot of progress has been made, but some people are simply uneducated on the basic day-to-day tasks that can be done to help the planet. Here at LivBar, we encourage you to always be looking for ways to go green. That’s why we’re taking a moment to go back and review the basics.

1. Recycle

A basic tenant to environmental sustainability for most people, recycling can be a struggle for others. However, there’s a few things you can do to make it an attainable habit.

  • Learn what things can be recycled — This list is a good basic guide, but check with your local waste management provider to be sure.
  • Educate the kids too! It’s important to start these habits early rather than create new ones in the future.
  • Move your recycling bin to an easy access location.
  • Keep a bin in a closet or pantry to throw small recyclables in until ready to empty.
  • A quick rinse of food-soiled cans and containers will help keep your bin clean.

Remember to avoid “wishful recycling,” or simply tossing items in the recycling bin because you assume it might be recyclable. This sometimes contaminates a whole batch of valid recyclables, causing it all to be sent to the landfill instead of the recycling bin.

2. Reduce Plastic Use

Reducing your use of plastic will make it even easier to recycle because you won’t have as much to deal with! Plastic water bottles, however convenient, contribute widely to the waste created in our environment. Filling up reusable water bottles is just as convenient, though. Sustainable companies like Hydro Flask are good options when shopping for a water bottle.

Not only does reducing the amount of plastic you use lighten up the load at a landfill or recycling plant, but it requires other resources, too. This means energy for machines to create plastic, gas for transportation of products, and more. And there’s always a chance of it ending up in the ocean or side of a highway. In addition to using reusable water bottles, we recommend a few more ways to reduce plastic use:

  • Buy and use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store. Stash a couple in your car if you tend to forget the bags! 
  • While you’re at it, nix use of other plastic bottles like juice, sodas, and more. Juice is especially something you can make at home. We like SodaStream as a great way to enjoy carbonated water in an eco-friendly manner. 
  • Slowly build a stash of reusable silicone snack bags. Same goes for reusable straws and other on-the-go utensils. 
  • Buy shelf-stable food in bulk to reduce the number of hard plastic containers you bring home.
  • Check out this list of other ways to reduce plastic use, including buying a water filter if you like the crisp taste of bottled water.

3. Compost

Compost is organic matter that is added to soil to fertilize and make gardens thrive. It is essentially a mix of food scraps, yard waste, and other decomposable matter that ends up being quite nutrient-dense. Compost can replace the chemical-laced fertilizers in your garden. Composting at home is one way to help reduce the amount of methane and greenhouse gases in the environment. LivBar is a huge fan of sustainability and composting. In fact, all of LivBar's packaging is compostable— Super handy!

One of our demo reps, Kala, from @topfoodchain tested this with a LivBar wrapper in May 2019. Within 8 months, all that was left was in the photo below (note that composting time varies based on the composting environment).

“This little bit is all I could find of the shredded #compostablepackaging and it's not going to last much longer 😎” - Kala

4. Go Paperless

The rise of digital technology available makes this one increasingly easier for consumers. Switch those paper bills to email or online payment and unsubscribe from junk mail newsletters and coupon booklets. Remember to keep recycling the things you do still get in the mail. And when you shred the personal stuff, we recommend getting creative with it! Use shredded paper as gift wrap packaging or to store glass and art.

5. Opt For Homemade 

Household cleaners and health and beauty products are simple to make at home. Try making your own multipurpose cleaner, body lotion, or even candles! It’s a fun way to get crafty while eliminating the need for extra containers. This way, you’re also aware of the ingredients you’re using on a regular basis. 

6. Thrift Shop

When you need to re-up your wardrobe or upgrade your furniture, it’s a good idea to shop secondhand. You can save those things from ending up in a landfill and avoid mass-produced fast fashion. And bonus: It’s usually a money-saver, too! When you’re ready to say good-bye, donate your clothes and furniture to local thrift stores rather than tossing it in the trash or leaving it to clutter your spacea;.

We encourage everyone to take a closer look at their lifestyle habits and continue making adjustments for better sustainability. Join in with LivBar to keep going green for St. Patrick’s Day with this in mind.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the holiday with traditional green goods, though. We love green drinks like this Dairy-Free Honey Vanilla Iced Matcha Latte and yummy treats like Coconut Matcha Tahini Bliss Balls and our Vegan Matcha Glazed Donuts— Yum! We’ll take a dozen, literally!



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