If you didn’t catch my segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta – or you did and want to know where to find the products – here is the scoop on eco-friendly summer solutions for the busy mom.
We all want to be kinder to the planet and make safer, greener choices for our families. Summer can be a particularly harried time for moms so we have some simple swap-outs for more sustainable solutions!
1.Sunscreen Most conventional sunscreens include chemicals classified as endocrine disrupters, meaning that with repeated exposure they can mess with your hormones. The most problematic of the sunscreen chemicals used in the U.S. is oxybenzone, found in nearly every chemical sunscreen. EWG recommends that consumers avoid this chemical because it can penetrate the skin, cause allergic skin reactions and may disrupt hormones.
Goddess Garden is my favorite natural sunscreen brand because it’s one of the few that doesn’t leave a thick white coating and the only one I’ve found that comes in a spray bottle! Much easier to get on squirmy kids as well.
2.Waste-Free Snacking Whether at the beach or simply on-the-go, all those disposable packages may seem convenient but they create so much unnecessary waste (Should show samples of disposable snacks). You can also save money by buying snacks in bulk and packing in reusable containers like these bento-style stainless steel containers from EcoLunchbox.
3.Filtered Water Bottle Avoid all those plastic water bottles and fill up at the tap with this filtered aluminum water bottle by EcoFlo. The filters remove 99.99% of contaminants found in fresh water. And of course, drinking filtered water instead of bottled can save you hundreds of dollars every year!
4.Solar Phone Charger A day Instagramming at the beach or pool can drain cell phone battery life. Take advantage of the sun by using a solar-powered battery charger like the Grid 2 Go mobile charger.
5.Eco-Friendly Beach Toys Cheap dollar store buckets and shovels don’t hold up and often end up left at the beach. Invest in some really great and durable beach toys from Green Toys, made in the USA from recycled plastic milk jugs!
What are your simple sustainable summer swaps?