*Disclosure: Products and compensation were provided to me by Tom’s of Maine, but my opinions are my own.
While we are quarantined, or under a shelter in place, let’s not forget about Earth Month. And this year, more than ever, we hope the spirit of Earth Month extends past April and every day of the year. We’re learning more and more how important it is to have a healthy earth to live on. And just how incredible our earth is. A brand that’s doing amazing things for our Earth is Tom’s of Maine. Their recyclable toothpaste tube, launched in November, is the first to be recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers for its breakthrough technology.
So, to celebrate and to help you get motivated, I’ve put together this super simple and easy list of 5 things you can do from home to help the earth during earth month.
- The biggest thing you can do to help the earth and contribute to Earth Month from the safety of your home during quarantine is making sure that you’re purchasing products that can be recycled. Do you recall back in November, Tom’s of Maine debuted their own recyclable toothpaste tube in the Antiplaque & Whitening peppermint? If you forgot, let’s revisit it. Because it’s really quite amazing. And, all of Tom’s of Maine toothpastes will be in the new recyclable tube by the end of 2020.
- Plant a garden. Don’t have a backyard with space for a garden? Don’t worry! You can start small 🙂 You can always create an herb garden or plant cacti, succulents, and tropical flowers in small pots or rectangular planters. Window ledges can be used to hold long rectangular planters and tiny pots.
- Collect rainwater in large storage tubs and use it to water your garden. Use old bins or containers from around your home! Every little bit helps 🙂
- Compost (and use it in your garden) – If you have a smaller home or backyard, you can get a nice bin for your compost instead! Best part? You can order any bin online or use any container or bin laying around your house that you don’t use anymore. If possible, remember to use plastic so it can later be recycled! Make sure your bin or container is easy to rotate so you can flip your compost around and mix it up. If you have a backyard, you can start a pile where you can put vegetables, leaves and other compost materials. Remember, this pile shouldn’t be too high, about 3 feet. Make sure it is compact enough to retain heat but still easy to mix!
- Minimize waste and recycle
To elaborate on 5, the biggest thing you can do to help the earth and contribute to Earth month from the safety of your home during quarantine is making sure that you’re purchasing products that can be recycled. Do you recall back in November, Tom’s of Maine debuted their own recyclable toothpaste tube in the Antiplaque & Whitening peppermint? If you forgot, let’s revisit it. Because it’s really quite amazing. And, all of Tom’s of Maine toothpastes will be in the new recyclable tube by the end of 2020.
So while you’re stocking up and buying things at Target.com or Amazon.com to avoid the grocery stores, make sure you’re also picking up Tom’s of Maine. It’s natural, it’s healthy, they have a great team and mission. And the planet earth will thank you for recycling the tube when you’re done with it.
So, the tubes with the blue stripe down the side are recyclable as pictured here:
If you have one of these, toss it in your recycle bin and know that you are helping the earth.
Recycling practices vary by municipality and if your town doesn’t accept #2 plastic, the Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Recycling Program, a partnership with TerraCycle, is a recommended option for recycling all personal and oral care packaging regardless of the brand. You can learn all the latest on the recyclable tube on the Tom’s of Maine website.
Let’s help support planet earth. After all, if it’s not healthy, we can’t be healthy either.