Lessen Your Footprint

April is Earth Month, and it is at this time of year especially that we like to take a moment to consider our impact on this beautiful planet. One of the biggest ways you can lessen your footprint on a daily basis is to reduce the amount of waste you produce – namely plastics. It is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year. There, it causes harm to birds, marine animals, and fish. Since most plastics take over 400 years to degrade, this is a problem that will continue to worsen if we do not act now.

Reducing the amount of waste you produce will take a little getting used to (yes, you have to actually remember to pack that water bottle with you when you go out, and bring your reusable bags into the store!) but these changes can add up quickly to make a huge difference. Read on to learn about some of our favorite tried-and-true products for a sustainable lifestyle.

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To-Go Ware Reusable Cutlery

This bamboo utensil set comes in a case made from plastic bottles, and by using the set you can refuse plastic cutlery when dining out – a double win! Each set comes with a carabiner for easy carrying, and each set includes a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks. The bamboo is heat and stain resistant, and won’t absorb flavors.

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Lifefactory Water Bottles

Lifefactory uses the highest quality materials to produce a full line of BPA-free glass products, including beautiful glass water bottles. The bottles have colorful and functional silicone outer sleeves to prevent breakage. Bring your water bottle everywhere, so you don’t have to use a plastic cup or bottle when you’re out of the house.

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Hydro Flask Thermoses

These completely insulated bottles are Kimberton Whole Foods staff favorites for a reason: they keep iced drinks icy cold and hot drinks steaming hot better than anything else we’ve tried. Find food containers, thermoses, and more in a variety of fun colors and sizes. The most important part: remember to keep it in your car for impromptu coffee dates and caffeine runs!

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ChicoBag Reusable Grocery Bags

The people behind ChicoBag want to get humanity out of the single-use habit, by producing high-quality, long-lasting reusable bags. These become super compact when not in use, making them easy to pack and keep on hand in your car. (In fact, they’re so tiny that you could clip them right onto your purse, meaning you’ll never forget them in the car again!)

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Bees Wrap Reusable Food Wrap

Bees Wrap offers a solution to single-use plastic wrap. Made from organic cotton infused with beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin, the wraps are totally food safe and free from toxins. They are handmade in Bristol, Vermont. Simply mold the wrap around a food product or container and let the warmth of your hands shape and seal the beeswax wrap – easy!

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New Wave Enviro Products Stainless Steel Food Containers

Stainless steel is an excellent alternative to plastic containers, as it is non-toxic, non-leaching, insulated, leak-proof, and won’t break if dropped. New Wave Enviro Products offers a great way to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, with containers that will stand the test of time.

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Kattinatt Dishcloths

These swedish reusable cleaning cloths are super absorbent, biodegradable, and are excellent for a variety of purposes, including cleaning countertops, dishes, and anywhere else you’d use a sponge or paper towel. Easy to clean in the dishwasher or washing machine!

Kattinatt Dishcloths Kimberton Whole Foods

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Want to learn more? Discover more Sustainable Brands we trust, plus see 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day.


How else do you lessen your footprint? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “Lessen Your Footprint

  1. Lessening our footprint is great. I would love to see the kimberton cafes stop using straws and plastic cups. I believe the cups are “eco friendly”
    but I don’t know about the straws. It would be great if there was a program for a discount on juices/smoothies if people brought their own cup. Thanks!

    • Hello Victoria, We appreciate you reaching out! We agree, we can always do better in the area of sustainability. We are currently looking into alternatives to plastic straws. The smoothie/juice cups are compostable, so we encourage our customers to compost them properly rather than placing them in the trash. We absolutely encourage you to bring your own cup! Thank you, Emily at KWF

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