As you become more aware of the impact your buying decisions have on the environment around you, it’s relatively simple to start making smarter choices. However, there will inevitably come a time when you might feel like speaking up to your friends and family about the importance of their decisions, and it can be a touchy subject for some. Here are a few simple tips to help you guide your friends and family toward environmental awareness.
Give Eco-Friendly Gifts
Probably the best way to break the ice with friends and family is to give them eco-conscious gifts that they can use every single day. WooBamboo’s oral care products make fantastic stocking stuffers or just everyday gifts to give for no real reason. When gifting them, be sure to explain the impact that these eco-friendly products make on the environment! When our customers buy WooBamboo toothbrushes, they are preventing millions of plastic toothbrush handles from finding their way into the environment, and that’s amazing!
Lend What You Can
We live in a consumerist society, so when we need something, we aren’t afraid to hurry out and buy it – and we often don’t think of the impact that purchase has on the planet. If you want to help your friends and family become more environmentally aware, you can discourage them from making these hasty purchases by offering to let them borrow things when it’s reasonable. For example, if your sister needs a dress to wear to an event, offer one of yours. If your brother needs a specific tool for a job, lend it to him. Things like this really do make a huge impact, especially when we all get into the habit.
Suggest Alternatives When Appropriate
If you’re out shopping with friends and family, you might find an opportunity to speak up before someone buys unnecessary plastic. If you’ve been eco-conscious for a while, then you’re aware of the things that are particularly harmful to the environment, and you might be able to steer your loved ones away from them. For example, suggest laundry detergent sheets instead of giant plastic jugs, or encourage your friends to buy cute canvas shopping bags so they don’t have to rely on the harmful plastic ones. You can also swap your standard dental floss, which is made from (and packaged in) plastic, to WooBamboo’s silk floss. It comes in zero-waste packaging and contains all-natural ingredients.
Set an Example
Finally, the most powerful way to help your friends and family become more eco-aware is to set an example with your own way of life. The more passionate you are about saving the planet from plastic pollution, the more your friends and family will want to get on board. This is especially true if you are always on the lookout for affordable, ethical, and sustainable alternatives to the things you use every day, whether it’s the food you buy or the clothes you wear.
Helping your friends and family understand the impact that plastics have on the environment is important, but at the end of the day, the very best thing you can do is incorporate the same principles you want to see in others into your own life. Buy Earth-friendly products whenever you can, avoid single-use plastics, and borrow rather than buy if it’s feasible.