April Is Earth Month-Let’s Shop And Live Green!

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April is Earth Month-Let’s shop and live green

Each month I take note of interesting sites and articles I have found and share them with my readers. Since April is “Earth Month” this month’s compilation will definitely have a green theme! Look what I’ve found for you this month, we have a chance to win a trip to Costa Rica (hurry), some super green travel accessories as well as a neat way to save money and declutter.

Here’s your chance to win a trip to Costa Rica-act quickly!

Monteverde Cloud Forest Hanging Bridge
Hanging Bridge in Monteverde Cloud Forest

Do you want to experience Costa Rica but can’t justify the expense? Here’s your chance to win a free trip! Costsaver is offering a chance to win their “Costa Rica Adventure tour for 2”, a prize package that includes airfare, accommodation, and activities, with a value of $5000 USD. Here is the adventure description:

“Bubbling mud pools, rainforests teeming with wildlife, golden beaches, and an active volcano are all yours for the taking on this adventure. Starting in the cultural capital city of San Jose, visit turtle nesting grounds and sky walk through the rainforest canopy before spending your final days on the glistening shores of the Guanacaste province.”

Sounds awesome doesn’t it? Contest is limited to US residents and entries close April 15th, 2021. Click here to enter.

Green Travel Accessories

Last month I went for a quick trip to Oregon. On the day we arrived we stopped at Montelupo Italian Supermarket, and picked up some delicious Pistachio spread. If you’ve never tried it you don’t know what you’re missing. We also bought a loaf of bread and voila, we had a lunch to take with us while we drove. Except we didn’t have a knife for the spread, great. I made a mental note to buy an eco-friendly travel set of cutlery, just a knife, spoon, and fork, that I can carry with me in my carry-on or backpack.

After doing some research, I have found there are a lot of options, some recommend buying a cheap metal set at goodwill (usually you can find each piece for about $0.25-$0.50. The problem with this solution is that metal knives aren’t TSA approved. I guess you could stick in a plastic knife? But for just $9.88 you can buy a 16 pc set of Reusable Wheatstraw Cutlery, with each set in its own travel container. And they are even kind of cute?

The other travel accessory I won’t be leaving home without is my Swell Sip Bottle. I always like to have water when I’m traveling but I absolutely won’t buy bottled plastic water. (And really, why would anyone want to pay for water?) I recently sought to purchase a GOOD reusable water bottle to replace my previous bottle which just fails to keep water cold. I read good reviews about the Swell bottles and found a little one called Sip that is just the right size to carry for flights and short hikes. And how cute is this? At $19.99 it seems a bit pricey for a water bottle, but I’m here to say, it’s worth it! I hike in Costa Rica for hours, and the water stays cold.

The Buy Nothing Project

Have you heard of them? I just read about them a few months ago, and think they fit the definition of sustainable minimalism to the tee!

Buy Nothing. Give Freely. Share Creatively.

The Buy Nothing Project is a global network of community-based groups that encourages the giving of consumer goods and services. It operates on the adage “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”. Once you join a group you can offer up items you want to give away or ask for something you need. Perhaps you need a little bit of paint to finish a project, ask and you’ll probably receive. Have too many chicken eggs? Offer them up, I bet some neighbors would be glad to have them.

From their website “The Buy Nothing Project began when two friends, Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, created an experimental hyper-local gift economy on Bainbridge Island, WA, in July, 2013. Since then, it has become a worldwide social movement, with groups in 44 nations. Local groups form gift economies that are complementary and parallel to local cash economies; whether people join because they’d like to quickly get rid of things that are cluttering their lives, or simply to save money by getting things for free, they quickly discover that our groups are not just another free recycling platform. A gift economy’s real wealth is the people involved and the web of connections that forms to support them. Time and again, members of our groups find themselves spending more and more time interacting in our groups, finding new ways to give back to the community that has brought humor, entertainment, and yes, free stuff into their lives.”

Currently Buy Nothing Groups can be found on Facebook (their own app is in the works) and are a great way to give back to the community and environment, as well as a source to get things for free! You can find your group by visiting this page: Find Your Buy Nothing Group. And if there isn’t a Buy Nothing Group in your community, why not start one?

Have you read any interesting articles in the last while that readers might like? What are you doing for Earth Month? Please feel free to share by leaving a comment below.

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