This post is sponsored by Georgia-Pacific; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It excites me to see how positively you all have responded to my gardening updates. As a homeowner with just under an acre of land, it behooves me to use my property in a sustainable way that supports the planet’s well being.
Whether planting vegetables or recycling, I actively look for simple ways to practice sustainability. There are many things I’d love to do in the future including purchasing a two acre homestead, but for now the way I care for the planet shows up in smaller ways.
Recycling is one of the simplest ways for me to support the environment, but here are some others.
1 – Choose sustainable household products.
I make my initial impact on the environment with my purchases. Simple decisions such as choosing eggs that come in recycled cartons versus styrofoam make a difference.
Another easy choice is buying Georgia-Pacific napkins and bath tissue. Georgia-Pacific does its part to reduce their impact on the environment by creating napkins and bath tissue with recycled content fibers. These are products that help my home run smoother, but the manufacturing of them impacts the world’s trees.
GP products like Aria® bath tissue launched in 2018, are made with recovered paper meaning less need to use additional natural resources to create the product. Even the packaging supports the environment. The towel and napkin packaging is 94% plant-based while the toilet paper packaging is 52% plant-based and all of the packaging is 100% recyclable.
GP has many recognizable household products to choose from including my go-to, Quilted Northern® toilet paper “designed with tomorrow in mind”. I buy GP knowing that for every 1 tree they cut down, they plant at least 1 more and they use the resource more than once.
When I buy Quilted Northern® toilet paper I’m choosing a product that is made using renewable materials that are 100% biodegradable. That means I can toss the toilet paper tube into the compost, the recycling bin or reuse it in my garden.
2 – Repurpose as many items as possible.
A frugal garden hack is to repurpose Quilted Northern® toilet tubes into biodegradable seedling starters.
To repurpose the tubes, I just fold one end closed and fill the tube with soil. The cardboard tubes help keep the soil inside moist with each watering.
Once the seedlings become mature plants, I plant them directly into the soil in my main garden. After some time, the toilet paper tube will break down into reusable matter for the soil.
3 – Reuse rain and potable water in the garden.
When it’s time to change my water filter it’s recommended that I flush the lines by filling a container with 1 to 2 pitchers of water. The water collected is used in my garden. The same is the case for rain water that collects in any containers left outside. I pour that water into my flower beds, potted outdoor plants and houseplants.
4 – Recycle containers and packaging.
I have two waste containers in the kitchen and two outside of the house to sort trash and recyclables. Recycling is made easier with GP products because of their front and center sustainability logos. The labeling clearly points out that all of the packaging is 100% recyclable making the task simpler when it comes to sorting. That’s a huge deal because “most” plastic packaging is recyclable.
GP doesn’t just make great products, they also ensure they are giving more back to the environment than they take. The next time you’re shopping for napkins or toilet paper, I hope this post will make you take a harder look at the packaging yours comes in. Look to see how the manufacturing impacts the environment. If you can’t tell from the packaging, consider switching to GP products. Most of them have logos on them to indicate GP’s commitment to responsibly managing the earth’s resources while making the products we enjoy using.
“Georgia‐Pacific uses more than 2 million tons of recovered paper each year, in everything from tissue and towel products to office paper, containerboard and corrugated boxes… Consumers who want napkins and bath tissue with recycled content can choose Mardi Gras® and Soft’n Gentle® brands”.