Have you ever wondered how to lower your carbon footprint? Sure, you’ve taken the simple steps by unplugging your devices, driving less, and taking reusable containers everyday for your lunch, but what’s the next step? Let’s dive into some items that will make you become even more green and eco-friendly, and the best part, they all come from companies here in Jacksonville, Florida.
How much saran wrap do you use? Local minimalist, and off the grid home improvement guru Nadia Korths, makes biodegradable replacement covers for plastic wrap out of beeswax and fabric. Not only can you easily seal your bowls and cover plates but they can also be folded into a square and be used in school lunches for snacks.
Buying local honey is also a great way to live a greener life. Michael and Christie Leach started Bee Friends Farm here in North Florida in 2013 with a passion to help grow the bee population and to help pollinate local crops and plants. Since then, they have released an entire line of honey, creamed honey, and more to satisfy your green taste buds.
SIC, which stands for Seriously Ice Cold, will take your green adventure to another level. SIC Cups are available in a variety of styles to fit your everyday needs and they mean business when it comes to keeping your drinks cold making them an easy reusable switch for sure. They may be a national brand, but SIC was started right here in Jacksonville and their warehouse and corporate headquarters are still located in Duval.
Americans use more than 500 million drinking straws daily and glass straws are here to stop that. These reusable pyrex glass straws are eco-friendly, durable, and even dishwasher safe. Michelle Riordan, a glass artist, handmakes each one in her own private studio. With 5 colors that compliment any glass or tumbler, Ridley Straws makes it easy to finally ditch those single use straws.
Go green by supporting green efforts! Beaches Go Green is a local organization that shows how we can all reduce, reuse, and recycle while using their platform to inspire. You may have seen their amazing and huge plastic jelly fish display from Deck The Chairs or heard how they just sorted all the trash from The Donna Run. Show how much you care by shopping their online store and snagging a cool shirt or hat that says how you feel and inspires others!
Alexandria Preston is the mother of 2 girls, Leah and Rose, and is a local maker specializing in lavender aromatherapy yoga/pain relief packs. She is also the founder of Jaxmarketplace, a free advertising Instagram blog that focuses and features all of North Florida’s artisan makers including many of your favorites from the Riverside Arts Market. When she’s not busy being mom, girlfriend, and local maker, she is also blogging for IKnowJax.com.