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How You Can ‘Clean It Forward’ With Norwex

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One of the things I love about Norwex is the company’s spirit of giving, sharing and inspiring others to live their best life. It’s one of the reasons I became a Norwex consultant – I want to share these wonderful products with EVERYONE I know!

This month, Norwex is asking YOU to help us spread the message and ‘Clean It Forward!’ And, you can do it in just three easy steps! Here’s how:

1. Swap a toxic product with a safe Norwex alternative. Need some ideas?

  • If you haven’t tried Norwex yet, swap out your all-purpose spray cleaners with our “everything cloth” – the Envirocloth! This microfiber cloth can remove up to 99% of bacteria using water alone when following proper use & care instructions.
  • Try swapping out your window cleaner with the Norwex Window Cloth.
  • Love your dryer sheets? Try the 100% wool Fluff & Tumble Dryer Balls.
  •  Try cleaning up your face & body care routines with our line of personal care products!

2. Snap a photo of your swap and post it to social media and tag @Norwex #CleanItForward.

3. Tag your friends and challenge them to make the swap, too!

How simple is that? So easy, right? You could even host a ‘Clean It Forward’ Party and really inspire your friends and family to give Norwex a try!

So, what are you waiting for? Who’s ready to ‘Clean It Forward’ with me?


Ways To Save The Earth Every Day

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Today is Earth Day! With increasing reports on how climate change is making an impact on our environment, its important now more than ever to take steps to reduce the damage – and make every day Earth Day!

While the problem can sometimes seem larger than we can handle as individuals, there are simple things every one of us can do each day to make an impact!

Here’s a list of a few easy things you can start with:

  1. Stop using paper towels – use cloths to wipe up spills instead! These Counter Cloths are the perfect thing to keep handy for every day messes.
  2. Turn off the lights.
  3. Stop buying bottled water.
  4. Skip the straw – keep reusable straws in your bag or purse when you’re on the go!
  5. Bring reusable bagsreusable bags and produce bags to the grocery store.
  6. Drive less, walk more.
  7. Skip the meat a few times a week.
  8. Save time & energy – use a pressure cooker.
  9. Ditch disposable bowls, plasticware, cups and paper napkins! Use real dishes and cloth napkins instead!
  10. Take shorter showers.

For more information about Earth Day, go visit earthday.org. To learn more about Norwex’s line of sustainable products and how they can help you live a greener, cleaner life, visit www.erinreagen.norwex.biz.


How to Reduce Your Plastic Use

Think about everything you do in a day – shower, eat, drink, work, play, shop. Now think about how you come into contact with plastic during every one of these activities – plastic bottles, straws, plates, containers, toys, bags. Avoiding plastic seems impossible, right?

But when you think about the impact plastics have on our environment, continuing to use plastic at our current rate seems unthinkable.

Consider the following:

  • Over the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than we have in the last 100 years.
  • The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic a year.
  • The production of plastic uses around 8% of the world’s oil production.
  • Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year.
  • Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. More than 1 billion plastic bags are used every minute.
  • It takes 500 to 1000 years for plastic to degrade.
  • Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body – 93% of Americans age 6 or older test positive for BPA.
  • Only about 9% of the plastic used worldwide gets recycled. The vast majority ends up in landfills or sloughs off in the natural environment as litter.
  • If current trends continue, by 2050 there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. That’s 35,000 times heavier than the Empire State Building.

This month, millions of people worldwide have taken the pledge to do something about these statistics – they have committed to going plastic free for the entire month!

Even though we are part way through the month, there is still time to take a pass on the plastic and start some new planet-friendly habits!

Here are just a few easy ways you can reduce your plastic use! Whether you do just one or do them all you will make a huge impact!

Refuse plastic straws – Just drink straight from your glass or cup, or use a sustainable, reusable straw like a stainless steel straw.

Avoid single-use plastic items – Buy a big bag of snacks and pre-package them at home using resuable snack bags.

Say no to bottled water – Always bring a reusable water bottle or coffee mug with you.

Avoid plastic wrap for leftovers and sandwiches – Try natural beeswax wrap, silicone lids, and reusable sandwich bags instead.

Use reusuable bags – Take a shopping bag and/or produce bag with you at every store you visit. Keep a set in your car, trunk or purse.

Find more great information and suggestions at www.plasticfreejuly.org.