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.

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Time For a Fresh Start

May is finally here , and my goodness, it’s wonderful, isn’t it?

It’s been a rough couple of months weather-wise here in Iowa. We endured the typical snow, ice and freezing temps that come every winter only to be hit with more freezing temps in March and freak snowstorms in April. But the sun did eventually come out, and now the days are warmer, birds are singing, and new life is blooming all around us. It’s the perfect time for a fresh start.

So, I’m taking a cue from Mother Nature and giving this site some new life, too.

I started Radically Clean a couple years ago as a way to connect with others who are just as passionate about living a healthier lifestyle as I am. But, as my business took off, life got busier and blogging got put on the backburner.

Then I ran a 30-day spring cleaning challenge on Facebook last month and was amazed at the response! It was a great reminder of how many people are looking for ways to make their lives easier, happier and healthier.

So, here we are with a new and improved blog! I’m so glad you’re here with me!


What You’ll Find

Norwex has done so much to improve my life and the lives of my customers and I’m hoping to share it with you as well! But this isn’t a blog just about Norwex. Together we’ll explore ways to:

  • Reduce the use of chemicals in our daily lives
  • Make household tasks easier – so we spend less time cleaning and more time living!
  • Improve the quality of life – not just for ourselves but for our friends, families and loved ones, too!
  • Inspire each other to make big changes!

Stay Connected

One of the things I love most about being a Norwex consultant is connecting with and educating people! So let’s stay in touch. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest! And don’t forget to leave me a comment!


Take a Chance to Make a Change…..

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Top Norwex Team

I just returned from the 2015 Norwex Leadership Conference where the Norwex team that I a part of was named the Top Norwex Team in the company!  Being in Florida with this group of amazing women gave me time to reflect on my journey with Norwex.

I began Norwex 4 1/2 years ago when I attended my sister’s Norwex party.  Although I was skeptical, I purchased the Basic Pack and my journey began. I used the cloths once and immediately understood that the world needs Norwex.  I signed up because it is free to get started.  I decided to give it a try for three months.  Three months has turned into 4 1/2 amazing years and I am so glad I took the chance and made a change.  Maybe it’s right for you! Learn more here:  Norwex Consultant Info

Here are some possible side effects of becoming a Norwex consultant:

1.  Personal Growth:  When you start your own Norwex business you are likely to become more confident.  You will be able to create your own success working a flexible schedule.  You will learn to be comfortable speaking in front of groups of people (believe me, you will).   Norwex allows you to create your own success while helping others while working a flexible schedule.  Norwex teaches you that anything is possible when you have a purpose and helps you create an amazing vision for my your life

2   Financial Freedom:  Most people join Norwex because they love the products and they love educating others on how to reduce toxic chemicals from their lives.  But in the process, they begin making money.  Norwex earnings can provide help pay a bill, provide extra “fun” money for family outings or vacations or provide life changing income!  For me, it immediately took some of the financial pressure off of my husband.  Now, it allows us to dream bigger dreams than we ever thought were possible.  Imagine adding $500, $1000, $2000 or $4000/ month to your family’s budget. The sky is the limit!

3.  Friendship:   Norwex consultants are an amazing network of like-minded women and men who believe that we can change the world one home at a time!  Connecting through facebook, at team meetings, Norwex incentive trips and National Conference, you develop lifelong friendships.

4.  Change the World:  At Norwex, we believe that little changes can make a BIG difference.  When you educate others on how to reduce toxic chemicals from their homes, it has a ripple effect.  When people know better, they do better.  Every home needs Norwex!

5. Uplift other women:  Now that I am a Norwex leader, my favorite part of my job is to uplift other woman.  Mentoring other woman to start their own business and become successful is absolutely addicting and I do it everyday!


Ready to take a chance to make change?  I am building a team of amazing people to help me reach every home.  Learn more about becoming a consultant.