Celebrate Earth Day every day with earth-friendly products

Go Green Readers reading glasses made with recycled materials

Go Green Readers are made with recycled materials

As quickly as winter has morphed into spring, Earth Day has come and gone. An estimated 1 billion people in more than 192 countries around the world celebrated this global conversation on how to have a more positive impact on the planet.

With so many of us moving towards greening our lifestyles, I thought it would be fun to look at some earth-friendly products.

There are plenty innovative affordable choices out there. I’ve narrowed the list down to four products that, as always, I’ve tested and found live up to their promise.

Americans purchased over 29 million pairs of over-the-counter reading glasses last year. Go Green Readers are an eco-friendly, affordable option. The optical quality frames of these fun reading glasses are made with recycled polymer plastic while their flex comfort spring hinges are made with recycled steel.

EcoBulb Plus 3-way CFL is 90 percent brighter than regular CFL's

This 3-way CFL is 90 percent brighter than regular CFL’s

Available in both mens and womens styles, they come in packages of 4 fashionable frame styles. Available in reading powers of +1.00, +1.50, +2.00, +2.50 and +3.00, they’re priced online at $39.99 for a 4-pack, with their coordinating eyeglass cases.

Incandescent light bulbs are rapidly become a thing of the past. Consumers are left to choose between much more expensive energy-efficient LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) that flicker and don’t give as much light as we’d like. The EcoBulb Plus Daylight 3-way CFL is a better choice. 90 percent brighter than standard CFLs and flicker-free, it can help you save more than $150 a year in energy costs. This 12-21-32 watt (2100 lumens) bulb delivers the equivalent of a 50-100-150 watt incandescent bulb and is designed to last for 8,000 hours. I keep it on the low setting and get plenty of bright light, even at night. It’s available from online from QCI Direct.

Reusable Produce bags from RosieMade - no more plastic!

Reusable Produce bags from RosieMade mean no more plastic!

More towns and state legislatures move toward banning single-use plastic bags. Americans may soon be faced with a dilemma. Although the ban won’t affect produce bags, can that be far behind? If so, rosieMADE.com has the answer. Its reusable produce bags are made of soft, certified organic cotton and are perfect for carrying fruits, veggies and bulk goods. Each bag is made using upcycled material left over from A Greener Kitchen’s organic cotton aprons. Made in the U.S., a set includes two 6-inch by 7-inch, two 9-inch by 9-inch and two 12-inch by 16-inch bags. Hand washable, each bag features a built-in elastic loop, eliminating the need for a drawstring to close. Available online, they’re priced at $19 per set.

Planet Pack Reusable Food Storage Bags 1

Planet Pack Reusable Food Storage Bags make lunches colorful and earth-friendly

Want to get rid of plastic food storage bags? Planet Pack Reusable Food Storage Bags are a new product by Full Circle, a well-known brand of household products. These colorful reusable bags zip shut, creating a water-tight seal so food doesn’t leak. Dishwasher safe, they’re made with cotton and FDA-approved see-through plastic. They’ll be available in early May and will come in a variety of colors and sizes. For more information, check out their website.

Whether it’s making a small change with your product purchases toward greener options or some other Earth-friendly action, keep the spirit of Earth Day alive throughout the year by making greener purchasing choices when you can and help keep the conversation of achieving a better planet alive.

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