Recommended Alternative Products

Throughout the years, our team has compiled a list of our favorite products. We know finding new sustainable products can be daunting, so we wanted to streamline the process for you. Below we’ve linked some products and resources that may help you pick the more sustainable option. From home improvement to everyday materials, shop with sustainability in mind!

If you haven’t already, check out MAYO Design’s  “The Ease Of Using Eco-Friendly Products” blog for more information about ordering items from Amazon. As a quick recap, follow the below steps to decrease your item’s packaging:

  1. Open your Amazon account
  2. Navigate to the customer service tab
  3. Scroll down to ‘Browse Help Topics’
  4. Click on ‘Need More Help?’ and then go to ‘Contact Us’ on the right
  5. Click on the ‘Start Chatting Now’ option
  6. Once connected, please ask for help from an associate. Then, request any and all future orders to be plastic-free, to be packed with minimal packaging, and when necessary to only use degradable packing materials such as paper.
  7. The associate will save these settings for all future orders for your account.

We would also like to suggest that you use up your current products before purchasing new ones. While you may be eager to get started on your sustainability journey, it’s best to use up your current products first.

To learn more about Amazon’s  sustainability programs click here.

Eco Friendly Materials

  • Bamboo Fiber
  • Bamboo Hardwood
  • Cork
  • Cornstarch
  • Hemp
  • Organic Cotton
  • Soybean Fabric
  • Recycled Glass
  • Recycled Polyester
  • Recycled Paper
  • Felt
  • Aluminum
  • Cardboard

Reduce Paper Use Alternatives

We would like to hear from you…

**We are in the Amazon Associates program. We may earn a small commission for purchases made through these links. This, however, does not affect the product’s price nor our opinion of the products linked above.**

Case Study: MAYO Builds Beautiful Website For Lake Protection Association

Lake Winnipesaukee Association

Client Overview:
The Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the water quality and natural resources of Lake Winnipesaukee and its watershed.

Through monitoring, education, stewardship, and utilizing science-guided approaches for lake management, LWA works to ensure that Winnipesaukee’s scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreational potential continues to provide enjoyment today and for the future.

Problem Overview:

Brand Positioning & Web Performance/ Metrics

  • LWA’s website was not highlighting the values, importance, team, and ways that the organization protects the lake
  • LWA’s website was difficult to work with, uneditable, and disorganized
  • LWA’s website was not using effective graphics to show the vast beauty of the lake, and the layout was text heavy
  • Rarely were individuals finding the site, filling out forms, and giving positive remarks about it

Defined Goals to Measure Success

  • Website traffic
  • Successfully highlighting the brand, values, and experience to users
  • Meeting deadline with exceptional quality finished product
  • Finding the website easy to use and relevant was the ultimate goal
  • Overall client satisfaction

Solution
LWA partnered with MAYO Designs for a website redesign to include:

  • Highlighting beautiful imagery, branding
  • Website demonstrating high quality of LWA organization with values and work they do to protect the lake
  • Tight timeline of three months

Results & Client Remarks

  • Website now reflects high quality of organization, their values, and the work they do to protect the lake
  • Website has acquired 14 new email list signups in just 3 weeks after launch
  • Website had one similar non-profit organization reach out about having their website designed by the same designers of LWA’s site

“Mayo did a terrific job with the development of our new website. It’s beautiful, and getting rave reviews from our partners. They are the rare marketing firm that combines excellent creative work, management expertise to keep projects moving on schedule, and a passion for their clients’ success. We’ll be back!”

“Mayo Designs were fantastic to work with! Our nonprofit needed a new website, and Mayo got the job done in 3 months! The staff were easy to work with, met weekly deadlines, and delivered a website design that surpassed our expectations. We are so pleased and highly recommend Mayo Designs.”

graphic of 2021 with a green paper lightbulb in the middle

2021 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions

We’ve reached the time of year where many people begin to brainstorm on New Year’s resolutions. If you’re looking to become more aware of your environmental impact and practice sustainability in 2021, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you already have a passion for the health of our planet, or you’re interested to learn more and want to determine how you can help, we applaud you. No matter where you are on your journey, this guide for sustainable New Year’s resolutions is a great resource for you.

But first, we wanted to talk about the importance of setting goals. Goals help define what’s important to you. They help you identify your core values and dreams, while keeping you motivated in pursuing them.

We all know how common it is for someone to have their heart set on a New Year’s resolution, but as time passes that resolution becomes less and less important, and is no longer a priority. I think most of us can say “guilty” to that one. It happens!

It’s important to keep your determination high and follow tips on how to set goals effectively that we’ve outlined in our article, The Importance Of Setting Both Personal And Professional Goals.

Now, let’s get to the fun part. There are countless ways to practice sustainability in your everyday life, but we wanted to highlight our top 10. These sustainable new year’s resolution examples come directly from our team, and are baked into our everyday lives.

  1. Eliminate paper towels
    1. Instead, try using rags, a sponge or cloth napkins.
  2.  Eliminate single use plastics
    1. Avoid plastic bags.
    2. At the grocery store, ask for paper bags or better yet, bring your own reusable bags.
    3. Instead of zip lock bags, use tupperware.
    4. Make coffee at home instead of grabbing one at the coffee shop which will most likely come in a styrofoam or plastic cup.
    5. Avoid disposable silverware when possible.
    6. If you love your straws, buy a reusable stainless steel or glass one. Or, when you’re out at a restaurant, ask them for no straw!
    7. Many household items (such as laundry and dish detergent) come in cardboard packaging. Try this over plastic packaging.
    8. Use reusable water bottles. Set up a filter in your house to fill your reusable water with and eliminate the need for single use plastic water bottles!
  3.  Try composting
    1. You’ll feel good knowing that your food waste is being put to good use, instead of piling up in a landfill.
    2. Look into your town’s compost offering. One of our employees, Jacqui, uses a local residential composting service – Mr. Fox Composting. They provide you with a bin for your food waste, and empty your bin every week or every other week depending on what you prefer, then they make soil out of it!
  4.  Grow your own produce
    1. If you have the opportunity to grow your own fruit, vegetable, and herbs, take advantage of it! It’s a fun hobby and we bet you’ll learn something in the process.
  5.  Cook more
    1. Lessen the amount of meals you have at a restaurant. You will go home with less takeout containers, and you will absolutely save some money.
    2. Look into local markets, these are fun to shop at and it supports local businesses!
    3. Make the right sized portions to eliminate food waste.
  6.  Think before you buy
    1. Really stop and think, do I NEED this?
    2. Is there an alternative to what you’re considering buying with less packaging/plastic?
  7.  Drive less
    1. Shop at local stores closer to home.
    2. Plan your shopping ahead to lessen your trips out of the house every week. For example, you can avoid multiple trips to the grocery store by getting everything you need for the week at once.
  8.  Shop local
    1. Support your local community and small business owners.
  9.  Save energy
    1. Turn off lights when they’re not needed or when you leave a room. And, make the switch to LED or CFL light bulbs. It can make a big difference on your electric bill!
    2. Take shorter showers.
    3. Wash full loads – this goes for both dishwashers and washing machines.
    4. Invest in a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set your heat or air conditioning to run only when you need it, saving both energy and money.
  10.  Spread the word
    1. Share your accomplishments and milestones with your circle!
    2. Create a network of sustainable thinkers.

Setting goals, experiencing milestones, and achieving those goals is extremely rewarding. Better yet, if your resolution(s) focus on practicing sustainability, you reaching your goal can help make our planet a better/healthier place to live..it’s a win-win.

The last recommendation in our list of 10 sustainable New Year’s resolutions is a really important one. Tell your family and friends about your achievements, what you’ve learned along the way – what you love and maybe what you don’t love so much. Spread the word about your dedication and we guarantee you will inspire someone in some way.

Our team continues to build sustainable goals of our own. And we can honestly say that the sustainability that we’ve already instilled into our everyday lives, has stuck. These aren’t goals that we ‘tried out’ for a few short weeks. They matter to us because they have an impact on the health of our planet. So, these goals have turned into habits.

What sustainable habits will you form?

business challenges written out in notebook

5 Common Marketing Challenges In Small Businesses

No matter how much a leadership team is aware of the importance of marketing their business, marketing tasks often take the back burner, especially in a small business. There are other priorities that the leadership team needs to address in order to operate the business effectively. We get it!

The fact is, marketing has become quite complicated and overwhelming for business owners. There are many strategic options to take into consideration – both traditional and digital.

  • Traditional marketing can be expensive
  • And digital marketing has become extremely dynamic

Not to mention, business owners have to stay on top of what’s going on in their industry AND in the marketing world. Marketing tactics are constantly changing, which requires consistency in monitoring and maintenance to stay on top of the game. We truly cannot take a set-it and forget-it approach to marketing if we want it to be successful.

In addition to all of this, we wanted to share some common challenges that our clients are facing when they first come to us…

  1. They’re a 1 man team and not sure how to prioritize/laser focus on specific tasks, or how to choose what direction to go in/where to begin
  2. There is a lack of resources to carry out a full marketing plan (time, money, people)
  3. Employee retention
  4. Energy and efforts are being spent but they’re unsure if there is any ROI
  5. They’re not attracting the RIGHT leads

If you are experiencing any of these challenges, you are NOT alone. And the great news is, these challenges CAN be solved.

Ultimately, when diving into your marketing, you need a plan. A simple plan, not one that feels overwhelming, but one that is achievable. Without an outlined path forward, it’s typical to feel like everything is an opportunity (the shiny object syndrome), but you end up chasing your tail. Let us help.

MAYO Designs cuts through the noise and defines the right path for our clients, with strategies and tactics that can be achieved with the available resources so we can experience results.

Here’s our proven process:

  1. STEP 1: Discovery Meetings
    Our discovery meetings consist of two to three 1-hour calls where we take a deep dive into your company. We’ll discuss your business goals, current position in the market, your target audience and your team’s current skill set and capacity.
  2. STEP 2: Competitive Analysis
    We’ll take the lead on reviewing where you’re at in the market, your search engine optimization (SEO) rankings, competitive activity, and the geographic elements of your niche.
  3. STEP 3: Roadmap
    Together we’ll develop key initiatives and analyze the best opportunities based on budget, impact, and effort. We’ll then organize and execute chosen initiatives to meet monthly and quarterly goals to produce real results.

Are you ready to overcome your challenges and continue to run your business at its peak performance?

Here’s where our team brings continuous value:

  • Full team at your disposal (strategist, project manager, web development team, senior graphic designer)
  • Breadth of knowledge & experience
  • We WANT to hear your goals so we can collectively work to exceed them
  • We support your sales force and leadership team
  • We provide inbound strategies to keep your products/services top of mind in your client base

When you realize that working with a marketing expert is the path for you, how do you determine who to work with? We know that you receive a lot of solicitation – so how do you know who to trust? We get it’s a big decision. Have a discussion with us, ask to see our experience and our successes, and speak with some of our clients. We want to ensure that we’re the right fit for each other.

image of a chalkboard highlighting people, planet and profit = sustainability

Sustainable Marketing – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

In the world of business, new marketing techniques continue to surface. Some end up being game-changers, while others become less important in the business industry.

As a business owner/investor, you should always find the means to connect with your clients and customers differently. Apply great techniques that tell your buyers that they are essential to your business.

Remember that in business, it’s all about staying connected to the market and identifying differentiators from your competitors. Using a method like sustainable marketing is an excellent way to prove your dedicated efforts to our society (if/once you do practice sustainability in your business).

What is Sustainable Marketing?

“The concept of sustainable marketing holds that an organization should meet the needs of its present consumers without compromising the ability of future generations to fulfill their own needs.” – Philip Kotler

Investors are finding ways to lead consumers through the market journey to the point of sale without ruining the relationship between the brands and potential customers. Because ethics plays a crucial role in sustainability, every entrepreneur should build marketing campaigns, putting the consumer, society, and nature into consideration.

The choices everyone makes can affect future generations, and if no one takes action now, the planet will be in ruins. It is everybody’s responsibility to ensure that the future generation will have a reason to live.

Why Does Sustainability Matter?

For starters, statistics show that 63% of consumers prefer buying from purpose-driven brands. Also, 62% of consumers want organizations to stand on cultural, political, environmental, and social issues (Source: Marketing Dive).

As a business person who cares about the community, we have an opportunity to be on the frontline to practice sustainability in all areas. There are 3 pillars of sustainability, informally referred to as people, planet and profits, that may help you understand the true importance of sustainability in the workplace.

1. The Social Pillar (People)
This pillar is often overlooked, as sustainable discussions often focus more on the environmental and economic pillars. The social pillar refers to systems, structures and relationships; with the ultimate goal of wellbeing and providing a good quality of life by understanding what people need.

Examples of social sustainability include:

  • Ensuring that you treat your employees right. Retention and engagement strategies are common here.
  • Diversity, equity, work-life balance, safety, human rights, etc.
  • Community engagement such as fundraising, donating, volunteering for or supporting sustainable causes.

Simply put, lack of social sustainability in an organization is a risk to the quality of both a brand and product.

2. The Environmental Pillar (Planet)
Environmental sustainability focuses on reducing the environmental impact. This can be done through processes, systems and/or activities within an organization’s facilities, products and operations.

Many companies are finding that when they positively impact the environment, there is a clear financial benefit.

Examples of environmental sustainability include:

  • Reducing carbon footprints
  • Reducing packaging waste
  • Reducing water usage, etc.


3. The Economic Pillar
(Profit)
“Economic sustainability refers to practices that support long-term economic growth without negatively impacting social, environmental, and cultural aspects of the community” (Source: University of Mary Washington) and attempts to satisfy the needs of humans in a way that sustains resources (human and material). Ultimately, we need to manage resources so they will not be depleted and will be available for future generations.

The Do’s and Don’ts When Practicing Sustainability

There are a few things to keep in mind as you continue to practice sustainability in your business…

The Do’s

  • Educate
    We believe in this one, 100%. Share your journey AND teach your consumers what you do, how you do it, and why you do it, and what it all means to you and your company. Take a storytelling approach – it can be a great way to communicate and resonate with your audience.
  • Be authentic and transparent
    It’s generally easy to tell when a company is not authentic in their sustainability initiatives and communication. Sustainability is NOT something to force – it has to be a true value of yours for the dedication and motivation to flourish. When it’s authentic, sharing it with the world is seamless.
  • Be proactive
    Instilling a conscious and continuous effort to evaluate and improve your business practices will show! A proactive approach (that directly affects your business and its stakeholders) will boost your competitive advantage and set you apart from your competition.
  • Add sustainability to your culture
    Be on the front line to integrate sustainability into your culture. Define and communicate your initiatives, goals and purpose effectively and consistently with your entire team/company. Then, welcome feedback and suggestions from the team – enable the conversation!


The Don’ts

It’s exciting to get started on this journey, but it’s important to understand what not to do when implementing sustainability into the workplace. Avoid doing the following…

  • Never put yourself into debt
    Remember that you are in business, and apart from saving the planet, you need to keep your company above water. Therefore, do what you can. You can always adjust. Start little and make changes as your business grows.
  • Never shy away from your work
    By committing to practice sustainability, you are aiming for greatness. Don’t be afraid to step up and share your story or your policies. Don’t fall into “green blushing”; inform your audience of your achievements and intentions and welcome it to become a marketing opportunity for your business. Keep it authentic and people will notice.
  • Don’t practice greenwashing
    As an investor, it will be best if you watch your practices. Don’t spend more time and money to market your organization as nature friendly without minimizing your company’s impact on nature. You may be deceiving your society and misleading consumers. (As mentioned above, it can be easy to tell when sustainable practices and communication is not authentic.)Consumers who prefer buying eco-friendly products from companies will be disappointed in your company once they realize your schemes. Be sincere to yourself and your market. Don’t deceive to sell.


Benefits and Advantages of Sustainable Marketing

Sustainable marketing brings many positive outcomes to the industry. Including the following:

  • Positively affects the health of society.
  • Consumers can benefit from the economic bottom line.
  • Positively impacts future generations.
  • Attracts and retains employees and investors.
  • Increases the company’s ability to observe regulations.
  • Reduces company costs and improves productivity.
  • Improves financial and investment opportunities. U.S Sustainable, Responsible & Impact Investing Trends states that the market made one-fifth of all assets under professional management in 2016.
  • Adds a competitive advantage to businesses and improves brand image. Study shows that 58% of consumers consider a business’s environmental impact.
  • Makes stockholders happy because it increases profits. According to a study by Deutsche Bank, businesses with high ratings in social, governance, and natural factors outperform the market both medium and long terms.


Conclusion

Recently, the business industry has been keen on protecting future generations by practicing sustainable marketing. Is your company using this marketing technique or are you ready to make the change?!

Case Study: MAYO Brings Results To Our Clients Through Social Media Strategies

Learn what results we’ve been able to provide some of our favorite clients through tailored social media strategies.

New England Patriots Alumni

Site URL: https://patriotsalumni.com/

Social Media Platforms

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • YouTube

Topics/Content

  • Quotes
  • Plays
  • Trivia
  • Polls
  • Alumni Highlights
  • History
  • Events/Podcast
  • Birthdays
  • News

Frequency

  • Multiple times per week

Success – over the course of the past 3 years, we’ve seen impressive results when looking at the analytics:

  • Overall organic website traffic has increased by 175%
  • Website traffic generated from social media has increased by 645%
  • Total users (new and returning) have increased by 66.2%
  • The growth in brand awareness has helped to increase yearly funding by an average of 10%

Hilltop Fun Center

Site URL https://hilltopfuncenter.com/

Social Media Platforms

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

Topics/Content

  • Contests/Giveaways
  • Top of mind approach (post about attractions, team posts to celebrate HFC, feel good stories happening locally, community-based, etc.)
  • Specials depending on time of year

Frequency

  • Daily posts or multiple times per week

Success – over the course of the past year, we’ve seen impressive results when looking at the analytics:

  • Overall organic website traffic has increased by 27%
  • Website traffic generated from social media has increased by 570%
  • Total users (new and returning) have increased by 65%

Axis Business Solutions

Site URL: https://axisbusiness.com/ **Please know that Axis was recently acquired and come Nov 6 the website will be redirected to New Era Technology**

Social Media Platforms

  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

Topics/Content

  • Events
  • ‘Wins’
  • Resources (on demand webinars)
  • Company announcements

Frequency

  • On average, once or twice per week

Success – over the course of the past year…

  • Social media drove 3.5% of registrants to our events
  • Email blasts drove 72% of registrants to our events
  • LinkedIn was the #1 referral source to bring traffic to the website
  • Overall website sessions increased by 49% when comparing to the previous year
  • The overall number of visitors increased by 64% when comparing to the previous year

Are you looking to create or ramp up your social media strategy?

Connect with us! We’ll first go through a discovery process to identify your true opportunities and then we will present you with our findings and suggestions.

Case Study: MAYO Helps Technology Company Achieve Annual Growth & Consistent ROI

Client Overview
Axis is a technology company that resells some of the most well-known technologies in the world to clients throughout the US.


Problem Overview
Brand Positioning:

  • Website was outdated and did not highlight the brand effectively

Web Performance/Metrics:

  • No brand presence
  • Zero web strategy
  • Need a way to showcase/catalog products online

Lead Generation:

  • Need to attract new customers
  • No new customers were coming to them – all efforts to find new business were outbound strategies

Client Defined Goals to Measure Success
Success & Measuring Results:

  • Web traffic
  • Web inquiries
  • Organic search ranking
  • Event attendees

Solution

  • Axis partnered with MAYO to allow us to become their internal marketing department.
  • Axis used MAYO’s expertise to outline their entire marketing roadmap.
  • MAYO resold marketing & web services to Axis’ clients.
  • MAYO managed all components of marketing through a close partnership with the leadership team on website redesign, graphic design, email marketing, resource curation, social media, event planning & execution, and SEO & PPC campaigns.

Results
Brand Positioning:

  • Axis was just acquired. $35M/year with 20%+ growth year over year

Web & Event Performance/Metrics:

  • Email blasts drove 72% of registrants to our events
  • Social media drove 3.5% of registrants to our events
  • LinkedIn was the #1 referral source to bring traffic to the website
  • Overall website sessions increased by 49% when comparing to the previous year
  • The overall number of visitors increased by 64% when comparing to the previous year

Lead Generation

  • PPC ROI: 236.17%

Case Study: MAYO Brings Lead Generation & Modern Branding To Manufacturing Company

Client Overview
Janco Inc. is a family-owned contract manufacturer, with over 60 years specializing in high-quality and cost-effective thermoforming and compression-molded services for both medical and industrial markets.

Combining state-of-the-art equipment with expert engineering services and quality assurance processes, we provide our customers with a comprehensive service that ensures excellence in every regard, from the fabrication process to your product’s performance.


Problem Overview
Brand Positioning:

  • Website was not appropriately representing the company brand
  • They were looking for a more modern, simpler look and feel to their website
  • Needed brand positioned to deepen market positioning in 2 segments, Medical & Industrial
  • Janco needed new content that focuses on their wide range of packaging services within the medical and industrial industries.
  • With a focus on capabilities, certifications, services, and the questions their audience often asks, they needed content to make it clear not only what they offer, but also how Janco makes the customers life easier for them by delivering high-quality, cost-effective packaging solutions.

Web Performance/Metrics:

  • Janco wanted to be able to measure leads, ROI and referral sources through submissions in their online form
  • Needed easy ability to to update and manage the new website
  • Janco needed to shift focus to leverage the digital marketplace to expand presence due to COVID-19 impacting the cancellation of trade shows.

Lead Generation:

  • Current website was not working for lead generation
  • Digital Display funds were not performing to expectation

Client Defined Goals to Measure Success
Success & Measuring Results:

  • Web traffic
  • Web inquiries
  • Organic search ranking

Solution
Janco, Inc. partnered with MAYO Designs for a website redesign, content positioning, monthly MaaS {Marketing as a Service}, and an SEO strategy. This includes:

  • Improving Janco listings on online directories
  • Enhancing Janco’s presence on social media accounts
  • Keyword research (to help us prioritize content pieces for the website and social media)
  • Website updates
  • Monthly metric/success reports based on web traffic, and web inquiries

Results
Brand Positioning:

  • Website is working as a tool for lead generation, with a more modern, simplistic look and feel
  • Website now speaks to their true target markets
  • The Janco team has a marketing strategy road map for the rest of 2020 and looking into 2021

Lead Generation

  • Reallocated $2500 from poor results in previous Digital Display funds
  • Within the first month after the website launch, Janco received 13 qualified web form inquiries

MAYO Webinar: Our Marketing Formula For Business Results

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Learn to leverage the digital landscape with our 4 step process!

Watch the recording!

In this 1 hour workshop, participants got real world advice from our owner on what it takes to make marketing truly work!

We documented our tactics for the most effective marketing strategies to create value and build long lasting customer relationships.

This webinar consistently focused on how to infuse the 'Know,' 'Like,' and 'Trust' factors into marketing to be consistent with everything you do… and identify opportunities for potential growth directions, centered around customers, competition, and the company’s own capabilities and presence.

During this webinar, we dove deep into the four steps you need to take to effectively leverage the digital landscape and generate business results:

CSR & Sustainability
Branding
Web Design & Development
Marketing & Business Development

Fill out the form to register for our webinar!

The Ease Of Using Eco-Friendly Products

Creating a sustainable future for generations to come may seem like a daunting task, but everyday it’s getting easier to make environmentally conscious decisions.

As we learn more about how the environment is being negatively impacted by certain behaviors, we are coming up with new eco-friendly ideas and sustainable products. With large markets and growing demand for environmentally conscious products, it can be confusing what brands to trust or even where to start looking.

I want you to know that it’s ok to start off slow and transition one common product at a time to something more sustainable. I am the first one to tell you that becoming more environmentally conscious is a life-style, and lifestyle changes take time. It’s also important to note that you should first use up your current products before purchasing new alternatives. Once you run out of a product, the next one can be a switch. With that said, let’s look at some products that we typically use in everyday routines.

Let us start in the kitchen. What do you do with your kitchen scraps? Did you know you can enrich your garden soil and reduce trash at the same time? Composting is when you throw scraps of food such as unused fruit and veggie peels or egg-shells into a container to decompose in a controlled way. The scraps break down and can be mixed with your soil to enrich it and help your plants thrive. While you’re out in your garden or wherever you may get thirsty, invest in a reusable water bottle instead of grabbing a plastic water bottle. A reusable water bottle isn’t just a trend but also a smart move as it will reduce the number of plastic bottles you spend money on – saving the Earth and your wallet.

There are so many items that can be used as more enviro friendly in the kitchen. Next time you need to resupply household essentials such as cleaning supplies or food preservation items, look into sustainable alternatives. Beyond is a brand of natural cleaning products such as dishwashing detergent, multi-purpose cleaner, dryer sheets, and more. Another great sustainable product that is worth looking into is beeswax food wraps. Beeswax food wraps are reusable, washable, sheets made from a cotton fabric with food-grade beeswax, again saving your money too.

Although these are amazing alternatives and I have many more products to recommend, I do want to take a minute to say that certain shipping materials such as plastics are not eco-friendly. Doesn’t that kind contradict this whole idea of purchasing sustainable products for the health of the world? Amazon is aware of their impact and they are here to help. Here’s how to shop online and stay environmentally friendly:

  • Open your Amazon account
  • Navigate to the customer service tab
  • Scroll down to ‘Browse Help Topics’
  • Click on ‘Need More Help?’ and then go to ‘Contact Us’ on the right
  • Click on the ‘Start Chatting Now’ option
  • Once connected, please ask for help from an associate. Then, request any and all future orders to be plastic-free, to be packed with minimal packaging, and when necessary to only use degradable packing materials such as paper.
  • The associate will save these settings for all future orders for your account.

Products and packing are not the only ways Amazon is helping to create a sustainable future; they have several other sustainability programs and they highlight green products that could help you save energy at home.