6 Easy Ways to Help the Planet While You Shop

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As parents and caregivers, we want the best for our children. And many of us agree that what’s good for the planet is good for our future generations. But life is busy and hectic, and messy, and sometimes we don’t always know what to do or how we can help. Which is why it’s important to take a pause and remember that small actions have a big impact. And those actions can be as simple as where you buy your groceries or how you wash your clothes. Together, we can make a difference through everyday conscious acts. Here are just a few ways you can make sustainability an easy choice.

 

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1. Shop at Sam’s Club and give back to the planet

Love shopping at Sam’s Club? (Us, too!) Get ready to love it even more. Right now, you turn a P&G purchase at Sam’s into a donation* through the P&G It’s Our Home charity, supporting youth environmental education.

Just buy a P&G product at Sam’s Club, select “It’s Our Home” as your charity at PGGoodEveryday.com, and upload your receipt to make a donation.*

 

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2. Wash your clothes in cold water

You probably know that cold water is gentler on fabrics and keeps colors from fading. Did you know that it can save you money and the planet energy, too? Washing your clothes in cold water with Tide can save up to $150 per year and save 90% of the energy used on every load? **

3. Bring your own bags

It isn’t news to anyone that using your own reusable bags is easier on the environment. But using them can also save you money. In many states, plastic bags garner an extra charge. Some places even give you a bag credit for bringing your own. A few cents might not seem like much at first but when you multiply that by several bags, several times a month, it can add up. 

 

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4. Recycle old toothbrushes

According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should replace your [manual] toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or more if it looks worn out. With multiple family members, that’s a lot of toothbrushes in one year going into the garbage. The good news is you can recycle used toothbrushes, brush heads, toothpaste tubes, and more for free with the Crest & Oral-B Recycle On Us program. Get started at https://oralb.com/en-us/recycling/.

5. Swap your sandwich bags

Whether it's using a plastic storage container, a beeswax wrap or a silicone alternative, swapping out plastic sandwich and snack bags for a reuseable kind will add up fast. Even if you don't want to ditch them altogether, try swapping for an alternative once or twice a week.

6. Use an Energy Star Certified dishwasher

Believe it or not, using a dishwasher can save water. If you use an Energy Star certified dishwasher with Cascade Platinum, a dishwasher will use just four gallons of water per cycle vs. handwashing, which uses four gallons every two minutes.*** That's pretty significant water savings, good for the planet and your water bill.

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*Must be a P&G Good Everyday member. Upload receipt within 30 days of purchase. See a list of charities, terms, and conditions at PGGoodEveryday.com. Donation max applies.

**Turn to Cold with Tide

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