Disposable hand warmers are a popular way to keep your hands warm when working, playing outdoors during the cold winter months. However because they are disposable the heat they produce only lasts a short while and then they must be discarded, disposable hand warmers are not a very eco-friendly way to keep your hands warm when outdoors during the cold winter months.Fortunately there are a few eco-friendly ways that environmentally conscious consumers can reduce their impact on the environment and still keep their hands warm when participating in outdoor winter activities. Here are five of my favorite “green” ways to keep your hands warm without using disposable hand warmers.
Five Ways To Keep Your Hands Warm In The Winter Without Using Disposable Hand Warmers
1. Have A Drink
Whenever my family and I go to an event such as a parade or football game where we will be standing outside in the cold for a period of time I always bring a long a hot drink for everyone to hold and sip. The warmth radiating from the heated drink helps to keep both our hands and tummies warm on cold winter days. Hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, tea and clear soups placed in a thermal cup are all great eco-friendly drinks that when heated will keep your hands warm while outdoors.
2. Create Some Friction
Sometimes creating a little friction can be a good thing, especially when its used to keep your hands warm while out in the cold. This eco-friendly alternative to disposable hand warmers uses only your two hands rubbing together to create warmth. You may have to repeatedly rub your hands together several times to keep them warm but at least you will feel good knowing that the process didn’t create any unnecessary waste
3. Go High Tech
Rechargeable battery operated hand warmers are an eco-friendly high tech way to keep your hands warm on cold winter days. The hand warming units are no bigger than a pack of cards and contain a rechargeable lithium battery that is rechargeable up to 500 times. The degree heat it produces is adjustable on most units and will last up to five hours depending on the heat setting selected and the unit purchased.
4. Make Your Own
If you can sew a simple stitch then you can make your own eco-friendly and inexpensive homemade rice bag hand warmers. To make your own rice bag hand warmers simply stitch two squares of flannel fabric together leaving one side open. Fill the flannel pocket with rice and stitch the open side close4d. Heat up by placing in the microwave for two minutes. Once heated the rice bag hand warmers can be placed in a pocket or held in a hand where they will radiate heat for up to an hour.
5. Hot Potato
An eco-friendly and cheap alternative to disposable hand warmers that will also provide you with a snack later on is to use foil wrapped baked potatoes to keep your hands warm when outdoors during the winter. While this may seem old fashioned to some, foil wrapped baked potatoes placed in your jacket pockets is an efficient and green way to keep your hands warm.