It is easy to modify daily habits and buying behaviors to be more kind and gentle on the environment. Many of the common items that are used by consumers every day can be replaced by more eco-friendly options without any stress or strain. If each person made an effort to use an alternative to one of the following product options, the impact on the environment could be amazing.
Consider these eco-friendly alternatives to items used every day:
Plastic is one of the reasons that landfills are becoming filled up, and that lead to unnecessary waste. Consider, for instance, plastic water bottles. It is estimated by some environmental protection groups that 1,500 plastic water bottles are used each second in the United States; even if only half don’t find their way to a landfill, that is still a staggering figure. What’s the easiest way to make a solid contribution toward an eco-friendly solution to this waste? Invest in a couple of reusable, environmentally friendly water bottles, and use them!
The average family goes through over a thousand plastic shopping bags every year, and some green alternatives can ensure that these don’t end up in the landfills, putting more strain on the environment. One idea is to invest in a few recyclable totes, either from a favorite grocer or that are found in thrift and retail venues. Another option is to request paper instead of plastic; the many uses of the vintage brown paper bag is pretty astounding. These are excellent for wrapping gifts, covering textbooks, and even draining foods after cooking, such as when frying. Most grocery stores have these available and are more than happy to oblige with paper, upon the consumer request.
It is reported that the pollution inside the home is ten times higher than what is found outside, which makes spending time at home a bit scary. One of the primary causes of this conundrum is the toxic fumes that are expended from cleaning solvents and solutions. The simplest approach to reducing the potential hazards of harsh, chemical cleaners is to combine plain old water and baking soda to create a cleaning paste that is not just environmentally-friendly, but effective, as well. White vinegar is another eco-friendly product that can be used for a gamut of cleaning tasks, from washing windows to treating laundry stains.
When buying hair, skin, and beauty products, it makes sense to read the labels to determine what these items contain. A good rule-of-thumb when buying personal hygiene items is that the fewer ingredients listed on the label, the better. There are also some homemade variations of more pricey products that could become a low-cost, favorite. For instance, baking soda and water can be used for brushing teeth, mouthwash, treating mosquito bites, in addition to the cleaning properties outlined earlier. The compelling uses of baking soda make it a must-have in both the kitchen, as well as the bathroom.
Simple changes can make a significant impact on the environment, when used consistently by the consumer. Try some of these effortless steps toward making the home a bit more eco-friendly, and to move toward reducing the impacts of daily living that are taking a toll on the environment.