7 ways to make your home more green
Going green doesn't have to be hard. Here are the products that you can switch out in your own home to make your place more environmentally friendly.
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Sometimes saving the world can get a little overwhelming. Not everyone has the ability to always choose the most sustainable option. But there are small changes everyone can make in their daily lives to make a difference. Read on for seven easy ways you can be more sustainable at home, and even save money too!
1. Switch out your toilet paper
Not only do most toilet paper brands use virgin trees to make their products, but the production of toilet paper also uses a huge amount of energy and water. There are several brands that now use recycled paper or bamboo to make their products. By switching to a more environmentally friendly toilet paper, you can help reduce the number of trees that are being cut down every day.
Who Gives a Crap makes its recycled toilet paper from 100% post-consumer paper products like school books and office paper. It also donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets for communities that need them. So not only will using its toilet paper help protect the planet, doing so also helps people who really need it too. It's also super reasonably priced from just a dollar per roll.
2. Change your dental habits
While there are definitely some essentials like a toothbrush and toothpaste that you shouldn't have to give up to be more environmentally friendly, there are definitely ways to be more sustainable while still maintaining good dental hygiene.
Instead of using and throwing away countless plastic toothbrushes, try switching to natural, BPA-free, bamboo toothbrushes, which are biodegradable and can be composted when you finish using them. As for toothpaste, you should aim for a product that's vegan, cruelty-free and made without palm oil.
3. Try compostable bin liners
Something most environmentally-conscious people struggle with is the issue of what to do for bin liners. Throwing away wet and smelly garbage makes paper or cloth options inconvenient and unsanitary, while the thought of using a normal plastic bag can be pretty disheartening.
There are now options for environmentally-friendly bin liners that are biodegradable and compostable. You can use them to store food for composting or for regular rubbish, all the while knowing they'll break down in just a few days (compared to hundreds of years for regular plastic bags). Just make sure the bags you choose are independently certified as biodegradable and polyethylene-free. Some bags marketed as degradable really just break down into smaller pieces of plastic, rather than being fully compostable.
4. Go chemical-free with your cleaning
Many household cleaning products are bad for not only our own health but the health of our planet. When chemical solutions are washed down the drain, they're sent to our oceans and waterways and can be toxic for the life that lives there. As well as this, many people can suffer from skin and respiratory problems because of the everyday products used to clean their homes.
ENJO produces fibre cleaning cloths that can be used with just water to thoroughly clean and dust all areas of your home. No chemicals needed. There are different colour-coded cloths specifically designed for different surfaces and areas of your home. They're made with non-toxic, durable and environmentally-friendly materials, and they're made to reach into every crack and crevice to collect all dirt and bacteria. The best part is, they last for many years, so you only have to buy them once. Just use them, wash them, then use them again.
5. Support the environment with your coffee habit
While this may be seen as a bit of a cliché, purchasing a reusable coffee cup is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you produce. In a time when convenience means everything is made for single use, a reusable cup is a good first step in the opposite direction
KeepCup is a great example. The brand prides itself on its product being made to last, encouraging people to use one cup for several years and, if needed, replace individual parts, rather than the whole cup. The cups are relatively inexpensive, come in a whole range of colours and materials and, most importantly, reduce the number of disposable cups that are being used and then thrown into landfill. Despite what a lot of people think, disposable paper cups cannot be recycled.
And while you're thinking about coffee, disposable coffee pods are not much better than disposable coffee cups. But there are options for recycling the pods/capsules you use to make your coffee. For example, Nespresso makes it possible for you to return your used coffee capsules to a Nespresso store to be recycled. The brand also offers an Australia Post satchel you can use to send your capsules back to Nespresso if you can't make it to a store yourself.
6. Ditch the plastic wrap
Plastic cling wrap is an absolute staple in any household and it's hard to imagine what we would do without it. But there are alternate solutions for keeping your food fresh and reducing waste and plastic.
Beeswax wraps are a popular solution. Made out of cotton, beeswax, coconut oil and tree resin, these wraps are great for keeping foods like bread, cheeses, fruits and vegetables fresh. Simply wrap it around your food item and use the warmth from your hands to stimulate the natural adhesive in the wrap to make it stick to itself. Rinse it off after using it and use it again. Another option is silicone food wraps, which can stretch and stick to create a tight seal around bowls or containers. They can also be used instead of foil and baking paper too.
7. Shop without plastic
While it's becoming more and more common to bring your own shopping bags to the supermarket and say no to plastic grocery bags, a lot of people still find themselves at a loss when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables and other produce.
Bringing your own specific produce bags is a great way to keep your fruits and vegetables contained and safe so they don't leak moisture onto any of your other shopping and so they aren't crushed or damaged. You can even find bags made of different materials and weaves that can either allow your produce to breathe, lock moisture in or allow airflow.
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