Have you thought about being more eco-friendly but are unsure about where to begin? Look no further! I have created a list of five ways to be more eco-friendly that your wallet and our planet will appreciate.
1. Plastic Water Bottles
The convenience of plastic water bottles may be great at the moment, but what about the waste. Switching to a reusable stainless steel water bottle will not only save energy but think about the resources that it takes to produce over 50 billion water bottles per year, also saving you money by not having to purchase water bottles and you would be supporting the Ban the Bottle campaign. Look for a water bottle with a filter to always insure you have clean water on the go.
2. Ziploc Plastic Bags
Doing more dishes is not something any one wants to do, but it's better then using plastic ziploc bags. Not creating more waste in our landfills and oceans is so very important to our environment. A few good alternatives to think about are; butcher paper for freezing foods, storing leftovers or snacks in glass or stainless steel containers, and using washable snack bags. Marleys Monsters has so many great option for washable snack bags and so much more! Check them out here.
3. Paper Towels & Napkins
Paper towels are one of the top three items thrown away each year. Due to my borderline germ phobia I couldn't bring myself to use a washable rag when cleaning the bathroom. Using recycled paper towels from seventh generation in the bathroom and then using washable towels for everything else is the best option for me! Replacing paper napkins and towels with washable napkins and towels may cost a little more upfront but is worth it in the long run.
4. Shopping Bags
Very shocking fact coming your way. We use over 1 Trillion plastic bags per year. Yes, that is a T for Trillion not a typo! Bringing your own reusable shopping bag helps stop the plastic waste. How often have you got to the store or checkout and realized that you have left your bags at home? For me it was often until I started putting them back into the car immediately after unpacking them, making them always available in the car and never forgotten!
5. Cleaning Products
Harmful chemical cleaning products are horrible and sometimes deadly for people, pets, and our environment. Chemical's get into the air where they can become inhaled while using and when they are gone you throw them away where they are transported to land fills allowing the chemicals to seep into the ground contaminating the soil. Switching to natural cleaning products is the best alternative. Sun and Earth is my choice for natural cleaning products. They are hypoallergenic, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, vegan, kosher certified, children, pet and septic safe. The best part is they use 100% plant oils and never any synthetic fragrances, chemical preservatives, artificial dyes, phosphates or bleach. That means no more white stains on your clothes when cleaning! Sun and Earth purchased 100% wind power and is proudly made in the U.S.A.. Using their products you can be sure it all came from a recycled and sustainable source. Below you will find a before and after picture of our grill grate cleaned with Sun and Earth All Purpose Cleaner Spray! You will also find them very budget friendly. Check them out here.
Do you feel ready to start becoming more eco-friendly? Where are you going to start? Do you have any other eco-friendly ideas, I would love to hear them? Looking for eco-friendly choices in the health and beauty department, check out 5 Health & Beauty Eco-Friendly Options.