8 Items You Can Switch to Be More Eco-Friendly
Looking for eco-friendly ways? We all know how important it is to protect our planet, and with new sustainable technology, it’s very possible to reduce our carbon footprint. However, it can be challenging to know where to get started. Alongside changing our habits, we need to switch the products that we use in our day-to-day lives.
Below we are going to take a look at eight items you can switch to be more eco-friendly.
Sound interesting? Then keep on reading!
Plastic Straws = Metal Straws
Plastic straws are one of the worst things for the environment. Alongside taking years to break down in landfills, many of them end up in our oceans, harming our precious marine life. If you must use them, opt for a metal one that is reusable and durable. They are easy to clean and portable, meaning you can keep one in your handbag for on the go. It’s one of the simplest switches to make.
Face Wipes = Reusable Makeup Pads
Face wipes are a beauty product that many of us use. However, what you didn’t know is that they aren’t very good for us. Alongside contributing to unnecessary waste, they often irritate the skin, causing breakouts and painful reactions. Reusable pads are much better, saving you cash and safely removing your makeup.
Bottled Bathroom Products = Bars
Around 80 billion plastic bottles from shampoo and conditioner are disposed of every year, and the number just keeps on rising. By switching your bathroom products, you are making a significant difference to our planet.
Rather than bottles, opt for bars instead. They serve the same purpose and will still keep your hair and body clean and fresh. You might even find they last a little longer as you’re only using the required amount.
Clingwrap = Reusable Bags
You don’t need to rely on clingwrap to keep your lunch fresh! There are a variety of different options you can use that are better for the environment. Check out these reusable sandwich bags, for example. They come in fun designs and are perfect for storing your snacks. You might also think about getting reusable food covers, wraps, and jars. You’ll be packing a zero-waste lunch in no time.
Batteries = Rechargeable Batteries
Batteries are an essential we all need. However, instead of using single-use ones, opt for something rechargeable. You’ll still be able to use all of your necessary remotes and controls, but you’ll be generating less harmful waste. You might also invest in some other tools, such as a solar power charger, to keep all of your gadgets powered and ready for action. Most of them are portable and easy to use.
Books = Digital Books
There’s nothing quite like owning and reading a paperback book. The feeling is great, and they look incredible on your shelf. But when it comes to being more eco-friendly, you might want to stick to digital ones instead. Between 3-6 billion trees are cut down around the world every single year to make paper.
Luckily, there is a wide range of services out there online such as Kindle and Wattpad, for instance. If you only want to read a paperback, consider borrowing from your local library instead of buying brand new.
Plastic Toothbrushes = Bamboo Toothbrushes
Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months to ensure that they are effective and free from bacteria. While this isn’t something you can avoid, you can switch your regular plastic ones for bamboo toothbrushes. They break down more quickly and are BPA-free. You’ll be able to maintain a healthy smile and are reducing waste at the same time.
Cleaning Products = Natural Cleaning Products
Finally, another item you should switch to help protect the planet is your cleaning products. Some brands contain harmful chemicals and toxins that impact the quality of the air around you, and most come in packaging that isn’t biodegradable. Instead, make your own with natural ingredients that you can find in your own home. Some easy eco-friendly recipes include:
– Easy Stain Remover: ¼ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup bicarb soda, a squeeze of liquid soap, and 2 cups of water.
– Furniture Polish: ¼ cup white vinegar, ¾ cup olive oil, and juice of half a lemon.
– Mould and Mildew Solution: Spray bottle of white vinegar with a few drops of tea tree oil.
– All-Purpose Cleaner: Spray bottle of half vinegar, half water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
And that’s it! These were eight different items that you can switch to be more eco-friendly.
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