More and more people are being careful about how their choices effect the environment. From using natural soap, to buying reusable bags, and even practicing Meatless Mondays, there are numerous ways that you can be better to the planet. Truth be told, there are hundreds of ways for us to create a more sustainable future.
If you are someone who is looking for non-stressful ways to make your home more eco-friendly, you’ve found the right place. Of course, you don’t need to do everything on this list to have an impact, just start with one.
1. Use plastic-free solid shampoo bars and natural bar soaps
Unfortunately, commercial soap companies are still producing products that add to the ever increasing issue of single use plastics. Since shampoos and soaps are part of mostly everyone’s everyday routine, not addressing the single use plastic problem has led to an increase in plastic pollution each year. The fact that it takes the average plastic bottle up to 450 years to decompose (after only 3 weeks of typical use) should be sufficient for us to say enough is enough!
Luckily, many natural soap and solid shampoo bar brands are setting out to solve this issue. These eco-friendly alternatives use better ingredients, leaving your hair and skin healthier and happier than the commercial products can. Yes, eco-friendly soaps are indeed pricier than others, but they are made from high-quality organic ingredients making the long-term effect on your skin totally worth it.
Too much plastic waste harms marine life and helps to create those pesky microplastics which will ultimately find its way back into our food supply. Switching to beeswax wraps can be your small contribution toward creating a better future. All good things start in the home.
In addition to donating your clothing to thrift stores, an easy way to give your old clothes new life is to use them as cleaning rags. Now your favorite sweatshirt from high school can clean up your adult messes instead of taking up precious landfill space.
Be sure to store your sponge in a dry environment in between uses to keep bacteria from growing in the nooks and crannies.
5. BYOB (bring your own bag)
One of the biggest culprits in our oceans is the plastic bag, some of which can take over 20 years to decompose! An easy fix to this problem is to bring your own bag or request paper bags at the market. Many reusable bags can even be thrown over your shoulder, making for an even more convenient trip to the store.
Energy efficient light bulbs like LEDs and CFLs have been around for a long time, however many people are just too busy make the change. Take the time out of your day because every little eco-friendly step you take is important for the health of our planet.
8. Consult with trusted eco-friendly friends and influencers
If you’re interested in making a more serious switch to the eco-friendly lifestyle, a good way to learn more information is to simply ask someone you know or just simply follow so eco-friendly instagram accounts like ours @everydayntrls. Once you’re determined to make some changes in the world, you’ll easily spend hours reading blogs, watching videos, and talking on the phone because you’ll soon discover that there’s a whole community of people just like you!
But if you don’t have all that extra time in the day to peruse social media, don’t you fret. Being eco-friendly is about taking baby steps into a better future, so slow down and make a difference.
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