A good question, David!
I’ve tried to offer an answer for you below:
An eco-friendly product is one whose production and use does not harm the environment. The environment is usually the furthest thing in the mind when making purchasing decisions. One’s preference of a certain brand over another is more likely to be influenced by price and convenience rather than their carbon footprint.
Single use plastics, for example, product packaging, water bottles, and shopping bags are especially a challenge as every item that is used results in plastic waste.
It is our collective responsibility to ensure that future generations inherit a planet that is liveable. Creating an eco-friendly home involves rethinking purchase decisions. It will probably not break the bank; on the contrary, it may actually save you some money in the long run.
1. Reusable Water Bottles
Plastic water bottles make up a great percentage of the waste in landfills and our oceans. You can help beat this menace by using a steel bottle which you can refill when necessary.
2. Think of Investing in a Solar energy System
Solar energy is a great way to reduce over-dependence on the grid for your power needs. Solar energy can be used for water heating, lighting and powering some household equipment.
3. Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags are another great pollutant. You can make your home eco-friendly by having durable shopping bags made of canvas or cotton fabric on hand for your shopping trips.
4. Use Eco Friendly Cleaning Products
Conventional cleaning products usually contain chemicals like chlorine and ammonia which pollute our water sources. You can instead buy eco-friendly cleaning products that are bio-degradable. In addition some items that are already available in your kitchen like white vinegar, tomato ketchup and sodium bicarbonate can be used to clean surfaces.
5. Choose Eco-Friendly Personal Care Products
Micro beads found in some tooth pastes, body scrubs and body washes are made of plastic materials. Also, liquid shampoos and body washes contain chemicals like parabens, formaldehyde and sulfates. These eventually find their way into the water bodies. Buy bar soaps and bar shampoos that are made from natural ingredients and are not packaged in plastic.
6. Buy Eco-Friendly Technology
You can buy computers, laptops and computer accessories made of recycled materials.
7. Recycled Clothing
Here we mean clothes made of 100% recycled material. This reduces pressure on the production of cotton and other fibers.
8. Buy Low Flow Shower Heads
You don’t really need that high pressure rain shower head. A low flow eco-friendly shower head will reduce the amount of water wasted and cut down your water bill as well.
9. LED Bulbs
Compared to fluorescent and halogen lamps, LED is a great energy saver. You’ll make great strides in your eco-friendly journey buy making this simple change.
10. Use Eco-Friendly Kitchen Items
There are a number of great products you can start using for your eco-friendly house. Examples include compostable food containers, cutlery, plates and bowls.
11. Use Recycled Toilet Tissue
Made from recycled paper, bamboo and sugarcane, recycled tissue paper will saves trees and reduce carbon emissions.
12. Use an Induction Cooktop
An induction cooker uses the pan to generate heat thus there is little to no amount of energy wasted as compared to a conventional electric stove.
13. Rechargeable Batteries
Batteries are made of dangerous chemicals like lead therefore a rechargeable battery is preferable.
14. Reusable Coffee Cups
Stop buying your coffee in plastic single use cups and embrace having your very own reusable cup.
15. Biodegradable Toothbrush
Made from bamboo, this product will reduce the amount of plastic waste.
16. Organic Toothpaste
Made of 100% natural material and sold in glass jars, this toothpaste eliminates harmful chemicals and plastic waste.
17. Bees Wax Wraps
Eliminate the use of plastic cling film with these reusable wraps.
18. Biodegradable Cotton Swabs
Conventional cotton buds contain plastic. Make the switch to bamboo cotton buds which are 100% biodegradable.
19. Bamboo Drinking Straws
Plastic drinking straws are another great pollutant making their way into our oceans. Switch to bamboo which is biodegradable.
20. Reusable Cloth Nappies
If you have a little one you can make your mark in reversing pollution by use of washable cloth nappies. Diapers are made of plastic and avoiding them might also keep your baby safe from chemical contained in diapers.
21. Automatic Lights
These switch on and off when a person enters or leaves a room thus saving power.
22. Use Your Microwave
The microwave saves energy as compared to your electric oven. Using it more often could help save power.
23. Reusable Stainless Steel Straws
This eliminates the problem of single use plastic straws as you can carry your straw and use when needed.
24. Reusable Sandwich Bags
Made of silicone, these reusable lunch bags are a great replacement for plastic.
25. Compost Bins
Composting is a great way to keep food waste from ending up in landfills and instead it can be used to grow vegetables. If you have such a bin you do not need to buy compostable bag as the bin can be easily cleaned after being emptied into the main bin.
26. Insulating Window Treatments
To prevent loss of energy in your house there is a number of eco- friendly solutions one can use. These include shades, films, drapes and curtains.
27. Microfiber Washing Bag
Synthetic fibers like polyester release microfibers when washed which finds its way in waterways. To counter this you can put the synthetics in the washing bag and wash as normal. The bag traps the microfibers which you can throw away.
28. Biodegradable Hair Brush.
Made of wood this hair brush has the added advantage of not causing static when brushing hair like plastic does.
29. Biodegradable Washing Up Sponge
This sponge from the loofah plant lasts long unlike regular sponges made of plastic.
30. Biodegradable tampons, pads and liners
These are entirely natural and come in cardboard packing.
There are tons of products that you can switch to and make your individual contribution in conservation of the environment.
It is all about transforming our attitude for sustainable living.
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