We live in a world where possibilities are endless. We can travel near and far for work or pleasure. We go to the store and have a variety of different products to choose from whether it is food, beauty and cleaning supplies, clothing, toys and so on. So how do you know you are choosing the best products for your home, health and the environment? Below are some easy eco-friendly switches you can start making today.
🍃 Be A Minimalist – Only buy what you need and declutter. This is a great time to toss away things that have little importance and cannot be reused and donate gently used items likes clothes, toys and other household items.
🍃Shop Local – Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to shop local; the shorter the trajectory of the goods you’re getting, the smaller the emissions produced to get it to you. Not to mention how good it feels to support small businesses.
🍃 Limit Waste – This is a big switch when it comes to living a more sustainable lifestyle. Reusable bottles, metal straws and switching to microfiber mop pads are just a few changes that can help reduce landfill waste.
🍃Conserve Energy and Water – Small changes to your daily routine like turning off the water (think brushing teeth and washing your hair), only run the dishwasher or washing machine when you have full loads and turning off lights when you leave the room can go a long way when it comes to conserving water and energy, and the best part is that they can translate into savings for you on your electric and water bills. That’s a win! win!
🍃 Stay Away From Toxic Chemicals – Many products we use in our day-to-day contain toxic chemicals. Some of these ingredients to look out for are sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, parabens, oxybenzone, chlorine bleach, and formaldehyde. Next time you are shopping for household chemicals or beauty products, look at the label. An easy way to spot a safer product is by looking for the EPA/Safer Choice Label. This label means products have gone through extensive testing to be deemed safer for kids, pets and our environment. These products are free from ammonia, alcohol, aluminum, formaldehyde, paraben and phthalates as well as other harsh chemicals.
🍃Sensible Traveling – Don’t forget to bring your reusable items with you, pack snacks in silicone bags, bring your water bottle and avoid buying things on impulse.
A day, half a day, or even an hour a week of no shopping, no using electric equipment of any kind, and no technology can give the planet a huge break. There is no better time than now to start making positive changes.