Climate change is one of the most relevant issues of the 21 century, putting our eco-system in danger. Making more and more people raise the question of why is sustainable living important. If every one of us take small steps in our everyday lives towards more eco-friendly products, we can make a big impact; like organic, carbon neutral, fair-trade, and zero waste foods and items – and there are many different guides on how to make sustainable living for beginners.
Sometimes, even a small turn in our heads on the supermarket shelves can be the difference between choosing a more ecofriendly product from other less sustainable ones. Better enough, these alternatives are often cheaper, more durable, ethical, and healthier. Here are 10 easy and small changes that will make your everyday life more sustainable and environmentally friendly:
Use sponge alternatives
Next time you go to buy the funny squeaky-yellow sponges for your kitchen and bathroom, grab a natural cellulose version instead of the plastic one. They are as functional, biodegradable, and protect the eye with a neutral color. The same thing also applies to dishwashing brushes: natural bristles scrub the plates as good as the plastic version. With the perk of being the environmentally ethical alternative.
Use organic detergent
There are many household products with an organic version, especially cleaning products like detergents. If you want to make a better eco-friendly home, this is one of the best options for you. Besides, organic detergent clean much better.
Remove makeup with coconut oil
Coconut oil not only tastes delicious but is also a great makeup removal product. This makes it one of the products most recently used by most eco-friendly makeup brands. You just have to put it between your fingers with a cloth, and massage on your closed lids and eyelashes. Coconut oil is a great example of an affordable eco-friendly products.
Use cotton towels instead of cotton pads
Another one of the eco-friendly products for the home, washable cotton towels can make you save a lot of money. Plus, they look good in the bathroom. You can find them in drugstores at generally no more than $1.
Buy bucket liquid soap to refill dispensers
Buying a big bucket of liquid soap can be cost-effective and clean the same. Refilling soap for the dispenser is easier, and it produces a lot less waste.
Gummy bears with vegetable gelatin
Delicious rubber animals, get into my tummy! Although the world-wide famous product distributed by Haribo and Co. contains animal gelatin from cattle, bird, and fish. So you should opt for more eco-friendly foods like vegetable gelatin gummy bears with gelatin extracts from apples and other fruits.
They tastes as delicious and are more environmentally conscious. If you want more reasons, just think you’re eating something less alike to the creepy Octopus Sashimi.
Download tickets to your mobile phone instead of printing
Online tickets in your phone are a win-win situation: not only saves paper, but your time too. One of the best sustainable living innovations bring by technology.
Travel with your own coffee mug
Every hour, millions of onetime coffee mugs made of cardboard or plastic end up in the garbage. It would be a better idea to travel with your own mug that can be used for a lifetime. Plus this can make a great eco-friendly gift.
If you still don’t want to say goodbye to your latte at your local coffee shop, there are products that are less weird than bringing a coffee mug to a Starbucks, like the Oyna’s Reusable Coffee Cups.
Drink tap water
Most tap water is just as safe as any bottled water and it reduces a lot of harmful plastic from landfills.
Utilize eco-friendly straws
This fun product can be also a good environmentally friendly gift to use in your parties. Reusable straws are often made of bamboo, silicone, or stainless steel, and it is a great idea for reducing waste in homes with children.
Making these small changes won’t just make a big difference in the environment, but also make you feel much better as a human being who cares for Mother Nature.