These 8 Eco-Friendly Household Products Are Life-Changing
Despite decades of warnings from climate scientists, it’s only recently that climate change has hit the mainstream.
According to a recent study, 87% percent of Americans view climate change as a major problem. Last year, Time Magazine named Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate activist, Person of the Year. More and more, voters are pressuring their representatives to include climate change legislation in their campaign platforms.
But systemic change and permanent legislation will take years to implement. To bridge the gap, we should all be thinking about ways to live more sustainably at home. Luckily, living sustainably is easier than ever.
Not sure where to start? Here are our favorite eight easy-to-use sustainable swaps you can try today.
1. Paperless Towels or Reusable Dish Towels
If you don’t need to use a single-use product, why should you?
100% organic cotton paperless towels are an excellent sub for paper towels, and over time will save you big time. One pack of paperless towels will last you a year and cost less than $10.
When they get dirty, just throw them in the washing machine. At the end of the year, when they need to be replaced, recycle your old towels.
2. Metal Water Bottles
Plastic anything? Tired.
Swaps made with sustainable materials? Wired.
Despite expanded recycling programs, over 91% of plastic water bottles end up in landfills each year. So instead of reaching for disposable water bottles, get yourself an inexpensive reusable water bottle made from aluminum or BPA-free recycled plastic.
You’ll be grateful for your new water bottle when your friends are standing in line for a $7 plastic water bottle at the airport.
(Hey, remember airports?)
3. Low Flow Fixtures (Showerheads, Faucets, etc.)
We love sustainable swaps that do double duty: good for the planet and good for our pocketbook.
Installing low-flow shower heads and faucets can reduce your water usage by over 50%, and it saves the average homeowner $150+ plus per year on their water bills.
Worried about low flow fixtures reducing your water pressure, check out these shower heads that use air pressure to maximize output, giving you double the water pressure of a standard shower head.
4. Rechargeable Batteries
How many have you complained about how often you need to change out the batteries in your remote?
How many times have you googled where and how to recycle your old, used batteries?
Rechargeable batteries are here to fix both those problems forever.
Batteries are made from a host of toxic chemicals that can lead to water and soil pollution. Rechargeable batteries keep those chemicals out of landfills and cost you less money in the long run.
5. Reusable Grocery Bags
Trader Joe’s sells reusable grocery bags at checkout.
Whole Foods sells reusable grocery bags at checkout.
Stop & Shop sells reusable grocery bags at checkout.
Aldi sells reusable grocery bags at checkout.
Why haven’t you bought any reusable grocery bags at checkout?
6. All-Natural Laundry Detergent
Looking for ways to nix toxic chemicals from your cleaning routine? Trying using a laundry detergent formulated with naturally-derived, plant-based ingredients.
Find a detergent that’s biodegradable, non-toxic, non-GMO, and hypo-allergenic. For bonus points, search for a detergent that isn’t packaged in plastic.
Trust us, they’re out there.
7. Biodegradable Trash Bags
A young Marion Crane starts a new job working recycling in small-town Springfield, Any State.
Her route is on Tuesdays. After she’s collected all her neighbor’s recycling, she drives it back to her town’s recycling center.
Marion rips open each bag, depositing different materials into their respective recycling equipment. By the end, she’s left with a pile of trash bags at her feet, and she’s unsure what to do with them.
[YOUNG MARION CRANE]: Excuse me, Foreperson Bates? How do I recycle the leftover trash bags?
[FOREPERSON BATES]: You don’t.
[YOUNG MARION CRANE]: What?
[FOREPERSON BATES]: The trash bags get sent to a landfill...
[Queue PSYCHO sound effects]
If only the townspeople had used these biodegradable trash bags instead, young Marion wouldn’t have contributed to plastic pollution.
8. LED Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs are 80% more energy-efficient than traditional light bulbs. 95% of the energy used in LEDs is converted to light, with only 5% being wasted as heat.
Switching to LEDs will not only save you money on your energy bill, but it will also decrease demand at your local power plant, cutting down greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
Looking for more sustainable swaps for your home? Check out our Starter Kit, a zero-waste solution to your cleaning needs.