In honor of Earth Day coming up, it is only fitting that we seek to improve our eco-conciousness in respect to our daily choices. Here are three small tips on how to begin to make subtle changes that will positively impact the earth and ultimately help ease the transition into living a greener lifestyle.
Maybe you’re addicted to plastic water bottles or you just think that tap water can’t possibly be as pure. But a continual consumption of plastic water bottles builds a lot of waste. Instead of building waste, why not install a filter under your sink. Buy a wide-mouth stainless-steel or BPA-free plastic bottle with a removable lid; wide-mouth bottles are easier to clean. If you find yourself at an event with plastic cups, use your bottle for wine or whatever. Simple changes can make a big impact!
Or perhaps you’ve come to associate cleanliness with that particular lemon smell that most toxic cleaning products produce. For the safety of your family and the environment, finding an alternative is a must. The smell you love is actually ammonia and other toxic chemicals which can have a negative impact on your families long-term health. Sometimes it is easier to make the switch gradually. Pick one product, like window cleaner, and try new ones until you find one you like. There are a lot of good choices from Seventh Generation, Ecover, and Biokleen. And remember that our grandmothers used stuff straight out of the pantry — baking soda, vinegar — which are still great, sustainable and healthy options!
We see them everywhere, those fabric bags that have eco-friendly text written all over them… but the problem is, many of us fail to actually use them! Again, a simple switch to the reusable shopping bag can greatly impact the environment and help you make a greater transition toward maintaining a more eco-concious home.
Content adapted from House Beautiful