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The word “eco-friendly” has become synonymous with living a sustainable lifestyle. It’s not just about recycling your waste, but also about the way you spend your time, energy and money. To be eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to live in a commune or give up all your worldly possessions. It just means being mindful of how resources are used and consumed to create products that are then thrown away or recycled. I’ve listed below in this quick guide of Eco-friendly changes you can make in your life.
Reducing Plastic Consumption
Plastic is a material that is as versatile as it is dangerous to the environment. In order to reduce the use of plastic, some people have taken to living a “plastic-free” lifestyle. They buy products in glass containers or use eco-friendly alternatives like cardboard or Bespoke packaging for food storage. Others are replacing disposable plastic products with reusable ones that can be washed and used again. I’ve recently switched to using reusable sanitary pads. Other swaps include switching to bamboo toothbrushes, reusable bottles instead of plastic ones, using reusable straws, and ditching plastic shopping bags. There are many more, but these are just a few you can easily start with.
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Make Your Own Cleaning Products
We all love the convenience of buying pre-made cleaning products, but we often forget that we’re paying a premium for them. They’re not cheap and they’re not always eco-friendly. And when we think about the fact that we might be poisoning ourselves and our families with these chemicals, then it’s even more important to make our own!
If you’re looking for a natural way to clean your home, here are a couple of quick recipes for homemade cleaning products that you can make at home with simple ingredients.
Lemon-scented hand soap
This homemade hand soap recipe is easy to make, all you need is water, castile soap, and lemon essential oils. To make pour 175 ml of water in a soap dispenser, add in 60 ml of castile soap and stir. Next, add 20 drops of lemon essential oils. Lastly, shake well once you have replaced the lid. The lemon will remove odours from your hands leaving them fresh. Castile soap is made from vegetable oils like olive or sunflower oil. It’s kind to your skin and vegan friendly. The perfect eco-friendly cleaning product!
Combine 130 g of baking soda and 65 g of cornstarch in a medium bowl, then add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Next, stir to combine the ingredients, and pour the mixture into an old jam jar using a funnel. Using a hammer and nail, punch small holes into the jar’s metal lid. Sprinkle the homemade deodoriser onto your carpets as needed. Let it sit on the carpets for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming up.
Going Green with your Home Decor
The current trend in the design world is to go green. Designers and homeowners alike are shifting their focus from using synthetic materials and opting for natural and sustainable resources.
Going green is not just a trend but a lifestyle choice. It’s giving up toxic chemicals and destructive processes while embracing clean lines, creative materials, and creative ways to live our lives responsibly. Upcycling furniture and repurposing are popular ways forward.
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Eco Friendly Fashion
Part of the “clean” fashion movement, eco-friendly fashion is clothing that has been created using sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, recycled plastics, and bio-wool.
With the presence of eco-friendly materials in the production of clothes, there is a decrease in levels of toxins being released into the environment. This means that people are exposed to fewer toxins that could have detrimental effects on their health.
Shopping second-hand for clothes. As an eco-conscious consumer, the best way to buy clothes is second-hand. You can find many clothes at your local charity shop that are in perfect condition and occasionally still have the tags on them.