11 More easy changes to make your home eco-friendly
Once you start implementing changes bit by bit into your everyday life it gets easier to add in new ones.
If you have tried out the changes in this blog post and you're after more eco ideas then I've got 11 more for you to give a go. Just remember not to take too many on at once so that you are able to stick to them long term.
Swap out your plastic toothbrushes to a bamboo alternative.
Something as small as a toothbrush can have a HUGE environmental impact.
Have you ever thought about how many toothbrushes you have used in your lifetime?
Every plastic toothbrush eventually ends up in landfill. If everyone on the planet switched their toothbrush to an eco-friendly bamboo brush it would save millions (maybe billions) of plastic going to landfill every year.
Switch disposable sanitary products to a reusable menstrual cup and cloth pads.
Us women (unfortunately) create a lot of waste that goes to landfill, I used to think that we didn’t have much of a choice in the matter, but now I know we do!
Reusable menstrual products aren’t for everyone, and that’s ok (no judgement here) but, it’s always good to know your options.
Buy food from bulk stores using your own containers/bags. (Pasta, rice, legumes, oil etc.)
If you have a local bulk store in your area then this is a great way to cut down on packaging waste. Most bulk stores support you bringing in your own containers and bags, some stores even go as far as giving a small discount.
Buy most of your clothing second hand.
I buy at least 90% of my clothing second hand, it started out from a price point of view as I didn’t see why I should spend $60 -$120 on one pair of jeans when I could get at least 3 pairs for $60 second hand. Now I keep doing it (because of this, lol, but also because of the environment.)
The fashion industry has a lot to answer for when it comes to waste. The fabrics that are used a lot of the time are synthetic, when means micro plastics in the form of teeny tiny fibres are washed out into waterways each time we wash our clothes.
New clothing arrives in retail stores individually packaged in plastic bags, every…single...t-shirt. Not to mention who makes our clothes…Do you know who makes them? Have they been ethically produced or is someone being exploited just to bring us a nice new dress?
If you would like to read more about ethical fashion (or purchase some stunning pieces of ethically made clothing) take a look at The Good Trend.
If buying new, choose clothing ethically made from organic natural materials. (Cotton, wool, hemp etc.)
If you choose to buy brand new, try to get clothing that is made ethically (who makes it and how is it made?) Also do your best to source organic natural materials. Non-organic cotton is grown using a massive amount of chemicals (synthetic fertilizers and pesticides) and is then processed using chemicals to help break down the fibres. More than 10 percent of pesticides used worldwide is from the production of cotton. Choosing organic brands is the only way to be sure you’re not exposed to these chemicals too.
Grow your own fruit and vegetables.
I’m a lazy gardener…I plant things, if they grow then we eat them, if they don’t then I don’t plant them again! Lol. I’m not the kind of person that’s going to be giving you many gardening tips but I can say that if you try to grow your own veges then you’re likely to get something good from it.
I love that we know exactly what we’re eating and it saves us money!
Another thing that is really awesome about growing fruit and vegetables at home is that they aren’t wrapped in plastic. Wooohoo!
You can start small with her pots or micro greens or just get right into and dig a plot outside.
Use over ripe and bruised fruit in smoothies and baking rather than throwing away.
My son won’t eat bruised fruit, if it is slightly brown then he won’t go near it. If you have bruised or over ripe fruit that is no good for eating, rather than throwing it away try putting it into smoothies or muffins. If it really is past its use by date, then put it into the compost rather than sending it to landfill.
Read this post for more ways to be eco-friendly including what to do if you don’t have a compost!
Ask for no plastic straw when ordering drinks (you could take your own reusable straw.)
If you’re ordering drinks when you’re out and about (especially during summer) ask for no straw with your drink, or if you really love sipping through a straw then you could always take your own reusable stainless-steel straws, not only does this help the environment but you also look fancy with your shiny straws 😉
Use loose tea leaves instead of tea bags.
I’ve been drinking tea since I was a toddler, I’m now 30 years old and I have only recently found out that tea bags are made using plastic. That’s right, that lovely warming, comforting, little papery bag of goodness is not just paper and tea!! Hadn’t occurred to you? Me either! That explains why they don’t break down in your compost huh?
To make sure you aren’t drinking up all that plastic, choose a quality organic brand of loose tea leaves for your next cuppa.
Reuse old glass jars.
If you have some old jars hanging around, instead of putting them out for recycling why not reuse them in your own home?
Jars are a great way to store those bits and bobs that just don’t have a place to belong.
You could also try making home-made sauces, mayonnaise or chutney. (Just be aware that if they are to be stored for a while then you will likely need preserving jars.) I make a small batch of mayonnaise from scratch and store it in an old mustard jar I just wash it out after 7 days.
Use soap bars instead of liquid soap.
Liquid soap and body washes have become really popular, but not only do they use plastic bottles, a lot of the time they are made using harmful chemicals. I noticed on our bodywash that it had a warning to be used on adults only, (I thought this was a bit of a red flag) so we have switched to a bar soap. Good quality 100% natural soap bars are also not as drying on the skin as liquid washes.
I hope you were able to try out a few of these eco-friendly changes, let me know in the comments which one was your favourite.
About the author
Sarah Cooper is the founder of Ecore. She is a strong advocate for supporting other local businesses, with a passion for protecting the environment and helping families reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals.
- Sarah Cooper