You might not believe it, but everywhere around your house there are small ways you and your family can help make a big difference when it comes to our planet.
- Zero Waste: Try to limit the amount of waste your family consumes. From buying in excess to the amount of food you throw out.
- Squeaky Clean: Switch out your household cleaning products for eco friendly products. You might not know this, but the products we use in our everyday lives like dishwasher soap and laundry detergent end up in our gutters and eventually in the ocean, polluting our water systems. Try: Meyers or Murchison Hume
- Chemical Reaction: Did you know that coffee and cotton use the most chemicals during their production process? Try: Organic Fair-trade Cotton Rounds or Daylesford Organic Ground Coffee
- Wisdom Teeth: Each year more then 4.2 billion plastic toothbrushes are purchased worldwide and eventually they will end up in landfills, on our beaches or in our oceans. Instead purchase wood toothbrushes and plastic free floss. Try: Bamboo Brush Society or Cocofloss
- Light Bulb Moment: To preserve power, teach your family to turn off lights in rooms that aren’t being used.Switch your household energy supplier to a company that uses and is investing in reusable energy sources. Try: Green Mountain Energy
- Green Cleaning: Make sure when choosing your dry cleaner, that their solutions are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Also request if they can provide you with reusable cloth garment bags for your newly cleaned clothes, this avoids wasting plastic every week. If this is something they don’t offer, opt to bring your own. Try: NaturalCotton Garment Bag or Press Cleaners
- Home Improvement: Invest and install solar panels for your home, this produces renewable clean energy while securing low utility rates. Try: SolarCity
- Laundry List: Make sure your washer and dryer are energy efficient. Wash full loads of laundry and to save on hot water, wash clothes in cold temperatures.
- Electric Avenue: Reduce your green house gas emissions and make sure you next car is electric or a hybrid. Even better, arrange a carpool with neighbors for school pick ups and drop offs, walk or ride your bike.
- Lady Garden: The average women uses between 11 – 30 tampons per cycle. That’s over 5,000 – 14,000 tampons per lifetime. Yikes! Try switching to organic tampons without applicators or a moon cup. Try: Cora Organic Tampons Subscription Service or Mooncup
- Message in a Bottle: More then 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills everyday. In lieu of adding to that number, purchase reusable stainless steel or glass water bottles to store you beverages in. Use them when heading to the gym, for your car and packing in your children’s lunch boxes. Try: BKR Water Bottles or Swell Water Bottles
- Coffee Talk: About 7 million coffee cups are thrown away every day in just the UK – that’s 2.5 billion a year. Bring your own re-usable travel coffee mug into your local coffee shop. Try: Made by Fressko or Starbucks
- The Last Straw: Recent popularity on the topic has banned plastic straws around the globe. When out at restaurants, request your drinks sans a straw. In your home invest in metal or paper straws. Try: Sip Well or Meri Meri
- Shopping Bags: Whenever you pop out to the shops remember to bring your reusable shopping bags. They can be easy to forget, so keep them by the front door or in the trunk of your car. Try: Apolis or Feed Projects
- One Mans Trash… Make sure your home is equipped with separate bins for recycling: glass, paper, plastic and metals. Here is a list of what can and cannot be recycled in your home.
- Battery Powered: Old computers, cell phones and old batteries… they can easily build up to a pesky pile in your garage, but what do you do with them? It’s called E-cycling…visit Earth 911 for information on where you can recycle any item in your area.
- Buy Buy Buy: Companies like Seventh Generation produce 100% recycled everyday products such as paper towel, toilet paper, etc.
- Upcycle: Make sure to donate any unwanted clothes, toys, furniture and other items to the Goodwill, The Salvation Army or charity of your choice. Companies like Goodwill make sure everything is properly recycled even if they can’t re-sell it.