Simple Sustainable Switches for Your Home

woman demonstrating sustainable living

2020 is nothing short of a year for change. Everyone around the world put a pause on their daily routines and stayed inside in the wake of a global pandemic. With this extra time around the house, it’s inherent that we start using more and more of our household items. Not only can it begin to get expensive, but it also begins to take a toll on your carbon footprint.

An effective way to combat your carbon footprint while getting the most out of your money and products is to switch to sustainable living. Sustainable living involves avoiding the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Making the switch to sustainable living can seem overwhelming at first with the wide range of products all claiming to be “green” and “eco-friendly,” which is why we have compiled a list of simple product switches to live sustainably. 

1. Wool Dryer Balls

Did you know that standard scented dryer sheets emit up to eight hazardous air pollutants? Standard dryer sheets are soaked with synthetic chemicals that coat your clothes and transfer onto your family’s skin. Wool dryer balls are made of 100% premium New Zealand wool, making them non-toxic and compostable! These dryer balls last for thousands of loads, eliminating the need to buy dryer sheets for years. You can even add a few drops of essential oils onto the wool dryer balls to add a boost of freshness to your laundry. 

2. Bee’s Wrap

Aluminum requires heavy machinery  to extract the element from the Earth. This takes a toll on our planet, and Bee’s Wrap is here to combat that. Bee’s Wrap is a method of food storage using a beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin coating onto organic cotton muslin. The antibacterial properties naturally found in beeswax and jojoba oil keep food staying fresh and allow for countless uses. 

3. Silicone Storage Bags 

Plastic is easily one of the most common things found polluting our oceans, and silicone storage bags have eliminated the need for a single use storage plastic bag. These bags are made of 100% premium silicone and are dishwasher safe, ultimately extinguishing the need to buy storage bags again! 

4. Fabric Bowl Covers

Keep your fridge fresh and cute with this zero-waste alternative to cling wrap! Made from 100% breathable organic cotton, they are great for short-term food storage and keep bugs away . These handmade covers are perfect for your kitchen!

5.  FreshPaper 

These sheets of paper infused with herbs keep your food fresh two to four times longer! FreshPaper sheets are active for around a month so you can throw it in your veggie drawer or fruit bowl and forget about it. Once you’re done with them you can choose to recycle or compost them!

6. Laundry Egg

Say goodbye to Tide Pods and liquid detergent, and say hello to the Laundry Egg, an eco-friendly and hypoallergenic alternative! The Laundry Egg is composed of white-mineral and dark tourmaline pellets that activate in the water and produce a cleaning foam that eliminates dirt in fibers. Lasting up to 210 washes and using no harsh chemicals or fragrances, the Laundry Egg is sure to become a staple in your home!

7. Bamboo Cotton Facial Rounds

Made of 100% natural bamboo cotton, these facial rounds are giving makeup wipes a run for their money. Great for skincare and makeup removal, these facial rounds are machine washable and an easy swap in your routine. Not to mention all of the money you will save and all of the wipes you will keep from getting into our oceans! 

8. Toothpaste Tablets

Toothpaste tablets introduced a new and zero-waste method to clean your teeth ! Packaged in glass jars with a month’s supply, simply place one bit in your mouth and all that’s left to do is bite and brush! 

Switching to sustainable living is not only all the rage right now, but also an effective way to do your part in saving our planet. It is never too late to make a change in your ecological footprint no matter how big or small. 

Published by The TC Team

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