October 22, 2019 3:47 pm
It has never been easier to incorporate some form of sustainability into your lifestyle, with the increasing climate changes and the growing concern about the harmful effects of plastic, its time we switch to healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives. With sustainability and Eco-friendly substitutes peaking interest, more and more people are taking ethical matters into consideration when making purchase decisions.
We have compiled a list of 5 of our favourite Eco-friendly products which act as alternatives to every-day home products.
Reusable Shopping Bags
Did you know, we use an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags every year, with an estimated one million birds, 100,000 turtles and hundreds of other sea animals dying from plastic indigestion each year, after confusing floating bags for food. Since the carrier bag tax was implemented there has been a huge sprout of request for reusable shopping bags. Investing in a reusable shopping bag is a quick and easy way to cut down the habit of excessive plastic bag usage with it still being as convenient, if not more with the average reusable bag having a lifespan equal to over 700 disposable plastic bags. There are endless choices when it comes to Eco-friendly bags from supermarket specials to high end selections.
Reusable Water Bottles
Did you know that approximately 91% of all the water bottles we use end up in a landfill each year! In fact the whole world goes through around 1 million plastic bottles every minute with less than 9 percent being recycled and the remaining taking up to 450 years to decompose. Supermarkets and retail stores now stock reusable bottles in several different shapes, sizes and styles, meaning they will never be short of having one perfectly suited to you! It is also much better for your finances as investing is a decent quality reusable water bottle you can save up to £160!
Did you know that an estimated 8.5 billion plastic straws are used and thrown out in the UK every single year. Using non-reusable items of any kind introduces a lot of needless waste into the environment, and finding an alternative for a straw is an easy fix . There are dozens of alternatives such as stainless-steel straws, which are entirely reusable and perfect for any occasion. Not only do they add an element elegance to the home, but are substantially more durable compared to plastic straws, and can actually last a very long time if they are cleaned well, in fact many metal straws are dishwasher safe and some even come with their own cleaning tool to ensure your brush is as good as new each time!
Reusable Paper Towels
Consuming a vast amount of resources such as almost 110 million trees per year and a whopping 130 billion gallons of water, with equally as enormous amounts of energy required to produce and distribute it from factory to store, resulting in an copious amount of carbon dioxide to be released into the air. The harm done to the environment during the manufacturing of paper towels is immense yet not a highly spoken about scandal. Not only is this change cost effective but are very environmentally friendly as they massively decrease the quantity of waste your kitchen produces as all they require is a simple rinse or wash and they are as good as new!
This is a safe and non-toxic biodegradable substitute to harsh chlorine bleach. When dissolved in water it releases oxygen which acts as a powerful stain remover and deodoriser harmlessly breaking down oxygen, water and sodium carbonate. Not only does it brighten both whites and coloured fabrics but also stops them from yellowing. It is brilliant at eliminating organic stains such as hot beverages, juices, food stains, and even pet stains. Natural Bleach is also an excellent substitute to the strong chlorine bleach used in bathrooms. By simply dissolving it in warm water it becomes a safe and harmless way to disinfect the inside of your toilet, sink, bathtub, coffee pots etc!
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This post was written by Sara Dakri