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Making the Swap to Sustainability

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Making the Swap to Sustainability

 Sustainability has become a big talking point these days. In fact, one survey found 77% of Americans say they worry about the environment a great deal.

 

While big corporations have a major role to play in solving the climate crisis, consumers can make their voice heard by voting with their wallet. That means choosing products that are made with the planet in mind.

 

A great place to start? Your home, where small changes can make a big impact.

 

 

Here are 7 of our favorite sustainable swaps that you can make in your home today.

 

 

1. Swap your store-bought cleaning products for eco-friendly alternatives

 

Whether you find cleaning therapeutic or consider it to be a boring task, it should be safe for you and the environment. Unfortunately, many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ammonia and bleach that can trigger health issues and endanger marine life. They also come with single-use packaging which only adds to the plastic problem we’re grappling with today.

 

 

Do yourself and the planet a favor and switch to eco-friendly cleaning products from a reputable low-waste store. Opt for refillable liquid laundry detergent and dish soap or plastic-free cleaning tabs to minimize your household waste. 

 

 

2. Swap dryer sheets for wool dryer balls.

 

Dryer sheets eliminate static and increase the softness of fabrics. However they’re made from plastic and treated with toxic ingredients that contribute to environmental waste.

 

 

Friendsheep eco dryer balls work just as well without the hurdles. These amazing dryer balls are Handmade from 100% premium New Zealand wool and are chemical free.  

 

 

They’ll cut down your drying time significantly, while also fluffing up clothes. And they last for years—all the more reason to make dryer sheets a thing of the past!

 

 

 

3. Swap disposable paper towels and paper napkins for reusables 

 

 

Americans spend a whopping $5.7 billion on paper towels– nearly half the global total. It takes 17 trees and up to 20,000 gallons of water to make one ton of paper towels. 

 

If every U.S. household replaced paper towels with reusable options, we could save hundreds of trees which could help in the fight against climate change.

 

Marley’s Monsters UNpaper Towels are a fantastic way to break your paper towel habits.

The 12″ by 10″ sheets come in a variety of colors and patterns  and will soak  up any spills and messes thanks to their highly absorbent  material.

 

When the towels get dirty, you can simply pop them in the wash then re-roll them onto the wood holder with ease.

 

 

4. Swap regular deodorant for an eco-friendly alternative

 

The deodorant industry is one of the greatest generators of plastic pollution, producing over 15 million pounds of plastic waste each year.

 

Thankfully, ditching your regular deodorant doesn't mean you have to settle for a life of smelly pits, Meow Meow tweet Deodorant will keep you fresh without adding to landfill.

 

It’s formulated with just a handful of natural skin care ingredients that are safe and familiar like coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and sweet orange peel oil to soothe and condition your underarm skin.

 

The balmy-like cream also has a sweet floral  scent and a texture similar to cake frosting.

 

 

5. Swap plastic shavers for all-metal

 

The EPA estimates that 2 billion razors get thrown away in the U.S each year. Disposable razors are hard to recycle because they contain different materials.

 

Leaf aims to keep razors out of landfill with their all-metal recyclable shave kit.

 

Their razors are adjustable with an  ultra-smooth glide that cuts down  on ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

 

Leaf also packages and ships 100% plastic-free and actively reduces its carbon emissions by offsetting its carbon footprint across the entire organization.

 

 

6. Swap disposable cotton balls for washable rounds

 

Create a zero waste beauty routine with bamboo facial cotton rounds.

Made of a blend of Natural Bamboo Fiber & Organic Cotton, they’re ultra-soft, making them suitable for sensitive skin.

 

They come with a reusable mesh bag so you can just throw them in the washer and dryer and they’ll be ready to be used again.

 

 

7. Swap cling film for beeswax wraps

 

Cling film saves your sandwich but pollutes the planet. That’s because it’s made with non-recyclable plastic that ends up in landfill and oceans.

 

Meli Wraps are a natural alternative to plastic wrap. Made with organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin, organic coconut and jojoba oil, the wraps are compostable, breathable and will keep your food fresher for longer. 

 

With proper care, Meli beeswax wraps can last up to a whole year and save you  approximately $100 worth of cling wrap.

 

 

Closing thoughts

 

Sustainable living is a lifelong journey. Hopefully these simple eco-friendly product swaps will make the transition much easier for you. They’ll not only lower your carbon footprint, they’ll safeguard your health and save you money in the long run.

 

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