Was your resolution this year to become more eco-friendly? It's not as hard as you may think. Making some small lifestyle changes can have a meaningful impact. Follow these tips to get started!
If there's one household product to be associated with 2020, it's toilet paper! Did you know, however, making a single roll of toilet paper requires 140 litres of water? Yikes! It might be time to think of installing a bidet or switching to recycled or bamboo toilet paper!
Another item that was a hot commodity during 2020 was disinfectant. Cleaning and sanitizing measures increased everywhere, including in our homes. Just make sure your products aren't causing harm to the environment or your family. You can learn how to disinfect household areas with eco-friendly products here.
Not a fan of tap water? Stop buying cases of water and use a Brita water filter instead. Fill up a reusuable bottle before you leave the house to elimate buying water while you are out and about.
Instead of buying an item, consider gifting an experience instead. Plan a fun-filled day together with lots of memories made.
If you do buy a gift, wrap it in recyclable paper or newspaper.
The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters. Did you know that it can take up to 2700 litres of water to produce one t-shirt? It's no wonder that many designers have started using recycled materials and more sustainable fabrics for their clothes. Other ways to cut down on fashion waste include thrifting, creating a capsule wardrobe or not purchasing unnecessary items.
With most places mandating masks these days, it's becoming more common to see discarded masks littering the side of the road. Not only is investing in reusable face masks cheaper in the long run, but it's also better for the environment. Just make sure you use hypoallergenic detergent when washing so you're not inhaling harsh fragrances all day. To learn how to gently clean your face masks by hand, click here.
In case you hadn't heard, animal agriculture is the second-largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and is the leading cause of deforestation. It seems a no-brainer then to cut down the animal products in your diet or eliminate them entirely.
If available, take public transportation as much as possible. Ride your bike or walk if you are able. Need a car? Consider purchasing an electric or hybrid model, or participating in a car sharing program.
How much of your paperwork actually needs to be printed? Can e-documents be used instead? Think before you print.
What other ecofriendly changes can you make in your life? Share in the comments below!
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