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Going green: It’s a concept that has, for some reason, become much more important to me as I’ve gotten older. I think it is a combination of wanting to live more healthfully, save money, and do my part to ensure that our children will be able to experience a clean and healthy environment. And– it just feels good to not be so wasteful.
While I haven’t gone COMPLETELY off the deep end with “going green” (although, my husband may disagree), I’ve managed to find eco-friendly products for the home here and there that allow you to make small, subtle, yet effective changes in your daily life. We use each of these products below every single day, whether the goal is to reduce waste or to reduce the use of toxic products.
1. Life Factory Glass Bottle w/ Silicone Lid – find it here.
This bad boy never leaves my side. We all know that we need to drink more water and I used to be a slave to buying multiple plastic water bottles each day (especially while out and about). Buying so many bottles of water can get expensive and so wasteful… which is why so many of us have turned to carrying a reusable bottle, instead. I personally prefer to use a glass bottle over a reusable plastic bottle due to the risk of harmful toxins found in many hard consumer plastics (even BPA-free plastic bottles!). Glass is safe, super easy to clean, and this version is surprisingly durable.
2. Blue and White Herringbone Tea Towels – find it here.
Paper towels….. I’ve tried to quit using them SO many times. But it’s never gonna happen. The only thing I can do, is do my best to use kitchen towels for big cleaning jobs as much as I can. I love these simple, herringbone patterned tea towels. I snagged a couple dozen off Amazon and keep a drawer stocked full of them. When they are so easily within reach, I find myself using them more often than paper towels, which is a step in the right direction, I suppose.
3. Greenshield Organic Biodegradable Surface Wipes – find it here.
Along the same lines, I am also hopelessly addicted to Clorox wipes (or at least I used to be). At one point, I was ordering them in bulk off of Amazon, until one day I opened the trashcan and realized I had gone through about 15 wipes in one day — which is crappy for our landfills and crappy for my wallet. To compromise, I found these biodegradable wipes which are better for the environment AND they don’t contain any toxic ingredients. That’s a win in my book.
4. SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws – find it here.
Do you ever find yourself drinking more water if you use a straw? No? Well, I do and I used to buy large bags of plastic straws to keep around the house — that was until I found these stainless steel, reusable straws. Again, easier on the environment AND the wallet.
5. Woolzies Wool Dryer Balls – find it here.
After getting pregnant, I started to reassess all the products I use around my house for their chemical safety. There are just SO many products we use on a daily basis that contain harmful ingredients — and we may not even realize it. I quickly learned that dryer sheets contain all sorts of toxic ingredients, not to mention they are just another disposable item filling up landfills. I ditched them altogether and started searching for a safer alternative. I found these wool balls and now I am kinda obsessed. They are completely natural, kinda kooky, but so much better for you! You toss them into the dryer with your wet clothes to soften them as they dry AND they cut down on your drying time. They are unscented, but you can use essential oils (like lavender) if you want to add a dash of fresh scent.
6. Eco-Me Natural Laundry Detergent – find it here.
To go along with the dryer sheet alternative, I recently found this unscented, natural laundry detergent. A little of it goes a long way and it is safe enough to use on baby’s clothing items. For your whites, Eco-Me also makes a whitening product that serves as a bleach alternative.
7. Worm Factory 360 – find it here.
Last, but not least, the worm farm. Hear me out! I admit, taking the leap to begin composting is a huge commitment. I didn’t like the thought of starting an outdoor composting system due to bugs and scavenging animals, but I always feel SO wasteful throwing away so many food scraps when cooking. I knew I had to find something to do with all those potato peels, egg shells, and coffee grounds, instead of tossing them into the trash. I came across the idea of using a vermi-composting system, which can be used indoors. The Worm Factory comes with a great guide book and DVD to ease you into the worm composting system. You just simply prepare the worm beds as directed and you can toss in most basic kitchen scraps (except for some fruits, meat, and dairy). As a result, you get great compost which can be used on houseplants or your outdoor beds. It’s definitely a commitment, but I’ve grown really attached to ensuring my worms are healthy and happy. I know, it sounds weird, but try it!
These eco-friendly products are just a few things that you can incorporate into your daily life to make small changes — as they say, every little bit counts! Do you have any eco-friendly products you recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!