It is always a good time to go eco-friendly! You can make little changes throughout the year, or make a list and tackle a lot of changes at once. These are some very easy ways to start incorporating eco-friendly habits into your household.
1. Shop local
This is a super easy swap to make. Instead of only shopping the big box stores, think about visiting some local stores. This can be anything from a farmer’s market to a local book store. There are so many great benefits to shopping local, as you support your local economy and local families. Things like locally grown produce are fresher and healthier. Small businesses often struggle, and you can play a role in your community to help those businesses thrive. I have personally enjoyed local products and making friends with business owners in the community.
2. Natural soaps
Natural soaps have come a long way over the years. You can find a range of soaps from liquid to foam, and a variety of scents. Be a label reader and try to steer clear of harsh chemicals, dyes, and synthetic fragrances. It makes a big difference in your health and also for the environment. Remember that while you are washing dishes, the soap is affecting your skin as well, so even though it is for dishes, your hands absorb these chemicals. Want to go a little further? Buy hand soap in bulk packaging to cut down on plastic waste.
3. Reusable bags
Many bags already have bag laws that require you to bring your own reusable bags already. Regardless, make sure you have a good system in place for reusable bags. You can also make sure you have things like produce bags as well.
4. Rags instead of paper towels
You can start switching over to cloth rags by buying a stack of washcloths. You can find inexpensive ones at many stores, including Walmart and Target. The kids spill a glass of juice on the floor? Use a couple rags instead of half a roll of paper towels. I still keep paper towels for things like when the cats throw up, but we mostly use rags to clean up messes. They are way more efficient and of course eco-friendly.
5. Natural laundry detergents
There are lots of great natural detergents to choose from. We went natural when the kids were born, as I did not want any chemicals or fragrances on my baby’s skin. Be a label reader and stay away from chemicals, dyes, and synthetic fragrances, as many companies claim to be natural but aren’t necessarily very natural.
6. Reusable drink containers and straws
There are so many great water bottles and travel mugs out there. Make the switch so that you aren’t using plastic or other disposables. This also goes for straws. There are plenty of reusable straws to choose from, whether you choose stainless or silicone.
7. Sustainable Bedding
Bamboo sheets are softer, more resilient, and have superior antibacterial and cooling properties when compared to cotton ones. Consider reading this guide on the best organic sheets made from bamboo in order to make an educated purchase.
I love r those ideas of saving our earth. I also use reusable shopping bags from home everytime I do Grocery.
Yes! Love this! We do all of these except the straws. We don’t use straws right now because the kids aren’t responsible with them, they do things like drink a shake and don’t clean them out and they end up clogged and impossible to clean. When the kids are older I’m going to get some of these kind you have here tho.
I started using scrap rags as paper towels, things like old pillow cases, towels, sheets, shirts, anything that would otherwise be thrown away.
We started finishing off the current disposable cups and straws we would use for my toddlers and started buying reusable straws. They LOVE them.
We have been using Reuseable stuff since the Lockdown last year. Saved us a lot of money.
I have been interested in switching over to the reusable straws, so thanks for the reminder to look into those! I always like looking for reusable options.
I will be trying some of these out. I hate being so wasteful. I have been shopping local!
Using a straw made of bamboo, disposable is more convenient!
Yes to all these! I’m trying to make more sustainable choices, and these are great suggestions!
I love this list! I have been wanting to get more serious about cutting down on our waste.
I have to get into the habit of using paper towels less.
I had always been using rags instead of paper towels.. thanks for reminding.
I love all the stuffs you mentioned here. Thanks for sharing such post.
We must all start going eco friendly if we want to save this planet! This is a great list, we can all start here.
We’re trying to leave less and less carbon footprint each year. These are great ideas!
These are some great items. I love doing this as well. It’s nice to be using products that can be reused.
I love to shop local and to use reusable bags. I need to follow the other advice too!
It is always a good way to minimize our wastes and learn to support local shops. Your post definitely will help spread awareness and help our mother nature.
Yes, reusable over plastic or waste. Totally agree. Such simple recommendations that make a huge difference. My favorite is shopping local 🙂 Best wishes for 2021
Such GREAT ideas here! We’ve definitely been working to shop more local and be more aware of our wastefulness in general. Good goals for 2021!
I’ve been using rags instead of paper towels for a little while now and it has made such a difference! Paper towels are expensive so I love saving money with cloth.
I’m always trying to do more to help the environment, so I really appreciate these ideas. Our family needs to work on using fewer paper towels. Perhaps that will be our goal this year.
These are amazing swaps! Thanks for listing them.
These are great tips! Thanks for sharing!
These are great ideas, thanks for sharing! I try to use rags over paper towels too. I also store things differently now and never buy plastic baggies.