Making a few small lifestyle changes can go a long way towards the future health of our planet. It’s not too late to add some more resolutions to your to-do list for the new year, so here are 5 small changes you can make to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle in 2019.
Every minute around the world, one million disposable cups are used and discarded. That number is pretty shocking, isn’t it? Lessen the impact you make by investing in reusable containers to carry your beverages.
Keepcup offers plastic or glass, double wall, dishwasher-safe hot-beverage reusable cup options, in a range of sizes and colors — and you can even design your own.
Another great option is the Stojo, a collapsible resuable cup that folds small enough to fit in your pocket. This is a great option for you to tuck away in your car or purse so you’re never without a reusable option when you need your coffee fix.
And, of course, this isn’t just limited to hot beverages. Everyone should also have one or two reliable, reusable water bottles to keep plastic bottles out of our oceans and landfills. There are so many to pick from, here’s a great round-up post that will help you decide which resuable water bottle will best suit your needs.
Plastic straws are really bad for the environment, and it seems the world finally caught on to this over the past year. Now, even well-known fast food restaurants no longer offer straws, or use paper-only straws, and it’s amazing!
However, it can cause issues for all of us sensitive-toothed folk, who have a hard time letting cold or hot liquids touch our teeth without the use of a straw. Luckily for us, Amazon sells a stainless steel straw pack for only $10.99! You can even buy collapsible options so you can always have a straw option in your purse or pocket.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies
If a product is poisonous to humans or animals, are you really okay using it to wipe down your countertops, or clean your floors, where it can be absorbed through your skin or breathed in through the air? Also, when you use toxic and non-biodegradable cleaning products, these toxins are released into the environment through the air and through our water systems.
By making the switch to green cleaning and eco-friendly cleaning products, both your family and the environment will benefit from the decreased exposure to toxins and pollutants — all while still being able to maintain high clean standards, especially using enzyme-based cleaners. And these small change can go a long way towards the future health of Planet Earth.
Check out Natura Solution’s full range of eco-friendly, natural cleaning products and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Going Green with your cleaning regime.
Reusable Grocery Bags
Millions of single-use plastic grocery bags are discarded each year, and the majority of those end up in the landfill.
By now, we should all have at least a few reusable bags stuffed somewhere in a drawer or cupboard. Pull those out, and keep them by your front door or in your car as a reminder to use them during your next shopping trip, and decrease your reliance upon plastic shopping bags.
If you do your grocery shopping online and have it delivered to your door, you can still make an impact! Either your groceries will be delivered via reusable tote, which is the best option, but some stores still deliver via plastic bags; however, fear not! You can save those bags and give them back to your grocery store driver during your next delivery, and they will recycle them on your behalf.
It’s no matter if you live in a house with a backyard or in a condo, you can make use of a compost bin. According to Environment Canada, biodegradable materials, such as food waste, make up around 40 per cent of all residential waste in Canada.
Diverting organic materials from landfills has major environmental benefits, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and producing compost which can be used for home gardens, community gardens or major landscaping initiatives.
If you live in a house with a garage or backyard, it’s fairly easy to compost your organics directly in your yard or in a bin. Living in a condo high-rise presents a few challenges, but there are options: you can make your own indoor bin to collect your organics and dispose of them in your building’s organics bin, or you can buy one of many available indoor composting systems. Global News has put together a great post on how to compost if you live in an apartment or condo.
There are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives for most of your day-to-day products and tasks. Start by following some of our favorite “Green Living” resources and you can start making the move to a greener lifestyle in 2019.
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