Being environmentally conscious is no longer exclusively an ecologists’ thing. More people are now interested in making more eco-friendly decisions, which often means buying reusable things, items made of recycled materials, or products containing natural ingredients
Before buying, you need to understand what makes products eco-friendly:
- They are reusable and biodegradable (or recyclable)
- They are made from natural or recycled materials.
- The company is part of a circular economy (where they take back empties and reuse them)
Eco suggestions by Purple Nanny
# Reusable make up remover pads.
By reusing a make up pad you will be saving 1000s of litres of the water that goes into producing just 1 kilo of cotton.
# Food wraps.
Whether you buy a wax wrap or a “green” wrap such as the Agreena food wrap you will not be harming the environment.
# Eco cleaning and laundry products
Products you use around the house contain a lot of environmentally harmful chemicals. Even if you aren’t an ecologists, I know you still care about the health of you and your family, and cleaners made of natural ingredients work to keep your home environment clean and protected without harming the ecological environment. You can buy refillable products or try the Ocean Savers and Simple Eco Living products if ordering online.
# Bags and Bags
This inexpensive product comes in handy when you go shopping, so it’s not surprising tote bags are replacing plastic bags. Try the Jute Shopping bag or for small produce you wont go wrong with the cotton lightweight produce bags.
# Cleaning sponges.
Kitchen sponges can be breeding grounds for bacteria, so you need to replace them often. Sponges and scrubbing pads made of foam plastic aren’t biodegradable and end up in landfills.
Much better for you and the environment is the plant loofah which has been harvested and shaped into cleaning loofahs or the washable sponges such as the pack of 5 compostable sponge by If You Care or the small but perfect cleaning sponge by Squeeze
# Bottles and Cups
Travel bottles are the perfect companion when out and about or if you would like to grab a coffee from the nearest take away cafe then make sure you have a refillable cup to hand.
Plastic straws aren’t recyclable, and they are harmful for marine life. Stainless steel straws are a great alternative to them. On top of that, they have other nice perks. Cool metal makes cold drinks even more refreshing and gives you a fancy look even if you’re drinking juice while working at your desk. If you do not like the stainless steel straw then there are alternatives such as glass, bamboo and even hay.
How many razors do you use and throw away each year? Thats such a waste. Change your razor to a reusuable one that will last you a life time.
You probably remember that it’s best to change toothbrushes every three months, which means more non-recyclable waste. You can actually buy better by grabbing a Truthbrush made from bamboo which has castor oil and dupont nylon bristles. And dont forget the interdental brushes too.
Don’t mistake sunscreen for a summer-only trending product, because dermatologists say we should protect our skin from UV-rays every day. That’s why people should have it in their regular cosmetics bag. However, chemicals in sunscreen are dangerous for corals and ecosystems. Check out the vegan, eco, sunscreen by Amazinc
There is so much more to being green than remembering to put out the recycling for collection.