The earth needs us right now and our daily routines and lifestyles are an easy place to start. Words like ‘green”, ‘zero-waste’, ‘eco-friendly’ are being thrown around a lot nowadays, from the food we eat to the packaging, beauty products, and even the household items we buy, and this is a good thing. It makes us realize why we need to switch and there is no better time to do it than the present.
Going green reflects not only on the ingredients we use but the packaging it comes in. Most companies test their products on animals or use synthetics, preservatives, and microfibres which not only harm our bodies but the environment to a great extent in the long run. If you’re a beginner and want to know more about how to help the planet, we got you. We’re sure after reading this, you’ll strive to be more environmentally friendly in no time.
- Ditch your plastic straws
We see nothing wrong in going to a restaurant and asking for a plastic straw for our drinks, but after you leave do you know where your straw ends up? Most plastic straws either go to the landfill or end up at the bottom of the ocean. Plastic takes months, even years, to degrade harming marine life and aquatic animals along the way. A good alternative would be to buy eco-friendly products like a stainless-steel straw. Not only can you wash and reuse it but it also comes in a stylish jute packaging that is portable and easy to travel with.
- Reusable packaging
We don’t mean – throw out what you already have and replace it with ones in recyclable packaging. That isn’t exactly doing the planet any favours. But once you finish using what you bought try replacing them with eco-friendly alternatives. Nowadays you can find everything from bamboo bottle online to portable shopping bags, face masks, healthcare, skin and hair care product, and even make your own packaging at home. Always look for a label that says recyclable and vegan you’ll be surprised at how cost-effective they are.
- Walk, don’t drive
Well, we’re not asking you to walk all the way to work, but when you can, try to walk to your neighbourhood store, gym, or even park. Not only will this help you get a good workout and save money on fuel, but it will also reduce vehicle exhaust emissions which are not good for mother earth.
- Go paperless
With the advance in digital technology, you must think by now we all should have gone paperless. But small things from electricity bills, catalogues, newspapers, brochures, magazines can wreak havoc on the planet. Every day more and more trees are being cut down and sent to paper mills with no replacement. Trees are an important part of our ecosystem as you may already know and cutting them down can disrupt animal and plant life to a great extent.
- Portable grocery bags
Eco-friendly grocery bags are light and sturdy. They can be used at stores, supermarkets, and even at malls to carry everything you need. By using an eco-conscious bag, you are saving on taking a plastic bag at checkout, which in turn is helping save the environment.
- Use cloth towels
Paper towels are not really needed while wiping down the countertop or cleaning the house. Using more paper will in turn affect the number of trees being cut down every day. So how do you put a stop to it? Use cloth towels instead. Not only are they more durable and cheaper if you buy a set of six or more but you can wash and reuse them. This saves you the expenditure of buying more towels.
The bottom line
We hope these tips were useful to you and we can’t wait to see how you will use them. Always remember to research, check the product labels, and always look up something that feels fishy. We understand going green is a huge step from what you are compared to but trust us it feels good and if followed by everyone, it will help make the planet a better place.