Today, it seems like everyone is talking about how to “go green.” Many people are even promoting zero-waste lifestyles, but that can be so intimidating! However, there are plenty of ways for everyone to reduce the amount of waste they create and embrace green living. The good news is that many of them can be simple shifts in your habits that you’ll never have to think about again.
Here are a few simple ways that you can live a little greener:
1 – Buy a Bamboo Toothbrush
Plastic toothbrushes are made with resources and processes that add to pollution. They can also take over a thousand years to decompose in landfills.
Bamboo is a renewable resource that requires little to no use of harmful pesticides to grow and sustains itself on natural rainwater. Bamboo toothbrushes actually take less energy to produce and decompose much faster than plastic toothbrushes. This helps keep our air free from extra pollutants and our landfills free from extra waste.
2 – Use Reusable Food Wraps
Plastic food bags and plastic wrap are convenient in the moment but will sit in landfills for hundreds of years. Recently, older methods of wrapping food have become popular again. You can wrap your food in paper, which is biodegradable, or you can wrap your food in cloth infused with beeswax.
Beeswax-infused cloths come in many sizes from a variety of sellers, and they only need to be washed with cool water after use. Some companies even use sustainably-sourced beeswax!
Once they’ve been used so much that you just can’t use them anymore, they’ll decompose in far less time than any plastic.
3 – Ditch Your Sponges
Sponges are another item that takes far too long to decompose. They’re made through methods that are toxic to the environment and also hold onto all kinds of bacteria that can be harmful to us.
One good swap for sponges are dishcloths (bonus points if you upcycle old clothes that can’t be worn anymore). Cloth can be washed to stay sanitary and can be reused more times than a sponge.
Another good alternative to sponges are brushes. They’re more well-draining than a sponge and therefore don’t hold onto as much bacteria. You can even buy brushes with sustainably-sourced bamboo handles!
These simple switches to green living don’t require huge lifestyle changes or a lot of thought. For more information on ways to maintain a green lifestyle, contact us today!