We all want to do our part to be more ecologically friendly. We recycle, we get our bills delivered digitally, and we even use ebooks instead of the old-fashioned paper variety whenever we go on a long trip. However, there might be some things lurking in your house right now that are causing a strain on the environment for no reason; because you don’t actually need them!
If you want to make a change, stop buying…
#1: Vitamins and Supplements
A daily multivitamin isn’t that big a deal if you want to keep it as part of your morning routine, but a huge part of the vitamin and supplement industry has products that aren’t regulated, and that doesn’t work. If you’ve been taking something because you think it’s good for you, re-evaluate it. Especially if you weren’t told by a medical professional that it would be good for. You’ll save money, but also create less waste in the form of empty bottles.
#2: Bottled Water
Speaking of empty bottles, bottled water is one of those things you don’t really need. While you should stay hydrated, chances are good the water coming out of your tap is just fine. If you want a little extra insurance, get a filter for your tap. Keep a jug in your fridge, and a metal water bottle for when you’re out and about.
#3: Fabric Softener
Kept around more as a traditional addition to the laundry cycle, you don’t actually need fabric softener. In fact, it’s often more trouble than it’s worth, considering the number of people with allergies to it. If you want to keep your clothes from getting stiff, add a quarter cup of white vinegar to your final rinse cycle. There will be no smell when your clothes are clean, and you won’t be draining yet another soap down the drain.
#4: Dryer Sheets
You really don’t need these. Dryer sheets are a waste of money, time, energy, and they clutter up your garbage. Worse, they coat your clothes in a chemical layer. Adding at least a quarter cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle will take care of static cling just fine, allowing you to eliminate two products with a single, green solution.
#5: Paper Towels
Most of us might have trouble picturing life without the convenience of paper towels, but the next time you’re at a restaurant, look at what they’re using to wipe off the tables. Cloths, right? Because they last longer, can be re-used, and they won’t take up space in a landfill since you can typically recycle the material.
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