Eco-friendly household items have the reputation of being more expensive, but times are changing and this is no longer always the case. If you’re looking to reduce waste without reducing the money in your bank account, here are some affordable, environmentally-conscious products you can switch to.
1. Bamboo Toothbrush
Did you know that toothbrushes alone account for 1% of waste in the oceans? Think about it. We throw away plastic toothbrushes every season. These cannot be recycled. What’s more, they take about 400 years to decompose. On the other hand, bamboo is biodegradable. This material decomposes in only 5-10 years, sometimes even less depending on how it is disposed of. Single bamboo toothbrushes can be purchased for as low as $3. Many companies also offer packs of 2 to 10 bamboo toothbrushes at very reasonable prices.
Tip: Stay away from brands that use plastic as packaging, and watch out for nylon-6 bristles. None of these are biodegradable. Instead, look for cardboard or paper packages and nylon-4 bristles.
2. Wool Dryer Balls
Single-use dryer sheets may get rid of static and lint, but they are also harmful to the environment. This is because they are typically made of polyester and coated with chemical fabric softener and fragrance. These sheets are non-recyclable and the fragrance and toxic fumes they emit are released into the air through the dryer vent. These emissions are harmful to both the environment and our health.
A great alternative to dryer sheets is wool dryer balls. These balls are zero-waste, their average cost is about the same as dryer sheets, and they last much longer. Add a wool fall to a drying load and it will fluff the clothes as they spin, removing static during the cycle. They also absorb moisture from clothes, shortening their drying time and therefore saving electricity.
Tip: Add fragrance to clothes by adding a few drops of high-quality essential oil to the wool balls.
3. Green Cleaners
Though they do the job of keeping your surfaces clean, there are toxic chemicals in many disinfectants and cleaners. This makes them harmful to indoor and outdoor environments. They can contaminate local bodies of water, contribute to air quality and pollution, and their non-recyclable containers pile up in landfills.
Nowadays, there are many greener options available in the cleaning aisles at stores. Companies such as method, Seventh Generation, and Love Home and Planet offer plant-based products and recycled packaging at prices comparable to those of the big corporations.
When you switch over to these eco-friendly household items, the environment and your wallet will thank you. For more tips on how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, check out our blog, or contact us to learn more about how you can live green.