Four simple ways to go green at home
From natural cleaning products to reusable wraps and natural toothpaste these simple switches can make for a more sustainable, eco-friendly home.
Making the decision to have a greener, more sustainable household can be overwhelming. Everywhere you look there seems to be a new, better way of doing things, and things that you don’t even think twice about are now passionately outlawed. It’s enough to make any person give up completely, putting it all in the too-hard basket. But, it doesn’t have to be. As recent events show, the collective impact of one person choosing to do the mindful thing creates a huge, positive ripple effect for the entire world. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the simplest ways you can go more eco at home.
Choose natural cleaning products.
When it comes to minimising toxins in our home, one of the easiest ways to make a big impact is by switching to plant-based, natural cleaning products. And, since there’s currently no regulation in Australia for listing the ingredients in a cleaning product, you’re never quite sure what kind of potentially toxic chemicals are lurking in your cupboard. There is a myth that natural cleaning products don’t work as well as the chemicals, but, well that’s a big fat fib (have you met eucalyptus or tea tree oil?). They’re also non-toxic unlike, say, formaldehyde, triclosan or boric acid which are commonly found in cleaning products, and they don’t have any endocrine (hormone) disruptors. And, it goes without saying that they’re better for the environment too. We love this all-natural range by Aussie brand Bondi Wash.
Get an eco toothbrush
Before you roll your eyes and think this is just another fad, consider this little bit of trivia: it’s estimated that Aussies ditch 30 million of plastic toothbrushes each year – and that’s with people only throwing out two each (which we all know should be far more). Yes, they’re small, but they do create a mighty impact. So, consider switching to a compostable or recyclable version like bamboo, or this charcoal toothbrush from Grin, that’s made from corn starch. Oh, and while you’re at it, switch to a natural toothpaste, like this which is free of SLS, triclosan, sugar, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
Swap to shampoo and soap bars
Yes, they do do the same job as bottled body wash and shampoo - just with less than half the waste! The new wave of shampoo bars and soap bars come packed with natural ingredients and essential oils so you’ll still smell great too. We love this three-in-one bar by Washpool which is infused with bergamot, patchouli and cedarwood.
Choose reusable makeup pads
Say sayonara to single use cotton balls, and instead invest in reusable, washable facial pads. These Ever Eco bamboo reusable facial pads are not only washable, they’re made from sustainable fabric (bamboo grows in abundance) too. With a terry cloth side for more stubborn makeup (and gentle exfoliation) and a velour side for sensitive areas, they’re ideal for cleansing, as well as toning, removing masks, or micellar water.