Transitioning to an environment-friendly lifestyle can seem daunting and a lot of people ask; Where do I start from?
Does this mean I have to overhaul everything that I currently have?
The answer is no.
To be consistent, it’s best to start with small steps and we’ll be sharing sustainable, eco-friendly swaps you can make for items in your home. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
Washcloths for paper towels
Kitchen paper towels can be classified as single-use products and are a big contributor to household waste. When disposed of in landfills, paper towels break down and generate toxic gases. In addition, they are not recyclable because they are made from fibers that are too small to be useful during the recycling process.
By replacing paper towels with washcloths, you are reducing the negative effects on the environment and also saving costs as washcloths can be reused multiple times.
Water dispenser for bottled water
Buying water is among the highest household grocery costs, especially in Nigeria, where portable tap water is considered unsafe for drinking. By switching to using a water dispenser you are saving costs over the long term while also contributing to a safer and cleaner environment rid of plastic waste.
Other sustainable swaps you can make include:
- To-go coffee cups or water bottles instead of disposable cups
- Reusable tote shopping bags instead of single-use plastic bags
- Wooden/iron cutlery instead of disposable cutlery
Recyclable packaging for single-use packaging
This could include switching to a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, instead of a plastic toothbrush. Or purchasing bathroom essentials (such as deodorants, shampoos, soaps, conditioners, etc) that are made with recyclable packaging (paper or aluminum)
In addition, some brands offer refills for certain products such as shampoos or skincare. As such, you don’t need to dispose of the original containers, you can just top up with additional product.
Why do sustainable, eco-friendly swaps matter?
By developing the habit of making eco-friendly swaps for items in your home, you are creating a shift in mindset that helps you evaluate what you buy, and bring into your home and the effect of this on the environment.
The end result of this is a waste-free environment and improved quality of life.
What other eco-friendly swaps can you make in your home?
List them in the comments. We’ll be reading!