What does your laundry routine look like right now? Most people’s laundry room is probably full of plastic bottles of detergent, single-use dryer sheets and bottles of fabric softener. And while the wastefulness of that is something to comment on, the real danger lies in what’s in the products.
So many laundry products contain ingredients that are harmful to both humans and the environment. A lot of people forget that what we put in our washing machines heads into our waterways. Unfortunately, many laundry products contribute to water pollution on a massive scale.
Thankfully, there are several ways we can green our laundry room – from the detergent we use to the actual washing machine itself. Here are 11 eco-friendly laundry tips that will keep your clothes spotless without harming the planet.
Interested in making your home more eco-friendly? There are so many items in your house that may not be sustainable – and that’s okay! No one is perfect so it’s important to learn and make better choices down the line.
To me, having an eco-friendly home means being mindful of the items you bring into it. It also means knowing what powers your home – fossil fuels or renewables – and learning ways to save energy.
The good news is there’s no one way to have a sustainable home. The tips on this list don’t have to happen overnight – you can pick and choose which are most feasible for you at this point in time. Here are 8 ways to make your home more eco-friendly.
Did you know what you eat can have an impact on the planet? Food production actually contributes to climate change: Forests are often torn down to rear cattle and grow crops for livestock while oceans are overfished and trawled.
About a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions comes from our food. Also, most food is farmed out of season, which utilizes further resources to sustain it, and then heavily packaged in plastic by the time it arrives at our door.
The ironic part is we often waste the food we have too – In the United States alone, nearly 40 percent of food is wasted. Thankfully, there are ways to change the relationship we have with food for the better. Here are 11 tips to eat more sustainably.
For decades, economists have talked about the term Peak Oil, which is the point at which we pass the maximum production of petroleum worldwide. Given that plastic is made completely from oil, the concept of Peak Plastic is also inevitable.
A book written in 2018 by American business professor, Jack Buffington, discusses this topic. In Peak Plastic, Buffington defines the term as the point where the marginal benefit of plastic use to society will be less than its detrimental cost to the environment. According to Buffington, we’ll hit Peak Plastic by 2030. That’s not too far off.
Investors and economists are already predicting the demise of conventional gasoline powered cars, and the inevitable takeover of electric powered vehicles. It makes sense that as society moves away from using petroleum as a fuel, we will also move away from using petroleum in the form of plastic in our products and our packaging. Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Eco-Friendly Toothbrushes are the Future
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