8 Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps for Beginners
Switching to a more mindful, eco-friendly lifestyle is a great way to do your part in helping the environment. You don’t have to be perfect, I’m certainly not. And in the words of Anne Marie Bonneau, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly. We need millions doing it imperfectly.” So with that idea in mind, here are some easy eco-friendly swaps you can make to become more eco-friendly today.
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Swap out your old mindset
In order to become more eco-friendly, you have to be open to examining your purchasing patterns. Shed the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra, and instead live by the 6 r’s of zero-waste living: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle and rot.
Really focus on refuse and reduce. Don’t go buying all new eco-friendly purchases until it’s really needed. Shop minimally and consciously, and make sure your purchases are really thought through.
Swap plastic bags for reusable shopping and produce bags
Swap single-use cups for something at home
Swap Ziplocks for washable snack bags
Ditch those single-use plastic bags, and store your snacks in something that can be washed and reused several times, like a set of these washable baggies.
Swap plastic toothbrushes for bamboo
Bamboo is a great sustainable material. Just check out these bamboo toothbrushes that are 100% plastic free and compostable. For floss, you can opt for a water flosser, or eco-friendly floss like this plastic-free bamboo floss.
Swap dryer sheets for dryer balls
Dryer balls, unlike dryer sheets, can be used countless times, and are a great addition to an eco-friendly laundry routine. I recommend these ones.
Swap paper towels and toilet paper for a bamboo and recycled version
I really like the Who Gives a Crap Brand. In fact, I wrote a review all about their bamboo toilet paper. They also have paper towels made with sugar cane and bamboo, and tissues made with 100% bamboo. And 50% of their profits are donated to help build toilets, and improve sanitation in the developing world.
Swap one-time use products for refillable
You know those big bags of toiletries you can oftentimes find? Don’t skip over those the next time you’re at the store. For example, instead of buying several hand soaps at once, buy the refillable version, and either purchase a reusable soap dispenser or reuse a bottle you already have.
What eco-friendly swaps do you want to make?
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