Are you wondering how to be more environmentally friendly? We all have a responsibility to look after the Earth and there are a number of things that we can be doing in our daily lives to reduce our environmental impact.
Many household items cause a lot of damage to our planet, but there are alternatives out there. So, to help you have a more eco-friendly house, below are some easy changes you can make to become more environmentally conscious.
On average, Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. They don’t biodegrade, and they can wreak havoc on the ocean and its creatures. A really simple alternative is to use metal or paper straws instead of plastic. These collapsible stainless steel drinking straws are perfect for carrying around in your purse.
Have you heard of Guppyfriend? This nifty tool reduces the amount of microfiber plastics that end up in the ocean from your laundry.
Guppyfriend is a wash bag that protects your clothes, reduces the shedding of fibers, and filters the fibers that do break. This innovative product is made from polyamide 6.6 and doesn’t shed any microfibers itself.
All you need to do is put your clothing and fabrics into the Guppyfriend before you put them in the washing machine, and you’re good to go!
Plastic cutlery is a big problem. It’s not durable, so it breaks easily and has to go in the trash. It’s not recyclable and it’s also often given out to people when they haven’t even asked for it.
Simply carrying a metal (or wooden) knife, fork, and spoon around in your purse can hugely reduce the amount of plastic cutlery you’re using over time.
Diapers and sanitary products take up a lot of space in landfill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 200 billion disposable diapers are discarded each year.
The good news is that there are some really easy-to-use, reusable alternatives. Brands such as Bugalubaby offer cloth diapers and cloth sanitary pads, but there are a great many different kinds of reusable diapers and sanitary products that you can get online or in supermarkets.
However, if reusable diapers don’t fit in with your lifestyle, you could opt for more sustainable disposable diapers. These disposable diapers from Honest are comfy and effective, but are made from sustainable, plant-based materials.
It’s not just laundry that causes harmful microfiber plastics to enter the ocean (and the environment as a whole). Cosmetics play a big part, too. Microbeads are the small (less than 5 mm) balls found in some cosmetic products. They're designed to scrub and exfoliate our skin.
Unfortunately, these aren’t filtered in our water systems and end up in the ocean. There are plenty of more environmentally-friendly alternatives, though. However, you can exfoliate your face and body with a washcloth, and there are tonnes of brands out there that create exfoliators from natural sources such as rice grains.
A brand we love is Love Beauty and Planet, which is an environmentally-conscious cosmetics company taking impressive steps to creating 100% biodegradable product formulations.
Pest control is responsible for many damaging chemicals finding their way into our homes and communities. But luckily there are greener options that are much kinder to you, your family, your pets, and the environment. Taking some time to look for greener pest control solutions in your area could significantly reduce the amount of toxins being released into the environment.
At Natran, we only use plant-based treatments in our pest control services, reducing the amount of harsh chemicals going into the Earth. But we’ve also made some changes in our office over the years. The changes we’ve made in the Natran office to be more mindful of the environment are:
We’re always on the lookout for new ways to reduce our environmental impact as a business, so we’re all ears if you have any suggestions.
Think you’ve got pests at your home or workplace? Natran offers effective green pest control services in Houston and Austin. Click here to find out more about our pest control options and how you can book your free, next-day consultation.