4 Eco-Friendly Alternatives for Things You Use Every Day

 

As we go about our daily lives, there are certain things we use regularly. We each have our routines and usually stick to them to make life easier. When it comes to the environment, we all need to do our part to help lower our carbon footprint and recycle more. Did you know there are ways to be green by changing out the things you use every day for more eco-friendly alternatives? Below are a few tips to help you see what little changes can be made to help the environment.

Swap Your Plastic Bags for Tote Bags

With every person averaging at least one trip to the grocery store each week, it is no surprise that hundreds of billions of plastic bags are used each year. Once people arrive home from the grocery store the bags are thrown away and contribute to the large plastic problem. Instead of using the plastic bags grocery stores provide, why not bring your own tote bags. Printed tote bags are a great way to show off your style and be more eco-friendly. The bags come in all shapes and sizes so you can easily order a few for your vehicle and use when you go shopping.

Use a Travel Cup

One of the biggest threats to the environment is the amount of plastic we use. Even with recycling programs, tons of plastic is left in landfills each year, and in general, its water bottles. Eliminate this waste by swapping out your plastic water bottles for a reusable cup. You can then travel with water wherever you go but avoid creating an overabundance of waste.

Trade Plastic Straws for Reusable Ones

Another item adding to the plastic problem is straws. Plastic straws are used in homes as well as restaurants and create a real issue when it comes to being biodegradable. Instead of using a new plastic straw at home each time you make a drink or when you go to a restaurant, purchase reusable straws.

Made from stainless steel or flexible rubber, reusable straws can be cleaned and used again and again. You can even travel with them, so you always have an eco-friendly option when it comes to using straws.

Cleaning Wipes

If you are like most people, the easiest way to clean your home is with cleaning wipes. However, these items are adding to the list of trash we see in landfills. Using wipes to clean your counters and furnishings is quick and easy but can be swapped out for fabric to be more eco-friendly. Using cleaning material alternatives, you can have a neat and tidy home without the added trash. Simply wash the cloth and you can reuse it again and again.

These are just a few ideas on how you can make changes regarding items you use everyday to be a little eco-friendlier. Start small and see how you can make even more changes in your daily life to help the environment. It takes just one change to kick-start a chain reaction!