I think there is a common stigma that you have to make big changes and swaps in your life in order to be eco-friendly but that is not the case at all. If you made the simple switch from using plastic water bottles to a re-usable water bottle, you would keeping out an average of 1,825 bottles PER YEAR PER ONE PERSON. When you put that large number on a common product that most households use, it puts humans’ consumption on a much more intense and real level. If you follow the swaps I mention below, I guarantee the world will start to see a change. It all starts with SOMEONE. One person at a time.
The Makeup Eraser quickly removes your makeup, easier and more efficiently than a typical makeup wipe. Just add water and re-use as many times as desired. For $20, you will be keeping 3,600 makeup wipes out of our landfills. Think of how much money you’ll be saving as well with this one time purchase.
Did you know it takes 500 years for the typical plastic toothbrush to decompose? Your usual plastic toothbrush can be swapped out for a bamboo one. It does the same thing as a regular toothbrush without the harmful effects on the environment because it’s decomposable.
Switching from typical plastic bottle shampoos to shampoo bars is actually a switch I’ve been trying out more recently. I got a trial set of different shampoo and conditioner bars from Amazon and have been loving them. It definitely takes a minute to get used to lathering up a bar instead of dealing with liquid soap but the bars do the same thing. There are also so many different options of bars available on the market and catered to your hair needs. I suggest trying out the trial pack I have been using, linked here.
With most of us being home a lot more often over the last couple of months, now more than ever is the time to invest in a water filter. A water filter pitcher takes up far less space than a bunch of plastic water bottles and it saves you a bunch of money in the long run. Also, look at how cute this yellow water bottle is… far cuter than a clear one-time-use plastic bottle.
There are so many options for second hand clothing available to consumers. Local thrifts stores, online shops such as ThredUp, Poshmark, etc. all offer cheap clothing options for those wanting to be more eco-friendly. I think there is another stigma around sustainable clothing being insanely expensive but there are so many affordable options out there as well. I am working on putting a list together of such businesses, so look out for that in the next couple of weeks.
Another easy and cheap swap to the ever-so-popular Ziploc baggies are silicone baggies. They do the exact same thing but just have to be washed after each use. To make it even easier and more convenient, they’re dishwasher safe.
Do you have other eco-friendly swaps that you follow? I would love to know about them so I can partake as well! Leave a comment below and let me know.