In modern day living we have developed a culture or habit of buying products we don’t need and sometimes pay little or no attention to if they are ethical or eco-friendly. With global warming becoming a major issue, it is becoming increasingly important to make the right choices when purchasing products and always go for the options that are better for our health and the environment.
Here are some eco-friendly tips that will help you in your daily lives:
• Ditch Plastic Bags – Always bring you own reusable bag with you on your numerous trips to the supermarket, you will not only save money but avoid filling your home with a huge collection of plastic bags and of course you will be doing your part for the environment as the impact of plastic bags on the environment is huge.
• Replace Disposables – Where ever possible replace disposable products with reusable ones with items such as razors, food containers, coffee filters and cups etc. Now days large coffee chains are starting to offer a reduced amount if you bring your own reusable cup which is a great incentive!
• Buy Green Paper: In general, try to buy products/containers made from recycled material as often as possible to support the recycled product market. When purchasing paper products (toilet paper, etc,), look for paper that has been recycled using a minimum of 50% post-consumer waste. Also, purchase from companies that do not use chlorine to bleach their paper products (which creates dioxin waste).
• Always buy Organic – When possible always try to buy organic products they are not only better for your health but organic locally grown produce reduces climate change emissions and help protect the environment.
• Get Rid of Toxic Cleaning Products – When it comes to cleaning your home make your it a toxic free zone without all those harmful chemicals. There are lots of eco-friendly options out there such as Ecover and Method but another option is to make your own with a combination of white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, tea-tree oil and water to make your own non-toxic cleaning products.
• Swap Bottled Water for Filtered – Instead of buying continuous bottles of water which only end up at landfill causing lots of harm to environment invest in a water filter system for your home. Purchasing a hand-held filter jug is a quick and easy option but for a more long-term solution, you may want to invest in having a home filter pump fitted.

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