There’s one frequently asked question that always pops up around this time of year: “my new year resolution is to be kinder to the environment — what eco-friendly changes can I make to my routine?”
From switching out your makeup remover wipes to reusable alternatives, to replacing the kitchen dishcloth with one that’s made from sustainable and eco-friendly materials — there are many ways to shop consciously to create a positive impact on our planet. Read on to find out!
What eco-swaps can I make in my bathroom?
Consider the amount of makeup pads and wipes you’ve used in your lifetime… we know the thought can be daunting! Lucky enough, there is a solution. Reusable makeup pads and wipes are becoming increasingly popular as people start to shop more consciously and think about their impact on the earth. Handmade from uniquely formulated felted organic wool, nil reusable makeup remover pads are natural absorbent pads that remove makeup, dirt, oil and sunscreen. It’s a low-impact skin-care routine with nil waste!
Looking for a new toothbrush? Ditch the plastic and switch to sustainable bamboo. With a 100% biodegradable handle and soft bristles, opt for a bamboo toothbrush next time for an easy, eco-friendly alternative.
Solid shampoo, conditioner and soap bars are relatively new to the beauty world, but oh are they good! As a plastic-free alternative to bottles that create so much waste, how could you say no to a bar that creates no waste at all? Shampoo bars are highly concentrated with no added water, which last much longer than traditional supermarket bottles.
I’m always on kids’ lunches — how can I make my kitchen more eco-friendly?
Avoid plastic bags for your fruit and veg when shopping at the supermarket by using reusable organic produce bags. They’re sturdy, hold all your produce, and can be easily washed and reused for next time!
Imagine replacing 15 rolls of paper towels with one reusable alternative that creates zero waste and zero harm? It’s possible — try switching to eco dishcloths made from 100% natural and renewable materials that are super absorbent.
Plastic wrap and zip lock bags produce vast amounts of waste and often can only be used once or twice before going in the bin. A great alternative is organic beeswax wrap, made from New Zealand beeswax and organic cotton. As a by-product of honey production, beeswax is 100% biodegradable, meaning at the end of its lifecycle it can be popped in the compost bin to decompose completely.
What eco-friendly changes can I make when I head out of the house?
Try to remember a reusable coffee cup if you are purchasing a coffee from a café so you can say no to single-use plastic and paper cups. Most cafés offer a small discount if you bring in a reusable cup, so enjoy the cost savings and the feel-good factor that you are doing right by the environment. Top tip: always have one in your bag so you’re never caught empty-handed!
Another great option for the handbag or backpack are string shopping bags — they always come in handy. These are fantastic for carrying groceries or other shopping, and saves you paying extra for plastic or paper bags.
Face masks are here to stay so make sure you have a few on hand to rotate throughout the week. Ditch the disposable masks for sustainable, organic cotton masks with a filter system. Not only do these last much longer than disposable ones, but they offer greater protection — and with beautiful patterns and designs, you can even match your mask to your outfit!
Being eco-friendly doesn’t have to change the way you live your lifestyle. Making simple changes in the kitchen, bathroom and when you are out and about are a great way to shop consciously for products that give back to you and the environment.
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