Swap it! Common household items made sustainable
So you’re on the path to leading a greener lifestyle. You recycle, you’re composting and you’ve invested in a KeepCup to make your morning coffee hit guilt and paper free.
However when it comes to your home, there are other ways to boost your sustainable footprint and it starts with swapping common household items with those that promote environmental friendliness and longevity.
How many times have you bought new bedding? How often have you considered what it’s made from? (Egyptian cotton doesn’t count!). Swapping your sheets for a more sustainable option doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort. In fact, there are a whole host of benefits from eco-friendly bedding and new brands are popping up all over the place. Opt for sheets made from 100% organic cotton, organic linen or bamboo. Organic cotton is free from the nasty chemicals used to treat regular cotton such as formaldehyde – a toxin linked to causing various cancers. As a fabric, linen is able to grow without pesticides and very little water. And bamboo is a self-regenerating natural resource – plus it’s luxuriously soft!
If you’re listening to your dentist then throwing out your toothbrush every three months can be problematic when it’s made from plastic. Bamboo toothbrushes are a fantastic alternative to a regular toothbrush and best of all, you can chuck it straight onto your compost pile! (Be sure to move the bristles before this, as these aren’t biodegradable).
It’s time to rethink where we are storing belongings, because it likely involves a lot of plastic. Switch to boxes or drawers made from natural timber, which is resilient and recyclable, stores carbon through its life cycle and adds a warm, rustic feel to your home.
Swap your plastic chopping boards for ones made from bamboo, look for glasses made from recycled glass and go for wooden cooking tools when you’re transforming your kitchen into a sustainable haven. Metal utensils often contain plastic to stop you from burning yourself, but wood is just as effective without the risk of causing injuries and harm to the environment.
Rugs and carpets
Did you know that your rug or carpet can have an impact on indoor air quality? You are not alone if you love that new carpet smell. But what you are breathing in is actually volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can be harmful to your health. Search for a rug made from jute, sisal or bamboo – it seems as though there’s nothing this marvellous material can’t be used for!
Many sustainable alternatives to household favourites are affordable.
However, if using greener materials around the home does mean shelling out a few extra dollars, a longer life span will save your hip pocket down the road. More importantly, it won’t cost the earth.