How to start your eco-friendly journey in the household
Nowadays there’s a big hype on what we can do to reduce our environmental footprint, not only around the home but from the moment we step out the door. From reusable cutlery at work, bringing in your own container or having to pack lunch for the kids for rubbish free Tuesday, times are changing and we are excited about it.
There can be a lot of pressure being eco-friendly, especially as we’re reminded of the damage it can do from ads, social media to billboards at your local shops. But we think the best thing is to just start in one way or another…baby steps create a change which is, after all, the big hairy audacious goal. From what brand of baking paper you buy to making sure your washing up detergents are ‘waterway’ friendly, with just minor and easy changes you can make all the difference in your household and for the environment.
Implementing one thing at a time can be the easiest way to start your eco-friendly journey as it can be a little overwhelming to try to do all 10 things at once. Start making a commitment to changing just one item in the house and go from there. Talk to your kids about it also. Kids are so knowledgeable on what’s going on with the environment at the moment they will love that the house is making a commitment to change for the better.
Here are some products which are easy to find, easy to use and will ease you into your green journey.
Urban City Composter
We love this little contraption and whilst it’s big brother and sister can be quite overwhelming to commit too, this little baby can tuck just nicely under your kitchen sink perfect for couples, small families and apartment living.
The Urban Composter is an easy way to compost so we aren’t’ throwing un-necessary food waste into landfill. It’s a food scrap bin that you put under your sink but that’s not all. You then accelerate the composting process with a vegan citrus-based spray with effective micro-organisms. The liquid can be used as a drain cleaner or, diluted, it is great for the garden. The food scraps can be buried or put into an outdoor compost. How easy is that! Not to mention the positive impact you will be having on the environment. www.flauraandfauna.com.au
Eco-Certified home cleaning system, Koh has a universal cleaner which is an iconic formulation of exclusively potassium mineral salts and purified water which kills germs and is toxic-free. Once sprayed, the solution lifts, suspends and binds with dirt, grease and grime, and can neutralise organic stains and odours. What’s better than it is safe and effective for your entire home, is it can be used for anything! Wipe the benches down, get stains out of clothes, use it for mirrors, mop the floor, the list goes on. We love their dishwashing tablets also. Super friendly on our waterways. They have some bargain Koh bundles going so you can get the whole package in one hit! www.koh.com
You might have seen these handy squares recently. Say goodbye to glad wrap and single-use plastic and hello to these colourful beeswax wraps! Beeswax wraps are a reusable, washable and sustainable alternative, made with organic beeswax and a mix of oils. They last for months and can be used to wrap leftovers in the fridge, sandwiches or things for the lunchbox. Just wash with warm water in between uses and you’re good to go again. Don’t balk at the price tag as they will seem like a little bit of an investment, it’s worth it in the long run. Promise!
One of the first-ever and still one of the most successful eco-friendly cleaning brands we have all head about. Enjo focusing on sustainable living with a range of safe and effective fibre cleaning products that need no chemicals. With its super-smart technology, these reusable cloths and mops ensure safer, cheaper, faster and cleaner surfaces around your home. You can replace all your old stuff with this one wet fibre cloth. With a massive range, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your home. https://www.enjo.com.au/
This can be one of the easiest steps to reducing your plastic use and once you have a few you’ll be set for ages. With so many on the market, you can pop into your local Kmart, Target or homewares shop and you’ll be amazed at the variety. From BPA free to glass containers, your work lunch can be packed and ready to go in no time. Don’t go for the cheap and nasty, please! They just break and will defeat the purpose if you to keep replacing them.
Studies have shown many detergents contain harmful chemicals, some which are found in paints and varnishes. They are not only bad for your skin but also don’t dilute in the waterways. By switching to non-toxic laundry detergent, you’re doing your mark by helping your family and the environment. Check out the latest list of ‘Best Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergents’ here.
From the soap at the kitchen sink to liquid for your floors, hopefully, these products and tips can help you start your eco-friendly journey in the household.
What’s your little tip for going green in the house? We’d love to know over on our socials at @rayne_ella_