We’re often told to buy cleaners in bulk to save on packaging, but it’s not always practical and doable to keep a gallon-size jug of dish soap by the sink. A clear plastic condiment bottle left over from the last BBQ easily dispenses with the problem. 1. Soak an old squeezable bottle in hot water to clean off the label and remove any food residue, then let air dry. 2. Add soap; refill as needed. Eco Chic and very sensible for you and your home.
Chemical weed, fungus, and bug killers all fit under this category and should be avoided both inside and outside of your house. Researchers have linked these pesticides to various forms of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; insecticides have been connected to brain damage in kids.
Combating an indoor bug problem is as simple as cleaning up crumbs, sealing food in containers, and using wood shims and a caulking gun to fill pest entry points. If you’re spending big bucks on chemicals for a turf-like lawn, reconsider. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers kill the health of the soil and create a lawn that allows for little rainwater absorption, which contributes to flooding.
For example, in some countries, like the UK, some bumblebee species have gone extinct already. Many butterfly species are also struggling.
Bees make more than honey – they are key to food production because they pollinate crops. Bumblebees, other wild bees, and insects like butterflies, wasps, and flies all provide valuable pollination services. A third of the food that we eat depends on pollinating insects: vegetables like zucchini, fruits like apricot, nuts like almonds, spices like coriander, edible oils like canola, and many more… In Europe alone, the growth of over 4,000 vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators. But currently, more and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind too. Our lives depend on theirs.
Many of the steps you can take will help pollinators as a whole, as well as the bees. Learn how easy it is to Help Save the Bees
Yes, to be really, really green, you would always cook at home with all that wonderful produce from your garden or the local farmers’ market. But sometimes, that’s not possible. Next time you place an order, say you don’t want any paper napkins; if every American gave up one paper napkin a day, we’d save a billion pounds of paper from going to landfills each year. Also decline plastic utensils, individual condiment packets, and chopsticks, the latter of which cost China about 25 million trees a year to make. And ask if you can bring your own container and have them fill it for you. After all, how many packets of soy sauce does one person need?
It doesn’t get more local than this. Sure, you’re probably not going to grow enough food to feed your family every night. But if you have a wee bit of outdoor space or a windowsill, you can grow something. It’s much more satisfying to walk a few feet and pluck leaves for dinner than to drive to the store for herbs grown thousands of miles away and encased in plastic. Other relatively easy grow-at-home items include tomatoes, beans, and greens.
Avoid air fresheners, which leave gaseous chemicals like those found in moth balls.100% pure and natural air fresheners are the way to go!
Use deodorant instead of antiperspirant. Sweat is normal, but blocking pores is not. Avoid deodorants that contain aluminum and phthalates, which are plastics to help the fragrance stay on our skin (blocks endocrine functions) and parabens.
Food accounts for at least half of your water footprint…Eating less meat is the key to reducing it, because of all the water needed to raise the livestock. Start by skipping red meat — it takes 1,857 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. (Pork, chicken, and lamb require much less.)
It’s not just about all that plastic that ends up in landfills. “Three liters of regular water go into making just one liter of bottled water,” says the NRDC’s McRandle. Instead, opt for reusable water bottles.