In celebration of Earth Day, we're sharing a few simple changes you can make at home that will have a positive impact on the environment.
1. Change your cleaning products.
Make the switch to non-toxic cleaning products that are healthier for you and the environment without compromising on cleaning power.
2. Swap paper towels for microfiber cloths.
It takes 17 trees and 2,000 gallons of water to produce one ton of paper towels.
Save trees (and money) by making this simple swap! Microfiber cloths are durable, yet soft enough to be used on almost any surface and, unlike paper towels, microfiber cloths can be washed and reused. If you absolutely must use paper towels, opt for recycled ones!
3. Avoid air fresheners.
Most air fresheners and spray-on deodorizers only mask bad odors and contain harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and phthalates.
Your first line of defense against stale air and bad odors should be proper ventilation; make sure that you are keeping windows open for a little while each day.
Plants can also be a great way to maintain healthy air quality in your home. Certain varieties such as bamboo palms, mass canes, and spider plants are able to filter toxins from the air.
5. Choose a reusable mop.
Mops that require disposable pads create unnecessary waste and the cleaning products in the pads often leave residue on floors, causing noticeable streaks. Mops with reusable microfiber pads reduce waste, save money, and allow you to use a non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning product of your choice.
Did you know that more than 60% of items that end up in the garbage could have been recycled?
Recycling is so easy and has an enormous impact on the environment. It's as simple as tossing paper, plastic, and metal items into a separate receptacle (you can even re-use a paper grocery bag as your recycling bin)!
Don't forget to dispose of harmful household items responsibly. If you have batteries, left-over paint, electronics, etc. contact your local department of sanitization to find a waste drop-off site. These items should never go in the regular trash.