Taneesha Davis is a writer and editor living on the Mornington Peninsula. Visit girlbossmag.com.au for more.
Published September 3rd 2020
Get environmentally friendly this spring
Spring is here! For those of us still in lockdown, spring cleaning might be at the top of our list to keep us occupied. Spring cleaning gives us a good chance to declutter our houses but also gives us a good chance to see what we can change around the house to make more environmentally friendly. Here are 5 easy environmentally friendly swaps you can make around the house.
1. Reusable Produce Bags
Even with the introduction of restrictions on single-use plastic bags last year in Victoria, there's still a lot of plastic in our supermarkets. A quick browse through the produce aisle proves exactly that. I like to put my veggies in bags instead of straight into the basket, so these reusable produce bags have become super handy - especially when worried about germs at the supermarket lately!
Vinegar has so many uses around the house, and not just for cooking. Mixing white distilled vinegar with warm water (and maybe a few drops of essential oils for a pleasant smell!), and you have yourself an all-surface cleaner. I particularly like using it to clean my washing machine, cleaning the microwave, cleaning the dishwasher, and putting the mixture in a spray bottle, I now have a spot fabric cleaner. So many possibilities! A great article to read about more uses for cleaning with vinegar and without chemicals is here.
3. Bamboo Toothbrushes
The environmental switch up continues in the bathroom. Did you know that that plastic toothbrush you had as a kid will probably still be on this earth for another 1000 years, until the plastic actually breaks down? Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable, so they'll be around A LOT less time. They still work the same, are the same price, and are better for the planet! A super simple swap!
4. Beeswax Wraps
It's no secret that single-use plastic is bad for the environment. Luckily, there's a simple swap you can make in your kitchen. With beeswax wraps, you now have a food wrap that lasts for up to 18 months, that is completely compostable. Use beeswax wraps in place of cling wrap, and cover your food, leftovers, wrap up your lunch - any use you can think of that swaps your cling wrap out! Save yourself money and the environment.
Another cleaning product that can get the environmentally friendly makeover is your laundry powder. If you've been washing clothes with your usual washing powder or liquid, it could be time to make the switch to one that is better for the earth AND better for your pocket.
The Ecoegg does exactly that, with a reusable "egg" that you can refill with their environmentally-friendly pellets that clean your clothes even better than the chemical laundry washes.
You can purchase one or find out more information here.
What environmentally friendly swaps are you going to make this spring?