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Easy Everyday Eco-Friendly Swaps

solid soap bars, coffee grounds and oils for easy eco-friendly beauty routine

Small changes can make a huge impact, especially if practised collectively. We should all strive for a more eco-conscious lifestyle and reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. It is not always simple, but some easy, eco-friendly swaps will not break the bank and your sanity.  These sustainable alternatives can be effortlessly incorporated into our daily routine.

Easy Eco-friendly Swaps when On the Go

  • Reusable water bottles, thermos and coffee cups for homemade beverages instead of plastic bottles and take-out coffee cups.
  • Lunch boxes – jars – silicon bags – beeswax wraps for lunches and snacks when out and about. 
  • Reusable totes and shopping bags for shopping trips and grocery shopping. Baskets or backpacks are also great options. 
  • Bamboo or stainless steel straws and cutlery instead of single-use plastic alternatives. 

Personal care

  • Solid shampoo and conditioner. Solid shower bar and body lotion. They are easy to use and carry with you on a trip or in the gym.
  • Solid deodorant or natural one packaged in compostable or recyclable materials. Avoid aerosol cans and plastic packaging. 
  • Dental tabs or paste in glass containers and biodegradable dental floss.
  • Bamboo toothbrush.
  • DIY your skincare and makeup using natural ingredients. It is beneficial for your skin and the environment.
  • The safety razor and replaceable blades instead of single-use plastic razors.
  • Menstrual cups, period panties or reusable pads instead of disposable menstrual products.
sustainable personal care and hygiene essentials

At home

  • DIY your detergents. It is simple, efficient and eco-friendly. Ditch all plastic packaging and harmful chemicals frequently found in commercial detergents. 
  • Powder or tab detergents. You will need to dissolve them in tap water. If you’re not into DIY, this is the perfect option.
  • Compostable sponges and wipes.
  • Swap single-use paper towels for reusable cloth towels. 
  • Replace all synthetic home fragrances with essential oil diffusers and eliminate toxic chemicals that most air fresheners contain.
  • Replace traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs. They are energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions. 
  • Compost. Compost bins are inexpensive and easy to use. Compost your food scraps and enrich your garden soil. 
  • Air-dry your clothes instead of using a dryer whenever weather conditions allow. 
  • Swap regular diapers with cloth, compostable or reusable diapers for babies. 
  • Whenever replacing home appliances, search for energy-saving alternatives. 
  • Glass or silicone jars and bags for food storage instead of plastic ones.

Clothing 

  • Prioritise natural renewable fibres and avoid synthetic ones. That could be organic cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, or tencel. 
  • Buy second-hand. 
  • Prioritise mono-fibre garments. Mixed fibres can hardly ever be recycled. 
  • Re-use, re-purpose, and up-cycle whenever possible.
  • Sell, gift or donate clothing and accessories you do not use anymore. 
  • Prioritise quality over quantity. Take good care of your clothing and repair it whenever possible. Buy from eco-friendly brands. 
natural fibre hat and cardigan

Other easy eco-friendly swaps

  • Select products with minimal or compostable packaging, or buy bulk.
  • Reduce meat consumption, and buy grass-fed and sustainable options.
  • Buy local and seasonal foods. Prioritise organic. 
  • Drive less. Prioritise walking, cycling, or public transport whenever possible. 
  • Buy only things that you need. Be mindful and consider the environmental impact of every purchase. 

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