10 Eco-Friendly Products for Your Home
There’s no denying the reality of climate change or the negative effects that human activity has had on the environment. Luckily, a growing movement is encouraging people to change their behavior by promoting a lifestyle that is both kinder to and more in sync with the natural world. Ready to join the green revolution? You can start by making some savvy updates to your home so that your lifestyle is more aligned with your eco-friendly intentions. These products will help you conserve energy, eliminate unnecessary waste, and lower your exposure to chemicals that are as bad for your health as they are for the planet.
This is one of the easier swaps you can try if you’re working on making some environmentally conscious improvements in your home. Standard cleaning agents made of bleach and ammonia can wind up polluting waterways after disposal. This all-purpose cleaner from Puracy is proven to effectively wipe up just about any household mess you can imagine —plus it’s 100 percent non-toxic and biodegradable.
Smart thermostats like this one from Nest are becoming increasingly popular due to their amazing energy and money-saving capabilities. We all do our best to remember to turn down the heat when we leave the house, but it’s easy to forget just how much energy is used in the process of heating and cooling. The Nest thermostat adapts to your routine and gets to know your temperature preferences, so you save money while you’re using less energy — which is a win for your wallet and the planet.
We know, we know, straws are super convenient, but as has been making headlines lately, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. So why not choose to be part of the solution and opt for some reusable stainless-steel straws instead? These straws from Yihong come in a pack of eight, with straight and bent varieties, plus two handy brushes that make them that much easier to clean.
Here’s one for the kids: Rather than buying baby food in disposable packages, you can cut down on household waste with these convenient, refillable snack pouches from WeeSprout. They’re perfect for juice, apple sauce, yogurt, or baby food, and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.
Remember that plastic stat? Well, it applies here too. Saran wrap, disposable Tupperware, and plastic bags can all be substituted with these eco-friendly wax-coated food wraps. They’re biodegradable, non-toxic, and are guaranteed to keep your leftovers tasting fresh.
Ditch your plastic toothbrush for something you can toss right into your compost bin. There are quite a few options when it comes to bamboo toothbrushes these days, but this brand utilizes an ergonomic design for a more comfortable grip. You’ll also get the benefit of four brushes per pack, so you can give one to every member of your household … or just have your own stash for back up.
You’ve been told to take shorter showers in order to save water, but a five-minute shower can feel unrealistic. Most standard shower heads use an average of 2.5 gallons of water per minute, but this one only uses 1.25 (don’t worry, there’s still plenty of water to wash off the suds) so you can spend those extra couple minutes under the hot water without any guilt.
This might be the most expensive items on our list, but it’s also a super important one to consider. Standard mattresses tend to be treated with chemicals during manufacture that can take years to fully off-gas and are highly polluting to your indoor air. This mattress has a lower price point than many of the more popular brands, but still uses CertiPUR-US and Oeko tex 100 certified materials which guarantee it is free of ozone depleters, flame retardants, phthalates, or heavy metals.
Burning candles in the wintertime (or anytime really) can help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in any room of your house, but unfortunately many of the best-smelling candles are made of petroleum-derived paraffin wax, and are scented with potentially toxic fragrances. Thankfully, it’s easy to find candles that are equally charming and aromatic that don’t contain any polluting chemicals. These candles from Mood Candle Co. use natural soy wax and aromatherapy-grade oils, making them a much healthier and more eco-friendly option for your home.
If you have a baby or are planning to start a family in the future, this one’s for you. Diapers are an item people pay little attention to since they aren’t the most glamorous topic of discussion, still, the majority of name-brand diapers are made of unsustainable synthetic materials and contain a laundry list of chemicals used for absorption. Neither of those things are good for your baby or for the environment, so why not try an organic bamboo option instead?