Upgrade your Common Household Items

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Last week, I received requests to post about sustainable alternatives for many common household products, so I decide to discuss generic household items this week. Next week’s post will be dedicated to celebrating Thanksgiving, but in the meantime, I hope that you find these tips helpful!

Toilet Paper

Last weekend, my boyfriend was making fun of me saying that I would use reusable toilet paper, but I’m not that extreme! The next time you’re shopping for toilet paper, look for products that are either made from bamboo or recycled materials. The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) actually published a list of their top eco-friendly toilet paper brands. This article also recommends the best tissue, paper towel and paper napkin brands. There is actually an eco-friendly toilet paper company that donates half of its profits to help build toilets for those in need around the world. Also, their toilet paper is made from 100% recycled materials or bamboo! Click here to check out their site!

Why are bamboo products any better than tree products?

Bamboo can grow to maturity in three to four months, while it takes decades for a tree to reach maturity. Harvesting bamboo helps protect our trees!

Napkins and Tissues

If you’re on a mission to live a zero-waste lifestyle, than switch out your paper napkins with cloth napkins. If you have a big family, it might be difficult to switch to cloth napkins. If that’s the case, be on the lookout for unbleached and biodegradable napkins.

The flu season is soon approaching, which means that we will be going through boxes and boxes of tissues. It might seem gross, but if you really want to cut back on your tissue waste, than it’s time to revert back to using good old handkerchiefs. If you’re not quite ready for that, bamboo tissues are always available for you to buy. Also, if you’re sick, take some medicine to help reduce your symptoms so you won’t need to reach for tissues as often!

The NRDC article that I listed above has some napkin and tissue brands that would be worth trying!

Batteries

Batteries contain hazardous chemicals and heavy metals. When batteries are improperly disposed of, which they usually are, they cause harm to life and the environment. Rechargeable batteries are great, but they actually contain more toxins than regular batteries, so if you choose to use them, just be sure to dispose of them properly when the time comes. Scientists are actively working to find better battery alternatives, and they are getting close! In the meantime, the best thing that you can do is make sure that you know how to properly dispose of your used batteries and consider if you want to try using rechargeable batteries. Look up your city’s guidelines for how to dispose of batteries!

Light Bulbs

Not all light bulbs are alike. Some light bulbs cost more when purchased, but actually can save you money when they’re put to use. Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use about 70% less energy than incandescent bulbs. All the while, LED light bulbs are even more efficient and last must longer than CFLs and incandescents. Check out this table below created by The Simple Dollar.

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