We love all things eco-friendly here at DC Home Buzz. With the new go green movement, its easier than ever to find eco friendly products and ideas. Sure, you can turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, and turn off lights when you leave a room (which is great if you already have a habit of doing these things), but there are other little things you could do as well. Here are a few of our favorite easy ways to make your home and your daily routine more green.
1. Switch up your household cleaners
We all tend to be creatures of habit when it comes to the household cleaners we buy. You might also think that more natural products won’t leave your counters as clean as the common strong-smelling household cleaner. Of course, many of these typical household cleaners have some pretty harmful chemicals, which is why the strong smell of ammonia lingers after you wipe down your windows or countertops. The truth is, the right brand of the more natural products can clean your counters just as well as any other cleaner. Sun and Earth was rated #1 green cleaner by Good Housekeeping, and you can buy it here. We also personally recommend Green Works by Clorox, which can easily be found at many major stores.
2. Recycle dead batteries
Realistically, you shouldn’t put anything in the garbage that you wouldn’t want in the food you eat, the water you drink, or the air you breathe. Heavy metals and corrosive acids found in batteries are definitely objects you wouldn’t want in any of those things. Instead of stashing dead batteries in the bottom of your garbage, you can drop them (and any other harmful products you aren’t sure how to dispose) off at Whole Foods.
3. Skip the plastic and go fabric
Plastic store bags take years to decompose when they are disposed of properly. When they aren’t, they can pollute waterways, clog up sewers, and harm the habitats of poor little dolphins and other ocean creatures. Many stores now even charge people for these, costing you more money. Not to mention, they are also notorious for breaking. Its never fun when a box of Froot Loops tears a hole at the bottom of your bag and your recently bought groceries scatter all over the street or tumble down your apartment stairs. So simply put, plastic bags are just all around bad for everyone. Fabric shopping bags are the way to go. Many major stores already sell these at a very low cost. ChicoBag offers a variety of reusable bags as well. If you are the person who always forgets the bags at home, you can buy compact bags like these ones to tuck away in your purse.
4. Turn on those energy efficient lightbulbs
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs use 66% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. So they last longer and cost you less money, and are better for the environment. Its a win-win situation.
5. Make your own oxygen
In science 101 we all learned (but probably forgot) that plants absorb toxic gases like Co2 and give off good, essential gasses like oxygen. So why not supply your space with some great smells and clean oxygen?! Decorate your home with some real plants. You don’t need a green thumb to maintain a nice Fiddleleaf Fig and these other low-maintenance plants. And of course build your own garden. Big yard, small yard, or no yard, anyone can have their own personal garden. Click here for some small space gardening ideas.