Going green doesn’t have to be difficult; in fact, there are some easy, everyday changes you can make that can have a significant impact.
Changing your dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, and other cleaning products to vegetable-based, soy-based non-toxic and non-petroleum products can make a big difference.
According to Seventh Generation, Inc. (a leading manufacture in eco-friendly cleaning products), if every U.S. household replaced only one 25 oz. bottle of petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a vegetable-based dishwashing liquid, we would save 118,700 barrels of oil—enough to heat and cool 6,800 U.S. homes for an entire year. (And we could save even more if we also replaced a container of laundry detergent and another type of cleaning product as well.)
And while we are the subject of doing laundry…be sure to wash laundry in cold water and line-dry your sheets and linens to conserve energy.
Bag It—Eco-Friendly Style
There are an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags used each year worldwide, and those who would like to do away with these non-eco-friendly bags are convinced of plastic bags’ negative effects: draining natural resources, consuming energy to manufacture, creating huge amounts of litter, choking innocent marine life, and adding to landfill waste.
Countries that have already banned or have taken action to discourage the use of plastic bags include Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, South Africa, and Taiwan. Instead of plastic bags, some suggest using double-handled hemp bags for larger grocery-shopping purchases and reusable, organic cotton mesh bags for smaller grocery purchases such as your fruits and vegetables.
Remember, too, to consolidate your trips to the store and running other errands. This cuts down on fuel consumption.
These are just a couple of easy, everyday steps you can take to make our world a better place to live in. Try them out this week.