We’ve all heard the saying, “stop and smell the roses” and although this quote isn’t literally saying to go outside and find some roses to sniff, what it is saying is that we should make time to relax and enjoy the lives we have.

 

When you’re stressed from school, work, relationships, or just life in general, its calming to take a walk outside to clear your mind. For many people, going outside alone or with friends and family is a simple way to step away from the hectic nature of a week of demanding work or one full of taking care of the house, kids, and family while juggling a million other things.

 

Just as we rely on going outside to smell the fresh air, the earth relies on us to protect it. The earth is a living being and how we treat it affects us in return. It’s really a what goes around comes around type of situation. The same way you’d clean your room or house when it’s gotten out of hand from a busy week of being in and out, we need to treat the Earth in the same TLC because it’s the only home that we have. We know it can initially seem daunting when thinking about what you’re supposed to do to help the environment, but you don’t have to tackle everything at once. There are simple steps you can take to do your part.

 

Adjusting to being more environmentally friendly isn’t about throwing everything you have out and drastically changing your everyday habits. Start small. Here’s 5 eco-friendly alternatives you can swap out for everyday items in your house. Another plus is that most, if not all of them will save you money in the long run.

 

You can try 2 or 3 items on this list and work your way up from there. Once you’ve gotten all 5 in the bag, you can think of new ways to make your home a more sustainable and eco-friendlier place. By doing this gradually, you’ll find that the adjustment isn’t too bad, and it’ll make you feel a lot better knowing that what you’re doing in your own home is helping the environmental around you.

   

 

A lot of people use these two simultaneously where one is used for cleaning spills and messy countertops, while the other is used for cooking purposes like cleaning the grease from the stove or patting the chicken dry before seasoning. While the chicken example is a fair excuse for not using a kitchen cloth, you can use kitchen cloths for all the other situations when you would need to clean up a mess in the kitchen. You’ll save money, trees, and air quality by cutting down on your paper towel usage.

You can place a few wherever you usually need paper towels like near the sink, next to the oven, and by the stove. Once they’ve gotten dirty, you can wash them in warm water and soap in the sink and hang dry them for their next use.

A biodegradable cloth is an option for those of you who are extra invested in being environmentally friendly. Once the biodegradable cloth has been used up to its fullest potential, you can toss it in your compost pile or bring it to your nearest compost location. A kitchen cloth will last much longer compared to paper towels that you usually run out of and buy every month.

   

Plastic bags are made from crude oil as are all other forms of plastic. Crude oil is a non-renewable fossil fuel that emits greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change. An extreme amount of energy is used to produce these plastic bags and they're nearly impossible to get rid of. 

Although many businesses have switched over to paper bags in hopes of lessening their ecological footprint, the production of paper bags requires a high amount of water which eventually pollutes our air and water. It also takes a long time for paper bags to decompose in landfills due to their high amount of waste and low amount of resources.

A better alternative to using plastic and paper bags at the grocery store and other shops are reusable bags made up of materials that don’t harm the environment during production like organic cotton, hemp, and Jute. You can keep a few near the door or in your car so that you remember to bring them on your way out to the store. By using these bags, you will avoid the waste of buying single use plastic bags and have a bag that will last you for years.

    

Using a different aluminum tin for each time you bake or cook something is wasteful and the amount you spend on them can add up over the years. Instead, consider the alternative option and invest in a set of metal, ceramic, or glass baking/cooking pans. We know that this is an investment, but we also believe its one that is worth making. The metal, ceramic, and glass pans will be more versatile in the kitchen and will last much longer than the aluminum tins.

   

We get it, fake plants seem like a lot less work for the same benefits of décor as real plants. But fake plants require a good amount of upkeep too. You have to dust and reach into the crevices of the fake plants to keep them looking fresh in your home. Fake plants are also harmful to the environment because of the dyes that are used to make them, and unlike real plants, they end up in landfills rather than into the earth.

When choosing to plant real plants and even starting a garden, you have to make sure to keep them healthy which can be a chore sometimes. But the fun of having real plants is getting to watch them grow and flourish. Also, real plants absorb carbon dioxide which is extremely beneficial for human and planet health. Overall, real plants give a lot more in return for the little amount of work we have to put in to keep them healthy and strong.

Check out our post about being a plant mom for more information about being a plant owner.

    

Dryers are expensive and use up a lot of electricity. By air drying your clothes, you end up saving a lot of money and reduce carbon emissions. Dryers also wear out the fabric’s fibers faster compared to if you were to air-dry. Yes, your clothes may feel stiff from being in one position while being air-dried, however the clothes will stay wrinkle free. If needed, you can use softener along with your laundry detergent to avoid this problem. If you have a family or live with other people, you can easily turn hanging clothes into a weekend activity that the kids would absolutely love.

     

If any of these have sparked your interest, let us know @boxbeautyco !!