6 Easy Habits For Green Living at Home
Green living helps rid your home of harmful toxins, encourages self care practices in the purest form, and is your way to be a positive influence on our planet and the people who call it home. Even small changes in our daily lives can make a difference. Here are 6 easy habits to adopt for green living at home.
1. Develop a clean beauty routine.
Clean beauty is an ever growing market in today’s world of cosmetics. Beauty products are considered clean if they do not contain proven or suspected toxic ingredients. The goal is to leave behind products that have a negative effect on our bodies and world. Clean products can be vegan, organic, cruelty free (not tested on animals), fair trade, ethically manufactured, and/or packaged in recycled or sustainable materials. Not all clean beauty products make the mark in all of those ways, but all clean products are certainly a step in the right direction. Wondering where to get started with clean beauty? A great first step is learning more about harmful ingredients to avoid (check out this simple list by BeautyCounter) and the start reading the labels on the products you use. It might be time to make some changes!
2. Give slow fashion a try.
Like clean beauty, slow fashion is all about combating the negative implications the clothing market can have on the plants, people, and animals. The idea is to buy fewer items but at a better quality so your clothing will last, recycle or donate clothing to give it second life, and to purchase from brands that support ethical means of creating clothing. Again, a great first step is to read your clothing labels to see how and where they were produced.
3. Bring green cleaning products into your home.
Switching to green cleaning products might just be the easiest way to live a “greener” life this year! Simply put, green cleaning products help minimize toxins in and around your home. Using green cleaning products reduces air pollution outdoors and indoors and can minimize exposure to asthma and allergy triggers. You can find green products at just about any store you’d normally shop for cleaning supplies. Or, you can make your own usings simple ingredients like baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and essential oils.
4. Leave shoes at the door.
Another way to keep chemicals, pesticides, and other unwanted materials out of your home - leave shoes at the door. It doesn’t get any more simple than that!
5. Embrace glass and ditch the plastic.
When it comes to kitchen and food storage, consider options that you won’t continually be tossing in the garbage can. Glass containers are easy to wash and reuse. Plus, heating plastic containers in the microwave can cause tiny bits of plastic to absorb into the food. Although they can withstand higher temperatures, even plastics labeled “microwave safe” can still contain harmful chemicals - yuck!
6. Audit your consumption.
Can one person really make a difference in a large scale global “green” movement? I think so! Auditing your consumption at home and making small but intentional changes is your way to leave a positive impact. Do you leave the sink on while brushing your teeth? Do you let the faucet run while washing dishes? Is your air conditioner or heating running to cool or heat an empty house while you’re at school or work? Do you leave lights on when you leave a room or when natural light could do the job? Even if you don’t do any of these things on purpose, reducing consumption (even a little bit each month!) can add up and save you money while leaving a positive “green” impact.