In a world surrounded by plastics where even electronic items are disposable, going green and living sustainably can feel like a bit of a challenge. The good news is, there are a wealth of small daily actions that all add up to help reduce our individual environmental footprint.
Here’s just five everyday environmental activities to consider…
Clean, green cleaning products
Long before we got brazen with bleach and super-enamoured with solvents, we managed to keep things clean. How? Using commonly available natural products and even edible ingredients that were readily available in our homes.
Some of the best natural cleaning products perform in much the same way as the commercial stuff, fizzing, effervescing and scouring with ease but they come at a greatly reduced environmental cost. If you’re looking to create your own, consider this nifty little natural number:
- ½ cup vinegar
- ¼ cup bi-carb of soda
- 2 litres of water
It’s a great all-round natural cleaner that’s effective for bathroom cleaning, general cleaning and removing soap stains on showers or cleaning mirrors. Oh and it’s cheap!
Get comfy with compost
There’s something that feels very wrong about disposing of all those food scraps. Well, go guilt free with your very own readily available compost bin. Regardless of whether you live on a property or in an apartment, new technology means there’s a smell-free compost bin available to suit.
Compost is an amazing natural fertilizer for your garden, but even if you don’t have a garden available, modern technology means there’s probably also a willing recipient nearby avidly awaiting your waste.
Check out sharewaste.com, an app and website that connects would-be composters with places to deposit their waste.
Push back on the packaging
Some of the most effective campaigns in history have seen consumers vote with their feet, and when it comes to packaging, the act of selecting products with less packaging stands to make a massive impact.
The World Wildlife Foundation explains on average, Australians use 130 kg of plastic each year, but only 12% is recycled. More frightening still, up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into the ocean.
And if you’re after a super-scary statistic 95% of plastic packaging is discarded after a single use.
The solution? Where possible, seek products with biodegradable packaging, and consider using beeswax food covers rather than cling film.
Recycled toilet paper
It’s the innocuous items we don’t even think about that can impact our environment beyond belief, and one of those is the everyday item that is toilet paper.
According to The World Counts at the time this post was published globally 8.5 million kilometres of toilet paper had been used already this year.
“The toilet paper we use could go around the planet every 2 minutes, or travel to the sun and back every 10 days. It would cover an area more than twice the size of France every year,” they note.
And the simple act of selecting recycled toilet paper stands to drastically reduce that carbon footprint.
“The difference between using new toilet paper and toilet paper made from recycled materials is 400 million trees, 660 million tons of water, and 45 million tons of oil,” they state.
The humble natural toothbrush
Each year 30 million plastic toothbrushes go to landfill in Australia, contributing 1000 tonnes of waste. Most people brush their teeth twice daily, with the average plastic toothbrush having a useable lifespan of two to three months.
Long after its useable lifespan ends, that plastic toothbrush remains in the environment, with an estimated duration of 500 years.
That’s a little item accumulating to create a lengthy impact, when the simple act of going biodegradable with a bamboo toothbrush could help reduce this waste.
About Bare Brush
At Bare Brush we have a range of natural toothbrushes offering minimal environmental impact. We also feature chew sticks from the Salvadora Persica Tree. Our aim is to offer the best available oral hygiene tools, while also minimising our environmental footprint. It’s the best of toothbrush history and environmental awareness combined in one convenient place.