Reducing your family’s carbon footprint doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” proposition. We are fortunate enough to live in a time where simple natural product substitutions abound, making it easy for families to ease into practices that produce less waste, involve fewer chemicals, and enact small changes in their households that pave the way for the larger picture: reducing our impact on the environment.
You don’t have to forsake convenience, or throw away all cleaning products to make lifelong changes. shopOrganic.com provides a wide array of natural and organic products, geared towards households with a mind for sustainability, reuse, and effective natural solutions.
I’m going to show you a few ways to make small changes in your home, without feeling as though you’re ‘roughing it’. With simple product substitutions, you can create a household free of chemicals, producing less waste, and emphasis on sustainability and usability.
BABIES & CHILDREN
I’m a cloth diaper advocate. I was cloth diapered as a child, and chose to pass on that legacy to my own child(dren), but I know that cloth diapering isn’t for everyone. There are a wide range of natural and compostable disposable diapering options on the market, making it easier for you to keep chemicals out of your nursery, away from your little one’s precious bum, and drastically reduce the waste your family produces during the diapering years.
Naty Diapers, from Nature’s Babycare, offer a more natural disposable diaper alternative. Chlorine-free, oil-based plastics-free, hypoallergenic, and made from sustainably harvested pulp, you can feel great about putting Naty Diapers on your little one. Natracare organic cotton wipes are a great accoutrement for your natural diapering system.
One of the first ways I found to reduce our family’s waste was to substitute cloth for paper products in our household, the kitchen not excepted. I use cloth napkins, and have a bevy of dishtowels on-hand for spills and easy cleanups. What to do with all of this extra laundry? I keep a basket, lined with a pail liner, tucked away in a corner of my kitchen until I have enough soiled linens for a laundry day.
Unpaper towels are becoming a popular option for families seeking to reduce their household paper waste. TWIST Sponge Cloths are a great paper towel alternative, and are even dishwasher safe (making cleaning even easier). Bambooee Reusable Towels are another wonderful option; made from biodegradable organic bamboo, these towels are incredibly absorbent (bamboo is a miracle fiber!) and machine washable.
Last year, my husband convinced me that a Keurig would be a great addition to our kitchen. The potential K-cup waste made me put up a fight. We did end up getting a Keurig, but not without a compromise; thanks to reusable filters, my husband was happy to have a Keurig, and I was happy to alleviate potential K-cup waste. Our reusable filter also allows me to dabble in loose teas, something I had wanted to delve into, but never took the steps to buy the necessary equipment. This Frieling coffee and tea filter will allow you to enjoy your single-cup brewing system guilt-free.
Cling wrap, plastic wrap, Saran wrap; whatever you call it, it’s yet another plastic product headed to the landfill after one use. Bee’s Wrap is a great alternative to plastic wrap, and it’s reusable! Made from organic cotton muslin and beeswax, Bee’s Wrap will conform to the shape of your bowl, creating a seal for food storage. When you’re done with the wrap, simply wash with cool water and dish soap, air dry, and it’s ready for reuse.
Ready for a change? shopOrganic offers a Green & Clean Kitchen Kit to help you get started.
It took pregnancy and sensitive skin issues for me to ditch my ‘old standards’ and give natural toiletries a try. Pit paste and going poo-less are not for me, but making simple, natural substitutes for everyday products has eliminated the insane number of chemical-laden toiletry products our bathroom once contained, and my hair and skin have never been better.
shopOrganic features a wide range of natural and organic hair care products, many of which are color-safe. With my sensitive scalp, I found that switching to a natural shampoo drastically reduced my irritated scalp, and removed build-up produced by years of commercial hair product use.
I had almost given up on finding a facial cleanser and moisturizer [that didn’t burn or dry out my skin] until I discovered natural skin care products. I no longer have blotchy red patches, caused by artificial fragrances and chemicals, and my skin is not disproportionately dry. shopOrganic carries a full range of organic facial care products, but my favorite is the GO Ginger line by Ginger People.
I was overjoyed when we moved to our new home and were able to install a clothesline. Not only is line-drying great for our cloth diapers, and easy on our clothing, but there’s also something about putting on clothing that smells of fresh air, that earthy “after the rain” smell, instead of heavy artificial fragrances most commercial detergents and fabric softeners contain. Not only does line-drying cut down on your energy use, but hanging soiled laundry in the sun can be an effective stain remover. On rainy days, you can simply pop in wool dryer balls, or free and clear dryer sheets to soften your clothes in the dryer.
Cloth diapers, cloth napkins, dishtowels; this makes for a lot of laundry! Natural laundering has never been easier, with a wide range of environmentally-safe and chemical-free cleaning products commercially available. shopOrganic makes it easy, and affordable, for you to delve into natural laundering with their Green & Clean Laundry Kit.
If you’re ready to transition to a more eco-friendly household, or are looking for a one-stop natural product shop, shopOrganic.com has you covered! For more natural living tips, tricks, and recipes, visit shopOrganic’s blog HERE. Feeling social? Connect with shopOrganic on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
What are some of your favorite natural product substitutions? How have you taken steps towards creating a more eco-friendly household?
This post is sponsored by shopOrganic.com; however, all opinions expressed are my own.