Make informed choices to minimize your environmental impact
Want to help the environment? Too busy to dedicate volunteer time to the cause? Well there is an easy way for you to support environmental sustainability…by buying things!
These 3 eco-friendly product choices are some alternatives to everyday products that you might be already using. We only have one Earth, so let’s take care of it.
(We are not sponsored by any of the following products)
1. Cleaning Products
There are many different types and brands of cleaning products out there. Most of them have chemicals and toxins that aren’t good for the environment and are not sustainable.
Things to look out for:
Non-biodegradable: They can pollute streams and rivers
GMOs: Genetically modified organism, made in a lab (not found naturally in the environment)
Tested on Animals: Can hurt animals and is not sustainable
Toxic: Bad for human or animal health
Nellies All Natural
The first company is Nellies All Natural. Their products are biodegradable, non-toxic, GMO free, chlorine free, not tested on animals, and more.
Let’s break some of these features down.
Biodegradable: Once you wash and rinse your clothes or dishes with this soap, it won’t be washed away and pollute the ocean. It will decompose away.
No GMOs: Nothing here was genetically modified in a lab.
No Animal Testing:. Keep the animals out in the wilderness to be a part of their natural life cycle.
If Nellies All Natural isn’t for you then don’t worry, I’ve got a few more cleaning products to tell you about.
Mrs. Meyers products’ are free of chlorine, bleach, ammonia, petroleum distillates, and more.. They use a biodegradable formula and 25% post-consumer plastic for their packaging. Some of their products also use renewable plant resources to add extra cleaning power.
The last cleaning product brand that I will talk about is made by ECOS. Their safer choice products use safer chemical ingredients, are EPA certified (Environmental Protection Agency), and are more environmental friendly than typical cleaning products.
2. Reusable Bags
Plastics shopping bags don’t break down/ decompose, they last 20-1,000 years. Nothing that we use should take that long to decompose. This includes plastic grocery shopping bags and plastic Ziploc bags. You can also wash and reuse your Ziploc bags that you already have too!
One of the easiest things you can do when you go shopping is bring your own bags to carry your groceries, clothes or whatever else back home. Buy a tote bag or any non-plastic bag and simply re-use it. By simply using a reusable bag you help reduce the use of thousands of plastic bags.
One company that provides eco-friendly alternatives to both shopping bags and Ziploc bags is Blue Avocado. They have reusable tote bags and reusable food storage bags (Ziploc alternative). The reusable food storage bags are more durable than Ziploc bags and you can reuse them and have a better reseal. You might be able to find these bags at some of their listed retailers: Staples, Bed Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.
Most people in the world wear shoes. There are more than 20 billion pairs of shoes manufactured each year. We don’t have 20 billion people to wear all those shoes. The manufacturing stage has a large impact on the environment, through the use of large amounts of water and energy. Shoes also have many toxins, chemicals, and fossil fuels are produced and leaked into the environment in a shoes life cycle.
Sole Rebels are handcrafted shoes made in Ethiopia. Some of their shoes have insoles made from recycled car tires, laces made from recycled truck inner tubes, and are vegan. As the only WFTO Fair Trade certified shoe company in the world, they’re not just good for the planet, but also people!
Neuaurashores is eco-conscious and animal-product free. Animals have a large impact on the environment when us humans get involved. Neuaurashoes only has women’s shoes but they are all animal free vegan shoes. They are also partnered with a factory in Brazil that decided to take responsibility of solid waste of the entire production, aiming to make it less harmful to the environment. The factory reuses 68% of their monthly 250-ton waste, the rest is taken to a Hazardous Industrial Waste Landfill, it’s not just being dumped into a lake or river.
I hope you learned something from this post and will apply it to your everyday life. Even just spreading information about environmental sustainability can help. We here at NVOSAS care about the environment, sustainability, and educating others. Let’s work together to protect the environment. Little changes can go a long way.
-Cam “Scruffy” Cottrell