To make your household more environmentally friendly, you do not have to change your entire life. Already small things in everyday life can result in big change. In this article, you will receive eight effective tips on how to manage your household in a more sustainable and eco-friendly way.
Alternative cleaning aids
At some point, even the most cuddly towel gets worn out and full of holes. But that doesn't mean you have to throw it away. In order to avoid waste, try reusing your old or broken towels, for example as cleaning cloths, covers for floor mops or even to dry your dog. Towels are not only easy to clean and environmentally friendly, but this way you will save a little money too.
Approximately 10,000 tons of disposable cutlery are wasted each year in Germany alone, but only a small proportion of it is recycled. To make sure that your take away cutlery does not end up in the trash bin, it is possible to use edible cutlery. Forks, knives and spoons made of different types of flour, grains and pulses are no longer thrown away after eating, but end up in your mouth instead. The edible cutlery does not only look cool, but also tastes delicious.
Another alternative is organic disposable tableware, which is made from renewable resources and is 100% compostable. The materials are for example palm leaves, bagasse (processing residues from sugar cane or wood), bioplastics starch blends (corn starch, potato starch or cellulose fibres) and PLA (polylactic acid).
Alternative wall paints
Conventional wall paints mainly contain chemical preservatives, solvents, pigments and binders. Recommendable are therefore alternative wall paints that have no or only very low pollutant emissions. Try for example water-based wall paints, in which the solvents have been replaced by water and low-emission paints are contained.
Chewing tablets offer a zero-waste alternative to traditional toothpaste packed in plastic. How it works? You simply chew one tablet for each tooth brushing, so that your saliva mixes with the tablet and creates foam. Brush your teeth as usual with a damp toothbrush using the resulting foam. The chewable tablets are made from very few ingredients, with no chemical emulsifiers, consistency enhancers or preservatives whatsoever.
When it comes to dental care, you may find that bamboo toothbrushes are a great eco-friendly and sustainable option for you. They consist of natural materials without harmful additives. Using these, you support your oral health on the one hand and our planet on the other.
In cooperation with our partner Nature Nerds, we give you a great sustainable product with your first order, including a sustainable bamboo toothbrush.
Solid shampoo is a plastic-free alternative to conventional, plastic-packaged shampoo. There is no packaging waste and it is also very easy to use: In contact with water, solid shampoo or hair soap easily dissolves in the hair and the resulting foam can be massaged in, just like normal shampoo.
Alternative bread bag
If you go to the bakery to buy fresh bread, you will surely get it in a paper bag. Going only twice a week already makes two paper bags per week, and a total of 104 bags per year. To avoid this unnecessary waste, you can simply use your own bread bag. The bread bag is made of linen, cotton or hemp and is therefore ideal for buying and storing bread, just like a bread box or bread pot.
Alternative make-up removal pads
Many women use cotton pads in their daily make-up removal routine. Thus, every month a considerable amount of money is collected in the bathroom waste bin. Sustainable make-up removal pads, which are easy to clean and reuse, are therefore a more eco-friendly solution for the daily facial cleaning routine.
Our cooperation partner Nature Nerds produces great reusable, sustainable make-up removal pads. And the best part: You now have the opportunity to receive one of these products as a free gift with your first order.
These eight tips should give you a little help in making your home more sustainable. As you can see, you can already make a valuable contribution to our environment and your own health with very simple measures. No complicated and time-consuming measures are required, but only a small step back to nature.