Eco-friendly Swaps That You Must Make

Here are our top tips on how you can switch to a more sustainable lifestyle

With climate change becoming more than an alarming reality and pollution rising to unprecedented levels it is important for all of us to take steps to reduce our carbon footprint and work towards an eco-friendlier and zero-waste lifestyle. And our efforts begin at home. Here are a few easy swaps you can make around your house to work towards cleaner and greener living.

Bath essentials:

Open your bathroom cupboard and look at the number of chemicals in the products you are using and the amount of plastic as well used to make the containers and tubes. The bathroom is a great place to begin your journey to an eco-friendlier lifestyle. One of the first steps you can take is to swap your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one. Other key measures, include using a soap bar instead of a shower gel and a shampoo bar instead of liquid shampoos. There are several brands in the market that offer such products. Use only bath products that are made with natural and organic ingredients with no sulphates, parabens, artificial fragrances etc. That you will be preventing these chemicals from leaching back into the soil and the sea where they could potentially harm marine life. Another key swap is to junk your plastic loofah and use one made with coir or any other natural material.

Sanitary napkins:

Are a huge contributor to our landfills. Did you know? Around 12.3 billion sanitary napkins – around 113,000 tonnes of waste – are added to India's landfills every year, as per studies. Here’s what you can do – either switch to sanitary pads and tampons made with 100% biodegradable materials or use a menstrual cup.

Carry your own water bottle and coffee/tea cup wherever you go:

Have you ever thought about the number of plastic water bottles that are dumped in the trash every day? Or the coffee/tea cups that are dumped in the bin by millions every day? Carry your own water bottle and refill at a restaurant or café or in your office. Use your own stylish mug for your favourite cup of tea or coffee!

Paper napkins:

We all use paper towels at home – after all, isn’t it the most convenient way to mop up that kitchen spill? Here’s what you can do instead – switch to kitchen towels or tissues made with recyclable materials, or better still use cloth napkins.

Steel straws:

This is an absolute no-brainer. Did you know that by 2050 we will have more plastic in the oceans than fish? Switching to steel straws is an important step in this regard, to do away with the millions of plastic straws that make their way to the oceans every year.

Reusable cloth bags:

Say no to plastic when you go shopping. Use your own cloth bags instead.

Plant-based cleaners:

When you used cleaners at home that contain loads of chemicals, all these chemicals make their way back to the soil and water. And could be disastrous for marine life. Make the switch to plant-based cleaners like Osh – that way you will end up using less water as such cleaners foam less and you will not have to be worried about chemicals leaching back into the soil and water. Make the switch now!
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