5.27.2009

Going green

Small changes can make a big difference if we all make our effort. I'm trying to get rid of old habits and to replace them with good, green new ones.

You too can help the environment, and here are a few suggestions that I personally tried.

1. Replace paper towels with cloth towels 


You can find these nice UnPaper towels on Etsy. Not only it saves trees but it also helps reduce trash and chemicals in the environment.

2. Use eco friendly bags
 

Not only shopping bags, but also produce bags (the ones we put fruits and veggies in). I bought these reusable mesh bags a couple of months ago, they are just fantastic. Resistant and washable, they are perfect to replace grocery produce plastic bags. I get lots of comments when I shop, people asking me where I found these wonders!

3. Trade your disposable sponges for reusable scrubbies!
 

I talked about these scrubbies before, they still are a favorite item for dish washing. They are eternal (well, almost!), dish-washable, they scrub perfectly without scratching and again, they make less trash.

4. Re-use and upcycle


Whenever possible, I'm trying to give a second life to disposable items. It's a good creativity exercice and it can give surprising results. I'm upcycling bottles and glass objects a lot. I clean them and paint them, et voilĂ , original and useful new items!

5. Make your own cleaning products.

I'm making my own multi-use cleaning product with vinegar, soda and essential oil. I also tried making my own lundry soap with grated pure soap, washing soda and again, essential oils. It is very easy to make, cheap, efficient and.. green! You can find many sites with recipes for natural clening products on the net.

What about you? What do you do to make our world greener?

4 comments:

Hajar said...

Such a thoughtful post! So far I'm practicing no. 1, 2 and 4. I try to switch off the lights/electricity when I'm not using it and I cut down on driving. Preferring to take a jog/walk/or bicycle ride to get to nearby places. :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

came to your blog through Patti at peacox. Great post! Would you, could you give us your cleaning recipe? Which essential oil(s) do you use?

Zamzam Design said...

I mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar in 2 liters of wrm water. Than I add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and about 10-15 drops of HE. I change every time, and usually I mix 2-3 of them. I like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, cinnamon, they smell fresh!

Kerri said...

Thank you for including my unpaper towels. You have a wonderful blog!