Are you always looking for new ways to lead a greener and healthier life? Sometimes, it’s even better to start with focusing on the small details that can make a huge difference. We listed below a few easy tips and habits - some you may already know, some new and others you may have forgotten along the way - to help you change your lifestyle for the better.
Tips and tricks to leading a greener and healthier life
The first thing you’ll want to do: rethink how you move or store your goods. First and foremost, styrofoam has to be out of the picture. Styrene, a.k.a. Polystyrene, or more usually called styrofoam is rarely recyclable, dissolves into tiny pieces that end up in the ocean, and takes more than 500 years to degrade. That’s definitely the first product that you’ll want to avoid, as it is more than often single-use.
Plastic and paper bags seem less harmful as they can be reused, but did you know that the average American uses (and gets rid) of no less than 300 plastic bags per year? One easy way to reduce that number (by a lot) is by bringing your own bag. Conveniently so, there are many cute and fun tote bags that double up into useful accessories. Whether they act as a fashion statement or a way of sharing your political views, we say yes to adding more totes to your life. Isn’t it a fun (and easy) way of taking care of the environment? Psst! The same goes for water bottles. Buy a reusable bottle and save the planet!
We also suggest doing some research and being careful with fragrances. It feels good when you finish cleaning the house and everything smells good, clean and fresh, right? We would definitely answer yes if only we could be sure that the products used during the process are phthlate-free. Phthlate-what? In 1991, the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) tested fragrances for chemicals, and found many chemical ingredients; such as acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, methylene chloride, and phthlates. The reason why so many harmful chemicals end up in fragrances is that perfume ingredients are protected under the U.S. Fair Packaging and Label Act because they are considered trade secrets, which means that they do not need to be disclosed. Even if you read the labels and google the ingredients, as soon as you read the words perfume or fragrance, a bunch of harmful chemicals could lurk into your home.
One last tip (and definitely the easiest one): opening a window every day. A recent study showed that indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental health concerns. This is due to all the chemicals in our household cleaners and furniture. The study showed that opening a window, even for only 10 minutes a day, can drastically reduce this pollution.
We know there are several more actions that can be adopted to lead a greener lifestyle and improve your health, and these are definitely some of the easiest ones we found along the way. Don’t hesitate to share your tips with us and all your friends - it’s through our community that we can grow, score tips and live a better life.