Sometimes it can seem impossible to keep up with the latest eco-friendly trends, particularly when it comes to making changes in our home. From non-toxic cleaning products to reusable grocery bags, and energy efficient light bulbs, there are a myriad of ways to green your home and better your health as well as the environment.
To make it easier to get started, we devised a short guide that features 5 green products for a greener home:
1. Add Plants to Your Space for Cleaner Air
Studies by NASA and the EHP have found that indoor plants are better (and cheaper) than the ventilation systems used to filter out toxins. The Snake Plant, English Ivy, and Peace Lily are just a few of the many air-cleaning plants out there that you can easily find at your local home and garden center.
2. Use Low-VOC Paints
If you’re looking to spruce up your place with a fresh coat of paint, consider options that keep toxic chemicals to a minimum. Look out for cans of paint that are labelled, “eco-spec,” “low-odor,” or “zero-VOC.” Alternatively, you can ask home improvement stores for their recommendations.
If you aren’t a homeowner just yet, remember that it never hurts to ask your landlord to get your apartment move-in ready by using a low-VOC paint.
3. Ditch the Scented Candles
“Burning an aromatherapy candle made of paraffin is similar to preparing a healthy drink of fresh squeezed juice and adding a shot of gasoline.” – Eric Johnson of Candleworks.
Most of us light candles to add ambiance to a room, and when the air begins to smell of sweet aromas, it can be easy to forget the harmful effects scented candles can have on our health and the environment. Instead of choosing scented candles made from cheap wax that release chemical fragrances and metals into your home, opt for candles made with natural materials such as soy, vegetable or beeswax.
4. Be More Energy Efficient
LED light bulbs have recently become more affordable and can last for more than 10 years. Nevertheless, they are still more costly than incandescent bulbs. But by replacing regular bulbs with energy efficient bulbs, you can reduce your electricity bills and reduce environmental harm.
5. Reusable Products
BPA-free water bottles, reusable grocery bags, and eco-friendly food containers are just three alternatives to plastic, single-use products. By reusing everyday products, you can not only save money but space in our landfills, too.
Are there any green products you use to make for a greener home? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.