People who are trying to be environmentally-friendly in their lifestyles usually focus on using less energy, driving electric cars or riding bikes, and eating local and organic food. Although these steps are important, there is a secret area of your house that is filled with too much waste: the bathroom. Experts say that as much as 50% of your home’s waste comes from the bathroom. That’s because of all of the bottles and containers of of soap, shampoo, perfume, toothpaste and cleaners, very few of which are biodegradable. Makeup is a special hazard, since much makeup is made from dangerous chemicals or tested on animals. If you want to be more eco-conscious, focus on these ways to reduce your environmental impact.
Can you recycle plastic bottles? The answer is actually yes. Since consumers are often confused about their ability to recycle plastic, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), helped create a new label. The How2Recycle label is intended to make packaging more consistent so that they know exactly what can be put in the recycle bin.
The top of the label indicates which parts of the package can be recycled and how to prepare it. The “how to recycle” section takes up the middle of the label. It shows whether the item is recycled traditionally or by some other means. The bottom of the label shows the format of recyclability. In this case, plastic. Although not all packaging is standard yet, looking for SPC-backed labels will help make the choices easier.
Makeup can be a tough nut to crack, largely because there are so many choices and so many different companies. If you are looking for makeup in non-plastic containers, there are new options.
Lush is a company selling shampoo and soap in solid bars. They are package-free.
Farm to Girl crates organic lip balms, moisturizers and soaps which all come with metal and glass packaging, which are easily recycled.
Major companies like Aveda are trying to improve their packaging. Aveda is selling a refillable color case for lip balm, which consumers can buy online.
The most exciting development in shampoo may be courtesy of a teenage boy and his grandmother, who appeared on Shark Tank. Their company sells NOHBO Balls, which are plant-based and compostable. The eco-friendly packaging is designed to eventually replace the plastic shampoo bottles, which can remain in landfills for 100 years.
The single-use balls are solid until they are mixed with water, which make them the ideal travel item, since they are not liquids. They also completely eliminate the need for storage containers.
Make Your Own Detergents
Although many people believe they would not be able to make their own detergent, it is both easy and economical to do so. To start, you need a bar of castile soap. Then you buy a large box of washing soda, which is available at most grocery stores. Finally, you buy borax, which is a natural mineral which is also available to consumers in a powder. Borax can be purchased at most grocery stores, too.
After grating the bar of soap with a cheese grater, mix two parts of washing soda with one part borax. Adding baking soda or essential oils is an optional step to add a little scent to your detergent. You then put the laundry detergent in a sealable container.
Originally posted 2016-08-10 00:29:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter