Over the years people have become more aware, that the use of eco-friendly, biodegradable and reusable products benefits of our planet. The habit of disposing used plastic bottles and bags is one of the leading causes of plastic pollution and other damages in the ecosystem. Plastic fills the sea, therefore killing our marine life. Dumping plastic is a human habit that we must stop, if we want our children to enjoy this planet as well.
What Does It Mean To Be Eco-friendly?
Eco-friendly is a term that simply describes the act of carrying out activities, that or not harmful to our environment. Over the years research have shown, that only nine percent of the plastics in the world are being recycled, with the rest left in landfills to decompose and this could take over a thousand years.
Looking at that, the truth is we have trashed the earth and if we were our own visitors, I guess at this point we would kick ourselves out of the place.
Why Should We Change?
By making the switch to zero waste and eco-friendly products, we reduce pollution and preserve our natural resources i.e water, soil and the air.
Most people seem to think the earth’s resources are unlimited, but that is not true. Resources can be reduced to a percentage that becomes useless overtime. Switching to eco-friendly products increases the sustainability of resources due to recycling.
With the use of eco-friendly products you don't just help the environment, you are also helping yourself, as eco-friendly products have been proven to be healthier. Most of these products are now made in beautiful and durable designs, which has increased their popularity.
Below are a few eco-friendly products you should try out today, for a better tomorrow!
The bamboo used for toothbrush production, is grown naturally without any added pesticides or chemicals etc. This toothbrush is better and healthier for both you and the environment, as both the handle and bristles are biodegradable and recyclable.
Bamboo is actually naturally antimicrobial, this means that bacteria won't be a problem. This is the same reason it is advisable for cooking utensils like the chopping board to be made from bamboo.
This is another great way to reduce your waste. Every morning we rush for a hot cup of coffee, be it caffeinated or decaffeinated, this means everyday a new plastic cup. Two cups of coffee per day all year round, would be 730 cups disposed in landfills per person. Now multiply that by at least 4 billion people.
On the other hand, a reusable bamboo coffee cup would be cheaper in the long term, because many coffee shops now offer discounts for people that bring their own cups and would not just save you lots of money, but would also save the environment.
Where can I get it? Zero waste online shop One Planet Zero, offers some amazing bamboo coffee cups.
When it comes to water bottles think reusable water bottle, and food grade high quality stainless steel or glass, not aluminium. These work for both hot or cold beverages and would definitely benefit you and the environment. Get it here.
Although they've been around for a while, menstrual cups and reusable menstrual pads have not been fully accepted in the society, despite their vast benefit to both women and the planet.
Reusable menstrual pads, just like classic disposable sanitary pads come in different styles, shapes and sizes. Some of their benefits are fewer leaks, very comfortable, can be worn for 12 hours, don't contain chemicals and they are very safe for the environment. This zero waste shop offers a nice selection of feminine care products.
These are the best alternative for plastic straws. The straws are made from bamboo and are completely compostable. Plastic straws contain BisphenolA (BPA), a component which the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns is dangerous to the health.
With the increasing climate changes and the amount of harm being done to the environment, Stainless steel/Bamboo straw would be the best alternative.
When it comes down to style, nothing stands out as much as sunglasses. Timeout at the beach on a sunny day, nothing beams more class like sunglasses, so who says you can't be eco-friendly and fashionable at the same time.
Wooden and Bamboo sunglasses have two benefits. They cover both your need to look fly and stunning, and as well protect the environment.
Most people use toothpaste bought at the shopping mall and supermarket, without considering it's components.
You probably never thought of making your own right? Here are a few reasons to consider making your own toothpaste.
- Does not contain glycerin, saccharin, sodium laurel sulfate and fluoride,
- Saves you a lot of money.
- Reduces waste caused by plastic toothpaste tubes.
More and more shopping centers are switching to reusable shopping bags, so why shouldn't you.
These are stylish and last a long time, like they're called in the U.K “bags for life”. So when next time you need a shopping bag, think reusable.
The first thing that comes to mind when cloth diapers are mentioned is a square cloth and safety pins, but that is so far from what is being discussed. These days there are lots of options that are both classy and trendy. You can find these here at our zero waste shop.
Washable cloth diapers are comfortable and protect your baby from skin irritations caused by disposable diapers. Get them at One Planet Zero.
Perhaps, the reason you'll consider a stainless steel razor is to avoid rust. But this product has the ability to greatly reduce plastic waste caused by the disposable plastic razors. It also provides a closer and cleaner shave, therefore reducing the amount of pressure necessary. Get yours at One Planet Zero.