Sustainable living is on the rise. Over 50% of consumers say that environmental concerns influence their purchase decisions, and companies are well aware of this. It is possible to buy an eco-friendly version of virtually everything, from eco-friendly straws to eco-friendly cleaning products. It is even possible to buy an eco-friendly home!
But with so many products out there, it can be difficult to know which products are the most effective. Thankfully we are here to help; here are six of the best eco-friendly products for families.
One of the most annoying things about buying fruit and vegetables is the plastic packaging, but you can cut the plastic out by investing in an organic net produce bag. These bags are made from cloth, so they are biodegradable, and they are super easy to use; just put loose vegetables into the bag, pay for them, and go home. Once you have unpacked put the bags in your car boot, and then you will always be prepared for your next shopping trip. Simple!
Lots of people put dryer sheets in their tumble dryer to ensure that their clothes smell great, but sadly this isn’t very good for the environment. This is because dryer sheets are single use, so the rubbish adds up quickly – and most of them take years or even decades to degrade. Wool laundry dryer balls are a much more sustainable option, as they can be used over and over again. They are also easy to use; all you need to do is put a few drops of essential oil on the ball and throw it in the dryer.
Wool laundry dryer balls also come with another benefit; they get between the clothing as the dryer spins, which means the clothes come out less crinkled. This could be why they are so popular!
Do you make packed lunches for you and your children? If so, you may want to consider buying some beeswax reusable food wraps for your home. These wraps can be used over and over again, and they are 100% biodegradable. They are also just as easy to use as a plastic bag or lunchbox; just wrap the food up and pop it in your bag. The wrap will stick to itself, providing a protective seal that keeps your food clean.
It is also possible to buy 100% compostable bin bags. This will significantly reduce your plastic waste, especially if you have a big family and you have to empty the bin every other day.
Cloth nappies have always been an eco-friendly alternative to disposable nappies, but you do need to wash them after every single use. This isn’t ideal for most families, especially if they are very busy, but thankfully there is a new option that is much more efficient; recyclable nappies. These nappies are made from 100% recyclable products, so you can bin them without feeling guilty.
If you want to reduce your plastic consumption you can buy stainless steel sippy bottles for the whole family. These bottles don’t require straws, they don’t spill (which is ideal for babies and toddlers!) and best of all; they can be recycled once you are done with them.