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7 things to gradually replace if you’re interested in going green

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The average temperature on the planet Earth has increased in the past 100 years as a result of changes in the activity of the Sun and human activity on Earth. Global warming and pollution of rivers, oceans, air and cities are all making the earth a more challenging place to live. It seems that the planet is unstoppably rushing into a descent and that there is no salvation for it.

But still, not everything is so black. If we all work hard and change our bad habits, we can do a lot. If you want to go green, try these seven things and take action to save the planet:

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1. Be eco-friendly in the kitchen.

Pay attention to the cleaners you buy. It is possible to find products on the market that clearly emphasize their ecological character. If that is not enough for you, you can always make the remedy yourself with things available in the kitchen such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon.

Pay attention to the rags and sponges. By buying a brush, you can reduce the number of sponges you use. You will quickly get used to the comfort of using it and your hands will be gentler because they will come into contact with water and detergent much less.

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2. Go green in the bathroom.

Replace common products with environmentally friendly versions to avoid various phosphates, parabens and chlorine. When buying new towels or bathroom accessories, opt for bamboo products. Bamboo is the main eco-favorite due to its easy supply.

When it comes to soap, choose zero-waste hand soaps and use eco-friendly body baths and shampoos. Replace bathing in the bathtub with a shower to save liters of water and shorten the shower by a minute to further reduce bills. Replace the ordinary shower with the economical one to reduce the bill.

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3. Avoid home decorations with dangerous chemicals.

If you are thinking of new wallpapers, buy the ones that are known to come from trees from controlled sources, i.e. eco wallpaper. Make sure that the colors of the drawings on them are water-based and do not contain dangerous chemicals.

You should also recycle curtains. Shorten them for other windows or just change their holders.

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4. Replace plastic bags with eco-bags.

Plastic packaging is one of the most dangerous and visible pollutants on the planet. Use eco-bags instead of plastic bags. Eco bags are made of materials that are 100% degradable without residue. They can be completely recycled as they are 99.8% cellulosic like paper, cardboard and cotton. Ecological paper bags are completely harmless to your health or the environment. 

You can also reduce the use of plastic bottles, which also end up in landfills. Have your juice or water filled from larger bottles of industrially packaged beverages, or better yet, homemade juices and tap water.

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5. Buy products that help protect the environment.

One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to buy low-energy electrical products. Certain types of products, such as certain brands of computers, televisions and stereos, are designed to save energy and have a special label. By purchasing products with labels, you are helping to protect the environment.

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6. Ride a bike and walk more often.

Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of a car, ride a bike to work or take a walk if the distance from work to home is not too great. This will no only reduce air pollution but also burn calories and improve your health.

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7. Switch to eco-friendly wardrobe.

Sometimes, it is better to save some money and treat yourself to a piece of clothing made of natural materials. Some of these fabrics are of higher quality and are more expensive than their synthetic counterparts.

You may also simply switch completely to more economical natural materials, such as those made of cotton or linen. In each of your future purchases, be conscious of the influence that the quantity of clothing thrown carelessly has on the environment around us. The right information and daily adjustments to your lifestyle and shopping habits bring results. You can re-wear, remake or recycle clothes you already own.

When you want to create a wardrobe that has a positive impact on the planet, you have to choose what to focus on. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will it be the material from which the garment is made?
  • Is the garment vegan?
  • Is it recycled plastic?
  • Are the clothes from small, local manufacturers and brands?
  • Is it second-hand?
  • Is it painted with non-toxic paint?

Most of the time, you can’t apply all these criteria to one piece of clothing. Choose what is important to you.

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