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July 20, 2020

How Environmentally Safe Products Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

How Environmentally Safe Products Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

You can live a conscious life by making small changes in your daily routine. Repurposing items, being mindful of your consumption, and opting for environmentally safe products like Charlie’s Soap are just some of the many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home, according to Redfin. But how do eco-friendly household products actually work to protect the environment, or at least reduce their impact on it? We explain how some common environmentally products and practices work below.

Using EPA Safer Choice Cleaning Products

Products that are Safer Choice certified — like our laundry products and household cleaner! — means that they meet the strict criteria set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Safer Choice certified products contain no environmentally harmful surfactants, hazardous solvents, or inorganic phosphates. They’re hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and free of dyes and fragrances. 

The EPA also makes sure a product is made with resource conservation, worker safety, sustainable packaging, and more in mind. When you choose Safer Choice products, you’re supporting brands that are dedicated to preserving the health of the environment.

Composting Food Scraps

When organic waste, like food, sits in landfills and decomposes, it generates a potent greenhouse gas called methane. Greenhouse gases like methane trap heat in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming

By composting wasted food and other organic materials, you can help reduce methane emissions. Composting can also reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and help the soil retain more water. Compost is great for your lawn, plants, and garden!

Grow Your Own Herbs and Veggies

Speaking of gardens, why not start your own garden at home? A home garden is easy to customize according to the amount of space you have as well as your food preferences. If you love to use fresh herbs in your cooking but don’t have a lot of space, try using small planters or window boxes to grow the herbs you use most often. If you have more room in your backyard, you can plant vegetables that are easy to grow, like garlic, carrots, greens, squash, and cucumbers.

Avoid Disposable Products 

Disposable products made of plastic, paper, and other materials designed to last for a short time make up about 20% of America’s waste, which was about 67 million tons in 2017. By swapping disposable products for reusable household items, you can cut down on the waste you contribute.

Simple ways you can cut down on disposable products include:

  • Swapping paper napkins and paper towels for cloth napkins and cloth rags
  • Buying durable razors instead of disposable razors
  • Using rechargeable batteries
  • Making your own coffee at home and using your own thermos
  • Using a reusable water bottle instead of plastic water bottles
  • Bringing your own reusable bags when grocery shopping

Make Small Changes to Energy Consumption

There are a few ways you can make small changes to your water and energy consumption at home, reducing your overall demand for energy. Swapping old incandescent light bulbs for LED bulbs can reduce your energy consumption. They use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer. Plus, they’re typically cheaper, more durable, and they emit less heat (therefore making them safer).

Changing your laundry habits can decrease your energy use, too. When you can, switch to using colder water to wash your clothes instead of hot water. An estimated 75% to 90% of your washing machine’s energy use goes to warming up the water. Using cold water can lower your utility bill. 

And when it comes to drying your clothing and linens, why not use a clothesline? The dryer uses the most energy in the home after your refrigerator and washer. Air-drying instead can decrease your household’s carbon footprint, save money on energy bills, and conserve your fabrics. If you can’t air-dry outside, you might invest in a rack or accessory that can be used inside.

Make Environmentally Safe Choices

When you make it a habit to buy environmentally safe products and practice sustainable living, you can make a difference. Being eco-conscious benefits your personal life as well as the environment. 

There are even more ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home than we mentioned here. And when you’re ready to invest in eco-friendly laundry products and natural household cleaners, check out Charlie’s Soap line of products!