Tips and Advice for Being Eco-Friendly

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There are many ways people can help the environment and become eco-friendly. As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I am being eco-friendly by choosing and using organic toothpaste, beauty products like face wash and moisturizers, and laundry detergent. Sometimes the house can smell when cooking, therefore after cooking instead of lighting scented candles, I choose to boil water and vinegar in a small pot and that really helps take the smell away. In the summer time I either do this or open up the windows, and it gets the job done. From personal experiences, I find that vinegar is very useful around the house. I also have used this as a replacement for my old bathroom and kitchen cleaning solutions. Once every two weeks, I would use a funnel and pour some vinegar down the drain in the bathtub to get rid of any clogged hairs. I do the same with the kitchen sink as well to clear of any tiny pieces of leftovers.

Manon Verchot (2014), wrote an article that gives tips and reasons for people to go green and it included topics such as being aware of what products we put on our body, as our body absorbs 60% of it. She also talks about the different methods of commuting, where people should walk whenever they can to places, ride their bicycle or use the subway, this way we can help to decrease air pollution. Furthermore, Verchot (2014), states that we can shift from using plastic water bottles to buying a reusable mug to refill our drinks and help reduce the use of plastics. I also find it useful to bring my own reusable shopping bags when I am shopping at the mall or grocery store, it’s beneficial and sometimes certain stores give customers discounts when using their own bag.

Here is a link to the David Suzuki Foundation to find more helpful tips on being eco-friendly: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/cleaning/

Here is an informative video that talks about the food wastage footprint from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoCVrkcaH6Q

References

Earth Day tips. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://oliebiologique.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/earthday-1024×613.jpg    (Photo credit)

Verchot, M. (2014, June 26). 10 reasons to go green starting NOW. Retrieved from Treehugger : http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-why-to-go-green.html

 

The Disadvantages of Using Eco-Friendly Products / Lifestyle

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When I started using more Eco-friendly products for around the house and for daily use, and incorporated it into my lifestyle, I noticed that it was more costly and at times, it would be more time consuming depending on which product it was. From using organic and environmentally friendly toothpaste, face and beauty products, and compact florescent lamps (CFL) light bulbs (Pullen, n.d.), the costs all adds up. Before I go and purchase these products, I would always do a price comparison of both the eco-friendly product and the regular product. The toothpaste that I pay for now is double the cost of what I used to use before, and in the tube there is also less product. The old tube of toothpaste was 130 ml while the one I use now is 85ml- that’s a difference of 45ml.

The area and aspect where using an eco-friendly product and incorporating this into ones lifestyle can get very costly, is when a person decides to use solar panels on the roof of their house. The upside to using solar panels in the long-run is that it does cut down on the energy bill while consuming less energy. However, the initial downside is that it is very expensive to install (Lake, 2015). Speaking of lifestyle, there is also the food we choose to eat that are friendly for the environment, and organic. Personally, when it comes to eating organic, I choose to grow what I can during the summer time even if it is something small. Some examples of the vegetable and herbs I grow in my backyard are tomatoes, hot chili peppers, Vietnamese coriander and basil. Organic food is more costly and it may also be harder to purchase these foods if a person does not live near a local farmer’s market for instance, or near grocery stores that sell fresh, organic and natural foods (Lake, 2015).

What are the ways in which you have become environmentally friendly? Would you ever consider changing your lifestyle into one that is environmentally friendly? Comments can be posted below.

References

ECO Cooker- Eco friendly. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.e-cooker.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ecotree.png  (Photo credit)

Lake, R. (2015, July 03). What Are the Disadvantages of Going Green? Retrieved from LIVESTRONG.COM: http://www.livestrong.com/article/137345-what-are-disadvantages-going-green/

ORGANIC FOOD ECO-LABELING VECTOR. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.vector-eps.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/organic-food-eco-labeling-vector.jpg   (Photo credit)

Pullen, K. (n.d.). Eco Friendly Light Bulbs. Retrieved from Love to know: http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/Eco_Friendly_Light_Bulbs