When I first found out I was pregnant many (MANY) years ago, I began taking a closer look at the food I was eating, the beauty products I was applying to my skin, and the type of purchases I was making for my home. I became concerned about the long term effects of each one of the choices I was making and started to change the way I lived slowly. Small changes like buying organic milk and natural beauty products came first. As I learned more about ecofriendly living, I incorporated lifestyle changes like composting and recycling. I am still working on creating a greener home but like to think that baby steps will get me there eventually. I have learned a few things over the years and thought I would share a few of my ecofriendly living tips with you:
1. Reconsider the disposable lifestyle: One of the first changes I made was to purchase cloth napkins. Of course, back then we had very little money so we chose whatever assorted patterns we found on clearance at Target. Nowadays, when I purchase new cloth napkins, tablecloths and other table decor I can be a little pickier. I have my eye on some beautiful bamboo sets for Christmas this year!
2. Use natural decor whenever possible: I like to decorate as much as the next girl but am not a big fan of a lot of the mass produced holiday stuff you see in most discount stores. I try to find items that will be relevant year round rather than just for a month or two. There really isn’t any reason to decorate your bathroom for Valentine’s Day, is there? Use natural decor items like flowers or art made by a local artist to bring a splash of color to your home. My daughter had a blast infusing these pine cones with essential oils for a natural (and pretty smelling!) centerpiece.
3. Buy secondhand: Buying furniture that is secondhand and refinishing it is a wonderful way to go green. This is a very effective way to keep perfectly good household items out of the landfills. Choose eco friendly paints to bring new life into old furniture. Buying second hand is not only a good step towards ecofriendly living but it also saves you money!
4. Choose natural fibers: There are a lot of natural fibers that are becoming popular today like hemp, bamboo, wool, and organic cotton. Clothes aren’t the only items to choose natural fibers for. Throw pillows, kitchen towels, sheets and many other household items can also be made from greener materials.
5. Know the ingredients in your household products: Everything we eat, drink or apply to our bodies has an effect not only on US but on the world around us. Choosing products that do not contain artificial colors, toxic chemicals, synthetic scents or other questionable ingredients will go a long way towards greening up your living space. Choose products who’s packages can be recycled or that are made from recycled products themselves. Products like those from The Honest Company are a great way to start on your journey to ecofriendly living.
Who is the Honest Company? The Honest Company was started by a mom and a dad who, like many modern parents, were increasingly worried about products made with questionable chemical ingredients. But the alternatives they found were often expensive, inaccessible, bland, or ineffective. In response to this clear need for something better, they created The Honest Company to ensure that parents (or anyone for that matter!) could easily find natural and non-toxic eco-friendly products that are beautiful, effective, and affordable. From customized product bundles to diapers and wipes to an ever-expanding line of cleaning and personal care products, you can find everything you need at Honest.com and have it delivered directly to your front door.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Honest Company. The opinions and text are all mine.