Sustainable living is simpler than what most people think. It is not about being perfect but being conscious about our actions and purchasing behaviors. It is about making small steps in the right direction to make our planet a better place for us and future generations.
There are many simple switches you can make at home to help contribute to a cleaner world. At Wooliio, we believe small change x a lot of people = big impact.
Here, we would like to share 5 simple things you can do make positive impact on the environment:
1) Switch from plastic straws to reusable straws
Most plastic straws are for one-time use only, they become wastes once we finish consuming a beverage. Plastic straws do not decompose, meaning that a plastic straw which you use for a 10-minute drink would never breakdown naturally but only break up into smaller particles that are harmful to the environment. According to research, over 1 million marine animals are killed each year by plastic waste in the ocean.
Luckily, there are many non-plastic alternatives, for example bamboo straws and stainless-steel straws, If you’d like to use a straw. These non-plastic straws are reusable (in the case of bamboo straws they are even biodegradable) and therefore can reduce single-use waste. Most importantly, they do not change the taste of your drink at all.
2) Switch from plastic toothbrush to bamboo toothbrush
Plastic toothbrush can take over 400 years to break down, meaning that all the toothbrushes you used in the past and use in the future will remain in landfills indefinitely. Currently, 99% of toothbrushes are still made of plastic. Each year, one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away in the U.S., creating 50 million pounds of waste. Some of these plastic brushes end up getting washed away into the ocean or breaking down into smaller plastics which are dangerous to us and our wildlife.
Switching to bamboo toothbrushes is easy and they work just the same as plastic toothbrushes. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants and can grow up to three feet a day without the need for fertilizers or pesticides. When it is time to replace your toothbrushes, bamboo toothbrushes can decompose in a compost bin in 4-6 months without adding plastic waste to the ocean.
3) Switch from dryer sheets to wool dryer balls
Wool dryer balls are great alternatives to your regular dryer sheets, which are made of plastic material and sometimes loaded with chemicals that are harmful to your health.
Wool dryer balls are eco-friendly in many different ways:
1) They can reduce drying time by 30%, which in turn reduce electricity use and carbon emission.
2) They are made of 100% natural wool and are completely biodegradable when you dispose of them.
3) They can be used for up to 500 drying cycles, avoiding single-use waste with dryer sheets.
4) Bring your own cutlery
Today, a lot of restaurants unfortunately still provide plastic cutlery sets when you order takeout. In most cases, these cutlery sets will only be used for one time and sometimes even come with pieces that you will not use.
You can significantly reduce single-use plastic waste by simply requesting your takeout without plastic cutlery next time. Keep a cutlery set at your office in case you need to have a quick lunch at your desk during a busy workday. Both stainless-steel and bamboo cutlery sets are good options. Bamboo cutlery sets are especially perfect for panic, camping and travel.
5) Switch from plastic cotton bud to bamboo cotton bud
If you are a cotton bud user, you can reduce single-use plastic waste by switching to bamboo cotton bud. Same as other plastic items, plastic cotton buds do not decompose and remain at landfills forever. These small plastic items can sometimes be washed away into the ocean and found on beaches. In contrast, bamboo cotton buds are 100% biodegradable, they can be disposed of by simply throwing them into your compost bin and they will decompose naturally without adding any plastic waste. Again, bamboo cotton buds work the same as the plastic ones, so why not the switch.
Are you ready to make these small changes? Take a look at our ECO-FRIENDLY STORE & let Wooliio help you!