Be a cleaner consumer in 2019
Jan 15, 2019
It’s easy to make 2019 your cleanest consumer year yet with just a few little resolutions in place – all of which can start with your weekly shop. Our clean living look is at popular ‘convenience’ products that are possible for all of us to avoid completely or to replace with cleaner, greener choices.
9 Cleaner greener choices
- Coffee pods – Using non-biodegradable coffee pods can take away the pleasure of drinking coffee if you stop and think about the amount of plastic waste you are helping to produce. Rather than stop using your pod machine, consider buying reusable pods (they can even fit Nespresso machines).
- Bottled water – Not using bottled water can also help to eliminate plastic waste and there are many reusable water bottle choices available.
- Breakfast cereals – Avoiding over-processed and packaged cereals is also a plastics game changer and means real food breakfasts such as pancakes, fresh fruit or omelettes can take centre stage!
- Jars and pouches – Whilst we’re talking about it, how about avoiding jars and pouches of processed baby food or fruit, and just feeding children real fruit and vegetables, either pureed or whole as needed.
- Kitchen essentials – A few other products which manufacturers want us to think necessary but which are in fact really easy to ditch include: plastic ‘glad’ bags (use beeswax wraps or reusable containers instead); disposable plates, cutlery, cups, straws – all of which can be replaced with reusable versions; and Teflon-coated pots and pans which wear quickly and as they age may flake into food. Consider using stainless steel pots and pans and enamelled cast iron instead.
- Paper towels – Paper towels are easy to replace with old t-shirts
- Vinegar power – Window cleaner with vinegar and water. Toilet rim cleaners can be replaced with vinegar too.
- Flannels – Cotton flannels can replace baby wipes and cotton buds
- Soap – And finally whilst we’re turning back time, why not use bars of soap again instead of liquid soap sold in plastic bottles.