Sustainability for Every Room: Easy Switches
Taking the steps towards a more sustainable home doesn't mean starting over from scratch or disrupting your routine. Often times, small changes can have big impacts. Something as simple as switching to a different type of soap can reduce the amount of waste and carbon emissions you're producing. We've rounded up our favorite easy switches for a more sustainable home.
One of the easiest switches is swapping your liquid soap with bars of soap. Along with reducing your plastic waste from unnecessary packaging, bar soaps require about one-fifth the energy to manufacture, studies have shown that you use 30% less water when washing your hands with bar soap, they last longer, and are more cost effective. Plus, some are a work of art.
We use about 8 to 27 gallons of water by washing our dishes by hand but the average dishwasher only uses about 6 gallons for one load so if you're only running it when it's full and being mindful about how often you run it, you can actually conserve some water.
But what soap are you using when you do run the dishwasher? Liquid soap comes in plastic containers but most tabs are lined with plastic film which can shed microplastics. Opt for dishwasher tabs without plastic film like Blueland's Dishwasher Tabs. Not only will these limit microplasics but they also come with recycled packaging and a reusable tin.
Similar to your dishwasher be mindful about what soap you're using to do your laundry and the packaging it comes in. Again, most options come in plastic packaging but if you opt for something like Simply Co's Powder you can avoid the plastic and enjoy a longer lasting detergent.
Avoid synthetic fibers when you can, try to stay away from purchasing textiles such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic. These materials are the most guilty of shedding Microplastics. On average they can shed up to 793 pounds per year of individual, teeny-tiny plastic shards. Unfortunately, Synthetic fibers make up about 60% of our clothes worldwide so avoiding it might not always be the easiest thing to do. Guppyfriend created this washing bag that helps reduce fiber shedding when washing your clothing.
Most importantly, make sure to use up what you already have first. When it is time to restock one of the above mentioned supplies remember these more eco-friendly options.