It can feel overwhelming when you first start to live more sustainably, but did you know many of the sustainable swaps you can make to be more eco-friendly are easy and not too expensive to implement? It’s important to remember you don’t need to be perfect. We are always learning new ways of doing things and at KEEPER Denim we believe we can all have a positive impact on the world, by taking small steps each day.
No matter where you are on your sustainability journey, there are easy ways you can start to make some changes today. See below for KEEPER Denim’s top 10 easy sustainable swaps that you can add to your daily life:
- Tea Bags
Replace single-use tea bags with loose leaf tea and a reusable tea strainer. Did you know that most teabags contain plastic? This means they are not biodegradable and end up in landfill.
- Soap Bars
Replace your hand soap and body gel that come in single-use plastic bottles with a bar, reducing plastic in your home and saving you money at the same time. Another thing to keep in mind is often the main ingredient in conventional soap is water. However, when you purchase bars, you’re getting 100% of the active ingredients, so they will last much longer.
- Reusable Water Bottle
Avoid purchasing plastic water bottles and instead remember to bring a reusable water bottle whenever you leave home.
- Reusable Paper Towels
Single-use paper towels can’t be recycled when they are damp/wet so they often end up in the general waste and then onto landfill. When you swap this for reusable fabric cloths, you reduce the amount of waste generated from your home.
- Silicon Baking Mats
Replace conventional baking paper with reusable silicon baking mats in the kitchen. Baking paper is coated with a wax, which makes it difficult to recycle, therefore bad for the environment. Silicon mats are also non-stick and can be used repeatedly!
- Soap Berries
Soap berries (also known as soap nuts) are a natural sustainable alternative to conventional laundry soap. They come from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree and work by reducing the surface tension in the water to remove dirt from your clothes - plus they are biodegradable!
A compost bin is a great initiative to help turn not only your household waste but also green waste into fresh, nutrient rich soil which you can then add to your garden.
When it comes to buying new clothes – instead of fast fashion, try visiting a local op-shop where you can find an original vintage piece. Alternatively, when you do purchase new items of clothes, make sure to do your research to ensure it was made both sustainably and ethically.
- Reusable Containers
When you finish a product that is in a glass jar – such as jam or sauces, wash it and reuse it! This is a great way to reduce the amount you spend on plastic containers in your home as well!
- Natural Household Cleaning Products
Try making your own natural cleaning products with household ingredients such as bi-carb soda, vinegar and lemon juice or opt for one of the many plant-based cleaning products available today.
We hope these top 10 easy sustainable swaps by KEEPER Denim were helpful!