Eco-Friendly Home Products Are Becoming Mainstream
September 12, 2016
Using healthier eco-friendly home products isn’t just for tree-huggers or people who need to champion a cause. It makes sense for everyone, especially those who have children, pets, or the elderly living in their home.
Chemical sensitivity is a problem for the young and old alike and is dangerous to pets.
Harsh chemicals were used in the past, partly because of a misunderstanding as to their effect on the home environment, such as with the previous use of asbestos. Chemical cleaners were thought to be more robust for use on older materials, which were difficult to keep clean because of past lifestyles.
Harsh chemicals aren’t needed for 21st-century living, and in many cases, they have been found to adversely affect air quality and water supply, two natural resources that are critical to human and animal life. Home products are now being manufactured with ecology in mind, and they are readily available for the average home resident.
Here are some ways to include more eco-friendly products in your home.
Use Natural Materials More Often
In general, materials that come from the earth are better for the earth. Choose furniture in natural products such as wood, bamboo, straw or natural stones. Opt for textiles made from natural materials such as cotton, silk or wool. Reject home products that are difficult to recycle or harmful to the environment, such as those made from polystyrene or certain grades of plastic. Check for biodegradable qualities in items you use every day, such as paper products. Choose appliances that are energy efficient.
Select household cleaners that are non-toxic and eco-friendly.
Surprisingly, these can be just as useful for modern cleaning as their harsher predecessors.
Introduce Alternative Energy
Learn more about alternative forms of energy and adopt them into your home.
Solar lights are widely available, and solar panels are now being produced in portable form to charge small electronics. If you have the money to invest, consider introducing alternative energies such as solar and wind to power the major utilities in your home.
Utilize thermal and solar furnishings on windows to increase heating or cooling efficiency.
There are a great number of ways to utilise eco-friendly home products that are safer for the environment. It’s often just a matter of becoming better educated about the type of products available, which are increasing on a daily basis and being improved for general use.