If you are truly concerned about your carbon footprint and the impact of your lifestyle on the environment, you can easily make these six small changes to your daily routine and be happy with the new and greener lifestyle you and your family have chosen.(1)
• Get Rid of Disposable Razors
This may seem like a tiny step towards living a more sustainable lifestyle, but keep in mind that more than two billion razors are currently disposed of annually in the U.S. alone! This means adding tons of plastic waste to the overflowing disposal sites. So, why not get a good quality straight or safety razor instead? Not only will the shaving experience be better, but will also help the environment and help consumers save money at the same time. Think about all those hard-earned dollars you keep spending on disposable razors and you may be amazed by the amount of cash saved from going back to the classic straight and safety razors, for a better and more sustainable shaving experience!
• Try DIY Haircuts
Instead of driving to the beauty salon or barber shop on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, why not purchase a good quality hair trimmer or hair clipper complemented with a high-quality pair of barber range shears and do your haircuts and styling at home. You can easily cut your own hair and do your kids’ hair as well. Not to mention you can use a vacuum hair trimmer to keep that beard and mustache well-formed without the usual mess.(2) This will save you tons of money in the long run, and will also limit the fuel emissions from having to drive back and forth to get your hair done.
• Use Alternatives
Ditch the widely advertised shaving gels, creams, and aftershaves, and look for eco-friendly alternatives instead. In fact, you should take the time to read the labels of any cosmetic products you purchase if you want to make sure those shampoos, soaps, conditioners, and all cosmetics are safe for the environment. For those of you ready to take a further step toward full sustainability – you can experiment and make your own homemade and eco-friendly cosmetic and washing products too.
• Try Natural Waxing
Stay away from any toxic hair removal depilatory creams and other products which are not only harmful to the environment but are potentially harmful to you as well. Why not try to do your own waxing at home with the help of all-natural and safe products such as beeswax or sugar beets instead?
• Read Toothpaste Labels and Choose Wisely
Pay closer attention when purchasing toothpaste for you and your family. Opt for one which doesn’t contain artificial dyes, silica, SLS or other potentially toxic and harmful ingredients.(3) This will be good both for your teeth and health, as well as for the environment. You can try making your own toothpaste with all-natural products such as baking soda and some olive oil – you will be astonished by the results! Another tip for environmentally friendly oral hygiene is to use mouthwash with no alcohol in it.
• Save Water
Also, remember to teach your kids to stop the tap while they are brushing their teeth. This will help reduce the water bills and ensure your lifestyle at home is much more eco-friendly and sustainable.
These are just a few steps which we can all take toward living in a way that is not only healthier and cheaper but which will help protect our environment from being polluted and destroyed so rapidly.
As you can see – these simple adjustments to your daily routine will not only change the way you live but you can also be certain that you and your family are living a much more environmentally aware lifestyle!
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