Easy “Green” Home Conversions

Below is a list of simple suggestions to start transitioning to a healthier, more “green” home lifestyle. Sustainability and non-disposable products are encouraged. Eliminating use of plastic products is the goal. Some of these suggestions are not only healthy but will save you money, too.

  • Instead of boxed food, buy fresh. Plan a weekend to create meals and then freeze for easy weeknight meals.
  • Instead of buying breads, bake fresh bread and then freeze, or alternatively, source fresh locally made breads.
  • Instead of buying new, check out thrifts stores, craigslist, garage sales. Quality, vintage products can be found. Things can be restored and given new life for fractions of the price of buying new.
  • Instead of buying online or at big box stores, check out local stores. Big box stores such as Walmart, or buying things on Amazon can be so tempting. Prices are right. However, by purchasing some products from local businesses you are helping to support your community – making it more diverse and thriving.
  • Instead of buying canned food buy fresh or frozen. Canned food often has low-quality assurance standards and is often lined with BPA. Fresh food is preferred, with frozen food being the next alternative.
  • Make your own condiments. Pretty much any condiments can be made at home in one session and made in bulk. Recipes can be altered to your liking, and can often be made at fractions of the cost of buying condiments from the store. Plus, they don’t have toxic fillers and you know exactly what is in it.
  • Don’t buy cleaners – make your own. Did you know that most of the household can be cleaned and cleaned well with white distilled vinegar and baking soda? Essential oils can be added to vinegar conconctions for added anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties.
  • Switch aluminum and non-stick cookware for glass, ceramic, stone, or cast iron. Aluminum and Teflon coating is toxic and shouldn’t be used for cookware. Try an old-fashioned alternative, something your great-grandmother would have used such as cast iron, stoneware, or glass cookware. Old fashioned glass cookware and cast-iron are great things to pass down and bestow upon one’s children.
  • Make your own pet food. With natural food becoming more “trendy” and people becoming more and more aware of the carcinogens and toxic filler being put into food, people are buying expensive pet foods to ensure their pet remains healthy. Little do most people know, that you can easily and passively make your own pet food from common groceries very cheaply and store and save portions for subsequent meals. Your pet will thank you for it.
  • Make your own ice cream. Almost all ice creams, even the organic ones, have toxic preservatives in them. Plus, you don’t know where the milk came from. It is very easy to create your own icecreams after investing in an ice cream maker. Control which type of milk or milk alternatives you would like to use, flavors, and sugar content.
  • Don’t buy meat or milk from factory farms. Either hunt, raise the animal yourself or buy from local farms who humanely raise their animals and don’t pump them full of hormones and chemicals. Meat from most supermarkets are old, filled with dyes, hormones, and the animal from which it came from was horribly unhappy for the duration of its life. It was not just food, but a living being sacrificed for us. Animal agriculture is one of the biggest causes of environmental pollution today. Anytime you can forgo eating this type of animal products and opt for sustainable alternatives, the better it is for all parties involved – except the corporate stakeholders.
  • Instead of buying expensive shampoos try “no-poo”. While it’s not for everyone, we have tried it. Despite getting over a greasy phase, the oil glands in your scalp adjust to not being stripped of oil and slow down the overproduction of sebum. If you can tolerate wearing a hat for awhile or dry shampooing, not shampooing your hair can eliminate exposure to toxins and can aid in regrowth of thick natural hair.
  • Make your own toothpaste. It’s easy, cheap, and doesn’t have any toxins in it. Studies have shown that through remineralization there is a chance that you may be able to reverse tooth decay as well.
  • Make your own yogurt. It is fun, easy, and similarly to making your own ice cream, there are no toxic fillers and you can control flavors and how much sugar is added to the product.
  • Instead of shopping at a supermarket, try growing your own garden, joining a CSA, or shopping at a farmers market. When we grew our first garden, I was amazed as to how I had an overabundance of fresh, delicious vegetables to use. So much that I was able to freeze and begin storing produce for later. A little can also go a long way at a farmers market for fresh, all natural food.
  • Practice minimalism. Minimalism is essentially the antithesis to capitalism. It involves getting to the root of what things actually matter, being happy with what you have, and getting rid of everything you don’t need. It is a way of living that maximizes efficiency and freedom and eradicates useless consumerism.
  • Instead of purchasing odor maskers, diffuse essential oils, use air purifiers, and beeswax candles. Odor maskers’ labels are often undisclosed as to what ingredients are within the product and are largely unregulated. Instead of trying to mask bad odors, chose an air cleansing alternative.
  • Get rid of the microwave. Eat fresh, use the oven, and plan ahead.
  • Instead of buying paper towels, get high-quality reusable cloths.
  • Instead of buying disposable feminine products, get reusable pads or a menstrual cup.
  • Instead of plastic baby bottles, get a glass. Glass is timeless. It has been used for centuries when bottle feeding a baby. In our household, we try to eliminate all plastics. We really enjoyed the glass baby bottles we purchased and would definitely recommend them/
  • Instead of plastic storage bins, get wicker, bamboo, wood, or metal bins.
  • Instead of plastic cooking utensils, get wood or stainless steel.
  • Instead of a plastic dish rack, get a bamboo one.
  • Instead of plastic garbage cans, get a stainless steel one.
  • Instead of plastic hairbrushes, try a wooden bristle brush.
  • Instead of plastic toothbrushes, try bamboo toothbrushes,
  • Instead of plastic laundry bins, try canvas laundry bags.
  • Instead of plastic grocery bags, get reusable grocery bags.
  • Instead of plastic disposable razors, try reusable higher quality metal razors or forego shaving.
  • Instead of plastic shower curtains, get a cloth shower curtain.
  • Instead of plastic straws and ice trays, try stainless steel.
  • Instead of plastic wattle bottles, try a glass or stainless steel reusable cup.
  • Instead of plastic kids toys, get wooden or handmade toys that can be passed down.
  • Instead of packaged teas, find organic loose-leaf teas, or make your own.
  • Instead of packaged coffee pods, find organic locally roasted coffees. Coffee pods are made of plastic and are incredibly wasteful. They contribute heavily to increased waste production and are not sustainable. Try using a french press, all you need is water and coffee and you get a great cup of coffee.
  • Instead of big brand alcohols, find organic, locally brewed/distilled alcohols. Not only will you be supporting your local community, but you will know what is in year alcohol.
  • Instead of paying for cable, limit tv, borrow movies and utilize commercial free tv apps such as Netflix.
  • Replace your toxic mattress with a green mattress.
  • Replace plastic window blinds with wooden blinds or curtains.
  • Get a water purifier, instead of paying for clean water.
  • Get glass or stainless steel food storage containers instead of plastic.
  • Reuse Ziploc bags.
  • Instead of buying expensive espresso coffees, invest in an espresso machine and utilize healthier kinds of milk/flavors.
  • Invest in a deep freezer. It is great for storing fresh meats, vegetables, fruits, and breads for later. Great for big batch cooking and storing for later for easy meals.

 

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