8 Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps for Your Home | Mumu Bath
by Mumu Bath
As landfills continue to overflow with waste, it’s important that we look for small (but impactful!) ways to be more eco-friendly. There are several things you can do right at home to reduce waste, save money, and care for the environment. Simple and easy changes can give your family a much smaller carbon footprint. Saving the earth may sound daunting, but if we’d all make a few changes, we could make a big difference!
We have come up with 8 easy, eco-friendly swaps for your home.
8 Eco-Friendly Home Swaps to Start Today
Reduce Paper Products
The first simple way to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce your usage of paper products. Instead of using paper towels, try reusable unpaper towels. Simply wipe, wash, and reuse! Plus, the fabric is thicker than a regular paper towel, so it is stronger and able to clean up tougher spills or messes. There are so many fantastic companies out there who have created different versions; or you can order some on Amazon.
And instead of using paper plates, why not use those pretty dishes collecting dust in the cabinet? Most dishwashers today even have an eco-friendly setting that uses less water during the wash cycle (as little as 3 gallons per cycle). You will be helping the environment in more ways than one!
While you may try to omit plastic products as well, there are times for compromise. If you have little ones and nice dishware just isn’t practical, try sturdy melamine products or look for eco-friendly recycled plastic dishware. Even if you use plastic, the good thing is that you’ll be reusing these, not adding to the landfill.
No More Bottles
After you finish off a bottle of soap, shampoo, or conditioner, that bottle usually goes right in the trash. Often, even recycled items don’t get recycled for one reason or another. Landfills are filled with endless bottles that are not biodegradable.
Instead, why not try using bar soaps? At Mumu Bath, we created an All-In-One Body and Shampoo Bar that creates zero waste! This exclusive bar nourishes your hair, scalp, and body with skin-loving ingredients like jojoba oil, cocoa butter, aloe vera, and Vitamin E oil.
Or if you can’t decide on a body bar scent, try Mumu Bath's Ultimate Best Seller Gift Set. This naturally scented set contains 4 of our top-selling bars. Give a body bar to each member of your family (or keep them all for yourself 😉)! All of our bars are made via an eco-friendly process. Plus, they will hydrate and nourish your skin during these cold, winter months!
Switch Up Laundry
Most people don’t realize that laundry detergent actually has a huge impact on our ecosystem. Harsh chemicals and ingredients from these detergents end up in our lakes and rivers because water treatment plants aren’t always able to filter it all out.
These harmful chemicals also end up on our skin and can cause irritation, dryness, and possibly illness with long-term use. This is why it is vital to search for safe laundry detergents!
Many detergents also come in large, plastic bottles. Instead, try using eco-friendly laundry detergent sheets. Each tiny sheet weighs 0.1 ounce, and you effortlessly drop one into your washing machine before the wash cycle begins. The sheet will fully dissolve and make your clothes fresh and clean. Laundry sheets contain no harsh chemicals, are ideal for travel, and produce zero waste!
If you’ve got a messy crew that needs a deeper clean, the sheets might not cut it. However, consider switching to a eco-friendly, skin-friendly concentrated powder like Molly’s Suds.
Swap Reusable Cups
Instead of using a paper products or bottles of water, make a conscientious effort to use glass or stainless-steel cups and containers to keep your beverages hot or cold. Even better, they don’t contain any toxic chemicals found in plastic or bleached paper.
Instead of grabbing another disposable cup at the office, start your morning with your favorite coffee or tea, and then rinse and repeat the next day. There is no waste, and you can use these cups for years!
If you are not a fan of making coffee at home, you can still hit the drive-thru each morning. Most coffee shops will allow you to bring a reusable cup as long as it is one purchased from their company. Some offer benefits when you use their reusable tumblers, like providing free refills.
Swap the Shopping Bags
Plastic shopping bags from the grocery store are convenient and lightweight, but they're less than kind to the environment. Since you have to use special recycling bins for these, most of these bags end up in landfills or on the side of the road.
Instead, try keeping a few reusable shopping bags in the back of your car. If space is a concern, grab some packable bags off of Amazon. These bags can be packed down so they take up very little space, and they are extremely lightweight. (And the cute prints and styles make running errands a little more fun!)
The New Ziplock Bags
While Ziplock bags are convenient and made in optimal sizes, there is an eco-friendly alternative. Try using reusable silicone food storage bags. These bags come in multiple styles and colors. At the end of the day, simply rinse them out, dry them, and they are ready to go! Your kids will enjoy the colorful storage bags at lunch more than boring clear ones.
Reusable food storage bags are safe, easy to use, and create zero waste. Some can even stand up on the counter and in the microwave/oven/stovetop for easy filling and steaming capabilities (for your veggies).
We often need aluminum foil or parchment paper while cooking and baking, but purchasing these items over and over can really start to add up. Plus, when heated, toxic chemicals may come out of aluminum foil and parchment paper that end up in our food.
Instead, try using a silicone baking mat. These silicone mats are reusable, non-toxic, and they keep your cookies from sticking to the baking sheet. Once you are finished baking, you can wash them off, and they are ready to use for your next batch! Not only will this reduce your carbon footprint, but it will lower your grocery budget as well!
Whenever we shower, there is a great amount of water that is wasted due to high water pressure. For an eco-friendly swap, you can switch to a water conserving shower head. Your water will have a consistent flow while simultaneously conserving water and energy. You can purchase these shower heads at one of your local home improvement stores.
The Bottom Line on Eco-Friendly Swaps at Home
Helping the environment doesn’t have to be a chore. There are plenty of budget-friendly eco swaps you can implement in your own home! By making small adjustments, you can greatly reduce your carbon footprint over time. This will lead to a less-toxic home and save a little money, too.
Make the Eco-Friendly Switch with Mumu Bath
When you purchase Mumu Bath products, you can rest easy knowing that the products are safe, all-natural, vegan, and eco-friendly.
We’d love for you to peruse our world-changing products. We have specially curated items for everyone, and we introduce new items and scents throughout the year!
(Don’t forget about teacher’s gifts, coworker gifts, and stocking stuffers coming up!)