Green Eco-Advice for Long-Term Living by ECMS cleaning
- Get it Waste-Free
Discover where to achieve your main objective at Zero Plastic Living.
As often as feasible, lighten your load. Only maintain possessions that you regularly utilize. Creating an attempt to curb your possessions will lead to you purchasing less and producing fewer wastages in the long term.
- Assess Your Influence
The Eco Base, Environmental Impact, and Water Footprint formulas are excellent tools for calculating your environmental impact.
- Purchases should be reduced.
In general, consider whether you truly require a product before purchasing it. How did the production of this product affect the environment, and what additional effects will there be with the product’s disposal (and associated packaging materials)? When considering a purchase, follow the 30-Day Rule: wait 30 days after the first time you decide you want a product to make a final decision. This will eliminate impulse purchases. The Center for a New American Dream’s free, downloadable Wallet Buddy is a great constant reminder to make sustainable purchases (including avoiding unessential).
- Take an Eco-Sabbath.
Don’t buy anything, don’t use machinery, don’t turn on anything electric, don’t cook, don’t answer your phone, and don’t use any resources for one day, afternoon, or an hour each week. (source)
- Disposables should be replaced.
Replace disposable items with reusable ones whenever possible (for example, razors, food storage, batteries, ink cartridges (purchase refill ink), coffee filters, furnace or air conditioner filters, and so on).
- Produce Your Own
Make your items whenever possible to save waste and maintain control over the materials utilized. Here are some wonderful ideas: Pinterest DIY projects, apartment therapy cleaning recipes, and a fantastic DIY toothpaste recipe.
- Obtain Loans from Friends
Whether you only need something for a short period, see if a friend or neighbor would be willing to lend it to you.
- Share It With Your Friends
Friends and neighbors can share stuff like books, magazines, movies, games, and newspapers.
- Purchases in Bulk
Single-use goods should be avoided at all costs (i.e., drinks, school lunches, candy, cat and dog food, salad mixings, etc.). Rather, buy in bulk and transfer the items to your reusable storage containers. Bulk bins are seen in many health food stores and sell anything from grains to cereal to cleaning supplies. A wonderful international bulk item store locator may be found here. Additional “precycling” suggestions.
- Purchase Only What You Require
For items like food, cleaning materials, and paint, only buy what you know you’ll use.
- Keeping Trash at Bay
Avoid unneeded plastic utensils, straws, and other items when ordering food (ask ahead), buy ice cream in a cone rather than a cup, refuse “free” promotional items, choose products with the least amount of packaging, and so on. It makes a difference if even a small amount of waste is prevented, according to ECMS cleaning.
If you’re only buying a few things, don’t bother with a shopping bag. Bring your eco-friendly bags for bigger purchases (such as EcoRight bags). Learn about the impact of plastics on the environment.