Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Common Household Products
If you’re looking for a few easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint and help create a greener planet, you’re in luck. There are a number of items you may already have in your Veranda apartment in Mount Dora, FL that have simple, eco-friendly alternatives. Consider swapping:
Harsh chemical cleaners for water and baking soda – Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can cause problems (like algae overgrowth and reproductive issues in fish) in the nation’s waterways. So instead of buying bottles of pre-made cleaner, try a mixture of equal parts warm water and white vinegar with a few spoonfuls of baking soda and a splash of lemon juice. You can use this DIY cleaner on just about anything, from the bathtub to the kitchen counters.
Paper towels for reusable wash cloths – Paper towels may be convenient, but think about how many the average person uses in a day. Multiply that by the more than 300 million people living in the United States, and you get a massive amount of paper waste. If everyone kept a stash of cloth napkins and cleaning rags, Americans could drastically reduce the number of trees that are cut down just to create paper towels.
Plastic bottles for glass or metal ones – Every day, the world goes through millions of plastic water bottles, which will never biodegrade. You can do your part for the world very easily by purchasing a reusable water bottle and taking it with you everywhere so you never have to buy bottled water again. Also consider cutting your plastic waste by buying cloth grocery bags and using reusable food containers instead of zip-lock bags.
Being a little more eco-conscious does take some commitment, especially since environmentally harmful products tend to be more convenient than greener options. However, replacing those items is easy if you keep in mind the reasons why you want to go green. Whatever your reasons are, jot them down somewhere you’ll see them regularly so that you always have a reminder. With time, using more environmentally friendly options will become second nature.
For information about the modern, energy-efficient appliances that every Veranda apartment in Mount Dora, FL features, please contact our leasing office today.