|29 July 2014|
Eco Cleaning - 5 Tips
When it comes to saving the planet, some people are more proactive than others. You may well recycle and drive an electric car, but are you do everything that you can? Whilst it is easy to rest on your laurels as someone who contributes to the cause, it is pretty important that you are able to ensure that the rest of your life is also contributing to the planet’s regeneration, as otherwise human kind is not exactly going to be able to enjoy the planet for much longer. You will find that the best way in which to ensure that you are getting the right balance of cleaning success and environmental consciousness is to have a look at the products that you use as well as the techniques, to see which could be changed to make the process a better one for your eco friendly lifestyle. 1. SustainabilityIt is essential that you are aware of the sustainability of things. Using materials that are not sustainable will mean that you deplete the earth’s resources every time you buy the product. You will find that plastic cleaning products are terrible for the environment, as they produce noxious gasses when they are being made, as well as being terrible in terms of ensuring that materials are bio degradable when thrown out. These materials are rarely particularly hardy, and it is much better to use sustainable wood and metal products that will last longer and do less damage over all.2. ChemicalsYou will find that many cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals that are designed to kill germs. In certain quantities they can kill many other things, and sometimes things that are vital to the planet’s survival, like bees. If you can, use naturally occurring cleaning products, like lemon or vinegar. You can also find man made cleaning products that use natural cleaning ingredients, to avoid toxic chemicals being washed into the water systems.3. RecyclingRecycling is essential if you are going to ensure that you are not taking form the earth and then not giving back. The process of degradation in most materials that we use today means that the rate at which we throw things out is faster than the rate that things break down back into the earth. Landfill sites are a blight on the earth, and waste means that the human race is reducing the room that it has on the planet in more ways than just overpopulation! 4. LocalityUsing eco friendly materials does not just mean sustainable ones, it also means local ones and responsibly sourced ones. You may well find that there is a beautiful wooden mop that will last you a lot longer than a terrible plastic one, but if it produced in India, then you will find that the air miles that it needs to travel before it gets to you will likely make the whole thing a fair bit more difficult to justify! Be aware of where things come from, as well as the ethics used in producing them, as people may be being endangered by the production process of certain goods.5. EnergyBe aware of the energy that you use in cleaning. You don’t always have to leave the hot tap running on full whilst you wipe down the kitchen surfaces, and to avoid doing so will save you water bills money as well as reducing the energy that you use in heating it. All of these things will contribute to a wider understanding of how to save power an energy in the long term.
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