Entry #444, March 11, 2011
Every morning when you go into the bathroom there are ways to have your family live a greener and eco-conscious way. Whether it is turning off the sink while you brush your teeth, or it is using chemical free cleaners. A greener bathroom means a healthier you, and a greener Mother Earth!
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Look at these tips from Whole Living, a Martha Stewart publication.
Typical towels use conventional cotton, a crop that accounts for about 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use, including some of the planet’s most hazardous chemicals. What’s more, manufacturers often use dyes derived from petroleum in a high polluting process that leaves chemicals gushing into waterways, ravaging aquatic habitats, and clinging to the towels you bury your face in. Look for eco-friendly organic cotton and bamboo towels made with plant-based or low-impact dyes.
2.) Avoid PVC Shower Curtains
Most shower curtains are made from polyvinyl-chloride or PVC, a plastic that can release hormone-disrupting phthalates into the air. Look for non-vinyl curtains instead.
If every family in the United States replaced one roll of conventional toilet paper with a roll of 100 percent recycled material, we’d save 423,900 trees in a year.
4.) Clean Shower Solutions
You may think the eco-friendliest way to clean a shower is with a basic liquid castile soap. But if you have hard water, you could cause a chemical reaction that leads to a difficult-to-remove dull film. (To check for hard water, pick up a simple test at your local hardware store.) Detergents, on the other hand, avoid this soap scum by their very formulation. Rather than go with conventional ones that contain nonrenewable petroleum-based surfactants and air-polluting synthetic perfumes, look for a plant-based all-purpose detergent such as Ecover’s All Purpose Cleaner.
5.) Tub Scrub
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