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4 Easy Ways to Help the Environment, Starting at Home

April 23, 2019

4 Easy Ways to Help the Environment, Starting at Home

When we think about helping the environment, it seems like no small task. Planet Earth is huge, and there are endless issues with pollution, wastefulness, and toxic materials inhibiting wildlife and harming our natural ecosystems. Although it can sometimes feel like an overwhelming effort to try to combat these negative impacts on the environment, don't be discouraged.

Helping the environment starts at home with simple, yet effective, lifestyle shifts. If every household picked up one or two eco-friendly practices, it would make an impressive impact on the health of our communities and our planet as a whole.

You don't need to completely ditch modern conveniences, either. Supporting the environment can be as easy as switching to natural cleaning products or starting to recycle. Take a look at these 4 simple ideas for promoting a healthier world, starting at home.

1. Commit to using reusable bags, bottles, and containers

Plastic waste is the largest contributor to ocean pollution and can be hazardous to aquatic wildlife. Much of our household plastic gets thrown into landfills or oceans, causing dirtier oceans and threatening sea life. Even if you recycle, small items like straws are often too lightweight for commercial recycling sorters to register them, so they get tossed into the regular garbage.

By using reusable grocery bags, water bottles, food containers, straws, and more, you'll drastically cut down on the plastic waste your home produces. This will lower the odds of plastic materials ending up in landfills and oceans.

Another way to reduce plastic waste is to buy products that offer convenient refill pouches.  At Puracy, we're proud to be an industry leader in this area. We currently provide eco-friendly 64-ounce refill pouches for the following products:

Our pouches allow you to refill and reuse the same soap containers over and over, without having to toss out the old ones. They also save more than 90% in plastic, water, and energy compared to our individual bottles.

2. Incorporate natural home care and personal care products

Many mainstream home and personal care products contain phosphates, sulfates, parabens, triclosan, silicones, and other ingredients that are not ideal for our planet. When too many of these chemicals enter the environment, they throw ecosystems off balance and disrupt natural habitats.

For example, when phosphates enter the water supply they feed algae. This algae then grows out of control, creating an imbalances in lakes, rivers and streams.  Meanwhile, dimethicone is a type of silicone found in many hair and skincare products, even some natural ones. It doesn't break down in the environment, so it's important to check ingredient labels and try to avoid it.

Stop using chemical-filled household products, and instead look for non-toxic, plant-based brands that will treat your hair and skin and clean your home in a gentle, eco-friendly fashion. Our household essentials line of cleaning products is derived from plants, minerals, and natural fragrances, and our biodegradable formulas safely break down in the environment.

3. Recycle the RIGHT way

There are so many simple ways to recycle nowadays. Many public areas now provide trash and recycling receptacles for your convenience. Before automatically throwing your garbage into the trash can, check whether you have any recyclables that you could toss into the other bin.

At home, put aside paper, plastic, and aluminum materials to recycle. Most trash companies now offer recycling services, so check with yours if you don't already have a recycling program set up. Always break down your boxes and rinse out any food containers, like jars or bottles, before recycling them.

Also consider buying products that are recycling friendly. All of our bottles, pumps, sprayers, and caps at Puracy are made from Polyethylene Terephthalate, or PET(E), an inert plastic that doesn't leach harmful materials into its contents and doesn't contain BPA. It's a safe, non-toxic, and strong material that is 100-percent recyclable. In fact, it's the most widely recycled plastic in the world.

More and more single-stream recycling centers are also now finally accepting #7, or the miscellaneous category for plastics. Our refill pouches are made of #7 plastic because they use two types of plastic, which need to be separated into a single plastic to be resold.

4. Save water as much as possible

Water is frequently wasted in homes all over the world. Clean, fresh water is a limited resource, and there are some pretty drastic droughts happening all over our planet. Working to conserve water allows the limited water supply to be used responsibly and sensibly.

By simply cutting the time of your showers, fixing a leaky faucet or toilet, not rinsing dishes before loading them into the washer, or turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth -- you can save water and help the environment. Be aware anytime you use an excess of water, and ask yourself if it is absolutely necessary.

Also keep in mind that most U.S. households use about a third of their water to irrigate their lawn and other landscaping. One of the biggest ways to cut down your water usage is to educate yourself on the proper techniques needed to water your lawn more efficiently.  These include watering your lawn in the early morning and keeping your grass taller each time you mow.

Bonus tip: Look for products that use less packaging

This is something that may not have crossed your mind, but products that use more packaging waste more plastic, water, energy, transportation, and other materials. Concentrated formulas and reusable packaging can cut down on this waste tremendously.

For example, our 10X concentrated natural laundry detergent is the most concentrated detergent on the market. It can do 96 loads of laundry with a 24-ounce bottle. The industry leader does 96 loads with a 150-ounce bottle… and their "eco-box" does 96 loads of laundry using a 105-ounce bottle.

We also offer a 16-ounce concentrate version of our natural multi-surface cleaner. Just add 3 ounces of concentrate to an empty 25-ounce bottle, then fill the rest with water. Each concentrated bottle makes 5 full 25-ounce bottles of Multi-Surface Cleaner, allowing you to reuse your old containers again and again.

By supporting companies that use less packaging and by using concentrated home essentials, you'll cut down on wasteful production practices and help the earth by implementing a simple shift at home.

The health and wellbeing of our environment has been on the decline for decades. By instituting a few of these sustainable practices in your home and using natural products, like Puracy's home essentials and personal care lines, you can do your part to help conserve our environment, one day and decision at a time.