Going Green: Natural, Eco-Friendly Items You May Want To Consider Using

One of the biggest environmental new stories to hit the papers recently is how much plastic is in our oceans and how all that plastic has been killing ocean life slowly bus surely over the last few years. For those who aren’t aware, the amount of plastic in the ocean has reached the point where, if placed all together, has the same mass as a moderately sized island.

Naturally, this has caused quote a bit of alarm, even to people who don’t usually react to environmental news. This has driven quite a few people to consider using eco-friendly alternatives to plastic, from metal straws to reusable shopping bags. Here are some alternatives that you may want to consider using:

Canvas Grocery Bags

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While people are already going with paper bags or reusable plastic bags for their shopping and groceries, they tend to overlook the fact that these options may not always be the most eco friendly. Reusable bags are often made of plastic, and therefore part of the problem, while paper bags are made at the cost of trees being cut down fro a temporary measure.

Canvas bags, however, combine some of the best elements of the other 2: not only are they biodegradable, they’re also more eco-friendly than paper while also having the sturdiness of their plastic counterparts. The best part is, if you get a plain one, canvas is a much better medium for painting or coloring the bag as compared to paper and plastic.

Metal Straws

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While some may argue that metal straws don’t usually count as natural products, we think that they’re right at home on this list. Like we mentioned earlier, plastic is a serious threat to our oceans. Given that almost all straws are made of plastic, metal straws provide a reusable, eco-friendly alternative. They’re also hands down way better than paper straws!

Keep in mind, however, that metal straws have to be washed regularly to prevent buildup inside the straws. This shouldn’t be a problem as most companies that sell these straws come with cleaning kits to make sure that your straw is still useable.

Beauty

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While there are a lot of chemical and synthetic materials that are still very popular in people’s beauty regimen, there are also a lot of alternatives that people who want to look good can use that are natural products. One of the beauties of beauty products made up primarily of natural products is that these products usually carry the generally beneficial properties that their ingredients have.

Studies have also shown that beauty products made from natural ingredients are less likely to cause skin irritations with repeated use. Just don’t go to overboard, of course! Allowing your face to “rest” without any cosmetics once in a while is always a good idea, no matter what type of beauty product you’re using.

What alternatives made from natural products do you use regularly? Alternatively, are there products that you find essential that can’t be replaced by something that primarily uses natural products?